Not gonna say that (a) I’ve tuned out of the Mets season entirely; or (b) that I don’t watch the Brewers all that much, but I forgot for a minute there that Neil Walker had even been traded. But yep, he was traded to Milwaukee a month ago today along with cash for a player to be named later.
Today that player was named: it’s righty minor leaguer Eric Hanhold.
Hanhold was a sixth-round pick in 2015. He posted a 3.94 ERA and 60/21 K/BB ratio over 64 innings with High-A Carolina this season. That makes [mashes hands on calculator] approximately 359 relievers the Mets have acquired in the past couple of months, in some seeming obsession of Sandy Alderson to answer the question, “what if they made the WHOLE PLANE baseball team out of relief pitchers?”
Anyway, Neil Walker has hit .268/.388/.465 in 23 games with the Brewers, who are still very much in the NL Central race.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.