George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Angels have had discussions with free agent lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Sabathia had a nice bounce back year in 2017, going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and a 120/50 K/BB ratio across 148.2 innings at age 37. He was strong in the postseason as well. The Yankees are reported to want him back and, as far as is known publicly, Sabathia isn’t interested in finding a new club, so perhaps this is just a leverage move. Then again, the Angels have been pretty darn busy this offseason, re-signing Justin Upton to a long-term deal and signing Shohei Ohtani, so maybe they’re serious in pursuit of the 37-year-old Sabathia.
It’d be interesting to see if, in the event Sabathia did go to Anaheim, the New York press ran with the same, provincial angle about Sabathia being “afraid” to play in New York that they did with Ohtani.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.