Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Jayson Werth is still looking for work

18 Comments

Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is still looking for work, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Werth has been working out and training with the intention of continuing his playing career.

Werth, 38, completed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals when his club was ousted from the playoffs last October. Werth performed well for much of the duration of the contract, but he was often injured and his performance declined towards the end of the deal. Last season, in 70 games, Werth hit .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.

Given the way the free agent market has panned out, it seems unlikely Werth would get a guaranteed major league contract and may have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to keep playing. Werth turns 39 in May.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
11 Comments

Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.