Vance Worley and the Pirates went through with an arbitration hearing after not being able to reach a compromise on the right-hander’s 2015 salary and the ruling was in favor of Worley.
That means he’ll earn $2.45 million rather than the Pirates’ filing of $2 million following a season in which he turned his career around after being let go by the Twins.
Worley tossed 111 innings with a 2.85 ERA and 79/22 K/BB ratio for Pittsburgh and, combined with his previous time in Philadelphia, has a 3.31 ERA in 388 career innings in the National League.
Tim Peterson, a minor league pitcher in the Mets farm system, has been suspended 80 games for a positive test of the performance-enhancing drug Trenbolone.
Peterson was the Mets’ 20th-round draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Kentucky and advanced to Double-A last season as a 23-year-old.
He has a 4.22 ERA in 122 career innings as a pro, with a fantastic 143/32 K/BB ratio spent mostly as a reliever.
When the Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas for $68.5 million the assumption was that they’d use him in the outfield, where he spent most of his time in Cuba, but the team announced that he’d get a long look at third base.
So how’s it going so far? Here’s an update on Tomas as a third baseman, via rookie manager Chip Hale:
He’s working every day. … I mean, talk about a guy that really wants to learn, he’s been fantastic. … I mean, this is before spring training, but I’m very encouraged with what I see with his feet and his hands. We can push him a little harder each day on stuff. We’re just going to see how it goes. His capability to take in information and put it into play right away is impressive. He’s got the basics down.
Tomas was signed mostly for his power bat, but if he can eventually play a passable third base that would give the Diamondbacks a lot of other lineup options. For now Arizona’s outfield depth chart includes A.J. Pollock flanked by some combination of Mark Trumbo, David Peralta, and Cody Ross.
Veteran outfielder Tony Campana, who would have competed for a spot on the White Sox’s bench in spring training, will likely miss the entire season after suffering a torn ACL while working out.
It’s a particularly tough injury for Campana because almost all of his value comes from speed and defense.
He’s a career .249 hitter with one homer and a .583 OPS in 257 games as a big leaguer, but Campana has swiped 66 bases while being caught just nine times and rates well defensively in center field.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a column about how James Shields ended up signing a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres after remaining on the open market far longer than anyone expected.
In tweeting out a link to the article, Passan calls it “a botched strategy” by Shields’ behalf:
There’s some truth to that, certainly (and Passan’s column is a solid one, as are most of his columns). Almost every free agency prediction had Shields signing for more than $75 million and Shields himself probably wasn’t counting on taking four years from San Diego.
But he’s obviously not the first free agent to overestimate his market value and here’s the thing: That’s a helluva “botched strategy.” Shields botched himself into …
1. Living in San Diego, which is one of the nicest places in the country and is where the California native already makes his home during the offseason. I mean, think of how often we hear about how some free agent wants to play in his hometown. Shields actually did it.
2. Playing in the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark, Petco Park, which will help his raw numbers look much better than they actually are and keep any mid-30s decline from being as severe-looking. It’s basically like a free agent hitter signing with the Rockies to play 81 times a year at Coors Field.
3. Being paid $75 million, which is a lot of money–third-most among all free agent pitchers this year behind Max Scherzer and Jon Lester–and probably has the exact same impact on Shields’ lifestyle that being paid, say, $100 million would have had.
Passan is absolutely right that Shields’ offseason didn’t go as planned, but we should all wish for that kind of “botched strategy.”