It’s a big day for the players. First Pedro Alvarez, now Mark Trumbo, who just won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks. Trumbo will receive $6.9 million. The Dbacks filed at $5.3 million.
Trumbo appeared in only 88 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, but he still hit 14 homers in an era where power is increasingly rare. He averaged 32 homers and 94 RBI in his previous three seasons, which no doubt played into the arbitrators’ decision.
We have heard tell of Jesus Montero being in The Best Shape of His Life. Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish is in Peoria, Arizona and he has the documentary proof. Mercy:
That’s a long damn way from where Montero was last year, when he was being heckled by one of his own team’s scouts about his weight — the infamous ice cream sandwich incident — causing Montero to go into the stands in an attempt to fight him. That frustration, one suspects, was at least partially a product of a couple of lost years in which the once-top prospect was suspended for drug use, got woefully out of shape and put his career in jeopardy.
There are no guarantees that Montero’s career will get better. He has to hit and/or figure out a defensive position he won’t butcher and he has to convince the Mariners that there is a place for him, both physically and figuratively in their organization.
But getting into shape is the first step. And he appears to have done it. Good for him.
From the desert:
Actually, he’s not early for spring training. He’s super, super late for last year’s spring training.
So Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer posted this last night:
How did he get those cool pictures? Oh, no big deal. He just built a drone in the offseason:
Someone get Miguel Montero to a sheltered area, and make it fast.
They had the best bullpen in all the land last year. Now they’re considering adding a guy to it:
To hear manager Ned Yost tell it, the Royals could open the season with an eight-man bullpen, one more than the usual number of relievers. The extra pitcher would provide insurance if [Luke] Hochevar needs extra time to ready himself for extended duty.
“It depends on where Hoch is at,” Yost said. “If we need to protect Hoch, then, probably. If we don’t need to protect Hoch, then probably not.”
If the Royals need a pinch hitter or a defensive replacement early in the season, you have a really, really good chance of getting in the game. Literally: you. Like, if you’re sitting near the Royals’ dugout, Yost may call on you due to a lack of position players.