Free agent first baseman Chris Carter has been linked to the Orioles and Rangers, per agent Dave Stewart’s comments to Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network. Stewart has discussed his client with at least four teams since the beginning of the year, with the Athletics being the only notable exception so far.
Carter, 30, set a few personal records in 2016, batting .222/.321/.499 with a career-high 41 home runs and 27 doubles in his first season with the Brewers. He was non-tendered by the team in November, and has struggled to find a landing spot with other power-hitting first basemen still on the market.
Neither the Orioles nor the Rangers have Carter pegged as their first choice, as Baltimore is reportedly pursuing Mark Trumbo and Texas has its eye on Mike Napoli. Should either of those deals fail to come to fruition in the next couple of months, however, Carter could be a viable candidate for either team. For now, Stewart says, he doesn’t anticipate a quick signing process for Carter in the week to come (via FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman).
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Brewers. The 28-year-old has also been linked to the Dodgers and Nationals over the last month, though nothing substantial has surfaced on those fronts.
Milwaukee GM David Stearns has been shopping relief options as recently as last week, per a report from Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While his roster doesn’t appear to lack any significant bullpen pieces, the loss of closer Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox last month has left the club wanting for more depth. Feliz, meanwhile, could potentially step into the closing role in Milwaukee, provided that his resurgence in 2016 wasn’t a one-time deal.
The veteran righty is coming off of an impressive tour with the Pirates, during which he sustained a 3.52 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 53 2/3 innings. His time on the mound was highlighted by a promising spike in velocity, accompanied by the second-highest strikeout rate of his career to date, though he missed the last month of the season after suffering a bout of arm soreness.
The offseason can be hard on some players. Sure, if you’re a hunter or if you like to travel or if you’re super involved in charities or something your schedule is pretty full between November and early February. But what if you don’t have that stuff in your life? Then you’re just like the rest of us sad wretches, hanging out on the Internet all day, arguing with movie stars.
Well, not everyone hangs out on the Internet arguing with movie stars. But Brewers starter Matt Garza does.
The movie star is Jessica Chastain, who is not a fan of the direction policies with respect to birth control are heading:
Garza took the opportunity to explain birth control to a woman, at least in the own special way a man with six children who had his first child when he was 18 can talk about how he understands birth control:
There’s nothing wrong with abstinence if that’s what you’re into or if that’s what your religion teaches you to practice. It’s a free country.
But though abstinence may prevent one from getting pregnant, it is not a “contraceptive.” A “contraceptive” is a means of preventing pregnancy for those who are sexually active. Abstinence, then, is no more a contraceptive than “staying inside” is “sunscreen.” If you wanted to go to the beach and asked a friend for a sunscreen recommendation and he said “don’t go to the beach,” you’d say “uh, thanks” and then you’d ignore their advice on the matter at hand because they’re not interested in protection from UV rays, they’re interested in making sure people don’t go to the beach. Just as Garza here is not opining on contraception, he’s telling people they should not have sex.
Obviously I’m the last person to tell anyone to “stick to sports,” and I would not tell Matt Garza to stick to sports if he doesn’t want to. But really, it’d be a good idea to know what one is talking about when one moves outside the area of their expertise.