Shots fired in Anaheim

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Craziness after the Angels-Rockies game:

An off-duty police officer shot and wounded two men who had
assaulted him in the crowded Angel Stadium parking lot after Wednesday
night’s Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Angels game, authorities said. The
officer, who was walking to his car with his wife and small children
about 25 minutes after the game, was hit in the head with an object,
police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. The off-duty officer then shot the men
with his duty weapon, Schmidt said. Police did not immediately identify
the officer or the shooting victims.

I’ve been to the Big A a few times. The area around that stadium
doesn’t strike me as particularly dangerous, but I guess anything can
happen anywhere.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.