In a column of “New Year’s Wishes” for baseball fans, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that David Cone is out as a color commentator at the YES Network after “a heated disagreement” with network executives. A spokesman for YES confirmed his exit, saying:
“David’s contract is up. We’d love to have him back, but he’s in the
process of evaluating his various options. … He may not be back based
on what he decides.”
It would end his second stint with YES, as Cone attempted a comeback
with the Mets in 2003. It’s a big blow for YES, as Coney has really
grown as a color man in a short amount of time. In short, he made the booth almost tolerable. I’m gonna guess he ends
up at MLB Network in some capacity.
Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.
The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.
Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.