Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

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The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again.  The answer is no:

“I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got
kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment enough.”

Can’t really blame him. He was in pretty desperate and unhappy straits in 2008, and god knows the Dodgers didn’t sign and then promote him based on his promise. And really, given what we know about the Dodgers’ charity, Gibbons would be well-advised to avoid making any donations there anyway.

I think the most interesting thing about the article are his comments about why, he feels, he was out of baseball for so long: “I tie it to hitting .230 in ’07. If I played better, I really believe I would have had a job.”  In other words, he doesn’t feel like he was screwed over by virtue of being in the Mitchell Report. Which he wasn’t.

So live long and prosper, Mr. Gibbons.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.