This is interesting. It involves a bit too much speculation for our liking, but it is interesting.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News suspects that baseball broadcasters Jon Miller and Joe Morgan might be done as a tandem at ESPN. The two are scheduled to broadcast the World Series on ESPN Radio later this month but do not have a contract lined up for next season on the television or radio side.
“It’s reasonable speculation (about ESPN not bringing them back),” an MLB source told the Daily News. “Normally, in this circumstance Jon and Joe would have been signed by now. Not always, but often.”
It is a bit abnormal that Miller and Morgan have not been re-upped, but the offseason extends over several months and there is plenty of time for negotiations to take place.
While some HBT readers are probably ecstatic at the idea of Morgan — not so much Miller — moving on to another gig, it’s definitely not a sure thing at this point and the two have been working together now for 21 seasons. Our guess is that streak will continue.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.