Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week.

According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and would tie Girardi with Charlie Manuel of the Phillies as the sixth-highest-paid manager in baseball.

Sherman speculates that the new deal will be announced Friday, when the World Series has an off day and MLB won’t be upset about the Yankees stealing some headlines from the Giants and Rangers.

After winning Manager of the Year and then being fired following his lone season as the Marlins’ manager Girardi has compiled a 287-199 record in three seasons with the Yankees, winning 59.1 percent of his games and a World Series in 2009. His career winning percentage of .563 is the highest among all active managers and ranks 19th all time among everyone who managed at least 500 games. And he has a binder.

UPDATE: Sherman now says it’s a done deal and the contract includes “$450,000-$500,000 in ALCS/World Series bonuses.”

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

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Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.