Angels, Mathis avoid arbitration with $1.7M agreement

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Baseball’s salary arbitration process is generally a good thing in that it can help young and productive players get the money they deserve well before they are allowed to test the free market.

It also presents some hilarious situations.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels avoided arbitration Wednesday with catcher Jeff Mathis by agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

Mathis, 27, batted just .195 with a .291 on-base percentage and .278 slugging percentage last season and also played poor defense behind the plate.  In truth, he might have been the worst player in baseball to register more than 200 plate appearances.

But that’s how arbitration goes.  Mathis made $1.3 million last season in his first year of eligibility and he will probably get a raise next season as well no matter what kind of results he turns in this year.

Unless, of course, the Angels want to non-tender him and risk another team picking him up as a free agent.  One would have to assume that manager Mike Scioscia would be against that type of move because, after all, he was the one that allowed Mathis to play so often in 2010.

Indians unveil red alternate jersey, Wahoo-free caps

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The Cleveland Indians unveiled a new alternate home jersey today. It’s a red top with a script “Indians” on the front. It’ll be worn for occasional home games next year. It’ll be the first time the Indians have worn red jerseys since the 1970s, though these are not throwbacks to those Buddy Bell/Boog Powell-era kits they once wore, as you can see below. 

The Indians also unveiled their other uniforms. They’re basically identical to what they’ve worn in the past, except no Chief Wahoo, who has been phased out of the team’s livery. A block C has replaced Wahoo on the cap, with both the red-bill and the solid blue block C continuing. Jersey patches of Wahoo are gone too, replaced for this year by the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. No word on what they’ll do for a patch beyond that. 

Overall it’s a modest upgrade rather than than the total redesign that they might’ve done given that they had to change caps and stuff anyway, but anything without Wahoo his welcome.

 

Cleveland’s caps as well as its home and road jerseys will feature the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. Cleveland is hosting the 75th event in July.

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