Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain. It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running. He can still take BP and do fielding drills.
I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if a tiny little malady like this at this particular time of the year isn’t something some players are rather pleased to have. “Oh, drat! There is something amiss that will not affect me in any way whatsoever except that it will prevent me from doing wind sprints in the outfield! Oh, cruel fates! Why dost thou damn me so?!”
Then again, maybe this is the case of a schlubby and lazy 37-year-old computer jockey projecting a bit.
An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.
As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.
While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.