Mariners manager Eric Wedge just made some interesting comments about Jack Wilson.
We initially heard that Wilson was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers due to defensive issues after committing two errors in one inning, but Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times today that the infielder actually pulled himself from the game.
“I tried to protect Jack by saying he was a little bit hazy and then he made mention of the fact that I took him out of the game,” Wedge said. “I did not take him out of the game. He took himself out of the game. (Bench coach) Robby Thompson and I were underneath there, and wanted him to go back out. Wanted to convince him to go back out. He didn’t think he could do that and ultimately we had to make a change.”
Yikes. If those comments aren’t strong enough for you, Wedge also called Wilson’s decision to leave the game “unspeakable.”
There are obviously some things we don’t know here, but one must wonder if Wilson isn’t thrilled with his recent move to second base. Adam Kennedy is starting at second base tonight against the Indians and while Wedge said Wilson is “available,” it’s pretty clear that he’s in the doghouse, if not out the door completely.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.
Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.
Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.
The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.
Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.
New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.
A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.