By tripling and coming around to score in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s, Derek Jeter moved up one more notch on both the all-time hits and runs scored lists.
Jeter’s hit was his 3,056th, pushing him past Rickey Henderson into 21st place. He’s already moved up seven places since reaching 3,000 last month, and he’ll slide up one more within a few days when he passes Craig Biggio with his 3,061st hit. Further progress will likely have to wait until next year; Dave Winfield sits in 19th place with 3,110 hits.
The run scored was his 1,752nd, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for, once again, 21st place. He should pass Charlie Gehringer at 1,774 and move into 20th place later this year.
While Jeter is the current active leader in hits, he’s second in runs scored behind teammate Alex Rodriguez at 1,810. A-Rod is in 17th place and should pass Carl Yastrzemski, Eddie Collins and Frank Robinson on the list with a healthy final five weeks.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.