Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test.
Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may be reading too much into this, I get the sense that he knows that the biggest part of the HGH test is the perception, not the actual merits of the thing:
“You never hear it talked about in football, where most guys are massively bigger than us, or in basketball,” Granderson said. “It’s amazing of the three major sports, we’re the ones that are consistently talked about when it comes to that stuff, so hopefully we can get rid of that conversation.”
That sound you hear are all of Granderson’s fans back in Michigan wondering how the hell he doesn’t consider hockey to be a major sport.
Anyway: he’s right. the test is about getting rid of a conversation. I think everyone involved knows that. I also think that’s why it was apparently so easily and quietly included in the new CBA.
Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.
Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.
Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.
Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.