When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder.
Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through with lefty C.J. Wilson, but for now Miami can be counted out on both big-time free agent first basemen. Yes, Gaby Sanchez’s job is safe.
Fielder’s market probably won’t fully develop until Pujols decides where to spend the rest of his career.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.