Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that the Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders.
That makes them one of several teams that, for reasons that aren’t clear to me, are apparently interested in Joe Saunders. I swear, starting pitchers in December and January are like homely people in the bar at closing time. They all seem so attractive now, but when the sun is up someone is gonna say “man, I signed Joe Saunders? Oof.”
Eh, I shouldn’t hate on Saunders. He had a 3.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP and ate 212 innings this past season. That has its uses. It’s not so useful that the Dbacks didn’t non-tender him when faced with the prospect of paying him $9 million bucks or so in arbitration, but it isn’t nothing.
Seriously, though: Think he’ll do OK in the AL East, Mr. Duquette? Really?
Major League Baseball put Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave pursuant to its domestic violence policy the other day. The thought at the time was that the move was made solely because Russell’s ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, had written a blog post reiterating past claims of domestic violence. As Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that’s not all they had:
The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players’ union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation.
The league’s investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said.
Reidy’s allegations alone, once assessed by MLB, would likely be enough to warrant Russell a suspension. That there is more out there would seem to make the case against him even stronger. The upshot: I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Russell will be back with the Cubs this year.