Bad news in San Diego: Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, has more than a right shoulder strain, and it looks like his season is over as a result.
Bud Black said an MRI on Dustin Moseley’s right shoulder revealed “extensive damage,” and that “he’s going to be shut down for a period of time that will take him past 15 days.” Personally, I can’t remember the last time a dude had “extensive damage” to his shoulder and didn’t miss a year, can you?
It looks like the Padres will call up Joe Wieland — who came to the organization in the Mike Adams deal last year — to make his major league debut Saturday. He was pulled in the second inning of his start at Triple-A last night for what were then unknown reasons. Wieland threw a no-hitter in Double-A last year — before the trade, against the Padres affiliate in San Antonio by the way — so he may be fun.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that there is a “one million percent” chance Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will opt out once the season ends.
Just going by the math this makes perfect sense, of course.
Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees before the 2017 season. Pursuant to the terms of the deal he’ll make $15 million a year in 2020 and 2021 (he was given an $11 million signing bonus that was finished being paid out last year). This past season the qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Craig Kimbrel of the Cubs just signed a deal that will pay him $16 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (he’s making a prorated $16 million this year). Other top closer salaries at the moment include Kenley Jansen ($19,333,334); and Wade Davis ($18 million).
It’s fair to say that Chapman fits into that group and, I think it’s safe to say, more teams would take him than those guys if they were all freely available. As such, Chapman opting out to get more money makes all kinds of sense. Heck, opting out, getting slapped with a qualifying offer, accepting it and then hitting the market unencumbered after the 2020 season would stand him in better financial stead than if he didn’t opt-out in the first place.
The question is whether the Yankees will let it get that far or whether they’ll approach him to renegotiate the final couple of years on the deal or to add some years onto the back of it. If they’re smart they will.