Josh Hamilton is no longer a vampire

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For most of his career Josh Hamilton’s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light.

Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and .631 OPS in the sun last season, but so far this year he’s 12-for-24 (.500) with four homers in afternoon games.

What’s the reason for the sudden ability to hit during the day? Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he finally found a combination of eye drops and sun glasses that works and “got it figured out toward the end of last year.”

I’ll just assume Hollywood has already started production on a film trilogy about vampires who take eye drops, wear shades, and post a 1.000 OPS. Can’t be any worse than Twilight.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.