We told you about the fan vote for the cover of “MLB ’13 The Show” earlier this week, so we might as well let you know that after five days of voting (and heavy campaigning by all parties on Twitter), Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was declared the winner.
McCutchen was trailed by CC Sabathia, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey and Ryan Braun. Check out the full results here, if you are so inclined.
Here’s McCutchen expressing his gratitude via his Twitter account:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dust off my NES and turn on some RBI Baseball. I’ll tell ya, that chunky guy that’s supposed to be Vince Coleman can’t be stopped!
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.