Via the Associated Press, two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen is auctioning off a bunch of his old baseball memorabilia “because it’s gathering dust in a storage shed and the proceeds will be used to benefit others.”
SCPAuctions.com is running the sale and there are a total of 77 items up for bid, including:
– 1985 World Series ring
– Game-worn high school uniforms
– 1985 and 1989 Cy Young awards
– The ball from his first MLB win
– The ball from his 1991 no-hitter
– Rolex watch from winning World Series MVP
– Comeback Player of the Year award
– Gold Glove award
And then all sorts of other random stuff too.
Saberhagen made nearly $50 million during his 16-season career and retired in 2001, but the Associated Press reports that “the proceeds will go to his foundation and four children.”
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.