It’ll have one sentence about a cut fastball repeated over and over again and will, despite the predictability, will win the Nobel Prize for literature:
Little, Brown and Co. said Monday it will publish “The Closer” next spring in English, Spanish and audio editions. A children’s edition will follow that autumn … Says the 12-time All-Star: “Now is the time for me to finally tell my full story, of where I came from and what my game, my family, and my faith have meant to me every day.”
I love Rivera as a player, but I’m struggling to think of what would pass for drama here. I guess he has to have a few words about the 2001 World Series, but the rest of it will basically be the description of a dominance so consistent that it almost became boring in a weird way, paired up with what by all accounts has been a happy family life and commitment to his faith and community.
So, not a page-turner. But I don’t think I’d ever wish a page-turning life on anyone because that stuff has got to be chaotic. Which is to say, good for Mariano.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.