Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that a settlement of the long-brewing Dodgers TV deal has been reached and it will mean about $7 billion for the team over time. That’s all interesting, but the implications of it are more interesting. Check out this quote from one of the team’s owners when asked if the Dodgers are going to be able to sign big deals as a result of their TV money windfall:
Boehly declined to comment on specific players. However, when asked whether the Dodgers could afford to take on two players with $200-million contracts if the baseball operations department recommended it, he answered, “Yes … And, if there was a need to put another $100 million into the stadium, we could do that to.”
Clayton Kershaw will almost certainly be one of them. But could they go after Robinson Cano? I suppose with this money they could go after anyone and everyone.
The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.
It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.
Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.