The Yankees didn’t wait long to turn the page on Robinson Cano. As Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News points out, his old No. 24 has a new owner:
Sizemore, a non-roster invitee after missing most of the past two seasons with ACL injuries, has a legitimate chance to make the Opening Day roster given the questions in New York’s infield. He previously wore No. 29 with the Athletics, but Francisco Cervelli has that number with the Yankees.
If Sizemore makes the team, he’ll be the first player since Cano to wear No. 24 for the Yankees since Sidney Ponson in 2006. I know what you’re thinking: how was it not retired in the first place? For shame, Yankees. For shame.
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.