Mitch Williams sues MLB Network and Deadspin for wrongful termination and defamation

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Back in May, Mitch Williams was in the spotlight for his boorish behavior while coaching little league games. He was alleged to have cussed out an umpire, called kids on opposing teams derogatory names and, in one instance, ordered one of his players to bean a player on an opposing team. As a result of the controversy, Williams took a leave of absence from his MLB Network job.

Apparently, he has now been fired and he is now suing MLB Network for wrongful termination and Deadspin for defamation:

The suit alleges that the MLB Network wanted Williams to sign a contract saying he would no longer attend the sporting events of his five children. When he refused, Williams said he was fired, losing out in the $2 million balance of his contract, along with positions at mlb.com, the Sports Network and Fox Sports. Williams is seeking damages separately from each party.

On the defamation, well, given that Williams publicly apologized for his behavior, good luck with that.

As for the wrongful termination: I guess it all depends on the terms of his contract with MLB Network. I’m no employment law expert, but I have a contract with a major media company too, and I can tell you that there are a lot of things in there that would allow a major media company to fire an on-air personality should be a monstrous jackwagon and bring bad press upon said major media company. So good luck with that too.

The real scandal here, though: someone at MLB Network not only thought that Mitch Williams was worth paying for his awful baseball analysis, but that he was worth paying $2 million for it.

Guys: I’ll give you better than he got for 10% of that. And I won’t verbally and physically assault children. You have my number. Think about it.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.