Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-hitter against the Marlins to finish out the regular season, thanks in large part to Steven Souza, Jr.’s terrific diving catch in left field of a Christian Yelich fly ball to record the final out.
MLB Network happened to capture a cool shot of Zimmermann reacting to Souza’s catch with their Ballpark Cam. You can see him walking dejectedly off of the mound, expecting the ball to fall in for a hit — likely a double, with Yelich running — but is happily surprised when Souza snags the baseball.
To quote my colleague Drew Silva, baseball is just the best.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.