David Ortiz has been added to the Fox World Series broadcast

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It’s pregame panel stuff, not in-game commentary. But if you’ve been missing some Big Papi in your life, tune in to the World Series next week:

One of Major League Baseball’s best postseason hitters returns to the October stage this year, only this time he trades his lethal bat for a microphone. David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been added to FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame show roster for the first two games of the 2014 Fall Classic . . . Ortiz joins fellow major leaguer Nick Swisher, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas as analysts live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City beginning Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Kevin Burkhardt anchors all of FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage.

I guess we never can know about this stuff. Fox has used A.J. Pierzynski in the past and before we saw him I think everyone thought he’d be terrible but he was actually really good, and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have a good post-playing career in the booth. Same with Pedro Martinez, who has been a refreshing, mostly no-B.S. change of pace from the usual.

I’m curious to see how Ortiz does. If he avoids the tack that some players bring to the booth — the near inability to criticize his fellow players — he’ll probably be pretty good.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.