Chad Billingsley “remains a person of interest” for the Diamondbacks

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This sort of makes it sound like Chad Billingsley murdered someone. I’m sorry, allegedly murdered someone. And the Dbacks are the police. Which makes no sense because they fired Captain Towers and Sgt. Gibson back in September. But anyway, I do hope we talk about free agents as criminal suspects more often in the future. Instead of signings we get “apprehensions” and things like that. Hey, we’ve been “kicking the tires” for years. At least this makes them more human.

Anyway, Billingsley is probably on the Dbacks’ radar primarily because the Dbacks GM, Dave Stewart, was his agent until just before he became the Dbacks’ GM. Which makes this all an inside job, see?

Sorry. I can’t stop with this. Here’s Billingsley’s rap sheet for 2014: two starts at Rancho Cucamonga in the California League and flexor tendon surgery in June. He’s supposed to be ready for spring training, but he hasn’t committed any acts of major league baseball since 2013, and has been out of the game in a serious way since 2012. He’s probably hoping, though, that he can come back for one last big score. Because that always works.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.