The White Sox interrupted everyone’s Saturday night with a late signing of outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million deal. It was shocking as the White Sox hadn’t been considered front runners for Cabrera’s services, but it continued what has been a rather busy off-season on the South Side.
Also surprising: Cabrera was offered a four-year deal from an unknown team, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He turned it down to take the three-year deal from the White Sox. Could it have been the Mariners, who reportedly offered Cabrera a three-year contract on Friday? The Orioles, Mariners, and Giants were other teams hot on the Cabrera case.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”