FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the market for free agent right-hander Chad Billingsley is “gaining momentum” and he has received “multiple offers.”
No word on who the offers are from, but we heard earlier this offseason that the Diamondbacks were interested. It makes sense as a potential fit on the surface, as Billingsley’s agent used to be Dave Stewart, who is now the general manager for Arizona. However, the Diamondbacks have a lot of options for their rotation already and Patrick Corbin and Bronson Arroyo should be back by midseason after Tommy John surgery.
Billingsley hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2013. The 30-year-old had another surgery last June, this time to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training. He will likely have to settle for an incentive-laden contract, similar to what we saw with the Padres and Josh Johnson.
Billingsley owns a 3.65 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over 190 starts and 29 relief appearances in the majors.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.