Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that free agent right-hander Brandon Beachy has settled on a team. There are apparently only some minor details to work out.
No word yet on the identity of Beachy’s new team, but Wolfson writes that it’s not the Twins. The Braves and Rangers reportedly dropped out of the running earlier this month.
Beachy is coming back from his second Tommy John surgery and likely won’t be ready until sometime in May at the earliest, so he’ll almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden deal. The 28-year-old owns a 3.23 ERA with 9.2 K/9 across 46 starts in the majors, but he has made just five starts since June 16, 2012.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.