It was reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had ended their pursuit of Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette because the asking price for compensation was too high. Now that the possibility has officially been ruled out, the Blue Jays will remain with the status quo after all.
The plan calls for Beeston to retire after the 2015 season, so we could be doing this all over again next offseason. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Blue Jays chairman Edward Rogers said in a press release that they “will not be commenting on the succession process or timing.”
Beeston has a long history with the Blue Jays and was the team’s first employee in 1976. He’s currently in his second stint as team president/CEO.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.