Jered Weaver dropped below 200 pounds last season, which is crazy for someone 6-foot-7, so the Angels right-hander committed himself to putting on weight this offseason and now weighs 224 pounds.
Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that this is the first time in his life he’s ever weighed more than 218 pounds, saying: “I don’t know if my metabolism is slowing down from getting older or what, but I feel good.”
For most people weighing the most they’ve ever weighed at age 32 is not a positive thing, so I’m hesitant to throw this one into the Best Shape Of His Life pile just yet, but in Weaver’s case he added the weight in an effort to get stronger and “get deeper in games.”
He logged 214 innings in 34 starts last season, which is a fairly standard per-start rate for a good pitcher and right in line with Weaver’s career norms. He also posted a 3.59 ERA, which was his worst since 2009 and, when adjusted for the lower levels of offense across MLB, rates as the worst mark of his career.
Yasiel Puig, unexpectedly, remained unemployed for the entire offseason. But now, a week or so into spring training, it’s appearing as though he may soon have a job. That’s the word from Hector Gomez of Z101, who reports that the Rockies and White Sox have emerged as “frontrunners” to sign the guy.
Puig hit a .252/.302/.475 (92 OPS+) for the Reds before being traded to the Indians. Once in Cleveland his performance improved, however, as he hit .297/.377/.423 (109 OPS+). Definitely a down year overall, and a far cry from the sort of superstar performance he showcased when he first broke into the league, but he’s just 29 and still profiles as an above average big league outfielder, on defense and at the plate.
He’d certainly benefit from playing in the thin air of Colorado. He’d also look pretty spiffy in the White Sox’ lineup, though he’d likely have to assume a platoon role there. Which, given that he as better in that role toward the end of his tenure in Los Angeles, would not be the worst idea. He didn’t like it all that much, but at the moment, he needs to find a job.
Anyway, look for Puig to be off the market soon.