UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $2.75 million guaranteed.
12:35 p.m. ET: According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have signed right-hander Brandon Beachy to a one-year, major league contract with a club option for 2016. No word yet on the exact terms involved.
Beachy has made just five appearances at the major league level since June of 2012 and is currently working his way back from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He’s likely to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues his rehab, but the Dodgers believe that he could be a factor at some point later this year and beyond. Rosenthal notes that one of the reasons Beachy was attracted to the Dodgers is because his surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache is based in Los Angeles.
Beachy won’t be 29 until September and owns a 3.23 ERA across 46 starts in the majors, so it’s easy to see why the Dodgers were willing to take a chance on him. They can afford to throw money at situations like this, like we saw earlier this winter with Brett Anderson.
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.