Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

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Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is:

I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down cold, of course.

For the record, $100.50 in daily meal money can buy you 53 Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell. Or, perhaps, one “Brennaman” steak (12 oz “barrel cut” filet mignon) with a side of 18 Virginia Blue Point oysters at Precinct steak house in Cincinnati.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.