Yadier Molina got ejected for arguing with an ump as a play was going on

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Bottom of the sixth, Cardinals have a 4-2 lead but the bases are full of Cubs. Miguel Montero at the plate. A borderline pitch was called a ball instead of a strike. The very next pitch, Montero hits a double to the gap. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is angry and argues, presumably about that last pitch.

Except he does it in the middle of the dang play while Cubs runners are circling the bases. Watch:

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Seriously, the argument unfolds almost immediately, and is going on while Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler all come in to score.

I presume Molina has enough sense of the field at this point to know that there likely wouldn’t be a play at the plate and probably was still watching it unfold out of the corner of his eye. Still, this is pretty inexcusable all the same. he’s distracting the ump, who could be called on to make a call, either at home if a runner doesn’t touch or to help out at third base. He’s possibly signaling to Soler that there is no play at the plate as well, erasing any doubts in his mind if he or his third base coach had any.

I mean look at this:

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Mostly, though, it’s just unprofessional. If you have a beef with the strike zone — and he may have had a longstanding one that built with the game, I have no idea as I didn’t watch it — take your beef up when there isn’t a play unfolding. Molina was ejected here, and I don’t have any problem with it whatsoever. Not because he’s arguing balls and strikes, but because he’s literally getting in the way of a play.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.