Ex-closer Addison Reed is back with the Diamondbacks

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Former closer Addison Reed and his $4.9 million salary are back with the Diamondbacks one month after being demoted to Triple-A, replacing the injured Randall Delgado on the roster.

Reed pitched well in the minors with a 1.74 ERA in 11 appearances, although his 11/5 K/BB ratio in 10.1 innings wasn’t great for a 26-year-old ex-closer facing Triple-A hitters.

Reed is a perfectly decent middle reliever who was elevated to the closer role very early in his career and increased his perceived value by racking up saves, only to look like a bust when he performed like a perfectly decent middle reliever being asked to work the ninth inning.

Given his current $4.9 million salary it seems unlikely that the Diamondbacks will keep Reed via arbitration for next season when the cost would be the same or higher, so the 26-year-old could be pitching for his next gig down the stretch.

Didi Gregorius will wear a mask during games

Gregorius will wear a mask
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Didi Gregorius will wear a mask during games this year. That’s what the Phillies infielder tells the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe, so, that’s why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So, I have to keep it on me all the time.”

Gregorius will wear a mask both while batting and out in the field, he said.

A big reason for it is that he has a chronic kidney condition which makes him “high risk” under Major League Baseball’s safety protocols. He could opt out if he wanted to but Gregorius, who signed a $14 million deal with the Phillies last winter, is a free agent again this coming offseason. He is coming off of a down year in 2019, having hit .238/.276/.441 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI across 344 plate appearances. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and didn’t make his 2019 season debut until June 7. A big reason he took a one-year deal was to reestablish his value for next season’s go-around on the free agent market and he doesn’t want the long layoff going into what could be his last significant payday.

Major League Baseball is not requiring players or umpires to wear masks on the field during games or practices, though it is reportedly looking into clear face shields for home plate umpires to wear under their usual protective masks.

Gregorius will wear a mask to keep himself safe, he said, but he also notes in the article that “I think it adds safety for everybody, for me and people around me.” Here’s hoping, given his vulnerability, everyone around him is being as safe as he is.