Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment by the Rockies on August 12. Now, after going 10 days without a trade or a waiver claim, the 30-year-old outfielder can sign on with a new organization.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Stubbs has cleared release waivers and is officially a free agent. Stubbs was batting just .216/.286/.431 in 51 games this season for Colorado, but he has some pop and some speed and can play defensively at any position in the outfield. There should be interest out there for such a low-risk, low-cost signing.
Stubbs slashed .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 132 games last season as the Rockies’ primary center fielder. He is making a $5.83 million salary this season in his final year of arbitration. (Colorado is on the hook for that).
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.