It was reported earlier this afternoon that the Cardinals, Cubs, and Angels were the finalists for free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, but there’s a surprise team in the mix.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Nationals have been revealed as the infamous “mystery team.” It’s unclear who has the top bid at this point, but Heyman also writes that it’s believed Heyward has at least one $200 million offer on the table.
If the Nationals were to sign Heyward, they’d presumably stick him in center field and continue to go with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth in the corner spots. This would move young Michael Taylor back into a fourth-outfielder role, though he’s obviously good insurance with Werth’s recent injury history.
Given Heyward’s age (he just turned 26 in August) and all-around game, he’s regarded as the top position player on the market. Many expect he’ll end up with a 10-year contract. The market for position players has been slower to develop than the pitchers, but it sounds like things are finally heating up.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.