This morning we posted about Curt Schilling saying that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.” A little while ago Cindy Boren of the Washington Post got ESPN’s comment on the matter: “We’re addressing it,” Mr. Schilling’s employer said.
How that will be addressed is unknown, but Boren notes that ESPN did send a memo to employees in January saying that they “should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.” It was not a hard and fast ban on politics talk as much as it was a “keep it mature and respectful” kind of memo, it would appear. Which makes sense as the campaign is going to be the biggest story of the year and expecting people not to comment on it seems kind of silly.
But I suppose we’ll soon see whether Schilling’s comment crossed a line or whether his past skating on thin ice when it comes to political comments inspires his employers to take any action against him.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.