The Tigers entered Monday’s game against the last-place Twins with a disappointing 16-21 record. After signing Monday’s starter Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract, signing Justin Upton at six years and $132.75 million, and acquiring closer Francisco Rodriguez, the Tigers expected to be quite competitive in an otherwise uninspiring AL Central division. But it didn’t happen, which has led to rumors of firing manager Brad Ausmus.
The Twins were kind enough to spot the Tigers an 8-0 lead after the first inning of Monday night’s game, as Jose Berrios couldn’t finish the inning. The Tigers used four walks, three doubles, two singles, and a homer to put up an eight-spot. But not even that was enough. The Twins would score twice in the second, once in the third, and four times in the fourth to nearly erase the deficit, all against Zimmermann, who entered the start with the American League’s lowest ERA at 1.50.
Understandably, Ausmus was not in a good mood. He let home plate umpire Doug Eddings have it after Nick Castellanos was called out on strikes to end the bottom of the fourth. Ausmus was ejected immediately, then came out and got in Eddings’ face. As the coup de grace, Ausmus removed his sweater and draped it across home plate. It was art, really.
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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.