Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the Pirates have signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to a three-year, $31 million contract extension. The deal will pay him $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.
Cervelli, 30, was set to be a free agent after the season. He has been excellent since coming over from the Yankees before to the 2015 season, putting up a .291/.373/.384 batting line over 163 games while also providing excellent defense behind the plate particularly with pitch framing. Cervelli has had numerous injury issues in the past and was one the players caught up in the Biogenesis scandal a few years ago. But he has made himself a fixture on the Pirates and played in 130 games last season.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”