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Royals pick up 2017 options for Wade Davis and Alcides Escobar

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals exercised 2017 club options for reliever Wade Davis ($10 million) and shortstop Alcides Escobar ($6.5 million).

Davis, 31, put up a sterling 1.87 ERA, bu tlogged only 43 1/3 innings with a 47/16 K/BB ratio as he missed time with a forearm injury. Just because the Royals exercised their option doesn’t mean they necessarily plan to keep him around. There’s a possibility the club could trade him this offseason and move Kelvin Herrera into the closer’s role.

Escobar, 29, hit a meager .261/.292/.350 with 17 stolen bases and 57 runs scored while playing in all 162 games. The Royals don’t have a better in-house option at shortstop at the moment, so Escobar will continue to get regular at-bats next season. But he’s a free agent after the 2017 campaign along with a handful of his teammates, which is when we could see the Royals make a change.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.