Nationals’ outfielder Chris Heisey will stay on with the club for another year, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The 31-year-old reportedly signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with performance bonuses on Friday, which will make 2017 his second year in Washington.
It’s a nice upgrade for Heisey, who joined the club on a minor league contract during the 2015 offseason and emerged as a versatile outfielder and one of their most potent pinch-hitters down the stretch. He batted .216/.290/.446 over 155 plate appearances, accumulating nine home runs and 0.3 fWAR in the regular season. He also helped power the team during their postseason drive, going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NLDS. It marked his fourth career postseason appearance and first with the Nationals, who finished first in the NL East and were knocked out of the Division Series by the Dodgers.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.