The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that the club signed utilityman Daniel Descalso to a one-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Descalso will earn $1.35 million for the 2017 season and the contract has a $2 million club option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. Infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment to create roster space.
Descalso, 30, hit .264/.349/.424 with 28 extra-base hits, 38 RBI, and 38 runs scored over 289 plate appearances with the Rockies last season. He played five different positions on the field including first, second, and third base, shortstop, and left field. He’ll provide the Diamondbacks some versatility.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.