Alex Bregman rips a fan on Twitter, deletes his account in shame

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman isn’t exactly a social media savant. Back in May he caused a bit of a controversy when he tweeted about wanting to “beat the s**t” out of the Rangers. It was a dumb controversy — all players want to beat the other team and they should feel free to say it — but it’s the sort of thing that teammates get a little rankled about and he could’ve saved himself some trouble if he had kept his hands off his phone.

The same goes for something a few days ago. It seems that some Astros fans were talking about hypothetical trade scenarios and one said that, maybe, it’d be better if the Astros had traded Bregman in a package for Chris Sale. Not exactly a controversial position, one wouldn’t think, and not the sort of thing one would expect a player to get upset about if they heard it.

But Bregman not only heard it, he sought it out by, apparently, by searching for his name. And when he found it he slid into the DMs (direct messages) of the Astros fan offering the opinion to berate him. Via Bleacher Report, here is the tweet with the screen caps of the exchange:

The coup de grace was Bregman saying that the fan was one of the “flees [sic] on the nutsack of society.” Actually, maybe the real highlight was when Bregman deleted his account in its entirely. That’s the sign of a man who knows he’s been beaten.

Major League Baseball has a social media policy. We don’t hear too much about it these days, but it’s there. I’m not sure if it contains a rule relating to “looking like an insecure jackwagon, calling people misspelled names and then deleting your account in shame,” but I imagine someone is looking into it.

Rays’ Yandy Díaz gets three-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.