The Brewers have gotten the jump on their long holiday weekend by finishing up some paperwork: they have finalized their deals with pitchers Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo.
As reported, Chacin is now signed to a two-year, $15.5 million contract. Gallardo gets one year and $2 million in base with $2 million in incentives.
Chacin spent last year with the San Diego Padres, putting up a 3.89 ERA in 32 starts while striking out 153 in 180 innings. Gallardo put up a a 5-10 record in 28 games — 22 as a starter — posting a 5.72 ERA, in 130.w innings with the Mariners. He, of course, spent the first eight years of his career with the Brewers.
Mmmmm . . . I love the sound of innings being eaten.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.