The Seattle Mariners have signed Jayson Werth to a minor league deal. The plan is for Werth to go to Peoria for extended spring training, after which he’ll report to Triple-A Tacoma.
Werth, who will be 39 in May, completed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals in 2017. While he had his high points with the Nats, age and injury caused his performance to decline over time. Last season he played in only 70 games hitting .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.
If he rakes in Tacoma and/or if an injury occurs to one the M’s outfielders, he may very well be back in the bigs. It’s not completely in his hands, of course.
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.