Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have inked veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $2 million contract that includes $5 million in performance bonuses.
Volquez, 35, signed a two-year minor league contract with the Rangers in February as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Marlins, posting a 4.19 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 53 walks over 92 1/3 innings. His season ended on July 5 that year.
The last-place Rangers finished 67-95 this past season and their prospects aren’t expected to get much better in 2019. If he’s able to, Volquez will simply eat up innings for the Rangers throughout the year. MLB.com currently lists the Rangers’ starting rotation as Mike Minor, Ariel Jurado, Yohander Méndez, Adrian Sampson, and Drew Smyly. Yikes.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.