Indians starter Trevor Bauer once missed a playoff start because he cut his finger repairing one of his drones. Even that consequence hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his hobby. Bauer revealed on Twitter on Monday that he once again injured himself with his drone.
Naturally, the Internet found it hilarious and started making jokes about it, to which Bauer responded:
Drones aside, Bauer has had an interesting offseason. His rivalry with Astros third baseman Alex Bregman continued, as the two had a back-and-forth on Twitter in which Bauer challenged Bregman to a home run hitting contest at Driveline Baseball.
Bauer also responded to suggestions the Indians should trade him by saying they shouldn’t. On MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show last week, Bauer said, “Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.