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.”
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.