Jeff Passan reports that the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $18 million deal with reliever Kelvin Herrera. There is a vesting third-year option as well.
Herrera pitched for the Royals and Nationals last year, putting up a combined 2-3 record with a 2.44 ERA in 44 games. He was the closer for the Royals and, initially anyway, set up for the Nats, moving into closing duties once Sean Doolittle was injured. Herrera’s own season ended on August 26 when he was carted off the field after tearing the Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The Lisfranc ligament connects several bones in the foot. I did not know that and I imagine neither did most of you.
In all Herrera picked up 17 saves on the year. He struck out 38 batters and walked 10 in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely close for the White Sox.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports