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MLB rescinds Andrew Kittredge’s three-game suspension

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Towards the end of last season, Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia each received suspensions for throwing at opposing batters. Sabathia was suspended five games while Kittredge was suspended three games. MLB has rescinded Kittredge’s suspension, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Kittredge threw at Austin Romine‘s head leading off the top of the sixth inning. He stayed in the game and ended up serving up an RBI triple, a sacrifice fly, and two solo home runs. Sabathia responded by throwing at Jesús Sucre leading off the bottom half of the sixth. Sabathia was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza.

Sabathia’s actions got the headlines because he appeared to cost himself a $500,000 bonus by getting ejected. In December, the Yankees decided to give it to him anyway. Sabathia is expected to begin serving his five-game suspension at the start of the 2019 season.

Kittredge, 28, was outrighted off of the Rays’ 40-man roster in November. He would have had to serve his three-game suspension whenever the Rays called him up from the minor leagues. Across parts of two seasons in the majors, Kittredge owns a 6.04 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 23 walks in 53 2/3 innings.

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.