Matt Harvey reported to his new team, the Los Angeles Angels, this week. And almost as soon as he did he got hurt: he’ll be sidelined 10 days because of a glute strain suffered while doing agility drills.
Well, that’s a pain in the— [Editor: don’t even think about it, Craig]
Harvey is on a one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels looking to build on the modest progress he made after being traded to the Reds last season.
The glute strain itself is not a big deal, of course, especially this early in spring training. And, for what it’s worth, based on some pictures of him from initial workouts in Tempe, he looks to be in pretty good shape. A bit more svelte than he’s been for the past couple of years.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).