Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera pulled off the hidden ball trick during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins. Ehire Adrianza reached on a single against starter Tyson Ross. While Michael Reed was batting, Ross threw a pickoff throw to Cabrera at first base. Adrianza dove back and was very obviously safe, but he kept his line of sight away from Cabrera and Ross for some reason. Cabrera applied the obligatory tag, then faked a return throw to Ross. Adrianza unwittingly took his hand off of the bag to stand back up, so Cabrera quickly tagged Adrianza again to get the out.
The Tigers hung a three-spot in the fifth inning and went on to beat the Twins 3-0.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.