Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies and reliever Scott Oberg have agreed on a three-year, $13 million contract extension. It includes a club option for the 2023 season worth $8 million. Oberg was entering his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Oberg, 29, turned in back-to-back quality campaigns the last two seasons, finishing with a 2.45 ERA in 2018 and a 2.25 ERA last season. In aggregate across both seasons, he has struck out 115 batters and walked 35 over 114 2/3 innings. Oberg missed the final month and a half due to a blood clot in his right arm.
Oberg will likely open the 2020 season as the Rockies’ closer, taking over for Wade Davis, whose production has declined in recent years.
MLB COVID-19 testing results were just jointly released by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The results given are through close of business yesterday.
The MLB COVID-19 testing results are broken down by both”Intake Screening,” which was the threshold testing required before players and staff were allowed to enter camp. Then the “Monitoring Testing” which is the every-other-day testing being conducted from now until the end of the season.
Here’s how it breaks down:
COMPLETED INTAKE SCREENING
- The number of positive intake tests was 66, which was 1.8% of the 3,748 total samples tested;
- 58 of these 66 positives were players and 8 were staff members;
- 27 different clubs had at least one positive test;
- The number of monitoring samples collected and tested has been 7,401;
- 17 of these 7,401 samples, which is 0.2%, have been new positives;
- 13 of the 17 positives have been players and 4 have been staff members;
- 10 different Clubs have had a new positive during Monitoring Testing.
COMBINED INTAKE AND MONITORING TESTING
Combining the totals of Intake Screening and Monitoring Testing, the results are as follows:
- The total number of positive tests between both testing phases is 83, which is 0.7% of the 11,149 samples since the beginning of Intake Screening on June 27th;
- Among the 83 positives, 71 have been players and 12 have been staff members;
- 28 different Clubs have had positive tests overall.
Left unclear from the MLB COVID-19 testing press release is whether MLB is up-to-schedule in its monitoring testing (i.e. if they are turning around the tests in 24 hours is required by MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan or if, as we saw earlier in the week, there has been lag.
It’s also not clear if this sort of update will come every week or if this was a one-time thing. Guess we’ll see soon.