Indians manager Terry Francona's postgame comments after loss to White Sox: pic.twitter.com/9V55MQ40oR— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 25, 2017
There were a lot of regulars in the lineup, with the top 4 Santana-Lindor-Brantley-Encarnacion, hopefully a preview of the top four on April 3. Yandy Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double, and Bradley Zimmer hit a triple in his only plate appearance of the game. Zimmer's probably not going to make the Opening Day roster, but he's set himself up for a callup later in the season.
This kind of extension, made the year before a player is eligible for arbitration, is the sweet spot for both team and player in that the team can buy out a couple years of free agency and the player gets set for life. Ramirez isn't maximizing his earning potential, but then again, 100% of 70-75% is a lot better piece of mind than 0% of 100%.
From the article, we learn that Friday was the self-imposed deadline for both the Indians and Ramirez. Oh, and this line..
There is another school of thought that says arbitration doesn't favor third basemen who don't hit 30 homers and drive in 100 RBI a year.
...made me wonder if Hoynes knows a certain meme.
Meanwhile on Twitter:
Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) March 25, 2017
(referencing that the extension still requires a physical)
Good news on the Kipnis front. Also, the Indians needed to let Austin Jackson know if he made the team by now, as he can opt out from his minor-league deal today.
In #Rangers contract extension news: Jonathan Lucroy says talks with him have been tabled. Nothing new on Yu Darvish extension.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 25, 2017
Both Lucroy and Darvish can become free agents after this season, so these were going to be difficult negotiations; usually the closer a player gets to free agency, the more likely he is just to wait it out rather than take the guaranteed money.
Statcast is also going to be tracking defensive plays "stolen" from another fielder (usually on outfield fly balls), something that should help us understand defensive ratings a bit better.
Norris was released earlier this spring after the Nationals signed Matt Wieters.