Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game.
In today’s Musings, a two-sport athlete brings to light some of MLB’s recruitment problems, two teams emerged as potential front-runners in the Manny Machado and Bryce Harper sweepstakes, MLB sets another revenue record, and MLB mourns the untimely passing of a former coach.
All this news and more in this week’s Musings.
News and Notes
7 / 175 - Years and dollars the White Sox reportedly offered 26-year-old all-star Manny Machado. It’s an underwhelming offer, especially considering his age and value. If this is the range Machado is seeing in the open-market, the MLBPA will have some real hard issues to deal with before the next labor contract is signed.
75 - Games pitched by righty-reliever Adam Ottavino in 2018. The Yankees signed Ottavino to a three-year $27 million deal, where he will join the likes of Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Zach Britton, in what is projected to be the best bullpen in baseball. The Red Sox have yet to bolster their ‘pen, with Craig Kimbrel still looking for a landing spot.
4.90 - 2018 ERA for Sonny Gray, who was a disappointment all-around in the Bronx. Rumor has it the Bombers are sending him to the Reds. He is only owed $7.5 million in 2019, and a change of scenery is probably best for both parties.
2020 - Year in which the Anaheim Angels extended their lease at Angels Stadium. The Angels are looking to upgrade their stadium, presumably at least in part at the cost of Southern California taxpayers. They tried to threaten a move to get a state-of-the-art new stadium, but talks went nowhere as the appetite for public-funding never got off the ground. This gives the team and the city another year to negotiate what comes next.
2 - Veterans have signaled they would like to return in 2019: Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson. Colon was barely above replacement-level last year, but despite being 45-years-old, he still threw nearly 150 innings. Granderson was better; across two cities, he posted a 116 wRC+. 2019 will likley be each players’ last year.
330 - Saves for former all-star closer John Wetteland, who made the Dallas papers in perhaps the worst way possible.
66 - Days until Opening Day!