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Marty’s musings: the Brewers and White Sox lock up major pieces

Two late off-season signings highlight a lighter week in MLB news.

MLB: AUG 24 Yankees at Dodgers Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.

This week we look at Aaron Judge’s diagnosis a couple weeks prior to Opening Day, the Brewers ink a superstar player to a long-term deal, and the White Sox continue to lock-up their young talent.

News & Notes

2 - Weeks of rest required for Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Judge, who last week was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his first right rib. Judge previously voiced some frustration with the lack of diagnosis, and the lack of a timetable to return to baseball activities. Now that everyone knows what’s going on with his health, he can rest, heal, and hopefully get on the field in April. He’ll very likely miss Opening Day. Judge has yet to play in a game this spring.

5 - Year, $70 million contract extension the White Sox agreed to with third baseman Yoan Moncada. Moncada has previously been ranked the top prospect in the game, and despite a dip in expectations later in his MiLB career, he showed his offensive potential in 2019, hitting .315/.367/.548 with 25 dingers.

215 - Million dollar deal the Brewers and Christian Yelich agreed to last week. I wrote up the transaction in some detail, but high-level summary is the Brewers did well to lock-up Yelich for the next decade, and Yelich did well to get a 2020 raise and beyond. All-in-all, it’s a good thing for all parties, especially Brewers fans, who have their franchise player for years to come.

17 - Days until Opening Day.

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Steven Martano is an Editor at Beyond the Box Score, a Contributing Prospect Writer for the Colorado Rockies at Purple Row, and a contributing writer for The Hardball Times. You can follow him on Twitter at @SMartano