The Milwaukee Brewers appear serious about landing a free agent starter, and they’ve reportedly gone for one of the big ones.
According to Yahoo Japan and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Brewers have made an offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish.
Source confirms: #Brewers have made offer to Darvish. First reported: Yahoo Japan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2018
Darvish himself had an interesting reaction to the original report.
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) January 22, 2018
Previous reports had linked the Brewers to another free agent starter, but they apparently prefer Darvish. The 31-year-old struck out 209 batters with a 3.86 ERA between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, though he infamously melted down in the World Series against the Houston Astros.
It is no secret that Mike Trout is a Philadelphia Eagles super-fan, and he proved his credentials again at the NFC Championship on Sunday.
The Eagles and their fans, inspired by Lane Johnson, have been embracing dog masks during the week in response to the fact that they were underdogs against the Atlanta Falcons despite being the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Eagles were underdogs against for the NFC Championship against Minnesota, and the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels was at the game with a dog mask of his own.
— Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) January 21, 2018
Trout is a native of nearby Millville, N.J. and has long proven himself as one of the biggest Eagles fans around. This is further proof, not that anyone needed it.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is headed into his final year under team control, and he’s really hoping to hear from the team on a long-term extension.
Donaldson has long been vocal about his desire to remain with the Blue Jays, but on Saturday, he admitted that he hasn’t heard from the organization about a new contract.
Donaldson: "I've said that I wanted to be here. That's pretty much all I can say. I'm not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right." #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) January 20, 2018
"The time hasn't been right to this moment, to my knowledge, but we were able to accomplish what ultimately needed to be accomplished at the moment (arbitration). I'm happy about it. I'm sure they're happy about it and we're just going to continue to move forward." #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) January 20, 2018
The Blue Jays have been pretty clear about not trading Donaldson, so it remains to be seen what else they do with him. It would make sense to discuss terms with him soon if they are intent on retaining him long-term. He’s certainly ready to talk.
Michael Pineda says he intends to pitch this year even though he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Pineda was signed by the Minnesota Twins this offseason for two years at $10 million. The Twins signed him to a two-year deal knowing that he might not be able to pitch this season after undergoing surgery in July.
Speaking at TwinsFest on Friday, Pineda said he threw on Wednesday for the first time since he underwent surgery. The Star Tribune’s Phil Miller says Pineda intends to pitch this year.
New Twins RHP Michael Pineda, recovering from Tommy John, says he threw Wednesday for first time since surgery. 30 pitches from 60 feet, felt good. But he's not putting any target date on return other than "2018."
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) January 20, 2018
Pineda, 29, missed all of the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to shoulder surgery, so he’s used to lengthy absences and long recoveries. The Twins surely signed him with the intent of having him pay off down the road, so there is no doubt they will be patient with him.
Pineda has a 4.06 career ERA and over a strikeout per inning. His recovery will be a story to watch throughout the season.
- Michael Pineda
The Boston Red Sox have confirmed what we had all heard already — they want J.D. Martinez.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner confirmed Friday that the Red Sox are in “active negotiations” with Martinez and are hoping to get something done with either him or another big free agent hitter.
Tom Werner says the #RedSox are having "active negotiations" with JD Martinez and they hope to sign him or obtain another significant hitter.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) January 19, 2018
We already heard reports that the Red Sox have an offer on the table for Martinez, though it is well short of his reported asking price. How motivated Werner and the Red Sox are to bridge that gap remains to be seen. For that reason, it’s notable that the option of pivoting to another free agent target was very much left on the table.
- JD Martinez
The autopsy report for Roy Halladay was released on Friday, and it shows the former pitcher died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor following his fatal plane crash on Nov. 7.
The autopsy showed Halladay had a mix of drugs in his body, including morphine, amphetamine, and the sleep medication, Ambien. According to TMZ Sports, the level of Ambien in Halladay’s system surpassed the mark that puts one at risk of a motor vehicle incident.
Videos and witnesses say the former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher was showboating and flying erratically prior to his fatal crash.
The 40-year-old was flying an ICON A5 plane when he died.
- Roy Halladay
There’s no real movement on the Manny Machado trade front, but that doesn’t mean teams haven’t been trying.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Cleveland Indians held trade discussions with the Baltimore Orioles about Machado last month. There are no ongoing discussions now, but there is reason to believe the two sides could match up well if the Orioles really do want to move Machado.
The Indians have a surplus of starting pitchers, a Baltimore weakness. Morosi reports that there is a belief that the Indians are willing to trade starter Danny Salazar, who could be of interest to the Orioles.
The Indians have reportedly not been the most persistent suitor for Machado, but they may match up the best. That said, there doesn’t seem to be any momentum toward a deal, and the Orioles don’t look as if they’re aggressively trying to move him. Instead, they appear to be waiting to see if anyone comes to them with an offer that blows them away.