Parents, raise your kids to play baseball — and play it well. There’s a whole lot of money being thrown around out there. The New York Yankees are trying to avoid paying Jacoby Ellsbury the $27 million they owe him for 2020, while the Seattle Mariners just agreed to pay $24 million to a 23-year-old prospect who hasn’t yet played above the Double-A minor league level.
Pat Ryan and I discuss that and more on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, including the Chicago White Sox making a push toward contending next season and the Atlanta Braves’ wasting no time in making additions for 2020.
I forgot to mention that Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos is familiar with Travis d’Arnaud, having worked in the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office while d’Arnaud was a rising prospect in their minor league system. Ah, well. Can’t get everything in there. Better to have too many notes than not enough, right?
And if you’re not all that familiar with “pitch framing,” here’s a great video with plenty of examples from San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges.