Rumors confirmed, but not a surprise. Since he will take his player option and another team won’t pick up his salary, this was about clearing 40-man roster space. Time to move on and take our medicine.
A drop of a mph or two on his fastball is not why he had a rough opening start. His fastball velocity is the last thing to be concerned about I would think.
Whether it is wanting to win the NL West rather than shoot for a Wild Card or make it to the World Series, the Dodgers loom. The Dodgers have such a high payroll capacity, this will be a forever theme.
The graphs on FanGraphs don’t lie. It shows the D-backs as the team raising their payroll most substantially by $38.3 million. That’s even after declining to resign J.D. Martinez (who may have picked the wrong year to do what he did).
It wasn’t that long ago, D-backs fans were debating the idea of giving up on now and trading best players for prospects. A strong first-half last year changed that mindset. A poor first-half this year could change it again. I’m just happy that in baseball, when you tank, you don’t have to lose games on purpose like the Suns are doing now.