In logging only 1⁄3 of an inning of work, Zack Godley surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits, three walks, and a wild pitch. On the plus side, he likes the movement in his change and his fastball moved the way it was supposed to. Now he just to start working on throwing strikes.
With the departure of Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta has stepped up as the new clubhouse leader.
Jarrod Dyson’s start to spring training appears to be getting pushed back even further. Core issues resulted in the speedy center fielder getting an MRI, which revealed he has an oblique strain. The staff claims Dyson should still be available to start spring training in time to open the season with the team.
The Rockies locked up their face of the franchise nine months before he was due to hit free agency. The deal is an eight-year pact worth $260 million. It replaces the $26 million figure that he was set to make in 2019 and also gives Arenado the second highest AAV of any player in the game (Zack Greinke).
I speculated when the deal was announced that this could give some indication as to what it might take to sign Paul Goldschmidt when the season ends. Goldschmidt will not get the number of years Arenado did, but the AAV might be the number to look at. Is 5 years/$150 million the entry fee for signing Paul Goldschmidt? Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, and the New York Yankees also make the list.
MLB continues to toy with tweaks to existing rules. The latest proposals sent to the MLBPA touch more on player personnel. One that jumps out is that MLB is considering regulating the use of position players as pitchers. This one hopefully get cast aside. Other proposals include smaller September rosters but larger regular season ones, a single trade deadline, and minimum batters faced for pitchers.