The last week in MLB was about an infielder who will have surgery, a club in the American League will try to move a starting pitcher and a veteran pitcher signs a one-year deal.
New York Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius to Undergo Tommy John Surgery
The New York Yankees will start the 2019 campaign without a key member of their roster. The club’s shortstop Didi Gregorius will undergo Tommy John surgery, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Didi Gregorius is going for Tommy John surgery #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 12, 2018
Yankees manager Aaron Boone expects that Gregorius will be back at some point during the 2019 season and mentioned the infielder was hurt early in the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, per Sherman.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 12, 2018
The loss of Gregorius is significant for the Yankees as he compiled a .268 batting average and .829 OPS in 134 games with 23 doubles, 27 home runs, 86 RBIs and a 120 OPS+.
The shortstop was also stellar in the field as he committed only six errors and posted a .987 fielding percentage.
If the Yankees don’t add another infielder during the offseason, Gleyber Torres is the logical option to start at shortstop while Gregorius is recovering from surgery.
The recovery time for position players who have Tommy John surgery is shorter as opposed to pitchers, so it’s possible Gregorius is back with the Yankees at the second half of next season.
New York Yankees Will Try to Trade Sonny Gray This Offseason
The marriage between the New York Yankees and pitcher Sonny Gray is potentially ending.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman mentioned to reporters a couple of days ago the team will attempt to move him this offseason, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Cashman will look to trade Gray this offseason, he says.
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) October 12, 2018
Gray had a rough season on the mound for the Yankees.
He posted a 4.90 ERA in 130 1/3 innings across 30 games (23 starts) with 14 home runs surrendered, 57 walks issued, 123 strikeouts, a 4.17 FIP and a 1.49 WHIP.
The Yankees acquired the right-hander in July 2017 from the Oakland Athletics to seemingly bolster their rotation for several years.
Gray looked solid with his new club last year, by compiling a 3.72 ERA with 59 K’s over 65 1/3 innings (11 starts).
However, the 2018 season was nightmarish for him as he didn’t look comfortable on the mound and struggled to find consistency.
The Yankees won’t get much value for Gray as he’s coming off a bad season, but they need to move on from Gray and upgrade their rotation to have any chance of advancing far in the postseason in 2019.
St. Louis Cardinals Sign Starting Pitcher Adam Wainwright to One-Year Deal for 2019 Season
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract extension with starting pitcher Adam Wainwright a couple of days ago.
ONE MORE YEAR!
The #STLCards have agreed to terms with veteran pitcher @UncleCharlie50 on a one-year contract for next season. Wainwright will enter his 15th season with the Cardinals in 2019, matching Bob Forsch for the third-most as a pitcher in a Redbirds uniform. pic.twitter.com/pf23XN3jgS
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 11, 2018
The upcoming season for Wainwright will be his 15th for the Cardinals, matching Bob Forsch for the third-most as a pitcher in a Cardinals uniform.
Wainwright was limited to just 40 1/3 innings (eight starts) last season as he was injured for much of the year.
The veteran starting pitcher has struggled to remain healthy over the past several seasons as indicated by him making more than 23 starts just once in the last four years.
Wainwright is someone who can provide depth for the Cardinals’ rotation providing he doesn’t get injured.
He was an ace in their rotation years ago, but the Cardinals don’t need that version of Wainwright.
They have a solid group of starters with Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes, Michael Wacha, Jack Flaherty, and Miles Mikolas.
The Cardinals need Wainwright to stay healthy and give them quality starts, and hopefully, both occur during the 2019 season.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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