Yanks Re-Up with Sabathia, Safety Concerns for Outfielders, and Other Bullets

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Yanks Re-Up with Sabathia, Safety Concerns for Outfielders, and Other Bullets

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I saw ‘The Last Jedi’ yesterday, and I’m sticking to my guns on an extremely hardline stance on no spoilers. I won’t even tell you if I liked it or not. I saw a movie. That’s as far as I’ll go for a little while to give folks plenty of chance to see it without having even their own expectations shifted going into it.

  • A little signing action this Saturday for the Yankees:

  • Sabathia, 37, has been a perfectly solid back-of-the-rotation starter for the Yankees the last two years, so getting him back on a $10 million commitment is a nice deal for both sides. The Yankees could now run out a rotation of Severino, Tanaka, Gray, Sabathia, and Montgomery, though they may also continue talks with the Pirates about Gerrit Cole. Given that they were trying to stay under the luxury tax cap (and dumped Chase Headley to help make it happen), it’s possible this signing will take them out of the market for a guy like Alex Cobb, but I wouldn’t book that just yet.
  • I’m not sure if folks remember this incident, but it was just awful, because it was in the kid’s Major League debut, before he even got a plate appearance, after a quick and sudden rise:

  • The fact that Fowler is suing the White Sox for his injury is actually a really big deal, as players are injured all the time, and if they could sue for damages related to their injuries (suing teams or suing other players), it would be a huge shift in how the league is managed. I am no longer a practicing attorney, and even when I was, my foundational knowledge on this particular topic would be a Sports Law class I took in law school ten years ago. From what I remember about this very question, players cannot sue for injuries that occur as part of the normal play of the game (it was debatable, even then, whether beaning a batter intentionally was a normal part of the game … ).
  • In Fowler’s case, the argument is that his injury was not the kind you’d normally expect because the team (and the agency that runs their ballpark) was negligent in not securing an unpadded electrical box out there in the outfield, and they knew it was unsafe but did nothing to improve the situation. You can understand the suit from Fowler’s perspective, because he could lose a ton of money thanks to an injury that perhaps didn’t need to happen or didn’t need to be as severe as it was.
  • What I wonder about: if Fowler is successful, to what extent could the Cubs have an issue with the brick outfield wall at Wrigley Field? The ivy doesn’t really provide meaningful padding, and crashing into that wall – part of the game – is dangerous as heck. I would expect the Cubs will follow Fowler’s suit quite closely.
  • Good luck to Hector Rondon, who signed with the Astros on a two-year deal:

  • If you missed the earlier conversation about the Cubs trading Addison Russell for Manny Machado – it’s a conversation spreading across the web, but it is *not* currently a rumor, so don’t get all freaked – you can check out my thoughts here.
  • Maddux being Maddux (though not technically pitching a Maddux):

  • That’s barely eight pitches per inning. For the entire game. Making a pitcher work, eh, Cubs?
  • The Bears play this afternoon (yes, on a Saturday! It’s December craziness!), which means you should read and follow our sister site:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.