Some off-day MLBits to cover your afternoon, and it’s Brett writing these ones instead of Michael! The only constant is change!
- Bryce Harper returns to Washington this week in what will certainly be an early-season spectacle (he faces Max Scherzer tonight!), and it’s incredible to read just how sure he was that he was going to be re-signing with the Nationals back in December … and then how absurdly things changed in January:
Bryce Harper walked out of a Dec. 23 meeting with Ted and Annette Lerner thinking: "'It’s gonna happen.’ I told Kayla, ‘Be ready to go back.’ I flat-out told her. I was psyched."
Tuesday, he plays at Nats Park as a Phillie. On the road to that end:https://t.co/NrsWg9EuMJ
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) April 1, 2019
Love this read on Bryce Harper's exit from the Nationals and free agency process. After his initial 10/$300M offer from the Nats, he got this follow-up EXTREMELY NATIONALS offer in January. https://t.co/8r3J8kbwoz pic.twitter.com/ag4oGofwqh
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) April 2, 2019
- Good lord. I know the Nationals love deferring money like I love ice cream, but this is like the version of deferment where I literally bathe in ice cream for a few weeks. I don’t know that I love ice cream THAT much.
- The Brewers won again, while Christian Yelich and Josh Hader continue to do impossible things. THAT’S NEAT MAN.
- Old friend Brandon Hyde had a managerial moment yesterday, as he had to take out a young starter in the 7th inning of a no-hitter. The team’s no-hitter was lost soon thereafter by former Cubs farmhand Pedro Araujo. Man, those Cubs-Orioles exchanges are still haunting the O’s.
- The Yankees are dealing with a litany of injuries:
This graphic just appeared on @SportsCenter along with a piece we had about Giancarlo Stanton’s injury. Four of the 2018 Yankees’ top 5 WAR players are on the injured list. Whoa. pic.twitter.com/nRKjCBXwhb
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) April 1, 2019
- Everyone wanted the Cubs to sign a sure-fire free agent reliever this offseason (present company included), but I suppose it’s only fair to say that if we’re reacting that quickly to the Cubs’ early-season bullpen issues, then we should also note Andrew Miller’s three early-season horrible performances for the Cardinals.
- Remember when Julio Urias was *THE* prospect in baseball? A 19-year-old pitcher in the big leagues, ready to dominate. And then the injuries happened. Then he kinda fell off the radar. Well, the now-22-year-old lefty is back, and he was freaking dominant last night. But the Dodgers aren’t going to push it:
Julio Urias was spectacular in his first start in almost 2 years, but the #Dodgers are about to go down an unconventional road with him again. They better know what they’re doing this time. https://t.co/DIkljgX5Jt
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 2, 2019
- Rather than have Urias continue starting, and then shut him down later (he’s coming off serious shoulder surgery and multiple lost seasons), the Dodgers are gonna give him one more start, then move him to the bullpen, and then possibly bring him back into the rotation late in the year. Unorthodox, but giving Urias’s unique situation, I respect it.
- If you missed the latest huge extension, it’s Ronald Acuña securing $100 million from the Braves, which is a lot of money to be sure, but an extremely reasonable deal to net upwards of 10 years of control over a potential early-20s superstar.
- The other big MLB news today is the Kevin Pillar trade, as the Blue Jays begin their sell-off early. He was understandably emotional about leaving the team he’s come to be associated with:
Kevin Pillar gets emotional after trade from the #BlueJays 😢
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) April 2, 2019
- Bad news for an important Reds prospect:
Breaking news: #reds No. 2 prospect RHP Hunter Greene to have Tommy John surgery after he suffered a setback last week in Arizona.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 2, 2019
- Shoot that arrow:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 2, 2019
- I absolutely love this dude’s arm:
- Magical anniversary:
OTD in 1996, Cecil Fielder stole his first career base in his 1,097th game, the longest duration a position player had ever gone without stealing a base. pic.twitter.com/NI4cTcWekW
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 2, 2019
- Kinda feels like this tweet is saying a whole lot:
baseball on the whole doesn't have much appeal to me anymore but man i love seeing stuff like this https://t.co/aO85gFIjUs
— Derric Podschun (@iPodschun) April 2, 2019