Altogether, that’s two mid-round picks this year, a late-round pick next year, and a pair of discarded players for three new contributors who will all likely start in 2018. Not bad at all for a team coming off an 0-16 season.
Cleveland entered the offseason with the most salary cap space in the league and will cut into that a bit by taking on the contracts of their new acquisitions. Landry is likely to get a long-term deal from the team soon and Taylor brings a $16 million cap hit if he doesn’t receive a new contract soon.
Well, I’ve only covered baseball for three years (I was on the news side of journalism before that), so my experience is limited to stuff since 2015. And in terms of “covering” things in the traditional sense — i.e. reacting to the news or attending a live event — nothing really jumps out as a favorite, per se. But I do have individual feature stories that I’d consider favorites. Here are the top three:
The untold story of “It’s a Long Way to October”: It’s the story of a documentary from 1983 that was well ahead of its time. Basically, a film crew got full access to the Braves for a whole season and ended up with an unexpectedly compelling project that earned an Emmy Award. I tracked down the producers and some former players and talked to them about the experience.
“I wouldn’t say I’m in midseason form yet,” Syndergaard told reporters after the game. “But it’s nice to go out there and have some command issues, and be able to bounce back and finish up strong.”
His catcher echoed that statement.
“I honestly don’t think he had his best stuff today,” Kevin Plawecki told reporters. “But he made the most of what he had.”
The 25-year-old is coming off a season in which he made just seven starts and pitched 30 1/3 innings due to a torn lat suffered in April. He is working his way back slowly and has shown very good things this spring.
Syndergaard has now made three starts in spring training, striking out 13 batters in 8 1/3 innings. He sat in the upper 90s Thursday, but more impressively, he threw 11 pitches over 100 mph in his spring training debut.