Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. James Harden scored six of his 23 points in the fourth quarter after leaving the game briefly at the end of the third with a head injury and the visiting Houston Rockets defeated the Toronto Raptors 119-109 Thursday night. Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion Faith Kipyegon said on Thursday that winning a silver medal at this year’s World Championships in Doha after having a baby had motivated her to try to retain the Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 7:58 am
The Phillies made the largest splash on the free agent market so far this offseason, agreeing to terms with highly-coveted starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on a five-year, $118 million contract on Wednesday. The 29-year-old right-hander reportedly drew interest from a wide array of potential suitors including the White Sox, Reds, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins, Yankees, Rangers, and Astros. After struggling with a variety of injuries and persistent control issues earlier in his big-league career, Wheeler has evolved into a completely different pitcher, recording a sparkling 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 374/105 K/BB ratio across 377 2/3 innings (60 starts) over the last two seasons.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 5:00 am
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Omar Narvaez from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Adam Hill and a draft pick. Narvaez, 27, gives the Brewers a catching option after losing Yasmani Grandal to the Chicago White Sox in free agency. Narvaez had a career season for the Mariners in 2019, hitting .278 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 132 games, and is considered an offensive catcher.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 4:09 am
Left-hander Josh Osich will have an $850,000 salary while in the major leagues as part of his 2020 contract with the Boston Red Sox, and infielder Marco Hernandez will have a $650,000 salary while with the big league club. Each would have a $225,000 salary if sent down to the minor leagues. Both became free agents when Boston failed to offer contracts by Monday’s deadline, then agreed to deals that were announced Wednesday.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 12:39 am
Over the last 20 years, the White Sox employed both a “Melkman” and a “Milkman.” Melky Cabrera received his nickname due to his first name. Herbert Edward Perry Jr. was born on September 15, 1969, in Live Oak, Florida.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 12:21 am
In the year or so after that, we heard that Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence. And then we heard that his back surgery was botched, and his baseball career was over. Then, after years of silence, we learned last spring that Jenks won $5.1 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed his surgery.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:33 pm
The rumors are true: Madison Bumgarner has thrown a lot of innings. Figuring out how much gas the longtime San Francisco Giant has left in the tank is certainly going to be top of mind for the White Sox after they missed out on Zack Wheeler, who took less money than the South Siders were offering to go play for the Philadelphia Phillies. Bumgarner wasn’t the same pitcher in the last three seasons as the one he was from 2013 to 2016, when he finished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four years in a row.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:02 pm
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Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:52 pm
OOTP then ran 100 simulations of the 2020 season for each of the 30 MLB teams with each of those players added. OOTP also created a baseline by running 1,000 simulations in which the 10 free agents were not on any roster, and we compared the numbers of playoff appearances and World Series titles for each team with each free agent added against that baseline. The results?
Posted: December 4, 2019, 8:22 pm
The White Sox are looking to add a pair of starting pitchers to their rotation this winter, and Hamels would have fit nicely as the second, a guy who could pitch in the middle or back end of the rotation while mentoring the young pitchers on the staff and bringing winning experience as the 2008 World Series MVP. Hamels raved in his interview on the podcast about teams like the White Sox, who have a group of young players revving up for a leap into contention mode, saying “those are the teams you want to go jump on board with.” But Hamels is now jumping on board with a very good, young Braves team, meaning the White Sox will need to look elsewhere for starting-pitching assistance.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 5:43 pm
The 27-year-old Hernandez played in 61 games with the Red Sox last year after missing most of the previous two seasons recovering from left shoulder surgery. He batted . with two homers and 11 RBIs.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 4:35 pm