The option prices would increase to $28 million if he is among the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2018 or 2019, and to $30 million if he is among the top three in either year.
Arrieta will join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies’ rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are expected to be in the rotation, and Nick Pivetta is the leading candidate for the fifth spot. The team has a slew of young pitchers who could fill in.
Veteran point guard Tony Parker leaned back against a grease board in the postgame locker room and let out an uneasy laugh.
Been winning for a lot of years, he said. Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve made eight conference finals, five NBA Finals. We’ve been winning a lot. But this year, there’s been a lot of injuries. We just have to find a way to try to qualify for the playoffs.
Not an easy proposition for the Spurs, who find themselves now out of the postseason picture and out of the top eight in the Western Conference standings this late in the season for the first time since before they drafted Tim Duncan (1997), with matchups on tap at home Tuesday against the Orlando Magic, followed by a trio of minefields in the New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors. It’s expected that by the time the Spurs host the Pelicans on Thursday they’ll have Leonard back in the lineup.
DeSclafani also suffered a strained left oblique before the 2016 season and was sidelined until June. The right-hander finished that season with a 9-5 record with a 3.28 ERA. He missed all of last season with a sprained elbow.
The Reds were counting on DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and left-hander Brandon Finnegan to recover from injuries and anchor a rotation that struggled without them last year. Instead, they’re heading toward Opening Day with questions about two of them.
Finnegan was removed from his appearance on Sunday after only two batters because of a sore forearm. It’s unclear how long he’ll be limited. Finnegan was limited to four starts last season because of back and shoulder injuries.
DeSclafani won’t be allowed to do any baseball activities until the injured muscle is healed, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be ready to start the season.