Ex-Ray Jake Odorizzi: No cloud over spring training with Twins
There was a little bit of pain there, but I don’t think about it, you know? Santana said. I’m trying to win. Now I’ve got it fixed.
Santana’s contract will vest for 2019 with 200 or more innings in 2018, but he’s unlikely to reach that threshold now, with a return not expected until mid-to-late April. The Twins could decide to exercise the option for $14 million or buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent.
One of the most anticipated events at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics gets underway with the men’s individual figure skating event. The short program starts Friday morning (Thursday night in the United States) and medals will be handed out after the free skate program the next day. American viewers can catch it live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream).
Team USA hasn’t won a gold in men’s figure skating since the 2010 Vancouver games, though it has an excellent chance this year with some up-and-coming stars. Adam Rippon is the biggest American name this year after winning over the nation’s heart with his magnetic personality and endless charm. Rippon helped his country claim the bronze medal in the team event, and while he might have a challenge making the podium in a stacked field, he’s the runaway fan favorite nonetheless.
Tillman, 29, has spent his entire nine-year major league career with the Orioles, who acquired the right-hander as part of a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners in 2008.
Tillman went 56-30 and was one of Baltimore’s top pitchers from 2013 to 2016, but struggled with shoulder injuries last season and went 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Tillman reportedly drew interest as a free agent from multiple teams other than Baltimore this offseason, including the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.
Player movement is inevitable, and it is, mostly, for the players’ good. Free agency is for their good, of course, but even trades — even teams putting players on waivers or outright releasing them — help funnel players into opportunities and organizations where they will thrive, where there is plenty of playing time, where there are coaches who believe in them and where their best years might coincide with pennant races. Not every trade is good for the player, but on balance, a sport in which players didn’t move around a lot would be very bad for its athletes.