Whatever the reason — desperation, pillow contract or keeping a spot warm for a prospect — baseball teams and veteran players continuously turn to one-year contracts.
For some clubs, a one-year veteran deal has become a last resort as the progression toward younger rosters continues. However, depending on a team’s needs, the use of such pacts can have a strong impact on its overall roster construction. For the club, the uncertainty of the outcome is a risk worth taking. As for the player, often times the deal they take is the only one they received.
We’ll look at several of this season’s one-year deals and how they’re currently working out for the club and the player.
When we went down 10-5, I remember just thinking in the outfield during one of the pitching changes that we’re down 10-5, but it doesn’t really feel like that way, Martinez said.
Trout, a six-time All-Star, said he thinks he injured his finger while playing in Oakland last weekend but that he can’t pinpoint when or how the injury occurred.
I think it was just over time, Trout said. I don’t know one spot when it happened, but it’s pretty painful.
Trout tried to play catch when the Angels returned home Monday and said he felt really sore. He then played center field against the Arizona Diamondbacks later that night and didn’t feel any better, prompting him to start the next two games at DH.
They just said not to throw for a couple days and see how it goes, Trout said. I’m just trying to ice it and make sure it gets better.
The Angels also scratched scheduled starter Tyler Skaggs for the opener of a four-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays, replacing him with minor league journeyman John Lamb. Skaggs, who has allowed only one earned run in 20 innings this month, is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring; he is the sixth injured Angels starting pitcher.
The Angels have been decimated by injuries, with as many as 15 players on the disabled list at one point, but Trout has almost single-handedly kept them afloat with what might be his best season yet.