José Berríos turns down extension offer
There wasn’t a whole lot going on in the baseball world on Thursday, with most of the talk surrounding the game had to do with the rule changes we discussed yesterday. Beyond that, the biggest story was probably that Twins ace José Berríos turned down an extension offer from the Minnesota front office. It’s unknown what the terms of the deal may have been, but Berríos was apparently looking for more. While the Twins would clearly like to keep their 24-year-old Opening Day starter under contract for as long as possible, they do have until the end of the 2022 season before he can hit free agency. After Minnesota locked up Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler, plus this attempt, they appear to be trying to lock up as much of their roster as possible before it becomes overly expensive. The Twins are not favorites in the American League Central this year, but I could see them making the race with Cleveland closer than most expect and ultimately I see Minnesota ending up in the second wildcard spot this year.
Eloy Jiménez sent down to Triple-A
This one is a couple days old, but I missed it. The White Sox sent outfield prospect, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Eloy Jiménez down to Triple-A in a blatant attempt to manipulate service time and get an extra year of team control. We’ve definitely talked about it before, but I’ll say it again. These situations are horrible for the game and bring a negative light around guys who should be the most exciting in the sport. Astros pitcher Collin McHugh shared his displeasure with the news as well. Jiménez is inarguably done with the minor leagues, hitting .355/.399/.597 in 55 Triple-A games last year on top of being lauded by every scout who’s seen him. Players did agree to this in the CBA — though teams are breaking the rules, which is why they lie about the reason to send these players down — but there’s an expectation of good faith from teams and we’re not seeing it. This is supposed to be a meritocracy, and that’s clearly not the case here. I have no idea how to fix this annual situation, but something needs to happen, and the sooner the better.