MLB News and Notes: Astros Possibly In Some Hot Water

Things on the Major League Baseball Hot Stove have been noticeably slow to heat up thus far. However, with the GM Meetings taking place this week, we should see an uptick in player movement. Let’s catch up on some of the headlines from the recent past.

Getting Caught

Unfortunately, we have to start with a potential scandal in baseball. In an article published this week by The Athletic, pitcher Mike Fiers shared details of the Astros using video to steal signs when they won the World Series in 2017. Stealing signs in itself isn’t necessarily illegal, but using technology to help steal signs is against the rules.

The article has sparked yet another investigation into the Astros, who have been accused of cheating for the past couple of years. However, Fiers provides the best evidence yet that something suspicious has been going on in Houston.

Leaders of Tomorrow

The Giants have two new figures leading their organization. First, the club announced that Scott Harris will serve as the new general manager after previously working as the assistant GM of the Cubs. The Giants also announced the hiring of Gabe Kapler as their new manager.

Kapler spent the last two seasons as manager of the Phillies, though he was fired after the season with the team finishing fourth in the NL East following last winter’s spending and trading spree that landed Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Jean Segura, among others, in Philadelphia.

One More Ride

The Cardinals will be getting at least one more year out of starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who has re-signed with St. Louis for the 2020 season. Wainwright looked all but finished after elbow problems limited him to just eight starts in 2018. However, he was both healthy and effective this past season, giving the Cardinals 31 starts while going 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA.

Wainwright was also great in the postseason, indicating he has plenty left in the tank to give St. Louis at least one more good year.

Cy Guys

The Cy Young Awards were given out Wednesday night to a pair of veterans who both won the award for the second time. Mets ace Jacob deGrom received 29 of 30 first-place votes to win the NL Cy Young for the second straight season. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Max Scherzer finished a distant second and third.

The race was much closer in the American League, with Houston’s Justin Verlander edging out teammate Gerrit Cole. Verlander received 17 first-place votes and 13 second-place votes, while Cole received 13 first-place votes and 17 second-place votes.

Something in the Tank

It seems like we haven’t seen the last of Dustin Pedroia in the majors. Members of the Red Sox front office shared during the GM Meetings that Pedroia has been working out and is expecting to play in 2020. Pedroia has only played in nine games over the past two seasons because of chronic knee issues.

Last summer, it looked like he might be done for good, but after taking some time away, Pedroia appears to be ready and willing to give his career one more shot. The Red Sox have no permanent solution at second base at the moment while Pedroia has two years and $25 million left on his contract.