Catcher Jason Castro is returning to his first major league team by reaching a two-year, $7 million contract with the Astros, sources confirmed to ESPN.
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Don Sutton said in our 2006 interview, "I consider myself a guy that would've done the right thing, because it was the right thing to do. ‘What do you want me to do, when do you want it done and trust me, I'll give you my best effort.'" As an analyst, he took special interest in Tom Glavine. "His personality and mine are identical and our approach to life and our approach to pitching and preparation: ‘it's my job, let's go do it, I'll give it the best I've got and then I'll take the results.'"
Michael Brantley, who hit .300 with five home runs and 22 RBIs with Houston in 2020, is returning to the Astros on a 2-year, $32 million deal, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
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BBTN: Jess Mendoza on the Mets firing Jared Porter. Plus, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on Snell, Tatis and the Dodgers
Jess Mendoza talks to Buster about the Mets firing Jared Porter for sexually harassing a reporter, the emotions she felt when the story broke, why more women don’t speak up similar situations, the need for structural changes in the sport and her belief that things will be different going forward (6:40). Next, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about life as a grandparent, Porter, the Blue Jays signing George Springer, if the Yankees are done making additions, his top five teams right now and the passing of Don Sutton (25:46). Then, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on the Porter situation and teams under the most pressure to make moves before the season (41:41). Finally, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on when he heard the Blake Snell news, the dynamic between the Padres and Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr. can push himself to be even better and building on the 2020 season (52:55).
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Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, who won over 300 games during a major league career that spanned 23 seasons -- mostly with the Dodgers -- has died at the age of 75.
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BBTN: Jesse Rogers on the Mets trading for Francisco Linder; Alex Avila on his godfather Tommy Lasorda; Hembo on position rankings
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Spring Training starting on schedule, Corey Kluber trying to prove that he’s healthy and the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor. Then, 12-year MLB veteran Alex Avila hops on to talk about his godfather Tommy Lasorda, staying patient in free agency, his outlook on another pandemic season and catching for Justin Verlander in Detroit. Later, Hembo quibbles with Buster’s top 10 position rankings.
Right-handed reliever Pedro Baez has agreed to a two-year contract with the Astros that is expected to fall in the $12-14 million guaranteed range, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
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BBTN: Boog Sciambi on his new gig as Cubs play-by-play man, Alden Gonzalez on the Padres-Dodgers arms race, Hembo on Trevor Story
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss to being named the new play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, his run-in with Harry Caray in a restroom, the Padres looking like a superhero team-up and the slow winter market. Then Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about when Spring Training may start, the arms race between the Padres and Dodgers and if Los Angeles will re-sign Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger. Later, Hembo on no players being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals at an impasse and Trevor Story.
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