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Monday’s game between the Cubs and Giants was scoreless when Javier Baez stepped to the plate with a runner on in the second inning.
The Cubs shortstop then hit a shot to the right-center gap at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and kept running.
The ball hit the wall near the 421-foot sign and then caromed out of the sharp corner of the wall and away from Giants right fielder Carlos Moncrief. By the time Moncrief got to the ball, Baez was rounding third and slid past the tag of catcher Buster Posey with a head-first dive.
It was the first career inside-the-park home run for Baez, who now has 16 homers on the season. It was also the first inside-the-parker by a Cubs player since Anthony Rizzo hit one on June 29, 2016 in Cincinnati.
Baez’s shot was the 10th inside-the-park home run at AT&T Park, and fourth by a non-Giants player as the Cubs held a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Elite Kids Timmy Jernigan Jersey Anyway, back to the balance thing. If the Tigers offer to pay for $40 million of the roughly $66 million Verlander is owed from now through the end of 2019, they would likely be offered a very nice package of prospects. It’s highly doubtful they’d throw that much cash out there, though.
If Detroit offers to pay only $20 million of the roughly $66 million he’s guaranteed, the prospect return drops a couple notches. And if Detroit offers to pay next to nothing? It would get a paltry return, and basically dumping a franchise hero to save salary wouldn’t sit well with a long-frustrated fan base. The Tigers can’t allow that to happen.
One more thing that’s worth noting: Because Verlander is owed so much money, the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline doesn’t mean much for him and Detroit. He would sail through waivers, which would give the Tigers the opportunity to trade him through August 31 (the deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason with their new team). And they could wait until the offseason to make a move, too.