Blue Jays need some reality; Gooden, Strawberry numbers retired; Wainwright switches careers

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In a lot of ways, feverishly watching the flight route of a plane that wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be is a pretty nice metaphor for the Toronto Blue Jays’ offseason and outlook. The Jays knew Shohei Ohtani wasn’t on that flight, but their fans certainly didn’t. That doesn’t mean that the Jays themselves have acted in any less of a deluded manner this winter, or are less fuzzy on who they are as spring training is a month away. – Sam Fels Read More

Oct 1, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Adam Wainwright (50) tips his cap as he receives a standing ovation after his final at bat during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.

Oct 1, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Adam Wainwright (50) tips his cap as he receives a standing ovation after his final at bat during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.
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Recently retired 200-game winner Adam Wainwright has joined FOX Sports on a multiyear deal.

Wainwright will join the network ahead of the upcoming baseball season, FOX announced Thursday.

“I’m excited to join the FOX Sports family,” Wainwright said. “I love the game of baseball, and I really enjoy talking about the chess match that goes on between the pitcher and the hitter. Hopefully, my experience on the field will allow me the opportunity to share the game I love in a unique and deep way, bringing viewers closer to the game.” – Field Level Media Read More

Mar 18, 2022; Sarasota, Florida, USA; A detail view of a Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove in the dugout during spring training against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.

Mar 18, 2022; Sarasota, Florida, USA; A detail view of a Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove in the dugout during spring training against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.
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The Toronto Blue Jays and Cuban free agent right-hander Yariel Rodriguez are in agreement on a four-year deal worth $32 million, multiple outlets reported Wednesday. – Field Level Media Read More

Aug 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA;  Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden pitches at the New York Mets Old Timers Day game at Citi Field.

Aug 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden pitches at the New York Mets Old Timers Day game at Citi Field.
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The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they will retire the numbers of pitcher Dwight Gooden and outfielder Darryl Strawberry during the upcoming season. – Field Level Media Read More

May 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Austin Voth (51) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

May 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Austin Voth (51) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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The Seattle Mariners announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Austin Voth to a one-year contract.

The team did not reveal the financial details of the deal.

Voth, 31, is entering his seventh major league season after time with the Washington Nationals (2018-22) and Baltimore Orioles (2022-23).

Last season with the Orioles, he made 25 relief appearances and was 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. He struck out 34 batters and walked 15.

In 139 games (39 starts), Voth has a 15-14 record and 4.90 ERA with 111 walks and 282 strikeouts in 299 1/3 innings.

Voth is a local product. He played high school baseball in the Seattle metro area and went on to pitch for Washington.

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Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Daniel Duarte (77) tosses a rosin bag and shakes his head after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki (27) in the eighth inning of an MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. The Cubs won the first game of the doubleheader, 6-2.

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Daniel Duarte (77) tosses a rosin bag and shakes his head after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki (27) in the eighth inning of an MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. The Cubs won the first game of the doubleheader, 6-2.
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The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Daniel Duarte from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Also on Tuesday, the Rangers signed right-hander Jose Urena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the reigning World Series champions. – Field Level Media Read More

Aug 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Kendall Graveman (31) stands on the field before the game against the Cleveland Guardians at Minute Maid Park.

Aug 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Kendall Graveman (31) stands on the field before the game against the Cleveland Guardians at Minute Maid Park.
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Houston Astros reliever Kendall Graveman is expected to miss the 2024 season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week, the team announced Tuesday.

The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.42 ERA in 23 bullpen appearances for the Astros in 2023 after arriving in a July 28 trade from the Chicago White Sox. – Field Level Media Read More

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