As the mandatory minicamp guessing game continues, one major player whose potential attendance remains in doubt serves as the centerpiece of the Raiders defense.
Defensive end Khalil Mack doesn’t have a new contract. And he has skipped the entirety of the offseason program.
So will he show up on Tuesday? Skipping out will cost $84,435, but he’s already due to make $13.846 million this year, so the fine becomes a drop in the bucket.
Yonder Alonso (L), 42 percent, Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (RHP James Shields): Alonso hasn’t been able to replicate his 2017 power surge, but even this lesser version is better than anything we’d seen prior to 2017. His 11 homers are already the second-highest total of his career and he’s been solid against righties at .801 OPS and eight of the homers. One thing Shields has done well at least relative to his 2015-17 work is limit homers a bit with a 1.1 mark (1.8 in ’15-17), but six of the 10 have come against lefties.
Ehire Adrianza (B), under 1 percent, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (LHP Blaine Hardy): Our Hail Mary play is Adrianza, who’s riding an obscene .480 BABIP against lefties to post a .343/.410/.543 line in 39 PA. Of course that BABIP will come down, but we’re not betting on the long term, we just need one more great game!
And so it may continue, with the critics believing that every comment from Owens proves them right — and Owens believing that every comment from the critics proves him right.
Thomas is set to make $8.5 million in the final year of his current contract. There were talks about a possible trade involving Thomas earlier in the offseason with the Cowboys seen as a possible landing spot. Those could be revisited if the Seahawks and Thomas continue to have different views on his contract in the coming weeks.
Colin Moran (L), 10 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks): Hendricks is a very good pitcher but not dominant enough to avoid, especially if the hitter in question is a contact hitter with a bit of power. Moran is carrying a solid 15 percent strikeout rate into Wrigley Field, so he’s likely to put the ball in play. A .145 ISO isn’t overwhelming, but it’s sufficient to take advantage of Hendricks’ uncharacteristically high 1.5 HR/9.
Ketel Marte (B), 9 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (LHP Kyle Freeland): The Diamondbacks are using an infield rotation, so be sure to check the lineup. That said, Marte sat on Saturday and usually plays against righty pitching. He has hit well lately, posting a 1.417 OPS the past week.