Angels infielder Zack Cozart thinks teams starting relievers are planning for the future, and not in a good way.
I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they are doing this, Cozart told reporters Tuesday, via the OC Register. Less starting pitching means you don’t have to pay guys as much.
This comes on the heels of a weekend series in which the Rays started former closer Sergio Romo on back-to-back days.
This may or may not have been on Cozart’s mind Tuesday, but the free-agent market from last year may be a sign of things to come. MLB players hope the future will be good, but with the way negotiations got heated this offseason, they are certainly wary of teams and how they are running the market.
I’m more concerned about the financial aspect of three or four years down the road, if your whole staff is bullpenning except a couple guys, your payroll is going to go down because you don’t have to pay starters anymore, he said.
Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw lobbied to pitch at Citi Field this weekend, rather than in the minors.
He did play a little weather man, so with weather.com and Clayton, we were pretty abreast with the weather in Omaha, Roberts said with a chuckle.
Just the way he’s responded to all the tests and to get him with us, the weather over there in Omaha, we feel comfortable and confident, the manager added.
Rich Hill will start Sunday for the Dodgers, followed by Kenta Maeda at home Monday against the Cubs.
In other injury-related news, shortstop Chris Taylor was out of the lineup because of a tight left hamstring. Enrique Hernandez started in place of Taylor, who exited Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. He was available off the bench — probably just to hit, Roberts said.
We’ll give him today and we’ll see about tomorrow, he added.