The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal for the 2018 season, it was announced Tuesday.
According to The Associated Press, Jay’s deal is worth $3 million and he can earn an additional $1.5 million if he meets performance incentives. He would get $100,000 bonuses for 250 plate appearances and each additional 25 through 600.
Eric Karabell: I have a rough time targeting the low batting average power hitters, but later in a draft, it would make more sense if I had a strong base in batting average. That said there is a difference between investing in a clear and obvious .240 option — or worse, like Joey Gallo and Chris Davis — and someone at least capable of hitting .270. I think that might be where the differences are in our rankings.
I am also more likely to invest in a hitter who has shown he can sustain power for a full season, like Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison or even Lucas Duda. They have proven it. The question is will they fail to hit their respective weights. There is no correct answer there. Morrison hit .258 in the first half with major power last season. Why are so many people looking solely at his more disappointing second half?
Reggiana has fallen on hard times since it was relegated from top-tier Serie A in 1997. The club no longer owns its stadium and pays rent to Serie A club Sassuolo, whose owner purchased the title to the stadium. This relationship with Sassuolo is a sore subject for Reggiana and its fans, as noted in a larger profile published last year by the New York Times.
“I have a lot of respect for what Sassuolo has accomplished,” Piazza said. “But guess what? Sassuolo is not bringing the New York Times to Reggio Emilia for publicity. I am — we are.”
Piazza noted that one of his previous partners negotiated Reggiana’s agreement with Sassuolo and said the rent is “double” the league average for that type of arrangements.
“We want to pay what is fair,” he said. “We are not looking for charity. We want to pay the league average. We want to pay what’s fair.
“We want them to come back to the table, and we want the mayor to help. That’s the bottom line. If not, the mayor, the city [of Reggio Emilia] needs to find us a place to play.”
Piazza, 49, was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2016.