The Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy, MLB.com reports.
The two-time All-Star has been the most prominent free-agent catcher this offseason, and had been expected to command a multiyear deal, but in a slow market that apparently didn’t happen.
Let’s just say Ohtani probably didn’t pack multiple rain jackets on his flight from Japan.
So, yeah, of course it rained on the back fields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex Wednesday, where Ohtani and his fellow pitchers (and catchers) conducted their first official workout of the spring. It started sprinkling a few minutes after 11 a.m., while Ohtani was playing catch with fellow right-hander Felix Pena. It picked up a few minutes later, when Ohtani’s group of pitchers ran through drills covering first base on Field No. 2. The rain slowed a bit as the group moved to an outfield-less infield for bunt-fielding drills.
His goals have not diminished since he made it to MLB at the age of 20 and they continue to get higher.
“I don’t want to be one of the top [players]; I want to be the top one,” Correa told MLB.com. “That’s what everybody wants to do. That’s why we play.”
Correa is just 23-years-old. He won’t turn 24 until September, but he has already won the American League Rookie of the Year award, been selected to an All-Star game, and won a World Series with the Astros in 2017.
He isn’t done though. He has his sights set on one more award, even if he doesn’t necessarily think he has to win it this year.
“MVP is something I don’t want to retire without winning one,” he said. “It would be like a dream come true…That’s amazing. I don’t know if it’s this year, but at some point, I’d like to win that, and I’ll just try to improve my game every single day to try to accomplish that.”