Matthews got a maximum deal — four years, $70 million — after Jordan backed out and returned to the Clippers following a wild, controversial day.
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He’s doing everything you want a starting pitcher to do, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Complete game. He was fantastic. He’s out there attacking with his fastball, slider, throwing strikes and really commanding his pitch count.
It was the first complete game of Keller’s career.
After the game a few guys came up and said congratulations, Keller said. I’ve never had one before and it’s pretty cool, but it’s frustrating (taking the loss). That’s tough lineup. A lot of good hitters over there. I tried to stay on the attack and not fall behind too much.
The only run came in the second inning. Ben Gamel dropped a broken-bat single into shallow center to score Seager from second base. Seager singled to right before Ryon Healy singled to center.
Now the question becomes what happens with Milwaukee restricted free agent Jabari Parker. Ilyasova could be Parker’s replacement, and dipping into the non-taxpayer version of the midlevel exception to sign him hard caps the Bucks at about $130 million in salary. In practice, Milwaukee is unlikely to pay the tax, meaning a de facto hard cap of $123.7 million. Adding Ilyasova puts the Bucks at about $110 million for 13 players, meaning a big offer for Parker is no longer forthcoming.
It’s possible Parker could still return if he takes his $4.3 million qualifying offer and targets unrestricted free agency a year from now. But it’s increasingly clear Parker isn’t part of Milwaukee’s long-term plans.