After missing the voluntary organized team activities, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram found himself a wanted man Tuesday following the first day of mandatory minicamp practice.
Approximately 50 media members camped out at his locker anxiously waiting for his arrival. Ingram entered the locker room, saw the crowd and allowed himself a chuckle.
People make their own narrative, the media makes their own narrative, Ingram said. I’m not angry with my contact. I wasn’t holding out. Yeah, I’m in the last year of my deal of course, I’d like an extension but that’s not the reason I wasn’t here. It is voluntary, you have the option to come, I had a workout bonus.
While the Saints were conducing OTAs, Ingram elected to train on his own in Florida, where he said the focus fell on speed work, route running, catching passes, taking care of his body and getting his weight down to a trim 215 pounds.
Also, Gardner, who turns 35 in August, said he wouldn’t really want to play anywhere else, but that he’d consider it if the Yankees don’t want me here anymore and I still wanted to play a couple more years.
We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, he said, sitting at his locker in Yankee Stadium clubhouse.
While Loaisiga is small and skinny, he has surprising power to his three-pitch repertoire. His quick arm repeatedly generates 93-96 mph fastballs that top out at 98 with life down in the strike zone. His low-80s curveball features a high spin rate and his upper-80s changeup has nice fade, albeit with a bit too much velocity.
Loaisiga has a clean delivery that he repeats well, allowing him to work the bottom of the strike zone and issue just three walks in 32 2/3 innings last season. His stuff and control give him a ceiling of a mid-rotation starter, though his size and health history are concerns. If he winds up in the bullpen, his stuff should add even more power and he could rush through the Minors.
The Washington Nationals outfielder, who will be the most coveted free agent if and when he hits the market following the 2018 season, played on the road on Tuesday against the Yankees one of the suitors who could enter a bidding war in the offseason.