Josh Fields was acquired in August 2016 via trade from the Houston Astros. 2018 marked his second full year with the club after signing a one-year, $2.2. million contract, thus avoiding arbitration.
Regular Season Recap
After a sterling 2017 where he went 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA, earning a spot on the playoff roster, 2018 was both better and worse for Fields. On the upside, he posted a career-best 2.20 ERA. His highlights included being the pitcher of record of a 10-inning win against the Giants on April 8, and a four-out save against Washington on May 20.
However, Fields’ season was truncated significantly by right shoulder inflammation. He hit the 10-day DL in late June and wouldn’t take the mound again until September 4. Yet he showed no wear and tear upon return, allowing only one earned run in 6.2 innings pitched the rest of the regular season.
How’d He Do in October?
Despite appearing in all three rounds of the 2017 postseason and improved regular season stats, Fields was left off the playoff roster in 2018 and didn’t see any action all month long. His unexpectedly prolonged injury was likely the deciding factor in keeping him off.
What Lies Ahead
Fields was once again tendered a contract before the arbitration deadline, and figures to be a key member of the bullpen once again given he stays healthy.
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