Jul 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EST
I went out into the world on Saturday. I should have stayed home and watched baseball.
Jul 12, 2010, 5:00 AM EST
The last set of real games for several days. Savor them, my friends, for it’s nothing but a lot of manufactured baloney between now and Thursday.
Jul 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EST
The Yankees thinksthe Mariners screwed ‘em over.
Jul 9, 2010, 5:01 PM EST
The Mariners have traded Cliff Lee and relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the Rangers for Justin Smoak and three prospects. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the prospects are pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and second baseman Matt Lawson. Buster Olney is reporting that Seattle is kicking in $2.5 million in order…
Jul 9, 2010, 4:28 PM EST
Mark Feinsand of the Daily News is talking to a source — I’m guessing a Yankees source — who says there will be big trouble in baseball if the Rangers get Cliff Lee: “There will be a battle royale over this if Texas gets Lee . . . Every other team in baseball is supplementing…
Jul 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EST
UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers). If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system. The problem is that’s it’s rich…
Jul 9, 2010, 3:23 PM EST
Ed Price of AOL just noticed that the Tacoma Rainiers — the Mariners’ AAA team — have scratched their starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, from tonight’s game. Price wonders if that’s a suggestion that the Lee deal is done and that Pineda is going to come up to Seattle tonight to pitch against the Yankees. Makes…
Jul 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
Ken Rosenthal tweets that Roy Oswalt — the proud owner of a full no-trade clause — would use that clause to block trades to either the Tigers or the White Sox. He doesn’t say why he doesn’t want to go to those two teams. He’s been reported to be exceedingly fond of life down south,…
Jul 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EST
Jon Paul Morosi thinks so. He notes today that the Tigers have pushed back Porcello’s latest AAA start from today until tomorrow, and says it’s not because of an injury. Rather, he’s told that the Tigers made the decision from up in Detroit and that the pushback may be to accommodate a scouting contingent coming…
Jul 9, 2010, 2:12 PM EST
Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston has looked at a draft of the 2011 schedule that is floating around and notices something different: One significant departure in the MLB schedule is that the season will begin at the end of the week (most teams will play on Friday, with presumably one game being played on Thursday…
Jul 9, 2010, 1:14 PM EST
Young athletes have enough going on without having to deal with your hero worship.
Jul 9, 2010, 12:14 PM EST
Buster Olney reports that the Yankees want a resolution regarding Cliff Lee “before the game” this evening. Olney also says that the Yankees told the Mariners that their current offer is their last and best offer. There has been no serious suggestion that the Mariners are balking. And keep in mind — while we’ve been…
Jul 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EST
The Dodgers Dream Foundation is “a nonprofit charity whose mission is to serve the educational and athletic needs of children and is supported by donations from the public.” It has an annual budget of about $1.6 million. The New York Times reports that a full one-quarter of that budget — $400,000 — went to its…
Jul 9, 2010, 11:12 AM EST
The fact that Jayson Werth has a lot of suitors might suit him just fine, because he’s not exactly enamored with Phillies fans right now. Well, at least one of them. Last night Werth ranged over the the first base line to try and catch a foul ball. And he probably would have gotten it…
Jul 9, 2010, 10:37 AM EST
The rich are poised to get richer
Jul 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EST
George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have told the Phillies that they would be interested in acquiring Jayson Werth. We talked about the Phillies’ rationale for trading Werth yesterday, but the interest on the part of the AL East teams is far more compelling given…
Jul 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EST
And you think I’m joking.
Jul 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EST
It’s one thing when sports business reporters and bloggers and other assorted riffraff suggest that team Greenberg/Ryan’s bid for the Rangers is in trouble, but it’s another thing altogether when Nolan Ryan himself says it. Here’s ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth’s Richard Durrett: Team President president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Thursday that his group, which includes Pittsburgh attorney…
Jul 9, 2010, 9:08 AM EST
The deal is not done yet, but to my knowledge — and the knowledge of any number of New York people I asked this morning — Joel Sherman has never really whiffed with one of these kinds of reports. It’s never 100% safe to call a deal done before it actually is, but the odds…
Jul 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EST
No, it does not mean that the Yankees have “bought” themselves another title. And that’s true even if they win yet another title.
Jul 9, 2010, 5:37 AM EST
Today, we are all Clevelanders.
Jul 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EST
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times “hears rumblings” that the White Sox are “kicking the tires” on Cliff Lee. Setting aside the fact that it’s only July 8th and the “kicking the tires” metaphor is already played out, this is an interesting one to think about. Jake Peavy is done for the year, so there’s…
Jul 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EST
I presume the quoted gentleman means in practice, not in fact.
Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EST
Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout. That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible. Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…
Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EST
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…
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