La Russa v. Twitter

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I hadn’t seen this when it was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, but apparently Tony La Russa is not a fan of the guy who made a fake Twitter page about him and has filed a lawsuit. The filing prompted Twitter to immediately remove the fake page, but the suit remains pending.

I have no idea what the law is here, though I presume that it falls
closer to the land of cybersquatting than it does identity theft or
anything like that. Whoever put up the fake page, however, probably
didn’t realize that (a) Tony La Russa is a lawyer; and (b) Tony La
Russa doesn’t appear to have any sense of humor whatsoever.

In other words, the lawsuit probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.

(thanks to Levi Stahl for the heads up)

Marlins release Edinson Volquez

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have released starter Edinson Volquez, freeing up a spot on the 40-man roster. Volquez was entering the final year of his two-year, $22 million contract signed in November 2016. He was set to earn $13 million for this coming season.

Volquez, 34, underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2018 season. He ended his 2017 campaign with a 4.19 ERA and an 81/53 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings across 17 starts.

Since Volquez won’t come back until very late in the 2018 season at minimum, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him remain teamless until next offseason.