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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal — who either (a) spends 22 hours a day on the phone; or (b) just makes stuff up all of the time, has a rundown today of the potential buyers and sellers at the deadline.
In the former category he places the White Sox, Astros, and the
Marlins. In the latter he has the Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Among
the player-specific tidbits are the Cardinals being interested in Mark
DeRosa, the Rockies shopping Jason Marquis and Huston Street, and the
Marlins considering dealing Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida
if and when they fall out of contention.

Rosenthal says that Street could foment a feeding frenzy. He rated
Matt Holliday last year, so God knows what the Rockies could get for
him now. Likewise, if history holds, I would expect someone to overpay
for Jason Marquis, because this is the time of year when people get a
little crazy and focus on the most recent couple of months while
forgetting everything a player did in the past. Rosenthal doesn’t
mention it, but there are rumors that Colorado wants to deal Brad Hawpe
too. If all of that is true, there is a chance that the Rockies could
come away from the deadline is the biggest winner of all. That is if
Dan O’Dowd doesn’t screw things up. Again.

All in all, nothing too sexy here, but hey, the crazy season is still young.

Miguel Cabrera is being sued for reduced child support payments

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Tigers first baseman/DH Miguel Cabrera is being sued by a woman from Orlando, Florida who claims that he “unilaterally” reduced the amount of his monthly child support payments, Tony Paul of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera, who has three children with his wife Rosangel, also had two children with Belkies Mariela Rodriguez in 2013 and 2015.

Cabrera pays more than $6,200 per month in child support and helped Rodriguez purchase a nearly $1 million house. Rodriguez’s attorney calls Cabrera’s monthly payments “inadequate” because her children don’t quite have the same standard of living as Cabrera’s three children with Rosangel. Cabrera’s legal team accused Rodriguez of “embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support.”

Cabrera, 34, signed an eight-year, $248 million contract extension with the Tigers in March 2014, which officially began in 2016. He made $22 million in 2014-15, $28 million in 2016-17, and will earn $30 million from 2018-21 and $32 million in 2022-23.

Along with reduced child support payments, Rodriguez alleges Cabrera left her “high and dry” when it came to monthly expenses with the house he helped her purchase.

Cabrera has requested that the judge recuse herself from his case, as her husband has a title with Rodriguez’s lawyers’ law firm following a merger. He is scheduled to be questioned under oath during a videotaped deposition on Thursday in Orlando. Rodriguez is scheduled for her deposition on Friday.

Cabrera is not the only player to find himself embroiled in such a case. Bartolo Colon was also sued for back child support for a “secret family” last year.