The New York press is all in a tizzy
because Alex Rodriguez — who sat out Friday and Saturday — was
spotted tripping the light fantastic with Kate Hudson into the wee
hours of Friday night/Saturday morning:
Was Alex Rodriguez out partying with actress Kate Hudson on the same
night the Yankees sat him because of fatigue? The Palm Beach Post
reported on Sunday that A-Rod and K-Hud were partying until 2:30 a.m.
on Saturday morning in Miami Beach and left together in the back seat
of a chauffeured German luxury car. Reached on Sunday by Newsday,
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said: “I have no idea whether
that’s even accurate, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on it.”
Here’s a comment: when your workday lasts from roughly 4pm-11pm like
A-Rod’s does, being out at 2:30am is the equivalent of you or me being
out at 9pm or so. Why is this a big deal, especially given that it had
already been announced that he wasn’t playing on Saturday? I’d have a
much bigger problem if he was spotted doing the hustle with his bum
hip, but I’m guessing he just spent the evening sipping Courvoisier and
lying to Hudson about how much he enjoys her films.
Oh, and if I see the term “K-Hud” again, I’m going to unhook my
Internets and move to a fishing village in Newfoundland because that
stuff’s just wrong.
Jon Morosi of MLB Networks reports that talks are “heating up” between the Astros and Athletics on a Sonny Gray trade. Gray, obviously, would represent a big upgrade for the Astros’ rotation. He has a 3.66 ERA and has struck out 85 batters while walking 28 in 91 innings.
Morosi adds that Gray is not the only option for the Astros, as they are also talking to the Tigers about a potential acquisition of Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson. That would obviously be a much tougher deal to negotiate given Verlander’s 10/5 rights giving him veto power over any trade, not to mention the massive amount of money he’s still owed on his contract.
Also: I’m pretty sure that it’s in the MLB rules that any trade between the Tigers and the Astros has to involve Brad Ausmus, C.J. Nitkowski and Jose Lima, and that’s not possible given their current occupations and/or their deaths in 2010.
The Miami Marlins have sent reliever David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for four prospects. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Ken Rosenthal had rumors of the deal first, Jon Morosi, Jeff Passan and Jon Heyman (among others) all reported the trade at virtually the same time.
Phelps, 30, had a fantastic 2016 season, posting a 2.28 ERA in 64 games while striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings. He’s not been as strong this year, but he’s still been a solid setup man, posting a 3.45 ERA in 44 games while striking out 51 batters and walking 21 in 47 innings. He throws in the mid-90s and induces grounders. The Mariners could probably use rotation help more than bullpen help, but solid innings are solid innings at one point and improving your pen takes some of the pressure off of your rotation. Phelps will help Seattle with that. He’s under team control for next year too, so this is more than a rental.
The top prospect in the deal is Brayan Hernandez, a 19 year-old outfielder from Venezuela, currently playing in low-A ball. Also in the deal: righty Brandon Miller, righty Pablo Lopez and righty Lucas Schiraldi who, yes, is the son of ex-big leaguer Calvin Schiraldi. None of these guys are blue chippers, but you never know what’ll happen. It’s a volume return for the Fish.
We’ve already seen some big bullpen names move, including David Robertson, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Among others who could be moved: A.J. Ramos (Marlins); Justin Wilson (Tigers); Addison Reed (Mets); Jerry Blevins (Mets); Brad Hand (Padres); Tony Watson (Pirates); Juan Nicasio (Pirates); Brad Brach (Orioles); Drew Storen (Reds); and Raisel Iglesias (Reds).