Don't blame White Sox fans for bad attendance

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White Sox’ GM Kenny Williams says that he’s prevented from making any major deals as a result of lower-than-expected attendance:

“Well, if I’m being completely honest money is more of the issue
now. We expected a little more support than we’ve gotten . . . We’ve
been probably pretty short or a little aggressive in our projections
and we might have to take a lot closer look at it, because, the Dodgers series was certainly an eye opener for us.”

One big thing that Kenny doesn’t mention here is that the attendance
for the Dodgers series he cites had a whole heck of a lot to do with
the fact that the White Sox overreached on ticket prices, classifying
that game as a “premium” game under their pricing structure despite the
fact that White Sox-Dodgers isn’t exactly a storied rivalry or
anything. According to some angry White Sox fans who emailed me at the
time, the cheapest ticket in the house for that series was $33, which
is pretty ridiculous when you think about it. If they’re doing that
with one series, they’re probably doing similarly inefficient things
with other series.

All of which means that Williams should think about blaming his own
front office before implicitly blaming fans for their lack of support.

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.