Today we have a great example of the perils of a swirling rumor mill as we count down to Friday’s trade deadline.
A report on Tuesday from a reliable source, WEEI in Boston, reported on its Twitter account that the Red Sox had acquired Indians ace Cliff Lee. The only problem? It was a fake Twitter account, and the report was a hoax.
The story was spread before Rob Bradford, the WEEI reporter who supposedly broke the story, wrote on his actual Twitter account that “I have not reported anything. Somebody is hacking into my account.”
It turned out that it wasn’t that his account was hacked, but that someone created a realistic counterfeit page complete with WEEI logos and everything.
There are a lot of good sources of information out there, with one of the fastest and best being Rotoworld. We do our best to be both quick and accurate here, and both myself and Aaron dabble in the now-is-too-late world of Twitter.
But today’s incident is a reminder to us all to slow down just a bit.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.