Bud puts the brakes on the Pete Rose reinstatement talk

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All of that fun we had the other day with Pete Rose seems to have petered out, as Bud Selig is now telling people that he’s not going to pardon the hit king. The Dayton Daily News’ Hal McCoy thinks that someone got played:

I can sniff exactly what happened. It has happened to me. I wrote a
story once and the next day Commissioner Selig was on the phone
personally, straightening me out.

Madden is a close friend of mine and I respect him immensely. He is
on the writers ballot for the Spink Award and Hall of Fame induction
next year. He attends the Hall of Fame ceremonies every year and talks
to all the Hall of Famers.

Somebody steered him wrong. I noticed there were no quotes from
Selig on the story that he is considering Rose’s reinstatement. Madden
talked about Hank Aaron backing Rose, along with Joe Morgan and Frank
Robinson. Somebody spoon-fed him false information – maybe even some of
Rose’s people, who have been known to do that.

Anyway, I suspect Selig called Madden on Monday and set the record straight.

Isn’t just as likely — and in total keeping with his past habits —
that Bud Selig was sending up a trial balloon to see how a
reinstatement would play? And that, given what, from where I’m sitting
anyway, looks like a decidedly anti-reinstatement sentiment, decided to
walk it back?

Report: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays; Yankees land Brandon Drury

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.