The Rangers are keeping your money for a while

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The cash-strapped Rangers just need a little loan to tide ’em over. They’ll get you back at the end of the month, they swear.  Tim Cowlishaw:

I found out
Wednesday that those who had enough faith in the team to buy playoff
tickets have been told via e-mail that those refunds won’t be coming
until sometime in November, possibly not even early November because
“the money is tied up with MLB.”

I have some sympathy if the Dodgers run into some financial trouble over the next few months because, hey, a marriage is breaking up and that’s sad.  The Rangers though?  They’re toast because the owner decided to go nuts in questionable real estate deals, get involved in Premier League soccer without knowing all that much about it, and give Alex Rodriguez $100 million more than the next highest offer several years ago. 

If I were a Rangers fan I wouldn’t pay for a single thing that wasn’t immediately given to me at the time money changed hands.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”