Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

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In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract.
Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where a potentially decisive liner to left field was initially called a hit by the bumbling Caray.
The call, as repeated by the New York Times:
“Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!”
Caray’s lack of knowledge about the teams he was covering was also obvious. Though he’s been doing the Sunday game of the week for TBS the last two years, he wasn’t very familiar with the AL teams he was talking about. TBS should certainly be able to do better in regards to their postseason coverage. Caray, though, is also losing his Braves gig on Peachtree TV.
The Braves had already lost the late Skip Caray and the retired Pete Van Wieren in 2008 and Jon Sciambi to ESPN after last season. They’ll be on the lookout for some new talent now.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.