Marlins join the bidding for Chapman

Leave a comment

Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has another offer on the table, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Marlins offered Chapman a five-year deal in the vicinity of $13
million. Chapman already has one offer on the table from the Red Sox,
believed to be for around $15.5 million. It probably won’t be enough to
land the heralded-defector, however they hope South Florida could be a
draw.




Chapman, 21, threw a bullpen session in front of representatives of more than 15 teams in Houston on Tuesday,
reaching as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, though he was mostly in
the 92-93 mph range, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com. On a related note, Phil Rodgers of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs
are among a group of teams exploring a deal for the talented southpaw.

Report: Derek Jeter-Jeb Bush group is the last one standing to purchase the Marlins

Getty Images
Leave a comment

There are a couple of confusing and potentially conflicting reports swirling about the Miami Marlins sale right now.

When last we heard, there were two high-profile groups with reported interest. One run by Hall of Famer Derek Jeter and politician Jeb Bush. The other run by Hall of Famer Tom Glavine and . . . son of politician, Tagg Romney.

Today Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg reported that the Jeter-Bush group has “won the auction” for the team. Mike Ozanian of Forbes reported earlier in the day, however, that they haven’t “won” anything. They merely remain the last group standing and that they have submitted a “non-binding indication of interest,” which, as the name suggests, means very little formally. They’re still seeking funding sources. Ozanian reports that the Glavine-Romney team is out.

That’s all a bit confusing, but given how team sales tend to go — slowly, with pretty established and plugged-in sports business types deliberately reporting the progress of negotiations — Ozanian’s report feels a bit more credible. Either way, I’d say it’s way, way too early to photoshop a Marlins cap on old pictures of Derek Jeter just yet.

UPDATE: Then there’s this:

Which does make it sound more official, but leaves open the question of whether Jeter and Bush have the money together.

The first native Lithuanian in MLB history made his debut last night

Getty Images
6 Comments

Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.

Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.

That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.

Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.