Is Bay still a possibility for the Red Sox?

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I can’t see it. You have Cameron, Ellsbury, and Drew in the outfield. You have Ortiz at DH. Where on Earth would Jason Bay play, and why would the Red Sox pay him five years regardless? Yet you have the Boston Herald’s Mike Silverman saying “It remains unlikely, but still within the realm of possibility, that
either Holliday or Bay could wind up falling into the Red Sox’ laps.”

The only basis he has for such a thing is that (a) Bay has not yet accepted the Mets’ offer; and (b) there was some indication in the Bay camp yesterday that talks were active, and the Mets wouldn’t be talking unless there was another team on the scene.

My guess: this is more market-making by Bay’s agent or Holliday’s agent or what have you. Someone whispers to someone that something may be happening who whispers it along to someone else and by then it’s almost, but not entirely inaccurate to say that “there’s Jason Bay talk.”

And no, I do not claim to be above goin’ along with it. This kind of chatter is the whole point of the hot stove season, right?

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.