Quote of the Day: Frank McCourt

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Frank McCourt sunglasses.jpgFrank McCourt was behind the relaunch of the Los Angeles Marathon which was run this past weekend.  In today’s Los Angeles Times he waxes defensive:

“Not a single person in the media has asked me how my divorce affects
the marathon, because it doesn’t. I understand the urge
by the media to create drama around my personal life. It’s really not
that dramatic.”

Of course, if there was documentary evidence that McCourt was sucking millions out of the Los Angeles Marathon to support a lavish lifestyle like he’s done with the Dodgers, you can bet your bippy there would be questions. In other news, the organization of the marathon wasn’t nearly as skippy as the mainstream media reports would have you believe. I’m assuming it was somehow Jamie’s fault.

One point in McCourt’s defense from the article: I agree with his defense to Rosenthal’s criticism from the other day that Dodgers didn’t trade any of their young talent to rent CC Sabathia or Cliff Lee or someone like that. If there was a potential trade that (a) didn’t involve Matt Kemp and/or Clayton Kershaw; that (b) would have landed them a big fish for the playoff push I might change my tune, but upon reflection I’m having a hard time going too crazy over that.

The Dodgers should probably be entering 2010 with better options than Russ Ortiz in their starting rotation, but the idea that their failure to make blockbuster deals down the stretch evidences McCourt mismanagement is off base, I think.   

Cubs sign Brett Anderson to a $3.5 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a contract, pending a physical. Anderson, apparently, impressed the Cubs during a bullpen session held in Arizona recently. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal is for $3.5 million, but incentives can bring the total value up to $10 million.

Anderson, 28, has only made a total of 53 starts and 12 relief appearances over the past five seasons due to a litany of injuries. This past season, he made just three starts and one relief appearance, yielding 15 runs on 25 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. The lefty dealt with back, wrist, and blister issues throughout the year.

When he’s healthy, Anderson is a solid arm to have at the back of a starting rotation or in the bullpen. The defending world champion Cubs aren’t risking much in bringing him on board.

Yordano Ventura’s remaining contract hinges on the results of his toxicology report

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports provides an interesting window into how teams handle a player’s contract after he has died in an accident. It was reported on Sunday that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had three guaranteed years at a combined $19.25 million as well as two $12 million club options with a $1 million buyout each for the 2020-21 seasons.

What happens to that money? Well, that depends on the results of a toxicology report, Rosenthal explains. If it is revealed that Ventura was driving under the influence, payment to his estate can be nullified. The Royals may still choose to pay his estate some money as a gesture of good will, but they would be under no obligation to do so. However, if Ventura’s death was accidental and not caused by his driving under the influence, then his contract remains fully guaranteed and the Royals would have to pay it towards his estate. The Royals would be reimbursed by insurance for an as yet unknown portion of that contract.

The results of the toxicology report won’t be known for another three weeks, according to Royals GM Dayton Moore. Dominican Republic authorities said that there was no alcohol found at the scene.

Ventura’s situation is different than that of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident this past September. Fernandez was not under contract beyond 2016. He was also legally drunk and cocaine was found in his system after the accident. Still, it is unclear whether or not Fernandez was driving the boat. As a result, his estate will receive an accidental death payment of $1.05 million as well as $450,000 through the players’ standard benefits package, Rosenthal points out.