You’ll recall that the Marlins sold thousands of previously unsold tickets to Roy Halladay’s perfect game back in May. I thought it was a cynical and craven attempt to make a quick buck, especially given that Halladay doesn’t even, you know, play for the Marlins.
The Feesh should watch the Tampa Bay Rays and follow their example. They’re making unsold tickets to Matt Garza’s no-hitter available, but instead of merely selling them to whoever is willing to pay, they’re giving them out to people who buy tickets to an event/auction, the proceeds of which go towards the Rays’ Baseball Foundation. Unless that’s just an ironic code name for some slush fun, I’m assuming the Foundation is for charitable purposes.
Of course, there were tens of thousands of unsold tickets to last night’s game, so unless they have the best-attended charity auction in the history of charity auctions, there will still be plenty of tickets to Garza’s game available. Please, Rays, don’t make me look like a fool for praising you by putting the ones that don’t go in the charity thing up for sale, OK?
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”