After falling short in his bid for the Rangers last week Mark Cuban commented that high temperatures in Arlington mean the team is “always at a disadvantage just because of the heat factor” and “you’re never going to be able to quite charge the same [prices] as Boston is just because of the comfort factor going out there.”
Team president and owner-to-be Nolan Ryan seemed to agree with Cuban’s basic point when responding to those comments today, saying:
You can’t justify putting a retractable roof on this stadium at the current cost of doing so. We’ve looked at sun screens that would reduce the temperature in the ballpark by 15 degrees, but we haven’t come up with something that is economically feasible on that yet.
Last night the Rangers drew over 46,000 to see them beat the Yankees, but they haven’t finished a season ranked higher than sixth in total attendance since 2001.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.