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.
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.