I’m going to assume that the upcoming Barbara Kopple/ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner is pretty good, even-handed and informative. Why? Because Yankees President Randy Levine hates it:
very much like his old boss, Yankees president Randy Levine Wednesday
fired verbal shots at an upcoming ESPN documentary on George
Steinbrenner, calling it “disjointed” and “the usual news at 6.” . . . It was a disjointed effort. I’m not sure where she was trying to go with the story.“
Probably in a critical and truthful direction, Randy, which doesn’t square with the team’s narrative that the man could do no wrong. I’m looking forward to it actually.
Best part of the article: the suggestion by Kopple that Levine’s really upset with it because he’s not in it.
Update (9:38 PM ET): The Tigers will receive minor leaguers Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery from the Angels, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hernandez, 18, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July 2015. This past year, in rookie ball, Hernandez posted a 2.64 ERA with a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Angels’ 24th-best prospect.
Montgomery, 23, was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. Between Single-A Burlington, High-A Inland Empire, and Double-A Mobile, Montgomery batted an aggregate .271/.358/.413 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 434 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ 20th-best prospect.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.