Reader Dissent: Quit generalizing about Yankees fans

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Reader Stupid Factory takes me to task for my Yankees post:

You are quite possibly the biggest baby in the sports blog-sphere. If
you really buy into what the NY rags write you need serious
professional help.

Worry about your Braves season ending tonight vs. what the Yanks may or
may not do in the future – especially when speculated by the NY
tabloids. Despite your opinion – these rags DO NOT represent the
average fan. Shame on you for generalizing an entire fan base.
 
I’ll say though, you have the Yankee-hatred vibe going well enough to
join ESPN – maybe you are just lobbying for your next paycheck…

Good grief!

Hey, I didn’t say the entire fan base. I said a wide swath!

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.