This from Rosenthal and Morosi:
“The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.”
What does that even mean? What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand. We will make sure that any offer to you will be such that you receive greater value in this transaction than we would receive in return. That is completely reasonable in our view.”
No trade happens unless the other team thinks it’s getting a good deal too. That could mean a good deal in players. That could mean salary relief. That could mean a lot of things. But what executive would actually be on board with the notion that the other team must come out on top, or else no trade is made?
None. Which means that this sort of thing is merely P.R. signaling by someone. Either the Diamondbacks, trying to calm fans who are worried about them trading a guy who, ten minutes ago, was supposed to be the future of the franchise (i.e. telling them that, by definition, the trade will be a win for us), or other teams who want to have an excuse ready for fans when they do not land Upton despite having the players and the need to make it happen (i.e. the Diamondbacks wanted too much).
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.