Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe points us to what is easily my favorite baseball-related newspaper correction in some time. It comes in the wake of a March 5th column by T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“In Saturday’s “High & Inside” column, The Inquirer made a regretful attempt at humor in a reference to Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew’s coming to Philadelphia to play against the Phillies in June. The sentence, “Get your D-cells ready,” should have been edited out of the story. Any reference to throwing batteries at a player is neither funny nor acceptable.”
I’m sure the response from the Philly faithful will be that Furman is a bum and that he was only trying to rouse rabble. But the thing is, even the biggest bums are more or less in touch with the rabble they wish to rouse. Even if this was completely disingenuous claptrap on Furman’s part, he doesn’t write it if he doesn’t think that people will eat it up.
Which leads me to ask: are there really people in Philly who hate J.D. Drew after all of these years? Many of which have been far more successful for the team than they have been for Drew? Because if they do still hold a grudge, that’s pretty sad man.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there has been no suggestion that the O’s and their young star have worked on a contract extension, strongly suggesting that Machado will test the open market next offseason.
While the Orioles have not said much about keeping him or trading him, yesterday considerable chatter filtered out here at the Winter Meetings suggests that they are serious about trading him now in order to get more than a draft pick in return when he eventually leaves Baltimore.
Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Cardinals were a possible landing spot, and others have speculated that, at the moment, they’re the frontrunners for his services. Buster Olney, in a development that would make people go insane, I suspect, that the Yankees have expressed interest. It seems highly unlikely, though, that the Orioles would trade Machado within the division. Even if they did, they’d likely expect a premium from the Yankees that they would be unwilling to pay, especially given that they could easily wait Machado out until he was a free agent next year and give up nothing but cash for him. A couple of days ago we noted that the Phillies had expressed interest and the Orioles were doing their due diligence with respect to their farm system.
As far as the possible parameters of a deal, Ken Rosenthal reported that the O’s hope to acquire at least two controllable young starters in return. That’s a high price for a one-year Machado rental, but it makes sense for the Orioles to ask it. For Machado’s part, he reportedly wants to return to his original position, shortstop. He does not have no-trade protection, of course, so that may be a wish that is not fulfilled.
Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior, however, he posted OPSs of .876 and .861, and he’s still just 25. All of which is to say that the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.