Remember that odd report last week about the African-American churches sending a letter to Bud Selig supporting Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers? Well, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! he’s getting support from the Los Angeles Hispanic community too. At least part of it.
The basis for that support? Not totally clear. McCourt and the Dodgers helped refurbish some sandlot fields and stuff and are described as having been good to the community — and somewhat more sensitive to the Hispanic market than previous Dodgers owners — but one still wonders whether that’s enough to go to bat for someone like McCourt. But hey, what do I know about politics?
Still, it’s not like McCourt and the Dodgers have always been supportive of that community. Specifically the small businesses within it …
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.