“OK, let’s open these up and take a look. Hmmm … blood type … blood type … sir, it says ‘gravy’!”
Major League Baseball has received medical records on Bartolo Colon’s stem cell treatment. The New York Yankees pitcher had the treatment in the Dominican Republic in April 2010. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said the records were received Tuesday and it would take time for them to be reviewed. The records are in Spanish.
I’m sure that if there really were banned drugs used in those procedures Colon received that the medical records produced over a year later and after a great controversy about them occurred would totally contain accurate information. Nope, no way that the post-ruckus, foreign language medical records that could mean the end of the career of both the doctor and the patient if they said the wrong thing could be anything other than 100% accurate and exhaustive.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe the veteran infielder a $2.5 million buyout.
Napoli, 36, had a strange year in Texas. He turned in 29 home runs, good for 11th-most among AL hitters, but finished the year batting just .193/.285/.428 over 485 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, his -0.5 fWAR was the worst mark of his career to date, but on the bright side, he should come cheap for a team looking to swap out their veterans come spring.
Of course, the specifics of the Rays’ offseason plan have yet to be divulged — or, by all accounts from Topkin, even decided on. The club could go the refurbishment route, changing out some of their higher-paid veterans for a mix of prospects and cheaper aging players; or they could opt for a full rebuild, which Topkin cautions against as it could have a negative effect on the financing of a new ballpark. Either way, the Rays figure to offload some of their bigger contracts this winter, and will need to decide if they want to retain Alex Colome, Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Evan Longoria and others before pursuing any other major free agents.