Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon, spaghetti sauce king


Rays manager Joe Maddon has produced a large-scale spaghetti dinner for homeless and needy folks around the Tampa Bay region since the winter of 2006. It typically takes place on a Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has thus been anointed the name “Thanksmas.”

Maddon isn’t your typical celebrity philanthropist. He actually gets hands-on with the projects he puts his name on, doing both fundraising and dirty work in order to see the events through.

Tonight marks the sixth annual Thanksmas at Tropicana Field, and Maddon tweeted the below picture with this caption: “Cooking for Thanksmas all day at the Trop. My favorite part? Stirring the sauce.”


Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.