Bankruptcy tends to get rid of all of the lawsuits you have pending against you. And the Dodgers, who are bankrupt, had been trying to have the Bryan Stow lawsuit disposed of. Not too popular a move, of course, and Bryan Stow’s attorneys fought hard to avoid it. But now a deal has been struck.
Per Bill Shaikin, the bankruptcy court overseeing the Dodgers approved a deal in which Stow can advance his claims in regular Superior Court and, if he can make it that far, get in front of a jury. Meanwhile, Stow agrees not to object to the Dodgers emerging from bankruptcy, thereby allowing the sale of the team, set for next month, to go through.
When this idea was first suggested earlier this month, the Dodgers’ proposal was that Stow would only seek to recover damages from the team’s insurance carriers and not from individual defendants (i.e. Frank McCourt). One would presume that that is part of the deal too.
Wow. Frank McCourt and the Wilpons all cutting deals on the same day. It’s a pretty good Monday if you’re one of baseball’s financially troubled owners.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.