Bryan Stow can still sue the Dodgers, the Dodgers can still get out of bankruptcy

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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.

James Paxton will “nerd out big-time” to stay healthy next year

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To the surprise of, well, very few, the Mariners didn’t make the cut for the postseason this year. While they threw their hats in the ring for a wild card berth, their pitching staff just couldn’t stay healthy, from the handful of pitchers who contracted season-ending injuries in spring training to Felix Hernandez‘s shoulder bursitis to structural damage in Hisashi Iwakuma‘s right shoulder. Left-hander James Paxton missed 79 days with a lingering head cold, strained left forearm and pectoral strain. Heading into the 2018 season, the lefty told MLB.com’s Greg Johns that he plans to “nerd out big-time” in order to prepare for a healthy, consistent run with the club.

So far, Johns reports, that entails a new diet and workout program, hot yoga sessions and blood testing. “I just think there’s more I can do,” Paxton said. “I haven’t done the blood testing before. Finding out if there’s something I don’t know about myself. It’s just about learning and trying to find what works for me.”

When healthy, the 28-year-old southpaw was lights-out for the Mariners. He helped stabilize the front end of the rotation with a 12-5 record in 24 starts and supplemented his efforts with a 2.98 ERA, 2.4 BB/9 and 10.3 SO/9 through 136 innings. Despite taking multiple trips to the disabled list, he built up 4.6 fWAR — the most wins above replacement he’s compiled in any season of his career to date. Had he not been felled by a pectoral injury in mid-August — one that came with a five-week trip to the disabled list — the club might have been been able to make a bigger push for the playoffs.

Of course, even if Paxton manages to stay healthy next season, the Mariners still have the rest of the rotation to worry about. They cycled through 17 starters in 2017 and tied the 2014 Rangers with 40 total pitchers over the course of the season. Per GM Jerry Dipoto, their top four starters (Paxton, Hernandez, Iwakuma, and Tommy John candidate Drew Smyly) only contributed 17% of total innings pitched, just a tad below the 40% average. Finding adequate big league arms and compensating for injured aces (both current and former) will be tough. Still, getting a healthy, dominant Paxton back on the mound for 30+ starts would be a huge get for the team — whether or not the postseason is in their future next year.