The Yankees are not pleased with StubHub

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This is only a problem for a business that is used to having an anti-trust exemption:  The New York Post reports that the Yankees are not pleased with StubHub — a partner of Major League Baseball — because Yankees tickets are for sale at very, very low prices:

. . . for the past few years, the cheapest unwanted Yankee tickets have been reselling on StubHub at just a few dollars apiece, and sources say the team isn’t happy.

For instance, right now there are 7,184 tickets listed on StubHub for next Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, with prices starting at just $3 — less than the price of a beer. If fans went to the Stadium box office or to Yankees.com, the team’s official site, those seats would cost $15.20 apiece.

The reporter, John Cruedle, says that the Yankees, the Angels and some other clubs “would like StubHub to place a floor on ticket prices offered for sale on their site.”

Because, apparently, the Yankees believe that people wouldn’t sell their tickets for more on StubHub if they could? Or am I just missing something about how markets are supposed to work?

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.