From my ProBasketballTalk compadre Kurt, a glimpse of what’s to come:
It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.
And putting a small 2-inch by 2-inch adverting patch on the shoulder of NBA jerseys can generate a lot of money, NBA Deputy Commissioner told the NBA owners on Thursday.
They’re gonna do it starting in the 2013-14 season. They estimate that it could bring in $100 million by doing that. That seems a bit nuts, but clearly it will create a lot of revenue.
Soccer does it. Now basketball. Obviously racing has done it forever as have lots of sports in other countries. We don’t want it to happen in baseball — purity, aesthetics, etc. etc. — but can someone tell me why this won’t inevitably stretch to baseball? Just with a little patch here or there? We as fans all would bristle, but who among those in power — the league, the union, the broadcasting rights holders and the sponsors themselves — would object? Who stops it?
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.