If you’re in the market for a century-old World Series trophy, this is your lucky day.
According to the Associated Press the Red Sox’s 1912 World Series trophy will be auctioned off at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore next week and the company organizing the auction “expects the trophy will fetch more than $300,000.”
The current owner is Robert Fraser, a Red Sox fan who bought the trophy from a family friend of that 1912 team’s manager, Jake Stahl. He paid $74,000 in 2007 and the current bidding is already over $90,000.
Lenny Neslin of the Boston Globe notes that the Red Sox “have a replica of the trophy on display in Fenway Park.”
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.