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.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”