The Dodgers claim Adrian Gonzalez on waivers, but don’t get too excited yet

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As is the case with almost every player who makes more than the league minimum, Adrian Gonzalez was placed on waivers by the Red Sox.  Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have been awarded the waiver claim on Gonzalez.

Which, while interesting, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. August waivers are revocable waivers, and the Sox can pull him back. Or they can negotiate a trade with the Dodgers with the idea that, if they don’t like what the Dodgers are offering, they’ll pull him back.  Or, if the Sox simply want rid of Gonzalez, they can let the Dodgers have him for nothing.  Well, not nothing: the Dodgers would have to pay the $131 million+ the Sox owe him through 2018. But like I said: interesting. If for no other reason than it shows that the Dodgers are willing to take on huge money if the opportunity presents itself.  And that they’re aware of just how putrid James Loney is.

Seems doubtful anything will happen though. While the Red Sox season is sunk, they do have to have someone to play first base in the near future, and they don’t have a lot of options at the ready for that.  And the Dodgers don’t seem to have anything of sufficient baseball value to give up to make it worth Boston’s while. Any other team might like out of Gonzalez’s contract, but the Red Sox aren’t exactly hurting for cash.

Worth watching for the next 72 hours or so (which is how long the Sox have to pull him back), but don’t hold your breath.

Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay must pick up pace on new stadium

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wants Tampa Bay to work a little quicker on getting the Rays a new ballpark.

Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg has been working for nearly a decade to get a new stadium for the club and signed a three-year agreement with the City of St. Petersburg early in 2016 to search for a site in the Tampa Bay area. Manfred wants that search to pick up some steam.

“I think it’s fair to say we want the process to take on a better pace moving forward,” Manfred said Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, home of the Rays since their first season in 1998.

The Rays were averaging 15,815 fans per game before Wednesday night’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. That is just over half the major league average of 30,470. Tropicana Field and its location have been almost universally blamed as the reason for the poor attendance.

“I’ve been pretty clear that they need a new facility here, a major league quality facility in an A-plus location,” Manfred said. “It is time to move that decision to the front burner here in Tampa.”

The matter of how a stadium would be financed has been tabled until a site is determined, but Sternberg continued to express confidence in the Tampa Bay market.

“I’ve had the opportunity to bail on it many times over the years,” he said. “I won’t say this is a slam dunk, it’s certainly not. But I think we can do something that’ll at least double our attendance. That’s a lot to ask for.”

Manfred said Major League Baseball “doesn’t have a firm timetable” for what steps to take if the Rays fail to get an agreement to build a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area, but but added that “it is a topic of discussion in the industry, the lack of progress.”

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Robinson Cano leaves game with hamstring tightness

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Bad news for the Mariners this evening: Robinson Cano left Seattle’s game against the Atlanta Braves with tightness in his left hamstring.

Cano walked off the field after legging out a double — his second of the game — in the third inning. He pulled up as he approached second base and walked off the field, accompanied by a trainer. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. The Mariners have a day off Thursday before opening a series at the Yankees on Friday night, so they have some time to evaluate him.

Cano is hitting .277/.377/.460 with 19 homers and 78 RBI on the year.