Police go undercover to stop underage binge drinking at Royals games

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Christine Vendel of the Kansas City Star writes that there was a whole lot of underage drinking going on in the parking lot before Royals games at Kauffman Stadium, so police decided to go undercover and crack down on it:

Stadium security officers saw increasing groups of minors clutching alcohol in the parking lots. And inside the stadium, several underage kids–mostly girls–passed out and ended up at the First Aid booth. …

Kansas City police launched an undercover effort in early July to reduce the illegal drinking. In six operations, police arrested more than 100 minors–and a few parents too, for providing alcohol to their children.

And here’s my favorite part of the article:

“We had more arrests than the Royals had runs,” joked Sgt. Brad Dumit, who supervises the police vice unit.

I’m imagining general manager Dayton Moore reading his newspaper over breakfast this morning, getting to that line, and just shaking his head. “Everyone’s a comedian,” he’d probably say. And then he’d sigh, take a sip of coffee, and reassure himself by whispering, “Well, at least we still have Francoeur for next season.”

Report: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays in part of three-team deal

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.