I assume that the powers that be at Major League Baseball always want to see the Yankees go far in the playoffs due to television ratings. But that’s old hat by now and goes without saying. No, to the extent the suits are rooting for the Yankees today, it might have every bit as much to do with the weather in Detroit, which looks awful for the weekend:
If the Yankees win, Saturday and Sunday’s games are in New York, where the forecast looks a bit nicer. If Baltimore wins and they play the Tigers, tomorrow night’s opener is particularly ugly. Monday is a travel day, however, and that could be a good time for a makeup if a game gets banged.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.