The Yankees and StubHub about to settle their lawsuit

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The Yankees sued StubHub in March, alleging that StubHub’s opening of a ticket office within 1,500 feet of Yankee Stadium violated New York laws against scalping. StubHub’s argument was that it wasn’t a ticket sales office but, rather, merely a printing station for tickets purchased online at home.  The Yankees obtained a temporary restraining order to keep StubHub from opening its office.

Now the lawsuit seems to be on the verge of settling:

 

The terms of the settlement are unknown and will likely remain private. I suppose we’ll be able to infer something based on whether that StubHub office ever opens for business. If it does, on site, figure they paid the Yankees a decent amount of money to do it. If they open up more than 1,500 feet away from the Stadium, it may be safe to assume that the Yankees helped pay some relocation costs or something.

Either way, I get the vibe that everyone felt that the Yankees had a pretty righteous case and that it would be a hard sell for StubHub to convince a court that a “printing office” wasn’t really in the business of selling tickets in violation of that 1,500 foot law.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.