The Rays victimize the Dodgers with the hidden ball trick

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In the bottom of the fourth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers, the Rays got an extra out by fooling Juan Uribe with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers, already up 4-0, had the bases loaded with nobody out when A.J. Ellis hit a fly ball to Rays center fielder Wil Myers, allowing Andre Ethier to score from third.

Myers threw the ball in towards the plate to James Loney, who cut the ball off near the pitcher’s mound. Juan Uribe advanced to third and Skip Schumaker advanced to second. Loney noticed Uribe was not paying attention, so he threw the ball to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who then tossed it to third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria held onto the ball until Uribe stepped off, and then applied the tag for the second out of the inning. Zack Greinke grounded out to end the inning. The Rays were happy to allow just the one run after loading the bases with no outs, thanks in large part to their use of the hidden ball trick.

Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA posted a video of the event.

Marlins intend to keep Christian Yelich

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With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.

Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.

That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.

The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.