Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball has done what Major League Baseball and Fox did not do: he created an “In Memoriam” reel for all of the baseball figures who passed away between the 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games. It’s very well done:
I did not check to see if anyone was missed, but if so, I don’t think it detracts too much. Even the Oscars one misses people from time to time. But hell, this one has deep cuts like Gates Brown on it, so I’m guessing it’s pretty complete.
I’m also guessing that Fox and/or MLB will start doing this either at the World Series or the All-Star Game next year in light of all of the criticism they have received this week. Which, OK, cool. As long as it’s simple, short and straight-forward like this and isn’t just another vehicle for a Joe Buck voiceover and a sponsorship mention or a too-conspicuous-by-half shoutout to MLB’s philanthropic efforts.
Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus is hearing that a trade that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs involves prospect Gleyber Torres and more going to the Yankees. He adds that the holdup in the trade talks is centered around a contract extension for Chapman, believed to be around four years in length and $60 million total. The deal may not be finalized if the Cubs don’t get him signed to an extension they like. In Watt’s words, “Package is set. Extension is not.”
We learned earlier on Sunday that the Yankees were working hard to trade Chapman, reportedly in contact with at least four teams. The Cubs were not believed to be the front runners but certainly upped the ante by offering Torres.
Torres, 19, is rated the Cubs’ #1 prospect and #24 overall in baseball by MLB Pipeline. The shortstop has spent the season with Single-A Myrtle Beach, batting .275/.359/.433 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 409 plate appearances.
Torres is currently roadblocked at shortstop by Addison Russell, and 21-year-old Ian Happ is rated #3 in the Cubs’ system, so the club would be dealing from surplus.
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mariners, the Blue Jays designated reliever Drew Storen for assignment and recalled reliever Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.
Storen, 28, had a nightmare of a time with the Jays, leaving with a 6.21 ERA and a 32/10 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings. The Jays acquired him in January from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later.
Storen is owed the remainder of his $8.375 million salary, which makes it likelier that the right-hander will pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the season.