There are reports that Jon Lester is going to the Orioles. And reports that that’s utter baloney

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I don’t mean to go all quantum physics on you, but for a few minutes there, Jon Lester was simultaneously traded to the Orioles and not traded to the Orioles. It was a total Schroedinger’s Cat situation, really:

 

And on and on and on.

And the thing is: all of those folks are good reporters who get stuff right most of the time. It’s just that, with the trade deadline, most reporting skills are sort of nullified by the fact that the news in question is a simple nugget of information, not a story subject to the kind of journalistic work these people normally do. Sure, to even get to the point where someone is telling you stuff takes work and trust, but ultimately you hear something or you don’t, it’s true or it’s not. Big trade news can be broke by someone in the loop or someone just in the right place at the right time.

So, we sit back and wait for the actual news. It’ll come eventually. Promise.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.