The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018.
Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes Yankees president Randy Levine saying that he’s “hopeful and confident” that an agreement to that effect will be made soon.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement commits the players and owners to more international games, with London being specified by name. There has been past talk of the Mets going there and they very well might. Major League Baseball, of course, would love to have two of its marquee teams, the Yankees and Sox, make the trip as well.
I would like to volunteer as a broadcaster. From my audition reel:
- “Oi! Betts nicked second offa Tanakar, innit?!”
- “Farrell is out to get Kimbrel, who hasn’t retired a batsman. Not surprising. He’s pitched for three straight days and has bugger all today, mates. He’s absolutely knackered!”
- “Looka that chav on his mobile, not payin’ proper attention to the match!”
- “Bases loaded, right, count’s full. Price is really in Barney! Wot! Wot’s all this, then?! Fastball on the corner catches Castro lookin’! Girardi doesn’t like that call and he’s out for some argy-bargy! Price is right chuffed, but you can tell by his look that even he thinks that call was as bent as a nine-bob note!”
Seriously, call me, MLB. Put me on the air. My commentary would be blinding.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.