Update (10:37 PM EST): Via Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, Jared Kushner released a statement indicating the Kushners will not pursue purchasing the Marlins if Loria is named the ambassador to France.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was in the news last week as he reportedly had a handshake agreement to sell his team. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a potential catalyst has been revealed. The New York Post is reporting that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has gotten a signoff for Loria to act as the ambassador to France.
The Post notes that Priebus, however, has tried to circumvent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in order to give these positions to Republican loyalists. State Department officials aren’t pleased with the way Priebus has handled the situation.
Loria donated $125,000 to President Trump shortly before the election, the Miami Herald reported. The person rumored to be in position to buy the Marlins is Charles Kushner. His son is Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and President Trump’s senior advisor.
Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier spent his first five games with the Yankees on the road, playing once in Minnesota and four games in Seattle. He was set to take his first at-bat as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against the Reds. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go how he likely expected them.
The Yankees quickly loaded the bases on consecutive singles from Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius, and Chase Headley to lead off the bottom of the second inning. That brought up Frazier in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium. He got ahead in the count 3-1 against Luis Castillo before hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza. Gregorius went back to second base because he thought the ball had a chance to be caught on a line. Peraza stepped on the second base bag, then fired to first base for the double play. Votto then threw across the diamond to Eugenio Suarez at third base, catching Gregorius out in no man’s land. Holliday scored in the meantime, breaking a 0-0 tie, but Gregorius was eventually called out for running out of the base line in a run down.
Frazier entered the evening with just two hits (both singles) and one walk in 18 plate appearances as a Yankee.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have agreed to a deal with the White Sox for reliever Anthony Swarzak. The White Sox will receive 3B/OF Ryan Cordell in return.
It’s no secret that the 53-48 first-place Brewers are on the hunt for relief help. While closer Corey Knebel has been great, the Brewers have been shaky leading up to the ninth inning as Carlos Torres owns a 4.65 ERA and Oliver Drake 5.05.
Swarzak, 31, has posted a 2.23 ERA with a 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this season. He can become a free agent after the season.
Cordell, 25, hit .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s the Brewers’ No. 17 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.