Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Yankees are pursuing a trade for Marlins’ first baseman Justin Bour, though he believes it’s unlikely that the team would be inclined to move someone of Bour’s talent and affordability. The 29-year-old infielder is arbitration-eligible through the 2020 season and has been one of the more productive members of the third-place Marlins so far this season. Neither the Yankees nor the Marlins have officially confirmed the rumor.
Bour is in his fourth season with the Marlins and is currently working his way back from an injury-plagued 2016 season, during which he missed 65 days with a lingering right ankle sprain. He bruised his left ankle last month, but spent minimal time on the disabled list and recovered to slash .286/.361/.553 with 20 home runs and a .914 OPS through his first 76 games this year. He’s owed just $552,500 through 2017, which makes him an ideal get for any team looking to shore up their infield in the second half.
This isn’t the first time the Yankees have been linked to the hot-hitting first baseman, but with the clock ticking and their infield options becoming scarcer and scarcer, it makes sense that they’d start pursuing a trade in earnest. The Marlins are currently mired in a lengthy search for new ownership and might not be positioned for a fire sale, though they appear willing to listen to any reasonable offers on Bour and, per a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, could part with any player with a multi-year contract.
Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 60 million pesos for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez reports. Mondesi served a six-year term as mayor from 2010-16. He initially ran on the ballot of the Dominican Liberation Party, but switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party over a year later.
Mondesi, 46, played parts of 13 seasons in the majors for the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels, and Braves. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1994 with the Dodgers, made one All-Star team, and won two Gold Glove Awards. He is the father of the Royals infielder of the same name.
The paint company Sherwin Williams created a neat promotion at Angel Stadium. There’s a giant paint can with the brand name in left-center field. If a player hits a ball into the can, Sherwin Williams will donate $1 million to the Angels Baseball Foundation, the Angels’ charity for kids.
Angels outfielder Justin Upton appeared to trigger that charitable contribution when he hit a solo home run to left-center field against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. The ball bounced in front of the can and then went in on a hop.
ESPN reports that Sherwin Williams is using a technicality to try and get out of the obligation. Because Upton’s home run didn’t land in the can on the fly, Sherwin Williams is saying they’re not obliged to make the $1 million donation. In 2014, Frazee Paint and the Angels agreed to the paint can promotion and indeed the press release says, “…if an Angels player hits a home run that lands in the can on the fly, the company will make a $1 million donation to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of children in the community.” Frazee Paint is now owned by Sherwin Williams.
According to Forbes, Sherwin Williams is worth $29.2 billion, ranking at 724 on the Global 2000. One would imagine ponying up the relatively minuscule sum of $1 million would be worth it rather than taking the P.R. hit from the dozens of articles that have been and will continue to be written about the company’s pedantry over a charitable donation to needy children.
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