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Marlins, Rays make plans to deal with Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma is a record-setting category 5 storm and has Florida in its sights. As was the case with Harvey, baseball is not a top priority when it comes to the potential havoc the hurricane will wreak, but it is something the league, the clubs and their players have to take into account. The Marlins and Rays are taking it into account right now.

While both teams will be on road trips when the storm is expected to reach Florida, their families are still at risk. The Marlins have turned their road trip into a family affair, allowing families of players and staff to travel with the team. Don Mattingly:

“Jeffrey [Loria] ultimately made the decision that all the families are going to get to go with us, travel the whole trip, kids and the whole thing, and really provide a service for our families, which is really very nice of the organization”

Good on Jeff Loria.

The Rays aren’t taking their families with them when they head to Boston for the weekend, but they are making a couple of changes to help them out. From the Tampa Bay Times:

  • They pushed their departure back from postgame today until Thursday afternoon to allow more time for players and traveling staff to get their families situated or headed out of town.
  • And they will pack for extra days in case they can’t fly back to Tampa as planned on Sunday night and/or if next week’s series against the Yankees needs to be relocated from the Trop.

The Rays are supposed to be back in town on Monday to play the Yankees. If there’s damage or devastation, they may explore relocating the series. The Marlins are not supposed to be back until September 15, so they have a bit more time to figure that out.

Good luck to anyone in the path of Irma. Stay safe.



Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.