Craig Calcaterra

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of the game against the Minnesota Twinsat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Friday’s action

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Welcome to the weekend, y’all. A full slate of games tonight including a couple of dudes making debuts for new clubs: Nick Tepesch for the Dodgers and Wade LeBlanc for the Mariners. Tommy Milone has been recalled by the Twins and will make his first big league appearance since May 3. Cody Reed of the Reds, in contrast, is a seasoned pro, making his second big league start.

On the older end of the spectrum is Max Scherzer, going in Milwaukee. The last time he pitched there he struck out 16 dues and retired the first 18 batters he faced. He’s facing a young man in Zach Davies, however, who has done some very special things himself in his short time in the bigs, particularly lately. Meanwhile, Jered Weaver is coming off of his best start of the season: a three-hit shutout in Oakland in which he needed only 95 pitches. He only struck out one dude in that game and his fastball can barely break glass, so he must’ve O.D.’d on the gumption and savvy pills. Why those are legal while PEDs are not I have no idea, but I suppose he’d be grandfathered in if they banned them anyway.

Enjoy your Friday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers (Nick Tepesch) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon), 7:05 PM EDT, PNC Park

Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone) @ New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka), 7:05 PM EDT, Yankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore) @ Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo), 7:05 PM EDT, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT, Marlins Park

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann), 7:10 PM EDT, Comerica Park

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed), 7:10 PM EDT, Great American Ball Park

New York Mets (Steven Matz) @ Atlanta Braves (Aaron Blair), 7:35 PM EDT, Turner Field

Boston Red Sox (David Price) @ Texas Rangers (Nick Martinez), 8:05 PM EDT, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Chicago White Sox (Carlos Rodon), 8:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field

Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies), 8:10 PM EDT, Miller Park

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez), 8:15 PM EDT, Kauffman Stadium

Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley) @ Colorado Rockies (Tyler Anderson), 8:40 PM EDT, Coors Field

Oakland Athletics (Eric Surkamp) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver), 10:05 PM EDT, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade LeBlanc), 10:10 PM EDT, Safeco Field

Philadelphia Phillies (Zach Eflin) @ San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy), 10:15 PM EDT, AT&T Park

“Nightmare” plan to run traffic to the Braves new stadium via neighborhood streets

MIAMI, FL - MAY 27:  Vehicle traffic is seen on I-95 as people prepare for the Memorial Day weekend on May 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  AAA is predicting 34 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more for Memorial Day weekend, the most since 2005.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The Braves stadium situation continues to be an absolute peach.

The club’s new ballpark, which was planned via a secret deal between Cobb County officials and the Braves, has been controversial for a host of reasons, including the use of public money and the lack of transparency involved in the process. On a more practical level there have been major concerns about traffic and parking. There is no mass transit serving the new park and the planned parking lots are in bad places — across a freeway in one instance, with no set plan yet to create a pedestrian bridge — and are too few in number. And that’s before you deal with the already awful congestion in the area where I-285 and I-75 meet, which is where the park is located.

Now comes some more traffic rancor, this in the form of a plan by Cobb County to divert traffic off of the freeway and over surface streets through the town of Sandy Springs on game days. Guess what? The mayor and council of Sandy Springs claim they had no idea about this until the other day. And whether this did truly blindside them or they’re just pretending it did to save their political skins, they’re not happy. They call it a “nightmare” and were visibly and audibly angry at the poor Cobb County transportation director who came to tell them what the plan was:

“You want to take all the traffic off 285 and put it on surface streets?” asked an incredulous Councilmember Tibby DeJulio.

“That’s what we want to do all over the system,” Wilgus replied.

Wilgus fenced with the mayor and councilmembers over definitions of street types and hypothetical traffic impacts.

“You can’t run these [sign-directed drivers] through neighborhood streets,” Paul said.

“We’re not running them through neighborhood streets…Interstate North is not really a neighborhood street,” Wilgus said.

“I live there, so you don’t tell me that it’s not a neighborhood street,” the mayor said. “We live here. We know those streets.”

I’ll grant Cobb County this much: there has never been a local government or group of local citizens who has ever NOT complained about traffic and parking in connection with a new development. You could put up a building that provides free cookies, free massages and 100% scientifically-verified cancer cures and some local paper would run a story about how “locals expressed concerns over parking, congestion.”

Still, neither Cobb County nor the Braves have done anything to earn the benefit of the doubt with respect to this whole stadium deal, so it’s probably not a great idea to cut them any slack on this score until they prove that their plan is actually workable.

Twins trade Oswaldo Arcia to the Rays

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 11: Oswaldo Arcia #31 of the Minnesota Twins is unable to hold onto a ball hit by Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of the game on June 11, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 15-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Arcia, 25, has shown some promise at times but he’s never been able to put it together at the big league level, hitting only .240/.303/.429 over 967 plate appearances. The Rays could use him due to their multiple outfielder injuries. The Twins are just tired of him, it would seem. And, of course, they have better outfield options in the form of current prospects than Arcia, whose prospect status is in the past.

Jose Reyes to the Mets appears likely

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes, left, throws late to first base after forcing out San Diego Padres' Will Venable at second base on a bunt put down by Yangervis Solarte during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that, while the Mets have not yet made a final decision,  “all signs are pointing toward a reunion” between the club and their former shortstop, Jose Reyes. Carig says that “the idea has continued to gain steam within the organization,” and that the Mets could sign Reyes as soon as this weekend.

The idea will be for Reyes to either play third base, covering for the injured David Wright, or for him to play second base with Neil Walker moving to third from second. He is not envisioned as an option at short, where Asdrubal Cabrera is holding things down. Reyes hit .303/.425/.485 over 40 plate appearances on his nine-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque. Last season he hit .285 with a .322 on-base percentage and stole 16 bases in 69 games for the Blue Jays. He hit only .259 with a .291 OBP in 47 games after being traded to the Colorado Rockies.

The biggest fallout of this signing, however, would be the p.r. fallout occasioned by the Mets giving a job to a man who was arrested in October for domestic violence and who hasn’t played in the bigs this year due to his lengthy suspension for the incident. There are some, of course, who view what happens on and off the field as totally separate things. Many fans, however, will not take well to the Mets reuniting with a player with Reyes’ recent history.

The Red Sox have inquired on a couple of Braves pitchers

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran delivers in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
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Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Braves pitchers Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino. It’s a matchup that makes sense, though Bowden says that “there is no traction to a trade at this time.”

The sense part is that the Red Sox could use a starter and Teheran looks like the best pitcher who might be available at the deadlines. He has a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. As for how likely he is to be moved, the Braves are going nowhere and have already shown that they’ll trade anyone. That said, he’s under control cheaply through 2020, so maybe even the Braves will either think twice or demand far more than the Sox are willing to pay.

As for Vizcaino, the Braves closer has been outstanding this year, posting a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 and a third innings. He’s under team control through 2018.