Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Red Sox and Phillies have discussed Antonio Bastardo trade in which Philly would get infield prospect Sean Coyle in return. It’s unclear if this is just talk or if there are any actual legs to it.
Bastardo struck out 81 batters in 64 innings of relief this past season for the Phillies.
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg spoke with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times this morning in the wake of the news that the team had reached a deal allowing it to search for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County. The big takeaway: he’s selling the team if he can’t get a new ballpark in the Tampa area.
Specifically, he said that if there is no new stadium in the are he won’t move team out of town, but that he would sell it and the new owner would probably move it:
“The chances of me owning this team in 2023 if we don’t have a new stadium are probably nil. Somebody else will take it and move it. It’s not a threat, just the reality. I won’t be sitting here 10 years from now waiting it out to move the team.”
Sternberg says that he still thinks baseball can work in the Tampa Bay area and that he’s going to try to make it work. But it certainly seems like he is set up to be its last chance there.
I’ve read this five times but it still doesn’t make any logical sense to me:
Maybe he’s handy around the house and will help out with light maintenance? Perhaps he’s good with kids and can help mom by watching them while mom gets some errands run? Maybe the inquiries are just a matter of morbid curiosity, like, they’re calling to see if he still lives and breathes or if, alternatively, he has secreted himself from society like some Phantom of the Opera figure.
Matt Kemp has been rumored to be going places. He may be coming right down here to San Diego:
The Padres have been linked to Kemp for a couple of weeks now, as have the Orioles, Mariners and any number of mystery teams. But San Diego looks like it’s gonna happen now.
In earlier reports, catcher Yasmani Grandal was said to be a piece to be sent back north, with some cash being sent down to the Padres. Rosenthal also suggests that pitching prospect Matt Wisler would be involved in the deal. UPDATE: Rosenthal now says that Wisler would not be included.
And, speaking of cash, it’s worth remembering, as Aaron reminded us yesterday, that while Kemp is still owed a good deal of money, it’s not like he’s not worth a large portion of that money as opposed to the albatross many consider him and his contract to be.
As we wait for the Baseball Industrial Complex to wake up on this Tuesday morning, it’s worth looking at Sports Illustrated’s article about its Sportsman of the Year, Madison Bumgarner. Much of it is devoted to Madison Bumgarner: country boy who puts on no airs at all. But in the middle of all of that comes a weird fact. See if you can spot it:
It’s all true. That he was so good so young that he started playing coach-pitch baseball at age four against seven-year-olds, and is so adept with either hand that he shoots a bow, bats, writes and ropes righthanded, but throws from the left side. That his father, Kevin, wouldn’t let him throw a curveball until he had a driver’s license. That before he dated Ali, he dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner (“No relation, I’m sure of it”). That he was married in a white, open-collar shirt and blue jeans while carrying a pocket-knife. That he bought Ali a cow just before their wedding (though not specifically as a wedding present), and she loved it.
If I met a girl named Craig Calcaterra I’d marry that girl. Not gonna lie about that. Alex Rodriguez feels the same way about a woman named Alex Rodriguez, I assume. That Bumgarner didn’t marry Madison Bumgarner just makes him different than Alex and me.