Thief posed as a Chicago Cub to get a truck

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From the police blotter:

A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car.

Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with
felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter,
of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him as
Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin.

Van Meter, the charges say, on Tuesday signed documents with a Ken
Garff auto dealership in West Valley City to buy a 2010 Dodge pickup
worth $50,000. Van Meter promised to pay for the truck the next day and
drove away in it.

Theft is theft, so yeah, put the guy away. But ask yourself: would you even give the real Tyler Colvin a car with no money down?  Guy played six games with an OPS+ of 12 last year. Sure, he hit .300 in AA, but it was on his second go-around.

Real prospects get credit. All others must show cash.

Report: San Diego Padres trade Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians. No details have yet been reported on the return.

Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.

We’ll update further when the players heading back to San Diego are known.