Remember yesterday, when Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Dodgers “have strong interest in Jose Guillen for a part-time role”?
Well, today Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes:
Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong.
I don’t mean to pick on Gurnick because there’s no reason to doubt his report and as I wrote yesterday the Dodgers would be smart not to have much interest in Guillen, but the phrasing of that sentence is a pet peeve of mine.
If a report is good enough to follow up on and respond to, then it’s good enough to properly source. Calling it “an internet report” is just a way to dismiss it as unimportant, but clearly Rojas and ESPN Deportes are far from some random website and even if they were it’s silly to respond to a report when you’re not even willing to say who did the reporting.
After all, since Gurnick works for MLB.com anything he writes could technically just be called “an internet report” too. But what would be the point of that?
The Tampa Bay Rays were reported this week to be “open for business” as far as trades go. Normally that means nothing happens until late June or something. The Rays are getting right down to it, though, as they’ve just traded closer Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners, who have played some outstanding ball lately thanks to some outstanding starting pitching, and are looking to bolster other areas as they make a push in the AL West, will likely slot Colome into a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Span will take over center field, allowing Dee Gordon to, eventually anyway, once he recovers from a fractured toe, cover for the suspended Robinson Cano at second base. If the M’s make the playoffs he’d likely do so in the postseason too, given that Cano will be ineligible for any October play due to his suspension.
Colome has saved 11 games for the Rays, with a 4.15 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 23/8 in 21.2 innings.Span is hitting .238/.364/.385 with four homers and six stolen bases on the season.
Two players are going back to the Rays: righties Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Moore was the Mariners’ second round pick in 2015 and made his big league debut last season, pitching 59 innings in 2018 but back in the minors so far in 2018. Romero was a 15th rounder for Seattle in 2017 and is currently plying his trade in A-ball.
The Rays, as expected, are using the 2018 season to acquire prospects. The Mariners, who are unexpectedly strong in the early going, are trying to go for it even harder. Quite a big trade for late May.