Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while. It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about the Dodgers going to Los Angeles over half a century ago:
While I suppose there are a lot of people who still wish the Dodgers had stayed in Brooklyn, there are probably only, like, 11 old angry dudes there who actually expect some sort of gesture or apology from the Dodgers over it all. It’s been 54 years. Murderers are let out of jail after less time than that. Anyone expecting the Dodgers to “make amends” at this point probably has some issues he needs to address. And if the Daily News actually realizes this but is simply trying to stir the pot, it should probably realize that there’s nothin’ in the pot. Rabble-rousing is kind of pointless when there’s no rabble.
The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their throwback uniforms. They’re trying to make some money. I can all but guarantee you that the feelings of some ancient grudge-holding Brooklyn Dodger die-hards was not a part of the calculus.
Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.
According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.
Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.