Lenny Dykstra arrested for bankruptcy fraud

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I for one am shocked.  If by “shocked” you mean “totally not shocked at all, not even in the slightest”:

U.S. prosecutors Friday charged famed baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra with bankruptcy fraud. According to a statement by prosecutors, Dykstra was taken into custody at his Encino home Thursday night. The charge relates to fraud Dykstra allegedly committed involving the sale of items from a Ventura County mansion he owned.

It says he took a $50,000 sink — they have $50,000 sinks? — furniture, baseball memorabilia and granite countertops from his former home even though they were supposed to be part of the bankruptcy estate. That’s a no-no.

Not that Dykstra isn’t well-acquainted with no-nos at this point. Indeed, this isn’t even the first time he’s been accused of destroying and/or absconding with property he shouldn’t be destroying or absconding with. Then there was that thing with his son’s signing bonus disappearing. And then there was the ripping-off-the-escort thing.

There are lots of things with Lenny.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.