This is unexpected. Jeffrey Moorad is the Chief Executive of the San Diego Padres. Over the past couple of years he has been slowly buying a stake in the team from John Moores, the longtime owner. This was all negotiated as part of the sale of the team to Moorad nearly three years ago.
Though he has run the team as defacto owner for some time now, Moorad was supposed to be formally approved as the team’s “control person” this week at the owners meetings, which would make him the official representative of the team in the eyes of the league.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported today, however, that Moorad’s approval was tabled and no vote will be held. No reason was given. A few minutes ago Jon Heyman tweeted that he’s hearing that
Moorad “wants out.”
UPDATE: I screwed that up. Heyman’s tweet said Moores wants out, not Moorad. So that’s all consistent. It stands that, at the moment anyway, there’s some holdup on Moorad’s approval. We’ll see what happens.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.