And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

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MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway:

1.    Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2.    Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
3.    Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim
4.    Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
5.    Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
6.    Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
7.    Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
8.    Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
9.    Hunter Pence, Philadelphia Phillies
10.  Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
11.  Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
12.  Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
13.  Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
14.  Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
15.  Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
16.  Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
17.  Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
18.  Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
19.  Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox
20.  David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals

Cano, Crawford, Freese, Gonzalez, Pence, Rivera and Verlander are new to the top 20. Kind of shocked about Rivera, but there you go.

Tampa Bay Rays trade Alex Colome, Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners

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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.