ESPN’s Darren Rovell tells this depressing tale:
Pete Rose’s copy of the document that banished him from baseball failed to meet its reserve price when the auction closed on Saturday night.
The document, signed by “Peter Edward Rose,” as well as by then commissioner A. Bart Giamatti and deputy commissioner Fay Vincent, received bids up to $235,000.
But Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, told ESPN.com that it did not meet the reserve price, which has not been revealed.
The document does not include an admission by Rose that he bet on baseball — that came later in a 2004 autobiography titled “My Prison Without Bars” — but it did officially make him ineligible for the Hall of Fame and barred him from ever getting another job in MLB.
Goldin called it “the most important document in baseball history,” but collectors apparently did not agree.
The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees sold for $996,000 in 2005.
An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.
As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.
While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.