Do you want to watch a sitcom about T.J. Simers?

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There’s nothing more pleasant that spending a few minutes reading a T.J. Simers column in which he trolls and issues cheap shots at athletes he doesn’t like. So why not expand that to 30 minutes? From SportsBusinessJournal:

Mandalay Sports Media is developing a TV comedy loosely based on the life of acerbic Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, one of several projects the 15-month-old sports production company has in the pipeline … “The series is about an old-school reporter in a medium that is quickly evaporating and a daughter who is a participant in the new media”

Can’t decide if turning a misanthropic scribe like Simers into some lovable father type will be worse or if the inevitable tone deaf caricature of a “participant in the new media” will be worse. As for the latter, I’m willing to bet there will be a scene in the pilot in which the daughter picks up her laptop to tell her father that, “according to all available data, your opinion is wrong” or some such nonsense.

Either way, we’ve not got TV shows about Colin Cowherd and T.J. Simers in the works. And people say we’re in a new golden age of television.

AP Source: RHP Eflin agrees to $40 million deal with Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin has agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rays on a three-year, $40 million contract that’s the largest the club has ever awarded in free agency, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.

Eflin, who spent portions of seven seasons with the Phillies, will join a rotation that includes All-Star lefty Shane McClanahan and right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Drew Rasmussen with the Rays, who will pay him $11 million in 2023, $11 million in 2024 and $18 million in 2025.

The 28-year-old right-hander began last season as a starter and later worked out of the bullpen for the NL champions, going 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 appearances. Overall, he has a 36-45 career record with a 4.49 ERA over 127 games, including 115 starts.

He appeared in 10 games as a reliever during Philadelphia’s postseason run this year, going 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA over 10 2/3 innings.

The $40 million commitment to Eflin is the largest the budget-minded Rays have made to a free agent, surpassing the five-year, $35 million contract pitcher Wilson Alvarez signed in 1998, and the two-year, $30 million deal right-hander Charlie Morton received in 2019.