Report: Pirates made run at Angels’ Mark Trumbo

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The Pirates made a play for an unexpected name prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, they tried to land Mark Trumbo from the Angels.

Trumbo, an All-Star last year, has hit .249/.313/.473 with 23 homers and 63 RBI in 406 at-bats this season. PNC Park is a tough place for right-handed power hitters, but Angel Stadium is no piece of cake there, either, and Trumbo can hit them out of anywhere when he gets a hold of one.

Alas, it doesn’t appear that this proposal has any legs. Trumbo is under control through 2016, and he shouldn’t make much more than $4 million or so in arbitration next year. The Angels are viewing him as a building block.

Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.

First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.

More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:

The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.