The Rays dealt ace left-hander David Price to the Tigers before this afternoon’s non-waiver trade deadline as part of a three-team trade with the Mariners. For some reason, FOX 13 in Tampa Bay thought it was a good idea to post the following awful tweet to cheer up Rays fans who are sad about sports. Or something.
Yes, because mocking poverty and squalid urban areas is pretty hilarious stuff. It’s especially ill-timed given the city’s current water crisis. Good job, guys.
With all of Twitter erupting, it didn’t take FOX 13 long to realize that the tweet in question was a really bad idea and just in poor taste in general. It has since been deleted. They issued this (lousy) apology:
FOX 2 in Detroit has since issued the following rebuttal, which pretty much rules:
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers. The Phillies are creating space on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline on Tuesday.
Bour, 30, opened the season with the Marlins but was traded to the Phillies in August in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Overall, Bour hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.
Bour doesn’t really have a spot on the Phillies’ roster considering he is strictly a first baseman and the Phillies already have Carlos Santana. The Phillies may try to trade Santana to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base from left field.
If Bour clears waivers, he can reject an outright assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent. However, considering how slow-moving the market for bat-only 1B/DH types has been in recent years, Bour may have trouble latching on with a new team on a guaranteed major league contract. If Bour is claimed, the claiming team will be responsible for paying him as he enters his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Bour to earn a salary of $5.2 million in 2019.