Scott Boras once again stumps for a neutral site World Series. Which is dumb.

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Scott Boras, in addition to messing with the Mets again, hit one of his other favorite topics at the GM meetings yesterday: a neutral site World Series:

“If we continue to do this on a regional scale, we’re going to lose something that baseball deserves, and what it deserves is world attention,” he said. “There is a sacrifice of two, three or four (home) games for a team, but the betterment it brings to baseball on the whole far exceeds the detriment.”

Yeah, I’ve never bought this for a second.

Sure, it may be nice for the kinds of people and corporations who like to plan big boondoggle parties — gee, I wonder if Boras is one of those people? — but it makes zero sense for baseball and baseball fans and will do nothing to give the World Series “world attention” like he claims.

First of all, does he think that 40,000+ fans will fill a neutral site stadium as many as seven times for such an event? How many Royals fans would’ve made the trek to Miami in October on less than a week’s notice? And if it’s not Royals fans going to watch the Royals, who are these people going to World Series games? Contest winners and rich jackwagons like that guy in the Marlins clothes this year who will go to any BIG EVENT because they can afford it? What kind of a crowd would that be? That is, assuming there would be a crowd. Because I sort of doubt MLB could sell nearly 300,000 tickets to a neutral site World Series.

Most people watch on TV, of course. But I can’t see how a neutral site would change that for them. The game would still be on Fox, and Fox would fill the entire hour before the first pitch with the same studio stuff they do now. Great, the background would be some palm trees someplace rather than the local parks now, but it doesn’t change the fact that two teams from two specific cities would be playing each other. If baseball can’t get “the world” to watch that now, I don’t see how the event being at a neutral site changes that.

This is a great idea for corporate sponsorship and people who organize parties. It’s pretty good for the hotel industry too, which can start renting rooms a year or two in advance. But it would mean very little for baseball or for baseball fans.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.