A guy you never heard of got the Giancarlo Stanton contract details before anyone

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This is pretty neat. Deadspin reports that a guy named Christopher Meola had all of the details about the Giancarlo Stanton contract extension first. For real! He tweeted several reporters with it and was right. He was right before Heyman and Rosenthal and everyone. And for reasons Deadspin explains in the rundown of it all, it wasn’t just some wild guess like you sometimes see from Twitter weirdos who claim they’re “insiders” with sources. Meola got the info first. He just didn’t have the platform from which to broadcast it.

Interesting. And telling, of course. Telling about the nature and value of scoops like this. Meola will, by virtue of the Deadspin story and any secondary coverage like this post, get some degree of notoriety for this. But just some. Even if the entire world saw him get this news first (which it didn’t) there wouldn’t be much value to him beyond the brief bit of notoriety. The news is the information, not the reportage of it, and now, practically speaking, belongs to everyone. It’s, as we’ve talked about before, commodity news in ways that other sorts of reporting are not. News whose source is not of general interest to the public at large, even if the news itself is.

Looked at differently, the value of a Rosenthal or a Heyman (when they’re reporting transaction news anyway) is not any individual piece of information they get, but that they get it in enough volume to where they are worth following or employing. They have lots of sources giving them lots of these stories that create a product in the aggregate, even if one of the stories isn’t terribly valuable on its own.

I dunno. Just interesting to me. A lot of effort is spent by reporters chasing scoops and commodity products in journalism. But really, only a handful of reporters get most of the stories. Then, sometimes, something weird like Christopher Meola happens.

Zack Britton’s season over, TJ surgery comeback out of time

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — Zack Britton‘s season is over, his comeback from Tommy John surgery cut short after just three relief appearances for the New York Yankees.

New York put the 34-year-old left-hander on the 60-day injured list and selected the contract of right-hander Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Britton was removed after throwing a tiebreaking wild pitch in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore, an outing that lasted just nine pitches. The two-time All-Star had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, 2021, and made eight minor league injury rehabilitation appearances starting Aug. 24 and three big league appearances beginning Sept. 24. He threw 36 pitches to nine batters with a 13.50 ERA, six walks and one strikeout.

“Kind of running out of time here and having a little bit of fatigue last night, it’s like one of those things, you don’t want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage as you’re coming back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s in a good spot heading into the offseason.”

Britton had hoped to be able to help the Yankees in the postseason. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

“It’s just that final sharpness,” Boone said. “At this point in the season, just kind of up against it there. But he worked his tail off to put himself in this position and give himself an opportunity and certainly admire that.”

Barnes, 32, started the season with Detroit and was released on June 18 after going 3-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 10 and walked nine in 20 2/3 innings.

Barnes signed a minor league contract with Seattle, made four relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, then was brought up by the Mariners and designated for assignment two days later without playing in a game. He refused an outright assignment, signed back with the Tigers and made five appearances at Triple-A Toledo. Released by the Mud Hens, he signed with Scranton on Aug. 30 and had a 2.25 ERA in 10 games for the RailRiders.

Boone said reliever Clay Holmes will not go on the IL after receiving a cortisone injection for inflammation in his right rotator cuff. If the Yankees had put Holmes on the IL, he would not be available for the Division Series.

After playing his first game since Sept. 4 and going 0 for 3, DJ LeMahieu said his injured right second toe felt fine. He is in a 2-for-41 slide.

“It felt good to play again,” LeMahieu said. “I felt like a baseball player.”

Matt Carpenter, sidelined since breaking his left toot on Aug. 8, ran on the field and will be among players reporting to training camp for Double-A Somerset, where there will be eight or nine pitchers. Boone anticipates Carpenter being available for the postseason as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter.

Right-hander Frankie Montas, sidelined since Sept. 16 by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has resumed throwing.

“I don’t know about the Division Series,” Boone said, “more likely beyond.”