Kevin Costner wants to do a movie about the Cubs

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Kevin Costner starred in one excellent baseball movie, one that wasn’t so good but had more good moments in it than its detractors like to admit and one execrable pile of sappy treacle disguised as a baseball movie yet simultaneously doing a disservice to sappy treacle and baseball. I’ll let you guys figure out which one is which.

But he’s not done! At least he doesn’t think so. He was on Larry King’s show (Wait: Larry King still has a show?)  promoting his most recent flick when he said that, maybe, he has one more baseball movie in him:

“I’ve enjoyed (all the baseball movies). I think I have one more in me. It has to do with the Cubs. I don’t know, I have to get it written.”

Please fund my Kickstarter campaign to go back in time and divert a young Kevin Costner’s attention away from baseball. “Bull Durham” would still exist without it. They would’ve gotten another actor to play Crash Davis and, while he did a great job with that role, it probably would’ve been OK with someone else. Kurt Russell coulda pulled it off I bet. Or Jeff Bridges. Ron Shelton’s script and Susan Sarandon make that movie anyway.

Consider yourself warned, Cubs fans. Kevin Costner has you on his radar.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.