Getty Images

Report: Yankees are pursuing a trade for Justin Bour

6 Comments

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Yankees are pursuing a trade for Marlins’ first baseman Justin Bour, though he believes it’s unlikely that the team would be inclined to move someone of Bour’s talent and affordability. The 29-year-old infielder is arbitration-eligible through the 2020 season and has been one of the more productive members of the third-place Marlins so far this season. Neither the Yankees nor the Marlins have officially confirmed the rumor.

Bour is in his fourth season with the Marlins and is currently working his way back from an injury-plagued 2016 season, during which he missed 65 days with a lingering right ankle sprain. He bruised his left ankle last month, but spent minimal time on the disabled list and recovered to slash .286/.361/.553 with 20 home runs and a .914 OPS through his first 76 games this year. He’s owed just $552,500 through 2017, which makes him an ideal get for any team looking to shore up their infield in the second half.

This isn’t the first time the Yankees have been linked to the hot-hitting first baseman, but with the clock ticking and their infield options becoming scarcer and scarcer, it makes sense that they’d start pursuing a trade in earnest. The Marlins are currently mired in a lengthy search for new ownership and might not be positioned for a fire sale, though they appear willing to listen to any reasonable offers on Bour and, per a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, could part with any player with a multi-year contract.

Brewers reliever Josh Hader in hot water over racist, homophobic tweets from 2011-12

Getty Images
21 Comments

Brewers reliever Josh Hader didn’t have a good night. He gave up four hits and a three-run homer to put the National League in a big hole in the All-Star Game. That’s the kind of thing that has to stick with you.

Oh, and he was also revealed to be a SUPER BIG racist, misogynist and homophobe. That’s gonna stick with him too, and may land him in trouble with Major League Baseball.

Someone decided to dig through Hader’s Twitter history this evening and when they did they found some ugly, ugly stuff in there from back in 2011-12.* Hader was found to have used the n-word, liberally. He said “I hate gay people.” He said some super misogynistic stuff about wanting a woman who will cook and clean for him, among other pretty damn vile things. There were multiple references to cocaine. He said “I’ll murder your family” to one person and made some total non-sequitur tweet simply saying “KKK.” You name a social media etiquette line that one can cross and Hader not only crossed it, but he totally and gleefully trampled over. If you want to see that vile stuff you can see it over at The Big Lead, which screen-capped it. I presume Hader has deleted them by now.

The news of Hader’s old, unearthed tweets bubbled out as the All-Star Game was going on, and reporters met Hader in the locker room right afterward for comment. Hader owned up to them — there was no “I was hacked” excuses offered here — saying that the tweets were a sign of immaturity when he was 17 years-old. He said he plans to apologize to his teammates, saying they don’t reflect on him as a person now. His quote: “No excuses. I was dumb and stupid.” Which, well, yes, obviously.

That may not be the end of it, however:

These tweets are old, Hader may be a different person now and people can do a lot of growing up between 17 and 24. But Major League Baseball is not happy tonight, I can assure you, that an ugly social media incident blew up during its biggest showcase of the regular season.

Will Hader be disciplined? Hard to say, given that Hader wasn’t even drafted yet when those tweets were made and given that MLB’s social media policy was not even in place then. But it would not shock me at all if more comes of this than Hader merely apologizing to his teammates. Stay tuned.

*There are several putative Hader tweets floating around Twitter right now of a more recent vintage. Hader has locked his account, however, and they cannot be confirmed, and many people who were able to access his account before it was locked said those tweets were not there before, with the suggestion that they were Photoshopped. We are neither in the position to — nor do we have the inclination to — verify which of Hader’s tweets are legitimate and which are fabricated. We know, however, that there is more than ample, awful stuff that he has owned up to and we’ll leave it at that for now.