Back in 2015 a couple of the businesses which sell seats on top of the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field sued the Cubs, alleging that their ballpark renovations — including the big video board in right field — blocked views inside the park. Which, yes, the Cubs could totally do, the rooftop owners said, if it were not for an agreement between the Cubs and the rooftop owners which allegedly said they could not do.
The Cubs position on that was that, per the agreement, they could block views if it was part of a government-approved ballpark renovation or expansion, which is what has been going on at Wrigley for several years now. The devil always being in the details, the sides tried to negotiate over it, failed to reach a settlement and the lawsuit was subsequently field.
The suit did not go well for the rooftop owners. The trial court dismissed it and then the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed the dismissal. The last shot was to try to get the Supreme Court to hear it. That was always a tall order — the Supreme Court rejects most appeals without hearing — and today the matter came to an end, with the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case.
Guess the rooftop guys will have to free ride off of someone else.
Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.
According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.
Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.