FBI investigating White Sox insider ticket resale scam

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The Chicago Tribune reported on Friday evening that the FBI is investigating a Chicago man who sold some 35,000+ tickets for Chicago White Sox games on StubHub over the past three years. The vast majority of which, apparently, have come from an insider source with the White Sox who appears to be working with the ticket re-seller.

According to a recently-unsealed search warrant, 96% of the tickets the man sold came via complementary ticket vouchers which are normally given out by the team to friends and family of players, issued to team employees or which are used as community and charitable giveaways. What’s more, a large number of the tickets were sold for games involving marquee pitching matchups that, at the time the tickets were issued, could not have been known about without insider information. The turnaround on those sales, and the fact that the tickets appeared on StubHub so soon after they were generated by the team, suggests insider assistance.

No one has been charged with any crimes yet, but this stinks like crazy.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the All-Star infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for $5 million during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo went to a hearing and asked for a raise from $715,000 to $2.45 million, while Miami proposed $2.1 million. The case was heard by Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch, who were expected to issue their decision.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo also is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Twenty-two players remain scheduled for hearings, to take place through Feb. 17. Among them, utilityman Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.