So much news yet no news at all as we wrap up this first week here at CtPG. A big thank you to all who have joined the community and please spread the word.
Of utmost importance to Angels fans is the reported trade with the Dodgers for Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling. This is the second domino in a trade sequence that starts with the Dodgers acquiring Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox with the Twins helping to facilitate the deal.
Rather than greasing the skids, however, the player from the Twins, pitcher Brusard Graterol, isn’t passing the Boston medical team’s smell test for a starting pitcher. They see him as a reliever. So two trades are on hold.
One seemingly obvious solution would be for the Dodgers to keep Graterol and offer the Red Sox one of their young hurlers, like Frank Zappa clone Tony Gonsolin.
Purely my speculation, but if the Red Sox want a young, cost controlled starter with upside the closes the Angels have to Graterol is Griffin Canning. If, hypothetically the Angels take Maeda for Canning then complete the second trade, the rotation would be Ohtani, Maeda, Stripling, Teheran, Bundy, Heaney all under control for multiple years. I don’t know if I’d want to do that, I doubt Canning alone gets it done, but I like to think out loud.
Joc Pederson, maybe on the move, still had yet to lock in a salary for 2020 and that detail was affecting the exact parameters of the trade. So MLB moved his arbitration hearing up to yesterday.
The Dodgers did accomplish a contract extension with Max Muncy, locking in his three arbitration years for $26 million and getting an option over Muncy’s first possible free agent year.
Is the saga involving multiple stalled trades wasn’t enough, the drama surrounding the Mets sale has taken multiple turns. Steve Cohen is walking away from the table after the Wilpons reportedly tried to make late changes to the deal.
But, alas, the Wilpons are saying they will find a new buyer for the team. But they were non committal on terms. One term of the Cohen sale was that the Wilpons would remain in control of the team for five years with Little Wilpon as Chief Executive during that time.
Granted, my corner of the business world is home loans not baseball, but I’ve never helped a customer buy a piece of high end real estate where the current occupants got to stay in the home, do any remodel or tear down work they wanted, then stick the new owner with the tab.
Up north, longtime Giants manager Bruce Bochy is staying with the club as a special advisor to the GM. I love moves like this.
Meanwhile Joe Torre is climbing up the baseball ladder, being named special assistant to the commissioner.
In the “you can’t make this stuff up” category, a story that seems crazier than two announced trades on hold, an arbitration hearing for a guy who doesn’t really have a team or the Mets being the Mets is this:
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thinks the “100% best” way to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay is to move them to Montreal for half of each season. Start and end in Tampa, move to Montreal for the summer months. If you’ve read this far, you deserve that chuckle.
Keep in mind that teams generally play division opponents to start and end each season and the only well attended Rays games are against NY and Boston, where the droves of transplants are rooting for their native teams.
It has been a great first week here at CtPG and we can’t thank you enough. Please enjoy your weekend, tell your friends to sign up, and don’t miss our Big Fly gear giveaway.