The Angels had an off day yesterday. Looking at Wednesday’s lineup one could argue they’ve had two off days in a row. But the off day didn’t stop news from coming out of Anaheim.
Albert Pujols cleared waivers and is now a free agent. This should come as a surprise to nobody. Had a team claimed Albert they would have also been stuck with his contract and nobody was dumb enough to do that.
So now Albert sits at home and waits for the phone to ring. Will it? MLB has five potential landing spots and I’ll add Colorado to that mix.
Getting a much better phone call were Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic of the Mariners. They got called to the Big Leagues and not a moment too soon.
Seattle has both a better record and farm system than the Angels. They just added two elite prospects to the MLB club. This team might be arriving now, not in 2-3 years.
Perhaps getting that same call in the near future is Angels prospect Jo Adell, whose hot start in AAA is getting noticed by Joe Maddon.
I spoke with Inland Empire 66ers manager and former Angel Jack Howell yesterday about other prospects of intrigue. I’ll have that posted early next week.
In league wide news, the MLB Players Association has filed a grievance against league seeking $500 million in damages for the 2020 season. The union argues the owners did not negotiate in good faith.
In better news, ESPN and MLB extended their broadcast agreement through 2028. At 25 Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts per year that leaves 4 slots in the agreement available for a team other than the YankSux or Cubs.
Speaking of the Yanks, the medical team in NY is burning up the phones. 8 Yankees test positive for Covid, including Gleyber Torres who has both antibodies and proof of vaccination.
Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez calls games for ESPN and is part of a group purchasing the Minnesota Timberwolves for $1.5 billion.
In looking for A-fraud links that didn’t involve J-Lo, I found this gem. The first several paragraphs are largely nonsensical and I can’t believe I made it through them, but the Bob Baffert excuse for how his horse tested positive for PEDs is simply unbelievably epic: “This week he recalled a past incident in which he claimed a groom ingested cough syrup then urinated on his horse’s stable fodder, which was then eaten by his horse”
There’s just no way to follow up a quote about urine tainted horse food, folks. Have a great weekend and link anything I missed.