- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Ex-MLB All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday at his home near Houston for allegedly assaulting his wife, Cheri Knoblauch, who once appeared on the reality TV show "Baseball Wives."
There are obviously graver stakes involved in a case like this, but the upshot in the baseball world is that Knoblauch's former team, the Minnesota Twins, has canceled his scheduled induction into its Hall of Fameon Aug. 23.
News92FM in Houston reports that Knoblauch — a four-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — is out of jail on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on July 30. The station had more details on the arrest and Knoblauch's other legal troubles:Thu, Jul 245:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Hope the Seattle Mariners kept Kendrys Morales' jerseys handy. He's on his way back.
Morales' weird 2014 just got weirder, as he's been traded from the Minnesota Twins back to the Mariners for pitcher Stephen Pryor. So ends Morales' oh-so-memorable 39-game stint with the Twins. He hit .234/.259/.325 in Minnesota with one homer and 18 RBIs after signing there on June 8. Twins fans will remember every single swing, obviously.
If you haven't followed the odd Kendrys Morales saga the past nine months:
• He rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners, for whom he played in 2013 and hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 2013.
• Morales didn't immediately sign with another team. He was linked to a number of teams, including the Mariners, but a deal didn't get by spring training, nor by season's start.Thu, Jul 247:10 PM PDTBaltimore at SeattlePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Oakland Athletics brought Jim Johnson into the game Wednesday night against the Houston Astros with a seven-run lead in the top of the eighth inning. He had six outs to get and everybody could go home happy. Everybody, including the A's fans who had grown to despise him.
Six outs. Seven-run lead. Easy enough, right?
Well, nothing's been easy this season for Johnson, the reigning AL saves leader who was traded to Oakland last winter from the Baltimore Orioles and paid $10 million by the usually payroll-stingy A's. Oakland fans booed him his very first game. He lost his closer job soon after. Heck, fans have even booed his wife this season.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: The Cardinals want and need David Price. [USA Today]
AND THIS WILL HELP: The Cards got the No. 3 pick in the competitive balance lottery Wednesday, which could help them land Price from the Rays. [@BNightengale]
HOWEVER: The Rays aren't ruling out that they'll actually be *buyers* and not sellers between now and the trade deadline. Hmmm. [@JimBowdenESPNxm]
THE KEMP QUESTION: The Mariners, Indians and Rangers are interested to some degree, but are the Dodgers really trying to move Matt Kemp? [Fox Sports]
The A's and the City of Oakland have now agreed to a deal that will keep the team in Oakland for 10 more years. The Oakland City Council approved the new lease Tuesday after A's co-owner Lew Wolff agreed to a number of changes the city council has asked for late in the negotiations. The A's will pay about $20 million to use O.Co Coliseum for the next 10 years.
A day after trading away Chase Headley to the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres have now lost outfielder Cameron Maybin. Although for an entirely different reason.
Major League Baseball has suspended Maybin for 25 games effective Wednesday for using an amphetamine that violates the league's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Maybin says he uses a stimulant to treat ADD and previously had an exemption from MLB. Problems arose, however, when he "neglected to follow all the rules" when changing his prescription.
Maybin will be eligible to return to the Padres on Aug. 20, but who knows what the team will look like then. The Padres (43-56) don't have a GM and are in full fire-sale mode.
In a statement, Maybin said he wasn't trying to "gain any advantages" on the baseball field:Thu, Jul 245:05 PM PDTSan Diego at Chi CubsPreview Game
Jeff Francoeur was called up to the big leagues again Wednesday. The veteran outfielder will join the San Diego Padres, seeing time with his third MLB team in the last two seasons.
This is good news for Francoeur, but bad news for the people in Triple-A who enjoy pranking him. Namely Cody Decker, the El Paso Chihuahuas player who also dabbles in filmmaking.
Decker produced the now-famous video of the team's intricate prank on Francouer in which they convinced Frenchy that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. As a follow-up, he and some of the Chihuahuas locked Francoeur in a bathroom earlier this season, forcing him to climb through the ceiling to forge an escape route.
Editor's note: The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker will be following the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams in the 10 days. PIRATES WANT A.J. BACK: One of the trades that makes the most sense is picking up a lot of traction: A.J. Burnett back to the Pirates. Even players want him back. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
BACK TO TORONTO? The Blue Jays are looking at bringing back Alex Rios. [CBS Sports]
COLON PUSH: The Mets are "trying hard to move" Bartolo Colon. [@DannyKnobler]
MEANWHILE: The Giants may or may not be interested in Bartolo. [Bay Area Sports Guy]
If you had July 22 in the "What day will Troy Tulowitzki go on the disabled list?" pool, congrats, you're our big winner.
The Colorado Rockies made it official Tuesday that their MVP-candidate shortstop would be hitting the DL because of a hip flexor strain. He sustained the injury running out a ground ball Saturday.
There's a good chance this is just a quick trip, as he's only on the 15-day DL, but with Tulowitzki and his rough injury history, it's tough to have total faith in his health. And if you're a Rockies fan, this is another reason to shake your head at what this season has become.
Tulowitzki, of course is one of the best players in baseball when healthy. That "when healthy" caveat has troubled him since 2009. The 2011 season was the last time he played more than 130 games in a season. He missed 210 games total between 2010-2013.
Thus far, 2014 had been a great example of what Tulo can do when he's playing every day. He leads the NL in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. He's third in homers and No. 1 in Wins Above Replacement.Fri, Jul 255:40 PM PDTPittsburgh at ColoradoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
Roy Halladay has been a pretty interesting follow since he joined Twitter recently. There's been some folly (him figuring out how to use YouTube) and some fun behind-the-scenes moments (check out this fish he caught the other day).
On Tuesday afternoon, upon learning that former teammate Chase Utley had won the Philadelphia Phillies Heart and Hustle Award again, Halladay spent nine tweets talking about how wonderful of a guy Utley is and how people and children should strive to be like Utley.
It was a brothery lovefest worth of the City of Brothery Love.