Tim Brown

  • Mets' trade for Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez falls apart in bizarre turn of events

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago

    At the end of a long night – for the New York Mets, for young shortstop Wilmer Flores, for a world that operates by the second – Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he had no deal for Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and there would be none.

    Hours after team sources said the club had agreed to a trade that would send pitcher Zack Wheeler and Flores to the Brewers for Gomez, and that what remained was an analysis of each player's medical reports, the proposed trade apparently collapsed.

    Gomez, sources said, had been told by the Brewers that he was headed to the Mets, pending the medicals. Gomez played in San Francisco on Wednesday and Flores played in New York. Wheeler is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel he had a deal with the Mets that was scuttled by the medical reports. According to another report, the Mets backed out due to what they believed to be an issue with Gomez's condition.

  • Angels revamp OF depth by acquiring David Murphy and David DeJesus

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Twenty-four hours before, the Los Angeles Angels were short outfielders. By Tuesday afternoon, they had traded for three: veterans Shane Victorino, David Murphy and David DeJesus.

    At a deficit in left field because they’d rashly exiled Josh Hamilton to Texas, and in turmoil because their general manager, Jerry Dipoto, quit a month before Friday’s trading deadline, the Angels filled that gap with not one player, but a small handful of them.

    In separate trades, they acquired Victorino from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, and on Tuesday Murphy from the Cleveland Indians and DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays.

    As constituted, it would appear the left-handed-hitting Murphy would platoon at designated hitter with C.J. Cron, and Victorino and DeJesus would share time in left field. They also could spell Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun.

    Victorino is under contract through 2015. Murphy has a $7 million option for 2016. DeJesus has a 2016 option for $5 million.

    [Follow the latest MLB news and rumors on Yahoo Sports' trade deadline tracker]

  • Sources: Nationals land closer Jonathan Papelbon

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

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    After months of lobbying, Jonathan Papelbon has muscled his way out of Philadelphia.

    He was traded Tuesday to the Washington Nationals for Nick Pivetta, a 22-year-old right-hander in Double-A, according to sources. As important to Papelbon, it seems, he was traded away from the Phillies, who’ve not been competitive since the 2012 season, so from the moment Papelbon arrived via free agency.

    Four wasted summers sat poorly with Papelbon, who is 34 and, with a vesting option, under contract through 2016. He repeatedly said he’d not come to Philadelphia to lose, which is precisely what they’d done.

    The addition of Papelbon undoubtedly strengthens the back end of the Nationals’ bullpen, though that too comes with some complications. That Nationals have a closer. His name is Drew Storen. He has 29 saves, a 1.73 ERA and a 4.89 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

    [Follow the latest MLB news and rumors on Yahoo Sports' trade deadline tracker]

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  • Tuesdays with Brownie: An appreciation for a people

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    (A weekly look at the players, teams, trends, up-shoots and downspouts shaping the 2015 season.)

    The bartender who’d scared up a couple of tacos long after the kitchen closed looked at me with some concern. A young man, he studied English at the college nearby and had a book open on the beer refrigerator. He offered a smile and then, in his second language, some advice for the weary traveler with the ice-cold Presidente.

    “Don’t,” he said, “leave the hotel after dark.”

    “Ever?” I asked.

    “Not after dark,” he said

    A fouled up flight, a long customs delay and a lost bag had me walk into the hotel near midnight. I was in Santo Domingo for the first time, the hotel across a busy roadway from the beach. The bar was on the top floor and empty except for the bartender and his English homework.

    “I’m gonna need some toiletries,” I said. “Anywhere nearby?”

    “Toiletries?” he tried.

    “Toothbrush, toothpaste, that stuff.”

    “In the morning,” he said.

    “Oh.”

    “Or I could go with you when I’m off.”

    What I could see was hope, and a feeling for the game that went beyond mere love, and a steely intelligence that allowed folks to make life manageable in conditions that resisted.

    So smart.

    So why not?

  • Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki traded to Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, prospects

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The Blue Jays sent their own shortstop, Jose Reyes, acquired just 2 ½ years ago in a previous stab at American League East significance, to the Rockies in a deal that was expected to include minor leaguers going to Colorado. The Rockies, who packaged veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins in the deal, could flip Reyes to a contending team in the coming hours or weeks. If they choose to keep him, they would be saving about $50 million with the Tulowitzki trade.

    Fox Sports was first to report the move.

    The Blue Jays were expected to seek pitching at the deadline, as their offense is the best in the major leagues and their pitching is in the bottom third, which accounts for their seven-game deficit in the American League East. Still four days remain before the trading deadline, and the Blue Jays’ focus undoubtedly will be on a starting rotation that carries a 4.38 ERA.

    Tulowitzki is under contract through 2021 and due at least another $108 million, including a $2 million bonus for being traded.

    Reyes is due $22 million per year through 2017, with an option for 2018 for another $22 million.

  • Royals fortify rotation by acquiring Johnny Cueto

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    In position to win their first division title in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals on Sunday acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds, five days before the trading deadline and four days after learning starter Jason Vargas likely would require elbow surgery.

    Nearing free agency, Cueto was 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA for the sagging Reds and will upgrade a Royals rotation rendered mediocre by injuries and underperformance. Cueto threw eight shutout innings Saturday in Colorado after learning he may already have been traded to the Royals, a deal that reportedly was redrawn when a player going back to the Reds failed a physical.

    In return for Cueto, the Reds will receive three left-handed pitchers – 22-year-olds Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed and 25-year-old John Lamb. Finnegan had a 2.59 ERA in 21 relief appearances for the Royals the past two seasons. Lamb was 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in Triple-A Omaha and Reed, a second-rounder in 2013, had a 2.53 ERA in Single-A and Double-A this season.

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  • Trade candidate Cole Hamels tosses first career no-hitter against Cubs

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    On the mound at Wrigley Field and in the minds of at least a half-dozen teams seeking a top-of-the-rotation starter, Cole Hamels on Saturday afternoon no-hit the Chicago Cubs, believed to be one of those teams.

    He is the prize of the trading deadline, unless the Detroit Tigers determine David Price will be.

    Only six days away, the deadline is a fluid concoction of context, rumor and desperation. Somewhere in there lay the Philadelphia Phillies and Hamels, whom the Phillies drafted 13 years ago, won a championship with, signed to a $159 million contract, and this summer have shopped to further what appears to be a massive rebuild.

    The no-hitter, which concluded when Kris Bryant flied out on Hamels’ 129th pitch, was the 290th in major league history. It was the 13th by a Philadelphia pitcher and first for the club since a combined no-hitter – Hamels started that game and pitched six innings – last September. Roy Halladay threw two no-hitters for the Phillies in 2010.

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  • Josh Hamilton's return to Anaheim goes as expected

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The prodigal outfielder trudged to home plate at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

    The nature of the world – maybe it’s just sports, but I doubt it – is to boo. Degrade the man, lift oneself. Despise the flaws, forget one’s own. Hate the player, align with the man who reduced beer prices in the bleachers. Everybody wins except the man trudging to the plate, and what does he matter?

    Josh Hamilton, an Angel for seemingly an eye-blink, returned to face the team that expelled him in a 4-2 Rangers victory. An addict, he did not miss a game tending to his illness, as far as we know. He did not miss a workout, or so much as a round of batting practice, to lounge with his demons. His family breaking apart, he stumbled. He confessed out in front of what presumably would have been a four-alarm drug test. He reported to Park Avenue to tell his story.

    For that, all of it – the history of abuse, the history of come-and-go sobriety, the history of a handshake agreement with the owner who wouldn’t let him out of it, the, ahem, history of a .255 batting average for the Angels – Hamilton was run out of town as though his presence would soil an entire franchise.

    Eh, what does he matter?

  • MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers' pricey quest

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games):

    1. St. Louis Cardinals (60-34; Previous: 1) – Prepped for trading deadline by going through their notes. And everyone else’s notes.

    2. Kansas City Royals (57-36; Previous: 3) – Um, went to the All-Star Game.

    3. Los Angeles Dodgers (54-42; Previous: 5) – Crunched the numbers on whether they should just buy the Phillies and strip them down for parts.

    4. Los Angeles Angels (54-40; Previous: 8) – Ran Albert Pujols through 5,000-mile diagnostic tests, checked fluid levels.

    5. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-40; Previous: 2) – Cleaned up after a Furry convention. These people don’t carry those little plastic bags?

    6. Houston Astros (53-43; Previous: 4) – Decided Dallas Keuchel’s beard looks like one of those beaded curtains in a palm reader’s shop.

    7. Washington Nationals (51-42; Previous: 6) – Slept in, totally forgot to pay the electric bill.

    [Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l]

    9. Chicago Cubs (51-43; Previous: 7) – Recounted, because 107 years just didn’t sound right.

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  • Tuesdays with Brownie: From recent success to possible seller

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Detroit Tigers’ run of AL Central titles would appear to have exhausted itself at four.

    They weren’t exactly (or in any way) a dynasty. But, given zero division titles (and one postseason appearance) over the previous 23 seasons, four’s a pretty good run.

    World Series scary for long enough, their starting pitching has deserted them, their bullpen is again shallow, Miguel Cabrera will play fewer than 148 games for the first time since he became a full-time big-leaguer and, most important of all, they’re chasing – from a long way back – a superior team.

    For the team the Tigers fielded over the past four years, though there isn’t a championship to show for it, take a bow, Mike Ilitch. And take a bow, Dave Dombrowski. Your work is – depending on how it goes from here – just starting or done.

    On the bright side, and we are optimistic souls, the Tigers’ schedule does soften for the next couple of weeks, and 10 of those games are on the road, where the club is playing a little closer to what was expected of it.

    The Tigers don’t sell, they buy. That’s who they are. Right?

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