- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports9 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox weren't selling off the franchise, they were rebuilding it. Reforming it. Hustling it into something presentable again.
Cloaked in surrender, the Red Sox indeed burned off Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Jonny Gomes, Andrew Miller and Stephen Drew. They indeed burned off 2014, only months after lifting a World Series championship trophy and running bare-chested through the streets of Boston. They'd bought into that loveable, remarkable worst-to-first team for about six hours too long, enough for it to spiral from first to worst again.
So, they started over – not from the bottom up, but from the top down.
They pulled outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, outfielder and/or infielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly. They also took in prospects to a deep system that could, should the situation arise, aid them in a move for, say, Giancarlo Stanton or Troy Tulowitzki. Then they have the financial flexibility – not that they'd need it, but they do have it – for, say, Max Scherzer, James Shields or Lester II.Fri, Aug 14:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports13 hrs ago
In a complex, star-laden three-way deal at Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline, the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers acquired former Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays, strengthening a rotation that already featured Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
The primary players:
The Seattle Mariners received outfielder Austin Jackson from the Tigers.
The Tigers received Price from the Rays.
The Rays received infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners and left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers. They also are to receive from the Tigers 18-year-old Willy Adames, a Class-A shortstop.
The trade allows the Tigers to keep pace with the Oakland A’s, who have the best record in the American League and on Thursday morning acquired left-hander Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. In early July, the A’s traded for Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. While they play in separate divisions, it is possible they will meet in the playoffs, as they have the past two seasons.Fri, Aug 14:08 PM PDTColorado at DetroitPreview Game
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports16 hrs ago
On Bud Selig’s retirement plans, Canseco vs. McGwire and why Jeter would need a lifetime pass to a strip club:
The rankings (records through Wednesday):
1. Oakland Athletics (66-41; Previous: 1) – In what seems like a reasonable compromise, Bud Selig intends to retire and move to San Jose.
2. Los Angeles Angels (63-43; Previous: 2) – If they ever beat Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Trout and Pujols have planned an extra cool dance-off.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-47; Previous: 4) – McGwire says he will not forgive Canseco because “sorry” is not enough. As everyone knows, all real apologies go through Bob Costas.
4. Baltimore Orioles (60-46; Previous: 6) – O’s reportedly “active” in trade talks, presumably meaning Duquette takes calls while on Stairmaster.
5. Detroit Tigers (58-46; Previous: 3) – Tigers think the rest of the AL Central is, you know, kinda adorable.
6. Washington Nationals (58-47; Previous: 5) – Werth considers shaving beard for charity. Clippings would go to weaving sweaters for an entire family.
7. Atlanta Braves (58-50; Previous: 7) – Hall of Fame weekend had real southern flavor; came with grits.Fri, Aug 17:10 PM PDTChi Cubs at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports16 hrs ago
Hours after trading ace Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s, the Boston Red Sox sent right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals and, sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Thursday, added two more major-league pieces: starting pitcher Joe Kelly and first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig.
With the trade, the Red Sox got on with the reality of their last-place standing and their roster makeover, having earlier in the day added A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes in the Lester deal. Meanwhile, the Cardinals, third in the NL Central, acquired two starting pitchers – Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and Lackey on Thursday – inside 24 hours.
The Red Sox are sending minor league left-hander Corey Littrell, a 2013 draft pick, and $1.75 million to the Cardinals, as well.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Under a tent pulled taut amid the leaves and bristles, they say they package immortality here. It is pinned to lapels, hoisted to the walls of the museum down the block, emceed by Gary Thorne, witnessed by the tens of thousands who believe.
This immortality has commercial breaks. It has temporary bathrooms. It is manned by troopers and storm fencing. If you’re just visiting, it costs $40 to park on the locals’ lawns, easy walking distance to immortality.
This immortality is bused from town with the previously immortalized, and Tom Seaver reminds those who will be speaking to above all remember the names of their wives and everyone laughs and then quietly repeats the names of their wives. Those who are nearly immortal, or once stood on the ball fields with it, they sell their signatures or raffle their company over drinks from card tables in town.
This immortality comes with a plaque and a ring and a dinner, an invitation to sit in the back of the tent next year, and a place in the hall with the rest of the guys, forever.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Greg Maddux is tan, reasonably fit and 48 years old. The glasses leaning on the brim of his cap – for reading, not blocking the sun – are the only clue he’s aged to where he’s not here to visit, but to stay. He’ll be inducted to the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Word is, he’ll go brief and precise with his speech, which should count as one final “Maddux” (what the kids are calling a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches, at which Maddux excelled).
He’s here at the end of 23 seasons, 355 wins (he still thinks there’s merit in those), more than 5,000 innings, four Cy Young Awards and 97.2 percent of the Hall vote, all built and maintained on a million tiny and fleeting decisions and, I don’t know, the 100,000 pitches that resulted from them.
In the cerebral tangle that is an entire career and half-a-lifetime, there are events, such as a World Series championship. There are choices, such as leaving Chicago for Atlanta in 1992, leaving Atlanta for Chicago 11 years later, going West after that. And there are those million tiny and fleeting decisions. In a game of imperfect, a few count more than others.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
NEW YORK – By now you know the Texas Rangers have endured an excessive number of injuries and, partly as a result, aren't very good. Two nights ago, they lost to the New York Yankees. Last night, they lost to an obstinate tarpaulin. By Thursday morning, an emboldened toolshed (T-shirt inspiration: "We rake.") wanted its shot.
This is the team that won 91 games last year, 93 the year before that, 96 the year before that. The team with nine players on the 60-day disabled list. The team whose regular lineup, at a glance, suggests its league-worst record nevertheless qualifies as a lesser miracle.
"Seems our feng shui is a little off kilter," one team official observed.
In Arlington, Qi is the new WAR.Fri, Aug 14:05 PM PDTTexas at ClevelandPreview Game
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
NEW YORK – Vulnerable in the late innings, the Detroit Tigers agreed to acquire veteran reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for two young pitchers.
After the Rangers’ rain-shortened game at Yankee Stadium, Soria smiled broadly and said, “I haven’t been told it is official yet.”
Rangers manager Ron Washington declined comment.
The agreed-upon trade would send right-handers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel to the Rangers. Thompson, 20, is a second-round pick from 2012. He has a 3.13 ERA in 17 Class A and Double-A starts. The 22-year-old Knebel, drafted in the first round last year, has made eight relief appearances for the Tigers this season and has a 6.23 ERA.
The Tigers signed Joe Nathan this winter to a two-year, $20-million contract. Thirty-nine appearances in, he has a 5.89 ERA and has blown five of 25 save opportunities.
Soria has 17 saves in 19 opportunities, has a 2.70 ERA and 42 strikeouts to four walks. He is due the remainder of $5.5 million this season and the Tigers will hold a $7-million option for 2015.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
NEW YORK – Chase Headley has come to New York, which, if you left off a couple years back with Headley an MVP candidate and in negotiations for what a San Diego Padres executive boasted would be the largest contract in club history, doesn't sound so bad.
It's not that Chase Headley.
This Chase Headley, the one the Yankees acquired Tuesday for two ballplayers and a promise to pay most of Headley's salary, hasn't played like that for a while and, therefore, isn't worth that anymore. In fact, though Headley remains a good defender, the numbers say the Yankees just downgraded offensively at third base, where they've been just average over nearly four months.
So, why did the Yankees, did Brian Cashman, even bother?
They had to try, that's why.
And in the 14th inning of his first day as a Yankee, some 4½ hours after he'd introduced himself to his teammates in the dugout – "Chase Headley, nice to meet you" – he pushed a single into left-center field and Brian Roberts scored from third base. The Yankees had won 2-1, and Headley was swarmed by his new best friends, and he emerged from the mob with Mark Teixeira hanging from his neck.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
NEW YORK – About five minutes before Shane Greene threw his first pitch in the Bronx on Monday night, Cliff Lee threw his first pitch in Philly. These would be unrelated events were we not in the final days of July, were the New York Yankees and the AL East not so mediocre, and were the Philadelphia Phillies not hard at another season of irrelevance.
As it was, however, the Yankees would have to decide if they would proceed with a rotation held together with Plan B's and reasonable intentions, and choose to believe the division was really that vulnerable, and then schedule the rookie Greene in front of the rookie Chase Whitley, then follow Whitley with David Phelps and Brandon McCarthy, and then assume this is the rotation (along with Hiroki Kuroda) that would make them great – or minimally postseason worthy – again.
It might be a lot to assume.