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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Wednesday was quite an interesting day for the Miami Marlins.
It started with reports that the team was back to its salary-shedding ways, sending pitcher Mat Latos and and top bench hitter Mike Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trio of minor leaguers. However, as the day went on, that trade struggled to cross the finish line as all players involved remained put when Wednesday's action began.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, that deal has now morphed into a three-team involving the Atlanta Braves. However, based on the sounds playing over the Marlins Park sound system during Washington Nationals batting practice, perhaps there was some concern that the Marlins.had.... well, we'll let you draw your own conclusions.Thu, Jul 3012:10 PM EDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Despite mounting evidence that a rebuild was exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies needed, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had remained hesitant to go all-in unitl this past winter. That hesitance — which many say was rooted in stubbornness — may have cost the Phillies potentially significant returns on players like Cliff Lee, who's now injured, and Chase Utley, whose value has decreased.
As the old saying goes though, better late than never.
Following back-to-back 89 loss seasons over the past two seasons, Amaro changed course and officially began the rebuilding process by trading Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December. The process picked up again this week with the trade of Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. Now he's taken perhaps the big step in the process by unloading his hottest commodity, veteran left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels, to the Texas Rangers.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
As wonderful a game as baseball is, when you play it professionally you also have to deal with the business side of the game, which at times can lead to uncertainly and utlmately heartache.
For Wilmer Flores, the heartache was plainly visible as he attempted to do his job on Wednesday night. As the Mets took on the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, word began to trickle out that Flores, along with Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, would be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez.
Obviously that word got down to field level and to Flores himself, and it was difficult for him to keep his emotions in check.
Surreal scene. Mets trade Wilmer Flores but leave him in game. Flores then cries on field while playing. pic.twitter.com/0CDpjGpwpS
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen had a huge game in Wednesday's 10-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
In the fifth inning, McCutchen clubbed a conventional two-run homer against Twins starter Ervin Santana, which tied the game 3-3. The very next inning, Pittsburgh had jumped out to a 5-3 lead on a Santana wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Starling Marte. That set the stage for McCutchen to blow the game wide open, which is exactly what he did, though this time the outcome was anything but conventional.
With runners at first and second and two outs, McCutchen laced a would-be single to right field that Minnesota right fielder Eddie Rosario aggressively misplayed in a disaster. Rosario was obviously looking to come up throwing somewhere, perhaps home or perhaps to third base, looking to cut down one of the runners and end the rally. Instead, he only added fuel to the fire by allowing the baseball to skip over his left shoulder all the way to the wall.Thu, Jul 308:10 PM EDTSeattle at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Much like your relationship with an ex-girlfriend, the trade that was supposed to send Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers is complicated.
Early Wednesday, it appeared the two sides had reached an agreement. The Miami Marlins would send Latos and Morse to the Dodgers for a prospect and a draft pick. The name of that prospect was never released, which should have been our first sign that things were off.
A few hours later, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald dropped this bomb on Twitter.
Now hearing the trade is far from complete. Sources telling me it could be falling apart. Total confusion. #marlins
"Total confusion" seems like an apt way to describe the Marlins lately.
Apparently, the holdup is due to medicals.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Being a part of a winning baseball team can sometimes lead to some odd rituals. Joe Maddon has constantly resorted to weird gimmicks to keep his team loose, the Astros have employed a fog machine in the clubhouse and Chris Sale occasionally tries to sneak a word of the day into his interviews.
The Royals are the latest team to adopt one of these routines. Players on the team are trying to work "1738" into all of their interviews.
KC players are fining each other if they don't use "1738" in postgame interviews. I have no idea what it means. Success has driven them mad.
Players are fining each other for not working in the phrase, so you know this has become serious business.
So, why "1738?" Allow us to try and explain.
The number has to do with the song "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Detroit Tigers eked out a tough win Wednesday, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 after Rays' starter Chris Archer carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. The Tigers rallied in the seventh. Justin Verlander pitched his game of the season. It was pretty good from a Tigers perspective.
Still, none of this was enough to prevent the inevitable conclusion for these 2015 Tigers. They're sellers at the trade deadline. People within baseball have been saying so for a week now, as the team drifted into fourth place in the AL Central. The Detroit front office kept saying it would see how things played out, not willing to admit its fate. But after Wednesday's win, GM Dave Dombrowski did just that.Thu, Jul 307:05 PM EDTDetroit at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run to clinch the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. It's one of the more iconic homers in baseball history. It's the highest of highs for an MLB slugger. Yet, only today, 17 years after retirement, did Carter announce that he "officially made it." And he has Drake to thank.
Drake, the Toronto-reppin' hip-hop softy, came out swinging in the wee hours Wednesday morning unleashing a not-at-all soft diss tracknamed "Back to Back" aimed at rival rapper Meek Mill. It was a Mike Tyson-style KO and for his cover art, Drake picked the image of Carter rounding the bases after his famous game-winner.Thu, Jul 307:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals made a big move Tuesday, dealing for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. While you would think most players on the team would be happy about picking up a premium closer, there was at least one Nationals who had mixed feelings on the move.
Current closer Drew Storen gave somewhat of a strange quote when asked about the move. Storen told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he was aware of the trade, but didn't go into much detail on his thoughts.
"All I'm going to say is, I'm aware of the move and I've talked to Mike about it. I've talked to my agent about it," Storen said. "We've had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I'm just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I'll keep you guys posted."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
You know the old adage: When the going gets tough, the Marlins start shredding. Money, that is.
The Miami Marlins, the team that many around baseball were hoping wouldn't disappoint us again this season, confirmed Wednesday their status as disappointments.
They've reportedly traded Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting a still unnamed prospect in return and also sending L.A. one of its competitive balance draft picks.
UPDATE: Not so fast. The trade might be falling apart