Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
It's been a long day for Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe. Trade rumors swirled early Tuesday that the Dodgers were close to dealing the 36-year-old to the Atlanta Braves in a six-player swap.
One of the main pieces in the deal was Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo, who had the right to veto any trade. The two teams agreed to the exchange, but Callaspo rejected the move.
The trade appeared to be dead for a couple of hours before talks picked up again. This time, it appears Callaspo will waive his trade clause and head to Los Angeles. Since Callaspo has to approve the move, it has to go through the commissioner's office before it becomes official.Wed, May 2710:10 PM EDTAtlanta at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is used to robbing other players of the long ball. He found out how demoralizing being on the other side of that exchange can be Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.
In the third inning, Trout stepped to the plate against Odrisamer Despaigne. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Trout sent a line shot out to center fielder Will Venable. The ball kept traveling as if it was about to leave the park until Venable struck.
That's not a great feeling, is it, Trout?
With the blast, Trout could have turned in a productive game. Instead, he had a less than stellar performance. Trout finished 0 for 4, with one strikeout as the Angels lost 4-0.Wed, May 2710:05 PM EDTSan Diego at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson seems to be enjoying his time with his new team. The 29-year-old turned in arguably his finest game with the club Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.
Donaldson did not make an out during the contest. He kicked things off with a bang. In the first inning, Donaldson knocked a solo blast against starter John Danks.
He struck again in the third, notching a double to left. After walking in the fifth, Donaldson would add a single in the seventh inning.
The club needed Donaldson's strong game, as they went back and forth with the White Sox all night. With the team trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth, Donaldson got a chance to add to his ridiculously strong stat line.Wed, May 2712:37 PM EDTChi White Sox at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took a big step toward making his 2015 debut Tuesday. The 32-year-old has been sidelined all season due to a triceps injury, but looked dominant during a simulated game Tuesday.
Don't believe us? Take it from one of his teammates, then.
Vers final line for sim game...4.1 ip 3 hits (all 1bs) 1 BB 9ks 0 runs...I don't use the term domination lightly and he DOMINATED!!!
Though it was just a simulated game, the performance should be encouraging for Tigers' fans. Verlander may be coming off his worst season as a pro, but Detroit's rotation hasn't been a strong spot this year.
The team's 4.15 ERA from their starters ranks 19th, though their 3.79 FIP rates ninth, suggesting improvement is possible.
Still, it's not as if there are a lot of proven assets in the rotation. David Price is clearly an ace, but the club is relying on both Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene to remain solid. Results have been mixed thus far. Greene has experienced extreme highs and lows over his starts, while Simon has been incredibly solid. Whether they can continue to excel will be a question.Wed, May 273:35 PM EDTDetroit at OaklandPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs agoWed, May 2712:35 PM EDTMiami at PittsburghPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren't getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.
Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.Wed, May 271:05 PM EDTKansas City at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Charter Communications has agreedto acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, a mammoth move that has real-world ramifications outside of baseball. But since baseball is our biz here on The Stew, this news means one thing to us: the messy situation involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner might finally get cleaned up.
Time Warner launched SportsNetLA in 2014, a cable network dedicated to the Dodgers, but other cable providers in the area haven't picked it up, saying it's too expensive. That has left about 70 percent of the L.A. area without access to SportsNetLA and, thus, without access to the Dodgers on TV.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
In what seemed like a match made of expendable players, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves were reportedly near a swap Tuesday morning that would have sent Juan Uribe to the ATL and Alberto Callaspo back to L.A.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first with the news, saying that Uribe-for-Callaspo was the headline, but six players were expected to change teams in the deal. Ah yes, some good ol' hot stove-type dealing in May. But then, as quickly as the rumors warmed our baseball-less morning, they were squashed.
Callaspo blocked the trade, according to Rosenthal, seemingly happier to stay with the .500 Braves or test free agency again should he get designated for assignment, as many expect, and hit the open market:
Sources: Callaspo rejected trade. Had right under CBA to say no to any deal before June 15 as a free agent who signed last off-season.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Normally Ruben Amaro Jr.'s decisions as Phillies general manager are enough to aggravate Philadelphia sports fans. So how do you think fans will react now that Amaro has questioned their baseball knowledge?
Discussing trade talks involving his club's veterans, namely Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley, as well as the progress of Philadelphia's top prospects, Amaro couldn't help but take a swipe at Phillies fans. It was when Amaro was asked if the Phillies could bring up Aaron Nola, 21, and Zach Eflin, 21, that he made the following statement.
“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. "They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they [b****] and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.”Wed, May 271:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at NY MetsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
With two pitchers suspended for using foreign substances on the mound in the last few days, there's been a conversation around baseball about the very existence of the rules outlawing grip-enhancing substances.
Count Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell among those who would like to see the rules be relaxed. In fact, he's suggesting that the league should come up with a uniform substance that every pitcher can use without consequence.Wed, May 271:10 PM EDTBoston at MinnesotaPreview Game