New York Yankees free-agent signee Matt Holliday has, and though his chosen profession essentially guarantees he’ll return to the city of his apparent disdain temporarily, the negotiating power of his agent has reportedly guaranteed he won’t return there permanently or work for his former employer again. As we learned on Wednesday, Holliday’s one-year, $13M contract with the Yankees reportedly includes one very interesting and unique provision. It’s essentially a one-team no-trade clause that prevents the Yankees from trading Holliday to the Oakland A’s, where he played during the 2009 season.
The Baseball Writers Association of America made a change to its Hall of Fame voting process Tuesday that is long overdue: Starting with the 2018 vote, all ballots will be made public. It’s a win for transparency in the voting process — something many BBWAA voters have championed in recent years. Many of the more active writers share their individual ballots on social media anyway, but this is a mandate that all ballots will be public.
The Orioles were brutally honest with Jose Bautista. Well, we found out Tuesday that the Baltimore Orioles are the spiteful ex of baseball. After meeting with Jose Bautisa’s camp Tuesday, the Orioles offered up a cold-blooded reason for passing on the outfielder.