There is a growing sense among executives that the trade market is going to be active this offseason fueled by these factors: 1. Arguably the worst free-agent starting-pitching class ever is upon us. Rich Hill is the best starter available. He is a terrific craftsman. He also is 37 in March, has not made it through a full season as a starter since 2007, and no team can simply wave off concerns about blisters because he relies so much on his curveball, which creates intense friction on his fingers against the ball’s seams. And the class goes down-Hill from there. Thus, in the old game of supply-and-demand, if teams have anything from a good-to-great pitcher they are willing to trade, the time
Alex Rodriguez cannot stop his face from making that look when Pete Rose starts complimenting Derek Jeter. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach. Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments.
In a show of good sportsmanship, the Cleveland Cavaliers have moved their championship ring ceremony start time back to 7 PM EDT to avoid conflicting with the start of the World Series opener on Tuesday. The Indians are set to host Game 1 at Progressive Field on October 25, while the Cavs will open the 2016-17 NBA season against the New York Knicks at the nearby Quicken Loans Arena, preceded by a ceremony recognizing their first franchise title. In the event that the Indians clinch a World Series title, it’ll be the first time Cleveland has seen two championships in the same calendar year since 1948, when the Indians’ last Series title came on the back of the Cleveland Browns’ All-American Football