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The Boston Red Sox have acquired right-hander Andrew Cashner as well as cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles. The deal, which was announced by the Red Sox on Saturday, sees infield prospect Noelberth Romero and outfield prospect Elio Prado go the other way.

Cashner, 32, was arguably Baltimore’s top pitcher this season, having gone 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts. He has been leading the American League in ERA since June 1 with a 1.41 average and has an ERA+ of 100 across parts of 10 big-league seasons over the course of his career. Prior to his move, the pitcher saw his trade value rise and his performances since the beginning of June include five consecutive quality starts.

The veteran’s last two outings before the All-Star break were his best as he only allowed three hits in seven innings in each while one run was allowed between the two. He’s limited left-handed hitters to a batting average of .182, a .499 OPS and a solitary home run

The Texas native is now expected to be placed as the fifth starter behind Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez. And his arrival will see to it that Nathan Eovaldi plays as a high-leverage receiver when he returns from the elbow injury that caused him to undergo a procedure in April.

The Red Sox have struggled with the fifth spot in their rotation since Eovaldi got sidelined and the move should take that pressure off. If the team makes the playoffs, he will give them extra depth in the bullpen.

“Definitely gives us the improvement in that fifth spot, which we’ve scuffled for such a long time this year,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski declared. “He’s a guy that’s taken the ball and given six, seven innings on a consistent basis, so we like a lot of the things about him. We think he makes us better.”

Cashner is still owed a remaining $9.5 million in salary this season. He’s set to become a free agent at the end of the campaign but has a $10 million team option for 2020 in his contract. If he reaches a total of 360 innings for the 2018 and 2019 seasons combined, then that team option will be converted to a player option. That doesn’t seem very likely, though, as he would need 110 2/3 innings over the remainder of the regular season.

William Hill has odds of +1600.00 on the Red Sox winning the American League this year but the New York Yankees are favored at +170.00 with Betfair while Paddy Power has the Houston Astros at +200.00. Check out https://www.onlinesportbetting.ca/baseball-betting/ for the best baseball bets, free offers and new signup deals.

Where the American League East is concerned, 888sport has the Red Sox at +1600.00 to come out on top. The Yankees are at -1400.00 tith Betfair, the Tampa Bay Rays are at +1600.00 with William Hill and the Toronto Blue Jays are considered longshots by Unibet, who have odds of +300000.00 on them emerging as the division’s top side.

The Red Sox won the World Series last year but William Hill has them at +2800.00 to pull it off this time around. Favorites, the Los Angeles Dodgers are at +275.00 with Paddy Power.

Whether or not Cashner’s arrival will help Boston retain their title is left to be seen but his impact on hitters cannot be discounted. They should find things less troubling when Eovaldi comes back, as long as everyone else remains healthy.

Votto

The Major League Baseball trading deadline has come and gone. Multiple players have shifted from team to team and this always puts added stress on the players who are on the “trading block”. Did that stress get to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto? Maybe. Votto wasn’t exactly on the trading block, but his teammate Jay Bruce was.
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ballnerd

Click to enlarge and read this ridiculous email from Ballhawker Zack Hample to Deadspin

 

Our most recent post highlighted ball-hawking gone wrong, as one “pro” took a ball off the dome and got bodied by another fan while trying to catch two 9th inning Yankees home-runs.  As the internet rained crying Jordan memes on @zack_hample’s face, and ESPN set the events to dramatic music, Hample reacted like a toddler with a skinned knee and waged an all-out internet campaign to “set the record straight”.  Just read the above email he sent to Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky explaining himself.  It’s longer than most term papers I wrote in college.  All because a ballhawker wasn’t happy with what was being said about him on the internet.  You know how he could have avoided dropping those two balls and all the negative attention that came with it?  By sitting in his seat and watching the game like a normal person.

This link used to lead to a video labeled “Fan drops a pair of home runs minutes apart”, featuring Hample’s failed escapades set to hilarious theme music.  It’s gone.  I wonder why?  Did someone complain and get it removed?  I wish it was permanently featured on the homepage of ESPN to point out how ridiculous ballhawking is, and how potentially dangerous it can be.  Ballhawking should be banned at all baseball stadiums, everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Hample
Zack Hample has become semi-internet famous for two things.  Catching a ton of foul/home run balls at baseball games, and crying about how someone impeded his quest to get one. Well, tonight was not Zack’s night.  Not only did he miss out on one home run ball…he missed out on two.  PAINFULLY.

The best one was the first one. New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann hits a homer to the right field bleachers, and Hample is right there in perfect position. Read the rest of this entry »

I think I was a Met.

Who the f*ck is this guy?

 

While he’s done plenty of good things for this franchise, Sandy Alderson seems to go out of his way to make one or two bizarre moves each offseason. These moves are usually for a player that in theory could be useful but they ultimately turn out to be a huge waste of time and end up getting designated for assignment (DFA!) and then released.  Now in his sixth year let us go through the worst of the worst.

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jordans

Most men aren’t shoppers, per se, but every sports-minded fellow can appreciate the purchase of a quality piece of American sports gear. From basketball to baseball, volleyball to golf, sports fanatics have a wide array of games to get involved in. Stock up on the essential athletic gear that belongs in every sports buff’s stash. Whether you’re on the field in a fiercely competitive intramural league or just want to get out and throw the ball around with your son or daughter, these are the five iconic American sports gear items you need.

Spalding Basketball
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wilmerflores

That’s the face of a man who just learned the only team he’s ever played for in the Major Leagues traded him mid-game.  Luckily for Wilmer Flores (I think), the deal fell apart and he is still a member of the New York Mets.  When tears poured down his face, you couldn’t help but think about Tom Hanks’ iconic scene from A League of Their Own where Jimmy Dugan proclaims “There’s no crying in baseball!”

Seeing the waterworks flow down Flores’ face got me thinking, is it appropriate for a professional athlete to cry on the field? Read the rest of this entry »

My eyelids are getting heavy...

My eyelids are getting heavy…

Behold, a blow by blow breakdown of a typical Terry Collins post game interview.  Warning: This is merely a parody no matter how close to the truth it may seem.

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Thor Matz

The New York Mets have this pretty awesome pitcher rotting on their AAA Las Vegas team. The Mets also have a pretty awesome pitcher in Flushing that is on an innings limit. Why not use these two pitchers to create a dynamic tag team of sorts? Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz should be the next great tag team.
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Kids, don't try this at home.

Kids, don’t try this at home.

Let me preface this by saying I am a big Sandy Alderson fan.  I bought this book around the start of the season and planned to give it a mostly sarcastic review, but then the Mets got off to an extremely hot start and I thought “Maybe they are revived?” so that kind of took the air out of my plan.  Now that we are at Memorial Day, the Mets season has taken a hilarious turn for the worse. So I thought; why not lighten the mood by finally doing this book review.

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