Rays All Star pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and the Rays’ bullpen held off a late Yankees rally to avoid a three game sweep. The Yankees trail the Rays by 11 games in the division and Boston by 7 1/2 in the wild-card race.
Times couldn‚Äôt be any worse for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is on the verge of possibly losing their first round pick Pedro Alvarez and to make matters worse the Pirates have lost 11 out of 13. The Pirates got out to a 5 run lead this afternoon but the Reds scored three runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Craig Hansen. The Reds comeback was led by Joey Votto who hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning Thursday, completing the Reds’ rally from a five-run deficit to an 8-6 victory.
Nothing new to report on the Pedro Alvarez front. The Pirates have a very good offer on the table that I’m being told exceeds the signing bonus Tim Beckham received. (Speculation – $6.27 – $6.4 million range) Alvarez continues to seek a MLB contract under the advice of Scott Boras. Pittsburgh has been warming up to the idea of giving Alvarez a MLB contract but they want him to take a physical before hand. Even if the Pirates and Alvarez don‚Äôt reach an agreement on a MLB contract, Alvarez will most likely go against the advice of Boras and take the Pirates offer. There is just too much money on the table for Alvarez to pass up. Update 11:50 a.m. The Pirates remain in discussions with 20th round selection Quinton Miller. Discussions with Zachary Wilson are on going but his asking price remains very high. The team has an offerRead More »
4:33 p.m. It’s official – TIOPS has learned Jason Bay to Boston; Manny to LA. Could be others involved. John Heyman of CNNSI first reported the deal. 4:25 p.m. Dodgers to acquire Bay? More to come. Looks like the Dodgers late inquiry might have payed off – From the 1:00 p.m. hour – 1:44 p.m. “Jayson Stark is confirming the Blue Jays have inquired about Bay with the Cardinals being unconfirmed. The Dodgers made a inquiry I’ve been told.” 3:58 p.m. There’s has been something brewing with the Red sox for the past hour. Rosenthal is reporting talks may be back on. 3:48 Despite reports from Carrol and Goldstein, a deal has not been struck. As I reported at the 2:00 p.m. hour, the Pirates were targeting Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson to be included into the deal. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com is reporting Brignac may not be available. 3:28Read More »