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David Price on #Rays trade: ‘Absolute sadness’ – EOTM Sports News

By Cain Cawthon

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In a sensational move that gives them three former Cy Young Award winners, the Detroit Tigers have acquired David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-way deal with the Seattle Mariners.

The “absolute sadness” Price said he felt after being traded by the Rays to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way deal Thursday was shared by many fans who believe the team’s chances to reach the playoffs this season went with him.

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But while top Rays officials said they shared some of that remorse, they insisted that they had to infringe on — though not sacrifice — the short-term possibilities, trading Price to ensure continued success over the long term. “We felt strongly that this move was something that made ultimate sense for us,” executive vice president Andrew Friedman said. “And comparing it to the other possibilities, it was by far the most prudent thing that we could do for the best interest of the franchise.”

The immediate return is a three-player package that seems to be lacking in star power but was apparently the best they could get:

Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly, who will take Price’s place in the rotation starting Tuesday night in Oakland; 18-year-old promising shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Detroit; and middle infielder Nick Franklin, a power-hitting Orlando-area product currently playing at Triple A, from Seattle.

“Obviously all three guys were really important to us in this transaction,” Friedman said.

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Money was also a factor. Not being able to afford Price once he becomes a free agent after the 2015 season — when he will command in the neighborhood of a seven-year, $175 million deal — was the reason they had to trade him at some point.

And Friedman said even keeping Price to start next season, when he is projected to make $18 million to $20 million, would have made it difficult to field a competitive team around him.

The other option was to keep Price, who is making a franchise-record $14 million this year, through this season and trade him over the winter. That would have allowed the team to try to continue its improbable run to the playoffs.

But by waiting, he likely would have brought less in return because the acquiring team would have gotten him for only one season rather than the rest of this one as well. The Rays might have had more teams interested over the winter, but that was a risk they apparently did not want to take.

“Forecasting ahead, looking out to the offseason, certainly that’s a real variable that plays in,” Friedman said.

The Rays didn’t expect to be in this position after investing a franchise-high $80 million this season in what they felt was their best team. But a miserable start left them with the majors’ worst record into June at 24-42.

They have gone on a remarkable run for the past seven weeks, winning 29 of 42 games, but their chances to make the playoffs still aren’t good, as they woke up Thursday at 53-55, eight games behind the Orioles in the American League East race and 5½ behind Toronto (with four other teams in the way) for the second AL wild card spot.

“Standings certainly matter,” Friedman said.

Yet after trading their best pitcher in Price, Friedman and other Rays officials said they expect the team to still be able to compete.

“It’s not waving a white flag at all,” team president Matt Silverman said. “It certainly makes our journey more difficult, but we’ve faced bigger obstacles in the past. … If our team plays up to the level it can, especially with all the head-to-head games we have within our division, we have a chance to make up the deficit and get into the playoffs.”

Austin Jackson receives a hug from starting pitcher Max Scherzer after leaving the game and receiving word he'd been traded in a deal for David Price.(Photo: Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports)

Manager Joe Maddon said he expects the Rays, who resume play tonight at Tropicana Field against the Angels after being off Thursday, to continue battling.

“I hate losing David, absolutely. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around. But you can’t lament that, you can’t worry about that, and you keep moving it forward,” Maddon said.

“I’m anticipating not skipping a beat, and that’s not denigrating David in any way. It’s just that we’ve come so far and we have a bunch of professionals in our room and I want to believe we’re going to be able to continue this.”

That challenge certainly is greater without Price, 28. Drafted No. 1 overall by the Rays in 2007 out of Vanderbilt, he quickly developed into one of the top pitchers and bigger stars in the game, having compiled an 82-47 record and 3.18 ERA in six-plus seasons, making four All-Star teams and winning the 2012 American League Cy Young Award. He is 11-8, 3.11 this season, leading the majors in innings (1702/3) and strikeouts (189).

“Obviously David has been a fixture in our organization since 2008,” Friedman said. “Beyond the success that he’s enjoyed on the field, he’s been as good of a teammate as I’ve ever seen, a tremendous competitor, a leader in the clubhouse. It goes without saying he leaves an indelible mark on our franchise.”

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Price has been pitching for weeks knowing a trade was possible. But he had hoped, even Thursday, when he went to play golf and swung by the Trop for a workout, that it wasn’t going to happen.

“It’s tough to put into words,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s absolute sadness. This is where I’ve been the last seven years. I love the guys, I love being here. It’s different.”

Silverman said it wasn’t “a foregone conclusion” that they were going to trade Price on Thursday, nor was it a surprise that they decided to as parting ways with top players is part of the way they have to do things.

“Simply said, standing pat makes it much, much more difficult for us to maintain a compelling, competitive team going forward,” Friedman said. “That’s the reality of a low-revenue club. I think it’s obvious to anyone who follows the game that the economic disparity is only widening, and it makes it a little bit more challenging in our quest to always balance the present and the future. But we can’t waver from who we are and how we need to do things to have success.”

News Sources: TampaBay.com & USA Today

Finally something 50 Cent is not good at, ‘Baseball’ – 1st pitch at Mets game… Animal Ambition? We hope not!

Published by EOTM News Editor on May 27th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Hip Hop News, MLB, Sports News

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VIDEO: 50 Cent throws laughably bad first pitch before Mets-Pirates (via NJ.com)

NEW YORK — 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson, threw out the first pitch at Citi Field tonight before the Mets-Pirates game. It was not pretty. There’s really nothing else that can be said, though Twitter tried. Watch video of it below, then see…

 

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Honoring Jackie Robinson – VIDEO

Published by EOTM News Editor on April 16th, 2014 - in Entertainment News, EOTM Sports News, MLB, Sports News

Jackie Robinson made his big-league debut with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. (USATSI)

Honoring Jackie (via Repost Video Sports)

The I-Cubs honored Jackie Robinson by wearing #42 Tuesday evening.

 

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‘Los Angeles Angels’ batting coach Don Baylor injured in freak accident

Published by EOTM News Editor on April 1st, 2014 - in Breaking News, EOTM Sports News, MLB, Sports News

Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero (L) helps hitting coach Don Baylor after being injured during the first-pitch ceremony.(Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)

Raw: LA Angels Don Baylor Suffers Leg Injury (via AP Video)

Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor suffered a leg injury catching the ceremonial first pitch. (April 1)

 

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David Ortiz Named MVP after World Series Win

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 31st, 2013 - in Breaking News, MLB, Sports News

The Boston Red Sox their third World Series win in 10 seasons – a remarkable turnaround considering the 86 year drought that preceded it. David Ortiz, the 37 year old Boston Red Sox heavy hitter affectionately known by the moniker Big Papi, was named MVP after the Game Six win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Each time Big Papi stepped to bat, the sellout crowd of 40,000 at Fenway Park greeted him with roaring chants of “MVP! MVP! MVP!” It was apparently no surprise that he was the easy sports betting favorite for MVP 2013.

Red Sox manager, John Farell, struggled to find the right words to describe his designated heavy hitter. “Well, I’d probably rather let his bat do the talking, because it’s pretty special,” he finally stated after a pause.

But it’s not just Big Papi’s bat that makes him special. The series turned around for the Red Sox in Game Four. The Cardinals were leading the series 2-1 with the game sitting at 1-1 when Ortiz decided to rally his team together for an impromptu dugout pep talk.

“I told them we had been in this situation before and that we had a better team than we had showed,” he told reporters after the game. The speech apparently worked its magic with Jonny Gomes hitting a 3-run homer that ended the game at 4-2 for the Red Sox.

Ortiz finished the series with a whopping .688 batting average, the second highest in World Series history. His BA is second only to Billy Hatcher, who currently holds the record after hitting an astounding .750 in 1990 for the Cincinatti Reds.

Off the diamond, Ortiz is also known for his razor sharp suits and – no pun intended – diamond jewelry. True to his style, he and his teammates celebrated the win with a $100,000 15-litre bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne.

Boston Red Sox parade to start at Fenway Park

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 31st, 2013 - in Breaking News, EOTM Sports News, MLB, Sports News, Trending

Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP -- The Red Sox clinch a World Series in Boston for the first time since 1918.

Boston Red Sox parade to start at Fenway Park (via SB Nation)

By Matt Verderame  @MattVerderame on Oct 31 2013, 11:39a + The Red Sox will have their parade Saturday morning, giving their fans a chance to celebrate their newly-minted title. The Boston Red Sox won their third World Series title in the past 10…

 

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World Series 2013 | EOTM Sports News

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 30th, 2013 - in Breaking News, EOTM Sports News, MLB, Sports News

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Courtesy of: SB Nation

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox takes the field for the start of Game One of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

World Series 2013 lineups: Shane Victorino returns, moves down as Red Sox look to clinchShane Victorino is back in the lineup Wednesday night as the Red Sox look to clinch the 2013 World Series.

The Red Sox have Shane Victorino back in the lineup, but batting sixth rather than second as the Red Sox try to clinch the 2013 World Series in Game 6.

Boston Red Sox (3-2)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Shane Victorino, RF
  7. Xander Bogaerts, 3B
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. David Ross, C

Starting Pitcher — John Lackey

St. Louis Cardinals (2-3)

  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Allen Craig, DH
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Matt Adams, 1B
  7. David Freese, 3B
  8. Jon Jay, CF
  9. Daniel Descalso, SS

Starting Pitcher — Michael Wacha

This is not an optimized lineup.

It’s not an optimized lineup because Jonny Gomes is hitting fifth. It’s not an optimized lineup because Stephen Drew is batting anywhere but ninth and, frankly, at this point it seems foolish to hope he’s going to start hitting like his old self anytime before 2014. It’s not optimized because Xander is so low.

Red Sox fans should care. But frankly we probably shouldn’t care all that much. Not yet. This Red Sox team has been dealing with that for weeks now. Hell, they dealt with a lot worse over the last three games thanks to National League rules depriving them of Mike Napoli.

Granted, this is also one of the harder challenges they’ve faced, but…they did enough last time. It’s easy to forget, given that Game 2 ended with St. Louis two runs up, but two runs from Boston’s offense against Wacha was enough right up until Craig Breslow made a mess of things in the seventh. Bridging the gap between Lackey and Koji is still a problem, but getting to that point, at least, is not so impossible a hurdle as it might seem.

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If things go wrong there will be time enough for grousing later. For now, we’re one win away. Savor it.

Courtesy of: SB Nation

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