Here’s to a great week!
From Paul Hoynes:
At least the idea of adding payroll didn’t scare the Indians.
On Tuesday the Pirates traded center fielder Starling Marte to Arizona for prospects — infielder Liover Peguero and right-hander Brennan Malone. The Indians were in on Marte as well, but the rebuilding Pirates liked Arizona’s offer better.
The interest in Marte can be taken two ways — so what, the Indians didn’t close the deal. Or ownership was willing to add payroll for the right player. Owner Paul Dolan has slashed almost $44 million from the payroll over the last two years, but if the Indians acquired Marte, he would have not come cheaply.
Marte will make $11.5 million this year with a $12.5 million club option for 2021.
Around the League
- Is Mookie to the Dodgers becoming inevitable?
- Yankees’ Aaron Boone nailed his Super Bowl prediction, down to the exact score
- Reminiscing on Curtis Granderson’s career
Likely a thorn in our sides for years to come ....