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Good morning baseball fans.
I’m sure most of us are still reeling over the awful news that was announced yesterday, that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died at the age of 24 years old in a boating accident.
I speak on behalf of the entire MLB Daily Dish team in wishing our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family over Fernandez during this tough time.
Looking back, Fernandez will leave behind a legacy of greatness and joy that the entire baseball world will never forget.
This may be the worst called ball that we have record of.
There we have it. Seemingly the worst called ball in at least nine years. According to tracking technology, the pitch missed the exact center of the strike zone by less than one inch. You might wonder, wait, what was Josh Donaldson doing taking this pitch in an 0-and-1 count? Isn’t this precisely the pitch a hitter should be looking for? You don’t get a called ball like this without multiple screw-ups. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
Here is a roundup of the news from around the American League East.
Starting pitching is going to be hard to find this winter, unless you want to pay a steep price.
Consider that the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers, Yankees, and Astros are all theoretically going to try to contend to some degree next year. All five franchises are flush with young talent, and aren’t exactly strapped for cash. All five will badly need pitching. All five would almost definitely contact the White Sox if the pitchers could be had in a trade. The Sox would be free to play the offers against each other and try to wring more value out of a deal.
Now imagine being the GM of a team that’s right on the cusp of contention, but needs a pitcher something fierce and doesn’t have an abundance of prospects with which to part. Unless you sell off the whole farm, you’re going to be in trouble, unless you’re comfortable with settling for something like Shelby Miller.
This will be the reality of the pitching market this year. It will be a seller’s market of the highest order, and only a select few buyers will have the resources necessary to make a deal happen. Because I’ve written this, naturally, the Giants will manage to trade for Sale with a hysterically paltry package, and we’ll all laugh about it.
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