This baseball news feels really unimportant right now. But it is a nice distraction, so here we go.
Commissioner Rob Manfred says teams should be ready for a 162 game season.
Ken Rosenthal on why expansion is on hold right now despite some financial incentives.
Old friend Daniel Robertson lands a deal with the Brewers.
INF Daniel Robertson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Brewers, source confirms. He’ll earn $900K with another potential $400K in incentives. @ByRobertMurray was first with the signing.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 12, 2021
MLB Pipeline on one of the new Rays acquired in the Nate Lowe deal.
Osleivis Basabe is raking in Venezuela. Acquired from the Rangers in the Nate Lowe trade, the 20-year-old #Rays prospect connected on his first homer of the season in a 4-hit performance on Saturday and is batting .360.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 12, 2021
Chaim Bloom continues the Rays-ification of the Red Sox, including the expected trade of Andrew Benintendi.
Rival executive familiar with Red Sox thinking said he would be “shocked” if Andrew Benintendi wasn’t traded before the end of the weekend.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 13, 2021
Andrew Simon on which five teams have the most to gain from a big, splashy move. (Hint – Not the Rays.)
DJLM is now talking to other teams as the Yankees drag their feet.
In Hall of Fame speculation: though he won’t get in this year, Billy Wagner’s path may be opening up.
Lastly: As I alluded to at the top, there is a massive pile of shit going on in the real world right now (WHICH WE WON’T TALK ABOUT HERE) that has me super-stressed out. Maybe you’re stressed too. So, here are a couple of puppies that are neither Republican nor Democrat. Feel free to share your own in the comments.
Everything is madness but at least there are dogs
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 13, 2021