Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The latest from around MLB as we round out the week...
- There is a disagreement in the Reds' clubhouse about what to do with Aroldis Chapman. The lefty hasn't yet allowed a run in 19.1 innings, during which time he's given up just six hits, five walks, and has struck out 34(!). Some players think he could transition that success to the rotation, while others think he'd lose some of his effectiveness. It doesn't sound like the decision-makers are ready to make a move, though. "The longer we go, it will be harder to stretch [Chapman] to start," Reds' GM Walt Jocketty says. "We may be resigned to the fact that he will have to pitch in the bullpen all year." That's always the question, isn't it? If you've got a dominant reliever, how much regression in that dominance would you be willing to accept in order to turn a 60 inning asset into a 200 inning asset?
- Yet another Owner's Meeting has come and gone without a resolution to the long-standing Oakland A's stadium problem. In short, the A's need a new stadium, ideally one located in San Jose (south of San Francisco). Although such a stadium would be considerably further from where the Giants play than the A's place is now, it would sit on the peninsula making up the Giants' "territory." So, they've been fighting the idea of a move for some time. The A's plight didn't even make it on the agenda at the meetings, though the Commissioner and the executive council did entertain presentations from each team.
- Bud Selig commented on the situation, as he has from time to time, and added that if the A's want to consider relocating somewhere other than San Jose, it's up to their owner. That's quite interesting, as moving completely outside of the general Bay Area hasn't been discussed much in the national discourse. Obviously, if the A's move outside of their official Oakland territory, approval would be required. "It depends where they'd be. They could be all over the world, for that matter," Selig said. "They need approval. We have to go through an approval process. It just depends on where they're moving to."
- The Blue Jays finally optioned struggling first baseman Adam Lind to AAA. Lind, 28, has hit just .238/.289/.420 in almost 1,300 plate appearances since signing a four-year, $18MM contract extension in April of 2010
- Brandon Beachy is having an insane stretch for the Braves. After throwing a shutout yesterday, the righty's ERA dropped to 1.33, and he's won five straight starts. His FIP is down to 2.55.
- The Mets had a fan arrested after he sat somewhere other than his designated area and refused to leave. Aren't the Mets just happy to have folks sitting anywhere?