The latest from around MLB...
- The New York Yankees are for sale, according to a New York Daily News story, which was, of course, vehemently denied by the Steinbrenner Family. Unnamed sources told the Daily News that, following the Dodgers' sale for $2.15 billion, the Steinbrenners were "enthused" about that price, and got to wondering just how much the Yankees might sell for. Hal Steinbrenner is painted as an uninterested owner and chairman, who doesn't really care about baseball (again, something that's been denied). My thought? Aren't sports franchises one of the toys you buy when you have billions of dollars? If so, what do you do when you sell one for three or four billion? Buy a country? There's only so much you can do with gigantic sums of money in your life, and owning a team like the Yankees seems like one of the coolest.
- From the injury ward: Emilio Bonafacio is going to miss four to six weeks thanks to thumb surgery, and the Marlins are looking for help in the outfield. John Danks is headed to the disabled list with shoulder tightness, and Austin Jackson is headed to the DL with a left abdominal strain.
- Thanks to a loss-and-injury-filled few weeks, the Cincinnati Reds have pulled ahead of the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.
- Speaking of first place teams in Ohio, the Cleveland Indians just swept the Detroit Tigers, putting the latter six games behind the former in the AL Central. The White Sox are in the middle, 3.5 games behind the Indians.
- Juan Carlos Oviedo - the artist formerly known as Leo Nunez - has reportedly received his visa to return to the US and resume his baseball career, after he serves an eight week suspension, that is. (Update: According to Oviedo, himself, he hasn't quite yet received that visa, but is in the process.)
- FanGraphs wonders how much Cole Hamels is worth on the open market, and concludes, among other things, that he isn't worth as much as Zack Greinke.
- Roy Oswalt's free agency continues to be a moderately interesting story, with the Baltimore Orioles now joining the pursuit. If candidates for trade become more valuable mid-season after injuries intrude on otherwise good seasons (I'm not sure if I buy that, by the way), then the same should be true for a free agent marketing his services to a number of suitors. Oswalt could clean up for a half season of work.