It’s Game Six for the Cardinals and Giants tonight at 6:30pm CT, Carpenter versus Vogelsong. Since the Cardinals never lose elimination games, and they wouldn’t be the Cardinals without taking it to the elimination game, I’m thinking the Giants will probably win. But it won’t matter …
- According to Bill Center of the North County Times, the Padres have officially dropped their claim against the Cubs for compensation related to the Cubs hiring Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod last year. That compensation issue, never made as sexy as the Theo compensation issue, was put off and put off after not being settled back in Spring Training. It was never expected to be much, and in the last few months, when folks asked, I said some variation of, “I think all sides have just kind of let it go.” Now, it sounds like that’s exactly what happened. Why? Well, there could be a variety of reasons, but I’d guess it’s a mix of three things: (1) the compensation was never going to be a whole lot because the previous Padres’ CEO was perfectly happy making Josh Byrnes his new GM, and thus felt like losing Jed wasn’t really a big deal; (2) the ownership change on the Padres’ side this season pushed these kinds of things off to the side; and (3) the compensation was probably to come from a list of minor leaguers, none of whom emerged as guys the Padres felt like they just had to have. With a full year passing, the Padres probably just decided to move on (or the two sides had some kind of agreement on a drop dead date). Whatever the case, it sounds like this story is over.
- The A’s, Diamondbacks, and Marlins got together in an interesting deal yesterday, with Chris Young going to the A’s, Heath Bell, Cliff Pennington and cash going to the Diamondbacks, and a meh prospect going to the Marlins. I’ll address the implications in an upcoming Lukewarm Stove, but I wanted to mention it, lest you think I wasn’t paying attention (and I wanted to note that … really? A big trade during the playoffs? That almost never happens – indeed, I can’t think of the last time it happened).
- Jason Aldean and his Night Train Tour (I don’t know what that is) will be playing at Wrigley Field next year on July 30. Yay, revenue.
- Dan McNeil looks at the candidates to replace Bob Brenly, and suggests that Steve Stone, improbably, is the favorite.