For the second straight year, the National League bested the American League in the All-Star Game (after not winning in any of the previous 13 tries). The final score, 5-1, was mostly driven by a three-run homer by Prince Fielder. Prince: please stop increasing your value. Kthxbye.
- Starlin Castro had an up-and-down first All-Star Game experience. He went 0-1, stole a couple bases (which is being touted as an AS record, clearly one of the lamest “records” in the annals), was thrown out at home, and had a throwing error in the 9th inning.
- The Brewers have traded for Francisco Rodriguez, which would be more terrifying if (a) it were 2008 or (b) the Cubs had any shot at all in the Central this year. The Mets are covering Rodriguez’s salary for the year, so the Brewers are likely paying a fair bit in terms of prospects (the trade was for two PTBNLs, who will be selected later this season). The interesting bit? Rodriguez has a HUGE 2012 option ($17.5 million) that becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games in 2011. He’s already finished 34 games. With John Axford and his ridiculous facial hair, the Brewers could easily prevent Rodriguez from finishing another 21 games – but Rodriguez had a no-trade clause, which Scott Boras said Rodriguez would use to block a trade to any team that planned to use him as a setup man. The upshot? Maybe the Brewers aren’t giving up that much in terms of prospects, and instead, have resigned themselves to allowing Rodriguez’s huge option to kick in. I know this is a really long bullet, but it’s a pretty fascinating set of circumstances.
- Cubs’ 30th round draft pick Arturo Maltos-Garcia will undergo Tommy John surgery, which I can only assume was known to the Cubs before they signed him.
- The Cubs have signed undrafted free agent catcher Taylor Davis out of Morehead State. While undrafted free agent signings rarely amount to much, it looks like Davis still had another year of eligibility at MSU, and put up huge numbers last year. So, shrug, he might be something.