Sounds Like A-Rodcast is Happening, Darvish, Loud Moments, Scott Acquitted, and Other Cubs Bullets

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•   It sounds like the A-Rodcast is coming to ESPN, as we previously discussed here. The NY Post reports that Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay would join Alex Rodriguez for the alternate broadcast a little less than half of the Sunday nights in the baseball season (so it’d be only about 10 to 12 shows total). And then the regular Sunday Night Baseball crew will be Karl Ravech on play by play, and David Cone and Eduardo Perez would be the color guys. I could see that crew being a good step up from the last few years, and – I’m in the minority, I know! – I can conceive of a version of the A-Rodcast that doesn’t suck. He was legitimately good for a long time when he was just doing in-studio stuff, and maybe an alternate broadcast would be closer to that? I’m willing to be open-minded.

•   Instant update – ESPN just made it official:

•   Yu Darvish projects for a bounce back in 2022 in a number of ways, according to Eno Sarris’s dive into the metrics. (Cubs should get him back in a deal where the Padres have to send a prospect along with him just to get rid of the contract … )

•   Speaking of which, the Padres ZiPS are out, and for as rough as their second half was, the team still projects to have a whole lot of talent in 2022. They could use another outfielder, but that’s about it. Darvish projects as only a little bit better than average overall, by the way. And in further confirmation that you’d have to receive a huge prospect (or package) in order to take on Eric Hosmer’s deal (as the Cubs have discussed), here’s how Hosmer projects in 2022: .257/.316/.387, 93 OPS+, 0.5 WAR. If you were targeting prospects in a deal like that, you’d really have to be OK with the idea that you might just have to release Hosmer and eat that money before even 2022 is complete.

•   Some thoughts on LOUD-ness:

•   Former Mets GM Zack Scott was formally acquitted in his DWI trial, based primarily on body camera footage that the judge determined could not show he actually failed the field sobriety tests conducted on the highway where Scott was found possibly sleeping in his car at 4 am. It’s not clear what his future holds after having been dismissed by the Mets, but I would think an acquittal could clear him up to get a job in another front office.

•   Just offering the thought that many others have had already:

•   The Athletic has been bought by the New York Times, which has said it intends to keep operating The Athletic separately for now:

•   Things are getting bad for the Blackhawks:

•   Things are staying fun for the Bulls:

•   And things are hopefully changing for the Bears:

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