ABOUT THE JONATHAN LUCROY TRADE OK, it never turned out to be a deal. But at the end of July in 2016, the Indians and Milwaukee agreed to this trade: TO CLEVELAND: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy. TO MILWAUKEE: Francisco Mejia, Greg Allen, Y-Cheng Chang and Shawn Armstrong. Lucroy had the right to veto the trade, and he killed it. He later was traded to Texas. Instead of booing him when Lucroy comes to town with another team, Tribe fans should cheer him. That deal could have been a major long-range setback for the Tribe. Here's what happened with Lucroy: 1. Maybe, just maybe, Lucroy would have helped the Tribe win the 2016 World Series. If he had helped the Indians win one more game in the 2016 World Series, it would have been worth it. 2. In 2016, the Tribe front office boldly chased a World Series title. It's why they made trade deadline deals for Andrew Miller and Lucroy. If the Lucroy deal had gone through, they would have dealt eight prospects. 3. In 2016, Lucroy batted .292 (.885 … [Read more...] about Cleveland Indians: The best trade that never happened — Terry Pluto
There is a compelling argument for the Phillies to be aggressive at the trade deadline, but it isn’t the one that most people are putting forward. Despite how competitive the Phillies have been this season, the notion that they are one or two shrewd moves away from legitimate playoff contention is a dangerous one. At least, it is in theory, if we’re operating on the premise that Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail might be swayed by the clamoring from those of us down here in the gallery. There isn’t much evidence that is the case, given the degree of restraint the front office has displayed since inheriting the rebuild a few years ago. But it’s also true that public opinion always ends up mattering to some degree, if not in the immediate present, then often down the road when we start adjudicating long-term success or failure. If we start with the notion that Klentak and ownership owe it to their fan base and their clubhouse to do whatever it takes to give them … [Read more...] about Phillies’ best trade policy is still restrained opportunism
May 7, 2018 By Bill Pollock If you listened to Friday’s podcast with our baseball expert Jeff Wilder (which is available of several platforms):StitcherApple PodcastsSound CloudFacebook Jeff said this weekend was a statement weekend for the Cardinals. After going 5-14 last year against the Cubs, St. Louis is already 4-1 this season. The greatest trade John Mozeliak ever made? Dealing Stephen Piscotty to the A’s. ESPN had a great feature on Piscotty and his mother who is fighting ALS. <WATCH> Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) … [Read more...] about Bill Pollock Show–Best trade Mo ever pulled off for the Cardinals (PODCAST)
Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade talks with Hassan Whiteside during a game this season. against the Phoenix Suns. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Postseason edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at [email protected] From Joan, Ft. Lauderdale: What team is the best trade partner for a Whiteside deal? The Heat will be active on the trade front, especially when it comes to Whiteside, whose disappointing season was punctuated with a more disappointing playoffs. Whiteside, though, will be difficult to move because of his contract – two-years and $52.5 million remaining on a four-year, $98 million deal – but Pat Riley might have some options.The best could be the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that has underachieved and now must win a Game 7 in Boston just to advance out of the first round of the … [Read more...] about Heat Mailbag: Best trade partner for Whiteside; chances Carmelo Anthony ends up in Miami
But dealerships routinely mark up the cost of loans without telling the customer. It's a practice that would be illegal if you were financing a home, but not when you're financing a car. It's estimated that Americans are paying a billion dollars a year in undisclosed finance charges called dealer reserve. If you don't know about it or ask about it, the salesmen and the finance managers certainly aren't going to tell you. Correspondent Steve Kroft reports. Most people who walk into an automobile showroom know they are expected to drive a hard bargain with the salesman until they can finally agree on the price of a new or used car. And once they do, it's off to the finance office to fill out all the paperwork and arrange for a car loan."The typical consumer thinks that negotiations are over. …You have left the frying pan and you are headed for the fire," says attorney Jim Andrews, who has been after car dealers for years. He says the finance office is where most customers get … [Read more...] about The Best Possible Deal?