Major League Baseball came down on the San Diego Padres for their actions leading up to the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox in July, suspending GM A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay.
Preller allegedly withheld from the Red Sox some "preventative measures'' the Padres had been talking with Pomeranz's surgically repaired left shoulder in talks leading up to the July 14th trade.
The trade will not be rescinded, nor do the Red Sox seem interested in having that done. They're happy with the trade that shipped highly-regarded prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres. Earlier, when Preller was found guilty of similar behavior following a mid-season trade with the Florida Marlins, MLB ordered the teams to send some of the players involved back to their original teams.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who had previously refused comment on the investigation, was made not immediately available to comment on MLB's penalty.
This isn't the first time that Preller has run afoul of Major League Baseball. While an assistant GM with the Texas Rangers, he was suspended in 2010 for violations of baseball rules regarding international signings.
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."