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Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

Marcus Stroman puts Red Sox' Alex Cora on blast amid sign-stealing scandal

Alex Cora's past is coming back to haunt him.

MLB's investigation into illegal sign-stealing in both Houston and Boston cost Cora his job Tuesday evening. The former Red Sox manager and Astros bench coach played a prominent role in Houston's 2017 illegal sign-stealing operation that got general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch fired Monday.

Some have already resurfaced Cora's poorly-aging comments and tweets about sign-stealing in recent years.

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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman took a diferent path to point out Cora's hypocrisy Tuesday.

Stroman is referencing Cora's comments following a May 2019 game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in which Boston took exception to Stroman quick-pitching Boston rookie Michael Chavis.

"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman at the time. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."

As Stroman notes, Cora's take didn't hold up well considering his "certain way" of competing -- orchestrating a sign-stealing operation -- may result in a multi-year ban from baseball (or worse).

Former MLB outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was among the many who agreed with Stroman.

MLB also is investigating Cora for helping the 2018 Red Sox steal signs, so it's likely his words will come back to bite him. And it sounds like Stroman (and many others) won't have much sympathy for him.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Blue Jays discussing potential David Price trade

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Blue Jays discussing potential David Price trade

The Boston Red Sox reportedly are discussing a potential David Price trade with one of their American League East foes.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have had talks about a deal that would send Price back to where he spent the final two months of the 2015 season. The two sides aren't close on a deal, however, and the Red Sox remain in conversations with other teams about a possible trade.

Rosenthal writes:

The signing of free-agent left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu remains one possibility for the Jays, but the team also is talking to the Red Sox about a trade for Price, according to major-league sources. A deal only will come to fruition if the clubs agree on how much the Red Sox will pay of the $96 million remaining in the final three years of Price’s contract. Such an agreement is not close at this time, and the Red Sox are talking to other clubs about Price and examining different options as well, sources said.

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The San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Los Angeles Angels each have been linked to Price in trade rumors along with the Blue Jays.

Price would be a welcome addition to a Jays rotation in need of some help, but they wouldn't be getting the same pitcher they had back in 2015. The 34-year-old posted a 4.28 ERA last season, his highest since 2009. Durability has been an issue as well for Price throughout his tenure with the Red Sox.

As Boston looks to shed payroll heading into the 2020 season, the team reportedly also has been shopping its homegrown superstar Mookie Betts and Gold Glove center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

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MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays have 'explored taking on David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr.'

MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays have 'explored taking on David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr.'

The Boston Red Sox are a team to watch in the MLB trade market with a few high-priced veterans that could be moved to shed payroll.

Starting pitcher David Price, who makes $32 million annually and is signed through 2022, is an option. Another one is outfielder Jackie Bradley, who could make more than $10 million in 2020 before being eligible for unrestricted free agency entering the 2021 season.

Which teams would be willing to acquire one (or perhaps both) of these players? One potential destination is the Toronto Blue Jays, per Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi.

"On the trade front, they’ve explored taking on David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr., from the Boston Red Sox and J.A. Happ from the New York Yankees, but the cost in both dollars and prospect capital remains too high."

Multiple teams reportedly have shown interest in trading for Price, and one team that talked to the Red Sox about the veteran left-hander is the San Diego Padres.

Price does have a history with the Blue Jays, so it's not too surprising they would at least explore a reunion. He was traded from the Detroit Tigers to Toronto before the 2015 trade deadline. Price helped the Blue Jays reach the American League Championship Series that season, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals. He left the Jays that winter to sign with the Red Sox in free agency.

The Red Sox reportedly are "actively" trying to trade Bradley. The 29-year-old batted .225 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI in 2019. He's one of the best defensive players in all of baseball.

The Blue Jays need upgrades at several positions up-and-down their roster after three consecutive fourth-place finishes in the American League East. Toronto has not made the postseason since 2016 when it lost to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.

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