The Royals traded LHP Danny Duffy to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later.
Duffy spent 11 seasons with the Royals, but he never became the most had hoped he would be. He is from Southern California and grew up wanting to play for the Dodgers.
So was this a good trade for the Royals? Without knowing the player the Royals will get in return, I would lean towards probably. The Royals did include cash in the deal which should improve the player they receive. I trust that Dayton Moore will get the best player he could for Duffy. The Royals have a list of players from the Dodgers and will pick one of those players within the next few months.
Let’s face it, Duffy probably should have been traded sooner. But his resurgence this season probably helped his trade value, even with the injuries.
Duffy is currently on the injured list with a forearm strain. The Royals are saying that he will be out for at least 3-4 more weeks. I have thought since the first time he went to the injured list that he is likely looking at Tommy John surgery in the near future. I haven’t heard anything about whether the player returning to the Dodgers would depend on how much Duffy is able to pitch for Los Angeles. I would imagine that uncertainty is figured into the list of players available to the Royals.
6:07pm – MLB – Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays (BSKC)
CHIEFS TRAINING CAMP
Travis Kelce left practice early with a trainer with back and hip tightness. Anthony Hitchens did not participate on Thursday because of a hamstring problem. Willie Gay and Ben Niemann were the first team nickel linebackers with Hitchens out. Nick Bolton ran with the first team in 7-on-7 drills.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAOS
The Big 12 has a meeting scheduled for Friday to discuss their next steps in conference realignment. The SEC voted unanimously to invite Texas and Oklahoma to join the conference as expected. College football changes are out of control right now. And that’s why some think changes to the College Football Playoff need to slow down.
People outside of the SEC are concerned that the SEC could receive half of the 12 playoff spots recommended recently. They are concerned that this could make the SEC too powerful in the sport and hurt the other Power 5 conferences financially.
Power 5 conferences not named the SEC said that it is now clear that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was negotiating the move of Texas and Oklahoma to his conference while simultaneously working with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and two others on expansion of the playoffs. At a minimum, there was a clear conflict of interest. Basic ethics courses would tell you that this is not something you should do.
The current plan for the CFP is for the top six conference champions to be included and then six at large teams. Sankey suggested recently that they might want to just take the top 12 teams. That could very well favor the SEC to get even more teams in the playoffs.
NOTES… Brady Singer is expected to start a rehab assignment soon… The United States men’s national soccer team defeated Qatar 1-0 to advance to the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They will play either Mexico or Canada Sunday night.
Pac-12 commish leads voices suggesting College Football Playoff expansion be paused amid SEC additions (Dennis Dodd)
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