FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day December 9th through 12th, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones Apparent Winner Over Roy Moore In Alabama

In a special election contest that has drawn national and international attention, it would appear Democrat Doug Jones is the winner over Republican Roy Moore in the conservative state of Alabama.  It has been an extraordinary alignment of events, including a sex scandal involving teenagers, for Alabamians to elect their first Democrat to the Senate in 25 years, but they triggered a political earthquake that will be felt far and wide.  With 99 percent of the vote in, Jones was leading 50-48 percent, or 673,236 votes to 652,300 votes — a margin of more than 20,000.  The current margin appears too large for an automatic recount, which is triggered under state law if the candidates are separated by less than half a percentage point, but Moore could call for a recount if he’s willing to pay for one himself.

 

New York Yankee News

A lot is going on in the off season.  Currently the Winter Meetings are underway.  Two days ago, The New York Yankees announced this morning that Giancarlo Stanton has officially waived his no-trade clause and that their blockbuster deal for the reigning NL MVP is complete.  It will be the Judge – Stanton duo next season.  As reported last week, the Yankees received Stanton and cash considerations in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league pitcher Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers.  And The New York Yankees have traded third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash. This would seem to be an exercise in salary clearing by the Yankees in anticipation of another move, as it takes about $13 million off of their payroll. Which is about how much was added to their payroll for 2018 in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. That could get Todd Frazier back for them, perhaps. Or it could help them retain CC Sabathia or go after another starting pitcher. The club likewise maintains an interest in getting under the $197 million payroll threshold which would trigger yet another year of 50% luxury tax payments for the Yankees.  CC Sabathia was set to come back to the Yankees as a signed free agent at the end of the season, but he’s been talking with both California Angles and now the Toronto Blue Jays.  I don’t think the Yankees are done trading yet – how about Manny Machado – a possibility I think.  And lastly Aaron Boone, the new Yankee manager has hired Josh Bard as his new bench coach.  I’ve been sitting by my phone, but so far no call to be senior bat boy.  I’m waiting…..

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