The Rundown – 12/2/16: Jung Ho Kang Charged with DUI, the Cruel Tutelage of Jaime Moves South
Here are today’s headlines from the Cubs and around MLB:
- The Cardinals made a trade on Thursday, moving Jaime Garcia to the Braves for 3 minor leaguers: Luke Dykstra (son of Nails), John Grant and Chris Ellis.
- At first glance, this trade is a big helping of “meh, who cares,” but then you realize the Cardinals saved some money on the deal (Garcia was due $12M) and they could sign Dexter Fowler; ewww.
- Also, what are the Braves doing? They signed two 40+ year-olds and then traded for a guy who can barely stay healthy
- Pirates IF Jung-Ho Kang is once again in trouble with the law, this time after being charged with a DUI and fleeing the scene in Seoul. His BAC was .084, significantly over South Korea’s legal limit of .05.
- This crime could bring a penalty of 3 years in jail in Korea and is Kang’s second brush with the law in the last 6 months
- Kang was being investigated for sexual assault in Chicago in July 2016
- More Pirates news: it appeared that the Bucs and Nats had began some serious talks for Andrew McCutchen yesterday. The Nationals were really pushing for a quick resolution with Friday being the deadline to tender contracts.
- I’m not sure I understand why the Pirates are doing this when last year was a down year for Cutch and his contract isn’t that bad ($14M this year and a$14.5M club option with a measly $1M buyout next year), but it probably does help the Cubs to have him out of the division, so go for it Pirates.
- Jon Jay spoke to Jesse Rogers yesterday and came off like a good dude who said the right things. He and Albert Almora are both from the Miami area and work out together, so there is a bit of a connection there.
- I think Jay is going to be a great addition to the team and I think he has many valuable lessons to share with Almora.
- The 2016 World Series documentary/movie debuts tonight on FS1 (6:00 PM CST). It is 2 hours long and I look forward to reliving the best postseason a Cubs fan could ask for.
- Jon Lester made a funny when he tweeted that he petitioned to stop having pitchers throw to first to be added to the CBA.