Olney: Cubs need a starting pitcher
"Theo Epstein ... has been checking with other teams about available pitchers, and right now there are not many. And on top of that, they're kind of in a weird place in terms of going after some of the available options."
It's a great day to be Bobby Bonilla
July 1 is the day Bobby Bo gets his nearly $1.2M deferred salary payment, which is more than 17 current Mets. Said ESPN's Eric Wedge: "It's a great security blanket for him. And, obviously, it's paid off in grand fashion."
Cha-Ching, Mets fans: It's Bonilla Day!
The 52-year-old Bobby Bonilla will collect $1,193,248.20 from the Mets, like he will every July 1 until 2035. The Mets will be paying Bonilla, who last played in 2001, more this season than Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom combined.
OTD: Andy Hawkins tosses no-no, loses
On July 1, 1990, the Yankees RHP gave up 0 hits to the White Sox -- and lost 4-0. An error, 2 walks and 2 more errors led to 4 Chicago runs in the 8th. Said Hawkins: "You dream of one, but you never think it's going to be a loss."
Chris Sale -- the new strikeout king?
Sale's had 8 straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts. Pedro Martinez was the only player since 1900 to accomplish that before Sale.
Olney: MLB players with most at stake
As we hit the midway point of the season, which players have the most riding on the 2nd half? Buster Olney thinks Johnny Cueto is the most notable as he teeters between the top tier and 2nd tier of pitchers. Others (Insider)
BBTN's Tuesday Web Gem
Does Francisco Lindor's pressure-packed throw to first -- his pitcher had a perfecto going -- top George Springer's diving catch in center field?
Darren Rovell @darrenrovell
Bonilla's $29.8 million buyout that he will receive from the Mets thru 2035 was part of a contract that he played a total of 60 GAMES for.
Rasmus still hospitalized with infection
An infected bug bite has Astros OF Colby Rasmus and manager A.J. Hinch isn't sure Rasmus will make the team's upcoming road trip: "There's still a little bit of achiness in there and still a little bit of discomfort. I think the smart thing for us is just to let the doctors continue to monitor him and get the infection out of there."
Nelson Cruz turns down Home Run Derby
Said the Mariners slugger, who has 19 HRs this season: "I would love to do it. But at the same time, I have to think about my teammates and my team. If I go there, it can wear me out for two or three days after. And that's not fair to my teammates, and it's not fair for my team. That's just the way it is."
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Bobby Bonilla collects $1.193M from Mets today, as he will each July 1 through 2035; makes more this yr than R. Wilson has in each NFL year.
Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN
Craig Anderson was born on this date in 1938. ... Chris Flexen is 21.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
The practical impact of Jerry Dipoto's departure in-season likely negligible, but he has made some of the better in-season deals we've seen.