You know those John Lannan-to-the-Red Sox (or Tigers) rumors? Well, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo threw a bucket of cold water -- okay, a cup of it -- on them today.
But Mark Zuckerman, the Nationals Insider for our friends at CSN Washington, says a deal to Boston (or Detroit, or elsewhere) is still possible because "Lannan isn't going to be part of the Nationals' Opening Day rotation, not unless someone else on the staff gets hurt".
Rizzo, writes Zuckerman "is intent on getting something of value in return for Lannan. He'd love to acquire a big-league center fielder, though that's probably a pipe dream. The more likely offer will be for a mid-level prospect, perhaps somebody targeted for high-Class A or Class AA who could be big-league ready by the end of 2012 or early in 2013."
Lannan is 27, left-handed, and, says Zuckerman, can "pretty much be penciled in for 30 starts and a sub-4.00 ERA". Zuckerman says that's "hardly a unique commodity", though the Sox would be delighted to get such production from a back-of-the-rotation starter.
Will a deal happen? Stay tuned.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.