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Red Sox have already shot down a couple of Cole Hamels trade proposals from the Phillies2014-11-17
The Phillies are officially buying into the idea of a rebuild and Hamels represents an efficient way for them to restock their minor league system quickly. But, as expected, GM Ruben Amaro wants at least three top prospects for his ace. The Red Sox are already actively assessing top-tier free agent starters including Jon Lester and it may prove more prudent for them to overpay by one or two years and a few million as opposed to giving up a handful of talented young players for starting pitching.
Hamels, who turns 31 in December, is entering the third year of a six-year, $144 million contract extension signed in July 2012. The Phillies still owe him $96 million. The lefty turned in the best season of his career despite starting the season on the disabled list, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 198/59 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings.
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RANK UPDATES ON GALA CASINOS ACQUISITION (Update)2012-09-19
Rank Group plc has released an update on its bid to acquire Gala Casinos Limited, reporting that delays in achieving Competition Commission approval could impact the agreement.
On 12 May 2012 Rank announced that it had conditionally agreed to acquire Gala Casinos from Gala Coral Group Limited for a total cash consideration of GBP 205 million
The acquisition was conditional upon the approval of Rank shareholders (which was obtained at a general meeting of Rank held on 26 July 2012) and upon receipt of UK merger control clearance by 19 September 2012.
On 20 August 2012 the Office of Fair Trading announced that it had referred the acquisition agreement to the UK Competition Commission, and that as a result the agreement will not become unconditional by the 19 September 2012 deadline.
The company now advises that due to these factors the agreement relating to the acquisition will cease to be formally binding on the parties at midnight on Wednesday 19 September 2012.
The update concludes: "Rank and Gala Coral Group are nevertheless continuing to assist the Competition Commission with its inquiry and are continuing their discussions in relation to appropriate amendments to the acquisition terms in the light of the reference to the Competition Commission. A further announcement will be made in due course."
MLB: Josh Johnson: Worth your betting dollar2010-07-27
One pitcher has dominated the National League like no other over the course of the last three months and his name is not Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay, or Ubaldo Jimenez. Rather, it is Josh Johnson, who has rather quietly emerged from the shadow of those other aces to become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He is on a roll like no other of late, and oddsmakers are having trouble gauging just how good he has been when setting their prices. For instance, for Tuesday’s game against Matt Cain and the Giants, bettors at Sportsbook.com can back Johnson’s Marlins at around even money.
The Marlins have climbed back over .500 by going 13-6 since Independence Day. Some of the credit during that surge has to go to Johnson, who is 3-0 in his starts during the surge. However, his complete domination traces back to long beyond that.
Johnson (10-3, 1.61 ERA) has not allowed more than two runs in his last 13 starts, going 7-2 with a 0.79 ERA. The last pitcher to put together such a streak for 14 outings in a row was Houston's Mike Scott in 1986.
In addition, Johnson has allowed one run over his last 28 innings on the road.
Perhaps the biggest signs of how much command a pitcher has had can be shown in his strikeouts and WHIP numbers. When looking at Johnson’s numbers during that stretch, he has struck out 94 hitters in 91-1/3 innings with a WHIP of 0.876. He has also enjoyed 18 straight “quality starts”.
Although Johnson has never beaten the San Francisco Giants, he's never faced them when he's been pitching this well. As the league’s ERA leader, he looks to earn his first victory over the Giants when the Marlins continue a four-game series Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
The right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against the Giants (56-44), although the Marlins (50-49) supported him with a total of five runs in those outings.
As an illustration of just how much trouble the oddsmakers are having with Johnson, most pitchers on a run like his would command prices in the -200 or higher range. For tonight, he is listed at just -120, thanks in part to San Francisco’s recent success as well as Matt Cain’s prowess.
The Giants had a four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss Monday. San Francisco fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. Overall, they have gone 15-4 since July 5th, slightly better than Florida.
Johnson will get his first look at promising Giants rookie Buster Posey, who is batting .461 during a 19-game hitting streak. Posey - whose 39 hits this month lead the majors - is three games shy of matching Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's San Francisco rookie record set in 1959.
Cain has generally been in a good rhythm against Florida, going 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts. He has won his last two starts after the Giants had dropped his prior five appearances.
Ironically, it is Johnson’s dominance that leads to a powerful StatFox Super Situation indicating that he may be ready to fall finally on Tuesday:
• Play Against - Road favorites with a money line of -110 or higher (FLORIDA) - with an on base percentage of .300 or worse over their last 15 games, with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 5 starts. (36-17 over the last 5 seasons.) (67.9%, +25.6 units. Rating = 3*)
For as much as the Marlins have been winning, they have been doing it more with pitching.
However, that said, Johnson still might prove to be the difference, based primarily on the price and the value which comes with a pitcher of his command:
• JOHNSON is 17-7 (+10.6 Units) against the money line when the money line is +125 to -125 over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record) The average score was JOHNSON 5.3, OPPONENT 3.2 - (Rating = 1*)
First pitch for this highly intriguing contest is set for 10:15 PM ET, or 7:15 PM on the left coast. The total is posted at a paltry 6.5. Even still, the StatFox Game Estimator shows a 3.3-2.9 projected win by the Giants, low enough to still take the game UNDER.