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Friday, December 13, 2013

Northborough teen has been hot on trail at Winter Meetings

Interesting article about a kid who sounds like he’s having a lot more fun in high school than I did.

As a remarkable self-starter who currently writes for SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish, he’s making a habit of breaking major baseball news, the kind that usually comes from national writers with years of experience and a couple of iPhones’ worth of contacts.

When pitcher Ricky Nolasco signed a $49 million deal with the Twins Nov. 27, it wasn’t a prominent insider such as Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman, or Jerry Crasnick who had the story first. It was (18 year old) Cotillo. And that would not be his only or biggest scoop of the Hot Stone season. Just a couple of days later, on Dec. 2, Cotillo was first to report a deal that no one saw coming: the Tigers’ swap of pitcher Doug Fister to the Nationals for three modest players.

Two questions came immediately to mind: Why would the Tigers trade Fister for such an uninspiring package?

And who the heck is this kid who got it first?

“It’s been crazy,’’ said Cotillo, who has gained nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter since the Nolasco news. “[The attention grew] with the Nolasco story to an extent, but the Fister thing put it leagues ahead of that one. It was massive after that.”

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4617718)
Really interesting article. I have been following him the last few weeks and I was wondering how he cultivated his contacts. Very cool, and he seems like a humble kid who is willing to work hard for his goals.
   2. JoeHova Posted: December 13, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4617742)
A few years ago, there was a little kid who came out of nowhere with this kind of stuff in the NBA. I think he was a Magic fan or something and he got pretty prominent when it came to breaking news. I wonder what happened to him?
   3. Squash Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4617764)
Ricky Nolasco got $50 million from somebody? I must have missed it over the Thanksgiving crush. Wow.

Good for this kid. I hope he gets where he wants to go.
   4. The Ghost fouled out, but stays in the game Posted: December 14, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4618170)
I don't quite understand the explanation of how he got going, but more power to him.

   5. madvillain Posted: December 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4618195)
I don't quite understand the explanation of how he got going, but more power to him.

Basically he started a twitter account and slavishly updated it with signings for about a year, eventually some actual baseball people (in and around the game) started following him back and interacting with him and now he's working the winter meetings in the dead of night trying to get a scoop.

Kid sounds a bit ridiculous IMO with the comment about sleep, but hey, some people are wired that way.

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