Ah, the wonderful world of baseball insanity …
Scott Boras told Joel Sherman that Manny deserves a six-year deal. If A-Rod gets paid until he’s 42, so should Manny. At least that is the logic. A team would have to be flat crazy to give Manny three years, never mind six.
Roger Clemens made a series of comments about the Yankees, whether he wants to play again and his assorted lawsuits. I tried to make sense of what he said and got a headache.
Madonna is getting divorced and is apparently getting cozy with A-Rod. Does this mean he’ll be the 2009 MVP? Will Joe Girardi ban pop stars along with Pop-Tarts from the clubhouse? Hopefully this means Maria Menounos will start covering games.
In what appears to be an omen from the baseball gods, a fire damaged the Citgo sign above the Green Monster at Fenway Park. That can’t be good for Boston on the eve of Game 5.
Meanwhile, Brian Cashman was kind enough to tell me that the Yankees have no side agreements with any of their free agents to decline arbitration if offered. But that doesn’t mean they would accept, given that their contracts would not be guaranteed for 2009.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: This directly from C-Money himself: “They would be on non-guaranteed contracts – but since it is a major league contract, they would get either 30 or 45 days termination pay in spring training if they are released…if they make team it becomes guaranteed.”
The bottom line (as Derek Jeter likes to say): The Yankees could have a whole mess of draft picks in 2009.