Baseball news continues to happen outside of the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa.
Just a few miles away in Dunedin, the Blue Jays have signed former Yankees backup catcher Jose Molina and will have him compete for a bench job against former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Raul Chavez.
The Yankees, meanwhile, seem ready to go with Francisco Cervelli on the big league bench. There are a total of seven catchers in camp, but veteran Mike Rivera seems to be Cervelli’s only real competition, and even he seems to be a long shot.
• The Johnny Damon saga continues. The White Sox are out of it, but they might not be totally out of it. The Tigers are on the verge of signing him, but might not actually be close at all. The Rays and Braves might be lingering, or they might be long gone.
• Chien-Ming Wang is officially with the Nationals. “I would like to do my best to make a contribution to this team’s tradition,” Wang said. The Nationals’ tradition? Sounds like Wang’s hoping to repeat last year’s numbers.
• Not what the Angels wanted to hear from Hideki Matsui: “To be honest, my knees aren’t 100 percent.”
• Nice job over at NoMaas, landing an interview with Brian Cashman. Nice answer by Cashman, explaining the decision to sign Randy Winn (and Marcus Thames) instead of Reed Johnson: “My 4th outfielder has to have a history of playing full seasons.”
• Count LeBron James among those expecting championship No. 28. “With the loss of Johnny Damon, it may hurt us, and also Matsui,” James told MTV.com, “But I think the guys are gonna come back.”
• The World Series trophy made it’s way up to Connecticut today (thanks to Tyler for passing along the link).
• Finally, a link that was emailed to me at least a half dozen times: Rumor has it that Ben Affleck — yes, that Ben Affleck, the one from Boston – might be making a movie about one of the more bizarre stories in Yankees history.