George Steinbrenner’s FBI file was released today, and it included a 1970s memo from Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox asking for an intense criminal investigation into Steinbrenner’s campaign contributions.
Of course, Steinbrenner was ultimately convicted of illegal contributions.
Kind of interesting to hear about the behind-the-scenes stuff that led up to the conviction.
A few more notes and links from today.
• Brain Cashman acknowledged the obvious: There’s no clear place for Johnny Damon on the Yankees roster. Cashman said checking in with Damon was “something (the Yankees) do with every free agent.”
• The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a deal with lefty Arthur Rhodes. The Yankees seem to have their lefty situation addressed with Pedro Feliciano and Boone Logan, plus some depth on minor league deals. If they were to go after another lefty, the most logical remaining target might be Brian Fuentes, who could serve more of a setup role than a lefty specialist role.
• In completing the Adrian Gonzalez trade, the Red Sox decided to trust Gonzalez that he would negotiate a contract extension during the season, and that he would base it on the current market value. “We gave them our word that we were going to negotiate during the season in good faith,” Gonzalez told ESPNBoston. “We’re not going to go in there and ask for Albert Pujols’ contract, something along those lines.”
• The drunk driver who killed Nick Adenhart has been sentenced to 51 years to life in prison. There’s nothing good about that story. Nothing but sadness all over.
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