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Two new minor league signings, plus some notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

According to Baseball America, the Yankees have signed two more minor league free agents, one of whom should be instantly familiar.

It seems Gustavo Molina will be back with the Yankees next year, likely serving his familiar role as veteran insurance behind the plate. It worked out pretty well for Molina last year when Francisco Cervelli was hurt and both Jesus Montero and Austin Romine struggled in spring training.

Molina got almost a full month of big league time, with only six at-bats — and one double — to show for it.

Baseball America also reports that the Yankees have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Daley. I know next to nothing about him except that he was apparently born in Queens and got some big league time with the Rockies last year.

A few other notes heading into the weekend.

• After Derek Jeter’s interview with Barbara Walters, Terence Moore took at a look atthe possibility of Jeter becoming an owner in the future. “I would like to be like The Boss,” Jeter said in the Walters interview.

• Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have had no trade talks regarding Hiroyuki Nakajima. Brian Cashman has said since the day the Yankees won the bidding process that the Yankees intended to keep Nakajima if they could sign him.

• Josh Norris caught up the Trenton manager Tony Franklin, who’s coming back to manage another season with the Thunder.

• The Yankees aren’t the only team unimpressed with Oakland’s asking price for Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals say they’re out of the mix, and a source tells that the asking price is “way out of line.” Seems to me, there’s a difference between making a player available and actively trying to trade that player. The A’s clearly are making Gonzalez available, but I’m not sure they’re actually trying to trade him.

• Understandably, the Red Sox have reportedly looked into a trade for Hanley Ramirez, but those conversations went nowhere. My guess is every team checked on Ramirez after the Jose Reyes signing, but the Marlins seem intent on simply shifting Ramirez to third.

• And, of course, there’s Barry Bonds who was given probation — but not jail time — for obstruction of justice.




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