Just a few links on this Friday night.
• Still waiting for Andy Pettitte to make a decision for next year, but his son, Josh, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for Baylor.
• I loved the opening line of Tim Brown’s story about the Melky Cabrera signing: “Try to think of it not as the emerging Toronto Blue Jays signing a drug cheat, but the emerging Toronto Blue Jays signing a man who played for two championship teams and wasn’t kicked off of one of them.”
• Ken Rosenthal writes that the market for B.J. Upton is gaining steam — the market for Angel Pagan as well — but there’s no indication that the Yankees are pursuit of either outfielder.
• Worried about the Red Sox signing Josh Hamilton? A source tells Rob Bradford that reports of the Red Sox interest are “overblown,” and Bradford says that Hamilton “doesn’t appear to be near the top” of the Red Sox wishlist.
• The Tigers made their Torii Hunter signing official today.
• Up-and-down from the minor leagues this year, former Yankees reliever Ryota Igarashi has signed a three-year deal to play in Japan. A translation of the linked article says he’ll make 600 million yen. I don’t know how much that is in U.S. dollars, and I really don’t want to find out. I prefer to imagine Igarashi making some insane amount of money over there.
• Former Yankees lefty Zach Kroenke — lost in the Rule 5 draft — has signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. Kroenke never pitched in the big leagues with the Yankees, but he has some big league time in Arizona. Good guy. One of my favorites from Scranton.
• Over at Pinstriped Bible, Steven Goldman took a look at the largely uncharted territory of a potential Pettitte return.
• The Yankees announced that, in conjunction with the Cloudbreak Group, 20 percent of all sales at http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com/ during the months of November and December will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A minimum guarantee of $10,000 will be offered by the Cloudbreak Group, in addition to the dedicated portion made from all sales on the website during those two months.
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