The Yankees took a bus from Los Angeles to San Diego last night, so they had a full off day to enjoy this gorgeous city. Predictably most of the off day focus has centered on Alex Rodriguez, which is where most of the attention has been for a few weeks now.
According to T.J. Quinn, Rodriguez’s latest efforts to negotiate a possible plea deal have hit a snag base on “Rodriguez’s desire to make sure he can cash in on at least some of the remaining $100 million owed under his contract” and based on the “wide gap between the suspension he is willing to accept and the one MLB would like to issue” based on the Biogenesis evidence.
As always, it’s an ongoing mess.
“We’re fans, too,” Lyle Overbay said. “So we’re hoping that the process is working and this game is getting cleaned up and we can kinda get it over with and move on and start playing this game and start having fun with it. … We’re worried about these guys in here, so, if he comes back, if Alex comes back, he comes back and he’s going to help us out, but we can’t bank on that because it’s still up in the air. I don’t know. They been throwing those rumors out and nothing’s happened, so until it happens, we’ll figure it out.”
Just a few quick notes from today.
• Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees offered to pay the rest of Michael Young’s contract plus a mid-level prospect — “believed to be righthanded pitcher Tommy Kahnle” – but the Phillies turned down the offer. Heyman also notes that the Yankees asked about Carlos Ruiz and were told he wasn’t available. Trading Kahnle would have been a similar prospect price to what the Yankees gave up for Alfonso Soriano.
• The Yankees have signed one of the top international free agents, a 16-year-old Dominican center fielder named Leonardo Molina. According to Baseball America, the Yankees paid $1.4 million for “the best athlete in this year’s international signing class.”
• Previously, the Yankees signed a Dominican shortstop named Yonauris Rodriguez. Baseball America explains why that means a mild penalty for the team: “Between Molina and Rodriguez, the Yankees have spent $1.95 million on international free agents. With an international bonus pool of $1,877,900, the Yankees are over their pool by $72,100, or 3.8 percent. That means the Yankees will have to pay a 75 percent tax on their pool overage (a $54,075 payment, as of today), but they won’t face any signing restrictions for the following signing period unless they go five percent beyond their bonus pool.”
• Latest reports suggest most of the remaining Biogenesis suspensions will be announced tomorrow, though Rodriguez’s fate might wait a few days while the exact punishment — and whether it’s appealed — is sorted out. As you’re well aware, Francisco Cervelli is among the players who could be hit with a 50-game suspension. So is former Yankees prospect Jesus Montero.
• The Yankees series against the Padres starts tomorrow, another 10:10 p.m. first pitch with CC Sabathia on the mound.
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