Mariano Rivera is being honored by the ALS Association at tonight’s 19th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit. About time that guy got some recognition. A few quick notes and links from today.
• There was some thought, late in the season, that Curtis Granderson might accept a qualifying offer from the Yankees. In the past two months or so, that opinion has filtered away a little bit, replaced by the realization that — even after a mostly lost season — Granderson will likely have no trouble topping a one-year, $14.1 million deal on the free agent market. Today, Ken Rosenthal took a look at the situation, comparing Granderson’s free agency to last year’s Nick Swisher free agency. The basic conclusion: Granderson’s probably heading for the open market.
• Speaking of Yankees qualifying offers, here’s a cool Jerry Crasnick story on the emerging rivalry between Jay Z and Scott Boras, a rivalry was kind of sparked by Robinson Cano’s decision to leave Boras for Roc Nation sports.
• As for Yankees free agent targets, Brian McCann makes sense for obvious reasons — catcher, left-handed hitter, significant power bat — but he’s likely to generate interest well beyond the Bronx. George King takes a look at the Brian McCann market and finds the same conclusion that Andy McCullough wrote about earlier in the week: The McCann bidding could get awfully expensive. Oh, and King throws Ubaldo Jimenez’s name in the mix as a player who interests the Yankees.
• Out in Los Angeles, former Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly is reportedly talking about a multi-year deal to return to the Dodgers as their manager. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed Mattingly could be on his way out of L.A.
• According to ESPN, baseball is expected to discuss rule changes to limit home plate collisions. The discussions will take place during next week’s General Manager’s meetings in Orlando.
• Bad news for all of us who follow baseball: CBS Sports has apparently gotten rid of two terrific national writers — and two really good guys — Danny Knobler and Scott Miller. I don’t know Scott quite as well as I know Danny, but they’re both welcome additions whenever they’re in town, and Danny in particular was always incredibly kind, helpful and generous when I took on the Yankees beat. Those guys will certainly land somewhere else, and some other website or newspaper or magazine will be better for it.
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