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Thursday notes and links: Tanaka once again expected be posted

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

• Shooting down previous indications that Masahiro Tanaka might not be posted this winter, the Daily News reported tonight that Tanaka is expected to be available after all following a heated debate about whether the posting fee should count toward luxury tax considerations (Randy Levine was reportedly involved heavily in the debate). Earlier today, as the GM/Owners Meetings wrapped up, MLB COO Rob Manfred spoke about a significant snag in adjusting the Japanese posting system, creating real doubt about whether Tanaka would become available this season.

• Looks like Alex Rodriguez will not be interviewing with MLB on Friday after all. According to Newsday — and others — Rodriguez has called in sick, saying he’s recovering in California and can’t make it to New York for the interview. Rodriguez has to interview at some point if he wants to testify during his appeal hearing, but interviewing opens the possibility of further discipline.

• Random and unexpected story of the day: Joe Girardi is working on a mobile app, wanting to design a multi-player game that parents and kids can play together. Just when you think you know a guy, he goes and makes an app. Crazy.

• The Mets are reportedly close to a deal with former Yankees spot starter and long reliever Alfredo Aceves. He’s a bit of an … interesting … personality, but Aceves has been a pretty good and versatile pitcher in the past.

• The MLB Players Association announced today that the players — through the Players Trust — have designated $250,000 in grants to help fund the efforts of non-profits working to help the Philippines recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

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