The Yankees announced today that they’ll host their annual Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday morning at Yankee Stadium.
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Gate 2, any fan bringing at least 30 pounds of non-perishable food will receive a voucher good for two Grandstand or Bleachers tickets or two half-price tickets in select general seating areas to one of 21 designated games during the 2014 regular season. The Yankees, in conjunction with Bronx clergy, will distribute the food throughout the Bronx to those in need. White Rose Foods is also donating approximately 15,000 pounds of food to the cause. Fans driving to the stadium may pull up to Gate 2 to drop off their donation. Rice and bottled water will not be accepted.
A few other notes and links from this somewhat active Tuesday:
• Another potential late-inning reliever came off the board today when Jose Veras signed with the Cubs on a one-year deal with an option for 2015. Veras got $4 million, and Jon Heyman says he’ll be the Cubs closer. Good opportunity for him. Veras has done pretty well since leaving the Yankees.
• As for guys the Yankees could target, Joel Sherman notes that they’ve “expressed interest in” Jeff Baker, who would be kind of a right-handed version of Kelly Johnson. Baker seemed like a good fit for the Yankees last season. He wound up in Texas where he hit .314/.407/.667 against lefties. He can at least vaguely play first, second, third and the outfield corners. Worth noting that the Yankees check on just about anyone this time of year, but Baker does make some sense as an alternative to Mark Reynolds.
• Omar Infante was officially introduced by the Royals today. Heyman has the contract details. Turns out, it’s a back-loaded contract that pays Infante $5 million in 2014 and $8 million in 2017. There’s also a $10 million option year.
• Interesting idea presented by Dave Cameron over at FanGraphs: Maybe MLB should have its own sort of posting system for teams to move high-priced players when the team in question would rather have immediate money rather than the eventual impact of prospects. Not sure it would actually work, but as a theoretical discussion, it’s pretty interesting.
• According to the latest Baseball American minor league transactions, the Yankees have released a ton of low-level minor leaguers. None were significant names in the system. If you’ve never heard of any of them, that’s just fine.
• Also from the minor league transactions, the Mariners have signed Robinson Cano’s cousin to a minor league deal. That’s just terrific.
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