Wednesday, February 18, 2015
BYB HOT STOVE: VOLUME XV
We are in the final stretch of the spring training waiting period and I have cabin fever! Saturday is the first official workout day for Yankees pitchers and catchers and I am hopeful that we see more than ARod drama when the rest of the team reports.
On to some Hot Stove news...The Los Angeles Dodgers could be a market for a steady, hard throwing relief pitcher. According to the Los Angeles Dodger Public Relations Department, "This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot." He is expected to be out 8-12 weeks and is certain to miss the first month of baseball. "There are still a couple of relievers on the free agent market with ninth-inning experience — like Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano — so look for the Dodgers to seriously explore those options," states NBC Sports. Jansen had 44 saves in 49 attempts last season with the Dodgers with a 2.76 ERA. This is a tough blow for Don Mattingly and his team.
WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that "According to one source, at no point during the offseason did Boras hint that he was concerned Scherzer wouldn’t get his money, potentially leading to a more palatable reduced rate. In the end, the former Tigers hurler inked a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals." Bradford goes on to say that "Cole Hamels rumors or not, this potentially ace-less collection has already dug in on believing they are all the Red Sox need." The collection he is referring to is Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Joe Kelly.
According to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, after signing a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, the team has invited 32-year-old utility infield Jayson Nix to spring training workouts. Good for Jayson. I always thought he added something to the injury-ridden Yankees. I hope he does well but not against us.
Finally, a word of tribute to the late great player and mentor Tony Gwynn. In an interview on the MLB Network with Ted Leitner, the voice of the San Diego Padres and the San Diego State Aztecs, Gwynn brought a sense of honor and presence to the young people of the sport of baseball. Earlier this week, the Aztecs retired Gwynn's number in the opening game of the season. "Leitner introduced the unveiling of a No. 19 out in right field to a standing ovation. There’s also a new mural above the right-field wall that depicts Gwynn alongside murals of Golden Spikes Award winners and former SDSU baseball players Stephen Strasburg and Travis Lee," reported a senior staff writer at The Daily Aztec.
Guys like Gwynn need to be remembered for what they brought to the game- hard work, determination and leadership. These are three cornerstones to a successful team, both on and off the field. So, let's remain hopeful for the Yankees this season as we enter in the final days before pitcher and catchers report. That's Hot Stove...see you next week!
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
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