No, it’s not a psychological question as to your relevance. It’s a question of which major league team won the bid for Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish.
Rumor is that the Yankees put in a modest bid. If it was modest, they’ll lose out. Rumor also has it that the winning bid is sky-high, over $50 mil. Maybe it is the same as the $51.1111111111 (whatever) bid that Boston put in for Dice-K.
Boston made moves today. They traded Jed Lowrie and another to Houston for Mark Melancon. You may remember when Melancon was in the Yankees system.
The Red Sox then went and signed Nick Punto to a 2-yr. deal.
Get this. MLB, in their new CBA, has a clause that players who want to change uniform numbers have to give 8 months advance notice or basically pay the warehouses that market MLB material for the backlog of their OLD uniform jerseys. I’m not kidding. Of course, if they are traded to a team in which their old number is retired, that doesn’t apply (for example, if someone wearing #3 was traded to the Yankees…).
All-Star breaks in the future, by the way, could be 4 days, not 3 according to the new CBA.
Kelly Shoppach back to Boston, which could spell the end of Varitek in Boston. Shoppach hit .176-11-22 for the Rays last season, OPS +72.
J.C. Romero to St. Louis.