Aaron Boone is headed to Houston.
Houston signed Aaron Boone to a one-year deal. Boone, 36 next year, platooned for the Nats in 2008, hitting .241-6-28 OPS+ 77. He is a .264 BA, 94 OPS+ hitter for his career, and of course will always be welcome at future Yankee Old-Timer celebrations. Funny how I’ve seen this photo many times but never paid attention to what was going on behind Boone….namely Mo.
How ticked are the Braves over the Furcal Fiasco? They won’t have anything to do with Furcal’s agents, basically saying “deal with the other 29 teams, but…
Don’t Come Around Here No More.
Juan Rivera re-upped with the Angels for three years. The 30 year old hit .246-12-45 OPS+ of 86 last year in 256 AB. Career, .284, OPS+ 106.
$195 M for 8 years? Espn’s Gammons and Olney report that apparently the Red Sox found out that their $165-$170M offer to Teixeira was about $25M short. Which is why they backed off. Both, however, don’t count Boston out yet.
PSU’s women’s volleyball team will be playing for the national title. Ok, not big news to some of you. They beat Nebraska 3 sets to 2 in the semis. Ok, still not impressed. How about this….those two sets were the only sets those women have lost all season so far. How ’bout that?
Some interesting tidbits in the Post today. The Elias Sports Bureau states that with the signings of CC and A.J., it is only the 2nd time in the last 105 years that a major league team added two pitchers in the offseason who each had at least 17 wins the previous year. The other time? 2004, when the Astros took 2003 Yankees Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.
Nice quote by Brian Cashman in Mike Vaccaro’s column of being damned if they do (spend on free agents) and damned if they don’t (go with the kids). He can’t win.
George King states according to Joe Girardi, Pettitte wants to return. “They continue to talk,” Girardi said. “It takes time.” Hopefully the middle ground will be struck soon between the parties.
King also states (not in these words, but close to it) how with the signings of CC and A.J., Girardi’s seat became a little hotter.
Is the Yanks’ offense good enough? We know that pitching wins titles, but will the Yanks offense pick up? As stated before, they are counting on comebacks from Cano, Posada & Matsui. Some still write of Manny. Sigh. No Manny. Please. It’s amazing how some write of him, while others say there is no Yankee interest.
The deal for Cameron may be dead for now, but it doesn’t mean that some Yankees won’t push for it. A-Rod was a teammate of Cameron’s in Seattle and he’d love Cameron in the Bronx. The Post’s Dan Tomasino reports that CC would also like his ex-Brewer teammate.
Recently I wrote of the pinstripes and its “slimming effect.” Here is another take on CC and the pinstripes that I think you will like.
Lastly, Pete Abraham has this story on CC. Just what Yankee fans want to hear. One thing is for sure…that sounds like “The Truth’s” kind of guy.