Henrich, oldest living Yankee, passes away at 96

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Tommy Henrich, who spent his entire career in pinstripes and was the oldest living Yankee, passed away Tuesday at 96.
Henrich played with the Yankees from 1937 through 1950, excepting a three-year absence due to World War II. He went to five All-Star Games, played on four World Series champs and finished his career with an exceptional .282/.382/.491 line in 4,603 at-bats.
Obviously, the quantity wasn’t there, but if he had put in 12 full years, rather then seven, he would have had a Hall of Fame argument.
In 1947, he finished third in the AL in OPS behind Ted Williams and teammate Joe DiMaggio. In 1948, he came in fourth behind the same duo and Lou Boudreau. In 1949, he finished second behind Williams. Unfortunately, an injury-filled season followed in 1950 and he opted to call it a career at age 37.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.