Add another potential closer to the list. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Marlins right-hander Matt Lindstrom is “virtually certain” to be traded during the winter meetings.
According to major league sources,
of the six teams to express interest in Lindstrom, three have jumped to
the forefront in recent days. Said another
source, Lindstrom is “close to being traded,” adding that a deal “could
happen any day now.” Lindstrom, who turns 30 in February, is
arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Team president Larry Beinfest said the closer role was Leo Nunez’s to lose this week,
so it appears they’d prefer not to keep both. Limited to 54 appearances
due to right elbow inflammation in 2009, Lindstrom posted a 5.89 ERA
and 1.65 WHIP.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.