Yankees interested in Jermaine Dye?

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Jermaine Dye headshot.jpgFree agent outfielder Jermaine Dye is drawing interest from the Yankees to fill their left field vacancy, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Of course, a team’s offseason plans can change rather quickly, but it’s worth noting that the Bombers denied interest in Dye last month.



Believe him or not, general manager
Brian Cashman has repeatedly said that the Yankees will not be in the
running for a big-ticket left fielder — i.e. Matt Holliday, Jason Bay
and possibly Johnny Damon — so despite Dye’s pronounced shortcomings
on defense, he would be a low-cost alternative on the heels of a
lackluster finish.




Dye, who turns 36 in January, batted
.250/.340/.453 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI with the White Sox in ’09,
but his overall line was weighed down by a .179/.293/.297 showing after
the All-Star break. His bad back was the likely culprit, but age might
be catching up with him quick.




The Rangers and Giants are also
rumored to have interest in the veteran outfielder while the Braves
courted him as a potential first base option before coming to terms
with Troy Glaus this week.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.