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.

Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during game one of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 14, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.

Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:


Um, yikes.

Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet

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Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.

A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.

Today Hoynes made good on his bet. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball writer drop trou, by the way: