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.

Dave Dombrowski gives John Farrell a vote of confidence

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Earlier, we learned via Tuesday’s report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Red Sox manager John Farrell could find himself on the hot seat given the team’s slow start and a couple of incidents with Dustin Pedroia and Drew Pomeranz.

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal spoke to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who gave Farrell a vote of confidence. Dombrowski said, “We all have our pluses and minuses. But when I see some of the things we’ve talked about, I don’t know how you say that’s John Farrell’s fault. It’s not his fault that we’ve scuffled to pitch in the fifth spot with [Kyle] Kendrick and [Hector] Velazquez. The injury factors. Really in many ways, I tip my hat to our guys, led by John, that we’re in the position that we’re in right now. We’re three and a half out on May 24. There’s a long time to go. We haven’t gotten buried.”

Dombrowski added, “He’s our manager. He’s done fine. If I didn’t think that, then he wouldn’t be in his role.”

Farrell is signed through 2018 as the Red Sox exercised his ’18 option in December. That doesn’t mean the Red Sox can’t let him go, but given the lack of realistic options to step in and fill Farrell’s shoes and Dombrowski’s vote of confidence, it looks like the skipper has job security for now.

Jacoby Ellsbury diagnosed with concussion, neck sprain after leaving game

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The Yankees announced that Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a concussion and a neck sprain after making a great catch, crashing into the center field wall at Yankee Stadium to snag an Alcides Escobar fly ball for the first out of the first inning Wednesday night against the Royals.

Ellsbury was shaken up after the play, requiring the attention of manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue.

Ellsbury initially stayed in the game and finished the top of the first inning. However, Aaron Hicks replaced Ellsbury in center field to start the top of the second inning. Ellsbury was batting sixth and did not have an at-bat prior to exiting.