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.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.