In case you've forgotten, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are really, really good

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A-Rod and Jeter.jpgThe New York Times runs some A-Rod and Jeter projections from the Baseball Prospectus gang:

In the first year of the new Yankee Stadium, its tenants won the World Series. In its second, Alex Rodriguez could hit his 600th home run. In its third, Derek Jeter
should notch his 3,000th hit. More milestones will follow, and
Rodriguez and Jeter will almost certainly be chasing them together . . .

. . . According to Chone, Jeter will retire at age 40, after the 2014 season,
with 3,446 hits. As for Rodriguez? When his contract expires, he would
be first in career home runs, runs scored, runs batted in and
strikeouts. In addition, he would be fifth in hits, about 30 ahead of
Jeter.

It’s kind of hard to get a handle on history as it happens, but every
once in a while it’s important to look past the P.R., the gossip, the
snark, the Yankees-Red Sox garbage and the game-by-game,
season-by-season minutiae of it all and realize just how flippin’ good
A-Rod and Jeter have been.

Whatever you want to make of their personas or what have you, we’re going to be talking about them to our grandkids the way our grandparents talked to us about Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.