Derek Jeter was on Mike Francessa’s show this morning and was asked about Yankee stadium:
They said they were going to try to make it – at least with field
conditions – as close to the old stadium as possible and they did a
great job. (Asked if his fly balls had extra carry that turned into
homeruns:) Maybe 1 or 2. I don’t think there were any that I just
popped up and went out.”
That’s checkable! Going to HitTracker online reveals . . . that Jeter had exactly two home runs that are classified, distance and trajectory-wise, as “just enough” or “lucky.” And only one of them was to the short porch in right. The other one was a “just enough” because it just barely cleared to straightaway center.
So, credit the Captian: he either reads HitTracker or else he really knows his homers.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.