The whole Jeter-as-owner thing is no longer the exclusive province of the New York tabloid writers. The Captain is totally into it. Except he does not simply want a chunk of non-controlling stock or something. He wants to do it Michael Jordan-style. Says Jeter: “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able to call the shots.
I’ve said that time and time again.”
Of course the only way that’s going to happen is if someone puts Jeter out in front of a large ownership group, in which case he won’t be calling the shots like he wants to, at least totally. Jordan is probably worth a billion dollars or something close to it. Baseball teams cost a half billion dollars these days and Jeter, while not hurting, does not have that kind of scratch, so he’ll need well-monied friends.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.