I think the Yankees should sign him. He’d get the money, he would get
the rings, he would get the exposure, Steinbrenner is from Cleveland
too, and he and CC would be reunited. Who cares if he never played
— Commenter Simon DelMonte talking about LeBron James in today’s ATH. The funny thing: Simon’s reasoning behind James-to-Yankees has more logic to it and meat on it than just about any other LeBron James rumor I’ve read in the past 48 hours.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.
Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.
Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.