UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers). If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system. The problem is that’s it’s rich in players, not money, and current payroll is a huge issue given the bankruptcy and all. But there are many potential workarounds there. Like I said, we’re in anything-can-happen-land right now.
3:49: P.M.: Joel Sherman — who started this stuff at 4AM this morning — is reporting that the Cliff Lee deal is imploding:
Mariners backing off Yankees offer, Post has
learned. Does not look like Yankees are in it . . . To repeat the Yankees aren’t getting
Cliff Lee, Mariners concerned about David Adams’ ankle plus apparently another team has
jumped in hard
We’re well into anything-in-the-world-can-happen territory right now, kids. No clue who the other team is. No clue if what Sherman says is true about the Yankees being out. Either way, fasten your seat belts, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.
Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.
The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.
Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.
Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.
Update (6:20 PM EST): Former Braves president and Royals GM John Schuerholz was also inducted to the Hall of Fame along with Selig, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that former commissioner Bud Selig has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Haudicourt adds that Selig was nervous about the vote and didn’t want to talk about it in fear of jinxing it.
Selig’s induction will be controversial, for reasons Craig laid out in his preview on Friday. His induction was also not surprising in the least because he’s on the Hall of Fame board. A commissioner being inducted is standard fare, or as Craig put it, “a gold watch.”
Other inductees joining Selig should be announced shortly.
How about putting Marvin Miller in the Hall of Fame?