There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees. The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article:
Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to the Dolans
that Steinbrenner’s death will serve as a “catalyst”–to use Wall Street
vernacular for a triggering event–for them to eventually make another
offer to buy the greatest franchise in sports.
Sure, I can see bringing it up again because a big event just happened that could cause people to re-think, change course, or whatever. But there’s really no there there. There’s no new information which suggests any change of heart on the part of Yankees’ ownership with respect to a sale. What’s more, Yankees’ President Randy Levine is shooting the story down this morning:
“The reporter was told that neither the Yankees nor YES, are, will be or
have have been for sale. This is all fantasy. It’s just as likely that
we would buy the Knicks or Rangers.”
Levine can be full of it sometimes, but this makes abundant sense to me. Sure, George Steinbrenner just died, but whatever the titles say, George Steinbrenner hasn’t been running the Yankees for several years now. There’s been a lot of talk about how the Steinbrenner family is getting out of having to pay estate taxes because of the timing of his death, but they didn’t know when he was going to die. As such, if there was ever an intention of selling the team, wouldn’t it have made sense for it to go into a trust or be sold before Steinbrenner’s death to avoid even the potential for a big tax bill?
Thanks to the new stadium revenues are at an all-time high. Hal Steinbrenner has shown himself to be even more adept at running the Yankees than his father was. I’ll eat my hat if he sells the team to the Dolans in the next decade.
Former Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
It’s the fourth move the corner infielder has made in the last two seasons after seeing short-term stints with the Marlins, Giants and Tigers. He signed a minor league deal with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, providing the club with some infield depth behind 24-year-old Nick Castellanos. When Castellanos hit the disabled list in August with a broken hand, McGehee was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for a 30-game stint and slashed .228/.260/.239 with one extra-base hit in 96 PA. His career batting line (.258/.317/.384 over eight seasons) isn’t too shabby, but his age and a long history of knee injuries puts a damper on his potential.
McGehee last appeared in the NPB circuit in 2013, when he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He spent the bulk of his season at the hot corner, batting an impressive .292/.396/.515 with 28 homers in 590 PA and appearing in the Eagles’ first and only championship run to date.
The deal comes with a club option for 2018, Rosenthal reports, though no figure has been specified.
Free agent left-hander Rich Hill is rumored to be entertaining a three-year, $40+ million offer from the Dodgers, reports Peter Gammons. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo corroborated the report, adding that Hill could receive somewhere between $46 and $48 million from his former team.
Hill, 36, pitched to a 2.12 ERA and 3.91 FIP in back-to-back stints with the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. While a chronic case of blisters on his pitching hand limited the frequency of his starts, he still figures to be one of the most productive and noteworthy starting pitchers on the market this winter.
The Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the left-hander’s services, though Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette said the club has yet to make a play for Hill and ESPN’s Jim Bowden pointed out that the Red Sox are less involved in trade talks than other interested parties.