The sole line about Joe Blanton in this morning’s story about the Yankees’ rotation by Pete Caldera of the Record:
“The Phillies’ Joe Blanton is said to be available as a possible trade target”
The headline to same story:
“Yanks interested in Blanton, Garcia”
There isn’t a single quote or even an allusion to the Yankees expressing any interest in Joe Blanton whatsoever in the story. Despite this, ESPN’s trade rumor blog has already picked it up as “Yankees interested in Blanton?” And I imagine that it will show up in a couple other places by the end of the day today. Heck, the fact that I’m even mentioning it will probably cause “the rumor to gain steam.”
I’ve said a million times that I love the rumors and the gossip and the silliness, but this is taking things a bit too far.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.