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.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com:
Today Tim Tebow will work out for 15-20 major league scouts. But even if they all pass on him, he has a job lined up. Jeff Passan reports that Tebow has already been offered a contract for the Venezuelan winter league.
The club offering is Aguilas del Zulia, a five-time champion of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and two-time Caribbean Series winner. Passan says that they sent a contract to Tebow’s agents. He says that Tebow is interested in playing winter ball.
Winter ball is an interesting beast in that, unlike indy ball it’s not about the gimmicks and unlike the minor leagues it’s not about player development. While big league clubs often send prospects there to get seasoning, the Venezuelan and Dominican clubs want to win and routinely cut even established professional players in mid-season if they’re not pulling their weight.
Which could be interesting for Tebow, given his lack of experience and the fact that he would, by necessity, have to learn on the job.