According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees are still in on free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.
This seems curious given that just yesterday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he is not willing to surrender the team’s first-round draft pick. If the Yankees were to sign Soriano, a Type A free agent, the 31st pick in next year’s First Year Player Draft would go to the division rival Rays.
Soriano’s agent Scott Boras said just the other day that his client would be willing to be a set-up man for Mariano Rivera. And why wouldn’t he say that, really? Just having the Yankees in the conversation could help breathe some life into what has become a pretty limited market for the free-agent reliever.
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.