I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later, ignored the magazine for two weeks while I derped around on the Internet and watched TV, and then was racked with guilt when the next issue of the New Yorker showed up.
Oh, really? Fine, then I guess you’re better than me, Your Majesty.
Point is, I don’t have a subscription to the New Yorker anymore, so I can’t yet read the feature article on Rays’ outfielder Sam Fuld that just came out. An abstract of it is here.
Someone who does have a subscription and can read the online version, tell me if what I suspect is true is really true: The New Yorker greenlighted this thing back in April when it looked like Fuld was going to have a whale of a year and now, when he’s back around his historic norms (i.e. fourth outfielder territory) it seems a bit weird that a big fancy magazine is doing a feature story on him.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.