Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says that the Yankees are interested in free agent Raul Ibanez.
It would be a good fit, actually. A lefty, Ibanez and Andruw Jones would make a pretty good DH platoon. And both of them can play left field too if need be. Having him — as opposed to some DH-only type — would give Joe Girardi maximum flexibility to rotate anyone he needed to through the DH slot, be it those two, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Jeter, or whoever.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.