Ian Clarkin, a high school pitcher from San Diego who was the Yankees’ third first-round pick yesterday at No. 33 overall, said during a pre-draft interview that he “could not stand the Yankees” as a kid.
“I was actually in tears, I was so happy,” Clarkin said of being six years old in 2001 and watching Luis Gonzalez and the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the World Series.
Now he’s 18 years old and … well, Clarkin feels a whole lot differently:
Now I do love them, and my dad’s going to have to learn to love them, too. They’re the most historic organization, and I am looking forward to it. There’s proof in the pudding, and I’m excited for it.
Funny how that works.
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.