Some cool items were sold this weekend at a sports memorabilia auction in New York City. The product descriptions and winning bids come from Kevin Manahan at the Newark Star-Ledger …
- A 1911 game-used bat that belonged to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was the highest-grossing item at $958,000.
- Babe Ruth’s commemorative pocket watch from the 1923 World Series, made of 14-karat gold, sold for $717,000.
- Shards of the broken bat Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during the 2000 Subway Series went for $47,500.
On the non-baseball side: boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali when he upset heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in 1964 sold for $836,500. Ali still went by Cassius Clay at the time of that fight.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.
He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.