With the Yankees in Chicago to play the White Sox the local media asked Derek Jeter what he thinks about former teammate Robin Ventura becoming a manager in his 40s.
Jeter praised Ventura, saying his laid back demeanor is right for the job, but then made it very clear he has no plans to go into managing once he retires:
My temperament would be all right to manage. But I’m not. No. Write that down. I will not manage.
Rarely do truly elite, Hall of Fame-level players get into managing. Jeter as manager with Alex Rodriguez as the hitting coach and Andy Pettitte as the pitching coach could be interesting, though. And maybe make Jorge Posada the bench coach or something. Bring the whole band back together.
Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.
Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.
Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.