Today as part of the All-Star fan fest event in Minnesota an autographed Lou Gehrig glove from 1935 was put up for auction and sold for $287,500.
Where has the glove been all this time? According to Forbes magazine, Gehrig gave it to a New Yorker named Howard Brost Henderson in the mid-1930s and he “has kept the glove in his possession for close to 80 years until now consigning it in the auction.”
Not a bad little payday, although I guess that only comes out to like $3,000 per year.
Some other items at the auction included a Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame ring for $86,250, a Jackie Robinson bat for $80,500, and a Harmon Killebrew Washington Senators jersey for $40,250.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Francisco Giants “have keen interest” in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
Longoria is coming off his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .261/.313/.424 with 20 homers in 2017. He’s also still owed $86 million through 2022. Which, back when the deal was signed seemed like quite a bargain for the Rays — and likely has been over the duration of the contract — but now seems somewhat steep for the 32 year-old third baseman. That said, the Giants currently have Pablo Sandoval penciled in at third base on their depth chart, so Longoria would definitely be an upgrade, even if 2017’s dip wasn’t just a blip.
Nightengale says that for the Giants to take on Longoria, the Rays would have to take on a high salary veteran such as Denard Span or Hunter Pence. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.
If he stays with the Rays, Longoria will achieve 10-5 rights — full no-trade protection due to being a ten-year veteran with five years of service on the same club — so if the Rays are going to move him, it’ll be much easier this offseason, not once the 2018 season begins.