Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the Mets have some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fallback option in case Yoenis Cespedes signs elsewhere.
Cespedes is, of course, the top free agent in this year’s class and will no doubt have multiple offers. If New York cannot land him, however, Martinez is an attractive replacement. One they’d have to trade for, obviously, but one which the Tigers have suggested they are willing to trade.
Martinez, who is entering his walk year, hit 22 homers with a .908 OPS this past season.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.