Stop. Before you say anything, yes, it’s a slow news day. I don’t care. I’ve had have a long fascination with the intersection of baseball and judges, primarily based on the fact that my very first law school professor used Major League Baseball’s official rules as a means of introducing us to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was the most famous Georgetown Prep Class of ’85 alum for three decades … until this week. Classmate Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nomination for the vacant Supreme Court seat, trumps (pun intended!) a successful baseball exec … even one who has led the country’s most successful sports franchise to four World Series championships.
Cashman was hired as a Yankees intern in 1986 and became the general manager in 1998. Supreme Court justices hold their position for life, and Gorsuch is now 49. It’ll be interesting to see who, in the end, has their sweet gig for a longer period of time. And it will be a close contest, I presume, between which one catches more hell from the press. Just an occupational hazard for a Yankees GM and a Supreme Court justice.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.