Waiver month has kicked off. Peter Gammons reports that the Braves have placed pitchers R.A. Dickey and Jim Johnson on revocable waivers. We highlighted how the month of August typically works here.
Dickey, 42, has a 4.08 ERA and a 90/52 K/BB ratio in 128 innings this season for the Braves. He’s owed the remainder of his $8 million salary and has an $8 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for next season
Johnson, 34, has a 4.09 ERA and a 52/16 K/BB ratio in 44 innings of relief this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $4.5 million salary for 2017 and is under contract for another $4.5 million next year.
If a team claims either player, the Braves can try to work out a trade with that team or simply pass that player’s financial obligations onto the claiming team. If either player passes through waivers unclaimed, the Braves can try to trade that player normally. Due to the chronic need for reliable bullpen help, Johnson is less likely to pass through waivers unclaimed than Dickey.
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.