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Report: Blue Jays sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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The Blue Jays have signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a minor league contract, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. The deal is pending a physical.

Anderson, 29, made six starts for the Cubs earlier this season before landing on the disabled list with a lower back injury. The Cubs activated him from the DL and designated him for assignment on July 26. The lefty owns an 8.18 ERA with a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings on the season.

Though Anderson is anything but a sure bet, the Blue Jays can use any rotation help they can get. The last-place club has used 12 different starters this year, mostly to disastrous effect. Mike Bolsinger, Cesar Valdez, Mat Latos, Casey Lawrence, and Nick Tepesch have made 15 starts combined out of the back of the rotation with an aggregate 7.31 ERA.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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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.