The Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers at the trade deadline. The return: a Player to be Named Later. He was named yesterday: it’s minor league outfielder Pedro Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is not a bad Player to be Named. He’s 19 and, before the season, he was ranked as the Rockies’ 14th best prospect by MLB.com. His stock has no doubt risen as the season has gone on, however, as he’s hit .321/.388/.519 with three homers, 16 doubles and six triples in rookie league ball. He is expected to add more power as he continues to mature. A center fielder now, converted from shortstop, he may end up as a corner outfielder.
Not a guy who will help the Rangers today, but definitely someone who, at present anyway, seems nicely projectable.
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.