The Toronto Blue Jays have designated outfielder Nori Aoki for assignment.
Toronto acquired the Aoki from the Astros at the trade deadline as part of the Francisco Liriano deal. He hasn’t played much for the Blue Jays, but he has played decently, going 9-for-32 with three homers in 34 plate appearances in 12 games, only seven of which were starts. Yesterday he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Just not in the Jays’ plans, it seems. For the whole season he’s hitting .274/.319/.402.
He is making $5.5 million this year on a one-year deal he signed with the Astros to avoid arbitration. He’s 35, and could likely still prove useful for some team, though perhaps more as outfield depth as opposed to serving in a starting role.
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.