Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler cleared revocable waivers. However, with the Marlins back in the Wild Card picture, a trade seems “all but out of the question.”
Ziegler, 37, signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins last December. He’s owed the remainder of his $7 million salary for this season and will earn $9 million next season. The side-winding right-hander is carrying a 4.61 ERA and a 22/14 K/BB ratio in 41 innings.
The Marlins have gone 17-8 in August. As a result, the club enters Monday’s action just 4.5 games behind the Rockies for the second NL Wild Card slot. As Ziegler is signed beyond this season, the Marlins don’t need to rush to trade the veteran reliever.
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.