The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have selected the contract of lefty Brett Anderson. He’ll make the start against the Boston Red Sox tonight.
Anderson signed with the Jays on August 14. Before that he made six starts for the Cubs earlier this season before landing on the disabled list with a lower back injury. The Cubs designated him for assignment on July 26.
It hasn’t been a good season for Anderson — he has a 8.18 ERA with a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings — but he’s presumably healthy now. Or at least as healthy as Brett Anderson can be. And regardless of his early season struggles, he’s good option for the Jays who have used 13 starting pitchers this year. Anderson is number 14.
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.