You may recall that, before the All-Star break, Logan Morrison of the Tampa Bay Rays questioned Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez‘s home run hitting bonafides after Sanchez was added to the American League’s Home Run Derby team while Morrison, who had more homers than Sanchez at the time, was left off.
Since the break Sanchez has gone on a home run tear, hitting 18 homers to bring him up to 31 on the year, including one last night in the Yankees rout of the Baltimore Orioles. That led the Yankees twitter account to take a jab at Morrison:
The Rays Twitter account noticed it:
The Yankees account retorted:
We’ve increasingly seen club Twitter accounts having fun with one another, taking playful jabs. Usually everyone is game for it and it’s good natured in much the way you and a friend who roots for a rival may talk harmless smack. But this one seems a bit more . . . real? And not particularly good natured.
Maybe the Yankees should let it go? Maybe the Rays should grow some thicker skin? Maybe everyone dying on a hill built by Logan freakin’ Morrison of all people is not the best use of time?
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.