Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Derek Jeter is getting the night off and the Yankees’ lineup is really weird


Last night after ending his Yankee Stadium career with a walk-off single Derek Jeter said he wouldn’t be playing shortstop again, but indicated that he would play in some capacity during the Yankees’ season-ending series in Boston.

For tonight at least he’s not in the starting lineup at all, as the Yankees have Brendan Ryan at shortstop. Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner are also sitting, so it’s a lineup devoid of regulars.

2B – Jose Pirela
CF – Eury Perez
1B – Francisco Cervelli
LF – Chris Young
C – John Ryan Murphy
DH – Austin Romine
SS – Brendan Ryan
3B – Zelous Wheeler
RF – Antoan Richardson


Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Jeter asked for the night off, so presumably pinch-hitting or even pinch-running is unlikely.

Tony La Russa cleans house, as Diamondbacks fire manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell

Kirk Gibson

Tony La Russa first shook up the Diamondbacks’ front office by firing general manager Kevin Towers and replacing him with Dave Stewart, and now he’s shaking up the coaching staff by firing manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell.

Gibson constantly talked about stuff like “grittiness” and under his watch the Diamondbacks specialized in policing the actions of other teams despite gaining a reputation in some circles for playing dirty themselves. And they weren’t actually much good, going 81-81 in each of the past two seasons before falling to 63-96 this year for the worst record in baseball.

La Russa (and Stewart) can now bring in their own manager and complete the overhaul that everyone assumed was coming the moment he was hired as the Diamondbacks chief baseball officer in May.

UPDATE: Steve Gilbert of reports that Trammell will stick around in the short term and manage the Diamondbacks this weekend.

Bobby Abreu announces his retirement

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Bobby Abreu will announce his retirement tonight, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

Abreu’s career appeared to be over when the Mets designated him for assignment in early August, but they called up him in September for one last hurrah.

Abreu ceased being a productive regular in 2011, but he had a dozen-year run as one of the best all-around hitters in baseball, consistently posting .300 batting averages and .400 on-base percentages with 20-homer power and 30-steal speed.

Overall for his 18-year, 2,423-game career Abreu has an OPS of .870, which is a higher mark than fellow retirees Paul Konerko (.841) and Derek Jeter (.817).

He was an on-base machine who racked up 2,469 hits with 288 homers and 400 steals. Among all active position players only Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have gotten on base more times than Abreu’s career total of 3,977 and only Rodriguez, Jeter, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran, and Chase Utley have a higher Wins Above Replacement total.

Great, underrated player.

Brewers plan to exercise $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo

Jon Heyman of reports that the Brewers plan to exercise their $13 million team option on right-hander Yovani Gallardo, bringing him back for 2015.

No surprise, as Gallardo has bounced back from an up-and-down 2013 season to post a career-best 3.51 ERA with a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 innings.

As a 28-year-old who’s topped 175 innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in five of the past six seasons Gallardo would command a huge long-term contract on the open market, so retaining him on a one-year, $13 million deal is a no-brainer for Milwaukee.

He’ll be a free agent after next season.

Chris Davis plays instructional league game during 25-game suspension

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Chris Davis played three innings in an instructional league game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Florida today as he serves a 25-game suspension from MLB for Adderall usage after letting his previous exemption for the drug lapse.

Davis is banned from being with the Orioles during the suspension, but he’ll be eligible to rejoin the team and resume playing for the ninth game of the playoffs … if they can advance that far.

Michael Kolligian of the Baltimore Sun reports that he played third base and got three plate appearances in his instructional league debut.