Yankees GM Brian Cashman did not speak kindly of the past collective bargaining agreements, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Cashman said, “It’s already crippled us in the short term. Exhibit A is our free agency last year and a lot of the international markets I’ve been taken out of.”
Cashman is referring to the fact that the Yankees did not sign a single free agent last offseason, ostensibly because of the draft pick compensation rules. He also referenced international spending penalties placed on his team the past two seasons after signing shortstop Dermis Garcia, third baseman Nelson Gomez, outfielder Juan DeLeon, outfielder Jonathan Amundaray, and outfielder Antonio Arias in 2014. The current CBA expires on December 1. The owners and players are currently negotiating. It is believed that the draft pick compensation system will be scrapped in favor of something less penalizing.
Cashman continued, saying, “The previous CBAs have really hindered us, so I think the next one is something we’re clearly going to be interested in on how it will impact us over the entire course of the term of the contract. The previous ones have impacted us in a bad way.”
Retired major league pitcher Barry Zito has been pursuing a music career since retiring from baseball after the 2015 season. He just put out a music video for the single, titled “Secret to Life,” from his upcoming country music album.
Zito’s music chops aren’t a secret. His father worked with Nat King Cole in the 1960’s and his mother was a singer who also worked with Cole. Zito himself co-wrote a song used in A Thousand Words, a film starring Eddie Murphy that came out four years ago.
The Braves signed free agent Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Thursday afternoon. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the specific figures: Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and $5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Rodriguez, 31, can play all over the diamond. Last season, he played seven of nine positions on the diamond, excluding pitcher and catcher, logging 100-plus defensive innings at first base, second base, shortstop, and right field. He hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 342 plate appearances.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, Rodriguez figures to spell Freddie Freeman at first base and Nick Markakis in right field. Rodriguez could also play some second base along with Jace Peterson until prospect Ozzie Albies is deemed ready.
Rodriguez is the Braves’ third free agent signing of the offseason, as the club also inked R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to contracts.