Reader Comment of the Day: Theo Epstein is a spendthrift

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Reader Mo Green — who, rumor has it, made his bones when you were going out with cheerleaders — makes a good, and often overlooked point in the wake of the Dice-K story:

It may be time to re-examine Theo’s free spending ways. 5 years, 55
mil for J.D. Drew, 4 years 36 million for Lugo, 50 mil just for the
privilege of talking to DiceK, another 50 mil over 6 years to keep him.
There’s almost 200 mil circling the drain instead of the bases.

No the Red Sox don’t spend as much as the Yankees do, but they do spend
a lot. And when it comes to financial advantages, it’s not always about
how big your payroll is. Being able to absorb bad contracts without
taking a competitive hit is critical too, and the Sox have certainly
been able to do that. We so often hear people call Theo a genius while
saying that Brian Cashman simply knows how to write checks. I think
it’s far safer to say that each of them are pretty good at the others’
alleged forte.

(oh, and nice CTB reference there, Mo!)

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?