Great Moments in history repeating itself

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The same dude just struck again.  The scene: Joe Maddon sit-down. The reporter: the same Japanese guy from yesterday. The questions: (1) What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance?; and (2) Would you like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in your lineup?

I’m going to find that guy in the bar later and ask him question one in identical fashion and preface the second one with “if you were the manager of a team . . .”

Report: Yankees close to signing Gio González to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are close to signing starter Gio González. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is of the minor league variety that will pay González $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

González, 33, made 27 starts for the Nationals before being sent to the Brewers ahead of the now-defunct August 31 waiver trade deadline. In aggregate, González went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a 148/80 K/BB ratio in 171 innings. He was solid in his five starts with the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Neither Luis Severino nor CC Sabathia will be ready for the start of the season, so González will add some immediate depth at the back of the Yankees’ rotation. Sabathia will likely return before Severino. When that happens, González may be pushed out of the rotation.