No one has seen him take grounders there yet, but the Orioles’ two Hall of Fame third basemen think that Miguel Tejada will be just fine moving from shortstop to third base. This is a fun quote though:
“I think there is a physical side and then there is a mental side,”
Ripken said. “But Miggi’s got great hands. He knows how to catch a
ball, and he’s got a great, strong, accurate arm.”
Am I reading too much into a “but” on a slow news day, or did Ripken just imply that Tejada is stupid?
UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.
10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.
Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.
With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.