Are the Yankees upset with A-Rod?

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Alex Rodriguez homer.jpgYes, this story is a day old, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to point out a piece that will get everyone worked up over nothing.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that the Yankees are furious that Alex Rodriguez did not immediately inform them that he had been contacted by the feds to testify in a case regarding Canadian doctor (and known HGH distributor) Anthony Galea.

“They (Yankees brass) don’t like being blindsided,” said a TV industry
source who deals with the Yankees and YES.
“If Rodriguez isn’t protecting the organization paying him a fortune,
why should the organization go out of its way to protect him?”

OK, fair enough. They probably are. They have every right to be. But his proof that they’re displeased? The broadcast of A-Rod’s first at-bat of the spring:

“That all amounts to a huge sigh or relief for Alex Rodriguez, who
now comes into camp healthy,” Michael Kay, YES’ play-by-play man, said as Rodriguez stepped in Wednesday
to face Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf.

As soon as those uplifting words left Kay’s mouth, Ken Singleton, his partner, down-shifted into the dark
side. Singleton started talking about last spring, hip surgery and “uh,
uh, steroids.”

Kay quickly said: “Now Alex was looking to have a very, very quiet
spring this year with health and the world championship, but he was
questioned by the media the other day because he’s going to be
questioned by FBI officials about the Canadian-based doctor Anthony
Galea . . .”

Now, keep in mind that I didn’t see the at-bat, but only on YES would telling the truth be construed as punishment. The YES broadcasters have been known to coddle the home team, but more in a “rah-rah” way than anything resembling state-run television. Again, just my opinion, but I find it really hard to believe that Kay’s words were the result of any edict from above. 

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.