Adam LaRoche wants to pitch

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I don’t know what it is about pitchers always wanting to hit and position players always wanting to pitch, but Adam LaRoche is the latest example:

“The only thing I can promise you is, if a position
player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have a fight on
the mound if somebody else is out there.”

After an extra-inning game last month, manager Kirk Gibson said LaRoche would have been his emergency pitcher. LaRoche sounds like he’s been waiting his entire career for just such an emergency.

He’s been staying sharp, working on his three-pitch
repertoire with occasional bullpen sessions. All he wants is a chance
to toe the rubber, just once, in a big league game.

Given his bloodlines and his amateur record as a pitcher, one wonders how he would have done if he had become a full-time pitcher instead. He speculates a bit about that in the article, as well as his thought process in wanting to hit instead of pitch. He also notes that the Braves were the only team who would draft him as a position player.

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.