Cashman: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo”

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Brian Cashman said today that he is interested in re-signing both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. From ESPN New York:

“I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo. Those guys all did a good job for us, a really good job.”

Makes sense. Particularly Garcia who it is not quite as unreasonable to assume can do what he did in 2011 in 2012.  Colon’s surprising year doesn’t strike me as potentially replicable, though I suppose it could happen.

But of course the Yankees are on a budget, so they may not be able to make the kind of big splash that getting both of those guys would require …

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.