There was some random talk back at the end of the Joe Torre years that it would be fun to make Derek Jeter the Yankees’ player manager. Setting aside the face that being the manager of the Yankees is more than a full time job and that part of that job is insulating guys like Jeter from scrutiny, that would be fun.
Jeremy Lynn of CSNChicago.com asked Jeter about managing. I’m getting the impression he’s not keen on the idea:
“No chance. No chance. Nada. Zero. No, not a chance.”
So you’re saying there’s a chance? Er,wait, he’s not even doing that.
Which makes sense. Because when you manage a baseball team, there is scant time to make love to supermodels on piles of cash. Just ask Don Zimmer.
Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.
The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.
Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.