Jimmy Rollins speaks frankly about race and baseball

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Andy Martino of the Daily News spoke to Jimmy Rollins about the decline of U.S.-born blacks in baseball and Rollins gave a lot of thoughtful answers.

The upshot: there are a lot of none-too-easy to address reasons why more black kids don’t go into baseball these days. Some cultural, some sociological, none of which lend themselves very well to committee-based solutions like MLB seems to be pursuing. He also talks about baseball’s inherent conservative nature and how it just isn’t as appealing to black kids these days.

Definitely worth your time.

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.