Behold: The Athletics deploy twin batting cages

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Reporters at A’s camp are raving about and taking pictures of the double batting cages Bob Melvin and crew are deploying in Phoenix today:

That is cool. It’s rather gobsmacking to me that no one had thought of that before. Or, at the very least, hadn’t used it recently. It seems kind of obvious.

Not that I thought of it. Or you either. I’m sure there’s some saying about genius being the stuff that, the moment we’re presented with it, suddenly seems obvious.

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.