Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda on Erisbel Arruebarrena

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The Dodgers recently signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract. The 23-year-old reported to Dodgers camp today and was presented with his jersey, as you’ll see in this picture that was posted to the team’s official Twitter account:

Now that’s how you make the most out of the available space on a uniform. Very impressive work.

Pronouncing (and spelling) Arruebarrena’s name correctly will certainly take some getting used to. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda may have put it best when he was introduced to the club’s newest signing today.

He was introduced Thursday to former manager Tom Lasorda, who asked him his name. When Arruebarrena told him, Lasorda replied in Spanish, “Muy dificil,” or “very difficult.”

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.