Brandon McCarthy is waiting for the free agent market to play out


Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Yankees have talked with free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy, but the right-hander is waiting for the market to play out before making any decisions. Once Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and James Shields sign contracts, McCarthy will have a better idea of his value.

McCarthy pitched well in the Bronx after coming over in a trade with the Diamondbacks in early July, posting a 2.89 ERA with an 82/13 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings. As it turned out, the Yankees allowed McCarthy to throw his cutter again, a pitch the Diamondbacks had him scrap with poor results. McCarthy had compiled a 4.75 ERA in Arizona.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: