Brian Cashman says Brandon McCarthy was “at a level that we couldn’t play on”

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The Yankees have a level. Really. And it is apparently below 4/$48 million for a pitcher that they could probably use an awful lot:

Which is fine if the Yankees are, at long last, publicly committing to a rebuild and entering a phase where they are patient as their many bad contracts fall off the books. Which, really, they probably should at this point. But it is very strange hearing the Yankees talking about relatively modest ceilings for anyone.

Now watch: five minutes after I shut down and head for the airport they’ll give Max Scherzer $180 million.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.