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.

Domingo Germán placed on administrative leave under MLB’s domestic violence policy

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Major League Baseball just announced that New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on Administrative Leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. Per the policy, the initial period of Administrative Leave may last up to seven days, barring an extension.

There have been no details yet provided as to the underlying facts which gave rise to the investigation. They will no doubt come out soon, however, at least in part. We’ll certainly update if and when that happens. In the meantime, Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave.

So, that’s quite a thing. Updates as warranted.