We already highlighted the greatness of the Andrew Benintendi catch which ended last night’s Game 4 between the Red Sox and the Astros. It was a stunning play. Both for Benintendi’s amazing athleticism and for the scouting, coaching and defensive positioning that went into making sure he was in a place where he could make that catch.
But Benintendi’s physical feat was not the only amazing one on the play. Someone else laid out physically on that play as well. It was WEEI radio announcer Joe Castiglione, who fell the heck right out of his chair while making the call.
Watch the play again because it’s a great play. But this time, listen too:
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.