The Cubs are trying to sell Masahiro Tanaka on hope, that he could be part of the turnaround if their prospects pan out, and they’re selling the same thing to their fans.
There’s been a new development in the pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka. The Japanese right-hander has at least three legitimate suitors, with a fourth apparently entering the fray on Thursday.
Team officials say they held focus groups before deciding on Clark, and fans told them they wanted a more family-friendly atmosphere at Wrigley Field.
The Mets are reportedly interested in outfielder Curtis Granderson, who is likely to turn down the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $14.1 million.
Girardi was reportedly interested in exploring the Chicago Cubs’ opening, but Yankees brass made it clear they wanted a speedy resolution.
Say it ain’t so, Joe! The Yankees manager “wants to formally explore the Cubs’ opening after weeks of back-channel feelers,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Yankees want Joe Girardi back — so they’d better work quickly. New York will have less than a month to hammer out a deal before the Chicago Cubs can make their move.
The huge hits are even more than the Yankees hoped for when they got the good-natured Soriano in a trade with the Chicago Cubs in late July.
These are hard days for the New York Yankees. When the big move is the re-acquisition of Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs and it’s one that makes complete sense, you know the Yankees are in trouble.
Soriano will provide the power boost the Yankees desperately need. He’s also improved as a fielder with age and will add clubhouse leadership.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has a list of all the MLB teams that he would waive his no-trade clause to join. The Yankees are on that list.
Soriano made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999. He hit .284 with 98 home runs, 270 RBIs in parts of five seasons with New York.
Bob Costas sent a private broadcast to the Mets on Monday: sorry!
Zack Wheeler is scheduled to make his major-league debut on Tuesday night in the second game of the Mets’ day/night doubleheader against the Braves in Atlanta.
Costas threw a bucket of cold water on Sunday’s win, calling New York’s on-field celebration an “indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”