Days after releasing a handwritten apology to fans, A-Rod may have created another reason to say he’s sorry by not giving his bosses a heads up that he was en route to spring training.
There is no shortage of interest in Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada. The question now revolves around how badly teams like the Yankees want him.
The 33-year-old right-hander went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 180 strikeouts to 44 walks for the American League champion Royals last season.
His return to the Bronx was considered a long shot, but Ichiro Suzuki’s major league career will continue nonetheless.
He was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 2014, a year after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and being voted the best pitcher in the American League.
The agreement includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $500,000 each for 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t the only one interested in landing the four-time All-Star.
Chris Capuano is staying with the New York Yankees, just like fellow free agents Chase Headley and Chris Young.
On Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that the club is “still undecided” about whether it will post a bid for Kang. On Tuesday, Alderson said that a bid is “unlikely.”
Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, a sign that New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.
The versatile 30-year-old played first base and all three outfield positions in 2014. In 146 at-bats he batted .212 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, posting a .310 on-base percentage.
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal.
The Yankees seem determined to not play recently reinstated and soon-to-be 40-year-old Alex Rodriguez exclusively at third base. Hence the continued interest in Headley.
Heyman reports that Kang is regarded as the top shortstop in Korea. He was remarkable at the plate in 2014 for the Nexen Heroes, posting a .364/.457/.733 slash line and belting 39 homers in just 116 games.
The Red Sox have a message for the Yankees, the American League and Major League Baseball: We’re back.