Archive for July 9th, 2007

Monday, July 9th, 2007

A-Rod: I Heart Mike Scioscia

Yankees Rumors & News

On Friday night, the Yankees won a back-and-forth, see-saw affair against the Anaheim Angels, scoring the game’s final five runs to take a 14-9 victory. The highlight of the game was a 3-for-4 night for A-Rod that included his 29th homer of the season just a day after sitting out with a strained hamstring. But apparently that’s not the way A-Rod saw it. Via Mark Feinsand’s blog for the Daily News:

Asked about the Yankees’ huge 14-9 win, A-Rod replied, “It just tells you how tough and competitive a team those guys are over there; that’s a tribute to Mike Scioscia. They never stop.”

Neither does Alex.

It is a common belief among most in the industry that A-Rod will opt out of his contract after the season, looking for another huge payday. There is also a widespread perception that the Angels are the frontrunner to land his services. A-Rod’s constant compliments toward Scioscia don’t do much to squash the theory.

According to Feinsand, A-Rod also peppered the Angels’ manager with praise …

Buehrle Off the Market, But Others Remain

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Over the weekend, the Chicago White Sox locked up starter Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $56 million contract. Buehrle had been set to hit the free agent market in the offseason, where he likely would’ve commanded a deal anywhere from 5-7 years in length for $15-18 million per. Instead he’ll earn well below market value in order to stay in Chicago.

The left-hander not only signed for less money, but relented on his demands for a blanket no-trade clause for the contract’s duration, instead agreeing to a no-trade provision in the deal’s first season and an escalator clause in the deal’s second and third seasons should the White Sox trade him. The clause would guarantee a fifth year on the contract and bump Buehrle’s annual salary to $15 million.

Last month,’s Buster Olney reported that the Mets and White Sox had a “natural framework in place” for a Buehrle-for-Lastings Milledge swap, while other sources reported that the Boston Red Sox appeared to be the front-runners to land …

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