If you love someone, let them go. If he comes back to you, he’s yours. If he doesn’t, he never was. Big congrats to Jim Hendry and Brian Roberts, who were finally able to consummate their love in New York with a 1-year contract:
The longest tenured Oriole left for pinstripes.
Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives with the rival New York Yankees, according to an industry source.
I can just see Hendry while this deal went down: Pacing, sweaty, sticking his head next to Cashman’s so he can hear the phone conversation, a la George and Mary talking to Sam Wainwright. So when you think love has passed you by and you’re ready to give up, don’t. You are never too old for love and you never know what life has in store for you.
Turning our attention to 25-year old Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, here’s the latest: While the parties involved have reached an agreement on a maximum bid to negotiate with Tanaka and other posting-related rules, his club, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are decidedly not pleased with the arrangement (the Ham Fighters got more than $51 million for Yu Darvish’s posting fee) and reportedly are having second thoughts about posting Tanaka at all. In the past, the Golden Eagles have said they would honor a request by Tanaka to play in MLB, and Tanaka has made it clear that’s what he wishes to do. Still, things are up in the air.
The people I’ve talked to in the industry still believe Tanaka will be posted. After that, the hard work begins, as the Cubs will have to convince Tanaka to come play for a team that may not win for several years. We’ll supposedly get a decision, one way or the other, on Tanaka today.
Finally, it looks like the Cubs have an interest in pitcher Jonathan Sanchez:
The Chicago Cubs are one of several teams interested in signing free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.
The Cubs envision Sanchez as a reliever, according to a source. Several other teams interested in Sanchez prefer to employ him as a starter — a role that Sanchez has performed for most of his career.
Sanchez has limited left-handed batters to a .218 batting average.
Sanchez, 31, threw a no-hitter in 2009 and won 13 games for the Giants in 2010 but has been hampered by control problems. Sanchez has pitched for the Rockies, Royals and Pirates.
Yet another underwhelming rumor to which I say “eh?”
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