You can add another team to the list that want Cuban superstar Yoenis Cespedes. The Boston Red Sox.
According to sources, the Red Sox are "sending everyone" to the Dominican Republic to evaluate Cespedes. Other teams are also interested like the Rangers, Blue Jays, Pirates, A's, Indians, and Marlins.
The five tool center fielder is regarded as the best Cuban import in a generation. The Red Sox already have a center fielder in Jacoby Ellsbury, but could easily move him around to possibly right field, a need for the Red Sox, so Cespedes could play center field.
The Red Sox have the money to sign him to a contract he is demanding, he wants a deal similar to Aroldis Chapman's five year, $30 million.
Boston should take a chance on him. It would be a huge splash for Ben Cherington and a coming out party for him. The Sox already signed Lackey and Crawford to bloated deals (Crawford turned it around later in the year), so Cespedes demand is very reasonable for the Red Sox.
However, the Yankees are also in on Cespedes. The Yankees have an edge over the Red Sox simply because of the history of Cuban players. Also, the Yanks have deep pockets and can afford to give Cespedes MORE than he wants.
Cespedes looks like he is going to be a star, according to most scouts, and whoever gets him will be set up nicely for the future.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring after 16 seasons as Cardinals manager and 33rd overall. La Russa has won three World Series in his soon to be Hall of Fame career, 1989 with Oakland and 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals.
La Russa ranks third overall in managerial wins with 2,728 behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. This past season might go down as one of La Russa's best jobs ever. The Cardinals erased a 10.5 game deficit in late August and beat the Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers on their way to their 11th World Series title.
La Russa said of his retirement, "Other than some of personal attachments, I feel good, I feel good that this is the right decision and there's something out there."
Tony La Russa certainly will be missed in St. Louis and I wish him well on his well deserved retirement.
In "shocking" news, reports are coming out that former New York Yankees jason Giambi and Roger Clemens drank beers in the dugouts during games.
Giambi and Clemens would pass around Giambi's "protein shake", code name for beer. The source also claims that beer drinking would continue in the clubhouse and training rooms. The Yankees aren't alone either, the Mets were also called out for beer drinking. The source states that Mets players would go into the clubhouse with Gatorade cups and have them come back filled with beer. Beer distributors would also leave beer for the players, sometimes numerous cases during games.
Another report says that former Yankee and A's player and all-around class act Jose Canseco drank beers before each of his home runs in at least one of his two three home run games.
Drinking appears to be a big problem in baseball with more and more reports of players drinking during games. The St. Louis Cardinals have taken an extra step by banning alcohol in the clubhouse after the drunk driving death of pitcher Josh Hancock in 2007. Teams need to nip this in the bud before the problem gets worse and have another incident similar to the Hancock accident. Also, regular working Joe's can't drink while they're working, so why can ballplayers? These athletes need to be professional and grow up.