Here are some links for a slow Friday afternoon. Thank Mo there’s baseball tonight.
- Hey, it looks like George Steinbrenner is back at work.
- Roy Halladay could make 11 of his 16 remaining starts this season against the prevailing trio in the AL East. They’d all clearly like to get him out of the division if they can’t acquire him themselves.
- Jon Heyman doesn’t tell us anything new in this Halladay column, in which he says that the Blue Jays prefer to deal him out of the AL East. Yet he does drop this bomb: “The Yankees tried to trade for Jeff Francoeur this winter, perhaps with the intention of flipping him elsewhere (Kansas City?), but were told no by the Braves because of Francoeur’s incredible popularity in his hometown of Atlanta.”
- Looks like Army and Notre Dame will square off at Yankee Stadium this fall. Army could also have games at YS in the future.
- The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment today. They’ll eat the remainder of Lugo’s $9 million salary this season (probably around $4 million) and all of his $9 million salary in 2010. Hopefully his new team plays his often next year — there’s a $9 million 2011 option which vests if Lugo records 600 PA next season. I’m pretty sure the Sox would still be on the hook for that should it vest.