Quick Hits: Halladay, Steinbrenner, Notre Dame, Francoeur

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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.
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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    I like this. The Mets trade for Jeff Francoeur because Omar Minaya believes he represents an upgrade over Ryan Church. The Yanks would try to trade to for Francoeur to flip to a team with a dumb GM. That says it all about the Mets.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Wasn’t one of Minaya’s justifications for the trade the fact that Francoeur plays in a lot of games?

      Also, cool stuff about the Army/Navy game. Though the rivalry is clearly diminished/borderline meaningless (in football terms, I mean), it’s still a fun game to attend. I went a few years ago @ Giants Stadium and it was a real good time.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I love the idea of the Sawx paying for 2 more years of Lugo while he’s playing for someone else….

    • JGS

      yeah, but they are a better team without him. A few million is almost as irrelevant to the Sox as it is to the Yankes

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        i dont care, pick him up and start him as our DH just so we can make the sawx eat it. or help another team do it. either way :)

  • Klemy

    “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.”

    I know several Braves fans who find that statement incredibly funny. Most of their fans were begging to get rid of him this year.

  • Tony

    Something tells me I won’t even have a chance to purchase an ND-Army ticket.

  • Glen L

    I’ve got to imagine that Francoeur non-sense was brought up off-the-cuff for about 3 seconds and resulted in great laughter for all involved before they signed Teix and, at that point, had Nady in RF and Swish at 1B … dear god, tell me that’s what it was

  • Bo

    Dayton Moore lost a bet and has to see if he can field and win with a team with an OBP of under 300. Cano for Greinke is next on the list.