The Official ESPN Reporter of River Ave. Blues has an update for us on A-Rod and the Yankees. (Yes, he still thinks A-Rod would be a good fit for the Yankees.) Buster Olney writes:

The New York Yankees have asked to meet with third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and if and when they get that meeting, league sources indicate the team is prepared to make him an offer that will exceed, in average salary, the $27 million per year that he is scheduled to make over the next three seasons — and A-Rod would be in line to set yet another salary benchmark.

The offer could be for something in the range of five years — beyond the three years Rodriguez is already under contract for, from 2008-10 — and perhaps $30 million a year…If the Yankees’ extension offer is for something in the range of $150 million, over five years, then Rodriguez would be owed about $230 million over the next eight seasons.

So basically, the Yankees are willing to pay Alex Rodriguez an average annual salary of $28.7 million a year for eight seasons with a $30-million-a-year annual salary for the last five years of the deal. I find it hard to believe that Boras would be able to get more — or even equal — money from any other team.

Now, I know that some people keep speculating that A-Rod could go to the Red Sox. However — and this news highlights the very silver lining in what seems to be an inevitable World Series championship for the Sox — the Red Sox probably already have a third baseman. MLB Trade Rumors highlighted a report in The Boston Herald in which GM Theo Epstein basically said that Mike Lowell is all but signed for the next few years.

While one could argue — rather successfully — that Julio Lugo sucks, A-Rod is simply no longer a short stop. It would be nice if other American League short stops could recognize that truth as well.

Meanwhile, in Olney’s story, he notes that the Yankees may not get their meeting with Boras. I find that exceedingly hard to believe as the Yankees hold more money than anyone else. By all accounts, they’re willing to spend it, and Boras and A-Rod are better off listening to what the Yanks have to say than they are in ignoring them outright.

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AzFL Rising Stars Showcase (East beats West 3-2 in 10 innings)
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – blew the save in the 9th…ouchie

HWB Honolulu (16-6 win over North Shore)
Austin Jackson: 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 5 of his last 7 hits have gone for extras
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 0-4 GB/FB

Update by JP: It was just reported that Kevin Whelan left the AFL due to a “sore arm”. Hopefully it’s just a precaution.

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Can you ask for much more?

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We’re working on some behind-the-scenes upgrades that should make River Ave. Blues more responsive and should — fingers crossed — eliminate most, if not all, of our downtime. If you’re reading this is in an RSS reader and can’t access the main site for RAB, worry not. We’ll be back up shortly. If you’re reader this on the main site, then just ignore it. Obviously. Thanks for sticking with us.

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While we had our own brand of excitement at RAB this afternoon, nothing happened in Yankeeland, and it is more and more likely that nothing will happen until next week. Fun times.

Meanwhile, in summarizing up the nothing, Peter Abraham highlighted an interesting quote from the AP by Hank Steinbrenner:

“What we’re looking for is a guy that’s maybe going to be one of the greatest managers, maybe, of all-time, over a period of 10, 20 years, who knows?”

Now without getting into the utter absurdity of such a statement or the argument over whether or not Torre should be managing the Yanks in 2008, doesn’t Steinbrenner realized they just fired a guy who was one of the greatest managers, maybe, of all-time over a period of 12 years? Does he know that these guys don’t grow on trees? Just wondering if anyone’s pointed that out to him.

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I’m not a huge fan of Jimmy Kimmel, but when I saw this video at The Big Lead today, I laughed. We’re all thinking it. He just has a platform to share.

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  • Yankee fan still in the running

    People magazine is currently running a contest for baseball lovers to vote for the sexiest fan. Weird, I know. The Yankee fan – Jeff Jackson – still in the running, and Jeff’s mom has asked us to plug her son. So go over there and vote. Personally, I’d opt for the White Sox fan. She’s hot and supports giving pitchers the inside corner. · (7) ·

  • Olney updates the managerial hunt, right field situation

    Two items of note from Olney’s blog today: The Yankees, he says, will wait until Tuesday to announce their next manager. If the World Series ends on Sunday, that would give them a week and a half to negotiate a contract extension with A-Rod. But odds are they’re working on one right now.

    Olney also writes, “The Yankees made the decision weeks ago to exercise the one-year option on Bobby Abreu’s deal.” I can’t complain. I know we have one or two Abreu haters around here, but he had a stellar season after a terrible start. There are no better options right now.
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So the World Series is going on. The Red Sox seem to be well on their way toward their second World Series championship in the last four years, but based on the coverage of the Yankees, you would hardly know it.

The Yankees, you see, have found a way to stay not only relevant but on top of the baseball world after being eliminated from the playoffs. I noted this phenomenon last week when half of the top baseball new stories of the day focused around the Yankees, and it’s still true 10 days later. The team has taken to creating a big deal out of nothing, and it’s worked.

First, the Yankees induced stalking-style reporting during their double-secret probation meeting in Tampa about the future of Joe Torre. For days, nothing happened, and that, folks, was the news. “Nothing happens yet,” the headlines screamed as beat writers texted updates to their loyal readers who were breathlessly awaiting news of Joe Torre’s fates. It seemed like the Yankees brass were hammering out a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and it captivated everyone.

Now, they’re back at it again. The Yankees have turned the hunt for a manager into a media circus. They are interviewing three fairly boring candidates, but each other has been ushered through the same process. Arrive in Florida; interview with everyone; and then get turned loose on the media to see how the candidate in question handles the New York sports writers. Rinse. Repeat.

With the interviews over, the Yankees have once again sequestered themselves away in Tampa, and beat writers are waiting for word of the new Yankee manager. Will the name be released tomorrow during the World Series? Will the Yankees adhere to Bud Selig’s gag request and just leak the name instead?

This evening, though, the reports from Yankee-land have trumped everything we’ve witnessed. Black smoke arose from Tampa, and Howard Rubenstein poked his head out to say: “There has been widespread speculation about who the next manager of The New York Yankees will be. The evaluation process is continuing and there will be no immediate decision or announcement.”

That is, he poked his head out to make news by saying there is no news. And that — not the Red Sox’s 2-1 win — will dominate the New York sports pages.

Welcome to Major League Baseball: It’s the Yankees’ world, and everyone else just plays in it.

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Tony Almeda is the bad guy in the next season of 24? That’s just messed up. 

AzFL Peoria (8-6 win over Team USA) Jeff Karstens in on the USA squad
Brett Gardner: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 BB – on base 27 times in 13 games
Juan Miranda: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Reegie Corona: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – 1.011 OPS batting lefty, .188 righty
Steven White: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

HWB Honolulu (5-3 loss to Waikiki in 7 innings)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – 3 jacks in the last 5 days
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – picked off first

Winter Ball Updates
Gerardo Casadiego: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K in 6 appearances
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K in 2 games
Edwar Gonzalez: 7 for 25, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 K, 2 SB in 9 games
Ben Kozlowski: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K in 4 appearances
Jesus Montero: 15 for 39, 8 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 SB in 11 games
Justin Pope: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K in 5 games
Marcos Vechionacci: 11 for 29, 8 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 SB in 10 games

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