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News of the Day – 1/1/09

Posted By Diane Firstman On January 1, 2009 @ 10:23 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled

All is quiet … on New Year’s Day (even the news):

  • Are Mets Lowe-balling Derek?: Reports [1] from the Times are that the Citi Fielders offered FA Derek Lowe a three-year, $36 million deal.
  • Which non-Yankees team will blink first and sign the next free agent?: ESPN.com’s [2] Buster Olney reports that free agent spending by teams other than the Bombers has decreased by $244 million from this same point last year.
  • Fun fact: CC Sabathia tied for the lead in shutouts in each league [3] in 2008.  More fun facts included in Jayson Stark’s annual compilation of the wild and wacky.
  • If you are interested in hearing Frank Deford talk about the same stuff he wrote about the Yankees yesterday (calling them the “Antoinettes”), go to NPR.com [4].
  • Yankees Minor League Transactions during the past week (Baseball America [5])
  • On this date in 2006, Paul Lindblad passed away at the age of 64.  Lindblad, noted for his solid years in the A’s bullpen during the 70s, finished his career as a late-season addition to the Yanks playoff run in 1978.

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.  I’ll be back on Saturday.

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[1] Reports: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/the-low-down-on-lowe-and-the-mets/

[2] ESPN.com’s: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3801742&type=blogEntry

[3] tied for the lead in shutouts in each league: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3801716

[4] NPR.com: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98830935

[5] Baseball America: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1904

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