MLB rumors: Free agents to keep in mind if Yankees’ Brian Cashman goes bargain shopping

You can’t spell Brian Cashman without cash. And the New York Yankees general manager may be short on money this winter.

Priority No. 1 for Cashman is to re-sign DJ LeMahieu. The free-agent second baseman could get a deal approaching $100 million. Plus the Yankees already have massive nine-figure contracts on the books for ace Gerrit Cole and slugger Giancarlo Stanton. And don’t forget that right fielder Aaron Judge and shortstop Gleyber Torres will need to be paid in the near future.

On top of that, Cashman has as many as three slots in the starting rotation to fill with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ all hitting the open market.

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So it’s very possible that when it comes time to filling out the roster for 2021, Cashman goes shopping in the bargain bin.

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel has some names for the Yankees to keep in mind.

I’d imagine the priorities are LeMahieu, then Tanaka, then (Brett) Gardner. And if there isn’t enough money, there are a ton of starting pitchers who should be cheaper than Tanaka to help New York stay under the budget: Jake Odorizzi, Charlie Morton, Mike Minor, Garrett Richards, Taijuan Walker are among the best of the rest. It’s also worth noting that there’s a wealth of left-handed-hitting second basemen on the market below LeMahieu, which both could lower his ultimate price (I projected his deal at four years, $88 million) or offer alternatives if he goes elsewhere. Those options include Tommy La Stella, Ha-Seong Kim, Jurickson Profar, Brad Miller, Kolten Wong, Cesar Hernandez and Didi Gregorius.

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Sachin Tendulkar reveals special gift Windies, Brian Lara presented him

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Monday revealed on twitter that the West Indies cricket board, its team, and retired batting legend Brian Lara had presented to him on the occasion of his 200th and last Test match, against West Indies, in Mumbai in November 2013.

Sachin Tendulkar posted a one minute, 15 seconds video on his twitter handle, and played the “beautiful drum”, which Lara had earlier played when he had visited the batting maestro`s home in Mumbai.

“#OnThisDay 7 years ago @windiescricket and my friends @BrianLara & @henrygayle presented me with this beautiful steel drum. Drum I will always be grateful for such a wonderful gift and thank them for their love and respect. Thank you once again. @BCCI,” Sachin tweeted.

Gayle was part of the West Indies team in that Test.

“Exactly sever year ago, on this very day I was presented with this beautiful steel drum by the West Indian cricket board, the entire team and my dear friend Brian Lara. To me this represents love and respect that you have had for me, and I reciprocate that. Thank you so very much for the special gift,” Tendulkar said in the video.”I remember when Brian Lara had come home, he had played this and it sounded amazing. Let`s see if I can play a bit. I know it`s not gonna sound like that but this is my tribute to all of you. Thank you for everything that you have done for me,” he said and then played the drum.

India won the Tendulkar`s 200th Test by an innings and 126 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, where his mother made a rare appearance to watch him play.

Tendulkar is the only player in Test history to appear in 200 matches. He is also the first player to score 100 international centuries, across the three formats.

 

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