Yankees create snag for Red Sox
Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein are quite cordial, actually, even meeting to talk baseball during the Hot Stove league at public appearances over the years. But that didn’t stop a little front office gamesmanship from reportedly taking place this week.
According to ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, the Yankees put in a claim on Triple-A outfielder-first baseman Chris Carter, who had been placed on waivers by the Red Sox with the intention of trading him to the Mets in the Billy Wagner trade.
With the Yankees’ claim, the Red Sox had to pull Carter off waivers and now must carry them on their 40-man roster for the rest of the season. The Wagner deal obviously was completed regardless, but it is always interesting to read about some of these behind-the-scenes machinations.
Speaking of the Red Sox, I linked this on my Twitter yesterday … but according to the New York Post, the Yankees have some level of interest in right-hander Brad Penny, who found himself unemployed when Boston added Wagner to the active roster. But the Yankees would not be alone in a pack of contenders who might seek Penny.