Sorry, been running around out here. So very quickly...
--The Yankees and Joe Girardi agreed on a three-year, $9-million extension, with incentive clauses for ALCS and World Series appearances. I bet Girardi could've worked the Yankees for another $500,000 or so per year if the Cubs had entertained him as a candidate for their managerial opening.
Meanwhile, it appears that the top candidates to replace Dave Eiland as the Yankees' pitching coach are Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz and Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barres pitching coach Scott Aldred. Former Oakland pitching coach Curt Young looks more likely to land in Boston.
I'd be absolutely shocked if Leo Mazzone, who publicly declared his interest in the Yankees' and Mets' openings, got the Yankees job. And the Mets technically don't have an opening. Dan Warthen is signed through Sunday and is likely to keep the job.
--Good piece on Sandy Alderson, whom the Mets have publicly confirmed as their new general manager, by David Lennon. Joel Sherman reported that Alderson already has reached out to both Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, two highly respected officials who have worked with Alderson in the past.
It'll be interesting to see if either or both come. DePodesta has strong ties to San Diego, where he now works, and according to friends, he has verred away from much of the statistical analysis work that made him a fine supporting character in "Moneyball." Nowadays, much of his work is in the business arena. More than one person told me today that DePodesta considers himself to be on the "president track," rather than the "GM track."
As for Ricciardi, whose strength comes in scouting, word is that he has spoken with the Red Sox about working for them.
Some baseball folks here think that the most likely Alderson reunion will be not DePodesta or Ricciardi, but Grady Fuson, whose strength is in amateur scouting and who is currently working under Billy Beane in Oakland.
--Meanwhile, here at the World Series, the big pre-game news is that Texas manager Ron Washington benched Vladimir Guerrero, switching Nelson Cruz to rightfield and inserting the righty-mashing David Murphy in left. It's the right move, IMO.
--And finally, great reporting job by MLBTradeRumors.com, which got the official Elias Rankings for upcoming free agents. If a player is Type A. that means that a team that offers such a free agent arbitration _ and sees him go to another team _ gets a draft pick from the signing team, plus a sandwich-round pick. For instance, if the Yankees sign Cliff Lee, they'd have to give up their 2011 first-round pick to Texas.
If a player is Type B, then the signing team gives up nothing, and the team that loses such a player receives a sandwich pick in return.
Particularly interesting is the Type B status of Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano. It's good news for him that he did not get Type A. If the Mets offer Feliciano arbitration, then a signing team wouldn't want to give up a draft pick to sign a setup man, as would be the case if he were Type A. A Type A status for Feliciano, in other words, would have significantly increased the likelihood that Feliciano would have felt compelled to accept the Mets' arbitration offer and return to the team for '11.
But now that Feliciano is Type B, other teams won't be reluctant to pursue him.
Too much information? Sorry. I'm sort of a geek about this stuff.
--All right, we're in the top of the second now, and I've got to move onto other projects. Have a good night.