Baseball 6-5-14 News

Derek Jeter, Getty Images
Derek Jeter, Getty Images

Zimmer's passing hits Jeter hard

07:40 AM ET 06.05 | After Wednesday evening's Yankees game,Derek Jeter fielded a handful of questions about Don Zimmer. But the Captain, who never wears his emotions on his sleeve, cut off the interview after a couple minutes when he began to get choked up over the loss of his longtime friend. "That's a tough one to swallow," Jeter said after the Yankees' 7-4 loss to the A's. ... "Everyone knows how much Zim has meant, not only to our organization, but to baseball as a whole. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. That's tough news. I found out halfway through the game. That's a rough one." "He's someone that taught me a lot about the game," Jeter said. "He's been around and he's pretty much seen everything. His stories, his experiences, he was close to my family and good to my family. We'll miss him."

New York Daily News


Grady Sizemore, Getty Images
Grady Sizemore, Getty Images

Phillies working on a deal with Boston?

07:39 AM ET 06.05 | The Red Sox outfield has hit -- or, rather, not hit -- to historic futility to date in 2014. They have their scouts out looking hard for an outfielder, a guy who can play defense and be steady at the plate. As they gave Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts as long as they could to solidify the left side of the infield before pulling the trigger onStephen Drew, they are now giving Daniel Nava, Grady Sizemore, and Jackie Bradley Jr. every opportunity to call off the wolves. Right now, the wolves are howling. ... The Phillies are always a possible trading partner. It's no coincidence that for the past five series, three Philadelphia scouts have been following the Red Sox. They and others know that the Red Sox are trying to fix things one by one and get ready for the run that most people in baseball feel they still can make.

Kirk Gibson, Icon Sports
Kirk Gibson, Icon Sports

Hottest seat in the majors

07:38 AM ET 06.05 | On a list that may include Ned Yost, Terry Collins and Bud Black, it is Kirk Gibson of the Diamondbacks who leads the way. He has to be considered as being the most under the gun considering it was learned at the time iconic Tony La Russa came in as the team's new chief baseball officer that D-Backs higher-ups had considered all options, including letting go one or both of Gibson and GM Kevin Towers. The move to hire La Russa was "brilliant" in the words of one rival GM in that in insulates Arizona's big bosses (owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall) from a possible removal of one or both the club's respected, big-name people at the top of their baseball hierarchy, that is beyond the obvious plus of adding the brilliant La Russa, a proven winner.

CBS Sports

Jim Johnson, Icon Sports
Jim Johnson, Icon Sports

A's Johnson was all but traded to Miami

07:37 AM ET 06.05 | Fans of baseball's draft, as it stood Thursday morning, won't have much to remember from Oakland's evening. The Athletics will select only twice in the first 100 picks of the amateur draft, at Nos. 25 and 65. But last weekend, they were in talks to land one more top 100 choice. The Marlins, before acquiring right-hander Bryan Morris from the Pirates on Sunday, made the Athletics a trade offer for righty Jim Johnson, according to major-league sources. The Athletics were willing to make the deal -- Johnson and cash for the No. 39 pick and another player -- but the Marlins instead used the pick to land Morris, sources said. ... The Athletics, sources said, are not looking to move Johnson, but the Marlins approached them about a trade while aggressively pursuing bullpen help last weekend.

FOX Sports

Buck Showalter, Getty Images
Buck Showalter, Getty Images

A six-man rotation in Baltimore?

07:36 AM ET 06.05 | Did someone say, six? [Buck Showalter] indicated today that he could go to a six-man rotation when Johan Santana comes off the disabled list, perhaps as early as June 19. Santana is expected to start one game for Triple-A Norfolk and one for Double-A Bowie. "I could if I wanted to. Not saying I'm going to, but could," Showalter said. "I don't think there will be anything difficult about it. I've been hinting around about going to six starters anyway. That's easy to solve. It's not a problem. Anytime there are good pitchers available, I'm in, especially with his pedigree. "He's already made an impact in the organization just being around the guys. They rave about how he is down in extended spring training with all the young kids. Been great."

MASN Sports