Earlier today, Mike Axisa at River Ave. Blues noticed that Rocco Baldelli’s Facebook page said that he had signed a deal with the Yankees. This news had come on the heels of Pete Caldera’s report that both Baldelli and the Yankees have mutual interest, which added some credibility to what the Facebook page was reporting. The rumor was quickly shot down thanks to Chad Jennings and Brian Cashman, but this reminds me of a similar situation from when I first started blogging.
Back in 2007, I found a report that the Yankees allegedly signed first baseman Erubial Durazo to a minor league deal on a Spanish website and posted about it. Other bloggers took notice and began linking to the post. At that point, I had already left to meet with some players at PNC Field for Pinstripes Plus, but when I got home I learned that Peter Abraham and Cashman debunked the rumor. I felt like an idiot for ten days, until the Yankees officially signed Durazo.
So, with the Yankees needing a platoon option for left field, the reports of Baldelli’s interest in joining the Yanks and the Facebook page’s post, I’m inclined to believe that there is more than meets the eye here, despite what Cashman says. I’m sure we’ll know in coming days, and the Yankees have no real reason to lie about a minor signing like this – but you never really know.