Yikes. Things do not seem to be all good PR Wise for the Yankees, and there's another incident, this time with an ex-player that may have him in hot water.
According to MSNBC, Jim Leyritz was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide.
Mark Prior will be pitching closer to home, and that may be a good thing. The oft-injured former phenom will be pitching in confines of spacious Petco Field in San Diego next season. He agreed to a one year , $1 million, deal with the Friars.
From Yahoo Sports: Mark Prior and his hometown San Diego Padres agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract on Wednesday, making him the second postoperative pitcher to join the team in less than a month.
Prior, whose once-promising career has been sidetracked by various injuries, missed the 2007 season after undergoing right shoulder surgery on April 24. He last pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2006, when he made nine starts and went 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA.
Cuban slugger Alexei Ramirez has agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox. Here's some more info on the player:
Ramirez, who left Cuba in early September to join his wife and kids in the Dominican Republic, batted .335 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs last season. He helped lead Cuba to a second-place finish in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and a gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Primarily a second baseman and outfielder in Cuba, Ramirez told the AP shortly after leaving Cuba that he hoped to play shortstop and follow in the footsteps of Ozzie Smith, Rey Ordonez and Omar Vizquel.
That appears unlikely with the White Sox, who acquired Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Los Angeles Angels in November. They do, however, need help in the outfield.
* Free agent outfielder Darin Erstad signed a one-year contract worth $1 million plus incentives with the Houston Astros on Thursday.
* The New York Yankees finalized a $3.75 million, one-year contract with LaTroy Hawkins on Thursday, strengthening their weak middle relief with the veteran right-hander.
* Catcher Miguel Olivo signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
* Jose Castillo signed a one-year contract with the Marlins.