Afternoon Links: Cano v. Boras, Gardner's Speed, And Plate Discipline

Not much Yankee news this afternoon, but we have a couple interesting pieces at least. Tyler Kepner at The New York Times has some quotes from both Robinson Cano and Scott Boras on the second baseman's agency change. Not much new is added to the conversation, but at least both sides are being cordial. Even Mark Teixeira chimes in, and explains his own decision to leave the Boras Corporation.

Jeff Sullivan took a look at some batter times to first base yesterday, and found that Brett Gardner was the fastest left-handed hitter going down the line. Yup, he was even faster than Carl Crawford.

Max Weinstein at Beyond The Box Score does the crunching and tries to find a correlation between age and plate discipline. Though the results are hardly significant, there are some really interesting numbers that point to better discipline after a player's peak years. This doesn't mean players are developing better eyes, but it's more likely survivorship bias. Either way, the Yankees have an old team with some very good plate discipline, which is something to think about as you read the piece.