-Newsday’s Ken Davidoff reports that the Yanks don’t plan to extend Joe Girardi’s contract heading into the final year of his deal and coming off a World Series championship. In other breaking news, water is wet. The Yanks have rarely extended anyone over the past 20 years, player or manager. They have let such Yankee greats as Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera go all the way to free agency before signing them, and did the same with Joe Torre in the waning years of his deal, despite his displeasure with the idea. Brian Cashman himself has had his last 2 contracts expire before signing a new one. If memory serves, the last time the Yanks extended someone before his deal was up was Joe Torre in 2004.
-Japan is not an option for Hideki Matsui, according to his agent. The stuff about the Red Sox being interested just tells me that Hideki would really, really like to come back to the Yanks and is trying to scare them into signing him, which won’t work. That tactic used to work on George, but he’s out of the picture now.
-Curtis Granderson’s availability could pave the way for the Yanks to let Johnny Damon AND Hideki Matsui go this off season, according to Ken Rosenthal. Very interesting proposition, it would allow the Yanks to get younger and maintain power and production in their outfield while upgrading their defense at 2 positions, since Melky would move to Left Field. Now we just need to see what Dombrowski wants for him, and if the Yanks think they can improve his sagging BABIP that Joe Pawlikowski from RAB discussed yesterday.
-LoHud’s Chad Jennings spoke to Brian Cashman yesterday and asked about the possibility of bringing back both Damon and Matsui. Here’s the quote:
When asked about retaining both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon, Cashman says: “If I did that I wouldn’t have room for anybody else unless I made trades.” Cashman seems to be referring to position players here, so how much flexibility they have to add pitching could be another story.
Sounds very much to me like that is not his first option. That’s the kind of answer I would give if it was my Plan D.
-Since Scott Boras brought it up, Dave Cameron from Fangraphs breaks down Matt Holliday vs Mark Teixeira. Good read, and I would add hitting behind Albert Pujols doesn’t hurt, either.
-Jeff Zimmerman of Beyond the Boxscore has an excellent piece breaking down Umpires’ strike zones and why its not as simple as a graphic you see on FOX broadcasts and we won’t be moving to computerized strike zones anytime soon. Check it out
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