Though nothing official has happened outside of the Rafael Soriano signing, there has been a flurry of Yankee-related information and rumors in the aftermath of the Soriano presser, so here’s a quick rundown:
- This seems to have flown relatively under the radar, but Andy Pettitte has apparently started working out again. This has to be considered good news — while we’d obviously all much prefer Pettitte start the season from the beginning, even if Andy ends up deciding he doesn’t want to pitch the full year, if the Yankees can get him on a pro-rated deal that starts sometime in May or June it will still be better than no Andy at all.
- Multiple reports suggest the Yankees are close to agreeing to a deal with Andruw Jones as a bench piece/fourth outfielder. With the way this offseason has gone I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees wound up vastly overpaying, but as previously noted, I do approve of a Jones deal. There are also reports that the Yankees haven’t closed the door on a reunion with Johnny Damon. However, given the need for a righty bat I just don’t see a place for Johnny, though I wouldn’t be opposed to adding Damon to the bench were he willing to accept a part-time role at a discounted rate.
- It turns out Brian Cashman was actually in pretty deep negotiations with everyone’s favorite ex-Yankee, Carl Pavano. As unfortunately awful as Pavano’s tenure wound up being, I don’t blame Cash for looking into reacquiring the best remaining pitcher on the market. I don’t care that Pavano was a disaster from 2005-2008, all I care about is what he can do going forward, and his numbers from the last two seasons suggest that he’d be a considerable upgrade over what the Yankees potentially have slated in the #4 and #5 slots in their rotation.
- Cashman also confirmed what we all suspected, admitting that he was not interested in bringing Soriano aboard, but that ownership insisted and he was not going to stand in the way. I still find this somewhat troubling, and coupled with the fact that Cash insisted for the 80,000th time that Joba Chamberlain‘s rightful place is in the bullpen, am beginning to grow a bit agitated with some of the team’s behind-the-scenes machinations. While I have historically been incredibly supportive of the decisions the front office makes, I cannot for the life of me fathom why Joba is not being given another opportunity to start — per a discussion I had with several folks on Twitter this morning, the only logical conclusion to be drawn is that the team is convinced his shoulder is a ticking time bomb, but if that were the case it would be great if the team were at least forthright with this information; otherwise it just makes the baseball operations people look completely irresponsible. And if Joba is indeed damaged goods, then the team — which has seemingly screwed Joba’s development up considerably — is that much more culpable, and as Matt Imbrogno of TYU astutely noted, it doesn’t bode well for future prospect development.
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