Sorry I haven’t been around for a while. Let’s get caught up, list style!
New York Giants have falling off a cliff
And it’s painful to watch! I recommend raking leaves instead and catching up on other chores. Sure, that’s no fun, but neither is watching the Giants.
The Mega Trade
That 12 player trade between the Marlins and Blue Jays certainly makes the Blue Jays better, but I’m not sure it makes them significantly better. Meanwhile, someone in Miami should go to jail after getting all of that government money for the new stadium and then turning the team into a laughing stock. And now, they’re trying to trade Ricky Nolasco and Logan Morrison, too.
Triple A Name Change
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (who were the Empire State Yankees during their homeless season this past year) have officially changed their name to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for some reason. This brings up two important facts:
1. they are actually going to print that on stuff
2. RailRiders is one word
No Yankees received a vote for the Cy Young Award
Nope, not one vote. I didn’t expect anyone to win, but jeez. The Rays’ David Price and the Mets R.A. Dickey won the awards.
No Torri Hunter for you!
The Tigers got Hunter on a 2 year deal – I read that the Yankees just wouldn’t go two years, so that’s probably why they lost out on him. This probably makes the return of Ichio more likely.
Ibanez might be back
The Yankees and Rual Ibanez are talking about bringing his clutch bat back for another season… this is probably a good idea.
Robinson Cano, American
Robinson Cano is officially a US Citizen now, “dontcha know.” This isn’t nearly as impressive as when he learned English, but still pretty neat.
Martin might be back
The Yankees and Russell Martin are talking about him coming back, and given the lack of quality free agents catchers and not exactly ready for prime time minor leaguers in the Yankees system, this is a good thing. The Yankees are also kicking the tires on free agent Mike Napoli, who falls into that aforementioned “lack of quality free agents catchers” category.
Mariano Rivera is coming back!
Mo says he will pitch next year! Hooray! Then why would the…
Yankees want to give Rafael Soriano a 2 year deal
I guess they want Mariano Rivera insurance, but this seems like it interferes with the Yankees $189 million dollar 2014 payroll plan…
Michael Pineda is throwing off flat ground
Maybe he’ll actually pitch next year!
Hiroki Kuroda, Nick Swisher, and Rafael Soriano all declined their qualifying offers
This doesn’t mean the Yankees can’t resign any of these plays (see Soriano note above), but it does mean they want more money than the qualifying offer. I read somewhere that Kuroda is deciding between returning to the MLB and pitching the Japanese league… let’s hope he picks the Yankees. Swisher, on the other hand, is as good as gone. Between the contract he’ll command and his 4 year playoff drought in the Bronx, the Yankees don’t seem interested.
Can and Derek Jeter won Silver Slugger awards
The Yankees claimed three dudes off waivers: catcher Eli Whiteside, right-hander David Herndon, and left-hander Josh Spence. Whatever.
No more Scrappy =(
Ramiro Pena is a minor league free agent… I hope the Yankees resign him for depth because I irrationally love him, but somebody else will probably scoop him up first
Nothing I care about happened at the GM meetings – Brian Cashman was just chillin.
Tino hired to coach no one
Tino Martinez is now the Miami Marlins hitting coach. Too bad they don’t have any hitters left…
The next Bomber Banter post will be a review of the new Ichiro coffee table book – a must for your Christmas list!