It seems as if things are beginning to quiet down for the Yankees during the Winter Meetings (hint, hint: Brett Gardner trade rumors) but there’s still some news revolving around some former Yankees as well. Here’s a recap on everything that’s happened today thus far:
— If you were hoping for Robinson Cano to fail his physical–sorry. Robinson Cano is officially a Seattle Mariner for the next ten years and he has a no-trade clause. Cano will be introduced as the newest member of the Mariners tonight at 6:00 p.m ET in a press conference. The press conference will air on MLB Network for everyone out of the Seattle area.
— First Phil Hughes found a new home and now Joba Chamberlain. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Chamberlain signed a one-year, $2.5 Million deal with the Detroit Tigers to be a part of the Tigers bullpen. The contract comes with incentives. Here’s a tidbit fact: In nine career games (one start), Chamberlain is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in Comerica Park.
— As we’re all aware, the Yankees declined a trade from the Cincinnati Reds that would have sent 2B Brandon Phillips to the Yankees and OF Brett Gardner to the Reds. The reasoning behind it was Phillips wanted to re-negotiate his contract to add more money to it before agreeing to the deal. Phillips is scheduled to make $50 Million throughout the next four seasons while Gardner is scheduled to make at least $4 Million in his walk year.
According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees value Gardner’s speed, on-base ability, superior defense and his clubhouse presence. Rosenthal added that Gardner is also a longtime favorite of Brian Cashman’s.
To add to the Gardner talk, Jack Curry of the YES Network tweeted out: “As Gardner rumor mill continues spinning, don’t underestimate how much the Yankees’ hierarchy values him. They will only sell high on him.”
In other words, if the teams out there really want Gardner, they’re going to have to really knock Brian Cashman off his feet, or else the only way they’ll have a chance to acquire Gardner is if they fight over him next offseason.