So obviously the week of Christmas has been extremely quiet and there hasn’t been much baseball news to report aside from Masahiro Tanaka being posted. But there were some notes and tidbits from today that might interest Yankees fans and might hold them over until next week when there’s sure to be some news (maybe some of the Alex Rodriguez kind?) Anyway, here are the notes from today.
— Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote a column about the Yankees needing a lot of moves to go right for their bullpen and rotation to turn from a weakness to a strength. Part of the plan Sherman has for the Yankees to have a great rotation is to sign Tanaka. I thought it was a great read and if you haven’t read it yet, then you probably should.
— Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe wrote about various teams and of course one of the teams he touched base on was the Yankees. He discussed that he believed the Yankees might want to consider moving Ichiro Suzuki since the outfield is pretty crowded. He also added that the San Francisco Giants could be possible suitors for Ichiro should the Yankees trade him.
— Carfado also discussed the catching situation. With Brian McCann the new Yankees starting catcher and Francisco Cervelli the likely backup, it leaves Austin Romine on the trade market. Now, the Yankees don’t have to trade Romine, but in all honesty there’s not much room for Romine on the team should McCann and Cervelli stay healthy. Then again, maybe Romine wins the backup catching job in Spring Training and the tables will turn on Cervelli. Well, as a wise radio announcer once said, “You can’t predict baseball.”
— First Brett Marshall and now Melky Mesa. Melky Mesa reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals late this week. Mesa had the raw tools to be a good outfielder but he struck out a lot, causing the Yankees to make the decision to release him. He had a stint with the Yankees in the big leagues, but he’ll forever be remembered as the player that forgot to touch third base as he ran to home plate.