Happy New Years, Yankees fans! I would have said so sooner, but the blog had technical difficulties for the past week, so it was rather difficult to even get one blog post in. With the technical difficulties behind us, we can finally start the new year on the blog and of course, talk about Yankees. Here was all of the news that came out within the past week:
— Brian Cashman made it clear that the Yankees were not going to sign Stephen Drew, so it would possibly make sense to see Drew either back with the Boston Red Sox or with the Yankees crosstown rivals, the New York Mets. The Mets have expressed their interest in Drew and the Red Sox have shown interest in re-signing him..
— About a half-a-dozen teams have called about Yankees OF Brett Gardner, the latest suitor being the Philadelphia Phillies. Cashman is certainly practicing what he’s preaching–holding onto Gardner due to the Yankees very high standard on the outfielder.
— Adding to Brett Gardner news, he’s the recipient of the Thurman Munson award on behalf of the New York Yankees. He’ll be in New York City on February 4th to accept the honor. Dillion Gee of the New York Mets is also a recipient of the award on behalf of his team.
— If you were hoping for the verdict in the Alex Rodriguez case, you might have to wait until after Wednesday when Major League Baseball will announce the Hall of Fame inductees. As reported last week, if the Yankees sign Masahiro Tanaka, the verdict wouldn’t matter in A-Rod’s case since the Yankees would still be over their $189 Million luxury tax.
— Vernon Wells has expressed his interest in playing for the Yankees for one more season. Wells has one more year on his contract but with the overcrowding of the outfield, it seems that he looks like one of the candidates to be cut from the team.
— Another candidate that could be cut by the Yankees is Ichiro Suzuki, but via trade. One of the teams that have interest in Suzuki is the Arizona Diamondbacks. The name J.J. Putz has been floating around as a possible return piece and if the trade were to happen, Putz could be a great asset to the Yankees bullpen.
— Former Yankees 2B Jerry Coleman had died at the age of 89. He won four World Series with the Yankees and was named World Series MVP in 1950. He spent his entire career with the Yankees and later went on to become a broadcaster for the San Diego Padres.