This week was a relatively quiet one for the Yankees as it was the week of Thanksgiving. And while the Yankees didn’t get anything done, there were rumors a former second basemen wanted to return to New York. Brian Cashman stuck to his mantra that everyone was available by placing another pitcher on the trading block, Rob Refsnyder explains there’s a job for him to win in Spring Training and the Blue Jays intensified the American League East with a signing. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s a week in review.
— Earlier this week, reports came out that there was a possibility ex-Yankee Robinson Cano was interested in returning to New York after spending two seasons with the Seattle Mariners. While the idea of bringing Cano to the Bronx is tempting, it’s unlikely to happen. The Yankees wouldn’t want to take on Cano’s contract and they seemed to have moved on from Cano, settling with the Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder platoon for the 2016 season.
— The Yankees are reportedly putting Ivan Nova on the trade market, but they’re pitching the idea that Nova will be a better pitcher than he was in 2015, with hopes of bringing up his trade value. Nova will be a year removed from Tommy John Surgery in 2016, and he’ll be in his final year of arbitration where he’s expected to get a significant raise.
— The second base job is up for grabs, and that means Rob Refsynder is going to do everything he can to win the position. He spoke with the media earlier this week saying he was eying the second base job entering Spring Training. He also started doing workouts earlier than usual.
— The Toronto Blue Jays added a new arm with the three-year, $36 Million signing of J.A. Happ. Happ has good numbers against the Yankees and he’s slated to join Marco Estrada and Jesse Chavez in the Blue Jays rotation. The addition of Happ all but confirms the Blue Jays are parting ways with ace David Price.