A few notes from the past two days

The New York Yankees did extend qualifying offers to Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda according to the New York Post. That same newspaper article stated the obvious that Swisher will probably not accept the offer by this coming Friday’s deadline. Soriano will likely not accept the offer, though the article did say there was an outside chance of him doing so. Russell Martin was not given a qualifying offer, which is no surprise considering that it would have cost the Yankees $13+ million for one year of that catcher’s services which is way above his market value.

Kuroda could accept the offer or ask for a slightly higher paycheck for a one year deal. The Yankees would like to have him back.

Chad Jennings of The Journal News wrote that the Yankees will keep Cesar Cabral on the roster through the winter and give him a chance to win a job with the Yankees in Spring Training. The lefty reliever was having a good spring after the Yankees took him in the Rule 5 draft but an elbow injury ended his season and his chances.

Bryan Hoch interviewed Larry Rothschild, the Yankees’ pitching coach, who has some interesting observations concerning C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda and Kuroda.

There have been three arrests in the Pascual Perez murder case. While the arrests will not undo what happened, at least the perps did not get away with it.

About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

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