Monday morning news and notes: Nathan, Ryan and A-Rod, oh my!

Good morning, everyone!

In case you missed it, per Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, there were rumblings yesterday about the Yankees contacting free agent closer Joe Nathan, Grant Balfour and reliever Javier Lopez. Brian Cashman spoke with reporters last week at the GM meetings and did not want to appoint David Robertson as Mariano Rivera‘s heir apparent so the Yankees reaching out to free agents like Balfour and Nathan isn’t surprising even though it’s somewhat annoying. Personally, I think Robertson would be a perfectly serviceable closer if he needs to be in that role. Lopez could possibly replace either Joba Chamberlain, who more than likely won’t be re-signed by the Yankees or Boone Logan who is drawing some interest from teams like the Nationals. It should be an interesting winter around these parts. The Yankee bullpen could look very different come Spring.

It was just revealed this morning that the Yankees have signed Brendan Ryan. According to Jon Heyman of CBS, Yankee sources have confirmed that Ryan, who batted .197 for the Yankees in 2013 but provided stellar defense was signed as an insurance policy for the returning Derek Jeter.

Alex Rodriguez was back in NY this morning for the resumption of his hearing. It was reported by ESPN this weekend that local Florida investigators were accusing Major League Baseball of illegally obtaining Biogenesis files and impeding their investigation Anthony Boesch. Interesting, right?

Part of me, and if you regularly read this blog, you know why, wants this whole thing to blow up in Bud Selig’s face. One, the outrage would be hilarious to watch and two, look at reason number one.

Happy Monday!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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