Good afternoon, everyone. Just in case you missed some news, here are some links about the important stuff, the not-so-important stuff and some downright silly stuff. That's the beauty of it still being early in Spring Training, there isn't a lot of stuff happening.
First up, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Yankees are prepared to discuss a long-term deal with Robinson Cano. The scary part of the piece: Sherman writes that he expects Cano's new agent Scott Boras to seek a ten-year deal in the $225-240MM range. That's a lot of cash and too many years. Believe me, I love Robinson Cano but I think, no, I hope, the Yankees have learned from past mistakes - Alex Rodriguez - and would probably steer clear of the 10-year deal for a guy in his 30's.
Next up, Phil Hughes is going to be out for at least two weeks thanks to a bulging disk in his back. Like I said earlier, at least the injury happened during Spring Training and not in the middle of a pennant race. Yes, I think there's a chance the Yankees could be in a pennant race. Stranger things have happened.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported on Twitter that the Yankees would not give up a good prospect to acquire Alfonso Soriano, He suggested the Yankees would pay $10MM of the $36MM remaining on the left fielder's contract. And Soriano has named the Yankees as one of the teams he'd consider allowing a trade to along with the Mets, Dodgers, Phillies, Dodgers and White Sox.
And finally, today is photo day in Tampa so here are a few links to some of the pictures that have been released. Be warned, they're pretty terrible.
Hey, at least Jeter looks okay in his picture...