Good afternoon, IIATMS readers! This has been an interesting few days in Yankeeland, hasn't it? From Robinson Cano bolting to the Seattle Mariners to the Yankees signing Carlos Beltran and making the deal with Jacoby Ellsbury official it has been busy in the Bronx but as with every baseball hot stove season there is even more happening around these parts.
For instance, while I was keeping track of the abysmal Knicks/Celtics game on Twitter and doing research for some freelance articles I have due tomorrow, I saw a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that said the Yankees were checking in on Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey had a 5.19 ERA in 152.2 innings for the Twins in 2013 and he had just returned from Tommy John surgery. I know the Yankees need to add some arms to the rotation but I'm not sure about Pelfrey. Of course, they were just looking and it doesn't mean anything will happen. Another name that has been mentioned as a possible target for the Yankees is Jeff Samardzija. He went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA with the Cubs last year but his K/BB ratio was 214-78 which is pretty good.
It's still early in the offseason and the Yankees aren't done making moves according to both Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman. And we all know that because even though the roster is full now that the Ellsbury signing is official, there are still areas that need some upgrading. Cashman also said that Brett Gardner is drawing some interest from teams and so is Ichiro Suzuki.
In more news, Geoff Baker, a former Seattle Mariners beat writer, wrote an interesting expose of the Mariners' front office in the Seattle Times. It was making the Twitter rounds late last night and this morning and if you haven't read it yet, you should. It looks like Robinson Cano may have made a hasty decision when making it about the money and bolting for the Pacific Northwest. Maybe do some research next time, Jay Z?
Speaking of Cano and his decision to go to Seattle, CC Sabathia spoke about it and said he was surprised. Sabathia was with his wife Amber at an event that showcased her new clothing line CCandy at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey and said, "Just a player like that, putting on the pinstripes, and being able to play your whole career in New York means something – to me, obviously it didn’t mean that much to him." Sabathia added that he knows it was a difficult decision and that he was happy for Robbie and his family. Still, the whole "it didn't mean that much to him" line stuck out to me and made me kind of sad. After all of the years he played with the Yankees, was surrounded by players like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and visited by legends like Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford on a yearly basis, Cano didn't care and that makes me sad.
Then again, reports have come out saying that Cano was mad at Joe Girardi for batting him second last season. According to sources, Cano was mad because he felt that batting second hurt his RBI totals and would hurt him in the free agent market.
Hey, guess what! It didn't!
And finally, the Winter Meetings are starting tomorrow. People are already arriving in Orlando and heading to Disney, where it's being held this year and posting obnoxious warm weather updates and pictures from the hotel pool. Jerks.
Brian Cashman probably won't arrive until tomorrow but it'll be interesting to see if anything newsworthy actually happens down there considering all of the moves made in the past week.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!