Last season, Yankee fans and local media were kept in the dark regarding Mariano Rivera’s intentions with respect to playing another season until after he tore his ACL in early May. This year, he plans to be much more upfront about his future. “I’ll tell you in spring training,” the all-time saves leader told reporters. “Spring training is going to be the date.” That would certainly be preferable to the way last Spring played out, when every move from arriving to camp on-time, something of a rarity for Mo, to supposedly enjoying the experience more than most, was scrutinized for signs that the beloved Rivera was spending his last March in training camp.
If I had to wager on it, I’d bet that 2013 will be Mo’s final season, and his comments here don’t do a whole lot to change that assumption. “The decision to come back wasn’t easy,” he said. “Once you see the other side, I had almost the whole season to see things and enjoy my family and do all the things I didn’t do for 22 years.…
Tonight Stacey and I were joined on the show by Matt Imbrogno of The Yankee Analysts, and we had a lot of fun batting around the rumors of the day and some other topics from around baseball. Maybe a little bit too much fun, actually.
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It’s December 2012 and according to some, the world may be coming to an end soon. (I don’t believe in any of that hooey but bare with me for a moment.) And the signs of the acopalypse are as follows:
- wars on a global scale
- pestilence (sickness and disease)
- lawlessness (crime)
- people having no love for one another
- Brian Cashman saying, “Beggars can’t be choosers.” in regards to the Yankees’ free agent choices.
This conservative, budget-conscious front office is no fun. I miss the carefree days of old – you know, the previous 100 years of Yankee history. The Yankees are beggars? With a $189M budget for 2014? STOP THE INSANITY.
Some more items from the Winter Meetings:
- The Yankees have spoken to representatives for Kevin Youkilis and A.J. Pierzynski; and Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez though no deals are imminent, at least not at the moment.
- Cashman is still telling people that the Yankees’ catcher for 2013 could still come from within – meaning it could be Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart or Austin Romine.
Looks like Shane Victorino is heading to his fourth team in nine years after agreeing to a three-year/$39M deal with the Boston Red Sox. Of course, as always, it’s pending a physical.
Alex Speier first reported the deal as done.
The Red Sox had a lot of money freed up after their blockbuster trade in August which sent Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thanks to that deal, they’ve been able to sign Victorino and Mike Napoli who also got a three-year/$39M contract this week.
Next up for the Red Sox, some pitching because as much as Yankee fans would benefit from it, they can’t possibly go into 2013 with the pitching staff as is.
According to executives with other teams, the Yankees are in talks to sign A.J. Pierzynski. Certainly seems like a good fit for both sides.
Pierzynski, 35, batted 278/.326/.501/.827 for the Chicago White Sox in 2012 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI. That would certainly replace Martin’s production in the lineup and he’s a veteran catcher who could probably work well with the pitching staff.
This could be an interesting development.
It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Raul Ibanez‘s performance in Game Three of the American League Division Series has netted him a 2012 GIBBY Award. The awards are based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
And the performance, just in case you missed it, was something for the history books.
With the Yankees down a run to the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the ninth, manager Joe Girardi did something that at the time seemed absolutely crazy. He pulled Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit Ibanez in his place.
The tension was high in the Stadium. If the move didn’t work out, people would be questioning the move for years to come. If the move did work out, Girardi would be lauded for his gusty call. Luckily for the Yankees and their fans, the move worked out, twice, because not only did Ibanez hit the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings but he also came to bat in the twelfth inning and sent everybody wearing Yankee paraphernalia home happy with a game-winning walk-off home run.…
Just tweeted by Jon Heyman:
swisher will wait for hamilton deal, said @ScottMCBS. word is, he’d like to go to the #SFGiants. #redsox also in play
Well, this is certainly interesting. Personally, I’d rather see Nick Swisher head to the National League than see him ship up to Boston. Plus, could you imagine the ovation he’d get in his first Stadium appearance as a Red Sock? If he thought the stuff that was directed his way during the ALCS was bad, multiply that by, oh I don’t know, infinity?
The Yankees have a “very strong” interest in infielder Jeff Keppinger, and are “accelerating” their timetable on the free agent in the wake of the news of Alex Rodriguez‘s hip injury, tweets Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Keppinger, who spent the 2012 season with the Rays, is a utility infielder who can ostensibly play all over the infield and mashes left handed pitching, but he’s not a particularly strong regular. The Yankees have reportedly been interested in him all offseason, as they were originally seeking a super-sub type of infielder who could spell A-Rod and Derek Jeter semi-regularly, but now they obviously need an interim starter at third base, and Keppinger fits that bill as well as any other options on the free agent market.