Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rivera Returns!

The Yankees have been monitoring the health of Mariano Rivera, and apparently they're happy with what they've seen because they've reportedly signed the GOAT to a deal worth $10 million, with another $5 million in incentives.

Although the pitching staff is pretty much set, I'm sure we'll see the team do a bit of tinkering. I wouldn't put it past Ninja Cashman to move one of the young Yankee starters (Hughes, Nova, Phelps, etc) in order to fill positional holes like right field and catcher.

Russell Martin Signs With Pirates

David Waldstein tweeted that Russell Martin has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jon Heyman tweeted that the Yankees only offered a two-year deal to Russell for $12-$14m, however Buster Olney says the Yankees didn't make any offer at all.

Outside of Twitter I don't see anything official, but for the time being I'm going to start thinking about other catchers for the Yankees.

Pirates Willing To Go 3 Years With Russell Martin

I know that I said yesterday that I thought the Pittsburgh Pirates were the front runners for Russell Martin's
services and i feel a whole lot better about that prediction today. The Pirates announced today that they knew they would have to pay more in years and dollars to sign Russell and they proved it by their willingness to go a third year on a potential contract. No way the Yankees should go three years after Russell's 2012 season in my opinion so this will be worth keeping an eye on at the winter meetings.

Happy 43rd Birthday Mariano Rivera

A very happy 43rd birthday goes out to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. He is not officially signed yet but is expected to be before weeks end.

BJ Upton Signs With Atlanta Five Years $75 Million

The Atlanta Braves and BJ Upton have announced that the two have agreed upon a five year deal in the $75 million range that will make BJ the highest paid Braves player in the history of their franchise. The deal is pending a physical and there is no word yet of a potential no trade clause or anything yet. Why do we care? The Rays, on paper, just got worse until they call up their next uber prospect.