Monday, December 3, 2012
Another catching possibility has come off the board tonight as Mike Napoli has signed with the Red Sox for 3 years and $39 million to play primarily first base, play some DH, and catch when necessary. Much like the Toronto Blue Jays the Red Sox also have about 15 potential catchers on their roster, I'm obviously exaggerating, so this does not make much sense to me but neither does a lot of what the Red Sox do so whatever. Good luck in Boston Mike!
Derek Jeter is healing as expected after having ankle surgery this off season and expects to shed his walking boot in the next 6-7 weeks. Derek Jeter is expected to be ready for Spring Training and Opening Day but even if he wasn't I think he wold be in there anyway so this should come as no surprise. Also he is not looking all that out of shape and fat in this picture so that is a great sign I guess not that I think anybody was worried about Derek. Get well Jete!
The Yankees designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment and he has been claimed by division rival the Toronto Blue Jays even though they already have 12 catchers on their roster (#sarcasm). Toronto will assume his entire contract for 2012 and add him to their 40 man roster. Good luck to Eli in Toronto!
Robbie played for the Dominicans in the 2009 Classic, but didn't wow anybody hitting .231/.286/.231 in their 3 games. The Dominican Republic went 1-2 in the first round and were ousted from the tournament, so I'm sure Cano and the rest of the team hope for a better showing this time around.
Ross, like Hairston, would fit the role of a right-handed outfielder. Last season Cody hit .267/.326/.481 overall, and .295/.373/.636 vs. left-handed pitchers. He mainly plays either of the corner outfield positions, where he's an average fielder, but he's seen time in center field lately as well, although he's below average out there. The flexibility makes him an attractive option though, especially when you consider the Yankees already have two guys that can field in center (Granderson and Gardner).
Alex Rodriguez has a tear in his left hip that will more then likely require a surgery to repair. This surgery will keep him out three to six months so we are looking at a June return date if all goes well. This is not the same hip that was previously repaired before the 2009 season. This may have a lot to do with his lack of production down the stretch and his benchings.
The Winter Meetings is usually when we see the big name free agents come off the board and the majority of the action in the off season actually get done. This year hopefully will be no different because Yankees GM Brian Cashman has a ton to get done this year at the meetings. The Yankees go into the Winter Meetings without a starting catcher or a real viable option in house, a starting right fielder or a conceivable in house option, a designated hitter, and an incomplete bench. Hopefully this is Brian Cashman's time to shine and show why he got the name #NinjaCash.
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