Just got back from the Stadium where the beat writers had a meeting with the media relations staff.
Ran into Brian Cashman, who just got back from a week on the beach with his family. True to his nature, he did a little work and hammered out the new contract for Robinson Cano. We should get the official announcement on that sometime soon.
Cashman is headed for Arizona to see the Super Bowl. He once shared an apartment with Tim Coughlin, the son of Giants coach Tom Coughlin. Cashman is also tight with former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi.
Cashman touched on a few other subjects: He said Hideki Matsui is healthy and will be ready to go for spring training. The Yankees are hoping he will arrive early and working to set that up. … Chien-Ming Wang has arrived in Phoenix and will work out with a trainer there before heading to Tampa. … The Yankees were involved with Octavio Dotel but only wanted him for a year. Once the White Sox offered two years and $11 million, that was that. … I asked why J.B. Cox wasn’t invited to spring training. It’s because Cox is still recovering from surgery and will be on the rehab list. “No sense him coming, but we could see him at some point,” he said.
If you haven’t been to the Bronx in a while, you will be stunned at how much progress they’ve made with the new Stadium. The beat writers will be getting a tour sometime before spring training and I’m looking forward to that.