That didn’t take long. This from the AP:
TAMPA, Fla. – Manny Ramirez in pinstripes?
Hank Steinbrenner said the Yankees will explore all options during the offseason, including the possibility of making an offer to the free-agent slugger.
“There’s nothing we are not looking at,” Steinbrenner said Friday at the Yankees’ spring training complex. “And personally, I like Manny. He’s one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He’s a free spirit for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don’t know yet.”
Ramirez was traded from Boston to the Dodgers on July 31, and Los Angeles is expected to attempt to re-sign the high-priced outfielder.
New York’s priority is pitching, and CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett figure to be the top starters on the market.
“Every team in baseball wants Sabathia,” Steinbrenner said. “That’s the bottom line. It’s not a real secret. Pitching is in the forefront for everybody, not just us. That’s why starting pitching is at a premium.”
Prediction: Between now and the start of the spring training, there will approximately 17 of these stories where Hank makes some sort of comment about a player he wants, or how the Yankees need pitching, or how he promises the Yankees will back or whatever.
As for actual news, Arm Tellem has arrived in Montoursville, Pa., for his meeting with Mike Mussina. Tellem said there was no set timetable and he wasn’t expecting Mussina to announce anything tonight.
That’s not really Moose’s style anyway. It’s a good bet that Mike will hold a press conference at the Stadium sometime soon to announce his retirement or have the Yankees release a statement and do a conference call.
There is no evidence that he will be coming back.