Noted Yankees fan and savior of the NBA LeBron James was in New York on Tuesday and talked to the media masses before destroying the Knicks. Sam Borden of The Journal News was on hand and filed this report:
On the idea of his friend CC Sabathia signing with the Yankees, LeBron said they had not discussed it yet. “It will be good for him, it would be good for the team,” he said. “The Yankees definitely need pitching, especially with Mike Mussina retiring. They need to bulk up their pitching rotation. … I know my stuff about the Yankees – they need some pitching, because they have all the offense in the world, and that can help.”
James was also asked why he thinks fans like Jeter more than A-Rod. Interestingly, he didn’t even mention A-Rod at all in his answer, praising only Jeter instead.
“I’m a big fan of Derek Jeter and I like the way he approaches the game every night. It’s not about numbers all the time, sometimes it’s about what you do off the field in his case. He’s been the leader of that team ever since he put on the pinstripes. You could always count on him to be there on and off the field, through rough times, through good times. He’s kind of been that backbone for the last 10 years I guess.” James said.
LeBron sounds like he knows his stuff. Jeter needs to make a call to make sure he helps recruit Sabathia.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox reported that Andy Pettitte had talked with Joe Torre about playing for the Dodgers. This could well be the Hendricks brothers reminding the Yankees that Andy is still waiting for his contract.
Once a player gets in the open market, all bets are off. But Pettitte owes the Yankees one for all the support they threw his way last spring after he admitted his PED use.
Meanwhile, there are reports circulating the Angels are prepared to offer Sabathia a deal. Somebody has to at least try, right? This also could be the Angels way of trying to get Mark Teixeira to the table.
Remember, almost every action in the hot stove season is related to some other move. A good way for a player to make a deal is to talk to another team. A good way for a team to make a deal is to talk to another player. If you recall last season, all it took for Jorge Posada to get his from the Yankees was having lunch with Omar Minaya.
If nothing happens today, it could be quiet for a bit. Baseball people are sane enough to talk the holiday off and Friday could be quiet as a result. It only takes a phone call to make a deal but none of these things are on a deadline.