A few things to ponder:
The new Cashman: When Brian Cashman decided to stay with the team in October, he spent his press conference railing against stories that criticized him and said his motivation was to prove those people wrong. It struck me at the time as a strange reason to keep a job.
But whatever is driving Cashman is driving him well. The trade for Nick Swisher was a good one and he has been smart in approaching the free agent market, targeting specific players, researching the process and moving at the right time. It remains to be seen whether CC Sabathia is a great pitcher in pinstripes. But how Cashman approached, recruited and signed the big lefty was brilliant. The Yankees were patient when they had to be and aggressive when they could be.
The roster: The Yankees have a full 40-man roster. So as players are added, players will have to be subtracted and designated for assignment.
The leading contenders would seem to be Chris Britton, Shelley Duncan, Cody Ransom, Justin Christian and Dan Giese. Maybe Steven Jackson. Because he is left-handed, I would think Chase Wright stays in the organization. But he’ll be 26 in February. I hope Britton gets a shot to go someplace else. He deserves a chance to show what he can do rather than ride the Scranton shuttle.
Manny Ramirez: Ken Davidoff had an interesting story in Newsday today about a frustrated Manny saying he will retire because of the lack of offers. It won’t happen, of course. Manny is all about the money. But it speaks to how unstable a person Ramirez is and why he would be a terrible addition for the Yankees.
Don’t forget, he said when he left the Red Sox that what he liked least about playing in Boston was the pressure to win every game. So how would that work in New York?
Some fans are holding out hope that Manny will be in pinstripes. Be careful what you wish for in this case. Manny in New York managed by a polar opposite personality in Joe Girardi could be a disaster.