I talked very briefly with Brian Cashman this afternoon. For the most part, the news is that there is no news, but the Yankees general manager did have a good line about Derek Jeter being named Sportsman of the Year.
“We’re real fortunate to have him, we really are,” Cashman said. “Every now and then you get lucky and come across someone who makes you better in every way. He’s that kind of person.”
• Cashman is meeting with ownership at the end of the week. That’s when things like payroll will be determined. Until then, there’s not much to report. “There is nothing new in our baseball world right now,” Cashman said.
• Tomorrow is the deadline to offer arbitration to free agents, but Cashman wouldn’t say one way or another whether the Yankees will make an offer to any of their players. “We’ll just make an announcement,” he said.
• I wrote last night that I wasn’t sure whether the Freddy Guzman trade had been finalized. Cashman said the Yankees sent Baltimore $50,000 – the price of a Rule 5 pick – to complete the deal.
• The Yankees haven’t decided who gets a World Series ring and who doesn’t. I asked because I’m curious about Steven Jackson, who was called up to New York but never actually pitched in a game.