Andy Pettitte said he’s leaning toward retirement
My guess is that a few weeks after the season isn’t the best time to ask Pettitte’s thoughts on retirement. He just got home. He’s regularly seeing the family for the first time in months. He just finished the grind of 162 games, and those games were split by an injury. The better test will be mid to late December.
Brian Cashman flew to Arkansas to begin the Cliff Lee pursuit
Obviously. No sense wasting any time. Everyone knows the deal here. The Yankees need a front-line starter, and there’s only one on the free agent market. Cashman would rather not part with the prospects it would take to trade for a Lee-type starter, so the Yankees will give chase. This Cashman trip was a no-brainer. He was actually pretty close to my home town. We should have invited him to the wedding.
Cashman met with Derek Jeter
The sooner this deal gets done, the better. As long as Jeter is unemployed, this will remain a never-ending topic of discussion.
Cashman said none of the Yankees young catchers will be handed a job
Goes without saying. Even so, it’s pretty cool to hear Cashman being asked regularly about the top prospects in the Yankees minor league system. It’s fun to talk about potential, but at some point a team has to take the leap and give the kids a chance.
Jeter won a Gold Glove
I don’t think Jeter is the best defensive shortstop in the league, but I don’t think he’s as bad as people make him out to be. Managers like the guys who make every play and limit mistakes. Jeter does that. He’s still pretty good at turning the double play, and I don’t remember a game in which I thought Jeter’s range cost the Yankees a win. Did he deserve the Gold Glove? Probably not. But the Gold Glove has always been a strange award, and everyone knows it. Calling him the best defensive shortstop in the league is too much praise, just like the resulting backlash probably went too far the other direction.
David DeJesus was traded
This deal happened not long after I got home, and I was thrilled by the timing. I can’t imagine how many emails Sam got in the hours and days after the trade was announced. DeJesus is a nice player, and for whatever reason he’s always been a favorite fantasy trade target within the Yankees fan base. The Yankees don’t need an outfielder right now, but I’m sure there was considerable disappointment to see him traded to the other coast.