The Yankees keep knocking little things off their to-do list. Last week, they made their arbitration-offer decisions and signed a few minor league deals, but none of the big signings were completed.
Maybe you read a little bit about the Derek Jeter negotiations. Let’s just say they’re ongoing.
This week likely will be more of the same as baseball moves toward the Winter Meetings.
Maybe the coaching staff will be finalized or a role player will be signed, but there’s little indication that the Yankees are especially close to finalizing or anything with Jeter, Mariano Rivera or Cliff Lee. Buster Olney has reported that the Lee talks could heat up this week, but even then, Lee’s not expected to sign before next week’s meetings.
Thursday is the deadline to tender a contract offer to players under team control, so we can be assured of some sort of news this week, but it’s all going to be small potatoes until the big names come off the board.