Managed to get home from Orlando without anyone offering me an insane contract. It’s pretty disappointing.
Carl Crawford has been the story of the past 24 hours or so. Cliff Lee will be the story for the next 24 hours or more.
In the background, there’s Russell Martin.
The Yankees have been vaguely linked to a handful of players. Some left-handed relievers. Some role players. Some bits and pieces that have been caught in this “wide net” Brian Cashman keeps talking about. Martin’s name, though, seems to have weight.
George King reports that the Yankees are not only interested, they’ve made an offer. Martin’s agent went on the record saying the Yankees have said they view Martin as a starting catcher. There are at least three teams in the bidding, and there could be a fourth offering a multi-year contract. The Yankees have plenty of internal options, but with none of them guaranteed to be a productive everyday catcher, the Yankees seem to be interested in adding one more piece. Martin is no sure thing himself, but the combination of youth and talent has him firmly on the radar.
• The Rangers apparently feel pretty good after today’s meeting with Cliff Lee. What does that mean in the big picture? I have no idea.
• Good stuff from Ken Davidoff who has the complete breakdown of Derek Jeter’s contract.
• Over at MLBTradeRumors, the consensus seems to be that the Yankees are still the favorites for Lee.
• Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Rule 5 draft. I get the sense that the Yankees think Robert Fish is considerably more likely to make the team than Daniel Turpen, but obviously they’re both wild cards.
• Included in that Baseball Prospectus piece is the rumor that the Yankees took Turpen only because he was thought to be on the list of players to be named later in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Frankly, that might hurt the Padres more than the Red Sox.