Guess I picked a pretty good week to take some time off.
Predictably, the week between Christmas and New Years was overwhelmingly quiet. I managed to avoid the New York blizzard, see a ton of friends and family and not have to unexpectedly work on a single breaking Yankees story.*
That’s a win for me.
Most of the AL East was busy. Nothing too crazy, but the Red Sox re-signed Hideki Okajima, the Orioles landed Derrek Lee and the Blue Jays signed Octavio Dotel. Of the three, only Dotel would have made much sense for the Yankees, but there are still several late-inning, right-handed relief options out there (trading for David Aardsma, though, is now pretty much out of the question).
Whether the Yankees are legitimately interested in any of those relievers remains to be seen, and their interest might depend on how the market changes in the next few weeks.
For now, another quiet week has come and gone. At this point, did you expect anything else?
* Most significant Yankees-related story of my week was probably this one: My friend Bobby felt absolutely certain that Kansas State would beat Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl, and he put a fairly significant amount of money where his mouth was. Not good. At one point he tried to blame me for the end result.