“I saw him (last week) at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look like he lost 30 pounds to me,” Cashman said. “Maybe half that amount. We haven’t weighed him so I don’t now where that number comes from.”
Whatever the number, Cashman said Sabathia has worked hard to rehab his surgically repair knee, and in the process he’s lost some weight. We’ll just have to wait until Monday to know exactly how much.
My guess is Sabathia will find it kind of hilarious when we’re all asking him exactly how much he weighs now, and exactly how much he weighed in October.
Some other links and notes from today:
• Jon Heyman says the Yankees are still considering Kevin Millwood as a potential innings eater at the back of the rotation.
• Interesting note from Joel Sherman, who reports that the Yankees and Diamondbacks discussed a sign-and-trade that would have sent Grant Balfour to New York without the Yankees losing a draft pick. Sign-and-trade deals don’t happen often in baseball, and I suspect that’s largely because the signing team — the one losing a draft pick — doesn’t have a ton of confidence that the prospect(s) it’s about to acquire will actually be more valuable than the draft pick it’s about to lose. Kevin Towers’ familiarity with the Yankees system would have eliminated some of that concern.
• Nick Swisher has reportedly changed agents. Ken Rosenthal reported tonight that Swisher moved to Dan Lozano. There was a previous report today that Swisher moved to Scott Boras.
• Over at River Ave. Blues, check out Mike Axisa’s choices for the Yankees top 30 prospects.
• The two outfielders designated for assignment by the Rays — to make room for Manny and Johnny — both cleared waivers and were outrighted back into the minor league system.
Associated Press photo of Sabathia