The past week started as another slow one for the Yankees. The World Series was still going on, free agency hadn’t started and the offseason was a quiet mix of speculation and organizational meetings.
But things started happening in the past few days, and the offseason could heat up in the next week.
The Yankees first big player news of the offseason came late last night when the Yankees officially exercised their options on Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher. Cano was a no brainer and Swisher an expected decision, but even so, those moves got the ball rolling.
We already know general manager Brian Cashman has agreed to a new deal, and that agreement could become official in the next day or two. CC Sabathia’s opt-out date is tomorrow, and the Yankees clearly want to keep him.
The offseason is upon us, and it’s starting to move.
A few other notes from the past week…
• MLB and the players union agreed to delay the start of free agency 24 hours because of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Free agency officially started last night at midnight, and players can sign with new teams beginning Thursday.
• The Yankees renewed their broadcasting deal with WCBS.
• Cashman was in a minor car accident on same day the news broke that his new contract was settled.
• The Angels hired a general manager, and it was not Billy Eppler or Damon Oppenheimer.
• Former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland was named the pitching coach in Kansas City.
• Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp were named the Hank Aaron Award winners. Will they also be the MVPs?
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