Last week started with the Yankees taking care of their greatest offseason need. CC Sabathia did not opt out, he agreed to a contract extension, and the Yankees have their irreplaceable ace at the top of their rotation.
A day later, Brian Cashman’s new contract became official, and the Yankees offseason was off and running. Cashman has started making his winter phone calls, checking in with agents and gauging the market.
When the Yankees open spring training in a few months, we’ll look back at the beginning of last week as the moment their offseason really got started.
The rest of this week in review.
• The Elias rankings became public, including Freddy Garcia as a Type B free agent. If the Yankees offer him arbitration and he signs elsewhere, they’ll get a draft pick.
• None of the Yankees won a Gold Glove, but Granderson and Robinson Cano took home Silver Slugger Awards.
• Speaking of Granderson and Cano, they’ve been in Taiwan helping a group of Major Leaguers play a five-game exhibition series. The last game is today. The MLB team won the first four games, with Granderson hitting a grand slam and Cano having a strong — and wildly popular — series.
• The Yankees declined their option on disappointing former first-round pick Andrew Brackman, adding him to the list of free agents who became free to sign with new teams on Thursday.
• Cashman said that, despite getting Sabathia, pitching remains his offseason priority. He doesn’t foresee needing a bat, and he expects to move conservatively through the winter.
• Ohio State’s baseball field was named after Nick Swisher. I bet he wasn’t excited about it at all.
• A whole bunch of minor leaguers officially became free agents, including Kei Igawa, whose contract finally came off the books.
• Former Yankees Allie Reynolds, Jim Kaat and Luis Tiant are on the Golden Era Hall of Fame ballot.
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