This morning has been a lot like yesterday morning: Not much happening, and not even much of a buzz through the lobby or the media workroom. It’s just another early day in the offseason.
The Yankees have reportedly made a minor move by signing lefty Mike O’Connor. That’s obviously bullpen depth for Triple-A. He’s made 13 big league appearances the past five years. Triple-A lefties hit .207 against him in 2011, but they hit .269 against him in 2010 (he had reverse splits that year). Unless the Yankees move someone like Shaeffer Hall to the bullpen next year — which seems possible simply because of an overcrowded Triple-A rotation — they’re fairly thin on lefty relievers, and O’Connor is just helping to fill that gap. Nothing significant here.
Otherwise, it’s the same old story. We’re still waiting for the collective bargaining agreement to become official, but expectations about a changing free agent compensation system remain the same. Joel Sherman tweeted this morning that, even if Type B free agents are eliminated, there will still be Type Bs this winter. That matters to the Yankees because Freddy Garcia is a Type B.