Last week’s GM Meetings came and went without much news coming out of Yankees camp. The real intriguing stuff came out last night when John Harper reported that, during last week’s meetings, the Braves told the Yankees they were interested in Eduardo Nunez.
Harper has a source who wonders if the two sides might be able to eventually build a deal around Nunez and Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens.
“They need offense,” Harper’s source said of the Braves. “They need a shortstop because they don’t want to bring (Alex) Gonzalez back, and they like Nunez a lot.”
Nunez for Jurrjens is unlikely to say the least. Even if the Braves asking price for Jurrjens falls — and even knowing the difference in salary — Nunez alone wouldn’t be enough to get the deal done. Harper suggests including Nick Swisher in some way, and we all know Brian Cashman is on record saying he would be willing to give up offense for pitching.
Is it going to happen? Right now it’s impossible to say it’s remotely close, but the Braves like Nunez and the Yankees need a pitcher. That’s a starting point.
The rest of the week in review.
• Eric Chavez wants to play next year, and his agent contacted Cashman last week to check on the possibility of a return to the Bronx. Cashman has said he could be interested in bringing Chavez back for a reprise of last year’s bench role.
• CC Sabathia finished fourth in the American League Cy Young race. Former Yankees starter Ian Kennedy finished fourth in the NL Cy Young race.
• Ivan Nova finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year race, and Joe Girardi was fifth in Manager of the Year. MVP is announced this week.
• The Yankees made their moves to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. They added David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell, Zoilo Almonte, David Adams and Corban Joseph to the 40-man roster.
• The new collective bargaining agreement is nearly official, and it’s going to include some significant changes to the draft and international signings. Should be announced this week.
• The Yankees signed lefty Mike O’Connor and re-signed right-hander Grant Duff to minor league deals.
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