After a week of sunshine and beaches, I guess it’s time to get back to work. I flew last night, I’ve been flying all morning and I’m going to continue flying well into the early afternoon — this is the price you pay for a week in Hawaii — but I should have internet access, and I’m going to try to get caught up on the past week. In the past seven days, I seriously checked Twitter a handful of times and got on my computer twice.
Here’s what I know.
• The Yankees reportedly have a deal in place with Freddy Garcia. It makes sense, and it’s certainly no surprise. They had to pay him a little more last year, but he’s also worth a little more now that he’s further proven himself in this environment and with this velocity. It’s a one-year deal, so there’s no real long-term risk. Garcia gives the Yankees pitching depth, and like a smaller version of the CC Sabathia deal, his signing keeps the Yankees from having to panic about their rotation. They have five starters in place, now it’s all about looking for improvements.
• During a charity event, Mariano Rivera said next season could be his last. Isn’t that always the case with Rivera? Aren’t we always wondering when exactly he’ll call it quits? It’s a long way between now and the end of next season. Let’s see where he stands then.
• The Yankees apparently have a minor league deal with Jayson Nix. It gives the team some experienced depth all over the field. Nix has started a big league game at five different positions, and he’s shown solid power for that sort of player. He gives the Yankees flexibility, and that’s always a good thing.
• I’m still getting myself caught up on the new collective bargaining agreement, but based on what I’ve read so far, it’s going to be a blow to big-market teams, which isn’t too surprising.
• A few Type A free agent relievers had their status dropped to Type B. Of course, the Yankees aren’t really in the market for late-inning relievers. Of the guys who had their status changed, Darren Oliver jumps out as a possible fit for the Yankees just because he’s left-handed.
• Grady Sizemore re-signed with the Indians, Joe Nathan landed with the Rangers and John Jaso was traded to the Mariners. Can’t imagine the Yankees were ever in the market for Nathan or Jaso, and Sizemore wasn’t an ideal fit in the outfield only because he’s left-handed and far from a sure thing. He’s giving it one more year in Cleveland.
I’ll be back with some more throughout the day. Like I said, I’m really getting myself caught up today. Things are starting to move a little bit, with the Winter Meetings exactly a week away.