From the top of the Landmark Building this morning, Brian Cashman challenged new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to join him for next year’s rappel down 22 stories. It was a joke — sort of — and Cashman went to speak highly of the new Boston skipper.
“I know Bobby,” Cashman said. “I know he’s fully qualified to handle anything and everything that’s going to come his way up in Boston. I didn’t like seeing Terry Francona in that dugout because Terry was outstanding at what he did, and I don’t like seeing Bobby Valentine in that dugout either because I know what Bobby is and what he will do and can do.
“… The rivalry is about us trying to be the best, and them trying to be the best, and we happen to be paired against each other in the same division and knocking heads all the time. That will continue. The storylines might change, and the people might change, but that’s the bottom line. He’ll do everything in his power to make sure the Red Sox perform up to the highest standards possible , and it’s our job to continue to do the same for the Yankees.”
• It seems Mariano Rivera is just fine after today’s vocal chord surgery. Cashman seemed thoroughly unconcerned this morning.
• You can follow this link to watch the Fox video of one of Cashman’s descents this morning. Dialogue while rappelling down a building is … awkward.
• Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees not only want to bring back Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones, they’re also interested in Mike Gonzalez as a second lefty out of the bullpen. Big money moves for veterans lefties haven’t exactly worked out recently.
• Speaking of Chavez, the A’s are the only team other than the Yankees he’s ever played for, and Susan Slusser reports that Chavez wouldn’t fit for Oakland.
• The Yankees have re-signed minor league pitcher Noel Castillo.