A few relatively minor notes from the day we learned Jorge Posada is ready to retire.
• Marc Carig caught up with Mariano Rivera in New Jersey this afternoon. Rivera was giving a pitching clinic and said everything is back to normal after surgery on his vocal cords.
• Speaking of Rivera, he offered a tease but little more, saying that he might know by spring training whether he wants to pitch beyond this season. Of course, he wouldn’t say which direction he’s leaning.
• Ken Rosenthal passes along a comment from Hiroyuki Nakajima’s agent, saying it was the backup role — more than the money — that caused Nakajima to not sign with the Yankees. Even Brian Cashman admitted yesterday that Nakajima is likely a better player than the role he was being offered, but this is the way things work with a process as the posting system.
• Interesting note down in Baltimore: Nick Markakis had surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle and likely won’t be ready for the start of spring training. He’s hoping a shortened spring will be enough to be ready by Opening Day.
• Given the Markakis situation, it’s worth noting that the Yankees go to Baltimore for their second series of the season.
• Surprisingly staying in Baltimore, it seems the Orioles conversations about acquiring Alfonso Soriano were never very serious. He’s not expected to land in Baltimore, if he’s moved at all… Also, the Orioles and Blue Jays were reportedly on hand to watch Manny Ramirez take batting practice.
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