No surprise that much of today has been a reflection on yesterday. This afternoon I talked to one team source who said he enjoyed watching the trade story break gradually on Twitter last night. He already knew about the deal, and he began tracking the story’s progress from the minute news broke of the Mariners possibly acquiring an unknown impact hitter.
Today, Buster Olney tweeted a reminder that the physicals aren’t finished just yet, and it might be a few days before the trade becomes official. I have to assume the same thing applies for the Hiroka Kuroda signing.
Could Yankee Stadium host two press conferences next week, one to deal with Friday’s moves and another to announce Jorge Posada’s retirement? Talk about two very different events in one place.
A few Saturday notes and links…
• For basic scouting report details, I like Baseball America’s trade central which has a good breakdown of the four players involved in last night’s trade.
• The Yankees don’t really need another veteran starter at this point, and Olney reports that Bartolo Colon has started negotiating with Oakland.
• One last Olney tweet: He believes Jorge Vazquez could be a legitimate option to fill the Yankees DH opening. “He just mashes,” one evaluator told Olney.
• A.J. Burnett’s agent says his client still expects to be the Yankees rotation next season. Of course, if things stay as they are, this spring’s battle for that last rotation spot will be fascinating.
• Jon Heyman reported today that the Yankees and Mariners were talking about a Felix Hernandez deal, but the Mariners weren’t interested. I heard the same thing, but only after Heyman put it out there.
• Nick Cafardo wonders if the Red Sox might react to the Yankees additions by going after either Roy Oswalt or Matt Garza.
• Kevin Kouzmanoff might have been a cheap option for the Yankees to consider for a bench role, but he’s signed a minor league contract with the Royals.
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