Can you believe this? It’s been two weeks since the Michael Pineda trade and the Yankees have done nothing!
Kidding. They’ve settled on contracts with all of their arbitration guys, made the Andruw Jones and Hiroki Kuroda signings official and celebrated the career of Jorge Posada. Now that the Yankees have made their big splash, what are we waiting for?
The development of the DH situation
This might be a lot of waiting for nothing, but Cashman has made it clear he’s willing to trade some of his excess pitching to sign a hitter. That means there might be another big move on the way. The Yankees would rather go the trade route than dig into what seems to be a deep free agent market. As it stands, Jorge Vazquez is arguably the most interesting in-house candidate, but it seems a long shot that the Yankees will enter spring training with Vazquez as a leading candidate for their regular DH spot.
Eric Chavez to come off the market
We know Chavez wants to play next season, and as long as he’s still available — even if the Yankees sign another reserve infielder — there will be questions about whether the Yankees can bring Chavez back on some sort of deal. Until he signs, with the Yankees or someone else, his name is going to pop up every now and then.
The evolution of the bargain bin
No matter how long Prince Fielder stayed on the market, his price tag was never going to fall into “bargain” territory. Pitchers like Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt might fall into one-year deals, but they’re never going to come dirt cheap. Other pieces of the free agent market, though, might find they have little choice but to sign microscopic deals — even minor league deals — just to land a job. Last year, the Yankees had great success with late signings like this.
A full list of minor league signings
Speaking of bargain deals… Every year the Yankees release a massive list of players invited to big league camp, and every year there’s at least one name that stands out as a big league possibility. Every year there are also names that don’t stand out at all, yet managed to play some sort of role in the big leagues. How many people paid any attention to Luis Ayala or Gustavo Molina when they were first mentioned? And it should be interesting to see which prospects get a chance to play with the big guys for a few weeks.
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