The Yankees officially took care of a few inevitable orders of business last week, but the most memorable moment was certainly Jorge Posada’s retirement press conference. It was an emotional celebration of the longtime catcher’s life and career.
“Playing for the? New york Yankees has been an honor,” he said. “I could never wear another uniform. Being a part of seven World Series and having five rings is something I never could have imagined being a part of. It was just priceless. I will forever be a Yankee.?”
Officially, the Yankees lost Posada and Jesus Montero in the same week, leaving a massive hole at designated hitter. Filling that hole will almost certainly be the focus of these last few weeks of the offseason.
The rest of the week in review…
• Despite an abundance of designated hitter types on the free agent market, Cashman made it clear that he would like to trade some of his excess starting pitching to acquire a bat. There could be another significant move in the Yankees future.
• Hiroki Kuroda is officially on the roster. Almost two weeks after the two sides agreed to terms, the Kuroda signing was made official. Kevin Whelan was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
• Andruw Jones is also officially on the roster. News of his signing broke in December, but it didn’t become official until Wednesday.
• All of the arbitration-eligible Yankees are officially under contract. The Yankees took care of the last on on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal with Boone Logan.
• Joba Chamberlain took to Twitter to announce that his Tommy John rehab is still moving forward, including throwing off flat ground with Larry Rothschild.
• MLB Network and MLB.com revealed their Top 100 prospects list, including Yankees prospects Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams. When the list was initially posted online, Banuelos was ranked on spot ahead of Jesus Montero. The two have since been swapped. Weird.
• Yoenis Cespedes is officially on the free agent market, though I still doubt the Yankees will be heavily involved. Spending big on such an unproven player seems completely opposite of everything else the Yankees have done this winter.
• The biggest name still on the market finally signed when Prince Fielder agreed to a massive nine-year deal with the Tigers.
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