Some veterans are starting to settle for minor league deals at this point in the offseason — Carlos Guillen, Juan Cruz, Livan Hernandez — and you have to think the Yankees would like to get in on that action. I don’t think Brian Cashman is bluffing when he says he’d like to trade for a bat, but I also think the team could find some cheap bench options out there. Sometimes they work out (Eric Chavez) and sometimes they don’t (Ron Belliard) but they never hurt.
A few notes and links on a fairly quiet Wednesday.
By the way, that’s an AP picture of CC Sabathia at the Knicks game last night.
• Interesting little nugget from our buddy Bryan Hoch: At last night’s Thurman Munson Dinner, Thurman’s wife Diana said that George Steinbrenner told the Munsons that he was hoping to have Thurman become the Yankees manager at some point. “George said positively, he was grooming him,” Diana said. “And I always laugh. I’d say, ‘How many times do you think George would have fired him?’
• No surprise, but Cashman once again said he’s comfortable with A.J. Burnett as a piece of the pitching staff. “He’s extremely talented and has been inconsistent,” Cashman said. “But I can tell you I’m comfortable with the effort he’s giving, I’m comfortable with everything that he does, the accountability that comes with him.”
• For whatever it’s worth, Curt Schilling said the Yankees are the favorites to win the American League East.
• Interesting piece from Kevin Goldstein, who asked MLB executives to compare Yoenis Cespedes to five young big league center fielders, wondering whether the executives would prefer Cespedes or the known quantities. Of the five, Adam Jones was the only big leaguer seen as a consensus better player than Cespedes. Six of the eight executives interviewed preferred Cespedes to Colby Rasmus or Drew Stubbs.
• Speaking of Cespedes: Baseball America took a look at six other Cuban free agents who are on the international radar.
• The International League announced that former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland has been elected to the league’s Hall of Fame. Most of his time as a player in the league was spent with Triple-A Columbus.
Associated Press photo