Let’s face it, folks. Not too many people are thinking about baseball tonight. The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl, so unless the Yankees trade away Derek Jeter, they’re probably not getting the headlines tomorrow morning.
Speaking of tomorrow, I’m supposed to take one week off before spring training, so that’ll be starting tomorrow. The Pinch Hitters series will keep running in the mornings, and our friends at The Journal News will be filling in as necessary.
I’ll see you all again for that last week leading into spring training. Maybe we’ll all have some more answers by then. Until then, the a look back at the past week in review.
• Mark Teixeira said he’s focused on getting more base hits left-handed this season, even if that means laying down a few bunts. Not something you hear very often from a middle-of-the-order power hitter.
• Joe Girardi publicly stated that he’d like the Yankees to add a left-handed hitter, specifically discussing Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Raul Ibanez. It’s clear that the Yankees have the space and the desire to add a hitter (or two) but the team seems to be once again staying patient.
• Brian Cashman’s personal life became very public this week, with a woman arrested for stalking the Yankees general manager, then news that Cashman’s wife filed for divorce.
• Kevin Whelan cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was DFA to make room for Hiroki Kuroda on the 40-man roster.
• The Yankees signed former Cubs general manger Jim Hendry as a special assignment scout, and also announced a series of front office promotions, including title bumps for Billy Eppler and Jean Afterman.
• Former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen agreed to a minor league deal with the Yankees. He looks like little more than pitching depth at this point, probably a call-up candidate should the Yankees need some middle-inning help.
• There was a report that the Yankees were in “serious talks” with utility man Bill Hall.
• Edwin Jackson finally came off the market, as did Casey Kotchman. The free agent market is getting thinner and thinner with pitchers and catchers reporting in two weeks.
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