Hope some of you folks out there had a nice Valentines Day. If it somehow slipped your mind until just now, there’s still time for a last-second trip for some sort of gift. Flowers. Candy. A chick-flick DVD. A Bob Dylan box set. Whatever it takes to keep yourself out of the doghouse.
As usual on these slow days — lots of smoke, not much fire — here’s a quick look at some news and notes from the day.
• The Yankees were never major players for Yoenis Cespedes, but Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler might make more sense. The Yankees system could use some additional outfield depth, and Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have “serious interest” in Soler. The assumption is that Soler would be cheaper than Cespedes, and he could use some development time, which takes away the need to find a spot for him in an already-full big league outfield. The Cubs are reportedly focused on acquiring Soler, but Olney says the Cubs are not particularly close to a deal.
• Jon Heyman still believes the Pirates are the most likely landing spot for A.J. Burnett, despite the fact the Indians, Angels and possibly a fourth team have checked on his availability.
• Joba Chamberlain continues to take steps forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Chamberlain tweeted today that he threw 20 pitches off a half mound. That’s a pretty significant step. “Felt great,” Chamberlain wrote, “feeling really strong.”
• A small note, but an interesting one: David Adams was among those taking batting practice at the minor league complex this morning. Last I’d heard, the Yankees weren’t entirely sure Adams would be ready to go in spring training, but it seems his ankle injury has healed enough to get on the field.
• A note from The Associated Press: OF Preston Mattingly, the son of the former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, is among the prospects working out. “I’m just trying to be myself and go out and play,” Mattingly said. “I’ve struggled in the minor leagues, and I think a lot of people would have gave up. You’ve just got to keep working. You’ll never know what can happen.”
• More good stuff over at Bronx Banter. One day after taking a look at Hiroki Kuroda’s personality, today William Juliano gives a statistical analysis of Kuroda as a pitcher.
• The YES Network announced today that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a two-hour special on Tuesday, March 13. The program will highlight the network’s most memorable on-air moments and events since it launched on March 19, 2002.