Check it out, actual pictures from Tampa. The Associated Press has moved from photos from the Yankees minor league complex, where guys are getting in their early work before camp officially opens.
That’s Derek Jeter taking batting practice; Joba Chamberlain, Cory Wade, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova doing some running; Jeter and Ramiro Pena fielding grounders; prospect Mason Williams; and Chamberlain and Nova throwing on the side with Larry Rothschild.
My guess is the complex will be pretty quiet this weekend, but you never know. Guys might actually show up to get some work in on a Saturday.
Of course, today’s biggest news centers on a guy who won’t be in Tampa rather than the handful of guys who are already there. Here are a few notes and links from today…
• In the A.J. Burnett deal, the Yankees will get $5 million in salary relief this season and $8 million next season. Wonder if they already know that $5 million is what they need to make their final offseason signings this time around.
• Speaking of which… Jon Heyman says the Yankees will wait until the Burnett deal is official before finalizing deals with additional hitters. He says it’s still going to be Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez added to the roster.
• The fourth mystery team in the Burnett trade talks? Buster Olney says it was the Phillies, who would have needed to move Joe Blanton to make a deal work. And just to stop these emails ahead of time… No, I don’t think the Phillies would have offered Domonic Brown.
• Down in Tampa, Joba Chamberlain is still optimistic about his surgically repaired elbow. He’s up to 35 pitches, three times a week off a half mound.
• Michael Pineda said today that he got to camp weighing about 280 pounds and needs to lose 10 during spring training. Seems pretty reasonable, to be honest.
• Jayson Stark asked 20 baseball sources to rank various things about the offseason. The Yankees were named as the second most improved American League team — the Angels, of course, were first — and their Montero-for-Pineda deal was named as the best trade of the winter.
• Head over to River Ave. Blues to check out Mike Axisa’s picks for the Top 30 Yankees prospects.
Associated Press photos