Just a few links from this first day of the offseason.
• Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are almost certainly going to make Nick Swisher a qualifying offer this offseason — they have to do that to get compensation for him if he signs elsewhere — but Heyman says the Yankees have no plans of seriously pursuing a multi-year deal with their current right fielder. It’s certainly going to take a multi-year deal to sign Swisher.
• Also from Heyman, and also not a surprise, the Yankees are going to pick up Curtis Granderson’s option for next season. That’s a no-brainer. Heyman says a long-term extension isn’t likely. Also not surprising.
• Over at the Daily News, John Harper quotes an unnamed Yankee saying that the booing at home during the ALCS had a significant impact in the clubhouse. “I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.”
• I was talking to Brian Cashman when Kevin Long did his postgame interview yesterday, so I missed him saying that Curtis Granderson’s postseason struggles might have been a confidence issue. “There might have been a little bit of self doubt that I saw,” Long said.
• Apparently the Red Sox are working toward making John Farrell their new manager. Joe McDonald and Gordon Edes report that Boston is trying to figure out the proper compensation for Toronto, which currently has Farrell as its manager. That’s significant for the Yankees because their bench coach, Tony Pena, has interviewed for the Red Sox job.
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