Seems a little harder to keep up with day-to-day news in the offseason, so every Sunday I’ll try to offer a week-in-review post to help everyone catch up on the key bits of information. At this point, the news is fairly thin, but here are the basics of what you missed the past seven days.
• Mariano Rivera told Brian Cashman that he’s still not certain whether he’ll play next season. Rivera initially said he would absolutely be back after tearing his ACL, but he now seems to be having second thoughts (I’m still getting the sense that the Yankees believe he’ll ultimately return).
• CC Sabathia had a bone spur removed from his left elbow. The surgery was relatively minor and Sabathia is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
• Manager Joe Girardi did his annual end-of-the-season press conference, but he didn’t drop any real news. The most significant thing Girardi said might have been his insistence that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the Yankees everyday third baseman next year.
• Cashman said on a radio show that Michael Pineda isn’t likely to be available until the middle of next season at the earliest. Shoot for June and set expectations from there.
• In the same interview, Cashman once again said he doesn’t expect Eduardo Nunez to play anywhere but shortstop next season. There are no plans of having Nunez change positions to fit him into the lineup next season.
• Joel Sherman cited a friend of Ichiro Suzuki’s who said Ichiro would like to return to the Yankees next season and money shouldn’t be a problem. I can’t help wondering whether contract length — and faith that Ichiro can repeat his second-half results — might be a problem.
• Mark Teixeira won a Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive first baseman in baseball.
• Japanese phenom Shohei Otani was drafted in Japan, but that’s not likely to stop him from ultimately signing with a Major League team. He’ll likely be the biggest name on the international market this winter.
• The Yankees re-signed four minor league free agents, including left-handed reliever Juan Cedeno and speedy outfielder Abe Almonte, who could get at least an invitation to big league camp this spring. Not bad depth pieces.
• Game 4 of the World Series is tonight in Detroit. The Giants have the early advantage.
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