I’m out of town for the week, but I’m hoping everyone back in New York — and various other spots out east — is handling the storm without any problems. Stay safe everyone. Here are a few links and notes from this first day of the offseason.
• Wally Matthews reports that Joe Girardi has called Alex Rodriguez to begin mending any problems that might have been created by Rodriguez being benched this postseason. A source tells Matthews that the call went well, with Rodriguez apparently holding no hard feelings.
• Until today, I’d honestly forgotten that David Aardsma’s contract had an option for next season. I really thought it was a normal two-year deal. Anyway, Mark Feinsand says the 2013 option is for $500,000 plus incentives. Certainly worth a shot.
• After a disappointing World Series appearance as a 22-year-old Yankees starter, Dave Righetti never got back to the Series until he became the Giants pitching coach. Jack Curry wrote about Righetti’s new postseason legacy in San Francisco.
• One-year Yankees reliever Luis Ayala had his 2013 option picked up by the Orioles. Ayala was a surprisingly good pitcher for the Yankees in 2011, but he was allowed to walk and wound up being even better for Baltimore.
• Left-handed starter Ryu Hyun-jin is reportedly going to be posted by the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. I only know what I’ve read about him today, but the numbers are good, and his experience suggests he’s a guy who could be expected to pitch in a big league rotation right away.
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