A few minor roster additions, three predictable free agent decisions, and a rather quiet three days at the General Managers Meetings.
This was the first full week of November, and it was predictably quiet. A few teams made big league signings, and many teams were floated through significant trade and free agent speculation, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t expect to get much done this week, and he made good on that expectation.
• It was perfectly expected, and on Friday it became official: Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda each rejected their qualifying offers from the Yankees. There might have been some mild hope for Kuroda to accept, but the market suggests his value is higher than one year, $13.3 million.
• The Yankees actually did add a few players this week. They claimed catcher Eli Whiteside and relievers David Herndon and Josh Spence off waivers. All three are more depth moves than anything else, but a Yankees source said the team likes Herndon’s arm and believes he’ll be back from Tommy John surgery before the end of the season.
• Robinson Cano is in the final year of his current contract, and there’s little indication that the Yankees are anywhere close to an extension. Agent Scott Boras said he’s had a few conversations with the Yankees, but there’s no sort of progress to report.
• Speaking of Cano, he was named a top five finalist for the MVP award. He was also named the Yankees best defensive player in the first Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award. Cano also won a Silver Slugger, as did Derek Jeter.
• Speaking of Jeter, Cashman confirmed that Jeter’s ankle injury will keep him from playing the World Baseball Classic.
• Speaking of things Cashman announced, during this week’s meetings Cashman said that Michael Pineda’s rehab is on schedule and Pineda is currently throwing off flat ground. Even so, the Yankees aren’t counting on anything from Pineda this season and certainly won’t have him until the summer.
• CC Sabathia told reporters at Yankee Stadium that his elbow surgery went well and he expects to be ready for Opening Day. He also said he’s been trying to get Andy Pettitte to pitch one more season. Sabathia, Joe Girardi and Joba Chamberlain each helped take donations for Hurricane Sandy relief this week.
• It was for a commercial shoot, but nonetheless, Mariano Rivera threw off a mound on Friday. It was his first time on a mound since the ACL injury that cost him most of the season.
• The Marlins signed Tino Martinez to be their new hitting coach. Martinez was serving as an advisor to Cashman.
• Baseball America released its list of minor league free agents. The biggest names on the Yankees list were Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo, Kevin Whelan and Gustavo Molina, each of whom saw some big league time the past three years.
• Long-time Yankees executive Lee MacPhail died on Friday at the age of 95.
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