This was the week when the market started to show some real life, especially in Toronto.
The winter’s first blockbuster was completed when the Marlins shipped Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and two others to the Blue Jays in a 12-player deal. It was a massive salary dump for Miami, but it was only the beginning for Toronto, which promptly agreed to a two-year deal with Melky Cabrera. The Blue Jays roster has been massively rebuilt, and it’s only the middle of November.
Meanwhile, the Yankees had another relatively quiet week. No major moves, no big announcements and Brian Cashman once again promised to be patient in a market with high free agents costs and costly trade demands.
• This was awards week in baseball. None of the Yankees won anything, and Derek Jeter’s seventh-place finish meant he missed out on a contract incentive that would have paid him an additional $2 million next season had he finished just one spot higher. Robinson Cano was fourth in the MVP voting and Joe Girardi was fifth in Manager of the Year.
• Speaking of Cano, he became a U.S. citizen this week. Congrats.
• Girardi acknowledged that there’s at least a chance Jeter won’t be ready for Opening Day. With Jeter coming off a broken ankle, the Yankees might need to have a backup plan in place. Should that be Eduardo Nunez?
• There was a report that the Yankees have some interest in Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, but the Marlins team president said Nolasco will not be part of the Marlins salary dumping winter.
• The Yankees Triple-A team selected a new nickname. Welcome to the world of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. I gotta say, it’s growing on me.
• Torii Hunter, considered a potential right field solution for the Yankees, officially signed a two-year deal with the Tigers. That was the first big free agent signing of the winter, coming just a few days before Cabrera’s deal with the Tigers.
• Speaking of free agent signings, a report out of Los Angeles said that Hiroki Kuroda has told friends that he would prefer playing in Southern California next season so that he can be near his children. Not great news for the Yankees.
• The Arizona Fall League season came to an end with Yankees prospects Slade Heathcott and David Adams finishing with some of the best numbers in the league. Adams was named a finalists for the league’s sportsmanship award.
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