Just a few notes from Nashville, none of which specifically mention Alex Rodriguez…
• Robinson Cano has officially committed to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. A total of 32 players were announced as having committed to the WBC, but Cano was the only Yankees player on the list. I’m sure there will be others eventually.
• One name consistently connected to the Yankees is former Mets outfielder Scott Hairston. That said, Hairston seems to be gunning for a fairly substantial contract. He reportedly already has a two-year offer from the Tigers, but he’s not planning to accept it. Hairston would, in theory, form half of a right field platoon (or simply provide some right-handed balance across the outfield).
• One name consistently coming up in wishful thinking for the Yankees is Padres third baseman Chase Headley, but a Padres official told Joel Sherman: “We’re not going to move Headley.”
• Another infield depth candidate is Jeff Keppinger. His agent claims that teams are not at all hesitant to sign Keppinger in the wake of his offseason injury. Could make sense for the Yankees in the right circumstance. The two have been connected in speculation.
• Doesn’t matter that the Blue Jays already have more catchers than they need, they claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees.
• So much for signing Joakim Soria to a team-friendly one-year deal so that he can reestablish himself. He reportedly got two years and $8-9 million from the Rangers.
• Another significant name came off the board today as Angel Pagan re-signed with the Giants. Pagan got a four-year deal.