Pitchers and catchers report in the morning, so here are a few notes and links on this final day of the offseason. Let’s start with The Associated Press…
David Kaplan said in an email Monday that Berra’s heath was pretty good and that Berra plans on attending games at Yankee Stadium. Berra lives in New Jersey.
Berra’s name was not listed among the guest instructors for Yankees camp. Several employees at George M. Steinbrenner Field said no locker was set aside for Berra’s use.
A visible presence at spring training for many years, the popular 10-time World Series champion had more difficulty walking during camp last year.
Berra has taken several spills in the past few years. Two years ago, he fell at spring training and was taken to a hospital and released the same day. He also missed Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium in 2010 after a fall.
• David Aardsma said he’s already thrown four bullpens and will have a normal spring training. Could be one of the more interesting Yankees to watch this spring.
• Anthony McCarron profiled Yankees prospect Tyler Austin, who has emerged as one of the best bats in the system after fighting cancer as a kid.
• MLB Trade Rumors ranks Robinson Cano as the top potential free agent for next winter’s class. Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes finished just outside of MLBTR’s top 10.
• StubHub is planning to fight against the Yankees ticket resale plan. Dan Barbarisi reports that StubHub will open its own ticket office across from Yankee Stadium to help battle the Yankees restrictions.
• Major League Baseball is trying to get the Miami New Times to share the information it used to write and report last month’s bombshell about the Miami clinic that allegedly helped several athletes obtain performance enhancing drugs.
• With 83 players invited to big league camp, plus coaches, the Yankees have literally run out of double-digit numbers. Retired numbers aren’t used, even during spring training, and so a few guys are doubling up this year. The Yankees assigned each duplicate number to a pitcher and a position player, which should make it a little easier to tell them apart. I’ll try to get a full roster, with numbers, typed up tomorrow.
No. 87 — C Francisco Arcia and RHP Corey Black
No. 88 — OF Tyler Austin and LHP Juan Cedeno
No. 89 — 1B Greg Bird and RHP Preston Claiborne
No. 90 — SS Cito Culver and RHP Nick Goody
No. 91 — OF Adonis Garcia and RHP Shane Greene
No. 92 — OF Slade Heathcott and RHP Tom Kahnle
No. 93 — SS Walter Ibarra and RHP Bryan Mitchell
No. 94 — 1B Luke Murton and RHP Mark Montgomery
No. 95 — OF Ronnier Mustelier and RHP Zach Nuding
No. 96 — SS Addison Maruszak and LHP Vidal Nuno
No. 97 — 2B Jose Pirela and RHP Mike O’Brien
No. 98 — 1B Kyle Roller and RHP Kelvin Perez
No. 99 — OF Rob Segedin and RHP Branden Pinder
Associated Press photo