A lot going on today, here are a few mostly small extras.
• Just to make sure, I asked one Yankees official if there was any consideration of putting Alfonso Soriano at second base. I was told the idea hasn’t been brought up once. It’s been eight years since Soriano played second base regularly. Hard to believe the Yankees would try to move him back there now.
• We’ve heard about nearly official deals with Jacoby Ellsbury, Kelly Johnson and now Hiroki Kuroda. That’s three guys who seem to be “on the 1-yard line,” as Brian Cashman put it today. But there could be at least one more on the verge of happening. Cashman was asked if he was on the 1-yard line with more than two guys. He said, “yeah.” Asked if he’s on the 1-yard line with more than three guys, Cashman said, “Uh huh.” Could be he’s referring to some minor league deals. Could be he’s closer than we know on a significant piece. Just something to keep in mind.
• Sounds like the Yankees next bullpen coach is going to be Gary Tuck, who’s been a coach for the Yankees in the past and who previously worked as a coach under Joe Girardi in Florida. “I don’t have it done, but more likely than not, Gary Tuck will be our bullpen coach,” Cashman said.
• Former Royals manager Trey Hillman has joined the Yankees to work in pro scouting and player development. … Former Cubs manager Mike Quade is the Yankees new roving outfield and base-running instructor. That means he’ll be working with minor league kids at all the different levels. … Eric Hinske was a Yankees scout for about a month before he took the Cubs first-base coach job. “He was here,” Cashman said. “He was involved. He helped me with Brian McCann, and now he’s gone.”
• Cashman said that Jay Z told the Yankees to simply call him “Jay” during the Cano negotations. Cashman said his conversations with Jay Z were really no different than his conversations with any other agent. They agreed on the talent and intangibles of Cano, just spent their time discussing contract desires. Cashman said there was really nothing unusual about negotiating with a music icon.
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