First, just to get it out of the way, Hal Steinbrenner said basically the same thing he’s been saying about the payroll: He still thinks $189 is possible, but he seems to recognize that it’s remarkably unlikely at this point.
“It will be difficult,” Steinbrenner said after today’s press conference. “But what have I been saying for a year? I’m not going to say it again. We’re going to have a good team. … We get close to that number and then we look and see what kind of team we have. If it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough. Keep going.”
A few other notes from today that don’t directly involve Jacoby Ellsbury or Robinson Cano…
• As expected last night, Boone Logan has agreed to a deal with the Rockies. It’s three years, $16.5 million. Logan spent the past four years with the Yankees after coming over in the Melky Cabrera/Javier Vazquez trade with Atlanta. “He turned out to be probably the best player in that entire deal for both teams,” Brian Cashman said. “He did a great job for us. He came in to be the second lefty and because of injuries to the primary lefty, he became out primary lefty and he handled it. He pitched in an exciting environment and responded strongly to it. I wish Boonie the best of luck.”
• In Detroit, the Tigers officially announced their deal with Joba Chamberlain, saying they plan to use him in either the seventh or eighth inning. “I have a great opportunity with this bullpen,” Chamberlain said in a conference call with Tigers writers. “I was with Mariano (Rivera) for so many years. Now I have the opportunity to be with another great closer who’s done it for a lot of years in Joe Nathan. I’m excited to work with him and ask him questions. This is a new chapter for me. I am thankful for everybody in the Tigers’ organization for giving me this opportunity.”
• The Yankees are in the market for relief help, and Cashman said he talked to both Logan and Chamberlain this winter. “More with Boone than Joba,” Cashman said. “They’re tough losses. Obviously Joba didn’t have what we or he expected this past season, so there’s probably a good chance for a rebound season for him.”
• Still waiting for clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation, but here’s a pretty good explanation of what’s going on and the factors at play.
• The Indians have reportedly agreed to a Major League deal with David Adams. Although Adams didn’t hit much in his first big league stint, it seems Cleveland — and probably some other teams — still think there’s some potential in him. Of course, it’s worth noting that Adams still has options, so he doesn’t have to break camp on the Indians roster. He’s in the same position he would have been in with the Yankees had they tendered him a contract offer.
• Randy Levine said that, when discussing the budget, the Yankees consider Alex Rodriguez’s full salary to be a part of 2014. “Right now, Alex is in the budget and we have a shot to do that (getting below $189 million),” Levine said. “Alex is in the budget. We count him as he’s coming back until there’s a change in circumstance. Right now there is no change in circumstance.”
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