• Scratch Eric Chavez off the list of potential third place placeholders. The veteran left-handed hitter re-signed with the Diamondbacks. Chavez lives in Arizona, so staying there always seemed to be a good bet (it was a big part of him signing with the Diamondbacks in the first place last winter). At this point the Yankees seem more interested in a right-handed third baseman anyway.
• Speaking of third base alternatives, Casey McGehee won’t be back with the Yankees either. He signed a major league deal with the Marlins today. The short-term Yankees infielder turned a good year in Japan into a chance to return to regular duty in the big leagues. He’s still just 31 years old. Hard to imagine he would have been much more than a non-roster invite with the Yankees. Good for him, though. Nice guy.
• Couple of trades today: Ryan Doumit went from the Twins to the Braves, and Franklin Morales went from the Red Sox to the Rockies (the Sox got utility infielder Jonathan Herrera). I realize the Red Sox trade has more impact on the Yankees — even that impact is pretty minimal — but the Doumit trade stood out to me. Always though he was a nice player. Could get quite a bit of time filling Brian McCann’s shoes.
• Tip of the hat to the fellas over at River Ave. Blues who point out this Q&A with new Yankees reliever Matt Thornton. It was posted on FanGraphs — the last questions suggest the interview happened last year — and Thornton talks a lot about his development as a pitcher. Pretty interesting look at the path to the big leagues.
• If you’re not totally burned out on Masahiro Tanaka stuff, here’s a good article on what makes him so valuable and why teams are so very interested in him.
• Don’t forget, we’re doing a chat tomorrow. Swing by at noon if you can.
Associated Press photo