Three things worth having on the radar today..
1. From Bob Klapisch, there are indications Major League Baseball will have a decision on the Alex Rodriguez suspension in “very early” January. That timing could be pretty good for the Yankees, giving them some clarity just as the hot stove is heating up again, and (potentially) just as Masahiro Tanaka is hitting the market.
2. According to Enrique Rojas, the Yankees have completed a deal selling the rights to infielder Yamaico Navarro to a team in Korea. It’s a fairly tiny transaction involving a 26-year-old with fewer than 80 Major League games on his resume. It’s also a loss of a versatile infielder who’s hit pretty well in the minors, spent time in the big leagues the past three years, and would have provided depth at second base, third base and shortstop (three positions that aren’t exactly locked down right now). Signing Navarro to a minor league contract earlier this winter made a lot of sense for the Yankees, but if a guy in his situation has a chance to make more money overseas, it’s bad form for the Major League franchise to block that opportunity. So, the Yankees lose out on a guy they never got a chance to use.
3. The Dodgers have signed Chris Perez to a one-year deal. Perez was one of the more unusual risk-reward relievers on the market. He’s been an occasionally dominant closer with the Indians, but he’s also coming off a brutal end to the 2013 season, not to mention a drug charge. The Dodgers have been pretty aggressive in adding bullpen pieces this winter, but the Yankees have been noticeably quiet in that market. They could still be in the mix for Grant Balfour, but they’ve clearly prioritized other parts of the roster.
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