Hall of Fame election results
Get ready for overwhelming Hall of Fame drama. Voters are only allowed to vote for 10 players, and this year’s ballot has well over 10 guys who are at least worth strong consideration. There’s a chance some viable candidates might not get enough votes to even stay on the ballot. Going to be extremely interesting.
Horowitz’s time is up
The window for Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball to file their final appeal hearing briefs was set to end on December 21, opening a 25-day window for Fredric Horowitz to make his decision. That puts the deadline at January 15 (or sometime around there, anyway, just in case I’m missing something). It’s been a strange process with a lot of waiting, but a decision should come soon.
Arbitration figures exchanged
Chances are, this deadline won’t mean much for the Yankees. They tend to avoid arbitration with most of their eligible players, but they do have a few key players involved. Brett Gardner, Dave Robertson, Ivan Nova, Francisco Cervelli and Shawn Kelley are each arbitration eligible. I doubt anyone involves wants to actually get to an arbitration hearing.
Masahiro Tanaka deadline
Clarity might come well before this date, but the 24th is the end of the 30-day negotiation window for Tanaka to work out a contract with a Major League team. It’s basically a one-man free agent market taking place in a defined period of time.
Pitchers and catchers
Yankees spring training opens on Valentine’s Day, with the first workout coming on February 15. That’s less than a month and a half away.