I cannot believe the lack of Yankee news this offseason. I think it’s because last off-season was so exciting with the addition of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira that there’s really no way to top that this year. For the last week, I have struggled to find things to that I had enough passion to write about – unfortunately there is not much. There are a few things going on behind the scenes that I will briefly jump into.
First, the Yankees General, Brian Cashman, told Pete Caldera this week that “our team, for the most part, is set.” When asked about left field, Mr Cashman said, “we have a left fielder. We do like Brett Gardner.” Now, remember how many times Cashman has said “our team is set” in the last 8 years and then he went out and signed a blockbuster name.
Eric Hinske signed with the Atlanta Braves this week, for a one-year deal. Although he was a good guy off the bench in 2009, the Yankees had shown no interest in signing the free agent for 2010. Also, long-time Yankee minor-leaguer Shelley Duncan has signed with the Cleveland Indians. He’s probably joining their Triple-A team. Good luck to Hinske in Atlanta and Duncan with Cleveland.
It’s been reported that David Cone’s days in a YES Broadcast booth may be over. A spokesman told Bob Klapisch that Cone’s contract expired this off-season and that Cone was exploring other options. Rumors have indicated that Cone had a big disagreement with YES executives, but that has not been confirmed at this time.
If this is true, I hope YES can come up with someone who equals what Cone brought to every broadcast. He was a good combination with Michael Kay.