2011 Record: 97-65 (855 RS, 657 RA, 102-60 pythag. record), won AL East, lost to Tigers in ALDS
Top stories from last week:
- The Winter Meetings were busy for baseball in general but slow for the Yankees. They took righty Brad Meyers and traded for lefty Cesar Cabral in the Rule 5 Draft while the Angels were busy signing both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. The Yankees passed on a final opportunity to get in on the Wilson bidding, and they only had “early conversations” with Mark Buehrle before he signed with the Marlins.
- Yu Darvish has been posted, though it’s unclear what kind of bid the Yankees will submit. Freddy Garcia passed his physical and is officially back with the Yankees for another year, and they may or may not have made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda after he said he’s willing to pitch on the East Coast. They also called the Mets to ask on Jon Niese. A.J. Burnett is on the trade block, and the Yankees are reportedly willing to eat some of the money left on his contract.
- The Yankees somewhat surprisingly won the negotiating rights to 29-year-old Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, and there’s a pretty good chance he’ll sign since he really wants to play in MLB. Neither the bench nor a lefty reliever are a priority at the moment, though.
- The Athletics want high-end outfielders for Gio Gonzalez, something the Yankees don’t really have in the minors. The White Sox like some players in the Yankees’ farm system, so the two sides might still be able to work out a John Danks trade.
- The Nationals called the Yankees about Brett Gardner, but they couldn’t find a trade match. Greg Golson was released and Colin Curtis was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Garcia and the Rule 5 Draft guys.
- The Yankees have signed outfielder Dewayne Wise to a minor league contract. They also have interest in Adam Miller, Manny Corpas, and Joel Zumaya, presumably on minor league pacts. The Yankees are reportedly the “clear frontrunners” for Yoenis Cespedes.
- Pro scouting director Billy Eppler, amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, and VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman all received new contracts for 2012. The entire coaching staff will return next year as well.
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