2012 Record: 95-67 (804 RS, 668 RA, 96-66 pythag. record), won AL East, swept in ALCS
Top stories from last week:
- Mariano Rivera informed the Yankees that he intends to pitch next season after some having some second thoughts. The two sides will discuss a new contract this week.
- Rafael Soriano officially opted out of his contract, and the Yankees exercised their club options for Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and David Aardsma. A total of 13 Yankees became free agents this week, though only Soriano, Nick Swisher, and Hiroki Kuroda received qualifying offers.
- The Yankees have some interest in re-signing Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez to short-term contracts, and they also have interest in Torii Hunter. Kuroda is “content” with another one-year contract and he’s reportedly deciding between the Yankees and Japan.
- Pitching coach Larry Rothschild admitted that the club has discussed lightening CC Sabathia’s workload at times. The Yankees are considering moving Brett Gardner to center field and Granderson to a corner next year.
- The Yankees will keep Cesar Cabral through the offseason and take another look at the 2011 Rule 5 Draft pick during Spring Training. Fellow Rule 5 pick Brad Meyers was returned to the Nationals and Casey McGehee elected free agency.
- Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was posted by his team and MLB clubs will soon be able to start bidding for his services.
- Cano and Mark Teixeira won Gold Gloves at their respective positions. Russell Martin was a finalist for the award as well.
- Gil Patterson was hired as the minor league pitching coordinator while Nardi Contreras was re-assigned.
- Yankee Stadium is in good shape following Hurricane Sandy.
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