2012 Record: 95-67 (804 RS, 668 RA, 96-66 pythag. record), won AL East, swept in ALCS
Top stories from last week:
- The Winter Meetings took place in Nashville, and the biggest story in Yankeeland was Alex Rodriguez‘s latest hip injury. He’ll have surgery for a torn labrum, a bone impingement, and to correct a cyst in mid-January. A-Rod will miss the start of next season and is expected to be out 4-6 months following surgery. The team does have insurance on his contract.
- During his Winter Meetings press conference, Joe Girardi confirmed that Derek Jeter (ankle), CC Sabathia (elbow), and Curtis Granderson (eyes) are all doing well. The skipper also discussed a number of other topics.
- In the wake of A-Rod injury, the Yankees offered Kevin Youkilis a one-year contract worth $12M. They’re still waiting for his answer. The club also made an offer to Nate Schierholtz before he signed with the Cubs. Brian Cashman reportedly lacked the authority to make contract offers at the Winter Meetings.
- Among the players the Yankees were connected to at the Winter Meetings: Stephen Drew, Scott Hairston, Cody Ross, Mark Reynolds, A.J. Pierzynski, Jeff Keppinger, Eric Chavez, Shane Victorino, Jack Hannahan, Alex Gonzalez, R.A. Dickey, and maybe Asdrubal Cabrera. Keppinger (White Sox), Reynolds (Indians), and Chavez (Diamondbacks) all signed elsewhere.
- Unsurprisingly, Robinson Cano will not give the Yankees a hometown discount with his next contract. Scott Boras confirmed the two sides have not have any contract talks. Cano will play in the World Baseball Classic.
- The Yankees are likely to re-sign Ichiro Suzuki, though they have kicked the tires on Josh Hamilton as well. Brett Gardner avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.85MM contract for next season.
- Jayson Nix cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A while Mickey Storey was re-claimed off waivers by the Astros. Eli Whiteside wound up with the Blue Jays via waivers.
- The Yankees are looking into hiring an assistant hitting coach.
- The Yankees neither selected nor lost any players in the Rule 5 Draft.
- Mariano Rivera will announce his plans for the 2014 season during Spring Training.
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