2013 Season: 85-77 (637 RS, 671 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for playoffs
Top stories from last week:
- As expected, Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, and Curtis Granderson all declined the qualifying offer prior to Monday’s deadline. The Yankees will receive a supplemental first round draft pick if those guys sign elsewhere. They will not get a pick if Kuroda retires or returns to Japan.
- Although the Japanese players’ association agreed to change the posting system, MLB clubs plan to adjust their proposal after NPB dragged its feet. It’s possible right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will not be posted this winter.
- The Yankees are close to re-signing Brendan Ryan. He had minor surgery after the season so he can’t take a physical to make things official just yet. Hal Steinbrenner has spoken to Derek Jeter to explain the team is looking for a starting shortstop.
- Among the players the Yankees were connected to last week were Joe Nathan, Javier Lopez, Kendrys, Morales, David Freese, and Kelly Johnson. First base is not a priority but late-inning bullpen help is. Brian Wilson is unwilling to shave his beard to come to New York.
- The Yankees, who will only make procedural changes to their player development system, are planning to add righties Shane Greene and Bryan Mitchell to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. New York signed infielder Zelous Wheeler, righty Jim Miller, and outfielder Antoan Richardson to minor league contracts.
- Bullpen coach Mike Harkey and Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred are in the running for the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach job.
- Robinson Cano finished fifth in the AL MVP voting while Joe Girardi placed fourth in the AL Manager of the Year voting.
- The owners have unanimously approved expanded replay for 2014. The players’ and umpires’ unions must still agree.
- Frankie Cervelli will be tendered a contract prior to the December 2nd deadline.
- The appeal of Alex Rodriguez‘s record 211-game suspension will resume today.
- The Yankees will play a pair of exhibition games in Panama City in March.
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