Open Thread: March 13th Camp Notes

Heyman: Yankees agree to 2017 contracts with Aaron Judge and Greg Bird
Thoughts following the Grapefruit League off-day

The Yankees had an off-day today, their first of the spring, and it was a complete off-day. No workouts at the complex or anything. The team will be back at it tomorrow afternoon with a road game against the Rays. Luis Severino is the scheduled starter. The game won’t be televised. Lame. Here’s some news from Tampa:

  • The Yankees announced three more roster cuts this morning. Yefrey Ramirez, Ronald Herrera, and Domingo German were all optioned to Double-A Trenton. Reminder: the level doesn’t mean much in the spring. It’s just a workout group. This doesn’t mean all three will start with the regular season with the Thunder. Anyway, there are still 53 players in big league camp.
  • Joe Girardi said James Kaprielian will make his Grapefruit League debut later this week. “My guess is Thursday or Friday,” he said. The Yankees will be on the road both days. Friday’s game will be televised. Thursday’s will not. Hopefully Kaprielian pitches Friday. [Dan Martin]

Here is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network will have Italy vs. Venezuela live at 9pm ET. The winner of that game advances to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. The loser goes home. MLB Network will also have Cuba vs. Japan live at 6am ET tomorrow morning. The (hockey) Rangers and Islanders are both playing as well. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Get that outta here.

Heyman: Yankees agree to 2017 contracts with Aaron Judge and Greg Bird
Thoughts following the Grapefruit League off-day