Saturday Night Open Thread

CC gonna do the other arm up once he inks his new deal?

It’s a little chilly out, but it’s an otherwise glorious evening here in New York. Hopefully you’re outside enjoying it, but if not, use this open thread to talk about anything your heart desires. The Rangers have a chance to clinch their second consecutive AL pennant with a win over the Tigers starting at 8pm ET on FOX (Holland vs. Scherzer). The Rangers are playing the Islanders, and the Devils are also in action. Anything goes, so have at it.

Phelps hit around again in Arizona

In case you missed it, Hector Noesi is starting in the Dominican Winter League in order to build up some innings. Abe Almonte is also playing in the DR this winter. Here’s some other winter ball assignments.

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (6-2 loss to Surprise) Thursday’s game
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 K
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 4, 1, R, 2 K, 1 HBP
David Phelps, RHP: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 39 of 60 pitches were strikes (65%) … nearly identical lines each time out, it’s probably just rust and the hitter friendly league, I wouldn’t worry too much after two starts

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (7-5 loss to Salt River) Friday’s game
Rob Segedin, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – threw runners out at second and home … he’s been hitting since he got here
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS – got picked off first … slow start, but he’s beginning to come around
Dan Burawa, RHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)

CC’s Agent: “I’ve got nothing new to report.”

It’s only a matter of time (about two weeks) before CC Sabathia exercises his opt-out clause in search of greener pastures. There’s been some speculation that the Yankees would approach their ace about a new deal before he uses the opt-out, but agent Brian Peters told Buster Olney (Insider req’d) that no such talks have taken place between the two sides yet…

For now, Sabathia’s focus is entirely on remaining with the Yankees, according to his agent, Brian Peters. “CC has been clear about how he feels about New York and the Yankees,” Peters said on Saturday morning, “and we will exhaust all of our efforts to reach a new agreement (with the Yankees).”

Asked if the negotiations had started, Peters said, “As of today, I’ve got nothing new to report.”

Olney also mentioned that some in the organization are concerned about how/if Sabathia’s weight affected him towards the end of the season, which is completely reasonable. You also have to worry about his weight with regards to his right knee, which required surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus last offseason as well as five years ago.

The other day we heard that the Rangers are going to throw a boatload of cash at Sabathia, and chances are they won’t be the only team willing to spend on one of the game’s few legitimate left-handed aces. Every big market club will be connected to CC at some point this offseason, even if their only intention is to drive up the price for everyone else. Peters indicated that the two sides have yet to discuss a new deal, but once Brian Cashman‘s situation is wrapped up, I think it would be rather prudent of the Yankees to start talks as soon as possible.

Cashman, Hal to meet next week

Via Joel Sherman, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner are scheduled to meet sometime next week to hammer out the GMs new contract. Last week we heard that talks were going well, but it looks like they’re getting ready to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. The World Series will end exactly two weeks from today, assuming it goes the full seven games, and CC Sabathia will be able to opt out of his contract three days after that. That’s when the offseason really starts for Cashman and the Yanks.

Open Thread: Big Changes in Little Boston

My favorite part? The fat Josh Beckett.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for this rainy Friday night in New York. The NLDS resumes at 8pm ET on TBS (Greinke vs. Garcia), at that’s pretty much it. The NHL schedule seems to have either 15 games or two games on a given night so far. Eh, whatever. You all know what to do, so have at it.

Noesi to start in winter ball

Via Kevin Goldstein, Hector Noesi is in the rotation for the Tigres de Licey of the Dominican Winter League. The season starts today, and he’ll make his debut on Monday.

Noesi threw just 81 innings this season between the majors and minors because of bullpen duty, half of the 160.1 IP he threw in 2010. Winter ball should allow him to get another 40-50 IP before calling it an offseason. Noesi figures to be a rather prominent member of the pitching staff next season, either as a starter or reliever. The winter ball stint will help ensure that his innings limit isn’t much of a hassle.

The Yankees don’t want the Yankees to be called the Yankees anymore

Via Paul Sokoloski, the Yankees have informed their minor league affiliates in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Tampa, and Staten Island that they want them to drop “Yankees” as their nickname. “There’s only one team they want as the Yankees,” said Jim Timlin, chairman of the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority board in Northeast Pennsylvania. “And they live in the Bronx.”

“It was a recommendation,” added Timlin. “We don’t have to listen to them. But it would be a good idea to go along with them. The Yankees, when they come back [to Scranton] in 2013, may have a different name. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre-something. The naming rights are up for grabs.” The Triple-A Scranton franchise will play all of their 2012 home games on the road as PNC Field undergoes $40M worth of renovations.

There’s something fishy going on here, no? The Yankees just offloaded their stake in the Staten Island franchise, and now asked them to change their name. Meanwhile, they’re purchasing the SWB franchise … and are still asking them to change their name. I’m sure there’s some weird legal reason behind it, but it just seems off from where I sit.