A lot has happened since we last broadcast. We start with the small, and then move onto the more significant items.
Mariano Rivera is back in pinstripes. There was little doubt that he’d re-sign, but there was an interesting little twist to the negotiations. Apparently there were other teams in on the 41-year-old closer.
Also: is this going to hasten the Jeter negotiations?
We know the Yanks are in on Lee, and something could move next week on that front. But what about Carl Crawford? From what we understand he’s not atop the priority list, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees should neglect him. They’ve apparently been “engaged in talks,” though in off-season lexicon that means very little. If the Yanks somehow lose out on Lee, they could certainly turn to Crawford, create an impenetrable outfield defense, and turn to the trade market for a pitcher.
What are the Yanks plans at catcher? We thought we knew, but a development yesterday made that less certain. The Yanks apparently almost traded Francisco Cervelli for Russell Martin. The Dodgers later non-tendered Martin, so he is a free agent. The Yanks have interest. What does that mean for the 2011 team?
Thanks for listening, everyone. We’ll broadcast next from the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Monday.
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