Via Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Dodgers have signed free agent lefty Wilkin De La Rosa, formerly of the Yankees. WDLR was designated for assignment over the summer and allowed to leave as a minor league free agent. Once one of New York’s better relief prospects, the former outfielder simply stalled out in Double-A over the last two years, walking too many guys and not doing enough to earn a promotion to Triple-A. It’s no big loss, De La Rosa was nothing more than dead weight on the 40-man roster since 2009.
Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have offered Russell Martin a one-year contract, though the money is unknown. Any team that signs the free agent backstop will be able to retain his services in 2012 as an arbitration-eligible player, so just about every team interested will offer him that one year. Yesterday we heard that they were taking an “aggressive approach” in these talks, so the Yanks are clearly looking for a little insurance should Jesus Montero have a difficult time adjusting to the big leagues.
I’m really interested in seeing what happens here, because signing Martin would create quite a few options for the Yankees as far as trades go. Not necessarily Montero either, it could be Frankie Cervelli or Austin Romine as well.
One of these days Cliff Lee will pick a team, I promise. Apparently it just won’t be today. In fact, it was a pretty boring baseball day in general, as teams recoup from the hellacious winter meetings. Get used to it, things are going to die down in about three weeks, then we’ll have nothing to do but countdown the days until Spring Training.
Additionally, we have a brief update on yesterday’s site outage. We were offline on Thursday for five and a half hours due to a DDoS attack. We’ve seen ensured that our firewall is up to date and do not anticipate any problems of that nature going forward. Thanks for your patience during the evening and thanks for reading during the Winter Meetings.
Here’s the night’s open thread. The Devils and Knicks are both in action, but it’s Friday night and you just spent the last five days hitting F5 on RAB and MLBTR nonstop, go out and do something.
The Yankees, says Buster Olney via Twitter, are going hard after Russell Martin. The club is “now taking an aggressive approach” in conversations with the recently non-tendered former Dodger backstop. Olney says the fight for Martin is between the Yankees and the Red Sox with others lurking on the periphery.
According to previous reports, the Yanks view Martin as a potential starting catcher which speaks volumes of the club’s assessment of Jesus Montero‘s defensive capabilities. Last Friday, the Bombers nearly traded Francisco Cervelli to the Dodgers for Martin, but the deal fell through at the last minute. While his would be a small signing, Martin could play a decent role on the 2011 Yanks if he makes it to New York.
We’ve been on hiatus since Monday thanks to a hectic Winter Meetings schedule, but Mike and I are back to run down all the stuff we missed. And there’s plenty of it.
Cliff Lee remains atop the list. He has yet to choose between the Yankees and Rangers, though he has each team’s best offers at hand. We all have our pet theories on this one. If media reports are true that he wants to stay in Texas, then the Yankees must have offered a good chunk more money, or else I presume he would have chosen Texas.
Then we’re onto the other major moves of the week, including Carl Crawford and the Yankees’ courting of him. Cashman says it was a bluff. That does make sense, considering the team’s current payroll structure and its on-field needs.
What about Russell Martin? The Yanks nearly acquired him before the non-tender deadline, but he’s now a free agent and has three AL East teams vying for his services.
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