So far, the off-season has been pretty quiet for the New York Yankees. Some options were picked up, a few waiver claims were made and some work was done to ease the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Also, there were some news and notes on the Key Three:
* Andy Pettitte still has not announced his plans for 2013. However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted yesterday that Pettitte recently switched agents. He is now represented by Casey Close, Derek Jeter's agent. The fact that he has hired a new agent strongly suggests (to me, anyway) that he is coming back or, at least, leaning towards coming back.
* Yesterday the Baseball Writers Association Of America (BBWAA) announced the finalists for all their off-season awards this year, including MVP. Derek Jeter is not one of the finalists and I can't imagine why. I do know why Jeter will not play in the World Baseball Classic next Spring: he will still be rehabbing his injury. However, GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't see any reason why Jeter wouldn't be ready for Opening Day.
The BBWAA will start announcing their awards next week. Also, I will be posting a new podcast episode next week. My guest will be New York Yankees Pro Scout and former farmhand Jalal Leach. Look for it sometime on Monday.