Thursday, November 8, 2012

News And Notes On The Key Three

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:


* Now that Mariano Rivera has decided to come back for the 2013 season, people are speculating on what kind of contract he will sign with the Yankees. There are reports that he will be asked to take a pay cut. Really? I understand the new fiscal situation the Yankees are facing in 2014 but, this is Mariano Rivera. The Yankees should match the salary they paid him in 2012: $15 million guaranteed. Anything less (or more, for that matter) would be ridiculous.

* 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.

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