Joe Girardi answered the requisite “was the season a failure” questions at his press conference this afternoon. He expects the 2012 rotation to consist of CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, AJ Burnett, and Phil Hughes. He also said he expects young arms like Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and David Phelps to challenge the veterans in Spring Training.
Speaking of pitching, the Royals claimed RHP Aaron Laffey off waivers, while LHP Raul Valdes and RHP Scott Proctor declared free agency.
Russell Martin would like to be a Yankee again next year. He is arbitration eligible and whether the Yankees make him an offer could depend largely on whether they believe Jesus Montero is defensively ready to be a full-time catcher.
And in case you were wondering whether Nick Swisher‘s postseason performance would factor into the Yankees’ decision to exercise the option on his contract, the answer appears to be “no.” Brian Cashman said today that he does not “make decisions on postseason samples because no one’s going to have a large enough postseason sample to be meaningful.”