Yankees News and Notes - Monday Links

  • ESPN NY writer Wallace Matthews needed a story this morning. So he texted Brian Cashman who strongly recommended Matthews do a piece on winter ball. If you haven’t already seen this text exchange, it is definitely worth a look. And also a reminder that Brian Cashman is awesome.
  • Cashman was a bit more talkative later in the day, stating that Jair Jurrjens is not a trade target for the Yankees. Cashman noted Jurrjens’ history of knee injuries and made clear that Eduardo Nunez isn’t going anywhere as part of a trade package. For those of you keeping track of the pitching hot stove at home, in addition to Jurrjens being out of the Yankees plans, Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson are looking like long-shots, and Yu Darvish is reportedly 50-50 on joining MLB. In other words, it could be a while before the Yankees land a starting pitcher this winter. Personally, I’m hoping for another Christmas signing, a la Mark Teixeira before the 2009 season.
  • On a more sober note, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was fatally stabbed today, allegedly by his brother. Halman was 24 years old and had a promising career ahead of him. This is yet another tragic example of how baseball is so much more than just the game that is played on the field. Keep Halman’s family and the Mariners organization in your thoughts and prayers.

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