With the Winter Meetings now over in Dallas, for the first time in a long time, Yankee fans had to sit back and watch as other teams were dealing out the big cash to high priority free agents. I was listening to Brian Cashman during his appearance on Hot Stove on the MLB Network and he said that the 2011 action for the Yankees took place in 2009 when they got the big trio in CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixiera. This Yankee team won 97 games last year, but it is a tough task to ask Freddy Garcia and possibly Hector Noesi to catch lighting in a bottle twice in the back end of the rotation.
That being said, New York did make a move during the week, but it was across the other side of the globe in Japan. The posting bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima at $2 million is a move, if completed, that could help the Yankees’ bench since he is a utility player similar to Eduardo Nunez, but with better defense. Also, look for them to be in on the Yu Darvish sweepstakes as possibly the lead contender in the bidding process.
As for current Yankee affairs, The NY Times reported earlier in the week that the Bombers were shopping A.J Burnett and were willing to eat $8 million off the $33 million they owe him. Honestly, if I am the GM of another team, I would want Cashman and company to eat more money than that to take an inconsistent pitcher in Burnett onto my team.
The starting pitcher market was bare, but the Yankees can still make a trade for a Matt Garza, Jair Jurrens, or Gio Gonzalez. Plus, there are some reports from @YankeeSource from a Japanese team trying to get Hiroki Kuroda that NY is the favorite to land him. I’m not sure if I like the move since I don’t think he can handle the AL East, but it is a huge plus still for depth in the rotation.
With that introduction, I bring you another podcast. I took a break from them with school and work, but now I bring you another 15 minute recap of the Winter Meetings. Its tough to fit all the big news into a small podcast, but that is why I put more opinion before introducing the podcast. In the podcast, I talk about the big moves in Dallas and how they affect the Yankees going forward. We talk Pujols, C.J Wilson, the Miami Marlins, and New York’s chances even with the American League improving
Also, I have a new show on Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night called Kickin’ It With Keeler on the What’s Brewin’ In Sports Radio Network. Its on at 10 or 1030 PM ET, so join in on the overnight fun as I talk the hot topics in all of sports and we will try to include some of the great people from the Fansided Network on those shows as well.