If you’ve been out being social (you know, with humans) instead of hanging out with your computer this weekend, you missed some Yankees news. Let’s get right to it:
- By all reports Yu Darvish will not be sporting pinstripes next season. According to the Newark Star-Ledger “the Yankees’ bid will not be high enough to top those they believe were submitted by a pair of American League rivals, the Rangers and Blue Jays.” The actual amount of the Yankees’ bid is still unknown, as the results of the bidding won’t be officially announced until Tuesday. What we do know is that the winning bid is larger than the $51M the Red Sox bid to get Daisuke Matsuzaka, and most seem to think that the Blue Jays will come out on top. Let the search for a #2 starter continue!
- Speaking of pitching, some good news coming out of Winter Ball is that lefty Cesar Cabral has dominated in his 19 relief appearances. His ERA is a miniscule 0.77 with opponents batting just .171 against him. Not too shabby. Hector Noesi, on the other hand, is in a bit of a pitching slump after turning in four strong performances to start the Winter Ball season. He has picked up losses in both of his last two starts, allowing 2 runs, 4 hits, and walking 3 over 6.0 innings in his most recent outing.
- Three Yankees took home Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards this weekend. Derek Jeter was given the Performance of the Year honor for his 5-for-5 day when he achieved his 3000th hit. David Robertson was named Setup Man of 2011, a well-deserved title given the 100 K and 1.08 ERA he put up in his 66.2 innings. And Robinson Cano won possibly the most subjective award in a season overflowing with subjective awards, taking home the “Wow Factor” honor for being what MLB refers to as “one of the game’s most exciting stars.”
- Finally, there’s a new 28-minute Yoenis Cespedes video in case you get tired of watching all those Christmas specials on TV!