Good afternoon. Hope everyone is having a good day. Now take a break from whatever work you are doing and catch up with some news and notes on the New York Yankees. Here they are, as we are one day closer to actual spring games.
Cano Extension Talks Not Progressing: The Yankees clearly regret giving Alex Rodriguez 10 year deal and that may impact what they give Robinson Cano. Cano’s agent is Scott Boras, so I guarantee you that this won’t get resolved until after the season, and Cano won’t be taking a discount from the Yankees. You can bet that after the season, the Dodgers will be all in on trying to get Cano as well. Something to keep an eye on as the season moves along. Cano says he’s not focused on it, however, I’m sure it’s there in the back of his mind.
Clemens book: I guess since Joe Torre, Terry Francona and Mike Piazza can come out with books Roger Clemens can too. Clemens told Newsday according to David Lennon that he has his own book in the works. I’m sure the 2000 World Series will be in there.
Ichiro Leading Off?: There is a chance that Ichiro Suzuki, even if Derek Jeter is healthy, could be hitting lead off in the lineup Joe Girardi said. He’s going to experiment with Ichiro, Jeter and Brett Gardner leading off throughout Spring Training. Girardi loves mixing around his lefties and righties. To me, Gardner will be ninth, with Jeter and Ichiro hitting one and two in the order, at least to start the year.
Soriano Interested in Yankees?: It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs would like to get out from under the two remaining years of Alfonso Soriano‘s contract. He has $36 million left and a no-trade clause. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he’d consider trades to the Mets, Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox and the Yankees. Soriano would give the team right-handed power bat, however, considering the money, I don’t see the Yankees as a fit.