We are creeping closer and closer to the first spring training game Saturday afternoon. It’s almost that time where we can stop talking and check out these guys in action…for at least an inning or two anyway. Here are today’s news and notes.
Yankee Prospects: Shortly after our news and notes came out yesterday (of course that would happen), Baseball America released its top 100 prospects for the year. There are a few Yankees on the list. Mason Williams checks in at 32. Gary Sanchez checks in at 57. Slade Heathcott checks in at 63. Tyler Austin is number 77. While it’s all well and good to have four guys there, Heathcott, according to them is the closest to ready but not til 2014, while everyone else is at 2015.
Hughes Hurt: Phil Hughes has a bulging disc in his back. He got a shot and is going to be shut down for a week, but the Yankees may shut him down for two weeks. We don’t really know yet. It’s better to have this kind of thing happen now, however, it is something to be weary about. (Cue the Kyle Lohse rumor mill)
The Price Isn’t Right: Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has an article about Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. In it, Price talks about how he wouldn’t sign with the Yankees because of their facial hair policy. Here’s the quote:
“If I ever did hit that free-agent market, there would be teams I wouldn’t sign with simply because of the stuff that I’ve heard – every rule they have” … Taking note of his beard, I told Price he’d have to shave if the Yankees traded for him.
“I wouldn’t stay there very long then,” he responded. “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”
Money talks though, and you have to wonder if he were to hit the market and gets recruited by other members of the Yankees if he’d change his mind. However, we’re a ways from that happening.