First and foremost, thoughts and prayers go out to the family of MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner who passed away tonight from brain cancer at the age of 51. Former Yankee Tony Clark is now the acting director of the MLBPA.
Now the news of the day.
Is it over?: It’s never over with Alex Rodriguez, however, today was the end of the arbitration proceedings. Now comes the decision which could come at any day (though speculation is after the holidays are over). Tomorrow, supposedly, A-Rod’s defense team will release all the info they have. It’s an effort to make MLB and probably the Yankees look bad, however, it’s not going to help his case.
Roster Moves: The Yankees made a couple of roster moves today. Infielder Corban Joseph was outrighted off the 40 man roster, leaving the Yankees with 39. Joseph hit .239 in AAA last season. The Yankees signed infielder Yamaico Navarro to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Spring Training. Navarro appeared in eight games for the Baltimore Orioles last season.
Rumor Mill: Ahh, the fun part of the off-season, the rumor mill. According to George King III of the NY Post, the Yankees are very interested in bringing back Curtis Granderson. If that’s the case, it could lead them to trading Ichiro Suzuki.
Rivera Way: Mariano Rivera got a street named after him. Just for today, East 4th Street and Broadway in New York City was Mariano Rivera Way.