As we get ready to sit with our friends and family on Thursday, there’s plenty of news and rumors going on with the New York Yankees. Let’s take a look shall we?
Meeting With Cano: The Yankees met with Robinson Cano‘s agents (wonder if Jay-z was there) and they will meet again tomorrow. Apparently, there is still a huge gap between what Cano wants, and what the Yankees are willing to give him. This will keep going and I wouldn’t expect anything to happen before the winter meetings in a couple week. Meanwhile….
Closing in on Carlos?: The Yankees appear to be the frontrunners for outfielder Carlos Beltran. Since his deal will be for less years than guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Beltran becomes a more attractive option. Apparently the sticking point is the length of the deal. Beltran wants three years, while the Yankees only want to give him two. I would expect they get something done pretty soon, maybe by increasing the AAV.
Posting and Toasting: MLB and the NPB met today at the league offices to try and hammer out a new posting system. They couldn’t reach anything today and will meet again after Thanksgiving. This is important because if Masahiro Tanaka is posted, he’s clearly the pitcher the Yankees will be going after. It will also help break the logjam in the free agent market for pitching.
Hall Of Fame: The BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot was announced today. Former Yankees on the ballot for the first time are Mike Mussina, Richie Sexson, Armando Benitez, Kenny Rogers and J.T. Snow. Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Tim Raines are all former Yankees who remain on the ballot. The results of the ballot will be announced January 8 at 2pm.