Stoking the Hot Stove
Yes, there’s still baseball being played out there — and some very good games, to be honest. But at 161st Street and River Avenue, the page is already being turned to 2009, and it’s time to start giving a little thought to what the Yankees might be doing this offseason.
We’ve all heard the C.C. Sabathia/A.J. Burnett talk ad nauseum, but it’s not going anywhere soon. And not much will develop with the Yankees’ own free agents — Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, etc. — for weeks. But here are a few interesting tidbits spinning around the Internet today:
Ken Rosenthal examines the curious case of Robinson Cano, who finished the year hitting .271 only after finally tweaking his stance and going on a September surge. Cano doesn’t look at ’08 as a bad year for him, but pretty much everyone else did. The fact that Joe Girardi had to bench him for lack of hustle raised eyebrows, but this is still a young, talented player signed to a reasonable contract.
It’s not surprising that, as Rosenthal reports, virtually every team has expressed interest in trading for Cano if the Yankees put it on the table. If they move Cano for a starting pitcher, Orlando Hudson seems to be the favorite to slide right into second base; sources close to Hudson say that he’s already given some thought to New York.
Derek Lowe, anyone? Old friend Larry Bowa seems to think he’d fit in pinstripes. Since the Bombers are going to target starting pitching in a big way, you can at least pencil Lowe on the ‘maybe’ list … probably between the likes of Ben Sheets and Jon Garland.
Someone is kicking around the idea of trading for Pittsburgh’s Nate McLouth, the New York Post reports. Though the report is “premature,” some answers will need to be found in center field this winter. It seems apparent that the Yankees are moving away from Melky Cabrera for at least the time being and there’s a feeling that Brett Gardner may not be the guy for everyday duty.