Hit me with your best shot
A few quick hits…
— Looks like the Red Sox finally decided to jump in on Mark Teixeira, joining the Nationals and Angels in offering him an eight-year contract. Brian Cashman said emphatically last week in Las Vegas that he had not offered Teixeira a contract, but yesterday would not comment on if the Yankees are any closer to doing so. Teixeira in pinstripes still seems like a long shot to me, but they’ll remain engaged.
— CC Sabathia is in town to take his physical and a press conference is likely to be scheduled for Thursday at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s possible A.J. Burnett could be involved as well.
— The Mike Cameron for Melky Cabrera swap is on hold, as Cashman did not speak to Brewers GM Doug Melvin on Monday. Various reports state the holdup may be the amount of cash considerations changing hands if Kei Igawa or Bill Hall wind up being included.
— The Yankees have no doubt that other teams are sniffing around on Andy Pettitte. They still believe that Pettitte wants to pitch for them and want him as well, but there will need to be some financial bending on Pettitte’s side to make it happen.
— Talking dollars and (maybe some) sense: Math was never my best subject. But the major players dropped from the ’08 payroll include Bobby Abreu ($16M), Jason Giambi ($21M), Mike Mussina ($11M), Carl Pavano ($11M), Andy Pettitte ($16M), Ivan Rodriguez ($13M).
Right, the Yankees didn’t pay all of Pudge’s deal, but right there is $88 million in free agents.
This doesn’t account for backloading of contracts, but the annual average of Sabathia’s deal is $23M; A.J. Burnett’s is $16.5M. Damaso Marte was re-signed for $3.5M next year, and Nick Swisher will make $5.3M. That’s $48.3M (corrected – see, told you it wasn’t my best), with Pettitte still left to be re-signed and more moves – Cameron? Teixeira? Manny? – to be made.
— My TiVo alerted me last night that I have a new channel: The MLB Network. Check your local listings. They go live on 1/1/09, with their first day of programming highlighted by Don Larsen’s perfect game.