A quiet January? Not buying it
Now that we’ve all made it to the other side and sufficiently recovered from the last hours of 2009, it’s time to think a little bit about what awaits us immediately here in 2010. I don’t expect much Yankees news until at least Monday, which means this will probably be a quiet weekend as team executives around the league relax and take a quick breather for the most part.
But while Brian Cashman has sent a message that the Yankees did most of their heavy lifting in November and December, leaving only small parts to be acquired leading into Spring Training, that almost seems a little too easy. Sure, the Yankees did plenty. Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan … we don’t need to go over all the deals again.
They’ve been busy making themselves younger and a little more payroll-flexible in advance of defending the title beginning Feb. 17, when pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field. But I’d be careful to think that these Yankees are a finished product, particularly in the case of left field, where I’m not sold that Brett Gardner is really going to be their guy.
In the case of Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann — they could live with it, but there may be a player or two out there that could step in and be a good fit (Reed Johnson sticks out as one of the reported names that makes sense). But then again, if you’ve made it to January 2nd and the biggest ‘problem’ is picking up a left fielder who upgrades over your Opening Day centerfielder in the previous year, that’s not the worst situation to be in.
The point is, the flurry of activity after Jan. 1 last year serves as a warning to not go into cruise control until Tampa. Leading into last spring’s report date, they introduced Mark Teixeira, moved their offices to the new Stadium, weathered the fallout of Joe Torre’s book, reached agreement with Andy Pettitte, were stunned by the A-Rod steroids revelations and resigned themselves to the reality that it would be no ‘Camp Quiet’ in 2009.
When it comes down to it … it’s the Yankees. There’s always something going on. Something tells me 2010 will be no different.