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Remember when you were a kid, and you’d hunt through the house for a day or so, looking for something to wrap up for your parents as the holidays approached? “Merry Christmas, Dad, I put a bow on this stapler you already owned.”
Doesn’t it kind of feel that’s how the Yankees’ winter is going?
Brian Cashman’s shopping is continuing to center from within, as the Yankees are engaging the representative for Raul Ibanez, the most clutch bat of their postseason run and another one of their internal free agents.
The New York Post reports that GM Brian Cashman has confirmed the discussions with Ibanez, who would be strictly a DH if he returns — interesting, considering his appeal last year was that unlike candidates like Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, the Yankees trusted Ibanez to play the outfield (and, it turned out, had to use him there more than expected).
The Yankees have an all left-handed hitting outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki, so they need some right-handed balance. Scott Hairston’s name has been floated for weeks, but he’s rather popular on the open market and might command a two-year deal, something the Yankees have seemed reluctant to extend.
- Elsewhere, Joba Chamberlain told MLB Network yesterday that he and Kevin Youkilis are ready to bury the hatchet from their interesting past. Chamberlain left Youkilis a voice mail as the third baseman’s contract with the Yankees was nearing completion.“I’m glad he’s on our side of things,” Chamberlain said. “We’re both grown men, we both like to play the game. We’ll continue to move on. I’m glad he’s in our uniform and hopefully he can hit a few balls to right field over the fence for us and not against me like he’s done before.”
- Nick Swisher’s “Swishapalooza” tour is continuing. The Indians always seemed like a good dark horse candidate to land him — the Yankees’ trip to Cleveland last season felt almost like a homecoming for Swisher. I’d imagine the Ohio State product must have been impressed by the Tribe’s recruiting video, which featured Urban Meyer, Thad Matta and others begging Swish to sing “Hang On Sloopy” with the fans 81 times per year.
Today will be an important day for the Yankees’ winter planning, as they’ll know by 5 p.m. ET how Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher and Hiroki Kuroda are responding to their qualifying offers of one year at $13.3 million.
No one expects Swisher to accept the offer, not with the lure of a multi-year deal out there. The New York Daily News reports that Swisher already has five teams interested in his services, including the Mariners and Rangers.
It’s thought that agent Scott Boras will also encourage Soriano to decline the offer. But there has been speculation that Kuroda might accept his, which represents a healthy raise from the $10 million he earned this season. The Yankees definitely would like to have Kuroda back in their rotation next year.
It’s important to note that Kuroda’s options are not, apparently, limited to just the Yankees and going back to Japan. Kuroda told the Los Angeles Times‘ Dylan Hernandez, “I never said anything like that,” so we might want to consider the Dodgers as being part of the mix for Kuroda’s services as well.
- The Marlins have hired Tino Martinez as their new hitting coach. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman granted permission for Miami to talk to Martinez, who had been serving as a special assistant to Cashman. The Red Sox also reportedly showed interest in hiring Martinez.
- Interesting stuff from the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman from the GM Meetings: according to his source, Robinson Cano already feels like he has given the Yankees one hometown discount (the six-year, $57 million pact that will expire after 2013) and now he’s going to in the market for much bigger dollars. Cano has reportedly told teammates he is expecting a 10-year contract. After all, you don’t switch agents to Boras if you’re not planning on a big pay day down the road.
- Looking for a good, lengthy read on this Friday morning? The New York Times’ David Waldstein spent some time catching up with Russell Martin in Montreal, and the story provides some terrific insight into the mind of a player whose season has just ended.
Nick Swisher had a blast in the eighth inning last night, catching all three outs and laughing his way off the field before exchanging fist bumps with a pair of NYPD officers outside the Yankees dugout. Swisher had the crowd going “ca-ray-zee,” as he put it, and later said, “Who’s happier right now than me?”
Swisher said that he isn’t sure if he would have been able to get to all three balls if not for his winter training regimen. The last catch came on a running grab near the foul line on a Carlos Santana fly ball.
“An extra 10, 15 pounds, that can cut off a couple feet here or there,” Swisher said. “That’s the one thing, me and Rob Thomson have really worked on. I feel like I am a pretty good outfielder, and I don’t think many people think that. So I try to go out there and give it everything I have every day.”
Joe Girardi said he thinks Swisher’s defense has improved because he has been able to play in one position for the most part. Swisher believes that he still gets a raw deal defensively, but says there probably isn’t much he can do at this point to change public opinion.
“You know; it is what it is,” Swisher said. “I know what I’m capable of doing. Every day I go out there, I give it my best. I feel that I have become a way better defender than I have been in past years, and I think it’s starting to show.”
Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was removed from Saturday’s game against the Nationals following a slide into home plate in the top of the sixth inning, and was diagnosed with a left quadriceps contusion.
Swisher appeared to limp off the field following the play, in which he was tagged out by catcher Jesus Flores on Russell Martin’s fielder’s choice to pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Swisher was replaced in right field by Andruw Jones for the home half of the inning.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is hoping Nick Swisher will be available to return to the lineup on Tuesday, May 8 from a left hamstring strain. Swisher doesn’t think it’s going to take that long, though — he’s shooting for Thursday against the Royals in Kansas City.
“We all decided to be smart, take a couple of days off and get this thing 100 percent healed up,” Swisher said. “I’m that type of guy that I like to take pride in being on the field every day. When you get banged up like this it’s kind of frustrating.”
Swisher is usually the optimist in these situations, though, so it seems a safer and more conservative bet that Girardi’s time frame is likely. The Yankees aren’t putting Swisher on the DL, though, because they believe Brett Gardner will be activated from the DL on Thursday at Kansas City.