Hasn’t the New York Yankees brass put us fans through enough already?
So far, the 2010 offseason has been emotionally draining for those loyal to the pinstripes.
To be fair, we were warned the moment owner Hal Steinbrenner uttered the word "messy" pre-captain Derek Jeter’s negotiations.
After weeks of vandalizing Jeter, one of the most luminous Yankees ever, and seemingly giving Mariano Rivera the silent treatment, Yankee fans have had about 24 hours of peace.
That was Saturday, today is Tuesday and the Winter Meetings are in full swing.
The MLB Network has around-the-clock coverage, filled with interviews and introductions. The first 24 hours a majority of teams' GMs and owners sat down to give their respective clubs plan for 2011. I learned a lot:
- The West Coast, NL version of Yankees Mark Teixeira has left San Diego for Beantown, as Adrian Gonzalez is now with the Boston Red Sox. During his press conference, Gonzalez said he couldn’t wait to beat the Yankees. Boston gave up three coveted prospects and one player to be named later to the Padres for the All-Star. GM Theo Epstein said Kevin Youkilis would move to third-base, so Gonzalez can play at first. Gonzalez is described as a left-handed Manny Ramirez and hit .337 in 2010. Merry Christmas Red Sox fans!
- Jayson Werth signed a monster contract for seven years and $126 million with the Washington Nationals. So, now you know Scott Boras is in attendance. As for Werth, he better hope rolling around in dollar bills will ease the pain of losing. Not to worry as no one watched the Nationals games and Stephen Strasburg won’t be back till 2012 so stash some of the green in your locker, too.
- My love affair continues to grow stronger with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, as he once again told it like it is and it is so refreshing. Ozzie was elated about his team’s new addition of Adam Dunn from the Nationals. Ozzie said his White Sox are AL Central’s team to beat. Ozzie ended his talk by stating he wished he was Jayson Werth’s wife.
- Also, heard from higher-ups of the Rangers, Mets, Braves, Padres, Phillies, Angels and others who took the time to inform us what they are up too. Also, the Red Sox have officially been labeled the favorites to win the 2011 World Series.
So, what news came out of Yankees camp?
Well, we were told that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retiring, according to a friend of a friend. That is very reliable reporting.
Has anyone found the guy who heard this news from Pettitte’s buddy?
Obviously the answer is no, as no one even knows the "mole's" name.
On to the Cliff Lee front, all I picked up from listening to this banter is that the Yankees are not the only club Lee’s camp is taking to.
This felt like some kind of polite warning.
Fact remains, sans the two southpaws spells trouble for Yankee universe.
One of the hosts said if this becomes the Yankees' reality, that for sure the Royals' Zach Greinke would be in pinstripes. I think this is a baaadddd idea.
I mean what’s next a press conference reintroducing Carl Pavano to New York?
I will happily put my foot in my mouth if GM Brian Cashman comes on TV with both Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee.
Only because that is the Yankees way....still?