Andrew Marchand believes that if Hal continues to not spend, and the Yankees fail to win, Hal will be under a lot of scrutiny. If the Yankees don't make the playoffs, he would be under tons of scrutiny anyway.
Dave Eiland finally spoke about his firing from the Yankees. He told Ryan Ruocco and Robin Lundberg that he was "pretty shocked."
Some of the interesting quotes:
"The last conversation [manager] Joe Girardi and I had was after we got eliminated in Texas. He said, 'Go home and enjoy your time off because before you know it, you're going to be making that spring training schedule again."Then I got the call from [general manger] Brian Cashman and all bets were off. So that chapter's closed."
Eiland said he had been looking forward to working with Burnett this winter and expressed confidence that he would bounce back from his abysmal 10-15 season.
"The ability is there," Eiland said. "A.J.'s hungry, A.J.'s a competitor, A.J. wants to win as bad as anyone. Nobody feels worse about last year than he does.
One from Brian Cashman:
"[Eiland] knows why (he was fired). He was given conditions that needed to be followed. So he knows why."
-Jack Curry reported that the Yankees are mildly interested in Manny Ramirez.
-E.J. Fagan wrote a nice piece about the rotation situation.
Questions of the week: Best Yankee of 2010? Best and worst free agent signings this offseason?