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New York Yankee Notes: Winter Meetings Drawing Near

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Here is a look around the Inter-Google at stories of interest for New York Yankee fans on a lazy Saturday morning without baseball.

The baseball Winter Meetings begin Monday. For whatever reason, this is when baseball general managers seems to do most of their offseason work. Over at SB Nation New York I took a tongue-in-cheek look at what might happen next week for the Yankees and Mets.

Could the end be near for our hero, Francisco Cervelli? The Yankees are reportedly interested in former Los Angeles Dodger catcher Russell Martin. Reports are the Yanks tried to trade for Martin, and are now one of the teams interested in him as a free agent since he was non-tendered by the Dodgers.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 - Russell Martin 97 331 45 82 13 0 5 26 48 61 6 2 .248 .347 .332

Cervelli is, of course, a cult hero at PA. He doesn't hit much, though, and the more he played in 2010 the more his throwing deteriorated. No big shock if the Yankees try to find a veteran upgrade.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 - Francisco Cervelli 93 266 27 72 11 3 0 38 33 42 1 1 .271 .359 .335

Is Martin really an upgrade, though? A couple of years ago, definitely. He hit .293 with 19 home runs and 87 RBI back in 2007. He has only hit .250 and .248 the past two seasons, though, and has a bad hip. Not sure he's the answer.

GM Brian Cashman practiced rappelling down the side of a building on Friday, and LoHud has the pictures to prove it. I'm loving the wig!

Anybody like the idea of Bobby Jenks setting up for Mariano Rivera? NoMaas does. New York Baseball Digest kinda likes the idea, too. I might as well throw my hat in there and say it sounds pretty good to me, too. There are reports, by the way, that the Boston Red Sox made a bid for Rivera. Maybe we should make a bid for Jonathan Papelbon. Oh, wait, we don't want him, anyway.

The New York Post chatted with Peter Gammons about the Yankees recently. I am not a Gammons fan, but it's worth a look.

If you're surprised that the Yankees are kicking the tires on Carl Crawford shame on you. You should have known better.