You know it's a slow news day in the Yankees Universe when the Daily News and Post have headlines like "Trade Market in Slumber" and "Offseason Moving Slowly", but the following stories should keep the Hot Stove burning warm.
- According to Buster Olney, the Yankees may be looking to deal Nick Swisher. Although the Yankees have denied shopping their right fielder, Olney stated in a series of tweets that several teams are interested in obtaining him. On Wednesday, Brian Cashman met with Carlos Beltran's agent. Could there be a connection?
- Are the Yankees working on a budget? Marc Carig thinks Brian Cashman no longer has a blank check. In the same story, Carig reports that C.J. Wilson is seeking 6-years/$90 million, which seems like a fair target, at least based on RLYW's Cairo projections.
- Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are counting on a healthy Alex Rodriguez next season, but maybe they shouldn't take that for granted? The Yankees Analysts' did some follow-up on a New York Times article that cast doubt about the effectiveness of the impingement surgery Arod had on his hip in 2009.
- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reportedly reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The official announcement isn't expected until Tuesday, but the BizofBaseball's Maury Brown provides a glimpse into what might be contained in the new deal.