Brian Cashman really likes Russell Martin. So much so that he compared him favorably to Thurman Munson and is open to a multi-year extension for the 28-year-old backstop.
- There's no "if" regarding A.J. Burnett. Cashman said it was a bad choice of words that caused all the speculation that he might be traded this winter. He added, "I won't be shopping anybody. I can tell you that."
- Freddy Garcia wants to return to New York in 2012. But do the Yankees want him?
- One line agents always use to entice the Yankees into signing their clients goes something like: "My guy can handle the pressure of New York." That's what the agents for Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt and C.J. Wilson are saying.
- Is Roger Clemens planning a comeback to competitive baseball? He's been throwing bullpen sessions in Puerto Rico recently and could return to pro ball for the Indios de Mayaguez.
- Curtis Granderson is rubbing off on Robinson Cano. On Thursday, Cano visited children at a hospital in Taiwan during a trip in which major leaguers are playing a five-game series against Taiwanese All-Stars. He seemed to be a bit hit there even before the visit, so I have to think this will only endear him more in the budding baseball nation.
- Albert Pujols is not in the Yankees' plans. It's still all about the pitching.
- Three former Yankees will be eligible for the Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot. They include Allie Reynolds, Jim Kaat and Luis Tiant. The voting will occur on December 5th.
- To keep track of all the free agents this offseason, you can check out Yahoo's or ESPN's.