Breakfast Links: A Quick Wind Sprint Around Spring Training
February 15, 2011 by williamnyy23
- Entering camp, the big story surrounding C.C. Sabathia was how much weight he lost over the offseason (and how he did it). On the first day of spring training, however, the story quickly changed to the likelihood that he would exercise the opt clause in his contract.
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- If not for the Sabathia overload, the big news of the day would have been Joe Girardi’s announcement that Derek Jeter will remain in the leadoff slot.
- Another hot topic was what should be a very lively competition for the final two slots in the starting rotation. Of course, the Yankees also need AJ Burnett to rebound from his poor 2010 campaign. Otherwise, the bottom of the rotation will be the least of the Yankees’ concerns. This season, both problems, and their potential solutions, will fall in the lap of new pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
- Although the bullpen is mostly set for the upcoming season, all eyes remain on Joba Chamberlain, who looks to finally establish himself in some kind of role . According to Brian Cashman, however, the enigmatic righty first needs to worry about making the team.
- Keeping tracking of names and faces can be challenging during the early days of Spring, so The Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig has provided a list of uniform numbers for all Yankees expected in camp. Number 33 still belongs to Nick Swisher, but don’t be alarmed if the uniform hosting that digit seems a tad on the large side. David Wells is also in camp as a guest instructor.
- Off the field, Alex Rodriguez made news, but this time the attention was welcomed. Chad Jennings at the LoHud blog has some great pictures from a recent ceremony honoring Arod that was hosted by the Latin Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Away from the friendly confines of Tampa, the Phillies unveiled a rotation that is flush with aces. During the press conference, some interpreted Lee’s comments as rubbing salt in the Yankees wounds. However, the biggest news was made in Jupiter, where it was reported that Albert Pujols and the Cardinals mutually agreed to establish Wednesday as the deadline for reaching an agreement on a contract extension. Who knows, if the two sides can’t come to terms, maybe the Yankees can use the money saved from not signing Lee and offer it to Albert?