By getting caught up in the wall-to-wall college basketball on Saturday, the NFL playoffs yesterday, and my non-stop drooling over the Brett Gardner re-signing, there were a few stories over the weekend that didn't get their proper due here at AB4AR. If you were in a similar boat this weekend, here's your chance to catch up.
- One DH option came off the table on Friday afternoon as Carlos Pena agreed to a 1-year/$7.5 million deal to rejoin the Tampa Bay Rays. They probably needed the offensive help more than the Yankees did, and New York was never getting Pena for $2 mil, so no big deal there.
- Jorge Posada announced that he will make his retirement official some time this week
, perhaps as early as Tuesday, with a press conference at Yankee Stadium. I can't imagine there are going to be too many dry eyes in the house at that PC.
- Dr. Long has been making his round of yearly offseason house calls
to work with some of the Yankees hitters. No word on whether younger MiL guys like Romine and Jorge Vazquez get a discount or not.
- Finally, in his first public comments since the still-not-official trade from Friday the 13th, Michael Pineda spoke to Christian Red of the Daily News
in a very good article by Red about becoming a Yankee, saying:
"I’m not scared. I’m always focused, working very hard every day. I don’t think about anything else on game days. I’ve never pitched in New York or at Yankee Stadium, but I’m dying to. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to work very hard to do my job."
The trade could finally become official this week as the players involved get back into the country to complete their physicals. As for Pineda, that's just the type of stuff I like to hear from a young pitcher, and . And as for Pineda not being scared, well I think we just found his warm-up music for his starts at The Stadium this year.
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