If the Yankees don’t trade for or sign a catcher in the coming months — which they’re not expected to do — Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart will compete for the starting job in spring training.
The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after playing for the New York Yankees the last two seasons, and the Eagles said he is expected to complete a deal after undergoing a physical.
Left-hander Andy Pettitte will likely announce in the coming days that he will return to the Yankees for the 2013 season, WFAN’s Jon Heyman reported. The 40-year-old is expected to sign a contract worth slightly over $11 million, Heyman said.
“I think there’s a little bit of a question (if he’ll be ready for Opening Day), but I think he’ll find a way,” Girardi said on Thursday. “That’s who he is.”
The American League East champions passed on pursuing the Marlins’ top players, and instead are focusing on re-signing starting pitchers Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda.
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“I can only say the Yankees told us they were interested in signing Soriano while expecting Rivera to come back,” agent Scott Boras said.
With the start of free agency looming, the Yankees have made qualifying offers to reliever Rafael Soriano, starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and right fielder Nick Swisher.
Sabathia was operated on Thursday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The Yankees expect Sabathia to fully recover before the start of next season.
How will Cashman address his aging team? Will he attempt to go younger or will he stick with his older guns? Will he attempt to deal the virtually untradeable A-Rod? Will he re-sign Nick Swisher? As usual, the longtime GM didn’t disclose his plans.
“To get 43 home runs from a center fielder isn’t easy,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “And I don’t think one series erases that.”
“(Rodriguez’s benching) had nothing to do with anything but what I felt was our best opportunity that day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I just think he was one of our guys that was struggling, like a lot of our other guys.”
“I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said in regard to A-Rod’s situation. “I can’t imagine that. I just feel bad for A-Rod, man. I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.”
According to a report, the three-time AL MVP has told close friends that he won’t stand in the way of a trade. It would have to be the right situation, however. The veteran will only accept a trade to a big-market team, the report said.
Derek Jeter had scans on Sunday which confirmed the fracture. He has not accompanied the Yankees in Detroit. His recovery was initially expected to take three months, but that timetable is now longer.
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