'Twas the Night Before Spring Training...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So we're simply counting down the hours until pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report in Tampa for spring training, and I just wanted to pass along a few quick news stories to get you ready.

  • Former Yankee Chien-Mien Wang signed a one-year $2 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Wang will get a chance to join the Nationals rotation once he's healthy, which is an opportunity he may not have gotten with the Yankees.
  • The Nationals are also reportedly interested in Kris Benson, and you cannot talk about Kris Benson without mentioning his wife, Anna Benson. That would be the same Anna Benson who threatened to sleep with the entire Mets organization, "even the ball boys," if her husband cheated on her.
  • Johnny Damon remains without a job for the 2010 season, despite the fact that his agent Scott Boras says talks with the Detroit Tigers are "moving forward." I'd be willing to be money that Damon wishes he took the two-year $14 million that Brian Cashman says the Yankees offered him.
  • While the Yankees are waiting until after the season to extend Derek Jeter's contract, they may be targeting a potential replacement for when Jeter eventually retires. 21-year old Cuban defector Adeinis Hechavarria will be looking for a $7-8 million signing bonus once he is "unblocked" by the Office of Foreign Assets Committee after they verify his age, identity, and residency. (Just a side note: how can it be an Office and a committee? It's not the Office of THE Foreign Assets Committee, which would make more sense. I think we need a committee to determine the validity of this committee. Ok, enough ranting.)
  • Yankees ace CC Sabathia is already in Tampa, having reported early, and talked about how the Cour Fore will prevent any let-up after last year's World Series win.
Be sure to look on the right and take a crack at this week's trivia question.



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