It felt like the loudest noise from the Yankees this Hot Stove season was the deafening silence the New Yorkers made in contract offers.
That has all changed this spring.
Their new third baseman Kevin Youkilis, was scratched from today’s lineup because Youk feels a cramp above his left hip, but the team is calling it a sore left oblique.
“Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp,” Youk said. “That just turned into, ‘We’re going to be precautionary.’ I’m fine. I could play today, and I’m perfectly fine. But they were just like, ‘No, we’re going to sit you out.’”
Manager Joe Girardi said that the veteran will be evaluated again in the coming days, according to Yankees.com.
Then there are the Alfonso Soriano rumors.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Soriano would consider a return to the Bronx.
“I don’t know if they want to call or not, but if they call for me, I’d have to think about it,” said Soriano, who has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract. “I don’t want to take a quick reaction and say yes or say no. I’m 37 years old, so I have to think about first what’s good for me, my team and my family.
Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, reports that Damon, speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s Michael Kay Show, said he is willing to play just the five or so weeks of the regular season that Curtis Granderson will miss and he even would take a league-minimum contract to return to the Bronx.
You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York. But I just don’t think they would be interested. I’m not exactly sure what happened over the years or something. They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That’s fine.
Damon has 2769 hits and is looking to reach 3000 in his bid for the Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned, the spring has just sprung.