Saturday, October 20, 2012

Putting the Coals On The Yankees Hot Stove: Heyman Gets Answers

The Stirring Straw staff decided to let all Yankee fans take some time off as a period of mourning after the New York Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was able to collect a lot of news that addresses some of the major question marks.

Curtis Granderson: The Yankees have decided to exercise Curtis Granderson's option for the 2013 season. This means that he will be in pinstripes and will be paid $15MM after his fourth place finish in the Most Valuable Player voting in 2011. Talks of a long term deal appear to be put on hold due to the outfielder's strikeout tendency in 2012. It is a move out of precaution to ensure that it does not become a trend for him as he gets older.

Nick Swisher: Heyman also wrote that signs are pointing towards the Yankees giving Swisher a qualifying offer to ensure that they would get draft picks if he decides to sign elsewhere. At most, the deal is estimated around $13.5 million. He does not think that the Yankees have any interest in signing Swisher to a long term deal after his abysmal postseason.

Girardi on the Hot Seat? If you thought that was the case, you thought wrong. Cashman said that none of the coaches were in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Yes, that also means hitting coach Kevin Long after the struggling bats in the postseason. Tony Pena interviewed with the Boston Red Sox, but it seems that they could be leaning towards John Farrell. That opens up the door in Toronto which could have interest in Robbie Thomson.

CC Sabathia: Former Yankees beat writer for the Star Ledger Marc Carig reported that CC Sabathia's left elbow will be checked out by a team doctor as a precaution. He was hurt in the middle of the season with elbow soreness and they just want to make sure that he wasn't too overworked since then.

Andy Pettitte in 2013? The veteran will make a decision very soon as to whether or not he will pitch next season. He believes that he will have a decision "in the next few weeks."In his last start, he went 6.2 innings giving up only two runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out five. Pettitte was in line to start the fifth game of the series, before the Yankees got swept. If he were to return, it would be his 17th year in the Major Leagues.

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