Evening Notes & Links: Trade Talks, Soler, Noesi, Joba-Lin

Good evening everybody. Here are a few notes & links to cap the day….

— Although we heard the Yankees and Pirates were at stand still for most of the day, things appear to have changed, says Newsday’s David Waldstein. Progress has been made today with the Yankees and both the Pirates and the “mystery team”, yet to be identified. The Yankees will probably strike a deal with whichever team provides the better offer.

Kevin Kernan of the NY Daily News talked to Joba Chamberlain about “Linsanity” and the similarities he and Jeremy Lin share.

— Now that Yoenis Cespedes has signed with the Oakland Athletics, the attention is turning to fellow Cuban OF Jorge Soler. The 19 year old is drawing heavy interest from the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins in addition to many other teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies. Ken Rosenthal writes that the bidding figures to be broader than for Cespedes. I’m sure the Yanks will be large participants in the bidding as Soler would be a terrific signing for them.

— Via Chad Jennings, Hector Noesi (the secondary piece sent to the Mariners in the Montero trade) expressed that he is happy to be on the Seattle Mariners now. He also marvels over the accomplishments of ace Felix Hernandez, saying that he “is someone all Latin Americans can be proud of, with what he’s done.”

Have a great night!

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Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on February 15, 2012, in Open Thread and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I hope David Waldstein isn’t toying with us. Yankees fans might have to declare a state holiday if a deal is struck. I’m keeping my finger crossed.

  2. Just read this on ESPN(dot)com:

    Yankees ‘optimistic’ on A.J. deal
    February, 15, 2012 at 7:22PM ET

    By Wallace Matthews
    I don’t know if this qualifies as an update or not, but that Proverbial Source With Knowledge just told me the Yankees are “optimistic” that a deal to send A.J. Burnett somewhere — anywhere? — will get done this week, although it may not be with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all.

    According to the source, three teams are still active in the talks — the Cleveland Indians, offering a swap of Travis Hafner’s remaining $13 million deal for 2012 (he also has a club option for 2013 at $13 million) for Burnett’s remaining two years and $33 million, are still in the hunt, as is another as-yet-unidentified team — but the Angels, as reported here earlier, are almost certainly out unless they become part of a three-way deal. (Burnett will not play for a West Coast team because of his wife’s fear of flying.)

    The proposed Burnett-Hafner deal is intriguing because it would not only relieve the Yankees of a potential $17 million — Hafner has a $2.75 million buyout for 2013 — it would also provide the Yankees with the left-handed DH bat they are lacking as well as a backup first baseman to relieve Mark Teixeira.

    There is still the tantalizing possibility, of course, that Burnett goes nowhere between now and Sunday, the day pitchers and catchers report to Yankees camp, lending the always welcome media circus atmosphere to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

  3. Here is a link to a New Jersey Star Ledger article from 11:30pm Wed. night. It’s the most recent rumor/news about AJ I can find.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2012/02/yankees_talking_to_four_teams.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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