DETROIT - OCTOBER 04: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammate Jorge Posada #20 after leaving Game Four of the American League Divison Series at Comerica Park on October 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 10-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Jorge Posada's retirement presser was this morning, and by all accounts it was packed and went off as well as any presser in New York could go. Before we move on to the notes and rumors, I'd like to do some custodial work with this slightly puzzling tweet from Joe Sheehan:
Twitter / @joe_sheehan - "Silliness: Jorge Posada got MVP votes in exactly two seasons."
Posada was great. Really great, and for a long time too. But was he even ever the best player on his own team? C'mon man. Let's move on.
Today's Yankee notes include a suggestion from Brian Cashman that perhaps the club could trade for a DH, a surprisingly ugly tweet about AJ Burnett from Jon Heyman, and a clarification on Phil Hughes' role on the team:
Cashman: We could trade for a DH - Bryan Hoch | MLB.com
"Maybe I use our excess pitching to find a bat," Cashman said. "That’s a possibility. … We stretched the payroll to get [Kuroda] done, so I’m not sure what we have financially. I think we’ll look at the trade market first and foremost and see where that takes us."
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "hearing aj burnett has exactly the trade market youd expect for an expensive, mediocre flake. #pieinthesky"
- Hughes is a starter, not a reliever - Bryan Hoch | mlb.com
"Phil Hughes shouldn’t be thinking about going back to the bullpen, despite his success there at times during his career. At least, that’s what Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday."
- Twitter / @Joelsherman1 - "Yankees DH plans: see if can swap Burnett for DH type or salary relief to find bat, explore trading a young starter (Hughes?) for a young, controllable bat. Last option: Turn to bat on market such as Damon, Matsui, etc"
- The reasons to trade, and not to trade, A.J. Burnett - Joe Pawlikowski | River Avenue Blues
"As before, any Burnett trade scenario is improbable. There are too many moving parts involved, from Burnett’s contract to potential trade targets. There’s also the matter of using the available dollars to pursue an upgrade elsewhere, something else that is far from guaranteed. The gamblers among us would do well to bet on Burnett starting the season with navy blue pinstripes."
- New York Yankees Complete Organizational Chart - MLB Daily Dish
Rosters, Salaries, Leadership, and Prospects for the entire Yankees org.