We are a scant three weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, and just a month shy of the Yankees first Spring Training game (which will be against the Philadelphia Phillies). And, for those of you who are interested in the World Baseball Classic - as you should be - we're just over forty days away from the first match-up, between Israel and South Korea. In short, the end of this long, ephemeral period between the bursting bubble of free agency and actual baseball is nearly at its end.
With that in mind, here are some links to whet your appetite:
- Brian Cashman believes that Didi Gregorius has yet to reach his offensive ceiling.
- The MLB Draft order has officially been set, now that all of the free agents to receive a qualifying offer have been signed. The Yankees will pick 16th overall.
- The Yankees were never really in on Chris Sale (if they were in at all), as they were unwilling to give up Gary Sanchez (duh).
- Keith Law ranked the Yankees second in his farm system rankings, noting "there's no weakness here."
- Masahiro Tanaka will not participate in aforementioned WBC.
- The Angels have reportedly agreed to a multiyear deal with Luis Valbuena (one of my favorite free agents), though the details have not quite been sorted out.
In much more somber news, Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte passed away this weekend as a result of separate car accidents. There have been some moving tributes written for both - I was particularly fond of this piece by Grant Brisbee, this piece by Jeff Passan, and this piece by Sam Mellinger. Major League Baseball has lost another dynamic young talent, and a former top prospect that never gave up his dream; all that we can do is send our thoughts and prayers to their families and friends.