Breakfast Links: A Quick Wind Sprint Around Spring Training
February 16, 2011 by William Juliano
- Jorge Posada reported to camp along with the rest of the catchers, although this season he is ticketed as the DH. Although Posada has not yet given up on getting back behind the plate, he seems to be slowly embracing his new role. Now, the question is how much longer does Posada have left in pinstripes?
Jorge Posada reported to camp with the rest of the catchers, but was noticeably without his gear (Photo: Daily News).
- Mariano Rivera, who is even older than Posada, shows no signs of slowing down, but his arrival in camp was delayed by sickness in his family. With the organization’s permission, the great closer postponed his departure in order to tend to his ailing children, who have been suffering from the flu.
- For the second day in a row, A.J. Burnett held court. The enigmatic pitcher, who after a year of getting tattooed added a new one to his right forearm, insisted that he would “be a factor” in 2011. Burnett also discussed the prospect of C.C. Sabathia opting out his current seven-year deal, offering insights from his experience being in the same situation back in 2008.
- In other notes, prospect Hector Noesi’s arrival was delayed by Visa issues, and Brett Gardner, who has been in camp rehabbing his surgically repaired wrist, reported full health.
- Down the coast in Fort Myers, the Red Sox are extremely optimistic following their offseason overhaul.
- The news isn’t as positive for the Yankees’ cross-town rival, however. Although Bernie Madoff exonerated the Mets of any complicity in his multi-billion dollar fraud, the team still faces a tough financial road ahead. Could Donald Trump soon enter the picture?
- Finally, the clock keeps ticking on Albert Pujols’ self-imposed contract extension deadline, and Tony LaRussa is blaming the MLBPA for the current impasse.