Daily Archives: November 9, 2011

Nova News…

Nova  News

by Matt S.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Ivan Nova’s right forearm strain is “behind him.”

Nova left Game 5 of the ALDS against the Tigers with what was diagnosed as a Grade 1 forearm strain, but Yankees head physician Dr. Chris Ahmad has cleared him of any serious injury. Nova, 24, went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 165 1/3 innings this season. He should enter spring training assured of a rotation spot.

Jorge Posada will most likely not come back in 2012

Jorge Posada will most likely not come back in 2012

By Delia E.

If there is one thing that Jorge Posada knows, it’s that he’s most likely not coming back with the Yankees for the 2012 season. According to reports, Jorge Posada has been contacted by 5-6 other teams in the league, but he knows that his time with the Yankees is over. Posada says that there are no bitter feelings between himself and the Yankees but he has yet to make a decision on whether he is going to play for another team or if he is going to hang it up and ride off into the sunset. It would be difficult to see Posada in another uniform but Posada had said that he will always “be a Yankee.” Posada was in the last year of his contract in 2011 becoming the Yankees DH before he became more of a bench player. Posada hit .429 in the postseason, in what looks like his final in pinstripes.

Morning Bits: Cespedes, Buehrle, Starting Pitching

Good morning all. Here are your notes and links:

The Yankees reportedly held a private work-out for center-fielder Yoennis Cespedes. Joel Sherman added that the Yankees had “5 important voices” watching Cespedes in the Dominican Republic, including VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman, pro scouting director Billy Epler, special assistant Gordon Blakely, and scouts Gary Denbo and Donny Rowand. As you can see, this hardly seems like a routine scouting trip of due diligence.

— The Yanks have spoken with Mark Buehrle’s agent, and Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees are among the several teams interested in the lefty starter. Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News expands on this.

— Erik Boland of Newsday has the latest on the Yankees’ targeting of Yoennis Cespedes.

— Marc Carig of the Star Ledger details the Yanks’ strategy focused on finding starting pitching.