Morning Bits: Chavez, Mariano, Kuroda, Romine, Girardi, Nova

It’s Friday so Hooooray for that.  With everyone reporting to camp more stories should be coming out.  Let’s get right to the links.  Have a good weekend everyone.

* The Washington Post reports that Chavez is happy to be back with the Yankees.  (Has a player ever said I’m not happy to be back with a team?)

* reports that Hal Steinbrenner mentions that Mariano is a life long Yankee.

* Newsday writes that Kuroda is getting good reviews this spring.

* Nice article from The New York Times about Romine and how Girardi is working with him.

* has Nova more secure after tough stretch last year.

* The Daily News says that Russell Martin, Yankees not yet close on a new deal.

* This article from The Daily News goes into how Girardi might be around longer than Joe Torre.

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Posted on February 24, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Nice quote from Girardi to Romine.

    “I think he can be the whole package,” Girardi explained a day later, “and I told him, ‘Your job is to fight to be the whole package, not a backup.’ ”

  2. ” (Has a player ever said I’m not happy to be back with a team?)”. A player has probably never said that. But I doubt there have been many players that seem as excited to be back with a team that is paying the $600,000 less than they made the year before. I like Chavez, and personally I’m glad the Yankees re-signed him.

  3. Talks with Martin and Yankees have been put on hold till end of the year. Smart move by the Yankees.

  4. I have a question for anyone here. I know the Yankees have expressed a desire to get to the tax threshold in 2014. But as best I can tell while it won’t be impossible it’s going to be very difficult. For probably 2 reasons:
    1st) If Jeter exercises his option
    2nd) if A-Rod hit one of his “milestone incentives”. They must declare that $6MM in that year.

    Can’t the Yankees is necessary meet the tax threshold of $189MM in 2015 and still reap the same rewards as they would have in 2014? They still would reset the 50% rate back to 17.5% the next time they went over and they still would get a rebate back from MLB I believe.

    Does anyone know for sure if that’s the case. Because I’m beginning to think It will be easier for them to reach the goal in 2015 than 2014. They can get close in 2014 and then make the final necessary savings for the 2015 season?

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