Yankees Offseason Notes: Teixeira + Pettitte = USA! USA!

The roster isn’t supposed to be announced until Thursday but some names have been confirmed for the World Baseball Classic. Mark Teixeira and Andy Pettitte made that list and they will represent Team USA in March. That would mean that they would miss Yankees Spring Training, yes (along with Robinson Cano who is playing for Team Domincan Republic) but they will get the workout they need to be prepared for the upcoming 2013 season. Pettitte would be reunited with former Yankees manager Joe Torre so it would be great to see those two working together again, although it will only be for as long as Team USA plays in the World Baseball Classic.

While we worry about Pettitte and the workload that the World Baseball Classic will give him (let’s remember, Andy is 40), this could be just the thing for Teixeira (who is notorious for slow starts to seasons). As Bryan Hoch of MLB.com said, “Given his history of slow regular season starts, perhaps this is a new way of trying to avoid those April struggles.” Yes, let’s hope that’s the case. The rest of the rosters will be released on Thursday and you can check back here to see which of your Yankees (besides Pettitte and Teixeira) will get the prestigious honor of representing their country.

In Other News:

Derek Jeter is still working hard towards Opening Day. Good for the Captain!

— I had an article about the Hall of Fame shutout published on Yahoo! that discusses how much of the voting process focused on Steroid Speculation. Read it and if you like it, tell your friends to read it. Tell your neighbors to read it! Tell your cat to read it! Tell anyone you know to read it!

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Misc. News, Spring Training and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. So, Boras got Soriano his money. 2 years @ $28M with a vesting option for a 3rd year. The Yankees get another Sandwich pick giving them 3 of the top 35 picks in the draft. Hopefully they can use the Draft pool money for all 3 picks to get 1 big-time player…..maybe a Top 5-10 talent that slips to them because of Signability concerns. With 3 picks they can afford to take a chance.

    I wonder if the signing of Soriano will have an effect on Washington trading Morse. Paying Sori $14M may make it more urgent to dump Morse’s $6.75M. But it also makes Clippard and Drew Storen set-up men thus making a relief pitcher less of a need. They still don’t have a Lefty so there is hope that Logan and another solid player will get it done. If the yanks can’t get Morse, I’d rather they give the ABs to younger players like Nunez or Adams than sign an Andruw Jones type of player.

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