So it's chilly here - I wore the same jacket to Joe Girardi's news conference as I did in New York City yesterday - but it is far sunnier than back home. And thus more pleasant.
Girardi addressed myriad items in his "State of the Yankees" news conferences, and Erik Boland has the write-up here. Nothing earth-shattering. Nothing even remotely surprising, really.
Pitchers and catchers will have their first official workout tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field. Over on the minor-league side this morning, I watched Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Brett Gardner and a few other guys work out. Jeter looks like he always does this time of year - a little more muscular than he'll look by October. Granderson is a toothpick.
Speaking of Granderson, Ken Rosenthal wonders whether the Tigers traded him for more than just financial reasons, and I think absolutely, yes. It'll be interesting to see, in nitpicky New York, how much the fan base (not a monolith, I know, but I mean the vocal types you hear on the radio and such) reacts to a guy with such clear flaws. We saw last year that Nick Swisher, whose game is also "loud," if you will - very apparent strengths (plate discipline, power) and weaknesses (unusual streakiness, baserunning) - received some heat from that crowd.
Interesting comment from Tigers manager Jim Leyland, BTW, about Granderson's extensive community service, and whether that might hurt him. I'm not buying it, but it is something to monitor.
--Strong words from David Wright today at Mets camp, David Lennon reports. I guess his optimism is good for the Mets and their fan. It's better than him weeping and saying, "We're doomed! If I hadn't signed that long-term deal, I'd be a free man in November!"
--Jason Beck, the Tigers beat writer for MLB.com, reports that the Tigers will consider using Phil Coke, acquired from the Yankees in the Granderson trade, as a starting pitcher. My first response was, "Seriously?" but if you look at Coke's splits, it's not the worst idea ever. If it doesn't work, then Coke can quickly transition back into the bullpen.
--Newsday.com's Mark La Monica and I put together an All-Walk-Year Team for this season. We'll have to tweak it if, as expected, Joe Mauer and the Twins find common ground on a mammoth contract extension.
UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: Just to follow up on the item from earlier today on Jair Jurrjens, the Braves say it's only inflammation and that Jurrjens will start throwing next week. Interestingly, tying in another iteam from earlier today, Jurrjens was on Tom Verducci's 2009 list.