With the Yankees (most likely) done with their offseason retooling after signing Marcus Thames and releasing their list of spring training invitees Monday, Brian Cashman declared himself “happy with how things went this winter.”
"We had a budget and we operated within that budget and executed our plan," the GM said Tuesday. "We're very satisfied with the team we're taking to spring training."
Players have already started working out in Tampa and one of those who will command his share of the headlines, as he always does no matter the circumstance, this spring is Joba Chamberlain, who is expected to begin his work Wednesday.
Chamberlain will compete for the fifth rotation spot with Phil Hughes, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves.
"It's going to be fun," pitching coach Dave Eiland said, according to the AP, Tuesday at the team’s minor league complex. “It will be a good competition. Competition brings out the best in guys. It's going to be interesting to see who pulls ahead of the pack. Time will tell."
*** Pete Abraham, now with the Boston Globe,reports Chien-Ming Wang has agreed to a deal with the Nationals.
*** Finally, Newsday.com is conducting a survey on "reasons to love Spring Training." Looking out my window at sheets of white swirling about, it's not hard to think of at least one. We'll be in Tampa starting Sunday.