Some Yankees news and notes 2/20/12

Good afternoon, everyone. Just in case you missed some news, here are some links about the important stuff, the not-so-important stuff and some downright silly stuff. That's the beauty of it still being early in Spring Training, there isn't a lot of stuff happening.

First up, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Yankees are prepared to discuss a long-term deal with Robinson Cano. The scary part of the piece: Sherman writes that he expects Cano's new agent Scott Boras to seek a ten-year deal in the $225-240MM range. That's a lot of cash and too many years. Believe me, I love Robinson Cano but I think, no, I hope, the Yankees have learned from past mistakes - Alex Rodriguez - and would probably steer clear of the 10-year deal for a guy in his 30's.

Next up, Phil Hughes is going to be out for at least two weeks thanks to a bulging disk in his back. Like I said earlier, at least the injury happened during Spring Training and not in the middle of a pennant race. Yes, I think there's a chance the Yankees could be in a pennant race. Stranger things have happened.

Jon Heyman of reported on Twitter that the Yankees would not give up a good prospect to acquire Alfonso Soriano, He suggested the Yankees would pay $10MM of the $36MM remaining on the left fielder's contract. And Soriano has named the Yankees as one of the teams he'd consider allowing a trade to along with the Mets, Dodgers, Phillies, Dodgers and White Sox.

And finally, today is photo day in Tampa so here are a few links to some of the pictures that have been released. Be warned, they're pretty terrible.

Joba Chamberlain

Derek Jeter

Phil Hughes

Kevin Youkilis

Ichiro Suzuki

Hey, at least Jeter looks okay in his picture...