Sunday Links: Garza, Rivera, Cano, YES


    • The Brewers have come to an agreement with starting pitcher Matt Garza. It's a four-year deal of $50 million guaranteed ($12.5MM AAV) with $1 million in incentives for every season and a $13 fifth year million option. As they did with Kyle Lohse last season, the Brewers waited out the pitching market to get a bargain on a desperate free agent. Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez still remain on the free agent market, two players that the Yankees were connected to before signing Tanaka. Both players also carry draft-pick compensation, which Garza did not. The Yankees would only have to give away their second round pick to sign any of them, and Jimenez makes some sense for the Yankees on a one-year or similar short term deal. At 29 years old, Jimenez had a rebound season in 2013, but could use another year of success to reestablish himself as a top of the rotation pitcher in free agency. There are some serious concerns with Jimenez, but the Yankees have been connected to him over the last couple of years. You can never have too many starting pitchers, but signing one of these guys would also allow the team to trade some of their pitchers for bigger infield needs. Ivan Nova might have the most trade value in the organization.
    • The New York BBWAA held their annual dinner last night, which honored Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson. Bryan Hoch has some quotes for you here. At one point, when Rivera starting to speak, someone in the audience yelled "One more year!" Rivera responded by pointing to Robertson and saying, "We've got our future closer right here. You've got to respect that." Someone should probably tell Brian Cashman that Rivera has already designated Robertson as the next closer.
    • If you can stomach it, Robinson Cano did a question and answer session with Mariners fans. It's pretty bland with lots of one word or one sentence answers, but I thought it was interesting that he went on and on when he was asked about missing Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
    • Fox has gained majority control of the YES Network. They did so by buying minority stakes from several sources, and now they control 80% of the network, while Yankee Global Enterprises still owns 20%.
    • On Thursday, I wrote about how the Yankees could fill some holes cheaply by targeting some of the Cuban players that are becoming available late in the offseason. Particularly, shortstop/second baseman Aledmys Diaz makes a ton of sense for the short term and long term future of the team, as many scouts believe he's major league ready. Although he'll only be eligible to sign on February 19th, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley notes that some of the other Cuban players have become eligible, and he includes some quotes from scouts.