I made it back safe and sound from my week in Germany yesterday afternoon. It was a good week, as I expected it to be after my first training trip out there in July. But to be honest, I was pretty nervous about heading out there again. Nervous as a Yankee fan. For the last few years I've had a personal trend of big things happening when I've been away from blogging. In April of 2012 I missed A-Rod's homer against the Red Sox to put him into sole possession of 5th place on the all-time home run list when I was attending a friend's bachelor party. In September of that year, I missed the back-to-back extra-inning wins against the A's participating in a bachelor party for another friend, and I was in the wedding for that same friend on October 13th when Derek Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS. I was celebrating my anniversary in Madison on April 20th this year when Ivan Nova suffered his season-ending elbow injury, and the Masahiro Tanaka injury and Brandon McCarthy trade both happened while I was in Germany in July. Given that recent history, I was convinced there would be some big news, most likely of the bad variety, breaking over the last week while I was out of commission again. A setback in CC Sabathia's knee rehab, a revelation that Jacoby Ellsbury had a more serious foot injury that was going to require surgery, an ill-advised signing of a mediocre shortstop to a multi-year deal, something. Instead, it was a relatively quiet week. It was almost too quiet. Francisco Cervelli is gone, traded away for left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson, and the only other acquisition was that of Jose De Paula, a lefty swingman who's never thrown a single Major League inning. Needless to say, I wasn't too broken up about missing either of those happenings.
The biggest news to come out of this past week is everything that isn't happening. The talks on the new hitting coach front continue to be silent, with no new candidates mentioned, no interviews confirmed, and nothing from the team on its plan to fill the open position. The David Robertson contract situation is equally quiet, with no reports on negotiations starting now that he's reportedly looking for "Jonathan Papelbon money". There's been nothing on the search for a new shortstop, little reported progress on the pursuit of Chase Headley and McCarthy, and the Yankees have been mysteriously absent in the chatter surrounding some of the big international free agents, be they Japanese and Korean pitchers or Cuban stud prospect Yoan Moncada.
Not that any of this silence and inactivity is or necessarily should be considered a bad thing. The offseason is still in its early stages and there hasn't been much going on around the rest of MLB. But with all that needs to be done this offseason and how active the Yankees seemed to be a few weeks ago at the start, the sudden stagnation of activity on all fronts does come as a bit of a surprise. I'm sure there is plenty going on behind the scenes that we aren't privy to, and we'll know what the Yankees are and aren't trying to do when they decide they want us to. For now, I'm taking it as a positive sign that nothing bad happened while I was away and looking forward to things picking up now that I'm back.