Let's take a look at some items on the Red Sox and Yankees as they get set to square off tonight..
- Yankees GM Brian Cashman will soon have to decide where they stand on Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, who are both set to hit free agency after next season, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. When asked about how he views the two long-term, Cashman responded, “That is stuff I can’t answer at this stage. It is a two-way street. It is a negotiation for two sides. So it is all for another day."
- Sources told Andy Martino and Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News that the text message from Adrian Gonzalez to Red Sox ownership about Bobby Valentine was actually authored by catcher Kelly Shoppach. The catcher was later traded to the Mets, clearing room in Boston for Valentine favorite Ryan Lavarnway.
- The Yankees are often criticized for their hefty payroll, but the club has done an outstanding job of stockpiling low-cost veteran players, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal praises Cashman for his patience on the open market and his aggressiveness in small trades and on the waiver wire.