The Yankees’ lack of a major signing this winter won’t give them any leverage in the YES Network dispute with Comcast, Bob Raissman of the Daily News writes. That may come as a surprising take given their recent acquisition of Starlin Castro, but Raissman feels that the shortstop still isn’t enough to move the needle significantly for the Bombers. In fact, Raissman wonders if the Yankees’ relative inaction could lead fair weather fans to switch over to the Mets.
Here’s today’s glance at the AL East:
- The Orioles offered Chris Davis precisely $154MM over seven years, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Now, GM Dan Duquette says the team is looking at other options. Talks have not been terminated, but Duquette implied it would be up to Davis’ agent Scott Boras to revisit negotiations. The 29-year-old Davis is the top power bat on the open market, as he leads the Majors in homers over the past three seasons.
- The Rays are suddenly holding a hot commodity thanks to their pitching depth, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes. Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that of the three teams that are willing to move good, young starting pitching, the Rays might be the most likely to do it.
- It’s not a big surprise, but the Rays found at the Winter Meetings that “everyone” has interest in Gold Glove-winning center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, Topkin writes. This past season, Kiermaier led the majors with 42 Defensive Runs Saved.
- The Rays wanted to bring Daniel Nava back on a minor league deal, but it appears that he’s going to sign a similar deal elsewhere, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Angels and Padres are believed to be in the mix to sign the outfielder, according to a source who spoke with SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Nava, 32, is a free agent for the first time in his career.