It was reported yesterday that Sergio Mitre was signed by the Yankees for $850,000 with some performance incentives. The Yankees seem to be big believers in Mitre who pitched terribly last season but was coming off of Tommy John surgery. He did throw one quality start on August 29th against the White Sox, and it appears the Yanks saw enough in that one start to be avid beleivers.
Cashman said that he is looking for a right handed hitter for left field, so it sounds like the Yankees plan on platooning with Gardner. It also sounds like rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffman is not the solution despite his being a very affordable right handed batter. In some vaguely related news, right handed corner outfielder Eric Hinske just signed with the Braves. He may have been a good option for left considering his extremely average defense, but decent off-the-bench power. He's also right handed which would seemingly meet all of Cashman's criteria, but it wasn't meant to be.
Former Yankee, Randy Johnson officially retired a couple days back. We're late on reporting the news, but in fairness, his time here was largely forgettable. Despite this, Randy Johnson was a phenomenal pitcher, and his reaching 300 wins is evidence of that.
In other news, the hall votes were cast, and Andre Dawson was the only one who got in. Yes, Roberto Alomar, arguably the best second baseman of his era did not make the hall. Raines only got about 50% of the votes too. I really do not know what the hall voters are thinking.