The general structure of the deal between NYY and SS Brendan Ryan was agreed to weeks ago; still not finished. In the range of $2 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 18, 2013
So that lends reason why the Red Sox, along with a lot of Yankees fans thought that Drew would be atop of GM Brain Cashman’s wanted list.
Fact is no matter if Jeter proves ageless and his ankle holds up, playing shortstop even close to everyday is not going to happen. And ditto for A-Rod that is if he even plays next season, as two damaged hips at 38-years old is not exactly comforting.
But I did not expect the Yankees answer to be Ryan until I thought about it some more.
And here are the three scenarios that popped into my brain.
1) Focusing on defense was the reason given by the Yankees for let starting catcher Russell Martin walk last offseason. And the same is being said for signing Ryan because this guy is an offensive liability (see #2). Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Top 3 Brendan Ryan conspiracy theories’ »