11:07 am: Three more signings to report, two for less money than expected and one for what i expected. The brewers have inked rf jose pena for $400,000, the yankees have signed rhp chris cabrera for $400,000, and it was confirmed that the yankees reached a deal with ss damian arredondo for $850,000. I’m told sanchez, arredondo and cabrera will be the only three signings by the yankees today, so jose osuna is now out of the picture.
Two reactions to these pieces of news:
1. Steal by the brewers. I had a chance to see pena in action and while some of the $1 million talk could have been misinformation or marketing by people trying to pump his value, pena is a very nice buy at this price for milwaukee.
2. Turns out it wasn’t exactly $4 million the yankees were going to spend, but actually $4.25 (or so, with the sanchez bonus being a slight gray area). Cue yankee blogs discussing whether this was some sort of statement by the club about ynoa’s price last year and whether they’d take ynoa or the sanchez/arredondo/cabrera trio.