The Yanks have made their first move of the offseason, resigning lefty reliever Damaso Marte to a 3y/$12m deal. Marte has a solid track record, and as Pete Abe reports, that's the going rate for a quality reliever. It's still a bit pricey, though, and given Marte's age (he turns 34 before the season begins) and elbow issues perhaps not the most stupendous investment. Over on the Banter, Cliff Corcoran questions the wisdom of so long a deal. I'm not sure what better options were available. Bullpen is one of those things that separates the men from the boys (just ask the Mets), and the Yanks are already going to lose Joba and solid work from Farnsy from last year, and of course they rely on the Bionic One. Piecing together so many quality innings from scratch would be a tall order. Marte's contract isn't too onerous, and should be fungible in any case. Hopefully it pays off.
Elsewhere, the Yanks are making lots of noise about their deal with Cisco, which they claim will make the new stadium the most technologically advanced in baseball from now into the future. Color us extremely unimpressed. The ability to order concessions and gear from your seat seems almost sad. We have vendors for that, and I hate to think of the ballpark experience without hearing them shout "Beer Here!" As for the prospect of the Yanks streaming media directly to seats, one suspects this will be propaganda more than useful info. Anyone with an iPhone can already call up stats and other info from their seats. The team's ability to entirely control the experience of its patrons and draw even more revenue from them seems like no perk at all.
Congrats to Joe Maddon and Yank alum Lou P., managers of the year.