02/19/11 5:43 PM EST
Cashman not actively pursuing Millwood
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Several published reports had linked the Yankees to having interest in right-hander Kevin Millwood, but as in the cases of non-roster invitees Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, Cashman was not interested in offering a guaranteed contract.
"If I feel something out there can help and the price is right, I'm not afraid of it," Cashman said. "But there's nothing I'm involved with right now. Zero. I'm not in active talks with anybody."
Mix-up has Cano a late arrival to camp
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was not present in camp on Saturday as the team's position players were scheduled to undergo their physicals.
According to general manager Brian Cashman, Cano mixed up the report date and thought he would not be expected in town until Sunday. Cashman said that Cano is scheduled to arrive Saturday evening.
"You want everybody here on time and that's important, but ultimately he missed today's physical and he'll get that accomplished tomorrow before the workout [Sunday]," Cashman said. "On the realistic side, he's not going to miss anything."
Cano, 28, had a breakout campaign in 2010, batting .319 with 29 home runs and 109 RBIs to vault into consideration for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
Major League Baseball's mandatory report date for all players is Feb. 26.
Cashman also said that right-hander Hector Noesi is scheduled to arrive on Saturday and will be in uniform for Sunday's workout. Noesi, 24, has been delayed in the Dominican Republic with visa issues.
Newlywed Swisher ready to build on last season
TAMPA, Fla. -- This might not exactly register as breaking news around the Yankees' camp, but Nick Swisher still seems like the happiest guy in the room.
Swisher glowed on Saturday when discussing his "amazing" offseason, in which he tied the knot with actress JoAnna Garcia and said he "had an absolute blast" in preparing for another season in pinstripes.
"It was the best offseason I've had yet," Swisher said. "It was nice. We didn't get to where we wanted to be last year, and kind of had a little longer break than normal, but that's going to happen. We come back here and have the same attitude and want to do the same thing.
"That's the great thing about coming and playing for the Yankees every year. You feel like every time you take that field, you have the chance to win the World Series every year. That's a great feeling to have."
Swisher, 31, said that he was personally pleased with his season last year, hitting .288 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs in 150 games. He continued the same workout program, heading to UCLA to work on hitting drills five mornings a week before heading to the gym in the afternoons.
"Spring Training isn't something that just pops up on you," Swisher said. "You know it's coming. I just wanted to make sure I came in great shape and had my swing ready. I'm really starting to get that itch."
Swisher is in the final season of a five-year, $26.75 million deal he originally signed with the Athletics, set to earn $9 million this year. The Yankees hold a $10.25 million club option for the 2012 season that could have Swisher looking at this as a contract year.
"I take every year almost like that," Swisher said. "You guys know how much I love playing this game. Every day I'm going to go out there and give it my all, and once the season ends you just go from there. Obviously being in New York I don't want to go anywhere else. I love this place, and I'm going to do everything I can to try to be here for a while."
A-Rod sports trimmer look as he reports
TAMPA, Fla. -- In a camp where the weight of players has dominated the first week of discussion, it may be refreshing that Alex Rodriguez reported to camp appearing trimmer.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it was Rodriguez's idea to come into camp lighter. Rodriguez did not speak to reporters, but Girardi said that he does not believe Rodriguez is past the point in his career where he can hit over .300 with 40 or more home runs.
"I don't necessarily think that," Girardi said. "That's obviously a monster year, but I don't think he's past that point.
"He's had to deal with the [right] hip the past couple of years. Do I think he's a .270 hitter? No, I don't. I think he's a much higher hitter than that."
Yankees GM Brian Cashman wouldn't offer a guess as to NBA star Carmelo Anthony's next destination. Cashman once said publicly that LeBron James would go to the Knicks, based on information from CC Sabathia. "But he also told me Cliff Lee was coming here," Cashman said. ... Joe Girardi said that he does not expect many changes with his lineup, but said he could experiment during Spring Training. Curtis Granderson could be a candidate to be moved up after his strong ending to last season. ... Yankees captain Derek Jeter will meet the media for a news conference Sunday morning.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.