So there are just 4 weeks left until spring training. Yankees still need to address little things like the rotation, bullpen, and bench including a 4th OF and maybe a utility guy. I have not heard any new names out there.
Trevor Hoffman calls it a career is currently the all time saves leader with 601. I think Mo should catch him this year or very early next year if he remains healthy. Everyone is saying that Hoffman is a slam dunk first ballot Hall of Famer. I'm not so sure. Being the all time saves leader doesn't hold a lot of clout...just ask Lee Smith who was the all time leader for some time and he still isn't in the Hall of Fame. To me Hoffman was a compiler. He spent most of his career in San Diego where there was literally no pressure. While Hoffman would compile high save totals the few spotlight moments he chocked and blew the saves. He appeared in 4 postseasons ('96, '98, '05, and '06). We all remember the '98 series against the Yankees where he coughed up the game and end the World Series with a 9.00 ERA. He has 1-2 record an ERA of 3.46 and 4 saves Whip of 1.23 in the post season. 7 time all star (i think he blew the save recently there).
Comparatively lets look at Mo (a real slam dunk first ballot Hall of Famer) 11 Time All-Star, he's been in the top 5 for Cy Yong 5 times (4 times 3rd or higher). In the Post season he is 8-1, 42 Saves (11 saves just in the World Series alone), ERA 0.71, Whip if 0.766. His only loss was of course 2001 Game 7...where if Torre had the infield playing at the right depth the Yankees win that game & series.
Now everything I have heard is Hoffman is class guy, great in the clubhouse, etc. He also pitched in the Steroid era and put up great seasons for a long time...so I would guess he does make it in. What I don't like is that people (media) are comparing him to Mariano, when in fact Hoffman is no where near what Mariano was/is. If Hoffman gets over 90% of the vote for the HOF in 5 years, Rivera actually beat out Tom Seaver for the highest percentage of votes, he may be the only player to get 100% and if he doesn't there is something drastically wrong with the BBWAA.