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Randy Choate: A Perfect Bullpen Fit

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Buster Olney updated us today on bullpen arms that could be available. One that has piqued the Yankees interest is a former Yankee, Randy Choate. The Yankees have asked the Marlins about Choate’s availability. During the offseason he was probably among the top tier of situational lefties available that included Pedro Feliciano and Arthur Rhodes. […]

Deadline Incomplete Without Bullpen Help

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal the Yankees are paying $8.5 million for Nick Johnson‘s roster spot: $5.5 for Nick Johnson, $3 million for Berkman, and $1.1 for Randy Winn (to play for the Cardinals). You know who also is making that type of money? Johnny Damon is making $8 million this year for the […]

DeJesus A Good Fit for Yanks But is there Room?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Back in early December I brought up Kansas City outfielder David DeJesus as someone that could be a “value player” available in the marketplace. DeJesus is actually a local product that was born in Brooklyn and played for Rutgers University. He was drafted by the Mets in 1997, but did not sign. Yesterday, Jon Heyman […]

Yanks Continue to Discuss Going After Cliff Lee

Friday, June 4th, 2010

We were told by our main Yankees source down in Tampa on Thursday that the Yankees have been having internal discussions in regards to trading for the Mariners Cliff Lee. As we have reported numerous times over the past year, the Yankees have long had an interest in Lee, and actually tried to acquire him […]

DL on the DL: Yanks Will Feast in June

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

That unexpected bite the ‘pork chop on a stick’ took in Minnesota last week to the shock and awe of Kim Jones was the perfect image for the Yanks in May. While the Bronx wasn’t ‘burning’, it was bumbling as the DL and walking wounded continued to expose the age and rust on the back […]

Latest Rumblings on the Starting Pitching Market

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Jon Heyman reported on WFAN yesterday the Yankees have two kinds of players they would like to add: a relief pitcher, and a hitter to presumably replace the injured Nick Johnson. I called down to my sources to see what they believe could be coming for both the local teams. - The Yankees are interested […]

Which Version of the Yankees is the Real One?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Just two weeks ago it seemed unlikely the Yankees would ever sweat this regular season. Yes, there would be a battle with Tampa for the division, but the loser would still comfortably fall into a Wild Card spot. One of the reasons I have been writing off the Red Sox was due to the fact […]

Damon Verdict Won’t Be Till October

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Yes, there were points in Johnny Damon’s Yankees career that he appeared done. You know the story in Joe Torre’s book about how some members of the team wanted him gone in 2007 because they couldn’t stand him as well. Damon got the last laugh that season, regaining his former in the second half and […]

Vazquez Shopped, Millwood and Mets, Johnson’s Durability

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

On Monday afternoon I spoke with my main Yankees source down in Tampa, who informed me that the team has already received inquiries from several NL teams in regards to the availability of Javy Vazquez. Although we were not giving the names of any specific teams, rumor has it that Atlanta has shown some interest […]

Yanks Might Need Another Bat

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

When does a small sample size become a season? That is the question I have regarding Nick Johnson, who has been the most disappointing Yankee to date. While Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are doing well in their new surroundings, Johnson is putting up an OPS+ of 67 and hitting .134. The only reason he’s […]

Yanks: DL on the DL

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

In a similar way, the Yanks hot start masked some of the hits they took to the hull of the good ship Girardi. The DL claimed a few victims in the early going, most notably of course, the groin injury suffered Saturday by Curtis Granderson as he rounded second base It looks manageable, but he’s […]

Early Returns

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Sure, it’s not even a month into the season and it’s far too early to judge any off-season moves. But why not do it anyway? Let’s take a look at how the Yankees off-season moves have panned out so far. Curtis Granderson for Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke Austin Jackson, the chip the […]

Good News! Yanks Will Play Long Games

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

No, it’s not the mound meetings, but the type of patient lineup Brian Cashman has assembled. On Sunday they worked Josh Beckett and had him at 94 pitches in less than five innings. Last night Jonathan Lester had 94 pitches in exactly 5 innings. These are two of the top American League pitchers, could you […]

Big Positive from Boston Opener

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Obviously opening night didn’t go quite as planned for the Yankees. It was a tale of two games as the Yankees seemed on their way to blowing out Boston after sending Josh Beckett to the showers in the fifth. Sabathia, as he has been all spring, was spotty and new comer Chan Ho Park threw […]

Listen: E-Boland and the Bombers

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Yankees beat reporter for Newday Erik Boland joined me on last night’s show. Erik talked about the Yankees lineup with Nick Johnson batting second and Robinson Cano fifth. He also broke down how the battle for the bullpen is shaking out, why the Yanks may not take a second lefty, who he thinks will get […]