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Those That Matter Win in New CBA

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I am a big proponent of the new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are goodies for the average player, expanded playoffs, and even roster flexibility for doubleheaders. Like with any deal there were tradeoffs, as teams are now going to have to draft and spend wiser on amateur talent. Just a day before the rumored […]

Trading for Jair Jurrjens

Monday, November 21st, 2011

John Harper of the Daily News reported this weekend the Braves interest in Yankees utility man Eduardo Nunez. This created speculation the Yanks could work out a deal for Jair Jurrjens, who is available this offseason. Jurrjens is arbitration eligible and made $3.25 million a year ago. His salary will certainly enter the $5 million a year range after […]

Could the Yanks Pry Away Matt Cain From San Francisco?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

One of the options for the Yankees this offseason would be to use their assets to acquire another team’s young ace. Scuttlebutt down in Tampa has the Yankees interested in sending out “feelers” to the Giants about the availability of Matt Cain. The Yankees would probably have to throw the kitchen sink at San Francisco in […]

Yanks Postmortem With LoHud’s Chad Jennings @8pm

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

I will recap the Yankees ALDS loss to Detroit and discuss the offseason with the team’s beat reporter for the Journal News, Chad Jennings. Hear me talk about the future of CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher, and A-Rod. I will also tell you why I believe the Yankees overachieved this year, as well as why their yearly credo […]

After ALDS Defeat, How Bright is the Yankees Future?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

We are less than 24 hours from the Jose Valverde‘s fastball blowing away Alex Rodriguez to end the 2011 ALDS. A Yankees team that caught the hearts of its fans because of unlikely stories disappointed for the 10th time in the last 11 Octobers. You can’t blame Brian Cashman as it wouldn’t have made sense […]

Cashman on Burnett, Mets vs. Yanks for Pedro in ’97, Overpaid Selig, Nick Swisher Album, Matt Harvey and Learning from Generation K, Johan Santana’s Future

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Brian Cashman addressed A.J. Burnett with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN yesterday.  We signed a pitcher who was .500. That is what his career record was. He’s a .500 pitcher. He can be electric and dominant. He’s an inconsistent guy. But what he does is give you innings, sometimes their high quality, sometimes they’re […]

Why Jeter Should Stay at Leadoff Upon Return

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

There is likely no bigger Derek Jeter fan than me. I don’t live and die with every Jeter at bat, but am a big fan in the way he has carried himself as a player and especially as a New York Yankee. As captain, Jeter has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles. With […]

Golden Thong, Knoblauch vs. Giambi, Gossip Girl

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Jason Giambi returned to his old stomping ground last night. He collected 3 hits, including a long home run in the second inning. Listen to Giambi talk about his new role as a pinch hitter in Colorado, how Troy Tulowitzki wants to emulate Derek Jeter, and what happened to the famous “golden thong” with Michael Kay on ESPN […]

Yanks Need Swisher to Return to Form

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The Yankees offense isn’t struggling, but it’s clearly not in peak form. Many apologists, in the form of team centric blogs, will point out they lead the American League in runs scored. That is true, however, 51 runs (23%) have come against the Baltimore Orioles. The same Orioles that are next to last in the […]

Trade Thought: Beltran for Swisher

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

With Carlos Beltran surprising everyone with his performance to date (.294, 8, 24) it’s no surprise talks of trading him began immediately after his third homer sailed over the fence in Colorado. Beltran’s only value to the New York Mets is the rest of this season. They will not receive a draft pick since they […]

Yanks Problems Will Correct With Time

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Recently, I opined about how the Yankees could average six runs a game. My position since spring training has been the Yankees offense is too good for them not to find a way to win 95 games and make the playoffs. There were other editions of the team - 2005 and 2007 come to mind- […]

Which Yankees Will Appear on Entourage?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The hit HBO series “Entourage” will launch its eighth and final season this summer. According to reports there will be two members of the New York Yankees making appearances. I have watched this episode since its debut, and I don’t believe any members of the Mets or Yankees have made an appearance, although Vince (Adrian […]

Brett Gardner the Most Valuable Yankee?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

NoMaas had an interesting take on naming the Yankees 2010 MVP. In Gardner’s case, he slightly outperformed Sabathia in terms of value, but his 4.9 WAR (worth $19.7 mil) falls well short of Cano’s prodigious achievements. Yet, in terms of net value, Gardner shines more than any other Yankee. Brett was paid $452,500 dollars this […]

Swisher Excels Against the Best

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Found this to be an interesting stat via Mark Simon of ESPN NY regarding Nick Swisher versus some of the best pitchers in baseball: Against those with ERAs of 3.5 or below, Swisher is hitting .317 with five home runs in 82 at-bats. That’s pretty good. Consider this: That’s 70 points higher than what Robinson […]

Could Werth Become Available to Yanks?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Earlier today Joel Sherman talked about the Yankees need for offense in a season where they have received it inconsistently. He discusses possibly bringing up Jesus Montero, not a terrible idea, but not the impact bat they need. For as much potential Montero has his line at Scranton (.251/.318/.417) translates into a pedestrian .622 OPS […]