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Yankees Do the Right Thing With Championship Rings

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Just a week ago we saw Hideki Matsui get a nice ovation when returning to Yankee Stadium to receive his championship ring. On Tuesday, Edwar Ramirez and Chad Gaudin received their rings when the Yanks visited Oakland. The best story yet was the unexpected visit by Brian Cashman to Citi Field last night to present […]

Boras Rift Won’t Matter in the Short Term

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I have been saying for a couple of weeks that I felt there was a growing rift between Scott Boras and the Yankees. After reading Joel Sherman’s postmortem on the situation, there is something to be concerned about. Relationships are part of the negotiations process and shouldn’t be discounted. Fortunately, this won’t impact the Yankees […]

Yanks Will Regret Passing on Damon

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Brian Cashman has made some great improvements to the Yankees this off season. He bolstered the pitching staff with the acquisition of Javier Vazquez, and added an element of speed and defense with Curtis Granderson. Although the failure to resign Johnny Damon may fall more on ownership than Cashman, this move will undoubtedly come back […]

Hairston: Yanks Waiting for Damon’s Price to Come Down

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Jim Bowden of XM Radio had the following to say via Twitter: Breaking news J Hairston just told me on XM 175 that Yankees never made him an offer because they are waiting for Damon price to come down. Frank Russo reiterated again to me last night that some in the Yankees organization believe Damon […]

Moving from Damon: Breaking Down LF

Monday, January 18th, 2010

It appears the marriage between Johnny Damon and the Yankees is done. More than likely Brett Gardner will get a chance to earn the starting left field job this spring. There are other possible options that may fit the Yankees budget as well. Let’s take a look at them: Xavier Nady - might have the […]

Ideas to Offset Beltran’s Injury & Decline

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I will reserve judgment on the Mets until we hear more about the events that led to Carlos Beltran having knee surgery. Filing a public grievance may be the Mets right, but it won’t help with their credibility in the locker room. My guess is both Beltran and the team should have elected for surgery […]

If Not Damon, Why Not Austin Kearns?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

My first preference for the Yankees as far as left field is concerned for 2010 is to bring back Johnny Damon. The veteran outfielder won’t sign with any other team until he is 100 percent certain the Yankees will not offer him any kind of contract. To me, an incentive-laden deal is in line for […]

Who Patrols Death Valley in 2010?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Bryan Hoch on MLB.com wrote recently that the Yankees might be bluffing with their left field scenario. We can debate if Brett Gardner or Jamie Hoffmann will really be in left field on Opening Day (I tend to think it’s a lot like after the ’05 season, when they insisted that Bubba Crosby would be […]

Concern About the Yanks #5 Hitter?

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Who will bat fifth for the Yankees? It was a point brought up by one of the comments on the site. I speculated about the Yankees lineup over a week ago that Jorge Posada would be the guy to protect Alex Rodriguez in the lineup. Posada fits the criteria, but last year he only played […]

Yankees 2010 Lineup As of Today

Friday, December 18th, 2009

There was some talk about where newly acquired Nick Johnson would hit in the Yankees lineup. I throw out some of my thoughts. Here is what I have as of today: Jeter Johnson Teixeira A-Rod Posada Cano Granderson Swisher Cabrera I probably would flip/flop Granderson and Swisher against left handed pitching because of the lefty/righty splits […]

Some Thoughts on First Base

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Adam Rubin believes the Mets are thinking along the lines of what I wrote earlier in the week. Rather than block Ike Davis with a long term first base solution they are, writes Rubin, “likely to trade for a righty-hitting first baseman with a short-term commitment to pair with Daniel Murphy in 2010.” The most […]

Tabata, Milledge, Sterling, Mess at Citi

Monday, September 7th, 2009

- Tyler Kepner writes about how last year’s Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte deal looks pretty good for the Pirates. Ross Ohlendorf is quietly having a great year, Jose Tabata has developed nicely, and Daniel McCuthen is having a solid year in Indianapolis. With Nady’s injury all you have to show for it is a lefty specialist […]

Yanks 40 Man Roster Dilemma

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Chad Jennings of the Times Tribune reports on some possible 40 man roster decisions the Yankees have coming up. Austin Jackson, Kevin Russo, Reegie Corona, Colin Curtis, Ivan Nova, Zach Kroenke, and Kevin Whelan are all Rule V eligible if they are not added to the 40 man roster. For those that might not be […]

Class in Session: Final Thoughts on Tex for MVP

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Since the comments are coming fast and furious I figured I would give one last tidbit on my rationale behind Mark Teixeira for MVP. First, I absolutely love Joe Mauer and, if I were starting a team tomorrow, he probably would be my first pick. Hopefully he hits free agency and either the Mets or […]

Bean Ball, Missed Opportunity, WAR

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

- Lost in all the talk about the Yankees fifth spot is what a great opportunity Ian Kennedy and George Kontos would have if they were healthy. IPK would probably been the first to get the call since he actually has big league experience. There were questions about whether IPK is out for the season. […]