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Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:07:40 PM

Maybe the Yankees can sneak up on some teams this season. CC Sabathia knew it sounded illogical to say that, but he said it anyway. Then he repeated it.

The Yankees, who are usually viewed as the big, bad bullies on the block, aren’t being given much of a chance in the skirmish for neighborhood supremacy in 2011. That is how Sabathia sees it. The Red Sox improved by adding Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, so the Yankees have been ignored. That seemed absurd, but it was Sabathia’s hasty summation of how the teams have been analyzed.

“As crazy as it sounds with the talent we have in here,” Sabathia said, “nobody seems to believe in us.”

If teams need additional motivation, it is always convenient to mention the doubters. Even if those doubters aren’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 1, 2011 at 03:03:13 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. –- The baseball scout in the white hat, brown shirt and tan pants positioned himself behind the plate and scribbled notes during the Yankees-Pirates game. He watched every pitch, every swing and every movement. But was the man also studying the Yankees to collect information for a possible trade?

The scout was Terry Ryan, who is a senior adviser to the general manager for the Twins and who used to be their GM. Since there has been speculation that the Yankees might be interested in acquiring Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano, it seemed possible that Ryan was focusing his experienced eyes on the Yankees. Just in case.

As intriguing as Ryan’s presence was, Ryan insisted that he wasn’t scouting the Yankees. When I approached Ryan, he said that he wasn’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:56:36 PM

TAMPA -- Jesus Montero has never played in a Major League game, something that doesn’t faze him because he knows it will soon change. If Montero makes the Yankees as the backup catcher to start the season, it will change. If Montero joins the Yankees later in the season, it will change, too. Montero’s ascension will soon be a reality.

As Manager Joe Girardi discussed Montero’s future on Wednesday, he offered indications that Montero will be Russell Martin’s backup. Girardi wants to study Montero’s catching abilities across full Spring Training games to see if Montero maintains defensive consistency, but he sounded enthused, not reluctant, about having Montero in the big leagues.

“Look at what they did with Buster Posey,” said Girardi, referring

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:19:19 PM

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic  -- To find Robinson Cano working out on a hideaway field here, you need a local driver and a vehicle with sturdy shock absorbers. You need a Dominican driver because you need someone who can adeptly steer through the streets that have no names. He needs a rugged ride, meanwhile, because the journey is as adventurous as bouncing around on a Tilt-a-Whirl.

After buzzing in and around helmetless drivers on motor scooters in the crowded downtown, our driver turned on to a narrow dirt road. The chaos of the streets was replaced by the sobering sights on this road. The houses, which in reality were closer to wooden shacks, were smaller than one-car garages. Some were dilapidated.  Many kids wore no shoes. Some had no shirts, either.

When the

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:31:19 AM

My interview with Bob Feller had lasted for about two hours and my notebook was stuffed with a few dozen gems. It was time to leave Progressive Field and head to the airport in Cleveland, but Feller wouldn't let me get near a cab. Instead, Feller insisted on driving me to the airport.

No matter how strenuously I argued, Feller wouldn't listen. Can you imagine that scene? I tried to convince Feller that I should take a cab, but my words were meaningless to the Hall of Fame pitcher. He marched off to retrieve his car and told me exactly where to meet him outside the ballpark.

When Feller died of leukemia at the age of 92 last Wednesday, I remembered how I had spent a couple of hours with him two years ago. He was blunt, intelligent and entertaining, a patriotic man who could and would talk

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:10:55 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Yankees intensified their pursuit of Cliff Lee on Wednesday by making a lucrative offer to the free agent pitcher. General Manager Brian Cashman disclosed that he had made the offer, but he wouldn’t be specific about it. The Yankees probably offered Lee a six-year deal for about $140 million.

Soon after Darek Braunecker received the offer, he left the Winter Meetings and returned to Arkansas to meet with Lee. Was Braunecker’s departure a promising sign for the Yankees? The Yankees hope so. Cashman had been frustrated by the sluggish pace of the negotiations with Braunecker. Now Cashman and the Yankees will wait to hear from Lee.

“This,” Cashman said, “is someone who is worth the wait.”

Even though Braunecker officially

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:59:20 PM

TAMPA – Ask Derek Jeter where he will be eating dinner and he might say, “A restaurant.” Ask Jeter where he plans to travel on vacation and he might say, “Someplace warm.” Ask Jeter to describe a conversation with a teammate, a conversation 50,000 people saw, and he might say, “I don’t remember it.” For Jeter, dispensing a modicum of information is a sound strategy.

Throughout Jeter’s successful career, he has been the master at protecting his privacy. Jeter is politely evasive, routinely declining to discuss injuries, insults or innuendo. At the beginning of Jeter’s career, he decided that he never wanted his own words to create trouble. So Jeter has been selective about what he will discuss, a shrewd way to avoid controversies.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:20:50 PM

When the Yankees met with Derek Jeter last Tuesday, both sides promised to be creative in trying to bridge a gulf that existed in their contract negotiations. Less than a week later, that’s exactly what the Yankees and their shortstop did in finally agreeing to a deal Saturday. The deal is pending Jeter passing a physical.

Jeter and the Yankees agreed to a three-year, $51 million contract that could also include a fourth year. Jeter has a player option for $8 million in the fourth year, which could boost his guaranteed money to $56 million. In addition, Jeter has the chance to earn up to $9 million in incentives in the fourth year.

The deal averages to $17 million for the first three years, which includes a $3 million buyout in the fourth year. If Jeter doesn’t exercise the

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 4, 2010 at 11:39:20 AM

Derek Jeter has officially agreed to a three-year contract with the Yankees for between $15 and $17 million a year, according to a person directly involved in the negotiations. The deal includes a fourth-year option that isn't a vesting or club option. The deal was consummated on Saturday afternoon and is pending a physical.

The fourth year of the deal was important to Jeter, who said in spring training that he wanted to play four or five more seasons. But the Yankees didn’t want to guarantee a fourth year to Jeter, who had the worst season of his career when he batted .270 in 2010 and who will turn 37 years old in June. The sides vowed to be creative in trying to secure a deal, which is why they were finalizing a hybrid option that will include various elements and won’t be

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:35:27 PM

The meeting lasted about four hours on Tuesday night, hours in which the Yankees talked, Derek Jeter listened and then Jeter talked and the Yankees listened. While there has been contentiousness in the negotiations between two sides that need each other, this meeting was respectful and polite.

Although Jeter and the Yankees didn't come close to an agreement on Tuesday, people who have been briefed on the discussion said it was a vital development in the negotiations. The meeting enabled the Yankees to reiterate that they wanted Jeter and allowed Jeter to reiterate that he wanted to finish his career as a Yankee. After the verbal sparring over Jeter's value, delivering those words face-to-face was important to igniting the stagnant talks.

Casey Close, Jeter's agent, contacted Hal Steinbrenner,