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Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 23, 2014 at 06:35:57 PM

When Brett Gardner's name floated around as a possible trade chip for the Yankees in the off-season, general manager Brian Cashman wasn't interested in trading the outfielder. He was much more interested in signing Gardner to a contract extension. On Sunday, the Yankees did just that as Gardner agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal that will begin in the 2015 season.

By signing Gardner one year before he could became a free agent, the Yankees made a savvy baseball decision. While the Yankees don't typically negotiate extensions with players that are nearing free agency, they recognized the importance of having a reliable player like Gardner to pair with Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield for the next several years.

"I love everything about the way Gardy plays the game," Cashman said. "He's

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 20, 2014 at 05:45:39 PM

Even the most ardent Yankees fan wouldn't consider April 8, 1992 an important date in the team's successful history. The Yankees didn't even play a game on that day, which meant it was as benign a day as a franchise could experience. But something memorable did happen on that seemingly sleepy day.

Dick Groch, a Yankees' scout, was busy that day, busy completing his scouting report on a high school shortstop from Kalamazoo, Michigan named Derek Jeter. Almost 22 years later, it is surreal to analyze how accurate Groch was in forecasting the future for a 17-year-old player. Groch filed the report on April 8, 1992, which is why that innocuous day is actually a relevant date in Yankees' history.

When Jeter discusses his decision to retire after the 2014 season at a press conference on Wednesday,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 13, 2014 at 02:22:19 PM

When I collaborated with Derek Jeter on a book in 2000, he let me into his private world a little more than he ever does with reporters. In order to accurately tell Jeter's story in "The Life You Imagine," I told him that he needed to treat me as a co-author and not like the sportswriter from The New York Times, which I was at the time.

"That sounds good to me," Jeter said simply, after I spent five minutes describing why that distinction was important.

For several months, I shadowed Jeter and interviewed him anywhere and everywhere. We did an interview over lunch at an Italian restaurant. At least we tried to do it. Once the fans spotted Jeter, I had no chance to get my questions answered. The autograph seekers won. We did interviews in Jeter's home in Tampa. Those were much more productive,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 13, 2014 at 09:50:19 AM

When Derek Jeter was a rookie shortstop with the Yankees in 1996, the veteran players scrutinized him. They were waiting for Jeter to do something that was immature, something that would require them to scold Jeter. It was all part of the clubhouse culture and was a way for the older players to teach some lessons. Eventually, every young player needed to be reprimanded, even playfully, for something.      

So the veterans waited. They waited for Jeter to wear a garish outfit on the team plane, speak at the wrong time during a team meeting or miss a sign during a game. They studied the new kid on the block. He was 21 years old when the season started. Soon, they thought, he will do something goofy.

"We were waiting for him to make a mistake, like a cop with

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 23, 2014 at 01:55:02 PM

When Masahiro Tanaka was 18 years old, the Yankees began scouting him in Japan. The Yankees were already scouting Yu Darvish in Japan in 2007, but they were also intrigued enough with Tanaka's talents that they monitored him, too. By 2009, the Yankees were drooling over Tanaka and imagining what it would be like to have him in their rotation.

What the Yankees imagined about Tanaka has become a reality after they signed the pitcher to a 7-year, $155 million contract on Wednesday. Since the Yankees also must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka's former team, they have now invested $175 million in someone that has never thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues. But the Yankees believe the 25-year-old will be a linchpin in their rotation for years to come.


Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:38:52 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA - It's not supposed to unfold like this, not in baseball. A man is not supposed to experience his greatest job triumphs after his 55th birthday. Baseball doesn't work that way. But that's what happened with Joe Torre, who was hired as Yankees manager by George Steinbrenner and watched his career skyrocket into an unfathomable place, into the Hall of Fame.

When Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa were unanimously voted into the Hall by the 16-member Expansion Era committee on Monday, the managers were naturally emotional. Torre said the delirious news, which he knew had a strong possibility of happening, "hits you like a sledgehammer." Torre cut his acceptance speech short because he was worried about crying.

But, eventually, Torre sat at the end of a stage and talked

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 6, 2013 at 04:29:01 PM
Two years ago, Robinson Cano stood on the rooftop of a hotel in Taiwan and described how meaningful it was for him to be a superstar. He wanted to be celebrated for his abilities, he wanted to be recognized for his talents and he wanted to be lionized for being the next great Yankee. He seemed to have a script in mind for making this unfold.

While Cano was in Taiwan for a Major League Baseball exhibition tour, he was adored. And he loved it. Cano embraced every aspect of the attention, even happily marching through the streets with over a hundred people trailing him like a Pied Piper. He was a Yankee and marveled about how fans that lived 8,000 miles from Yankee Stadium were so interested in him.

As Cano's free agency has evolved, I've thought about what he said at the hotel and the scenes

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:02:44 AM
When the 2013 season ended without a postseason spot for the Yankees, they had internal discussions about being aggressive shoppers in the offseason. The Yankees wanted to move smartly and quickly to address the issues that loomed over them. So far, they are following that plan.

By signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7-year, $153 million contract, the Yankees continued to show that they don't want 2014 to be a repeat of 2013. The agreement with the former Red Sox center fielder came a few hours after the official announcement that the Yankees had signed catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million deal.

So the Yankees signed two marquee players for $238 million in contracts and they aren't done adding players. The Yankees believe they can still sign Robinson Cano, although they are firm about

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 14, 2013 at 06:44:56 PM

Shortly after re-signing with the Yankees through the 2017 season, Joe Girardi discusses the role family played in his decision to stay and looks ahead to the 2014 team on the latest episode of JCTV.

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 11, 2013 at 04:55:04 PM
A few minutes after our post-game ended on Tuesday night, David Cone was still talking baseball and still raving about Alfonso Soriano. So he asked a question: If Soriano continues to produce offense at this remarkable rate and helps guide the Yankees to the Wild Card, will he get any MVP votes?

It's a superb question because it makes you think about what Soriano has achieved in seven weeks as a Yankee and what other mid-season acquisitions have done to earn MVP votes in the past. I am not saying that Soriano should win the MVP That would be a ridiculous argument. But I am talking about whether or not Soriano has had enough of an impact to get some votes at the bottom of the 10-player ballot. I think he has.

For Soriano to even snag one tenth-place vote, the Yankees would probably have