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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:12AM #1
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For the latest Yankee News articles,  check out this thread !   I'll be updating it on a daily basis as I find Yankee articles,  until opening day.  Please feel free to copy any articles to start a discussion thread.    Once opening day comes,  you can find the latest Yankee articles posted to my SWB Game Report threads !   Thanks !  Go Yanks !

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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:14AM #2
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New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli feels no lingering  effects from head injury

Monday,  February 15th 2010,  4:00 AM

New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli poses with Marines and  the World Series trophy at the U.S. Embassy.

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New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli  poses with Marines and the World Series trophy at the U.S. Embassy.

TAMPA - Francisco  Cervelli stopped playing winter ball in his native Venezuela after he was struck in the head by a hitter's backswing during a game,  he said after a recent workout at the Yankees'  minor-league complex.

Cervelli was examined at a hospital in  Venezuela and the Yankees also had their doctors look at him.

"Nothing bad," Cervelli said. "No concussion. I  came here to check my head and the doctors said no action for a month.  The Yankees said no more and you pay attention, that's it."

Cervelli,  who likely will be the Yanks' backup catcher behind Jorge  Posada, is fully involved in workouts now. He spent last week taking  batting practice in a group with Derek Jeter and  shortstop prospect Eduardo Nunez and working on his skills. He says he lost eight pounds over the winter  and, "I feel good, man.

"I've been working so hard. I'm glad and  happy they give me the opportunity to be the backup catcher. I just have  to keep playing hard - same game, same game."

Cervelli, who turns  24 next month, was a revelation last season for the Yanks as a fill-in  when Posada and former backup Jose Molina got  hurt. From May 7-31, he appeared in 15 games. Overall, he hit .298 with  a .309 on-base percentage and .372 slugging percentage in 42 games. He  hit a noteworthy homer in Atlanta to key an  important rally - his first career blast - and knocked in 11 runs. He  also appeared briefly in the division series and ALCS.

But what  really impressed the Yankees was his catching and handling of pitchers. Joe Girardi said he believed Cervelli could one day be a No. 1 catcher and pitchers  such as CC Sabathia raved about him. Not bad for a guy who is generally skipped over when  folks talk about Posada's eventual replacement.

"In the offseason,  I thought about every moment of last season," he said. "I'm never going  to forget last year - '09 was great. It was perfect. I hit very well,  the defense was good and I was happy.

"This is a big opportunity  now and I just want to play and win, that's it.

Cervelli, who  threw out 10 of 23 runners trying to steal (43%), is rated as the best  defensive catcher in the organization by Baseball  America.

Several pitchers, including Sabathia, praised him  publicly, which Cervelli said "makes you feel so special. It's a  blessing. The Yankee staff, we've got a good combination and they trust  you."

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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:15AM #3
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World Series champion New York Yankees return to Tampa looking  to win it all once again

With steroid scandal behind him, Alex Rodriguez should have an  easy spring.


With steroid scandal behind him, Alex  Rodriguez should have an easy spring.

Derek Jeter is expected to address his contract this camp.


Derek Jeter is expected to address his  contract this camp.

For the first time in nine years, the Yankees head to Tampa as the reigning champions, though the group that will gather at Steinbrenner Field this week will be a  little different than the one that rode up the Canyon of Heroes in November. Gone are popular players  such as Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera, while Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez and Nick Johnson join the Bombers as  they look to become the first repeat champions in baseball since Joe  Torre's Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

Left field and the No. 5 starter spots figure to garner the most  attention during the next seven weeks, but there's plenty to watch in  Tampa as Joe Girardi's club gets ready to defend its  title. Here are five questions the Yanks must answer as they defend  their title:

1. Joba or Phil … or neither?

When a team's biggest concern is who will fill the No. 5 starter job,  it is entering spring training in pretty good shape. Then again, not  many teams have two young pitchers who have been in the spotlight as  much as Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, who will fight it out  for that coveted final spot in the rotation.

Chamberlain has finally put the "Joba Rules" to rest, having thrown  1571/3 regular-season innings in 2009. The Yankees seem prepared to let  the righthander loose for 200 innings this season, making him the  favorite for the No. 5 slot. Then again, there are those inside the  organization who fell in love with Chamberlain as a setup man during the  postseason, leaving the door open for Hughes to claim the starting  spot.

Hughes was lights-out in the relief role last year, though he  faltered a bit in the postseason. Most scouts believe he's better  equipped to be a starter, but having thrown only 1051/3 innings between  the majors and minors in 2009 and 692/3 the year before, Hughes would  surely be subjected to some Joba-like rules if he was placed in the  rotation.

The dark horses here include Sergio Mitre, Chad  Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves, any of whom could win the job if both  youngsters implode this spring.

2. Who's in left?

Most people believed that Johnny Damon would eventually find his way  back to the Bronx, but as camp kicks off this week, he remains  the biggest name available on the free-agent market. The Yankees have  moved on, giving Brett Gardner and recently-signed Randy  Winn their chance to claim Damon's old job.

Gardner, who beat out Melky Cabrera for the starting center field job  last year, has youth and speed on his side, while Winn, a 12-year  veteran, possesses valuable experience.

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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:16AM #4
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Yankees prospect Jesus Montero's a big hit with bat, but  20-year-old working hard on his defense

Jesus Montero shows off his form behind the plate as he works at  the art of catcher, trying to becoming Jorge Posada's eventual  replacement.

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Jesus Montero shows off his form behind  the plate as he works at the art of catcher, trying to becoming Jorge  Posada's eventual replacement.

TAMPA - Under a slate-gray sky, the Yankees' best prospect steps in front of home plate,  prepared to block it. About 10 yards away, a coach with a thin fungo bat  swats a ball at him, simulating the unpredictable nature of throws from  the outfield, as rain drops fall. The young catcher's mitt flashes out  to snare the ball and he applies a mock tag, then he jogs to the side as  another catcher takes a turn in the drill.

Most of Jesus Montero's days are made up of moments  like this, working at the craft of catching. He flops side to side in  the bullpen, honing his skills at blocking errant pitches. He pores over  the rudiments of receiving, learning how to handle different pitches  and the myriad ways they can break, and he works to shorten his throwing  motion to take better advantage of a powerful arm.

To Montero - and the Yankees - this is all vital work, even though  Montero's catching skills are not what most believe will eventually get  him to the major leagues. Montero, rated as the fifth-best prospect in  the game by Baseball America, might be the best  hitter in the minor leagues, a player who swings his way to Yankee Stadium before his defense can catch up.

"His bat may not be too far from the big leagues," says a rival  baseball executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was  evaluating a player in another organization. "But they'll have to decide  his position. Jesus has a chance to be a very, very big hitter. He  reminds me of Carlos Delgado at that age.

"When you have a guy who hits that well, you may want to get him out  of there even if he can't catch."

Then the executive invokes the name of a player who comes up often  when discussing Montero - Minnesota's Joe  Mauer, the reigning AL MVP. Mauer is big like Montero  - Mauer is 6-5 and 220 pounds, Montero 6-4, 235  - and an amazing  hitter. He is also a terrific defensive catcher.

As the executive says, "There are not very many Joe Mauers."

Still, the Yankees use Mauer's success as a response to the argument  that Montero is too big to be a catcher.

And they are determined to see if Montero can be the eventual  replacement for 38-yea-old Jorge Posada. Montero is likely to be the starting catcher  at Triple-A Scranton this season, but Joe  Girardi will get a look at him when Montero reports with pitchers  and catchers Wednesday for his third big-league camp.

Most teams don't get huge offense from catchers because the position  is so physically punishing, defense so vital. So if Montero becomes the  hitter the Yanks believe he can be while catching, "that elevates the  whole club's offense," says Mark  Newman, the Yankees' VP of baseball operations.

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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:18AM #5
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Ailing  Yankees trainer takes leave

Last Updated: 5:32 AM, February 15, 2010

You don't survive almost a half century in the Yankees' organization  without being tough.

Now legendary trainer Gene Monahan is  calling on that toughness in a very important way.

Monahan, a  member of the organization for 47 years -- the last 38 as head athletic  trainer -- is being treated in New York for what he and the club are  calling a "significant illness" that will force him to miss all of  spring training and possibly the beginning of the season.

"I  miss not being around my professional family already, but I'm battling,"  Monahan said in a statement released by the team yesterday.

Getty Images REVVED UP: The Yankees' spring training opens Wednesday in Tampa -- but  Joba Chamberlain was in Florida a little early, taking in the Daytona  500 yesterday, 121 miles to the east.
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REVVED UP: The Yankees' spring training opens  Wednesday in Tampa -- but Joba Chamberlain was in Florida a little  early, taking in the Daytona 500 yesterday, 121 miles to the east.

"The New York Yankees have gone above and beyond in this most  difficult time. I couldn't do this alone, but with the support and love  of my immediate family, my family within our organization and the  dedication and expertise of many fine doctors, I look forward to  resuming my role with the team this season."

Monahan has taken a  medical leave of absence, and his treatments are expected to last for  the next couple of weeks. A member of the Yankees' family said he  planned on visiting Monahan at Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering hospital.

GM Brian Cashman said Monahan's statement would serve as the voice of  the organization. Manager Joe Girardi said he would likely address the  situation Wednesday, when camp starts.

Assistant trainer Steve  Donohue will assume Monahan's duties. There was no announcement who  would assist Donohue, who has been with the Yankees for 31 years and has  been Monahan's assistant for 25.

After hearing the news that  the Yankees would be without Monahan for spring training, Paul O'Neill  immediately recalled how much time a player spends with the medical  staff.

"He has been a huge part of the team, and this blows you  away," the ex-outfielder and current YES broadcaster said.

According to David Cone, Monahan's value exceeded the remedies to fix  body parts, applying mountains of ice, detailing tedious rehab programs  and making sure medications were taken and scales tipped.

"He  is one of the most sincere people you will ever want to meet," Cone  said.

So appreciative was Cone after Monahan nursed him through  surgery to repair an aneurysm in 1996 and shoulder surgery in 1997, the  pitcher delivered a gift to Monahan.

"After all the rehabs, I  think it was 1998, I bought him a car," Cone said. "He is a big NASCAR  guy. I bought him a Grand Am. He was stunned. He gave the car to his  daughter, and he tells me she still has it."


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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:20AM #6
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The best Yankee hitters to each field

By Joseph Pawlikowski

We now know, thanks to FanGraphs splits, that Derek  Jeter posted better power numbers to right than Albert Pujols. In  fact, he posted better numbers to right field than almost any right  handed hitter I could find. Jeter’s prolificacy stems not only from what  happens when he does hit a ball to right field, but also that he does  it so frequently. It made me wonder how the other nine regulars fared  when hitting the ball to each field. Who were the best Yankee hitters to  right, left, and center? In addition to their rate stats, I’ll also  factor in overall production, using linear weights based on BaseRuns.

To left field

Best hitter for average: Nick Swisher, .401
Best hitter for power: Nick Swisher, .402 ISO
Best overall contribution: Alex Rodriguez,  49.252

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The Yankees didn’t hit that well to left field. In The Stadium that  makes a degree of sense. Balls fly out of the park to right, and the  Yankees built their team with that in mind. They did stock up on switch  hitters, though, and two of them, Swisher and Mark Teixeira,  did fare well when hitting the ball to left. That .402 ISO on Swisher is  just insane. Most of it came from the right side of the plate, of  course, where he posted a .493 ISO in 67 AB.

Yet Swisher couldn’t match A-Rod’s overall  production while hitting to left. A-Rod hit 22 more balls to left field  than Swisher, which accounted for much of the difference in their linear  weights numbers. Derek  Jeter and Robinson  Cano also added more than 40 BaseRuns, both because they hit the  ball in that direction so often. It might seem odd to see Jeter on the  list, but pitchers aren’t going to feed him outside pitches all day. He  has to do something with those inside ones if he’s going to succeed, and  he did that well in 2009.

Overall the Yankees hit .345 to left field with a .210 ISO and  313.780 BaseRuns.

To center field

Best hitter for average: Brett Gardner,  .425
Best hitter for power: Alex Rodriguez, .315
Best overall contribution: Robinson Cano, 52.429

Credit: AP Photo/Winslow Townson

It makes sense that team power isn’t as high to center field. It’s  the deepest part of the park, and some fields have ridiculously long  fences. Still, the Yankees hit well for average that way, led by Brett  Gardner. He was at his best hitting to center. In fact, he didn’t hit  over .300 to either of the corners, but was up at .425 to center. A-Rod  came close at .405, and Jeter hit .398.

Power-wise it was A-Rod with a decent amount of space between him and  the second best slugger to center, Nick Swisher. A-Rod hit a ridiculous  nine home runs to center field, which is even more remarkable because,  again, he missed the first month of the season. Swisher showed good  power to center, though his average dropped off markedly. Still, five  homers and 10 doubles on 105 balls in play (plus homers) is damn fine  production.

People call Robinson Cano a pure hitter. If being a pure hitter means  taking the ball back up the middle, then Cano fit the definition. His  .373 AVG ranked fourth on the team, and his .151 ISO ranked fifth. But,  as with A-Rod to left, Cano benefitted by putting so many balls in play  to center field. Derek Jeter put in play the next most, with 198, but  after them it was a long way to No. 3, Mark Teixeira with 168.

Overall the Yankees hit .344 to center field with a .162 ISO and  317.191 BaseRuns.

To right field

Best hitter for average: Jorge Posada, .425
Best hitter for power: Jorge Posada, .473
Best overall contribution: Johnny Damon,  77.029

Credit: AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Before assembling the list, I expected to see Johnny Damon’s name  atop the average mark and Mark Teixeira with the best power numbers. I  didn’t realize that Jorge Posada hits the ball to right like Nick  Swisher hits it to left. That .473 ISo is the best mark of any Yankee to  any field. Jorge also tied for the top batting average to any field.  Best of all, he did it from both sides of the plate, hitting .427 from  the left side and .423 from the right, with a .539 ISO from the left  side and .231 from the right.

Of Damon’s 24 home runs, 23 sailed over a right field wall, and the  majority of those came at Yankee Stadium. Yet he had only the fourth  highest ISO on the team, as Hideki Matsui ranked second at .461 and Mark  Teixeira ranked third at .459. Damon, at .450, added the most overall  because he really tailored his swing to the short porch, putting 220  balls in play to right field. Swisher also finished well here, with a  .377 ISO mark. The lowest non-Gardner ISO: Alex Rodriguez, with .233. I  think we’ll see that increase a little bit this season.

Overall the Yankees hit .364 to right field with a .368 ISO and  445.068 BaseRuns. It pays, it seems, to build your team around your  stadium.

In case you’re interested, here’s the whole spreadsheet. You know.  For the nerds among us.

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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:22AM #7
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Journey begins anew, goal remains same

With camp set to open, Yankees set sights  on title No. 28

02/15/10 12:00 AM EST

NEW YORK -- As the falling confetti over the Canyon of Heroes gave way  to snowflakes, Joe Girardi went home and quietly pondered switching his  wardrobe to reflect the changing atmosphere of the Yankees' mission  statement.

After all, No. 27 was so 2009.


Girardi's decision to upgrade to uniform No. 28 was an easy one after  making a quick check with outfielder Curtis Granderson to make sure he  didn't want it first. But Granderson showed a quick understanding of the  ultimate plan, saying that the manager needs that number a little bit  more.

"Worst-case scenario, if we win, I can get No. 28 next year," said  Granderson, an All-Star outfielder who will be one of the new faces in  camp this year when the Yankees play their first innings since Game 6 of  the World Series.

As the Yankees begin their journey, the idea is to get back to the  postseason, an October-or-bust stance that might as well be synonymous  with the Steinbrenner name.

The Yankees will be attempting to become the first team to win  back-to-back World Series titles since Joe Torre dripped tears across  the Shea Stadium infield and on the shoulders of his players in 2000,  and they're well aware that shiny rings don't translate to victories in  the here and now.

"You really don't have much time to sit around and focus on last  season," Derek Jeter told reporters last week after a workout in Tampa,  Fla. "That's when you get in trouble as a team, when you get happy with  what you've been able to do.

"Our job is to try to win again. It was great. Last year was a wonderful  year, but last year is over with."

New York will hold its first workout for pitchers and catchers on  Thursday, with the entire roster gathering for the first time at the  George M. Steinbrenner Field complex on Feb. 24. It is a seven-week  march through the Grapefruit League that takes the Yankees all the way  to Fenway Park on April 4, where the Yankees and Red Sox will have the  honors of playing the season's first inning in a nationally-televised  ESPN contest.

But there is a long way to go before then, and many decisions for  Girardi and his coaching staff to evaluate. Several of the Yankees are  not wasting any time getting the clock rolling -- A.J. Burnett, Joba  Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Jeter and CC Sabathia were among the stars  expected to be present and accounted for in camp by the first crack of  the bat on Monday morning.

Chamberlain and Hughes will be going head-to-head in one of the most  compelling battles of the spring, as they jockey to earn the right to  become the Yankees' fifth starter behind Sabathia, Burnett, Andy  Pettitte and second-time Yankee Javier Vazquez, acquired in a December  trade with the Braves.

"It's something that's going to be a battle," Chamberlain said. "The  greatest part about it is it's not only going to make guys fight for  that No. 5 spot, but it's going to make our team better. We're going to  push each other and continue to try to outwork each other."

Not that the competition is limited to just Chamberlain or Hughes. The  Yankees have made sure to remind everyone that candidates like Alfredo  Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre are also going to be involved in  the mix, as New York ideally would love to get 200 innings from all five  of its starting pitchers.

"I don't think you can ever have too much starting pitching," Girardi  said. "Especially with the ages of some of our starters, you don't  necessarily want to feel like you have to push them too far. That was  one of the things that we wanted to do -- we were able to slow down a  little bit in September and get the guys physically rested. I like being  able to not pitch guys on short rest if you don't have to."

Once spring games begin, the Yankees will get a first look at their  restructured lineup, which adds designated hitter Nick Johnson in the  two-hole and features Granderson's left-handed power in the order, as  well as offering Randy Winn a chance to fight speedy Brett Gardner for  at-bats.

Girardi is open to the idea of considering Granderson in either center  field or left field, since if Gardner winds up in the defensive  alignment, he may project better as a plus defender in center field.  Granderson has said that whatever makes the team better, he will go  along with.

"Change is always a good thing," Granderson said. "I'm excited to get a  chance to play with the defending world champions and learn from those  guys -- great veterans and great players, and a great coaching staff, in  a great city."

The entire Yankees starting infield from 2009 remains intact, with Jorge  Posada behind the plate and joined around the horn by Alex Rodriguez,  Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira. Nick Swisher returns as the  right fielder, and New York will sort out the last spots on its bench  this spring.

A relief staff anchored by future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera  will have some alterations, with at least one of the fifth-starter  candidates likely to wind up there by the end of camp. In addition to  the returning squad from 2009, lefty Boone Logan should get a look to  replace Phil Coke, who went to the Tigers in the Granderson deal.

Girardi was recently asked if he believed his changed team was better  than the roster that clustered at the center of Yankee Stadium on Nov.  4, hoisting the World Series trophy high in the air.

The manager wasn't about to make any sort of Joe Namath championship  promises, but clearly he believes that the winter work has set the  Yankees up for another season of winning baseball.

"We've gotten younger, we've added rotation depth, and our young  relievers have another year of experience," Girardi said. "Are we  better? I don't know, but I like our club again."

Bryan  Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to  the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:25AM #8
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Salary Arbitration

Written by Maury Brown
Sunday, 14 February 2010 19:01

The Biz of  Baseball

UPDATE (Monday, 1:45am ET) - There has been a slight  update to the Brewers and Twins data below. Our source data from  1978 has a "T. Johnson" as a Brewer. This is incorrect. The player is  Tommy Johnson who was with the Twins. Therefore, the table has been  adjusted below (Brewers move from 5 to 4 hearings, while the Twins move  from 27 to 28). We have also updated the source PDF on the Arbitration  Scorecard page to reflect this change.

In 2010 (so far), it's been Cory Hart over the Brewers and the  Rays over B.J. Upton. What are we talking about? The outcome of salary  arbitration hearings in 2010. But, that's just this year (and, we're not  done until next week, by the way).

Since the process has been in place since 1974, what about all-time?  Who has had the most hearings? (A's) Who has the best record? (Rays,  5-0). There's much more to chew on here.

I will be adding this as a stand alone page here on The Biz of  Baseball within the next day and making it a living data source going  forward. Until then, here's how it all breaks down from 1974 to the  present by club. The data is based on The  Biz of Baseball Salary Arbitration Scorecard:

Salary   Arb Hearings by Club  (1974-Present)
Club Won Lost Total Win  %
LA Angels 15 9 24 63%
Arizona 1 1 2 50%
Atlanta 15 9 24 63%
Baltimore 11 3 14 79%
Boston 12 5 17 71%
Cincinnati 18 13 31 58%
Cleveland 7 6 13 54%
Colorado 2 1 3 67%
C. Cubs 3 2 5 60%
C. White  S. 14 8 22 64%
Detroit 6 14 20 30%
Florida 3 4 7 43%
Houston 7 6 13 54%
Kansas  City 9 10 19 47%
LA  Dodgers 14 6 20 70%
Milwaukee 2 2 4 50%
Minnesota 15 13 28 54%
Nats/Expos 20 10 30 67%
NY Mets 11 9 20 55%
NY  Yankees 12 9 21 57%
Oakland 17 18 35 49%
Philadelphia 7 1 8 88%
Pittsburgh 9 9 18 50%
San Diego 10 9 19 53%
Seattle 10 9 19 53%
San  Francisco 2 4 6 33%
St. Louis 9 6 15 60%
Tampa Bay 5 0 5 100%
Texas 10 9 19 53%
Toronto 5 3 8 63%
TOTALS 281 208 489
Percentages 57% 43% 100%
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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 8:40AM #9
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The pursuit of Curtis Granderson

By Joseph Pawlikowski

For the Yankees, the last log on the hot stove has turned to ash.  The team appears completely set as players begin reporting to the Tampa  camp. We’ve reflected on the 2009 season, reflected on the moves the  Yankees made in an attempt to repeat, and even reflected on the moves  they didn’t make. There doesn’t seem much left to do before spring  training begins.

Still, we can find some tidbits about the off-season to fill the gap.  For instance, when Brian Cashman spoke at the University of New Haven  last Thursday he .revealed  something about his pursuit of Curtis Granderson. The conversations  that led to the Yankees acquiring the All-Star center fielder actually  began before they won the World Series — began, in fact, just before the  first pitch of Game 1. It might sound like odd timing to you and me,  but not to Brian Cashman.

“I said, ‘Dave, we set our roster, so there’s nothing left for me to  do now except for turning the page and talk about next year.’ That’s  when he first mentioned Curtis Granderson might become available.”

At that point, 28 general managers had nothing to worry about except  rebuilding their teams for 2010. It’s nice to hear that Cashman started  working on the 2010 Yankees once his obligations to the 2009 team  ceased. In that type of competitive landscape, he can’t really afford to  fall behind.

After the jump, as to hide it from everyone who’s sick of the story, a  bit about Damon.


Here’s Cashman on the endgame with Damon. He’s talking about the  one-year, $6 million contract the Yankees floated in January.

“I told (Damon and Boras), ‘I don’t know if Hal  (Steinbrenner, the team’s part owner) would approve it, but I’m not  going to fight for it unless we know you will do it,” Cashman said.  “Scott Boras said, “Bobby Abreu’s (new) contract is $9 million a year  right now on the table so why would we do that? So I expect to see a  Bobby Abreu contract.’ … I hope he does not sign for something less than  our offer. That means he should have been a Yankee and that’s not our  fault.”

Posted on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 4:07  pm in Hot Stove  League.


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12 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2010 - 9:31AM #10
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Victor  Martinez Hopes To Avoid Free Agency

Michael  Silverman of the Boston Herald has an excellent article about Red  Sox catcher Victor Martinez this morning.  Martinez  explained that unlike some other players, he doesn't want to test free  agency:

"I don't want to be jumping around, I don’t want to go somewhere  else,  First, I didn’t want to go out of the Indians organization. Then  I'm out, and now I'm here. I came to the place where a lot of players  dream to come and a lot of players wish to play here in Boston. So I'm  here, I do really want to stay here and hopefully end my career in  Boston."

Regarding possible extension talks, Martinez says he's "open now  until the season starts."  The Red Sox have a shot at getting a  reasonable deal done, just as the Indians did when they locked Martinez  up for five years at $15.5MM back in '05.  For more Martinez discussion,  check out this  MLBTR post from Wednesday.

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