Yankees and Damon Talking

The Yankees and Johnny Damon are talking about a possible return. Damon was a good offensive player for the Yankees last year and his most memorable moment in 2009 was his long at-bat against Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge that drug out 9 pitches and ended in a single. After that at-bat, Damon succeeded in a double steal against the shift in Philly.

If Damon returns, I would have him as the DH and as of now the outfield would probably be Melky Cabrera in left, Granderson in center, and Swisher in right. Everything could change because rumors are saying Melky could be traded to another club.

In other news the Mets have reportedly offered free agent deals to OF Jason Bay and C Bengie Molina. Boston fans you may lose another player to New York, but to the Senior Circuit club. Though I wouldn’t be to worried of Bay going to the Mets. If they do lose out on Bay they will probably make a huge puch for Matt Holliday.

The AL East is getting stronger too. The Rays acquired Rafael Soriano from the Braves for Jesse Chavez.

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Kevin Millwood from Texas for RP Chris Ray.  

The Red Sox and Texas have reached an agreement on a trade that would send the 2007 World Series MVP, Mike Lowell, to Texas and C/1B Max Ramirez to Boston.

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Yankees Still in on Aroldis Chapman

According to Chapman’s agent, the Yankees are going to attend Aroldis Chapman’s throwing session. Chapman defected from the Cuban national team in July. He was clocked at throwing 100 mph at the World Baseball Classic in March. Chapman’s agent also said that the Red Sox, Orioles, Phillies, and Tigers are interested in the left-handed pitcher.


Yankees and Pettitte Agree to Deal

The New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte have agreed to a one-year, $11.75 million contract on Wednesday. This season will be Andy’s 13th season in Yankee Pinstripes. According to Bryan Hoch, GM Brian Cashman met with Pettitte’s agent more than once yesterday to discuss the possibility of the south paw’s return to the Bronx.

Andy Pettitte was huge for the Yankees last year becoming a dominant pitcher later and later into the season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 ERA in the regular season. Pettitte was dominant in the postseason for New York also. He was 4-0 in 5 postseason starts. He clinched the ALDS, ALCS, and the World Series against familiar-foe Pedro Martinez in New York.

This move is great. The first three spots in the starting rotation will be a bit easier to fill out now.

Winter Meetings Round-Up: Day 2

There were other moves than the big 3-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York and Edwin Jackson to Arizona.

Brad Penny signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with St. Louis

Chone Figgins signed a four-year, $36 million contract with Seattle

There were some rumors going around also.

The Cubs are shopping Milton Bradley

San Diego’s Kevin Kouzmanoff is drawing interest from other teams

Atlanta’s Rafael Soriano is available

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Granderson Traded to Yankees

The New York Yankees have reportedly acquired Curtis Granderson in a 3 team trade involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers.

Yankees get: CF Curtis Granderson (DET)

D’Backs get: RHP Edwin Jackson (DET), RHP Ian Kennedy SP (NYY)

Tigers get:
OF Austin Jackson* (NYY), RHP Max Scherzer SP (ARI), LHP Daniel Schlereth (ARI), LHP Phil Coke (NYY)

The headline piece is obviously Curtis Granderson but the other pieces are keys to see how good of a deal this is.

Granderson is good defensive outfielder who can make plays in the outfield and has power in his bat. He can help out the Yankees in the line up at the top of the order. He hit 30 HR’s for the Tigers in 2009.

The Yankees do lose on top outfield prospect Austin Jackson who could develop into a Curtis Granderson type player. He spent last season mainly in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Ian Kennedy was traded to the D’Backs and has the potential to mold into a decent pitcher. He had injury problems with an arm injury. If he molds into the pitcher he can be, he will be very serviceable for Arizona.

Phil Coke was a good reliever for the Yankees in 2009. He was able to be put in key spots and prevail. Coke is a south paw and has a high ceiling.

What are your thoughts on the trade? I believe this is a good trade for all teams involved and as a Yankees fan, I think Granderson can help out in extraordinary ways in 2010.

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Yankee Review: Derek Jeter

In this Yankee Review we will look at the season of phenomenal shortstop #2 Derek Jeter #2.

In a year that Derek Jeter won SI’s Sportsman of the Year, The Roberto Clemente Award, Silver Slugger, the Hank Aaron Award, a Gold Glove, and a World Series Title, you would say Jeter did it all for the Yankees in 2009. Well he did.

Jeter was named the lead off hitter for the Yankees in Spring Training to spark the line up like he did in the past.

Jeter excelled in the roll as a lead off hitter from the start of the season and into the playoffs. The Yankee Captain scored 107 runs (4th in AL), hit .334 (3rd in AL), and had a .406 OBP (3rd in AL)

Jeter proved that he is a productive player still on both sides of the game.

In the 2009 postseason Jeter showed why he is the captain.

In the ALDS vs the Twins he batted .400 in 10 AB’s. He had 2 RBIs, 4 Runs, and 1 Home

In the ALCS against the Angels he batted .259 in 27 AB’s. He had 3 RBI on 7 hits.

In the World Series he batted .407 with 11 hits. After it was all said and done, Jeter and the 2009 NY Yankees celebrated a 27th World Series title.