Tagged: New York Yankees

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.


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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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Yankees Reducing Payroll?

While my first instinct when I saw this was, “So we are not going to be getting any FA’s?” While many fans may think this, that is not entirely the case.

While the Yankees have been despised for spending loads of many on big name players such as Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, they have set their budget for the 2010 campaign. The Yankees ended their final day of organizational meetings in Tampa, FL on Friday, December 4th.

While the budget is smaller than last years spending spree, GM Brian Cashman has said that rotation help is in the plan for this off-season.

As a fan, this is still good news, whether it’s a trade to land a pitcher (Roy Halladay) or signing a Free Agent starter. While we’re on the topic here the Free Agent starters out there.

Brandon Backe (32)
Cha Seung Baek (30)
Miguel Batista (39)
Erik Bedard (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Kris Benson (34)
Paul Byrd (39)
Daniel Cabrera (29)
Aroldis Chapman (22)
Bartolo Colon (37)
Jose Contreras (38)
Doug Davis (34) – Type B, not offered arb
Lenny DiNardo (30)
Justin Duchscherer (32) – Type B, offered arb
Adam Eaton (32)
Shawn Estes (37)
Josh Fogg (33)
Jon Garland (30) – Type B, not offered arb
Tom Glavine (44)
Mike Hampton (37)
Rich Harden (28) – Type B, not offered arb
Mark Hendrickson (36)
Livan Hernandez (35)
Rich Hill (30)
Shawn Hill (29)
Jason Jennings (31)
Jason Johnson (36)
Randy Johnson (46) – Type B, not offered arb
John Lackey (31) – Type A, offered arb
Braden Looper (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Rodrigo Lopez (34)
Noah Lowry (29)
Jason Marquis (31) – Type B, offered arb
Pedro Martinez (38)
Eric Milton (34)
Mark Mulder (32)
Brett Myers (29)
Vicente Padilla (32) – Type B, not offered arb
Carl Pavano (34) – Type B, offered arb
Brad Penny (32)
Odalis Perez (33)
Andy Pettitte (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Joel Pineiro (31) – Type B, offered arb
Sidney Ponson (33)
Mark Prior (28)
Horacio Ramirez (30)
Jason Schmidt (37)
Ben Sheets (31)
John Smoltz (43)
Brett Tomko (37)
Jarrod Washburn (35)
Todd Wellemeyer (31)
Kip Wells (33)
Randy Wolf (33) – Type A, not offered arb 

The Yankees also said that they will look for a LF also. Some more encouraging news as a Yankee fan. Listed are the Free Agent outfielders listed by LF, CF, and RF.

Left fielders
Garret Anderson (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Marlon Anderson (36)
Jason Bay (31) – Type A, offered arb
Emil Brown (35)
Marlon Byrd (32) – Type B, offered arb
Johnny Damon (36) – Type A, not offered arb
David Dellucci (36)
Cliff Floyd (37)
Joey Gathright (28)
Matt Holliday (30) – Type A, offered arb
Reed Johnson (33)
Laynce Nix (29)
Greg Norton (37)
Wily Mo Pena (28)
Dave Roberts (38)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Fernando Tatis (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Marcus Thames (33)
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Center fielders
Rick Ankiel (30)
Rocco Baldelli (28)
Marlon Byrd (32) – Type B, offered arb
Mike Cameron (37) – Type B, not offered arb
Endy Chavez (32)
Coco Crisp (30)
Darin Erstad (36)
Jeff Fiorentino (27)
Ryan Freel (34)
Joey Gathright (28)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Reed Johnson (33)
Corey Patterson (30)
Scott Podsednik (34)

Right fielders
Jermaine Dye (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Brian Giles (39) – Type B, not offered arb
Vladimir Guerrero (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Joey Gathright (28)
Eric Hinske (32)
Geoff Jenkins (35)
Austin Kearns (30)
Jason Michaels (34)
Xavier Nady (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Even though the Yankees have announced a payroll decrease, that doesn’t mean they won’t go after any players this winter.