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With Melky Cabrera Traded, The NY Yankees Are Outfield »

By Caesar Cliffius ------------------------ The New York Yankees sent Melky Cabrera to the Atlanta Braves for a return engagement of pitcher Javier Vazquez . The move may have helped support the pitching staff but it has left the outfield as weak as water. Cabrera, 24,  played in 154 games in 2009 with 103 of them in center field. He batted [...]

Will the New York Yankees Go After Aroldis Chapman? »

Lost in the shuffle of the Yankees tremendous offseason has been their relative inactivity on the Aroldis Chapman front. At the beginning of the offseason, the Yankees were heavily linked to the Cuban left hander because of their vast financial resources and experience signing international prospects. But now that the Yankees have acquired [...]

New York Yankees Look at Luxury Tax as Chump Change »

Major League Baseball expects everyone to get worked up about the Yankees paying $25.69 million for the luxury tax by making this a news story. They are the only team that will be paying it this year. Hate to break it to Bud Selig, but no one cares. Yankees fans are savoring this while other baseball fans moan knowing that the luxury tax is [...]

A Tribute to Melky Cabrera’s Career as a New »

When a friend told me this morning that Melky Cabrera had been traded, I was shocked. It wasn't even a rumor. It just happened. Abruptly. Despite Melky's inconsistency at the plate, he was a fan favorite in New York. Teammates and fans enjoyed his jovial demeanor on a team generally regarded as rigid. It has always seemed like Melky plays for [...]

With Melky Cabrera Gone, Yankees Need To Bring Back »

Only two months removed from winning the 2009 World Series, the Yankees have had a very busy offseason. They re-signed Andy Pettitte to a one-year, $11.75 million deal. They made a three way deal to land Curtis Granderson, while sending Austin Jackson and Phil Coke to the Tigers and Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks. They signed Nick Johnson to a [...]

Do The Yankees Need Injury Prone Nick Johnson? »

Nick Johnson is once again a Yankee, if the reports are right . As a Yankee fan, I should be happy. In 2001 he pulled off a brilliant catch from first base that sticks in my mind. He's not a horrible hitter (lifetime .273 hitter). He's seen as being the 'next Johnny Damon' in that he'll provide a bat to cover Alex Rodriguez and play DH for 100-odd [...]

The New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils Are Truly »

Sports Illustrated released its list of the top 25 franchises of the decade. The only local teams on the list? My New York Yankees and my New Jersey Devils. The Devs ranked 19th, and were one of only two NHL teams to crack the top 25 (the Red Wings grabbed the number six spot). Considering they won two Cups, made it to one other final, and made [...]

Not Done Yet: How the Yankees Can Finish Remaking »

Today's trade of Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez solidifies the rotation but opens the door for more moves in the Yankee outfield. Most predict that the Yankees will now be in play for a marquee left fielder.   Make no mistake; the Yankees will keep tabs on the contract discussions for both Jason Bay and Matt Holliday if for no [...]

Yankees Latest Dumb Move Has Yankee Critics Like Me »

Today the Yankee$ reacquired starting pitcher Javier Vazquez (pictured) for a prospect and namely spot starter Melky Cabrera who went to the Braves. Due to this, this day, December 22, 2009 may live in infamy since I think it has the potential to be a stupid, hasty move. Consider that last year at this time, Traitor Tex, formerly of the Los [...]

Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez: Yankees Are Taking »

Come on now, this is getting a little ridiculous. A year after acquiring the high-priced trio of C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett, and a couple of weeks after trading for spark plug Curtis Granderson, the New York Yankees have added Javier Vazquez -- a quality right-handed starter -- to their already loaded roster. And all they had [...]

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