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Andruw Jones: New York Yankees Looking to Revitalize »

Pitchers and catchers report in 23 days and, to be expected, the pickings on the free-agent market are slim. The biggest news in the past few weeks has been reliever Rafael Soriano signing with the New York Yankees. The 31-year-old who previously closed for the Tampa Bay Rays was given $35 million over three years to be Mariano Rivera’s [...]

New York Yankees: The Future of Mariano Rivera »

By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com What does the future hold for arguably the greatest closer of all time?  By the end of the the next season, Mariano Rivera  will be the ripe old age of 42.  For the first time in his career last season, Rivera started to show his age.  In 2010, Rivera battled both an oblique injury and [...]

New York Yankees Sacrifice Offense for Defense in »

The New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Andruw Jones on Thursday to replace Marcus Thames as a right-handed-hitting fourth outfielder. While Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, is not the same outfielder he was 13 years ago when he was still breaking into the Majors, he's still a far better defensive option than Thames. But [...]

Andruw Jones, Mark Prior Deals Make Sense for Yanks »

OK, stop me if you've heard this one..."So the Yankees signed Mark Prior and Andruw Jones? That would be amazing...if it was 2004!"Ugh. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a variation of that joke posted on Twitter this week, I would probably have, easily, $24.I mean, I get it. The fact that the Yankees signed both men during this offseason [...]

New York Yankees: Without Risk There Is No Reward, So »

It is official: Ex-Atlanta Braves superstar Andruw Jones has officially signed with the New York Yankees.  MLB Trade Rumors is reporting a one-year deal at $2MM bucks with performance incentives worth another $1.2MM for 2011. Jones has a career batting average of .256 with 407 home-runs and 1,222 RBIs. This is agent Scott Boras’ [...]

New York Yankees Bring in Andruw Jones »

Before we get to the New York Yankees and Andruw Jones, can we first talk about the press conference they held yesterday to announce the Rafael Soriano signing? Was that not the most awkward press conference to introduce a new player ever? I have never seen a press conference where the GM of all people says he had no interest in signing the [...]

New York Yankees Ink Andruw Jones, Best Center Fielder »

Late Thursday afternoon, after nearly an entire offseason of position-player inactivity, Yankee GM Brian Cashman inked the former Braves superstar to a one-year, $2 million contract, with another $1.2 million in additional performance-based incentives. After bolstering their bullpen with top-shelf relief arms, the Yankees' acquisition of Andruw [...]

HTMS Minor League Baseball Report: The Legend of Chico »

HTMS Minor League Baseball Report   Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the passing of first-round draft choice Chico Morales. Morales, a 6'5", 215-lb. switch-hitting phenom from San Juan, Puerto Rico, went missing nearly six months ago. All leads having been exhausted in the case, he has been declared dead by local authorities. [...]

New York Yankees: Patience Part 3 (of 6): Brandon »

Are you in the market for a 27th round draft pick with a good baseball eye and a propensity to hit home runs?  The Yankees decided the answer was yes with the 884th pick of the 2007 MLB amateur draft. Brandon Laird, a 6'1", 215 pound right-handed hitter and the brother of Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, was a star at La Quinta High [...]

New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte Turn ‘Brett »

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in less than a month, free agent Andy Pettitte remains undecided on whether he will pitch another season for the New York Yankees, which has crippled the team’s efforts to round out the starting rotation for 2011. Prior to succumbing to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship [...]

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