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Archive for December, 2011

New York Yankees: Angels Turn to the Dark Side »

I am talking about the new evil empire called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who dropped a bomb at the MLB Winter Meetings with the signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson.Pujols will be making $250 million over the next 10 years; while Wilson will be paid $77.5 million over the next five years.If the Angels' new pricey [...]

New York Yankees: 10 Free Agent Targets for the »

The Winter Meetings just ended this week and as expected, Brian Cashman made zero significant moves other than bringing back their own free agents. The Yankees may be interested in Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes, but as of right now, they have not made any moves.The 2011-2012 offseason was dominated by first basemen, such as Albert Pujols and [...]

New York Yankees: Bidding on Hiroyuki Nakajima Was a »

By now, most people know that the New York Yankees placed the highest bid for 30-year-old infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, formerly of the Seibu Lions.For $2 million, the Yankees have the exclusive negotiating rights to bring Nakajima over to the major leagues.Apparently, Brian Cashman knew when going in to the bidding that it was a big question mark [...]

New York Yankees Release Outfielder Greg Golson, »

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for two minor leaguers acquired in the Rule 5 draft, the New York Yankees have released outfielder Greg Golson. The minor leaguers are pitchers Brad Meyers (formerly of the Washington Nationals organization) and Cesar Cabral (formerly of the Boston Red Sox organization). The speedy Golson, a former [...]

MLB Free Agency: Why the Yankees Played It Safe »

The dormant Yankees made a splash this week in the free agency pool.  Well, it was more like a dip-your-toe-in-the-water type of entrance.  Deciding to try their luck again in Japanese baseball, the club posted the highest bid for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who last played for the Seibu Lions in the Japanese Pacific League.  [...]

MLB Free Agency: Has Yu Darvish Been the Plan All »

The 2011 baseball winter meetings came and went, and a lot of the big names got crossed off in Dallas.Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels.Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins.C.J. Wilson will join Pujols and also sign with the Angels.Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell signed with the Marlins and will join Reyes in South Beach.Yep, it [...]

MLB Free Agents 2012: Expect Yankees to Make »

The New York Yankees have been awfully quiet at baseball’s winter meetings and I think I know why. As C.J. Wilson gets overpaid by the Angels and ditto for Mark Buehrle and the Marlins, the Yankees are being patient for once. That’s because the bidding war for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish is about to begin. Paul White of USA Today is [...]

New York Yankees Once Again Quiet at Winter Meetings »

Last year, the New York Yankees missed out on signing Cliff Lee and wound up with a rag-tag rotation that included Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.While those starting pitchers overachieved in the regular season, the second-rate crew couldn't carry the Bombers past the first round of the playoffs.Entering this offseason, the Yanks again [...]

Yu Darvish: 6 Reasons Why He Would Be a Great Fit for »

Yu Darvish has announced that he will be posted today.The star Japanese right-hander will be expensive for the team with the highest bid. If the New York Yankees were that team, they would have to pay his posting fee and his contract. The good news is his posting fee will not count toward a team's payroll or luxury tax.Darvish will probably cost [...]

Comparing Carl Yastrzemski’s and Mickey »

I really don't know how this is going to turn out, but it is fascinating. To me, Mickey Mantle was the greatest player I ever saw (yes, I saw Willie Mays), but Carl Yastrzemski had some seasons that rank with Mantle's best. Carl Yastrzemski is baseball's last Triple Crown winner. In 1967, he batted .326, hit 44 home runs and batted in 121 [...]

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