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Yankees Hot Stove: To trade or not to trade Brett Gardner?

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch durin...

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the new additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to go along with Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, the New York

Yankees have a plethora of outfielders.

This leads many to presume that lead-off hitter Gardner is the odd-man out, as he is still under team control through this season and is considered one of the top five center fielders in the game today.

Certainly, Gardner’s health does pose some concern, as he has spent a decent amount of time on the DL over his six career seasons. But no doubt when healthy, Gardner is an all around good player with a lot of the same tools as Ellsbury.

As you can probably tell, I want Gardner to stay in New York but what is you opinion on the possibility of him being trading for starting pitcher, or second baseman?

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Someone might want to remind Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner what he promised us cause this is not it

This past October during a radio interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner made a promise to the fan base. 

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English: Image courtesy of Keith Allison on Flickr. New York Yankees v/s Baltimore Orioles 08/31/09. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 189 is a goal. It’s important, and it’s certainly a goal that we take seriously and we’re going to strive for, but as I’ve said before on numerous occasions, it’s not going to come at the expense of fielding a championship-caliber team. We know that’s what we’re expected to do, and we’re going to do it.” (Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.)

Friday’s signing of Carlos Beltran for 3-years and $45 million, leaves the Yankees with about $5 million left to spend before going over the $189 million in payroll.

The Yankees have holes all over the place, with the biggest at second base since letting their best player, Robinson Cano sign with the Mariners.

The Mariners handed Cano a 10-year deal worth $240 million, which at point-blank is an absurd contract when it is not.

In order for the irrelevant Mariners to get one of the top five best players in the game to come to Seattle, they were going to have to hand over the kitchen sink.

Cano’s new contract falls under the same “relevancy” category that Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire‘s 5-year, $99,743,996 deal does. Teams overpay a superstar to get fans back and entice other players, it happens in all walks of life.  Continue reading ‘Someone might want to remind Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner what he promised us cause this is not it’ »

Yankees: Who said Robinson Cano wasn’t marketable?

One of the excuses as to why the New York Yankees allowed their best player, Robinson Cano leave for Seattle was that he did not put fans in the seats.

The reason I heard was that Cano was not a marketable player off the field compared to a Derek Jeter, or even an Alex Rodriguez.

Well, the Yankees were wrong once again.

Unless, a new Nike commercial doesn’t count?

Nike released its latest commercial yesterday, and guess who is the first athlete featured in the montage of the biggest names in sports? 

Why don’t you see for yourselves….

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Yankees Hot Stove: Adios Cano. Bienvenido Beltran.

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Beltran (Photo credit: williamhartz)

The New York Yankees response to losing Robinson Cano, who accepted a 10-year, $240 million to be a Seattle Mariner, was to go out and sign All-Star, veteran Carlos Beltran.

The Yankees inked the 36-year old switch-hitting, outfielder to a three season, $45 million deal.

No doubt Beltran brings a power bat to the line-up. As over his 16-year career, Beltran smacks on average 28 home-runs, and 104 RBIs a season.

Still, adding another outfielder to the already jam-packed group of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells seems a bit careless.

The Yankees still have a lot of holes to fill before Spring Training, so one would hope the focus would be more on position and not star-power. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Adios Cano. Bienvenido Beltran.’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Cano to Seattle is sad

The New York Yankees lost their best player today, as Robinson Cano is accepting a 10-year, $240 million deal to go play in Seattle for the Mariners.

Robinson Canó walking off the field during a g...

Robinson Canó walking off the field during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a sad day for everyone involved.

The Yankees didn’t budge on their offer of $170 million for seven-years to keep Cano, which certainly show they cared that much to keep him.

No doubt, the Mariners overpaid for Cano but in order to get a superstar to go play in Seattle that is what it was going to take.

Seattle is not New York City; and the Mariners are not the Yankees.

But this is not all Cano’s fault, as the Yankees practically packed his bags.

When the Yankees decided to hand Jacoby Ellsbury a seven-year, $153 million deal it made Cano’s offer look insulting.

Cano is a way better player than Ellsbury, and my guess is the Yankees didn’t really want him to begin.

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Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons proving Yankees aren’t big on Cano and his father agrees

The New York Yankees are trying to pull a fast one again about their desire to sign homegrown, All-Star Robinson Cano.

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game betw...

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As it was just reported that Robbie’s father, Jose Cano told the New York Daily News, “The Yankees don’t seem to want him.”

Papa Cano’s comment came around the same time that news of the Seattle Mariners making Robbie a 9-year, $225 million offer was broken via CBS Sports Jon Heyman. Cano was flown out privately by the Mariners earlier today so he could meet with ownership in Seattle, and be given the offer.

ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas conveyed that the Mariners are willing to go as high as 10-years at $230-240 million to get Cano to leave New York.

So why do I think the Yankees are pulling a fast one here?

1) Dropping subtle hints all off-season that their offer might not be enough for Cano. Owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman have played the martyr card making it out like Cano has no loyalty and it is all about the Benjamins.

2) Priorities…Remember back in 2011 when the Yankees went after Cliff Lee? Cashman flew to Lee twice and to make sure the Yankees offer was more than any other team. And the Yankees made no secret about it. If recent history dictates anything about the Yankees it that if they want a player that badly, everyone would know it. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons proving Yankees aren’t big on Cano and his father agrees’ »