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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.

What are the two reasons that this deal makes no sense? Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Cano to Seattle is sad’ »

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’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Opinions wanted on Jacoby Ellsbury signing

As you probably heard, the New York Yankees came to terms on a deal with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a tune of 7-year, $153 million with an eighth year, $16 million option.

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first bas...

English: Jacoby Ellsbury leading off first base in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Talking to other Yankee fans, opinions are all over the place.

One guy friend of mine came up to me at dinner last night and said, “How do you feel about Brain Cashman ruining the Yankees?”

My response t him was, “Ruined? That is yet to be determined, but no doubt the monster contract was shocking. It will be a problem if Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t sign Cano because too much was green spent on Ellsbury to keep payroll below $189 million and keep our MVP caliber second baseman. Oh and I won’t like it if the Yankees trade Brett Gardner either because of Ellsbury.”

This Ellsbury deal has me utterly confused.

One minute I like Ellsbury for the short-term, and the next it makes no sense to me.

Looking at Ellsbury batting stats don’t help as one season he is MVP worthy, only to barely play at all the next due to some odd injuries. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Opinions wanted on Jacoby Ellsbury signing’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Signing Jacoby Ellsbury shock and awe

All I can say to Red Sox Nation is BOOYAH!

I had read rumors that the New York Yankees were interested in the now ex-Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, but this deal stunned me.

Just imagining Brett Gardner signing with the Red Sox makes me repulsed, so this one has to sting up in Beantown.

Ellsbury is not the first homegrown Red Sox to come to New York, but until I am at Opening Day in the Bronx to witness the perpetrator in pinstripes it is hard for me to believe.

I presume this means Curtis Granderson is as good as gone, as the Yankees outfield looks pretty set with Gardner in left, Ellsbury in center and Alfonso Soriano in right with Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells around as fillers. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Signing Jacoby Ellsbury shock and awe’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: 2 reasons to let Kuroda walk

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York is reporting that the New York Yankees have made a one-year offer to pitcher Hiroki Kuroda with hopes that he will stay in

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

the Bronx for another season instead of retiring or going to pitch back in Japan.

The number is unknown, but it has to be higher than the $14.1 million qualifying offer that Kuroda turned down last month.

Honestly this Kuroda news shocked me, as I thought the Yankees front office would sigh in relief that they were not hogged tied to another deteriorating veteran.

But whom am I kidding, enticing a proven aging player is a standard move for the Yankees.

Here are two reasons why signing Kuroda is risky and could bomb in the Yankees face.

1) Kuroda will be 39-years old at the start of he 2014 season, and in the second half of last season his age started to show.

By the 2013 All-Star Break, Kuroda was at the top of the CY Young discussions, only to fall apart in the second half of the season. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 2 reasons to let Kuroda walk’ »