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Yankees Hot Stove: Hasta la vista Phil Hughes

Finally, my nemesis Phil Hughes is no longer a New York Yankee.

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My tumultuous relationship Hughes is no big secret, as I have made a blog out of regularly tearing him to shreds.

Ok so maybe I am being dramatic, but Hughes has indisputably been a favorite subject featured in some of my most popular articles. Some have even called me a bully, as I have written about Hughes a total of 113 times. Wow!

So, what should be a joyous occasion is accompanied by a bit ambiguity too.

As the Minnesota sports media might not realize it yet, but they just got handed a pitcher that will give them oodles of storylines for the next three seasons.

Hey maybe Hughes will make me eat my words, and actually earn the $28 million bucks the Twins are paying him. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Hasta la vista Phil Hughes’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Does Carlos Beltran really want to play in the American League?

The latest rumor coming out of Yankee-land is that owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman made an offer to outfielder Carlos Beltran of 2-years at $28

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Beltran (Photo credit: williamhartz)

million.

Supposedly, Beltran wants a three-year deal but the Yankees won’t budge, and I don’t blame them.

Beltran turns 37-years old this April, and his age alone is a good enough reason for the Yankees do not concede to his demands.

Can you imagine what the 2014 Opening Day roster if Yankees were to sign Beltran?

It would include a shortstop, a third baseman and two outfielders over the age of 37, which is almost comical.

I do not doubt that Beltran’s bat would crush it hitting within the confines Yankee Stadium, but that is not enough to keep any player on the roster through age 40.

The other question I have is what about Curtis Granderson? Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Does Carlos Beltran really want to play in the American League?’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons to welcome Brian McCann to the Bronx

Finally, the New York Yankees made their first significant move this offseason by signing catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million dollar deal with an option for a sixth.

One point for Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner for acquiring one of the best backstop’s in the game from the get-go.

More importantly, McCann fills the gaping hole behind the dish left after the Yankees let Russell Martin walk to Pittsburgh last offseason.

The Yankees had told Martin they could not afford his contractual demands, so he signed a $15 million, two-year deal with the Pirates.

I hate to say I told you so, but last season I wrote that being cheap with Martin was a big mistake that would come back to bite Hal. And boy did it ever, and right in his wallet too.

Why is McCann worth $17 million a season?

  1. The Yankees desperately needed a legitimate starting catcher. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: 4 reasons to welcome Brian McCann to the Bronx’ »

Yankees: It’s about the Alex Rodriguez drama, stupid!

On day 12 of his PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) suspension appeal’s hearing, the firestorm continued for New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, as he

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Boooooooo! (Photo credit: RodBegbie)

stormed out yesterday after learning MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz came to this decision because Selig has never testified in a drug appeal’s hearing before.

ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor reported that a person familiar with the case claimed, “But if Bud testified here, he’d be called into every drug case that followed.”

Ok, so the Commissioner doing a live Q & A is not the normal protocol in drug appeals, I get it.

But in A-Rod’s defense, MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement states:

A player who tests positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance, or otherwise violates the Program through the use of possession of a Performance Enhancing Substance, will be subject to the discipline set forth below. Continue reading ‘Yankees: It’s about the Alex Rodriguez drama, stupid!’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Peralta, PEDs and payroll

No other team has been linked to every free agent available like the New York Yankees have this offseason.

Jhonny Peralta

Jhonny Peralta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With so many holes to cork almost any big name players available could fit somewhere in the Bronx next season.

All this confusion makes it impossible to decipher what top free agents the Yankees are really pursuing.

Maybe all the hype is part of owner Hal Steinbrenner’s grand plan to keep payroll under $189 million, so when Curtis Granderson, Brian McCann and Robinson Cano do not report to Spring Training but Jhonny Peralta does he can at least say hey, we tried are best.

Peralta, along with 11 of his peers was suspended 50-games for using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) in connection with sleaze ball Tony Bosch and his infamous Biogenesis Clinic down in Miami.

All 12-players suspensions ended just days before the start of the postseason, and the Tigers were elated, as Peralta posted a .333 batting average, with six RBIs, four doubles and a homer.

The two-time All-Star was clutch and was easily was one of the Tigers MVPs of the 2013 ALDS.

The question on many Yankees fans mind is whether signing an admitted PED user is in the Yankees best interest considering all the A-Rod drama? Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Peralta, PEDs and payroll’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Top 3 Brendan Ryan conspiracy theories

The signing of middle infielder Brendan Ryan to a $2 million deal according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, is the first official New York Yankees news this off-season.

And according to MassLive.com, Red Sox fans are elated that their World Series Champion shortstop, Stephen Drew is still available on free agent market.

With Alex Rodriguez’s (3B) possible suspension and 40-year old Derek Jeter’s (SS) bum ankle, the Yankees left infield is in some flux.

So that lends reason why the Red Sox, along with a lot of Yankees fans thought that Drew would be atop of GM Brain Cashman’s wanted list.

Fact is no matter if Jeter proves ageless and his ankle holds up, playing shortstop even close to everyday is not going to happen. And ditto for A-Rod that is if he even plays next season, as two damaged hips at 38-years old is not exactly comforting.

But I did not expect the Yankees answer to be Ryan until I thought about it some more.

And here are the three scenarios that popped into my brain.

1) Focusing on defense was the reason given by the Yankees for let starting catcher Russell Martin walk last offseason.  And the same is being said for signing Ryan because this guy is an offensive liability (see #2). Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Top 3 Brendan Ryan conspiracy theories’ »