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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’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Top 4 rumors to smackdown

Every offseason the rumors surrounding the possible targets of the New York Yankees are abundant.

Bronson Arroyo

Bronson Arroyo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But following a demoralizing 2013 season, things on the hot stove are getting silly, as the team seems to be interested in everybody and anybody available except the legit superstars.

Add that to the fact that inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner has yet to declare to the fan base whether or not his “goal” of keeping the payroll under $189 million is being implemented or not.

No doubt the Yankees have a ton of holes to fill but this wish-washy approach, regardless of what is valid or not, is not breeding much confidence that things will be fixed properly.

I mean some of these free agent rumors are downright frightening that treating any as truthful is a darn right joke.

Here are four early things off the hot stove that have made me literally almost to throw-up.

1) Robinson Cano should be the Yankees number one priority and making that a known publicly is what fans want to hear. Instead Hal, GM Brian Cashman and President Randy Levine have all made negative statements as if pre-warning fans that the Yankees might be without their best player, and last homegrown superstar from here on out.

2) Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo in Yankee Stadium is a scary thing to imagine. Arroyo will be 37-years old come February and will want a multi-year deal. Some fans are saying that Arroyo’s past AL East experience with the Boston Red Sox makes him a good fit in the Bronx. Well that was eight years ago, as he has been a Cincinnati Reds since 2006, enough said. Over his 14-year career, Arroyo eats about 208 innings a season, but he also gives up an average of 29 homers too. Actually, over the last three seasons Arroyo was taken deep 104 times in total, which is huge red flag. Bottom-line is any groundball pitcher with a fastball that clocks in the mid-80s would get eaten alive in the AL East. I would almost rather inking Phil Hughes instead of enduring the starts of another older veteran in his twilight years. Wait I take that back, as the only time Hughes or Arroyo should ever be in the Bronx again is if their team is playing the Yankees. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Top 4 rumors to smackdown’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Waiting to be fixed

New York Yankees fans are chomping at the bit for some action to happen this off-season.

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano...

English: Jorge Posada (#20, left) with Mariano Rivera (middle) and Derek Jeter (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The wound from Boston’s dagger is still fresh, and Yankees fans want what inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner promised, a “championship caliber team.”

Of course Hal said this last year, and he has yet to rescind his “goal’ of keeping team payroll south of $189 million. Actually, he reaffirmed it earlier this week, which is suspect for sure.

As I have stated countless times already, the Yankees cannot field a World Series contending team without going over $189 million bucks.

Why not?

I will give you a short list:

-       The farm system, which the Yankees have worked hard at developing since after the 2004 World Series, has now completely rotted.

-       In turn there is no homegrown prospect emerging, sorry to bust the bubbles of the fans that think the Core Four part deux is on route.

-       Too many holes fill that cannot be filled correctly on the cheap. Second base – third base – two maybe three starting pitchers – a closer – a legit catcher (two backups do not count) – a lefty reliever – right fielder – best bench in baseball.

-       Shopping in the bargain bin last season failed and things are much more dire this offseason.

What boggles my mind is how many naïve Yankees fans answer is to rebuild from the bottom and work on the farm system. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Waiting to be fixed’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Cano’s contract could be a casualty of bad timing

The New York Yankees have a big problem.

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)

Well, actually the franchise has many but there is one dilemma this off-season that has Yankees Universe divided, and his name is Robinson Cano.

The 31-year old, second baseman is without question the top free agent on the market right now, so logically you would presume that teams would be salivating over him.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman and inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner have made no secret of their wish to keep Cano in the only place he has ever played, and that is Yankee Stadium.

But now Cano’s once secure Yankees future seems to be in jeopardy, and the only rational explanation is simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Just as the infamous expression goes, “Timing is everything,” and alas Cano could become its first causality this off-season.

Back on September 26th, CBS Sports Jon Heyman reported that Cano asked the Yankees for a deal in the 10-year, $300 million range, which would make him the highest paid player ever.

Yes, when you think about that number sounds ludicrous, but monster contracts have become the norm in MLB the last few years. And that is why makes even less sense that fans were in such disbelief over Cano’s greedy asking price.

The truth is the going rate for a player of Cano’s caliber would be somewhere in the 8-10 year, $200+ million range, so his demand is not coming out of left field here.

The issue now is mounting evidence proving that these gigantic contracts are way too risky for team’s to make. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Cano’s contract could be a casualty of bad timing’ »