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Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner’s genuine reason for giving Jeter a raise

ESPN broke the news a few days ago that the New York Yankees re-signed Captain Derek Jeter for the 2014 season for $12 million.

Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay...

Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeter had a $9.5 million player option for next season already in his current contract, and considering he played in 17-games in 2013 due to a recurring injury to his surgically repaired ankle, the $2.5 million raise must be incentive for something.

The rumor that this new deal lowers money counted toward the luxury tax is a farce, as Jeter’s new deal adds to payroll because of how it is calculated.

Rumor is the inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner actually mandated the deal himself with the 39-year old shortstop, which is out of the ordinary for him.

Contemplating Hal’s penny-pinching approach to his father’s Yankees made me curious about why he would hand a player a raise with so much risk.

The easiest argument is that it is Derek Jeter, a walking baseball icon that any team would be ecstatic to wear their uniform.

But this is the Hal who skimped on a starting catcher last off-season.

The same guy who sent GM Brian Cashman to the 2013 Winter Meetings with zero authority to do anything, which resulted in veteran and proven bench guys Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez to sign elsewhere.

Everyone and their mother knows that Hal wants to keep the team’s payroll below $189 million next season, so every penny counts so why the raise for Jeter? Continue reading ‘Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner’s genuine reason for giving Jeter a raise’ »

You, Me And Yankees Hot Stove: Cashman’s to do list

Baseball’s Hot Stove is officially about to start, and with all the question marks the New York Yankees will be headlining the show this off-season.

Red Sox's fans... To Do List

Red Sox’s fans… To Do List

After having to endure the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series, Yankee fans are anticipating that inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner will be filling all the team’s holes with legit and costly players instead of other team’s castaways.

The day after the World Series ended, 11 Yankees filed for free agency so technically they are no longer on the team.

Free agents:

• 2B Robinson Cano
• RHP Joba Chamberlain
• CF Curtis Granderson
• DH Travis Hafner
• RHP Phil Hughes
• RHP Hiroki Kuroda
• LHP Boone Logan
• 1B Lyle Overbay
• LHP Andy Pettitte
• RHP Mariano Rivera
• SS Brendan Ryan
• 3B Kevin Youkilis

The Yankees have so many holes to fill on their starting roster, not to mention getting solid bench guys and not leftovers like last season. Below are some notes on just the guys who became free agents last week. Continue reading ‘You, Me And Yankees Hot Stove: Cashman’s to do list’ »

Yankees: David Ortiz revealed

Now that the Red Sox World Series winning celebrations have wrapped up in Boston, I can address something that has rubbed a lot of New York Yankees and

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baseball fans the wrong way.

And that is the fact that any player linked to PEDs (performance enhancing drugs_ could win the World Series MVP, like Red Sox David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) did this past week.

Watching MLB commissioner Bud Selig present the 2013 WS MVP award to Big Papi literally made my stomach churn.

Back in 2003, Ortiz had tested positive for PEDs in a league-wide drug test, along with 103 other players including Yankees Alex Rodriguez and his teammate Manny Ramirez.

After his name leaked, Ortiz played the blame game for a week. He did admit to taking supplements that he had purchased at a GNC in his native Dominican Republic and that he would look into it.

Ortiz pretty much discounted that he failed a PED test, and the usually ferocious media followed suit.

Unfortunately, other players, like A-Rod, did not get the same pass as Big Papi. Continue reading ‘Yankees: David Ortiz revealed’ »

Yankees: Do you think Red Sox David Ortiz should have been named World Series MVP?

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Yankees fans want to say Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox

It was tough in New York to watch the Yankees biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series but admittedly well deserved.

The Red Sox were without question the best team throughout the entire 2013 regular baseball season, and so it is only fitting that they finish as World Champions.

I genuinely want to congratulate the Red Sox, their loyal fans everywhere and the great city of Boston.

It was a historic night in Fenway Park, as it was the first time since 1918 that the Red Sox home had a championship been won on its field.

So please enjoy the many celebrations to come this week, and what I am sure will be an incredible parade this coming Saturday on the streets of Boston, MA.

This is your time, which I will honor by not writing about anything, unless it about the Red Sox and this championship until your parade concludes this weekend.

BOSTON STRONG!!!

Also, to the St. Louis Cardinals….I could not dream up a more worthy and tough opponent to watch on baseball’s biggest stage.
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Yankees Rumors: Cardinals Carlos Beltran wearing a Derek Jeter jersey in St Louis

Yes…I saw Carlos Beltran wearing a New York Yankees getting off a bus in St. Louis after losing World Series Game 4, 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox, and tying up the series 2-2.

Carlos Beltran in my dream...and in Yankees pinstripes.

Carlos Beltran in my dream…and in Yankees pinstripes.

To my utter shock, the St. Louis Cardinal postseason star, and ex-New York Met was donning the pinstripes with the Captain Derek Jeter’s #2 on the back.

It was an authentic Yankees jersey too as I felt it when I gave Beltran a hug.

The alarming part of the whole thing was that his Cardinals teammates were right behind him and didn’t seem to blink.

But then I woke up.

This was no ordinary dream, as it was one of those messed up ones that felt real.

Beltran couldn’t have been nicer, as he welcomed me with open arms, but the weird thing is neither of us spoke. But after the hug, we did engage in a quick nod that barked see you next year.

In the dream I was wearing a numberless Cardinals jersey, which I guess is considered acceptable considering their opponent is the Boston Red Sox.

Still, as a true-blooded Yankees fan I cannot imagine wearing another team’s jersey consciously, ever.

Regardless, rumors have swirled and according to the New York Daily News Mark Feinsand, Beltran, and the Yankees have mutual interest in each other.

Question now is whether Beltran would be a good fit for the Yankees?

Beltran is a switch hitting, center fielder that would hit the snot out of the ball in the bandbox of Yankee Stadium. Continue reading ‘Yankees Rumors: Cardinals Carlos Beltran wearing a Derek Jeter jersey in St Louis’ »