Lackey headed to Boston

From Ken Rosenthal, although Ed Price originally broke the story:

Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source.

The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees...

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Wang may not sign until May

Last night, after speaking to Chien-Ming Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, Ken Davidoff of Newsday noted that Wang may not sign until April or May. Today, ESPN’s Buster Olney confirms, writing that it’s “possible that [Wang] won’t sign for months.” This is largely a contractual move, as Wang may receive better offers after a...

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So long, CMW.

Andy Pettitte is being signed to deliver around the level of production the Yankees got from Wang each year from 2006-2008, and he’s getting paid $11.75 million for a single year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not starting up a donation pool here–CMW’s got more money than I’ll have in my lifetime. But in terms of dollars produced, and to be clear, those dollars produced by winning, how good of a deal was Wang for the Steinbrenners?

And while we’re on the topic, remember at the beginning of 2009, when anyone projecting the Yankees’ season included 10-15 (or more) wins from the Taiwanese sinkerballer? How good was this team? They lost their #2/#3 pitcher for the season (and their best hitter for the first month), and still managed to walk into the playoffs, before steamrolling their competition enroute to title #27.

This story hasn’t ended, of course. The $5 million that Wang made in 2009 could only be dropped by 20% via arbitration (and historically, arbiters have been very skittish about dropping players’ salaries at all).…

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For there is no joy in Kansas City, incompetent Dayton has struck out (again)

Poor Royals fans. The team has managed a .500-plus record only four times in the last 20 seasons (with one of those coming in a strike-shortened 1994 campaign). Kansas City’s last playoff...

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For Holliday, security is key

From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch, we learn that the Cardinals have extended a formal offer to free agent left fielder, Matt Holliday. According to Strauss, “a source familiar with the process said it does not offer an average annual value of $18 million,” and Holliday...

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A primer on the stats we favor at Yankeeist

I rely pretty heavily on statistical analysis for many of my critiques of the Yankees, and a couple of my less-statistically-minded readers have asked me to define and/or clarify the acronyms that...

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“I’d like to add, if I could”

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That was Brian Cashman’s answer when he was asked by WFAN’s Mike Francesa if he feels like he has enough starting pitching on the roster right now. I transcribed that portion of the questions and answers (Someone tell Mo...

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Damon wants $52M over 4 years

Via Buster Olney (ESPN), we learn that in “the early conversations between the Yankees and Johnny Damon’s side, there appears to be a very wide gulf between what the team is willing to pay and what Damon expects to get paid in this winter’s market.” In fact, Jon Heyman (SI) tweets that the...

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