BREAKING NEWS: Yankees Sign Randy Winn

Via Chad Jennings at LoHud and RAB, the Yankees have signed outfielder Randy Winn to a one year deal worth about $2 million.

Winn had a career down year last year, sporting a career low 75 OPS+ and a career low .318 on base percentage. However, this year and his down year in...

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Damon and Cincy

According to a report via ESPN, “a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick” that “[Scott] Boras and [Johnny] Damon are trying to engage the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds as possible alternatives” to the Yankees. Though the Tigers-Damon connection is not new – Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated...

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They said it: Steroids in baseball

  1. “If I took steroids, I could dunk. Never mind baseball, I could play in the NBA.”
  2. “I don’t know if steroids are going to help you in baseball. I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination [and] technically hit a baseball.”
  3. “There is no evidence andro does anything bad or good.”
  4. “If you want privacy go play semi-pro ball. drug use hurts baseball. Why should we pay millions of dollars to these guys and have them go on the disabled list?”
  5. “Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy.”
  6. “I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period.”
  7. “Who would do the testing? Will results be kept private? Or will they be leaked to the media? What about false positives? You think it’s going to be confidential? I laugh at that.”
  8. “Steroids don’t help you hit a baseball.”
  9. “I have never used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other type of illegal performance enhancing drugs..”
  10. “The national past-time is juiced.”
  11. “My body was torn up and broken down but it felt good [on steroids].

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Why Hal Steinbrenner should open the books a little for Johnny Damon

The common line is that right now, the Yankees have about 2 million dollars left in their budget for the 2010 season. I think that this is entirely plausible. Hal Steinnerbrenner gave Brian Cashman a hard number, and said that he would have to approve any spending over that number. He did so last year...

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Happy Anniversary To Us!!

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One year ago today, The Yankee Universe opened its doors (we actually had a soft opening on the 24th, but the official start was the 26th), with the goal of becoming the best Yankees blog on the internet. One year and one cease-and-desist letter later, TYU is still...

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And you blame the Yanks for payroll escalation?

[UPDATE: What I tweeted long before this posting:

A's must be afraid of big bad Michael Weiner. Gotta spend that money. Mets outbid again. First Molina, then Sheets, then Saab.

A tweet complete with a dig at the Mets and a Saab sale reference...]

And I really like Sheets.

Yes, we can all joke that Sheets will be gone mid-year, or on the DL. Your best jokes below, please. Let’s hear ‘em!

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