These Derek Jeter Contract Predictions Are Outrageous

Mark Polishurk on MLB Trade Rumors did a little speculation today on what kind of contract Derek Jeter will command one year from now. A quote:

Something in the neighborhood of a six-year contract that pays Jeter around $22MM per year (a nod to his uniform number) might be a total more...

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Dave Eiland-‘Hughes Rules’ not like Joba’s

In an interview yesterday with WFAN’s Ed Coleman and Yankee beat reporter Sweeney Murti, Yankee pitching Coach Dave Eiland cleared up some of the confusion surrounding the restrictions that will be placed on Phil Hughes this season. I transcribed that portion of the interview, which can be...

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MLB Needs To Get In On The Olympics

[image title=”london-olympic-logo” size=”full” id=”15036″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]I really enjoyed watching the Olympic opening ceremonies last night. The cultural show was a let-down, perhaps because I’m comparing it to Beijing but also perhaps because Canada seemed to overemphasize parts of its culture to the point of caricaturization at times. I’m ethnically Canadian, though I don’t have a...

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State Of Yankee Starting Pitching Depth

Not that long ago, the Yankees had more pitching depth than they could have dreamed of. The Triple-A rotation was so full that qualified pitchers had to move to Double-A, and the team even let a few go in the Rule V draft. An impressive amount of pitching has left the organization over the past...

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Hughes’ fastball confidence

In a FanHouse piece in which Frankie Piliere outlines a handful of former prospects with something to prove in 2010, Piliere cites the Yankees’ young starter/reliever, Phil Hughes. “Bullpen or no bullpen, we saw the real Hughes start to shine through in 2009,” writes the former Texas...

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Cashman: “They have to reconcile why they are not here, not me”

“If people want to be here and be a part of something, then find a way to work it out. Of course we want (Jeter, Rivera and Girardi) back, but we choose to delay that until the end of the year.”

Yeah, Mo and Jeter will be back.  Might cripple the team’s financial flexibility for a few more years, however. We discussed that already…

Just remember Catfish’s lesson, OK?

The most interesting thing that came out of this review of Cashman’s talk was how, prior to a World Series game, he was already talking about 2010 and that’s how the Granderson deal roots took hold:

“Dave Dombrowski (the Detroit Tigers’ GM) was like, ‘What are you calling me for? You have first pitch at 8,’” Cashman said. “I said, ‘Dave, we set our roster, so there’s nothing left for me to do now except for turning the page and talk about next year.’ That’s when he first mentioned Curtis Granderson might become available.”

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“If you ask everyone in the room if they would rather not have Curtis Granderson because he costs X amount of dollars and Andy Pettitte because he costs X amount, that gives you more money to sign the left fielder who is dear to your heart in Johnny Damon,” Cashman said.

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TYU Fantasy Baseball!

Hey all; I’ve put together a fantasy baseball league for the writers and readers of TYU and I’d love for you to join. Right now, E.J. and I are in and the maximum for the league is 12. The draft is currently scheduled for March 15th (Monday). It’s a league from Yahoo! and the ID#...

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