Crawford Plan B?

Ken Davidoff wrote yesterday that the Yankees may see Carl Crawford as “Plan B” if the Yankees do not get Cliff Lee in free agency.

I’m rather dubious of this plan, even if the Yankees have contacted Crawford’s “representative.” If Cliff Lee doesn’t become a Yankee, signing an outfielder isn’t a wise move. While the...

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The lines are being drawn in L’Affaire Jeter

Jeter has long been the golden boy in NY and most of it is well deserved.  Doesn’t get into trouble, nothing embarrassing like kissing mirrors or getting caught with washed-up singers and muscle-y women, or being dragged into any PED discussion.  He refers to his managers as “Mr.”, showing respect.  He’s more of the lead-by-example type, it seems, than the fiery type.  Posada’s that guy.  Jeter hasn’t done some things well, like supporting ARod a few years back when a simple word or two in the papers might have gone a long way*. 

* Please note that while ARod has led the team in embarrassing moments, his last two years have been scandal-free. I’ve been criticized, fairly, for being unduly harsh to ARod over the years. No, I have never been a huge fan of him personally, but I do root for him if for no other reason than he’s on my favorite team. His 2009 season was a revelation.

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Yankees Sign Rafael DePaula

Melissa Segura is reporting that the Yankees have come to terms with 19 year old Dominican righty Jose Rafael DePaula on a deal with a bonus of $700,000. You may recall that DePaula was suspended from signing last year due to age fraud issues, as he was suggesting that he was 17 when he...

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Wins are dead, long live the King!

Here are the BBWAA votes:

Interestingly, the BBWAA shows some transparency in identifying who each voter picked as their #1 choice:

  • Hernandez: Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald; Erik Boland, Newsday; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune; Lynn Henning, Detroit News; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star; Joe Posnanski, SI.com; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald; Larry Stone, Seattle Times; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star Telegram; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star.
  • Price: Mel Antonen, USA Today; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune; Chris Assenheimer. Elyria (OH) Chronicle.
  • Sabathia: George King, New York Post; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal.

Our own Mark thought Cliff Lee should get it but acknowledged that Felix would indeed win it:  

My guess is that the big debate will be CC versus Felix, and I’ll also guess that Felix has received enough media attention to wrestle what will be a tight race away from CC.

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Felix Wins Cy Young, CC Finishes 3rd

From the BBWAA:

Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez may have had trouble posting victories in 2010, but he was a convincing winner in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award. Hernandez, known as “King Felix,” was crowned despite posting a victory total that was the lowest for any winner in either league among...

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Yankees Trade Juan Miranda For Scottie Allen

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

It’s no blockbuster, but Kevin Towers and Brian Cashman made a deal today. The Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Allen from the Diamondbacks for infielder Juan Miranda, according to a team press release.

The Diamondbacks chose Allen, 19, in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. In 95 2/3 innings over...

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