How Lee's Deal Will Impact CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia has been fairly excellent in his first two years as a Yankee. He has given the Yankees 467 innings of 3.27 ERA ball, and carried their rotation in the 2009 postseason. It is hard to be disappointed with his performance thus far. As such, most Yankees fans are hoping that he does not...

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Season in Review: Robinson Cano

What a hell of a year for Robinson Cano, huh? “You thought 2009 was good?” Robbie said. “You haven’t seen anything yet.” While we could hardly say he came out of nowhere to play as well as he did in 2010. His .389 wOBA bested his previous career high by 12 points. His 145 wRC+...

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Mapping Montero

With the Yankees seemingly ready to use Jesus Montero as the number one catcher in 2011, let’s think about how he will be deployed, both in a catching platoon and in the lineup.

Ideally, Montero will catch 100 games”, so let’s go on that assumption. Like I did in the comments of that article from...

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What about Vlad, and other Yankee DH possibilities

With yet another long-coveted (by me) hitter hitting the free agent market, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least broach the idea of the Yankees signing Vladimir Guerrero —...

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Why It’s Important to Not Overpay for Jeter

The legacy of that winter is apparent; aside from the overcommitments to A-Rod and Posada, Jeter probably expects to be treated similarly. Thankfully, Hal at least seems to have learned his lesson and may not be willing to repeat his mistakes, but that may just ratchet up the bad feelings on the part of Jeter, especially if he’s offered less than Posada signed for. This is where the hard feelings could come into play, and things could get messy in negotiations.

The second problem is simply production. While I think the Posada and A-Rod contracts were mistakes, at least you can say that both of those players were coming off of great seasons in 2007. Jeter, of course, is in much less fortunate circumstances, having just had the worst season of his career. And let’s not downplay this, Jeter’s season was really bad. It wasn’t a matter of luck, or a pesky injury to a finger or wrist limiting his productivity, Jeter just did not look good at the plate all season.…

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Minor League Profile: Austin Romine

Romine is a California native, who will turn 22 just before Thanksgiving.  The Yankees took him in the second round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, signing him right before the deadline for a hefty $500,000 bonus.  Because of his late signing, Romine only played in a handful of rookie league games in 2007, but has steadily progressed in his three years of professional ball since then.  He spent 2008 in Charleston, 2009 in Tampa and this past season as the backstop for the Trenton Thunder. It is likely Romine will be catching in Scranton this season, but that is contingent on whether the Yankees truly believe Montero will be able to produce in the Bronx in 2011.  If not, they will want both their prized prospects to be able to catch regularly, meaning Romine could start the year back in Trenton.

People may not be salivating over Romine’s bat the way they look at Montero’s, but this does not mean Romine is a slouch at the plate. …

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