Cafardo: "Word Is" Yankees To Offer Lee 5 Years, 115 Million

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

“Word is” that the Yankees are currently willing to offer Cliff Lee about $115MM over five years. Cafardo says the Rangers are aiming to match whatever the bidding gets up to, while the Nationals are also still in the hunt. Earlier in the week, Nolan Ryan said he didn’t expect Texas...

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Yanks tap Rothschild to be new pitching coach

About 20 minutes ago, the Yankees announced that Larry Rothschild, former pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs, will be filling the same position for the Yankees for the next 3 years.  Rothschild will take the place of Dave Eiland, who was not rehired after a bumpy 2010 season.  Unlike Eiland, Rothschild brings significant experience as...

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Yankee Draft Strategy: Spread the Wealth

I’ve been doing some research for my article in this year’s Yankees Annual magazine, and figured that I would share some of it with you guys. Here is a chart of the players signed by the Yankees to six-figure bonuses this year, with the one caveat that a few may lurk out there that...

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Minor League Recap: Gulf Coast League Yankees

2010 Recap
The GCL Yankees had a disappointing season, ending up at the bottom of the GCL North division with a record of 24-32.  They ended eight games behind the GCL Phillies, who won the division with a record of 32-24.  Much like the big club, the GCL Yankees pitching was a source of frustration.  Their 4.03 team ERA put them towards the bottom of the division and they only managed one shut out during the short season.  Control may have been the biggest issue, as the Yankees issued a league leading 214 walks (tied with the GCL Orioles).  They also gave up the second most runs in the league, allowing 301 opponents to score.

On the other hand, the GCL Yankees fared alright with their bats.  Their team average of .258 was good for third in the league, while their slugging percentage (.378) was second only to the GCL Red Sox (.385).  The Yankees hit 36 homers, also good for second in the league.…

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Expanded Playoffs Could Be a Battle Worth Losing for "Purists"

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

The word out of the General Managers meetings in Orlando is the plan to expand the major league baseball playoffs to 10 teams is moving full speed ahead. According to numerous reports, Commissioner Bud Selig, who has been pushing the proposal with a heavy hand, intends to...

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