Nightly Links: Hughes, Joba, Cano

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The rising price of catchers

In the last week we heard rumors that the Yankees were discussing a multi-year extension with Russell Martin, which would have kept the 29-year old Martin in pinstripes for the next 3 years.  Ultimately, no agreement was reached, and instead Martin will play out 2012 for his agreed-upon 1-year salary.  It sounds like...

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Goodbye, Jason Varitek

Like many Yankee fans, I’ve always hated Jason Varitek. I probably don’t have a good reason for doing so. Varitek was an underrated in the way that most catchers usually are. He was a strong defender, and had more than a few very strong years with the bat. He was never a dirty player, and...

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Fool Me Once: Can MLB Point FIFA In The Right Direction?

My original intent in writing this article was to make some sort of grand argument about the benefits of the intense media (and fan) scrutiny surrounding doping in baseball. Basically, I wanted to make the pretentious argument that baseball is actually better off as a sport because of the BALCO and Mitchell report crises. But that was before Ryan Braun won his appeal, and before he was “convicted in the court of public opinion,” as one commenter said (despite Larry’s extremely convincing article to the contrary). Now, I’m not so sure whether baseball is better off—this would be a much more interesting, nuanced opinion, but perhaps not one that lends itself to a great article.

My experience dealing with and living through these doping allegations in baseball has conditioned my work in soccer: it’s hard to live through the Mitchell report, the BALCO scandal, and the “end” of the steroid era as an ardent baseball fan and not have it influence the way you look at other sports.…

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Searching Off the Radar for Prospect Value

There’s plenty to get excited about at the top of the Yankees prospect food chain right now. They have a small group of players who could step in and contribute at the Major League level right now, some in bigger fashions than others, and an even bigger group of players in the lower levels of...

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Enjoy Nick Swisher This Season

As our own Brien Jackson has been hammering away at us, the New York Yankees are now budget-conscious. While it is difficult for us to wrap our heads around this new concept, the evidence has been right in front of us all off season. The Yankees passed on all the big-ticket free agents and even dumped A.J. Burnett to save ten million dollars and filled the remainder of the roster with low cost options. The reason, of course, is the new collective bargaining agreement signed during the winter between Major League Baseball its players. The new labor agreement puts serious penalties on spending over a certain limit. While we can all speculate how George Steinbrenner would have handled such penalties, but George is gone and his sons are cut from a slightly different cloth of fiscal thinking.

In 2013, Robinson Cano is going to want to collect what he is worth to the Yankees. That will be a priority. Brett Gardner will make considerably more money even if he has a similar season to last year.…

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