E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

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Sabathia to start 2010 slightly less fat

[image title=”sabathiafat11″ size=”full” id=”23930″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Via River Ave Blues:

CC Sabathia has dropped 15 pounds through a combination of cardio workouts and weight training this offseason and is aiming to drop 15 more before Spring Training begins. “I’m turning 30 this year, getting a little older,” he joked. “Hopefully [the weight loss] will take...

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Yankee and Sox Payrolls To Be Pretty Close On Opening Day

The Red Sox have acquired quite a few players this off season. They brought in Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks and Adrian Gonzalez, and didn’t shed all that much in payroll. The Yankees, on the other hand, have both freed up some payroll space and declined to bring in any big name free agents.

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What would a two-slot spring training rotation battle look like?

If Andy Pettitte does not resign, the Yankees are currently set up to enter spring training with two open rotation spots. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember that ever being the case on the modern Yankees. Even in 2008, when the Yankees attempted to use Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and later Joba...

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Discussion: Which Killer B Is Best?

[image title=”andrew-brackman-540×341″ size=”full” id=”23745″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]The high-ceiling trio of Dellin Betances, Manuel Banuelos, and Andrew Brackman are all on the cusp of the major leagues. Although they probably do not compare with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy in terms of value (the Big Three were way ahead in terms of being better...

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Jesus Montero's Place On The 2011 Team

[image title=”Montero1″ size=”full” id=”23729″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]With Russell Martin under control, the Yankees have an interesting conundrum on their hands. Before it looked like Martin would be available, the Yankees were prepared to commit to the 2010 season with Jesus Montero as their primary catcher. Francisco Cervelli would back him up, and Posada would DH.


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AL Run Scoring Way Down In 2010

Back in June, I wrote a post about how AL run scoring had declined in the first half of the year to 1992 levels. Despite some speculation that run scoring would rebound in the warm summer months, second half run scoring was actually significantly lower than first half, and the AL finished at 4.45...

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Don't Worry Too Much About Boston

I sense a panic in the air. Its ok! Boston is was not the best team in the American League a week ago, and they are not the best team in the America League today, after acquiring Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

The Red Sox won 89 games last season, 6 fewer than the Yankees. They...

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Is the next round of baseball inflation finally here?

The off season has just begun, but we’re already seeing a new phenomena: a big jump the the salaries offered to players. Jason Werth earned 7 years, 126 million. Adam Dunn, in a crowded market for his services, earned 4 years, 56 million. Cliff Lee is bound to earn at least 6 years, 150 million,...

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New Hall of Fame Criteria

[image title=”Cooperstown1006″ size=”full” id=”23417″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Earlier this week, my post on John Franco and the Hall of Fame inspired some great discussion. Posters commented on my opinions and the HOF cases for Trevor Hoffman and Goose Gossage. This topic interests me quite a bit, so I’d like to open it up a bit...

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