(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) ESPN NY’s Spring Training countdown series got off to a pretty crummy start, but he’s been a little better lately. Earlier this Sunday morning, Wally Matthews took a break from handing out fictional punishments on Alex Rodriguez to discuss the 2013 outfield, which is actually a worthwhile topic. The Yankees are looking at a serious offensive downgrade from that group this year, and the ability of Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki to be productive in their ways could be a big determining factor in the level of success this season’s team can have. Wally, to Continue reading It’s Still Important To Stay Grounded With Ichiro & Gardner
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) While most of the baseball world was buzzing about the Josh Hamilton signing yesterday afternoon, there was a significant development in the Ichiro Suzuki case, one that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Yankees in terms of how they’ve approached and executed their offseason plan to date. After multiple reports of Ichiro receiving 2-year offers from other teams came out, Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees were “resigned” to the fact that they now HAD to make a guaranteed 2-year offer as well in order to bring Continue reading Lack Of Logic In The Ichiro Situation
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Brett Gardner became the first of the Yankees’ 5 remaining arbitration eligible players to avoid it yesterday and sign a new deal for 2013, guaranteeing that no matter what warm body the Yankees stick in right field next season, they’ll at least have their 2 returning starters in center and left. As it was with Michael Pineda and Mariano Rivera, 2012 was basically a lost season for Gardner. He had just 37 plate appearances in 16 games before suffering the elbow injury that eventually ended his season. But Gardner swung Continue reading Looking Forward To Brett Gardner’s Return
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) In addition to muddying the waters of the Russell Martin contract situation, Jon Heyman also listed the Yankees as one of several teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino. Victorino, 32, is coming off a down year that saw him traded from his longtime team in Philadelphia out to Cali to finish the season with the payroll-bloated Dodgers. I’m just going to get right to the point and say that I want absolutely no part of Shane Victorino on the 2013 Yankees. And here’s the kicker, I have absolutely Continue reading Why Do I Not Like Shane Victorino?
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) It was nothing more than a basic report from the infamous unnamed source that the Yankees are interested in free agent to be Torii Hunter, but when it’s coming from Mark Feinsand you can put a little extra faith in it. The Yanks don’t appear to be wasting any time in seeking out a replacement for Nick Swisher in right field, and if they aren’t going to get seriously involved in any kind of trade discussion for Justin Upton, Hunter would be an ideal 1-year stopgap signing. Even at age 37, turning Continue reading Yanks Have Interest In Torii Hunter And So Do I