Ichiro wants to stay a Yankee

My guess is that, if the Yankees had their druthers, Ichiro Suzuki would be their starting right fielder when Openin Day rolls around this spring. According to Joel Sherman, that would be just fine with Ichiro himself. Sherman reports that someone close to Ichiro told him that the Japanese superstar loved his time in New York, particularly “playing in a professional, winning atmosphere.” He also expresses doubt that money would be an impediment to a deal if the Yankees want him back, noting that Ichiro deferred money on his last contract to make staying in Seattle possible.

On the other hand, Sherman also noted that the Giants are likely to have a lot of interest in acquiring Ichiro, and that they tried very hard to trade for him back in July. He also expresses skepticism that the Yankees would really have both Ichiro and Brett Gardner starting in the outfield, as they’re still a team built around power. My guess is that, thanks to the difficulties of complying with ownership’s austerity dictates, that won’t really be an issue now.…

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It’s Good To Be Old

Being Yankee fans, we never hear the end of it when it comes to old players. Every year, even the best analysts predict the deterioration of players like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera. Granted, Rodriguez may be in a decline, but at the end of the year,...

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World Series Game 1: Justin Verlander Vs. … Barry Zito?

The Yankee season is over, but why not watch the rest of the baseball season? We have a real treat of a pitching match up tonight, Justin Verlander against the great Barry Zito. That’s pretty one sided for the Tigers. The way the Giants have been playing lately, Verlander...

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Scouting Otani

Shohei Otani is the new shiny object on the international free agent radar, so of course the Yankees have been linked to him. Like most amateur free agents, I don’t really know anything about him (he’s 18 and he throws hard), but if you’re a Baseball America subscriber you can head over there and read Ben Badler’s scouting report on him. A sampling:

Otani has great arm speed and arm action with a loose, easy delivery. His fastball sits around 92-96 mph and has touched 98 (he hit 99 according to a video online, though BA could not find a scout who could confirm a reading above 98). Pitching every fifth day, Otani’s fastball may sit in the lower end of that range, but his power arm is a major draw for scouts. Some scouts liked the life on Otani’s fastball, though others thought it flattened out, which contributed to him getting hit against Canada.

Scouts were mixed on Otani’s offspeed pitches.

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Joe Girardi’s final press conference of 2012

So Joe Girardi had a press conference today, the final one of the 2012 season.

Nothing particularly earth shattering was revealed. There were no surprise ailments or injuries to key players. He also said there weren’t any nagging injuries that the coaching staff didn’t know about it. Apparently, the majority of the offense came down with a bad case of suckitis at the same time.

Some more highlights:

  • Girardi said he expects all of his coaches to return so if there’s anyone who was hoping for a Kevin Long firing, sorry.
  • CC Sabathia has not seen Dr. James Andrews yet. Sabathia was planning on getting his elbow checked out. Girardi said Sabathia is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
  • Girardi also revealed that he has not spoken to Alex Rodriguez since the end of the postseason. Girardi added that A-Rod was totally healthy during the playoffs and that the plan is to have Rodriguez be the everyday third baseman next season.
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The Real Impact Of Derek Jeter’s Ankle Injury

How's that ankle going to respond the first time Jeter has to make a similar play to his left next year? Courtesy of Getty Images

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

The immediate impact...

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Offseason questions: Who’s in right?

For a team that feels as though it could be about to undergo some big changes, the Yankees have surprisingly few holes in their projected lineup for 2013. Six regular position and four pitchers who made multiple big league starts remain under team control, and you’ll probably see some of the team’s own free agents return to fill a few of those spots. So, “blow it up!” media histrionics aside, why is there a distinct feeling that things are going to be different in The Bronx when pitchers and catchers report in four long months?

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The right field situation is a prime example. In most circumstances, there wouldn’t even be a right field question. Nick Swisher has manned the position for the past four seasons, and to say he’s done so admirably would be an understatement. During his time in pinstripes, Swisher has hit .268/.367/.483 and averaged 3.75 fWAR per season. He hit .272/.364/.473 in 2012, good for a wRC+ of 128 and the second best on base percentage on the team.…

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Do The Yankees Have Room For Big Papi?

Most of us hate David Ortiz, but only because he’s worn a Red Sox uniform over the last 10 years. In that time, he’s hit .290/.389/.573, and he’s killed the Yankees with a .313/.403/.569 triple slash. Last year, at 36 years old, the designated hitter signed on to a one year deal with...

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