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There hasn’t been much talk about a Curtis Granderson extension since last year. On Monday, we learned that the center fielder is open to extension talks with the Yankees, saying, “I’d be a fool not to.” But before Granderson had anything to say about playing with the Yankees beyond 2013, it was...
And now for good news from Yankee camp. Reports have come in from Tampa that Michael Pineda showed up 20 lb lighter and that it’s possible, if his recovery continues to go well, that he could contribute to the team in 2013.
Pineda suffered a season ending shoulder injury before he could even make a regular season start for the Yankees in 2012.
While talking with reporters today, Pineda admitted that he wrong to show up to camp overweight last year. “I won’t make that mistake anymore,” also adding “It’s not easy. I have to keep working hard.”
Pineda is itching to get back into action but the Yankees are cautious and don’t want to rush him. While Pineda hopes he can face live batters next month, the Yankees are not saying whether he will or not. He also sounded very excited about his new repaired shoulder and hopes to get his fastball velocity back to 2011 levels.
Via Jack Curry of YES:
Sabathia will throw 1st bp session Sat. Though he hasn’t been on mound yet, he said his elbow feels much better. No pain when he extends.
Sabathia is one of three players looking to return from offseason surgery in 2013. Derek Jeter had his ankle surgery and just resumed running this week and that Alex Rodriguez guy had hip surgery and is aiming for a July return to the team – barring any catastrophes or MLB suspensions, of course). And we also can’t forget Mariano Rivera who had surgery to repair his torn ACL last season.
I don’t really have much to say about this news item – I mean, I guess you can consider it news – because I still can’t believe Kevin Youkilis is actually a New York Yankee. This offseason was odd for so many reasons but the news of the Youkilis signing was the weirdest – at least to me – of them all.
The beat writers, who are down in Tampa, tweeted and let everyone know that Youkilis had arrived and my initial reaction was, “Oh right, he’s a Yankee now.” My second reaction was an attempt at the drawn out “Youk” chant but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I’m looking forward to hearing all about Youkilis having to answer inane questions about Joba Chamberlain. Personally, I hope Youkilis runs out to the field and they hug it out in front of everyone. Actually, I want them to already have a secret handshake just to really blow everyone’s mind.…
In my last two pieces talked about building the lineup. To quickly test the potency of these lineups, I ran them through the lineup analysis tool from Baseball Musings. I used the PECOTA and ZiPS projections to get the players’ OBP/SLG. Remember, though, these projected OBP/SLG numbers are NOT split adjusted...
Just in case you missed the news last night, the Yankees made a move!
From the MLB Trade Rumors site:
The Yankees have acquired right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune (onTwitter). The Mariners designated Kelley for assignment on Thursday to make roster space for Kelly Shoppach.
Kelley, 28, appeared in 47 games for the Mariners in 2012, posting a 3.25 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, and a 28.8% ground ball rate in 44 1/3 innings. The right-hander will earn $930K in 2013.
Meanwhile, Almonte will give the M’s some much needed minor league depth at the centerfielder position and can also play the corners. The 23-year-old spent last season in Double-A, hitting .276/.350/.392 in 78 games.
Reactions to this move from various bloggers, writers and the like, see it as a positive for the Yankees: an extra bullpen arm is always good to have and Almonte will have more of a chance to earn playing time for Seattle than he would with the Yankees.…