Why Not Travis Hafner For DH?

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

The Yankees are still in the market for a designated hitter for this season, and it’s one of the few positions where they can...

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Yankees Taking Advantage Of The New Draft System

The new CBA includes numerous new rules to restrain teams like the Yankees from finding young talent. The previous Rule 4 Draft rules, the First-Year Player Draft in June, already included a draft order that hurt winning teams. Despite the picks being ordered by reverse standings, the Yankees and other rich teams had previously offered...

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Hughes, three others, file for arbitration

Yesterday was the deadline for eligible players to file for arbitration, and four Yankees were among those who did just that. Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan submitted their paperwork, and will go to an arbitration hearing next month if an agreement between the two sides isn’t reached beforehand.

Of the four cases, Hughes probably has the most interesting one. This is his final trip through arbitration, he’ll be a free agent next year, and he has some success (albeit not a ton of consistency) as a starting pitcher in the A.L. East. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn just shy of $6 million in salary next season.

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ESPN unveils their Sunday night schedule

ESPN revealed their first half schedule of Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts and, as you might expect, the Yankees will make a couple of appearances. Actually, you might be a little bit surprised that the Yankees are only slated to make two appearances on Sunday night, but the entire month of June appears to be vacant at the moment, for what reasons I’m not exactly sure. The Yankees will have their first Sunday night affair mid-way through April, when they renew their surprising 2012 rivalry with the Orioles on April 14th, and then again when they travel to Fenway Park on July 21st. Yeah, that’s right; the first ESPN Sunday Night Yankees-Red Sox game doesn’t come until the second half of July. I’ve spent most of the afternoon trying to get over the shock.

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Soriano finds his mark, er, team

Put that next article about how Bud Selig and baseball’s ownership collective have finally figured out how to stymie Scott Boras on hold for now, because the uber-agent just pulled another rabbit out of his hat, and one that will have an impact on the Yankees. According to Jeff Passan, Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two year, $28 million contract with the Washington Nationals. The deal also includes a $14 million option for 2015 that will vest if Soriano finishes 120 games in the first two seasons, meaning that if Soriano is healthy and closing over those years, he’ll not only make more money than he would have by picking up his 2013 option with the Yankees, but this new contract will be even larger than the one the Yankees signed him to back two offseasons ago.

As far as the Yankees are concerned, Soriano signing with the Nationals means that the Yankees will pick up a supplemental first round pick as compensation.…

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Countdown To Spring Training: 28

So, here we are, into the 20’s in our Spring Training Countdown. The other day I focused on a home run total, today I will be writing about uniform number #28.

The easiest thing to do would have been to focus on Joe Girardi and the Yankees’...

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Rafael Soriano To The Nationals

Last year’s Yankees closer has just agreed to a two-year $28 million deal with the Washington Nationals, that includes a third year option. Though there was a bit of speculation that Rafael Soriano was desperate for a contract, the reliever certainly got his money.

With Nick Swisher...

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Ichiro sounds really happy to be a Yankee

The Yankees made an exception to their apparent policy of only signing one year contracts this winter when they agreed to give Ichiro Suzuki a two year deal, and the single season hit king told Japanese media that he feels a “fresh determination” as a result. “It is an absolutely unique team,” said Ichiro. “Being able to take my place alongside such players has been something I have thinking about.”

The Yankees and their fans are now left hoping that that determination leads to continued production, on the level they saw out of him after being traded to New York, as opposed to the level at which he played in his final year and a half with Seattle. At least for now, Ichiro is being asked to bridge the gap between Nick Swisher and their talented trio of outfield prospects, and with age, injury, and diminishing productivity affecting much of the lineup, there’s precious little room for mishaps for this team.…

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