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  1. Bobby Valentine is already trolling Yankees fans

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    If Bobby Valentine’s goal is to play the role of villain in the eyes of Yankees’ fans, he’s already off to a pretty good start. According to the Associated Press, earlier today the Red Sox were practicing relay throws and Valentine was asked about Derek Jeter‘s famous “flip” to home plate in Game 3 of…

  2. Jason Varitek joins Tim Wakefield in calling it a career

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    Among active teammates, only the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada had been together longer than Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Now Varitek has joined Posada, the catcher he was so often compared to as part of the New York-Boston rivalry, and Wakefield in retirement. Had Varitek played anywhere other than…

  3. Yankees and Eric Chavez agree to one-year contract

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    After finalizing a contract with Raul Ibanez earlier today, the Yankees have quickly moved on to the next item on their agenda. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees and Eric Chavez have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds that it’s a one-year, $900,000 deal which includes incentives.…

  4. Report: Yankees adding Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez to mix

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman indicates that the Yankees have agreements with left-handed hitters Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez that will be finalized after the A.J. Burnett deal is approved by the league. The Yankees looked at picking up a left-handed option at DH in a Burnett trade and reportedly had a deal done for Bobby…

  5. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 third basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    My top 10 third basemen, by OPS: .943 – Evan Longoria (Rays) – 566 AB – .850 in 2011 .901 – Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 523 AB – .823 in 2011 .885 – Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – 571 AB – .798 in 2011 .871 – David Wright (Mets) – 597 AB – .771 in 2011…

  6. The DH has tainted hitting records? Really?

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Terrence Moore of MLB.com would like you — and every single development in baseball since, I dunno, 1965, to get off his lawn: No question, baseball’s home run records are tarnished by those who spent part of their careers with artificially enhanced bodies, or have been suspected of it. That said, why don’t folks talk much…

  7. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

    braun getty wide

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

  8. Dallas Braden throws for first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Dallas Braden took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, throwing 25 pitches and then telling his Twitter followers that his “arm feels great” and “I wept with joy.” Braden made headlines for his perfect game in 2010 and squabble with Alex Rodriguez over mound ownership in Oakland, but…

  9. The Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says that the Yankees are interested in free agent Raul Ibanez. It would be a good fit, actually. A lefty, Ibanez and Andruw Jones would make a pretty good DH platoon. And both of them can play left field too if need be.  Having him — as opposed…

  10. Mariners turned down trade for Jorge Posada in 1995

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    In the wake of Jorge Posada‘s retirement following an 1,829-game career spent entirely with the Yankees comes a story about how he was almost traded to the Mariners as a prospect way back in 1995. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has the details: Management deemed that they couldn’t afford Tino Martinez, so he was…

  11. Carlos Pena is on the Yankees’ radar

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Fact: the Yankees have a radar. It’s a bistatic radar, adapted from Soviet-era surface-to-air missile systems.  Most teams are still using monostatic radar making them far less lethal forces than are the Yankees. It’s a little known fact but one we baseball insiders are all hip to. Stick with me and I’ll drop all kinds…

  12. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  13. Photo of the day: Is Alex Rodriguez a nerd or a hipster?

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

    Well, I guess it depends on the expression he has at the time.  Here’s Alex Rodriguez — caught at the Lakers-Rockets game the other night — talking to Cindy Crawford of all people.  First up: the nerd look: But then when he’s not scrunching his face up all silly he looks less nerdy and more…

  14. Dr. Lupica will see you now

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Mike Lupica — who I’m sure has some sort of medical degree or else he wouldn’t be allowed to go after a doctor like this due to his total lack of expertise and credibility on such issues — is skeptical about the physician who treated A-Rod’s knee over in Germany: Nobody is saying that Wehling,…

  15. UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez went to Germany for some experimental treatment on his knee AND his shoulder

    Dec 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    UPDATE: A few minutes ago Brian Cashman said that it wasn’t just A-Rod’s knee that got the German engineering treatment. It was his left shoulder too.  Here’s a full report on it all. So, to sum up: the guy who is still owed $143 million over six years to play third base for the Yankees…

  16. The top ten HBT posts of 2011

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Gleeman and I spend a lot of time chatting during the day, and one of the few recurring topics of conversation that doesn’t involve Coen Brothers movies is the correlation between meaningful stories and stories that get a lot of traffic. While we don’t set out to write about things that will make people click…

  17. No, you don’t re-vote the MVP award in light of Ryan Braun’s positive test

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    braun getty

    You figured someone would say this. That someone is Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi, who makes the argument that the BBWAA should be allowed to re-vote the NL MVP award if Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone is upheld on appeal. At the outset, it’s worth noting that the BBWAA has no intention whatsoever of doing…

  18. MVP Braun’s positive test spells disaster for MLB

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    This is just the kind of PR mess that commissioner Bud Selig and his cronies didn’t need this month. The National League’s newly minted Most Valuable Player tested positive for enhanced testosterone levels during the postseason, and now Ryan Braun joins legends like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire in being implicated…

  19. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  20. Albert Pujols and how the best players ever through age 31 performed from age 32 on

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Perhaps the only thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis for the Angels and $250 million is that his Cardinals career was amazing. Pujols debuted on April 2, 2001 after surprisingly making the team out of spring training as a 21-year-old with just three games of experience above…

  21. Albert Pujols signs 10-year, $254 million contract with Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Last night the buzz coming from the winter meetings was that Albert Pujols wasn’t anywhere near making a decision, but either that was wrong or things changed dramatically overnight. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Pujols has agreed to sign with the Angels, getting a 10-year contract worth between $250 million and $260 million.…

  22. UPDATE: The Marlins have improved upon their initial offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE II: It’s fair to say that Pujols’ agent walked away from tonight’s meeting happy. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have “boosted” their nine-year offer to the free agent first baseman. No word on the specific terms, but “one person with knowledge of the talks” said negotiations will likely play out more…

  23. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    pujols getty

    Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names. Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: I am absolutely…

  24. How cute, the Yankees think they are underdogs

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Wait, what? Yeah that’s right, the big, bad, New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins to the punch on Tuesday, swiping the underdog role right out from under their noses. Not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was the culprit, telling the New York Times: “I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is…

  25. Next up on march to 600 homers: Jim Thome

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Now that Alex Rodriguez has reached the 600-home run club, it’s time to look at who’s next. Jim Thome, you’re up. The Minnesota Twins slugger, who turns 40 on Aug. 27, has 13 home runs in 74 games this season and 577 over the course of his 20-year career. At his current pace, he should…

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