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  1. MLB still trying to get evidence that A-Rod obstructed the Biogenesis investigation

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez‘s P.R. guy, Michael Sitrick, was allegedly served with a subpoena by Major League Baseball. They wanted him to testify in the arbitration as to whether he or his underlings leaked Biogenesis documents implicating Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the press. MLB believes that he did, and by doing so A-Rod — through his…

  2. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  3. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  4. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    ellsbury

    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  5. Yankees close to signing Kelly Johnson to one-year deal

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT

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    After reportedly agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $153 million contract with Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are close to securing some Robinson Cano insurance. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are on the verge of signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth between $2.75-$3 million. Of course, the Yankees…

  6. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  7. A-Rod on why we should believe him now when he’s lied before: “I’m not sure”

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    That’s just a tease from a big, big, huge, giant article in New York Magazine about Alex Rodriguez and his battle with Major League Baseball. Nowhere in there does it ever get to why we should believe him, but along the way there are all kinds of those interesting A-Rod details that, for some reason,…

  8. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  9. Team A-Rod is portraying Tony Bosch as a cocaine user

    Nov 27, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    New York Magazine reports that Team A-Rod has gone after Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch as a habitual cocaine user. And they have a photo that appears to be Bosch with two small bags of cocaine. The basis for the claim is a friend of Bosch’s — who himself has a spotty past — who says…

  10. A-Rod amends his lawsuit, assails Bud Selig’s “cowardly stance”

    Nov 26, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Today Alex Rodriguez‘s legal team amended the lawsuit A-Rod filed last month. No legal changes. The biggest factual changes are the inclusion of allegations surrounding Bud Selig’s failure to testify at the arbitration. From the Daily News: They claim the baseball commissioner’s “cowardly stance” is consistent with his highly inappropriate past conduct – and as…

  11. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  12. A-Rod’s lawyers delay the release of all the dirt they say they have on Major League Baseball

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Yesterday A-Rod’s lawyers said they were going to release all the dirt they have on Major League Baseball to the media some time today.  Those plans have changed: As Alex Rodriguez awaits arbitration decision, his lawyers are pushing back plans to publicly release evidence until next week. @nytsports — Steve Eder (@SteveEder) November 22, 2013…

  13. A-Rod’s arbitration case against MLB has concluded

    Nov 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez made headlines yesterday when he stormed out of his arbitration hearing and vented with Mike Francesa on WFAN Radio, but his case against MLB ended with little fanfare this afternoon. Rodriguez stayed true to his word and was not in attendance at MLB headquarters today, but his lawyers were still present. While there…

  14. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  15. A “body language expert” says that A-Rod was lying yesterday

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    It takes a pretty naive and/or trusting person to listen to everything A-Rod has to say about Biogenesis, PEDs and all of that and conclude that he doesn’t lie and mislead about those things sometimes. Or often, actually. I mean, even defenders of the guy like me wouldn’t bet breakfast on A-Rod being truthful about…

  16. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  17. What in the heck is A-Rod doing?

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Watching another afternoon train wreck involving Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball, I feel like it’s worth remembering two things: 1. Alex Rodriguez could have used PEDs like crazy, but still not have deserved a 211-game suspension; and 2. Bud Selig can have it in for A-Rod — could wish to see him burn at…

  18. A-Rod walks out on his own arbitration, calls it a “farce”

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    As the old saying goes: when the facts are on your side argue the facts. When the law is on your side argue the law. When neither are on your side pound your fist on the table and scream. Or, in the case of Alex Rodriguez, just walk out. Which is what he did today…

  19. Joe Tacopina’s cross-examination of Randy Levine sounded less-than-effective

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Joe Tacopina

    It’s not a transcript, but Christian Red and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News have a summary of the cross-examination of Yankees President Randy Levine by Alex Rodriguez‘s attorneys at the arbitration yesterday.  It sounds less than devastating. Basically, Levine answers “no” to every possible question that looks calculated to elicit something negative.…

  20. In which a reporter cites herself as evidence that A-Rod is awful

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Back in 2007 Selena Roberts, then of the New York Times, wrote a story portraying Alex Rodriguez as a slum lord. I criticized that pretty thoroughly, not so much for the facts reported, but for what was clearly agenda-driven reporting and overheated rhetoric that was obviously designed to put Rodriguez in the worst possible light…

  21. Florida police re-open investigation into the stolen Biogenesis documents

    Nov 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Clinic at Center of MLB Doping Scandal

    A former Biogenesis employee — the disgruntled Porter Fischer — took documents from the clinic and then they were stolen from his car. Then Major League Baseball wound up with them. Not at all sketchy. Nope. Whatever happened to them before and after Fischer had them may not have any bearing on Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension…

  22. The A-Rod hearing resumes today

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    I can’t decide if the resumption of the Alex Rodriguez hearing today means that we’ll hear less silly p.r. spin from the lawyers because they’ll be busy with substantive casework again or if it means we’ll hear more because, rather than seek out the media each day, they’ll have to walk by them as they…

  23. Great Moments in the Hot Stove League: When the Yankees passed on Miguel Cabrera

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    I saw this floating around Twitter over the past several days It’s loads of fun. From the New York Daily News in November 2007, talking about the Yankees and Marlins and a trade for Miguel Cabrera that never happened: Brian Cashman met with the Marlins at about 6 p.m. last night at the GM meetings.…

  24. Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over service time

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over a service time issue. As Passan notes, Tejada was the team’s final call-up in September, earning the promotion on the 10th. They handed out three promotions on the 1st of the month, one on…

  25. Joe Torre thinks Derek Jeter would take a reduced role if it would help the Yankees

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    derek jeter getty

    Joe Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007, coinciding with the vast majority of shortstop Derek Jeter‘s playing career. If anyone knows the guy, it’s Torre. Jeter is coming off of an injury-plagued 2013 season, logging a meager 73 plate appearances in 17 games. Because of his age (39) and questionable ability to stay…

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