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  1. Javier Vazquez agrees to decline arbitration offer, giving free draft pick to Yankees

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    While the Yankees have no interest in re-signing Javier Vazquez following a disastrous one-season return to New York, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ll offer him arbitration because Vazquez has agreed ahead of time to decline the offer. In other words, the Yankees will be able to collect a supplemental draft pick between the…

  2. Javier Vazquez and the Marlins “seems like a perfect fit”

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Javier Vazquez has told associates he would love a return engagement in the National League, particularly with the Florida Marlins due in part to the proximity to his native Puerto Rico.” Rodriguez notes that Vazquez also “has a relationship” with Puerto Rico-born manager Edwin Rodriguez…

  3. Yankees not interested in Leo Mazzone as pitching coach

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Leo Mazzone said last month that he’d like to be the Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach, calling both openings “a great job.” However, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News general manager Brian Cashman “has no plans of meeting with Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees job before Ron Guidry was hired.”…

  4. No wonder Yankees and Red Sox play never-ending games

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Beyond the Boxscore crunched the numbers on the time pitchers take between pitches and the results are pretty interesting. To no one’s surprise pitchers on the Red Sox (23.3 seconds) and Yankees (22.8 seconds) took the longest time between deliveries to the plate, while the A’s (18.9 seconds) and White Sox (19.1 seconds) were the…

  5. Nationals “have interest” in Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Yankees aren’t the only team viewing Jorge De La Rosa as the “left-handed starting pitcher” fallback plan should they miss out on Cliff Lee, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have interest” in De La Rosa. Of course, given Washington’s slim odds of actually signing Lee perhaps it’s not fair…

  6. No timetable for Andy Pettitte to decide on his 2011 status

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    General manager Brian Cashman has spoken to Andy Pettitte since the Yankees’ season ended, but told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the left-hander has not yet made a decision about returning in 2011 or retiring at age 38: He’s going to take some time like he always does. He’s going to…

  7. Yankees “have expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa as fallback option to Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee is obviously atop the Yankees’ offseason shopping list regardless of whether or not general manager Brian Cashman is “desperate” to sign him, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that they’ve also “expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is a left-handed starting pitcher, so it seems…

  8. Derek Jeter now has more Gold Glove awards than all but four shortstops in baseball history

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    Mark Texeira, Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter has never fared well in advanced defensive statistics, typically ranking somewhere between below average and awful. He also now has five Gold Glove awards and a legion of Yankees fans who’ll swear he’s a great defender, so clearly not everyone cares about defensive statistics. And that’s fine, but the notion that Jeter, at…

  9. Jorge Posada plans on remaining Yankees’ starting catcher

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    With a solid backup in Francisco Cervelli and an elite prospect in 20-year-old Jesus Montero there’s been a lot of speculation about how the Yankees will divvy up playing time at catcher next season and beyond, but Jorge Posada told Christian Red of the New York Daily News that he expects to remain the starter:…

  10. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  11. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  12. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  13. Very early World Series odds have Yankees as 2011 favorites

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season. Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season,…

  14. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez as Derek Jeter’s successor

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote a column over the weekend hyping 23-year-old prospect Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees’ eventual successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. Madden frames it as if the Mariners asking for Nunez held up the Cliff Lee trade. That could be technically true in that at some point…

  15. Yankees keep hitting coach Kevin Long with three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland for reasons that remain unclear, but George King of the New York Post reports that they’ve agreed to a three-year contract extension with hitting coach Kevin Long. According to King he’ll get a raise after earning $400,000 per season in his previous contract, which will make…

  16. Why did the Yankees fire pitching coach Dave Eiland if it had nothing to do with their pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There’s some mystery surrounding the Yankees parting ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Last week Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that he was fired due to a falling out with Joe Girardi, but Eiland called that “absolutely ridiculous and simply not true” while being effusive in his praise of the Yankees’ manager. At the same…

  17. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  18. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  19. Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week. According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and…

  20. Yankees decline their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees have declined their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson, all of which were expected moves. Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2011, but as part of his accepting a trade to the Yankees…

  21. Memo to mainstream media: Girardi relying on hitter-pitcher matchups is not sabermetrics

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    With a few exceptions the media members in New York are ripping Joe Girardi to shreds following the Yankees’ lackluster showing in the ALCS and many of them are focusing on the fact that Girardi places a great deal of importance on hitter-pitcher matchups, often mocking the material contained in his “binder.” Along the way…

  22. Andy Pettitte pitched through back and leg injuries in playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Joe Girardi and the Yankees moved Andy Pettitte to Game 3 of the ALCS after starting him in Game 2 of the ALDS, and today the manager revealed why: Pettitte was struggling with back and hamstring injuries and they wanted to give him as much time as possible to recover. Girardi explained that Pettitte pitched…

  23. ALCS Game 6: Yankees lineup versus Colby Lewis

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Yankees’ lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS tonight against Colby Lewis: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B 5. Lance Berkman, 1B 6. Nick Swisher, RF 7. Jorge Posada, C 8. Marcus Thames, DH 9. Brett Gardner, LF Berkman moves up in the…

  24. Lance Berkman bruised and bloodied, but ready for Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Lance Berkman has had a rough week. First he gashed his left thumb while trying to cut up a credit card, telling reporters “I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off” and “it was gushing blood.” He’s been patching the wound with super-glue in the dugout during games. Then he took a hard fall…

  25. Yankees send two prospects to Indians to complete Kerry Wood trade

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Just prior to the July 31 trading deadline the Yankees acquired Kerry Wood from the Indians for what was believed to be a player to be named later or cash. Today the two sides completed the trade and it turns out Cleveland gets two players: Right-hander Andrew Shive and infielder Matt Cusick. Cusick was the…

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