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I was doing a mock draft with a buddy last night, and he had the fourth overall pick. This is probably the most interesting pick in the entire draft assuming Trout, Braun, and Miggy go one-two-three in some order. The fourth pick can go any number of ways. There are several excellent outfielders who offer a power/speed combo like Andrew McCuthcen or Matt Kemp. Or you could go the 1B route and take Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, or Joey Votto, the only truly elite 1B options this year.
Or you could do what my buddy did and take Robinson Cano. When asked why he went with Cano his answer was obviously position scarcity. Second base is a traditionally shallow position, and Cano is the only clear elite option at the position. But is second base really shallow? And is Cano really a clear top ten player?
Depth at Second Base
Let’s start here. After Cano there is a pretty clear second tier consisting of Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Kipnis, Aaron...
BEST OF MAXIM
The New York Yankees had a strong regular season in 2012 as they won 95 games and the AL East pennant by 2 games over Baltimore. Joe Girardi’s team snuck past the Orioles in the ALDS in a full 5-game series. All of those warm, fuzzy feelings were quickly evaporated though as they scored just 6 runs in a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers.
New York had a +136 run differential...
When Phil Hughes reported back pain the other day, the Yankiverse hope was that Santa would bring us a minor muscle tweak. No problemo, minor muscle tweaks. You cure them by drinking a 12-pack of Keystone in a hot tub. Muscle tweaks fade away. Phil could go on Craig's List Tampa and find himself a nice $50 back rub. Just as long as it wasn't a disc...Well, it's a disc...
Are the New York Yankees suddenly caving in to the thought of Robinson Cano bolting the Bronx before the team's best all-around player hits the free agent market after this season.
Cano's agent, Scott Boras, has made it clear that he won't ignore lucrative offers from other clubs but, at the same time, informed the Yankees he won't ignore overtures from them.
Mariano Rivera threw batting practice for the first time since tearing his ACL
New York Yankee iconic closer Mariano Rivera took the mound for the first time since tearing his ACL shagging fly balls. This morning Rivera threw 20 pitches to Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin during batting practice. The 43-year-old Rivera said he was excited to get back on the mound.
“Not nervous, excited...
TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera did more than throw on Friday. He also called balls and strikes.
The 43-year old Rivera threw 25 pitches in his first batting practice session since knee surgery last year and said he was happy with the results.
“It feels great to be on the mound,” said Rivera, who expects to throw BP one or two more times. “Basically, just wanted...
According to Andy McCullough of The Star Ledger via twitter, Phil Hughes will be shutdown for almost a week due to a bulging disc.
Hughes experienced stiffness in his upper back toward his shoulder blade, and underwent an MRI. Today at media day at the Yankees’ Spring Training complex, Hughes revealed the diagnosis.
He originally aggrivated his back during infield drills while...
At age 38 New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter time in the major leagues is coming to an end soon. While many had begun to write him off before this previous season, Jeter responded with batting .316 over the course of the season. A number many had assumed Jeter could never reach again.
But father time has never lost a battle and Jeter will eventually need to hang up the cleats...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last year.
The 43-year old Rivera pitched one inning against Yankees' minor-league players on Thursday. He also fielded bunts and covered first base.
Rivera pitched in nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking...
New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Wednesday after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back.
Hughes is expected to miss his...
In the first real test of his repaired right knee, Mariano Rivera took to the mound today at George M. Steinbrenner Field and tossed a 25-pitch batting practice session.
It was like he never left.
Rivera, 43, faced minor league hitters Rob Segedin and Kyle Roller. Allowed to call his own strikes, Rivera breezed through the session looking as normal as ever, despite facing hitters...
Brett Gardner was sorely missed in 2012.
The Bronx Bombers. A name that has always been appropriate when talking about the New York Yankees and their propensity for hitting the long ball. However, 2013 might be more Bronx Bunters than Bronx Bombers.
Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but do not expect this team to resemble teams of years past. The Yankees have finished 1st...
It’s a good thing his new teammates have a good sense of humor.
Kevin Youkilis, who recently told the media that he’ll “always be a Red Sox,” entered camp earlier this month with his new Yankee teammates. While there was some ribbing going on, Youk told the YES Network that he and his fellow Yanks were able to laugh off his comments and any other “non-stories” that came...
I guess New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t said this enough, Kyle Lohse will not be pitching for the Bombers in 2013. With Phil Hughes recent shoulder injury though he was asked the question and forced to answer it once again.
This is why the Yankees are fishing around for a veteran to put at Triple-A (they plan to watch Chien-Ming Wang in the World Baseball...
Look we wish Kevin Youkilis all the best. After all he was a rock for the Boston Red Sox for a long time.
And while some will harbor resentment for his signing with the Red Sox's most hated rival, the New York Yankees, I personally hope he does well, just not against the Sox.
But still, there's so much wrong with this picture.
First off, it's Youk in...