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It was not long ago that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got into feverish bidding wars over the top marquee free agents throughout all of Major League Baseball. It happened almost every offseason. The Yankees and Red Sox would throw more money at free agents than any other teams, and it was simply up to the player which team he would rather join.
It happened with Mark Teixeira. It happened with Carl Crawford. It even happened with Bernie Williams many years back. It appears as if both the Yankees and Red Sox have once again set their sights on the same player this offseason.
But it may not be who would would think.
The Yankees and Red Sox are not engaging in a bidding war over Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, Michael Bourn or any of the other top free agents. They are going to get into a bidding war over catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli, formerly of the Texas Rangers.
I am not trying to make light of the situation or of Napoli. He is a solid hitter who would ...
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The New York Yankees enter this off-season with so many questions that when I started mulling over the issues as a whole it actually is pretty discouraging.
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So to say that GM Brian Cashman has his work cut out for him might be the understatement of the century.
Cashman has been the Yankees GM for 15-seasons, making the postseason...
Mike Napoli had an off year. We know that. The question is, did he have an off year because he was injured, did he have an off year because it was a fluke, or was 2012 an indication of the player Napoli really is? It's a hard question to answer after Napoli's 2011 season and subsequent 2012 disappointment. However, he has proven over his years in the Majors, he can...
Mike Napoli has spent the bulk of his big league career behind the plate, but if need be, he’s willing to make a permanent change, 90 feet to his right.
The catcher/first baseman has turned into one of the most highly sought-after free agents in a scarce free agent class, and Napoli says he’s open to playing first base if need be, despite spending most of his career as a catcher...
Despite a nightmare postseason, Robinson Cano has reason to celebrate. Just four days after winning the Silver Slugger Award for his production at the plate, the Yankees second baseman officially became a U.S. Citizen on Tuesday morning and tweeted pictures as he was sworn in. “Very proud day for me,” Cano tweeted. “I just became a US citizen, God bless America!” A native...
New York Yankees' free agent catcher Russell Martin could be headed west to the Texas Ranger.
According to Buster Olney's tweet, the Rangers are considering Yankees free agent Martin as an option behind home plate.
Russell,29, hit .211 average, 21 HRs and 53 RBIs last season for the Yankees but struggled...
Ruben Rivera is best known for being Mariano Rivera's cousin, which is quite possibly the only thing he's ever done right in his life. When with the Yankees, he was released because the players voted him off the team after being caught hocking Derek Jeter's glove and bat to a sports memorabilia dealer. Below you can see what Giants broadcaster Jon Miller described as...
It is again that time of year when free agent rumors dominate baseball headlines. Unfortunately, it is usually difficult – if not impossible – to determine the original source and the credibility of the news.
In some cases, members of the media may come up with ideas that appear to be their very own. The only difference between them and random proposals floated on countless message...
The new logo for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Photo: MiLB.com)
One of the first changes made by new ownership of the of New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate was to announce their intention to change their name from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and allow the fans to select the new name in an online poll. As a result, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are no more.
If they do lose Martin, Napoli would be a pretty good replacement. After a great 2011 campaign, Napoli fell off a bit last season hitting .227/.343/.469 with 24 HR and 56 RBI in 108 games for the Rangers. Not great, but better than the numbers Martin put up the last two years.
Mike Napoli has absolutely destroyed the Red Sox in recent years, so it only makes sense that they’d consider adding him to their 2013 mix.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Sox are “doing extensive background work” on Napoli, who is currently a free agent after playing the last two seasons with the Rangers.
Napoli is a catcher by trade, but the Red Sox could use the...
When Gil Patterson left the Oakland A's organization for the New York Yankees, the A's didn't have far to look to find their newest minor league pitching coordinator. Scott Emerson, a longtime and well-respected pitching coach in the A's organization, takes over a program that has developed some of the best young pitchers in baseball over the past 20 years. We spoke...
TRENTON, NJ – Former Yankees pitching great and YES broadcaster David Cone hopes the Yankees don’t have a power shortage in 2013.
He feels the team’s pitching will be fine, but realizes the team will have to come up with a replacement for outfielder Nick Swisher, who rejected the Yankees’ $13.3 million qualifying offer and is seeking a multi-year deal in the $15 million per...
He can now play for the US in the WBC
Smack Talk Sports Episode 33 is now On Demand right here on CLNS Radio! Chris and Sean discussed the Patriots close win versus the Buffalo Bills, looked ahead to the 6-3 Colts! The STS guys were joined by CLNS Insider and STS contributor Chris Hogan to discuss the Red Sox and the chances of landing Mike Napoli [...]