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IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught:
Last January, when the Yankees signed Raul Ibanez instead of Johnny Damon for the position of third nipple, I went Wayne LaPierre on the rappelling rag doll known as Brian Cashman. I wanted Johnny - a great former Yankee - instead of a Philadelphia steak sandwich. When Raul didn't hit his weight - or hair count - in spring training, I rambled and ranted about Cashman's epic mistake. And I wasn't alone. After one exhibition game, I recall Raul facing a Gammonite siege, his slump now something like 0-25. He gazed into a forest of third chins and snow-cap pimples and noted that this was the largest group of Shakespearean talent he had ever faced. "Hooray for me," Raul deadpanned.Under pressure, the guy never flinched. Never. And a week later, Ibanez homered on opening day against Tampa, one of the few Yankees to matter in the clutch. "Raul, so cool," John Sterling said. And the Master got that one right. For a guy who hit .240 and went Judge Crater du...
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At least five teams have contacted Derek Lowe about the right hander pitching for them in 2013. Lowe, 39, still believes he can serve as a big league starter and has turned down those offers. Teams contacting Lowe have asked about him being a swing man.
“I’ve heard the same thing from everyone,” Lowe said. “I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular...
Ibanez returns for another go
As if Jason Bay and Kendrys Morales weren’t enough, now the Mariners have gone out and signed Raul Ibanez. The 40-year-old returns to Seattle for his third stint with the M’s, and first since 2008.
What does Ibanez bring to the table?
Just like with Bay, Seattle is hoping Ibanez will bring some much needed power to its lineup.
Ibanez’s second stint...
The New York Yankees are pursuing right-handed bats before they pursue anymore lefties. They allowed Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher to walk via free agency, but they will still need to replace their production. One player that may fit the bill is Matt Diaz.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says Diaz could be a fit based on his numbers against left-handed pitching...
OF Nick Swisher will bid adieu to the New York Yankees and put down stakes with the Cleveland Indians.
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Just as fans start to comprehend that the New York Yankees are all about one-year deals this off-season, the brass throws another curveball that makes no sense.
Here is the gist of it:
- Russell Martin signs a 2-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates, as Yankees didn’t even counter the offer as it was one season too many.
- Yankees watch their everyday...
Nick Swisher has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians worth $56 million.
The Seattle Mariners added another proven hitter officially announcing their one-year, $2.75 million deal with free agent Raul Ibanez.
Ibanez, 40, will return to the team that drafted him in the 36th round of the 1992 draft, joining Kendrys Morales, whom the Mariners acquired earlier this week from the Los Angeles Angels.
The New York Yankees had been interested in bringing back...
The New York Yankees weren’t ready to break the bank for Nick Swisher. But the Cleveland Indians were happy to oblige.
Terry Francona‘s new club emerged from “a half-dozen teams” to win over Swisher with a four-year, $56 million deal that includes a fifth-year vesting option of $14 million based on plate appearances, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News....
While the New York Yankees are not close to acquiring an
outfielder at this point, the team continues to pursue a right-handed bat, with
the potential targets including Vernon Wells of the Los Angeles Angels and free
agents Scott Hairston and Jeff Baker, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Yankees not currently close on any trade talks for an outfielder; Texas was in...
Nick Swisher has signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians. Swisher, 32, will earn $56 million over the course of the contract and a vesting fifth year could push the deal to a total value of $70 million.
Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. A career .256/.361/.467 hitter, Swisher has hit 21 or more home runs dating back to 2005.
Right-handed pitcher John Maine signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins, MLB.com reported Monday. Maine, 31, has not pitched in the major leagues since 2010 and has had shoulder problems in recent years. He spent five of his seven major-league seasons with the New York Mets, including 2010. Last year, Maine was 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) for the...
Hoooookay. So much for that idea that we only need a RH platoon at DH.Wither goest Chris Dickerson?
Free agent Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, as first reported by Mark Feinsand of the Daily News. Feinsand adds that the contract includes a vesting option for a fifth season that could bring the deal’s value to $70 million. The 32-year-old Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees and batted .272...