Found December 07, 2012 on
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The Yankees are in it deep and, as a fan, I’m freaking out. A-rod is out until the middle of the season (despite the fact that ESPN’s resident blowhard Curt Shilling inexplicably thinks he’s out for the year) leaving the Bombers with a distinct lack of third basemen. In the last couple days the best options, Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez, have signed elsewhere and the team is left digging through the free agent scraps. Right now, Kevin Youkilis, whom the Red Sox, a team that lost 90 games last season, discarded as unworthy of a roster spot, is the best option. Didn’t we just cut Casey Mcgehee? Can’t we get him back? Why does our GM insist that Eduardo Nunez isn’t a third basemen? Isn’t everyone a third basemen if we don’t have one?
Meanwhile, while everyone is focused on third, the Yankees still don’t have a catcher or a right fielder. As of now, the catcher is going to be decided between an open competition between Austin Romine (less than 50 career games above AA), Eli Whiteside...
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly lacked the authority to make any offers to free agents at the winter meetings without consulting team ownership first.
Derek Jeter says his surgically repaired left ankle feels good and he expects to be the New York Yankees' starting shortstop on opening day.
Jeter was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night to surprise more than 500 children from New York City at his Turn 2 Foundation's holiday party. It was his first public visit to the Bronx since having surgery in late October to repair...
Not Cashman? Are the Yankees brass pulling another Rafael Soriano type move here?
There was also an article by Joel Sherman in today's New York Post where he says that George Steinbrenner and the old Yankees brass would never pass up on the chance of getting Josh Hamilton in Pinstripes, which is very true. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.
Unfortunately, the best news to come out of the winter meetings so far is that Derek Jeter believes he should be ready for Opening Day. Jeter, 38, who was criticized last week for being "out of shape" after a picture was taken of him walking down the street with a bit of a gut, says he feels good and that he is moving around a lot better after recovering from ankle surgery...
Andruw Jones has reached an agreement with the Rakuten Golden Eagles on a one-year deal worth about $3.6 million to play in Japan, Nikkansports.com reported Friday. If the report is accurate, Jones would become one of the biggest Major League Baseball stars to play in Japan. Jones, 35, hit just .197 with 14 homers and 34 RBIs in 233 at-bats for the Yankees last season. Jones...
The New York Yankees have agreed with outfielder Brett Gardner on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not available. Gardner, 29, earned $2.8 million in 2012. Gardner played to just 16 games in 2012 because of a right elbow strain suffered in April that required arthroscopic surgery. He hit .323 in his limited action...
The third base market continues to clear. Eric Chavez is now off the market, as the Diamondbacks signed the veteran to a one-year, $3 million deal Wednesday.
As the contract suggests, Chavez is unlikely to be a full-time player in Arizona. However, given the myriad struggles the club experienced at third base last season, we can expect Chavez to play a significant role. He hit .281...
How can it be reasonably reported that the Yankees are "quietly" checking in with Josh Hamilton?
A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no announcement by the team.
Keppinger hit .325 with a career-high nine home runs and 40 RBIs for Tampa Bay last season...
The Chicago White Sox and free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger have agreed on a three-year, $12 million contract, ESPN reported Wednesday. Keppinger, 32, hit .325 with nine homers for Tampa Bay last season. The versatile veteran, who can play third, short and second, is a .288 career hitter who likely will fill a valuable utility role for the White Sox. A fourth-round pick by...
Two third basemen have signed contracts with teams other than the Phillies, limiting the team's options. First, Eric Chavez agreed to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a one-year contract. Second, Jeff Keppinger agreed to terms with the Chicago White Sox on a three-year contract. I had earlier hoped for...