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According to ESPN, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reached out to third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Friday to work on their relationship and talk about the future. Friday was the same day CBSSports.com reported that Girardi made a call to Yankee Stadium public-address announcer during the postseason asking that Rodriguez's name not be announced when a pinch hitter was sent up to bat for him. According to ESPN's source: "It was a great conversation,"' said the source, who had been briefed on the content of the call by one of the participants. "Joe could not have been more supportive, and Alex could not have been more receptive." "They've got a really great rapport," the source said. "Alex said, 'You're the boss. You've got to fill out the lineup card. You've got to do what you've got to do.'" Girardi made no apologies but reinforced Rodriguez's value to the Yankees lineup and laid out some expectations for his offseason training program. "I think the team is fully aware that Alex holds all the cards here,'' said the source, referring to Rodriguez's substantial salary -- the Yankees owe him a minimum of $114 million for the next five years -- and full no-trade clause, which makes it highly unlikely they will be able to trade him. Girardi had acknowledged during his first news conference after the Yankees postseason run he needed to work on his relationship with Rodriguez. "I'm always worried about whatever move I make, how it affects the club, how it affects a player, anything," he said. "I think it's something that, sure, I possibly might have to deal with more than I expected, but I possibly might not have to deal with it at all. As we move forward, I'll get a temperature on it, keep track of it and see how it's going." A-Rod hit just 3-for-25 in the postseason.
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The New York PostOctober 21, 2012 SundayDear EditorAfter the Yankees lost to the Tigers, Alex Rodriguez was quoted as saying, "I'll be back." I hope he meant for Old-Timer's Day. JOHN BUONAGURA Stewart Manor, N.Y.
From Erik Boland:Free agency officially kicked off in the hours after the Giants completed their four-game sweep of the Tigers in the World Series on Sunday night and, as expected, the Yankees on Monday exercised the club options they held on second baseman Robinson Cano, centerfielder Curtis Granderson and reliever David Aardsma.
Twelve of their players became free agents, headlined...
The New York PostOctober 21, 2012 SundayDear EditorThe Yankees are lucky George Steinbrenner isn't alive and running the team: he would strip these pretend Bronx Bombers of their pinstripes faster than you can say "Choke." They lost the only ounce of heart and courage they had when Derek Jeter went down, while making every Baltimore and Detroit pitcher look like...
The New York Yankees have exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season.
Cano hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs this season and Granderson hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs, but with a .232 average. The Yankees were swept in the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers, who went on to lose the World Series...
Buffalo News (New York)October 21, 2012 Sunday Dear Editor:The Yankees have been eliminated and gone into hibernation. Unfortunately Cano, Rodriguez, Granderson and Swisher were already there long before they were swept by Detroit. Let's face it, without Ibanez's heroics, the Yankees wouldn't have gotten by Baltimore. Along with occasional contributions, Teixeira...
The Yankees are known to spend a bit too much money on washed-up stars.
They've also been talking about changing their ways and trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold moving forward.
But they're willing to pay for established, premium in-house talent -- that is, if the talent produces.
Oh, the irony that New York just exercised two player options that will cost...
Baseball's business began Friday with the New York Yankees exercising $15 million options on second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Curtis Granderson, two of the disappointments in their AL championship series loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Oakland, the surprise AL West champion with a major league-low $59.5 million payroll, exercised a $4.5 million option for closer Grant...
The New York Yankees should target St. Louis Cardinals
outfielder Carlos Beltran this offseason, says Joel Sherman of The New York
The Yankees should at least
inquire if the Cardinals would be willing to move Beltran’s $13 million 2013
The Yankees will have a need for outfielders this winter, as
Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki are headed for...
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Thank God we didn't have to play the Giants. It would have taken them two games to sweep us in four. We wouldn't have gotten a hit - not one - and the Giants would still be batting in game two. The lead would be something like 104 to 0, and Nick Swisher would be pitching for us. Girardi would still be keeping A-Rod on the bench - resting him for the critical moment - and...
Blame it on A-Rod. That's the default position for all postseason losers, isn't it?
If Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees had extended the Tigers beyond four games in the American League Championship Series, then maybe the Tigers would have been sharper in the World Series.
That's one theory, anyway.
The Tigers had a wide range of opinions on the impact of their five-day...
Jordan Betts is a Junior from Duke University. He spent this past summer playing for the Sanford Mainers of the NECBL. He turned in a very productive summer and was one of the best power hitters in the league. He hit .289 in 152 at-bats for the Mainers. He scored 21 runs, drove in 38 and hit 11 home runs this summer. He also walked 16 times this year. Jordan was selected to participate...