January 30, 2009
"If there are from 39 to 62 [Type A and B] players [during a given offseason], no team can sign more than three." - Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports
January 28, 2009
January 26, 2009
Robinson Cano is known for his cold starts, and his hot summers . A career .280 hitter in the first half compared to a sizzling .327 second half average. What we don't know is why he struggles so much in the beginning, and what adjustments does he make when summer time rolls around?
January 24, 2009
"The veteral left-hander said repeatedly last year that he wanted to be in uniform when the Yankees officially complete their move across the street to the new Yankee Stadium, and has said that he does not see himself pitching in another uniform." - MLB.com's Bryan Hoch
January 21, 2009
January 20, 2009
Xavier Nady (right) agreed to a one-year $6.55 million contract with the Yankees today, avoiding arbitration.
January 19, 2009
Posada's father, Jorge Sr., told The Associated Press that his son has already signed a participation agreement for the Classic.
"He feels fine and wants to play for Puerto Rico," Posada Sr. reportedly said.
Jorge Posada, who had expressed interest in playing for Team Puerto Rico, was not listed on the club's provisional roster as he recovers from right shoulder surgery.
That's a good sign. Also, the Yankees do in fact have the right to block Posada from playing in the WBC, since he ended last year on the DL. – thank Fletch for that rule
January 17, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 13, 2009
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were welcomed into the Hall of Fame today. Henderson was a sure fit for the hall, receiving 94.8% of the votes - his first time on the ballot. On the other hand, Rice squeaked in with 76.4% - his last time on the ballot.
I understand Rice's case for the hall, but only if they include Andre Dawson too. Dawson hit 56 more homers and had 140 more runs batted in than Rice. You might say that Dawson also played five more years than Rice, but in my opinion, that is another positive for Dawson! Longevity was one of Rice's weaknesses, and led to his retirement. Dawson also had speed and defense elements in his game (318 stolen bases and 8 Gold Gloves) - elements that Rice lacked. The bright side is that Dawson was next on the list of top vote-getters securing 67%, and still potentially has nine more years on the ballot.
Unfortunately for our remaining Yankees on the ballot, Tommy John (31.7%) and Don Mattingly (11.9%) failed to earn the HoF status from the voters yet again.
January 11, 2009
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe believes Xavier Nady could wind up with the Angels, Giants, or Mets.