Tag:New York Yankees
Posted on: February 15, 2010 11:00 am

Cuban prospect close to signing

Reports indicate Cuban first-base prospect Jose Julio Ruiz is close to signing with a major league club. Saturday's edition of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-based newspaper affiliated with the Miami Herald reported on Saturday that negotiations have "intensified."

"By next week, he should be signed already," one of Ruiz's agents, Jorge Luis Toca told El Nuevo Herald. "Perhaps Wednesday we'll announce something."

Toca said the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox Giants and Rockies have shown the most interest in the 6-3, 240-pound prospect. Toca added they are also "waiting on an offer from the Yankees."

Ruiz, who defected last season, has been working out at the Yankees' complex in the Dominican Republic.

The slugger, who turns 26 on March 24, was batting .305 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage through 52 games for his National Series team before defecting. He sports a .330 career batting average.

Posted on: January 25, 2010 1:24 pm

Will Damon rethink the Yankees deal?

An SI.com report from Saturday suggests the Yankees have given Johnny Damon a deadline to decide whether he wants to come back for less money.  According to the report, Damon had the weekend to rethink things.  The deal was for a few million guaranteed.

However, the chances are still slim Damon will re-sign so look for the club to move on one of the remaining free agents if Damon declines.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 21, 2009 12:39 pm

Yankees/Cashman turn to rotation

After the Yankees' latest moves, GM Brian Cashman will now turn his attention to the rotation and according to a major league source, will "almost certainly" add a starter by New Year's. 

The report in the New York Post says Cashman inquired about Carlos Zambrano, but the price was too high.

Some other pitchers the Yankees could target include Jason Marquis, who Cashman has previously acknowledged as a possibility.  Ben Sheets who would be a huge gamble.  Joel Pineiro, who is seeking a four-year deal, likely won't get that from the Yankees. 
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:00 pm

Yankees close with Johnson; Damon's end nears

Two sources told the New York Daily News the Yankees are "very close" to completing a deal with Nick Johnson but that he must pass a physical first. 
The move could mean the end of Johnny Damon's time in the Bronx.

"I have nothing but great things to say about the Yankees. If the Nick Johnson thing works out, it will be good for them," Damon told the Daily News . "It's part of baseball.

"I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do. I know there are some teams interested, but the Yankees are the best organization I've been a part of so far in my career. I wish them all the best."

Posted on: December 18, 2009 11:40 am

Holding pattern for the Cards; DeRosa

Mark DeRosa is Plan B for the Cardinals if they can't sign Matt Holliday.  And, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch , DeRosa’s agent spoke with Cardinals GM John Mozelizk and was told that the Cardinals continue to be in “a holding pattern” with Holliday.

Also rumored to be interested in DeRosa are the Yankees if Johnny Damon signs elsewhere.  And, the Giants see DeRosa fitting at a number of positions while also supplying needed offense.

“We have had continuous dialogue with the Cardinals and with other ballclubs about Mark,” said DeRosa's agent. "Waiting on the Cardinals is not going to stop him from signing a deal.”
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:48 am

Damon is not concerned

Johnny Damon is still confident he will get the contract he wants and his demands aren't too steep.  He wants a three-year deal for about $13 million per year and he is not going to settle for less.

Damon told the New York Daily News , "I'm not really too concerned about it. We'll find a team elsewhere if the Yankees don't bring me back."

He's also doesn't seem to be in a rush and also said the Yankees have not started to negotiate.

One industry source believes the Yankees will increase their offer to two years and $22 million, adding a third option year with a buyout that would guarantee Damon approximately $26 million for the two-year deal. The Yankees had budgeted roughly $8 million to $9 million per year for Damon going forward, so that could be a stretch.

Posted on: December 14, 2009 2:43 pm

Yankees look for more pitching

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The New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are still looking for more pitching.  If they add one more starter, Brian Cashman could more Phil Hughs and/or Chamberlain to the bullpen.

Brian Cashman is still monitoring the Roy Halladay situation and is eyeing a couple of pitchers coming back from arm surgery: Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets.

Posted on: December 14, 2009 1:53 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2009 1:53 pm

Should the Red Sox consider Wang

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe lists several reasons why the Red Sox should consider signing Chien-Ming Wang.

Wang is not leaving the Yankees on particularly good terms and would be motivated to prove them wrong.  And Wang would love to stay in the Northeast, there's a Taiwanese community in the area and he would welcome the chance to pitch against the Yankees.

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