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Bengie
Molina resigns with the Giants

Jerry
Hairston Jr. signs with the Padres

 
Doug Davis
signs with the Brewers

Joel Pineiro
signs with the Angels

Rick Ankiel signs with the Royals
Gary
Matthews Jr. to mets, Brian Stokes to angels

 
Jose
Contreras signs with the Phillies

Miguel Tejada signs with the Orioles
Ben Sheets signs with the Athletics
Jon Garland signs with the Padres
Xavier Nady signs with the Cubs
Orlando Cabrera signs with the Reds
Jim Thome signs with the Twins
Randy Winn signs with the Yankees
Eric Byrnes signs with the Mariners
Melvin Mora signs with the Rockies

Hairston, Sheets, Nady,

Jerry Hairston Jr. has signed with the San Diego Padres for 2 million dollars. This signing will cut down the Yankees left field options to Damon, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, and Marcus Thames. The Yankees did not make an offer to Hairston which probably was the reason he signed with the Padres. Jerry Hairy will play all over for the Padres. He will play third base most, I would say, because of the trade of Kevin Kouzmanoff. He will give youngster Everth Cabrera and veteran David Eckstein days off. I don’t see why the Yankees didn’t offer Damon a deal. He would give Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, and Alex Rodriguez days off, plus he would platoon with Brett Gardner in left field. Jerry Hairston Jr. was very important to the Yankees last year and to lose him is a big loss.
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Ben Sheets is throwing a bullpen session for teams tomorrow and the Nats, D-Backs,Cubbies, Rangers, Cardinals, Blue Jars, Dodgers, Brewers, and Mets will be there. MLBTraderumors says to not rule out the Yankees, Orioles, and the Mariners. The Angels will not be there. The Yankees will probably not sign him, after acquiring Javier Vazquez from the Braves. I think the Orioles should go after a left like Erik Bedard to go along with youngster Brian Matusz in the rotation. I feel the Mariners are done, only needing to fix up their bench. It would be amazing but very unlikely that the Yankees signed Ben Sheets.
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The Cubs are interested in Xavier Nady along with Jermaine Dye. The Yankees of course and the Braves have been linked to Nady. The Yankees have not had any recent talk to Damon so Nady might have to be the Yankees left fielder next year. 

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Chapman, Hairston, Damon

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Chapman in Red??

Aroldis Chapman will probably be wearing red next year, just
not in the AL. Not the Red Sox not the Angels. Not the Phillies, but the Reds.
The Reds? The Reds of all teams. 5 years, 30 million. I personally think that
that is way too much to pay for someone who we don’t even know about! He is
supposed to be good but who knows? He could end up being a 2009 Chein-Ming Wang
for all we know. But he could end up being the next Tim Lincecum. But that
seems unlikely. So as I was saying before, 300 million dollars probably too
much to pay for a young Cuban that nobody has seen before. Nobody even knows if
he will be in the Majors his first year. 6 million is definitely too much to pay
for a minor league player as you should know. Aroldis Chapman is said to be
able to throw 100 MPH but otherwise doesn’t throw many breaking balls and
doesn’t mix up his pitches, which you obviously need to do if you are going to
be a good pitcher. In his only bullpen session he was throwing indoors and with
sneakers on because of rain. He didn’t throw to major league batters either so
you couldn’t really tell on how good he was.

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Yankees in serious talks with Jerry
Hairston Jr.

The Yanks are in serious talks with J-Hair to come back and be
their utility man and perhaps platoon with Brett Gardner or Jamie Hoffman in
left field. Bringing back Jerry Hairy would spell off and DHing days for A-Rod
and Derek Jeter.  Hairston’s ability to
play any position except pitcher, (and I bet he could do that. I mean, Swisher
can so why can’t he) is very helpful for the Yankees. He can make a start in
any outfield position every once in a while and can also do the same for second
base, third base, and shortstop to give DJ, A-Rod and Robby Cano days off.

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Can Damon come back?

ESPN’s Buster Olney says that he thinks Johnny Damon will return
to the Yankees next year.  I do not think
so, as Johnny Damon originally wanted something along the lines of 4 years, 50
million dollars. Then as everybody started to sign, his asking price dropped to
2 years, 22 millions. Still too much for the Yankees. Then slowly he became
unmentioned and then linked to the Atlanta Braves. Now he is apparently OK with
1 year 10 million, but no less. The Yankees are willing to spend 6 or 7 million
but no more. Some, such as ESPN, think Johnny Damon will come back and Brett
Gardner will be sent to the bench. I am not sure what to think but I am fine
with Damon.

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Update 1/11/2010: Aroldis Chapman signs for 6 years, 30.25 million with the Cincinnati Reds

WHO FILLS THE HOLE IN LEFT FIELD?

The Yankees have made of plenty of trades and signed plenty of players this off season, but they still face a problem: they have a gaping hole in left field. Now the Yankeeholics will give you all the info you never wanted to know about candidates for that outfield spot.


MARLON BYRD: This 32 year old outfielder seems a nice fit for the Yanks. He is a solid, dependable hitter (.283 average, 20 homers, 89 RBIs in 2009) with a decent amount of speed (41 career stolen bases). He can bat in the middle of the lineup and can give good support to the big sluggers (Tex and A-Rod). In addition to all this, he won’t be too expensive; the Yanks won’t have to shell out more than $6 million for him. He seems a good fit for New York; and is one of my favorite candidates to fill the left field hole. 

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JERMAINE DYE: Jermaine Dye seems the polar opposite of Marlon Byrd; he would be an awful match for the Yankees. He is not particularly good (a low .250 average and only 81 RBIs in 2009) and has almost no speed.To make matters worse, he is already 35, and he is likely to demand a large contract (above 12 million) which would be a complete waste of money. It would not be good if the Yanks picked up Jermaine Dye. 

THIS JUST IN ON JERMAINE DYE: After talking to two Yankees officials, Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News confirms that the Yankees have NO interest in Jermaine Dye. 


XAVIER NADY: Another fine candidate for the Yanks left field spot. True, he is coming off a major injury that limited him to 7 games in 2009, but he is a very good player; he enjoyed a career year in ’08 (with Pittsburgh and the Yanks) smoking .305 with 25 homers and 97 RBIs. Not too shabby; but there is a problem: he is a tad overpriced. Brian Cashman has explicitly stated that he wants to keep the payroll as low as possible, and this sudden budget consciousness might rule Nady out of the considerings. 


MATT HOLLIDAY: This is our favorite player on the list, the player we want most to join the Bronx Bombers. You can’t blame us: in 2009, with the A’s and Cardinals, Holliday smoked .313, bombed 24 homers, and drove in 109 runs. He also nabbed 14 bases. Not too shabby. The man is only 29, and he is fantastic in the field. As well as all this, in April of this year he (and his father) explicitly stated that he wants to be a New York Yankee. The problem: he won’t fit Cashman’s strict budget regulations. He is likely to demand at least $14 million, and that will be a major turn off for the Yanks. So though I regret saying this, it is unlikely that the Yanks will sign Holliday.

THIS JUST IN ON MATT HOLLIDAY: The same Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily Post spoke to another Yankees official. He quoted the official as saying, “No chance on Matt Holliday…Zero. None. Underline it.”

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JOHNNY DAMON: All the Yankee faithful want this man back, and they have good reason too. He was a strong presence at the top of the lineup in 2009, hitting .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBIs. He also stole 12 bases, but perhaps the most significant aspect of his repertoire is his good effect on the clubhouse. We all want him back for sure; but once again, the issue of price pops up. The Yankees already offered him a reasonable contract (2 years, about 17 million) but he turned it down, wanting 4 years, 52 million bucks. Even we have to admit that he is not worth that kind of money; he is no longer a serious threat on the bases, he has a popgun arm, and he is already 36. If he is sensible and reasonable, he might come back to the Yankees, but until he lowers his ridiculous asking price, Brian Cashman will steer clear of him. 


JERRY HAIRSTON JR.: No one really wants Jerry Hairston Jr. to be the starting left fielder. Except his mom. And his dad. And his siblings. But anyways! And maybe his grandparents….Moving on! He could only eke out a .251 average with 10 homers and 39 RBIs in 383 at bats in 2009. Not too impressive, and certainly not what the richest club in baseball should be using as a starter. 


REED JOHNSON: We don’t want Reed Johnson either. Please. Brian Cashman. Have mercy. Do not sign this guy just cuz he’s cheap. .255, 4 homers, 22 RBIs in 165 at bats in ’09. NOT IMPRESSIVE. I would rather waltz with a dying platypus than have Reed Johnson as the Yankees left fielder. SERIOUSLY. The richest team in baseball should not have to resort to players like Hairston and Reed Johnson as starters. But hey, Cashman has done crazier things.

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These are the various candidates for that spot in the Yankees outfield…only time will tell which player they opt for.


Happy New Year to all!

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