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Jan 24 – Glove Fit: Yanks Sign Andruw Jones to a 1-Year Deal as 4th Outfielder

Brings 10 Gold Gloves to the Bronx, and Hopes of Past Glory

(New York, NY) – The Yanks bolstered their outfield this past week with a 1-year deal with former center-field gold-glover Andruw Jones. The cost is $2M but also eliminated the option of bringing back Johnny Damon who eventually joined Manny Ramirez and went to Tampa.  Jones will replace Marcus Thames, although he is much better defensively than Marcus while not having the same offense pop.  Jones, who hit 19 home runs and drove in 48 runs in 328 plate appearances for the White Sox, will turn 34 when the season gets underway in April.  These types of signings have generally worked out well for the Yanks but time will tell.


Jan 14 – Bolstering the Bullpen: Yanks Ink Rafael Soriano to a 3-year Deal

The Bridge to Mo is Set, At Least for 2011

(New York, NY) – The Bombers have beefed up the bullpen by adding Rafael Soriano.  He was a 45-save closer for Tampa last year and brings a 1.73 ERA and should be a very strong bridge to Mariano this year. At $35 Million we hope so.  However the Yanks did give up a first-round pick and Soriano has players options to leave both after the 2011 and 2012 season.  Assuming he stays put he will take over as the closer of the future in 2013 when Mo’s contract expires.  Do you think that will happen?  Cast your vote or comment.

Jul 31 – Offensive Relief: Yanks Acquire Houston’s Lance Berkman and Cleveland’s Austin Kearns

(New York, NY) – Austin Kearns is official while the Lance Berkman announcement is pending but more offensive help is on the way as the Yanks are active at the trade deadline and pickup some experience for the stretch run.  Details to follow in the days ahead but comment if you want here.

See Kearns announcement from the Yankees.Com here.

Jun 2 – Two Roys in Philly? Oswalt Outlines his Preferences for Trade

Yanks, Cards and Phillies are His 3 Choices

(New York, NY) –  AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Roy Oswalt has told the Astros owners his desire.   He’ll waive his no-trade clause if the Astros can strike a deal with either the Yankees, Cardinals or Phillies.     The Astros drafted Oswalt back in 2001 and he’s gone 140-77 since then, but he’s had not a lot of run support this year and his record stands at 3-7 with a 2.78 ERA and 72 strikeouts.

Weigh in with a vote if you think the Yanks should pursue him.

Jan 27 – Trying (to) Win? Yanks Sign Randy Winn for $2M, Damon No Longer a Likely Option

(New York, NY) – There is more ink on the true loss of Damon with the signing then the upside of the deal, but either way the Yanks signed Randy Winn to a contract today.  And after a stellar year that helped lead the team to a title, Johnny Damon’s days as a Yankee appear over.

Winn hit .262 with two homers and 51 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants last year, but his on-base percentage was just .318. The 35-year-old was an All-Star in 2002, when he batted .298 with 14 homers and 75 RBIs for Tampa Bay.

The Bombers will now likely  to start Curtis Granderson in center field and Nick Swisher in right most of the time, with Winn and Brett Gardner sharing time in left.

This is a big loss in terms of production and chemistry and leadership.  We shall see the impact shortly but the broader results will have to wait until late September and October.

Dec 22 – No More Home Deliveries: The Melkman to Atlanta for Javier Vazquez

(Bronx, NY) –  The Yanks are into re-kindling old relationships.  Fresh off the return of Nick Johnson is the return of pitcher Javy Vazquez.  He was traded back to the Yankees by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for outfielder Melky Cabrera, a move that pushed the payroll for next season over $200 million.  The Yanks also got left-hander Boone Logan as part of the deal, and the Braves obtained a pair of pitching prospects, left-hander Mike Dunn and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino, along with about $500,000.

This one is a little more of a challenge given that Melky really was coming into his own and so young while Vazquez is 33 and in the end of his contract.  Interesting also is that 3 of the 8 positions players that started for the 2009 World Series clincher are now ex-Yanks.  There is never any rest for the weary and nothing or no one is sacred in the quest for #28.

Dec 19 – 2nd Time Around: Nick Johnson Returns to Pinstripes

Yanks Sign Johnson for 1-year Deal, Damon Return Now Unlikely

(New York, NY) – Nick Johnson and the Yanks reached a preliminary agreement Friday on a $5.5 million, one-year contract.  He can earn about $1 million more in performance bonuses next year, and the deal includes a 2011 mutual option for at least $5.5 million with possible escalators.  This moves makes Johnny Damon’s return to the Bronx, very unlikely.  Scott Boras has once again created issues for his client, holding out for 3-4 years, then eventually saying 2 years was acceptable but very late in the process.

The Yanks off-season goal to get younger as well as stay under $200 million in payroll is coming to a reality. Hopefully the loss of Damon’s and Matsui’s power and chemistry can be fulfilled by Granderson and Johnson’s capabilities.  Time will tell.  It looks more and more like the Yanks are loading up for a big run for the 2010 free agent class.