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Posted: 1/31/2013 3:41:43 PM
Nothing confirmed but it looks to be 1 year for $1.1 million.

He'll platoon at DH against right handed pitching.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 3:45:33 PM
Not a bad signing in my mind.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:12:21 PM
Another less than usually expected deal by a Yankees front office trying to figure out what direction they want to go. Whose driving the bus? Hafner is OK but doesn't strike fear in the hearts of opponents as a part time player at the end of his career.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:52:49 PM
What is the projected lineup this upcoming season?
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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:43:34 PM
Please take Grady Sizemore with you. Let those two steal someone else's money for a change.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:47:02 PM
Ichiro
Jeter
Cano
Tex
Granderson
Youkilis
Hafner/Nunez
Romine/Cervelli
Gardner

Not quite sure where Hafner would go in this lineup when facing righties and it looks like Nunez would be the alternative option at DH when facing lefties. Girardi has changed lineups moreso lately so who knows where people will land. He likes the lefty/righty alternating system, though. Maybe someone surprises them in spring training like Russ Canzler who has put up the power numbers in the minors but hasn't seen time in the majors much. Not your typical Yankee slugging offense...that's for sure.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 11:36:57 PM
Another old player, LMAO. 
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Posted: 1/31/2013 11:50:22 PM
Yankees do good with the players they sign to 1 year deals.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:24:27 AM
I don't think the Yankees as a whole will be doing well this season. The Yankees haven't gone after anyone younger than 33. Why persist in signing old players, it isn't helping a team who already have old players. I thought this organisation had deep pockets. Apparently the Yankees are no longer the rich spending team that the West Coast teams are doing now. 
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:27:20 AM
Its going to be Toronto and Baltimore in this division duking it out when playoffs come around. 
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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:27:32 AM
The Yankees did go after a young player. It just turns out that Pineda got hurt and he's still out.

And everyone said they were old and weren't going to be good last season and they made it to the ALCS. Every year you hear..."they're only getting older". Well...until that stops them from making the playoffs...you have to book them as contenders.

No...they don't spend like they used to. And they don't plan on it as they're trying to keep the salary under $189 for 2014 and have to try and resign Granderson and Cano while doing so. But I didn't think they looked great on paper last season and they did well. They look worse this season while other teams look better. But until they show you that they're not playing at a contender's level...you can't count them out.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:30:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Gambling_Ernie:

Its going to be Toronto and Baltimore in this division duking it out when playoffs come around. 

Who would have ever think that was possible. Now maybe more probable than possible.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:35:00 PM
Thinking maybe even the Rays in the mix?
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Posted: 2/1/2013 3:11:11 PM
$2 million + incentives
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:57:55 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Sparky10191:

Ichiro
Jeter
Cano
Tex
Granderson
Youkilis
Hafner/Nunez
Romine/Cervelli
Gardner

Not quite sure where Hafner would go in this lineup when facing righties and it looks like Nunez would be the alternative option at DH when facing lefties. Girardi has changed lineups moreso lately so who knows where people will land. He likes the lefty/righty alternating system, though. Maybe someone surprises them in spring training like Russ Canzler who has put up the power numbers in the minors but hasn't seen time in the majors much. Not your typical Yankee slugging offense...that's for sure.


Canzler got designated for assignment.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:59:25 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Sparky10191:

The Yankees did go after a young player. It just turns out that Pineda got hurt and he's still out.

And everyone said they were old and weren't going to be good last season and they made it to the ALCS. Every year you hear..."they're only getting older". Well...until that stops them from making the playoffs...you have to book them as contenders.

No...they don't spend like they used to. And they don't plan on it as they're trying to keep the salary under $189 for 2014 and have to try and resign Granderson and Cano while doing so. But I didn't think they looked great on paper last season and they did well. They look worse this season while other teams look better. But until they show you that they're not playing at a contender's level...you can't count them out.


You know I said months ago...I would love for my team to make the playoffs every year or be in contention. Yankees are never out of it. They're not the Mets.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 7:46:01 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Absolutxedge22:



You know I said months ago...I would love for my team to make the playoffs every year or be in contention. Yankees are never out of it. They're not the Mets.


This might be the year that they will be out of it. And that to continue through seasons to come. You can't just make do and expect to win all the time.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 7:55:10 PM
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This might be the year that they will be out of it. And that to continue through seasons to come. You can't just make do and expect to win all the time.


Maybe. But, they love C.C. still will throw a lot of innings. Pineda whenever he may come back will be a nice addition. Hughes threw the ball well last year. Kuroda is good. What worries me is the fact is the Yankees lived off of the home run ball last year. I can't see them hitting nearly as many home runs as last year. 2014 off season will be interesting. I could be wrong but I think Felix, Kershaw, and Verlander are all free agents. Yankees are always capable of making a trade at the deadline too. You never know...but can't count them out of it.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:29:57 PM
Felix, Kershaw, and Verlander

Trading what? And Those 3 aren't going anywhere. The Dodgers are guaranteed to give Kershaw anything he wants. Seattle will throw everything at Felix cos thats the only thing holding that organisation together, and the fans would cease to exist if he leaves. And again, would Detroit not lock Verlander up?
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:18:21 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Gambling_Ernie:

Felix, Kershaw, and Verlander

Trading what? And Those 3 aren't going anywhere. The Dodgers are guaranteed to give Kershaw anything he wants. Seattle will throw everything at Felix cos thats the only thing holding that organisation together, and the fans would cease to exist if he leaves. And again, would Detroit not lock Verlander up?


Why wouldn't the Tigers lock up Verlander this off season? Do you really want to wait after this season knowing he is a free agent after the 2014 season. The Tigers should have attempted to make a contract to him and failed to do so.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:48:46 PM
I can't quite see WHY Felix would want to stay but the Mariners would be dumb not to give him whatever he wants.

With all the spending the Dodgers are doing...can't see them letting Kershaw go.

And Verlander seems like a "Tiger for Life" type of guy.


The Yankees don't "look" like a Championship team on paper. The thing is...they still have All-Star caliber players (not so much Tex) 1-5 in their order. They still have the horse that is Sabathia. That rotation isn't amazing but it's certainly not horrible. Mo is coming off an injury but until he proves that he can't pitch...you can't count him out. David Robertson is a top tier setup man.

Like I said...until you actually see this team fail...they're a playoff contending team.

Steinbrenner said that he wants to get the payroll under $189 but said that he will go off that path if he feels that he's not fielding a Championship caliber team. So anything can happen. And the last time the Yankees went on a shopping spree was after the 2008 season where they missed the playoffs. Betances and Banuelos went through injuries in ineffectiveness in 2012 so maybe they DO go big on pitching next offseason or try and trade for someone midseason this year. You can bet your behind that they'll make a trade if they aren't where they want to be before the trade deadline.
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Posted: 2/3/2013 5:17:06 PM
Felix has a really good relationship with the Seattle Mariners. He's turned down money to stay with this franchise. He aint going anywhere.
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