This time, it is the Boston Herald (?!) with a very nice send-off for Jorge.
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Friday, January 13th, 2012
And pitching wins championships. It is being reported that the Yanks have dealt Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for young stud Michael Pineda and Jorge Campos. It's the second time Brian Cashman has agreed to send Montero to Seattle.
You always are more worried about young pitchers getting injured than position players, but then again maybe calling Montero a position player is a misnomer. Not to toot my own horn, but I've never developed an attachment to the young slugger because I always thought this day was coming. It was clear that the Yanks didn't buy their own hype about his catching prospects. He was essentially stuck as a DH since he never would have the chance to take over first base with Teixeira around.
Both clubs do well here. The Mariners get the best hitting prospect in the game. The Yanks get the #2 they've desperately wanted for a while. Heck, Pineda has the stuff to be a number one. Campos and Noesi both rate as B prospects according to John Sickels, with Campos having more upside and Noesi ready to contribute now. Seems like a fair trade to me.
Update: Word is the Yanks also got Kuroda on a one-year deal. Suddenly the pitching staff is a strength!
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
The Yanks signed Andruw Jones to a one-year contract for $2mill with another $1.4 mill in incentives. Still a power threat against lefties, Jones is likely to see more playtime in the outfield in 2012 to make room for Montero to get a fair amount of right-handed DH duties. Though Jones looked a bit portly in the pinstripes last year, I did enjoy the ridiculous moonshots he launched on occassion. And a greatly-diminished-late-in-career Jones is every bit as good defensively as Swisher, though I'd rather see Gardner's time in left maximized.
In other news, the Yanks signed former Sox Hideki Okajima to compete in Spring training for the LOOGY role.
Happy New Year everyone.