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Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

Mariano Rivera, A.J. Burnett, Raul Ibanez, Jon Niese and Manny Ramirez

New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera fields a grounder

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Sorry for saying I'd check back in yesterday and then never checking back in. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in "Commando," "I lied."

Let's tackle the past 24 hours Spadafore style.

News: Mariano Rivera says he has made a decision about his future beyond 2012, but he won't reveal it.

Views: I wasn't at Steinbrenner Field yesterday, and I spoke with some writers...

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Contest: "Moneyball"

I'm terrible when it comes to suspension of disbelief. I watched "Cheaper by the Dozen" years ago, and I fumed at my TV screen, shouting: "If Steve Martin's character is a big-time football coach, making enough money to buy a huge house for his 12 kids, then by golly, he can afford to hire three or four babysitters!"

So I anticipated that I would hate the film version of...

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The Yankees' internal and external DH calculations

In 2008, Montero was invited to spring training

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Brian Cashman has been the Yankees' general manager for nearly 14 full years now, the last six as the bona fide head of baseball operations following eight years of Steinbrenner-esque chaos. At this point, we all have a pretty good feel for how he operates when there's a void to fill.

In dramatically filling one void late last week, adding Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda to the Yankees' starting...

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Should Jorge Posada be on the Yankees' postseason roster?

JORGE POSADA Catcher/DH, Yankees 2011: .235, 14 HR,

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

So the Yankees are the American League East champions, and in true storybook fashion, Jorge Posada delivered the game-winning hit.

As we now look forward to the Yankees' postseason, a story from their past comes to mind.

(Sorry. That's often the case here. I'm getting old, and my memory, knock on wood, is still all right.)

The 2001 Yankees went into the playoffs with choices to...

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Carlos Beltran, Cliff Lee and Mariano Rivera

The Mets won an exciting game in Cincinnati. OK, now back to Carlos Beltran.

--Beltran has to approve of a trade by 24 hours before Sunday's non-waivers trading deadline. That doesn't it mean it won't go down to the final moments, however. It just means the Mets and Beltran will have all of their ducks in a row, ready to go, prepared for any scenario.

We've discussed Beltran's preference...

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Seven items: Carlos Beltran, Tropicana Field, the Pirates and four more

Why seven items? Because, as Harlan Williams told Ben Stiller in "There's Something About Mary," "Seven's the key number here. Think about it."

1. Off the Yankees' wacky loss to the Rays, I wrote that the Yankees should seriously consider acquiring Carlos Beltran. 

Right now, it's a serious long shot. How could that change? If the Yankees enter a funk here leading...

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Ubaldo Jimenez, Jose Reyes, Rafael Soriano, Eric Chavez and the Rays

Greetings from The Trop. I spoke today with a person in the loop on the Ubaldo Jimenez's situation - not a Colorado employee, but someone whose club has been engaged in discussions with the Rockies _ and here was this person's take:

"I think this is just Colorado assessing the market for Jimenez. It's the equivalent of putting a 'For Sale' sign on your house because you're curious...

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