On-Base Perception

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Derek Jeter less valuable than Eduardo Nunez, projections say

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures to infielder Eduardo

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Yankees superstar Derek Jeter will provide less value to the team than perennial underachiever Eduardo Nunez -- according to the latest computer projections.

The ZiPS projections for the Yankees (and several other teams) were unveiled on Fangraphs.com today and the forecasts for Jeter and Nunez aren't pretty:   Jeter Nunez Zips Wins Above Replacement 0.4 0.5 Average .259 .260 On-base...

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CC Sabathia expects 'the same old Derek Jeter' in 2014

Derek Jeter, right, bumps fists with CC Sabathia

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If Derek Jeter approaches 200 hits next season, CC Sabathia believes the Yankees will have a pretty good shot at winning the AL East. “That’s huge. That puts us right at the top of the division,” Sabathia said Tuesday afternoon before he hosted a holiday party for 52 youngsters from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Columbus Clubhouse at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. Sabathia added that he recently...

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CC Sabathia confident Ivan Nova can be a 'top starter' for Yankees

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia shouts out while

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CC Sabathia expressed approval of the biggest additions to the Yankees this offseason — notably Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran — because “if you put those guys in our park, I think we’ll have a pretty good offense.”

However, the problem is the Yankees need to pitch in that park, too.

It’s the middle of December, and question marks still surround who will comprise the...

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Guessing the Yankees roster: Take 1

Catcher Brian McCann puts on his Yankees jersey

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So it's not even 2014 yet -- so what? It's never too early to start guessing what the Yankees roster will look like (and don't worry Mets fans, we'll start predicting the Flushing group in a few days). Here's our projections at OBP based on the current 40-man roster and reported signings:

Starting lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 2. Brett Gardner, LF 3. Carlos Beltran, RF 4. Brian McCann,...

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Yankees, Matt Thornton agree to deal, report says

The Yankees have agreed to a two-year deal

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The Yankees have agreed with lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton on a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. YES Network analyst Jack Curry first reported the news. Curry said Thornton will make $3.5 million during each season of the deal.

The team had a vacancy for a southpaw specialist after Boone Logan left New York for a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies.

Thornton,...

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Yankees, Brian Roberts agree to deal, report says

Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles cools off

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Free agent second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, citing sources.

Rosenthal reports the deal will be for one year at about $2 million plus incentives and won't prevent the Yankees from continuing their search for infield help. He specifically mentions the team has "explored" a trade for Seattle's...

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Minnesota Twins hoping New York's trash is their treasure

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes takes a breather

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They were considered aces in the making.

Phil Hughes was ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by Baseball America before the 2007 season, a near-certain pillar of Yankees rotations for years to come.

Mike Pelfrey was rated the No. 20 prospect in the game by Baseball America that same year, and it appeared just a matter of time before he was leading a promising Mets squad to multiple...

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Who will play second base for Yankees?

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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The Yankees may have blunted the loss of Robinson Cano’s offense by signing the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but there remains one, glaring issue: None of those players can man second base.

UPDATE: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brian Roberts. Read the story here.

The Yankees have infielder Kelly Johnson on the roster, but their reported...

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Joba Chamberlain signs with Tigers, reports say

Joba Chamberlain wipes his face during a game

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Joba Chamberlain, the electric reliever turned fragile starter turned inconsistent reliever turned headache, is now someone else's enigma.

Chamberlain has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Tigers, according to multiple reports.

Chamberlain spawned numerous marketing opportunities upon arriving in the Yankees bullpen in August 2007 and pitching to a 0.38 ERA as Mariano...

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Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes against

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The Mets took a pitcher and the Yankees lost a pitcher during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, but the most interesting transaction occurred during the minor league phase of the annual event and involves a player who will never take the field.

The Rangers took Colorado second baseman Russell Wilson – yes, that Russell Wilson, the Seahawks star quarterback. Wilson was selected by the Rockies...

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