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Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.
In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...Read more »
For the first time in nearly two decades the Yankees have a serious shortstop problem.
Franchise icon Derek Jeter was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal Friday afternoon. Even without that move (more a superficial tactic made for luxury tax purposes) Jeter would have likely remained a Yankee in 2014 since he possessed a $9.5 million player option.
But Jeter appeared in just 17...Read more »
Robinson Cano could have one more item to add to his free agent resume now that he's been nominated for what would be his third American League Gold Glove Award at second base.
Cano's advanced defensive metrics this season were hardly overwhelming, but it was a thin AL field. Cano had six Defensive Runs Saved and an 0.8 Ultimate Zone Rating. DRS is the key defensive stat used in the oft-cited...Read more »
The stigma that Japanese pitchers can't succeed in the United States has disappeared quicker than a Kei Igawa fastball that's been blasted into the Yankee Stadium bleachers.
The success of pitchers like Rangers ace Yu Darvish and Yankees free agent Hiroki Kuroda shows that Japan not only offers suitable rotation alternatives, but true, top-of-the-line talent.
The current big name expected...Read more »
Robinson Cano is unlikely to give the Yankees a discount on a new contract. But the Yankees are giving fans a discount on nearly 20 percent of ticketed areas for the 2014 season.
The team announced Monday afternoon that 18 percent of tickets would be reduced by up to $25 from 2013 prices for the upcoming season. Of the remaining tickets, four percent will see an increase while 78 percent will...Read more »
The White Sox are planning a “hard push” for soon-to-be Yankees free agent Curtis Granderson this winter, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source.
Granderson, a native of the near-south suburbs of Chicago who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, could view the White Sox as a homecoming. The article notes that Granderson recently donated a new baseball facility...Read more »
It was reported Thursday that soon-to-be free agent Robinson Cano asked the Yankees for a 10-year, $310 million contract, a request the Yankees denied. That Cano is looking to become the highest paid player in baseball history suggests he and his representatives view the slugging second baseman as one of the top players in baseball.
How accurate of a vision is that?
On the surface it...Read more »
Robinson Cano is aiming for a historic contract, according to recent reports.
The Yankees second baseman, who is eligible for free agency this offseason and is considered by most to be the top available player, asked the team for a deal in the range of 10-years, $300 million during negotiations "several months ago," ESPN reported and other outlets confirmed. Joel Sherman reported...Read more »
The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.
Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):
TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...Read more »
The Yankees may want a do-over.
Perhaps a couple of them.
At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.
The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.
Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...Read more »