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Alfonso Soriano last played for the Yankees a decade ago. Prior to the 2004 season, the Yankees dealt Soriano and Joaquin Árias to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez. Now, with the Yankees struggling offense, the club is in desperate need of some pop in the lineup and are looking to bring our old friend back.

From George King of the NY Post:

ARLINGTON — In dire need of a bat with thump and an indication the Yankees may believe that Alex Rodriguez isn’t going to play this season, the toothless Bombers are close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, The Post has learned.

According to a person familiar with the talks, the Cubs will pay the bulk of what is left on Soriano’s contract. He makes $18 million this year and the same for next season.

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Kevin Youkilis was removed from the game at the start of the sixth inning, and was replaced by Lyle Overbay at first base. According to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, Youk left the game with tightness in his lower back. It doesn’t seem too serious, as he’s watching the game from the dugout in the bottom of the 8th inning. Stay tuned for updates.

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According to The LoHud Yankees Blog, the Yankees are on the verge of signing Travis Hafner, also known as “Pronk.” From 2004-2007, Hafner was one of the most feared hitters in the game. Over that four-year span, he averaged 30+ HR’s and 100+ RBI’s. He can certainly add a bit of pop to this lineup, which will be especially useful without the likes of Alex Rodriguez (insert A-Rod joke here) in there. Fans may be weary of him because of his injury risk, but for the price they’re paying (said to be around the price of Ibanez’s one year contract at $1.1M)..he’s definitely worth the risk. I’m loving this move, and so should you.

“it could be announced later today or tomorrow. Sources have indicated that the deal is in place, just waiting for the contract language to be agreed upon. The Yankees plan to use Hafner as a platoon designated hitter, strictly playing against right-handers. No dollar figure has been confirmed, though it’s believed to be close to the one-year, $1.1 million given to Raul Ibanez around this time last winter.” (Chad Jennings)

“Pronk”

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The week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, Alex Rodriguez takes over the New York Sports scene, and not for reasons we’d have hoped for. Apparently, Alex has now been linked to taking performance enhancing drugs through a Miami clinic. His name supposedly appears 16 times throughout records reviewed by the Miami New Times.

This was the last thing the Yankees needed going into the new season. You might be asking yourself…can the Yankees void his contract? What are the chances that can happen? The consensus among  New York media outlets is that it would be very difficult for that to occur. The story really isn’t shocking, but it leaves you scratching your head. He already admitted to using steroids from 2001-2003…did he not learn anything from that?

Via ESPN.com News Services:

Records from an anti-aging clinic in Miami list the names of prominent baseball players — including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Gio Gonzalez — and detail performance-enhancing drugs administered to them and others, according to a report Tuesday by the Miami New Times.

The names were on records Miami New Times said were given to them by an employee who worked at Biogenesis of America before it closed last month. Miami New Times reported that the records show the firm sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.

Anthony Bosch, the 49-year-old head of the clinic, was connected to Manny Ramirez when the former MLB star was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy in 2009. Bosch has never been charged by local or federal officials.

Miami New Times said it conducted a three-month investigation before releasing its 5,400-word story online on Tuesday.

Saturday, ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported that Major League Baseball was investigating multiple wellness clinics in South Florida, as well as individuals with potential ties to players. The report said that the area from Boca Raton to Miami is “ground zero” for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.

Rodriguez, the New York Yankees slugger who ended 2012 injured and on the bench during the playoffs, has admitted to using steroids from 2001-03, but he has said he has not used PEDs since. The New Times report said that Rodriguez’s name shows up 16 times in the records it reviewed. One record, which the newspaper reported was part of Bosch’s private notebooks, indicated Rodriguez paid Bosch $3,500 for “1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet.” HGH is banned by MLB.

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Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Jack Curry broke the story via Twitter:

The Yankees have signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year minor league deal worth $2.5 million. The team is thrilled to have 240-game winner back.

Who saw this coming? I can’t say I did, although when I first heard he was retiring I thought he would have an itch to come back. The man is only 39 years old, and that’s not so “out there” considering how many pitchers play into their 40’s these days.

The Yankees rotation looks like this as of now: Sabathia-Kuroda-Nova-Pineda-Hughes-Garcia. When, and IF Pettitte makes it up to the major leagues, someone is going to have to bepushed out of the rotation. Obviously, we can’t predict the future (injuries, trades, etc.), so there might even be a spot available depending on how the season plays out. It’s going to take some time for him to get in playing shape, so he won’t be joining the team anytime soon.

Yankees Universe has a really great love and admiration for Andy. The outpouring from fans in response to this news clearly shows how happy we all are to have #46 back. The man came to spring training this year as an instructor, and he clearly got that itch to put the pinstripes on again. Welcome Back, Andy.

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From JustJared:

Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly have called it quits after three years together, JustJared.com can confirm.

“The split was amicable,” sources exclusively tell JJ of the 37-year-old Yankees superstar and 31-year-old actress. “But they remain friends. They still really care for each other.”

When JJ contacted her reps, they did confirm the split.

Last month, HBO premiered Deter Jeter 3K, a documentary that chronicles Derek’s journey of becoming the second player to reach 3,000 hits as a shortstop (the first was Honus Wagner).

I can’t say I saw this coming. Minka’s appearances in Derek’s box and DJ3K HBO special, you wouldn’t have any clue that the two were thinking about parting ways. All that talk that he would eventually marry her and that he was “ready to tie the knot” (remember all that talk about Oheka Castle?) all goes out the window now. So, Derek…whose next?

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Alex Rodriguez will have knee surgery tomorrow, and expected recovery will take about 4-6 weeks, reports Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News.

This was the smart move to make. It’s very important for this club to have a healthy Alex Rodriguez in the lineup going down the stretch. There’s no need to take any chances with him.

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If you missed the news this morning, Alex Rodriguez may miss up to a month. This comes from Joel Sherman, after reports that yesterday’s MRI showed a slight meniscus tear in his knee.

Personally, I would rather see A-Rod get the surgery now and be healthy for the final 6 weeks of the season. I know CC pitched through a similar injury last season. But the Yankees have internal options (Brandon Laird, Eduardo Nunez, and maybe Eric Chavez) that can tide them over for 4 or 5 weeks. Having Alex able to launch bombs during the stretch run is much better than a singles hitter in the clean-up spot going into the playoffs.

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On his blog, Bryan Hoch reports that in the greatest upset since the St. Louis Browns 1944 World Series win, neither Jesus Montero nor Austin Romine will break camp with Yankees. Instead, the backup catcher (at least for now) is Gustavo Molina. In other news, the primary back-up infielder for the past two years, Ramiro Pena, is on his way to Scranton. His roster spot is taken by Eduardo Nunez.

You can read all the details here.

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Today has been quite a busy one for Yankees GM Brian Cashman. And he seems to have put an end to all of the questions about the make-up of the pitching staff come opening day.

What it will look like on May 1, though, is anyone’s guess.

The day started with Cashman signing Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal. You may remember Millwood from his days as the supposed ace of the Rangers and Orioles staffs. The fact that he was still available, less than a week before the season opens, tells you all you need to know about baseball’s collective belief in his ability. I even posted a comment on MLBtraderumors.com about how Scranton looked to have some interesting games this year, with Millwood and Kei Igawa being in the same rotation. It’s not a terrible move, since it gave the Yanks plenty of starting depth – even if said depth consists of old retreads.

Then Cashman went one up on himself, trading Sergio Mitre to the Brewers for yet another all field, no-hit minor league outfielder. In so doing, he spared us another season of ragged nails caused by the Experience, as now Milwaukee gets to entertain themselves watching one moon shot after another. Call it addition by subtraction. At least Mitre leaves with a world series ring, something the Brewers kids can oooh and ahhhh over.

All in all, in an interesting and productive day. It seems likely that Bartolo Colon is the 5th starter and Freddy Garcia the swingman, at least for now. If either of them blow up, there’s Millwood in the minors. Whether all of this makes the Yanks better than they were last week remains to be seen, but it could all hinge on what your definition of better is.

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Now I know Opening Day is right around the corner! At 10am, Yankees single game tickets go on sale. It’s a great way to pick and choose the games you want to see!

Visit Yankees.com, the box office at the Stadium or Modell’s to get your tickets!

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From Craig Calcaterra (Via Hardball Talk):

A source close to Andy Pettitte tells me that there is a “very strong possibility” that Pettitte is going to pitch in 2011.  He is doing his usual preseason workouts and has had no physical issues thus far.

Moreover, the source tells me that Pettitte’s hesitation to confirm that he is coming back for the upcoming season is in no way connected to the Roger Clemens trial, which was something that many had speculated about.

I always had the feeling Andy would return to the Yankees at some point this year. I’m well aware of his dedication to his family, but the man is 38 years old and still has stuff left in the tank. It would be a different story if he was well into his 40’s and wasn’t pitching very well. The guy has plenty of years after his playing career to spend time with his family. When all of his buddies are down in Tampa getting ready for the season…don’t you think Andy is going to want to come back? For the last 20 years, pitching for the New York Yankees organization (and the Astros) is all he’s ever known. It’s not easy for these players to just give up the game.

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