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Now, with pitchers and catchers due to report in under 30 days, I think now would be the time to unveil our picks for the 2010 season.

My picks are in blue and Zell’s picks are in red

American League

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: Twins, AL West: Angels, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: White Sox, AL West: Mariners, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

Division Series

Yankees def. Twins 3-1, Red Sox def. Angels 3-2

Yankees def White Sox 3-0, Red Sox def. Mariners 3-1

ALCS

Yankees def Red Sox 4-3 (MVP: CC Sabathia)

Yankees def Red Sox 4-2 (MVP: Mariano Rivera)

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander
AL Batting Title: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki
AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz (Only because I am having a brain fart), Brian Matusz
AL Home Run Crown: Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez (more…)

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To start off a short work week, for some people, here are some Yankees News and Notes to take in…

  • The Yankees avoid arbitration with Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan. Gaudin will make $2.95 million and if he reaches an undisclosed innings mark, he will make $175k more. Logan will make $590k.
  • Yankees will wear this hat for batting practice at home and this one on the road. Personally, I still like this one.
  • According to Buster Olney, the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, Jr.
  • The Cardinals have done their ‘due diligence‘ and checked in on the condition of Chien-Ming Wang. If picked up by the Cardinals, he should do well under Dave Duncan.
  • If you want to go the Baseball Writers Association of America’s annual dinner on Saturday, tickets are still available for $225. On the guest list is Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, Andre Dawson and many more.
  • Seats from Yankees Stadium II are selling at a higher price than seats from Shea Stadium ($1,499 to $869) and have out sold Shea seats 15,000 to 10,311 as well.
  • Take a look at your calenders and take solace in the fact that pitchers and catchers report in 31 days.

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Matt Holliday just signed with the cardinals for a 7yr/ $120 million deal. That brings up the question..what’s next for Albert Pujols?

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune wrote a column about the Yankees leaving room in their lineup for the best player in the game today, Albert Pujols. He says that the DH spot is staying open because the club may want to sign Pujols, or possibly trade for him. Rogers thinks they will go after Pujols for the 2011 or 2012 season, when he becomes a free agent.

Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard are all within two years of free agency. Mauer wants to stay with the Twins. But can they afford him? With Holliday in the mix for years, can the Cardinals sign Pujols to a mega deal? The idea that the  Cardinals, Twins, Brewers, Padres and Phillies will sign their stars to contracts is just not going to happen. It’s the business of baseball. Rogers put it best by saying, “However, history suggests that, in the end, the rich get richer.”

Derek Jeter’s contract is up after the 2010 season. The Yankees will negotiate a deal with Derek to keep him in pinstripes for the remainder of his career. He will pretty much get whatever he asks for. Mariano Rivera’s contract is up after the 2010 season as well. Mariano claimed that he wanted to play five more years after he won the World Series. Who knows if he means it. And then there is Jorge Posada. He will have one more year left on his contract in the 2011 season, and who knows what position he will fill on the team. The Yankees whole roster will be filled with the highest paid players in the game. With the Yankees plans of lowering their payroll, are they going to want to do all this? This is still Albert Pujols, and you can’t pass up on him because he’s the best there is. Nobody thought they would ever see A-Rod in pinstripes, but a pickup basketball game by Aaron Boone made it happen.

ESPN’s Buster Olney feels that because the Yankees are invested in Teixeira and A-Rod over the next decade, something dramatic would have to happen in order for Pujols to land in the Bronx.

Can you imagine the heart of the Yankees lineup being: Mark Teixiera, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols. I’ve compared other lineups to Murderers Row, but that truly would be. This is the Yankees we are talking about, the home of the rich and the famous. They get who they want, when they want it. Money talks in this game we call baseball. The Yankees are more likely to go out and get Joe Mauer then Albert Pujols, but a guy can dream…

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According to Ken Davidoff, the Yankees and Nick Johnson are wrapping up a one-year deal for about $5.5 million. Pending a physical.

It’s nice to have him back. It’s always nice to have a player with one of the highest OBP (.426) in all of Major League Baseball. Only Joe Mauer (.444) and Albert Pujols (.443) rank ahead of him.

Is this the end of Johnny Damon’s tenure with the Yankees? Will they get both of them? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Update: 2:20PM ET: TUESDAY, 11:19am: A source familiar with the talks tells ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that “nothing is imminent.” The source says Boras and Holliday “are still looking for something that they’re not finding.”

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff doesn’t expect the Yankees to commit to another nine-figure salary and sign Matt Holliday, especially since they need pitching.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday a deal which would pay him $16MM per year for at least eight seasons, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As St. Louis is anxious to reach a resolution, those familiar with the talks believe it possible that Holliday could reach a verdict before Christmas. 

This proposal dwarfs the average value of the 7-year, $100MM contract Albert Pujols inked in the winter of 2004.  Of course, the average value of Pujols’ next contract will likely overshadow the pitch made to Holliday.

Strauss writes that the Yankees may be the most dangerous variable to the Cardinals, despite their insistance that they are not pursuing Holliday.  With Jason Bay pointed towards signing with the Mets and the Red Sox inking Mike Cameron, two potential suitors are presumably off the chase.

Are they nuts? An 8yr/$16M per year contract offer? I wouldn’t have minded Holliday on the Yankees, but not for that price.  It just makes you wonder what they will offer Pujols when his contract is up. I honestly don’t understand how Holliday can possibly pass up this offer. I wonder how true this rumor really is. What do you guys think?

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 President Obama’s prediction for the 2009 World Series is the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees.

He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Cardinals are coming on strong. And he says slugging first baseman Albert Pujols is “unbelievable.” Pujols leads the big leagues in home runs, is tied for first in runs batted in, and is second in batting average in the National League.

As for the American League, Obama says the Yankees are doing well. And he singles out New York shortstop Derek Jeter for breaking Lou Gehrig’s team record for career hits. Obama calls Jeter “a classic.”

In the Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll that was release don Friday, many baseball fans World Series prediction was the St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees. Also, about three in five expect A-Rod to avoid another postseason slump. (more…)

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