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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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Yankees ace CC Sabathia made a guest appearance on “The Jay Leno Show” last night during Denzel Washington’s interview. Denzel is a self-proclaimed Yankees fan. “All my life,” he says. He has been spotted at Lakers games, Yankee games, and other public appearances wearing a Yankee hat, but he is not treated like one of our own. He was featured in my Ultimate Celebrity Yankees Fan List not too long ago. All people say is that he is not a “true fan,” but he sure showed up last night during a friendly game of Yankee Trivia. It was part of Jay’s “Earn Your Plug” segment. He had to prove his team loyalty and earn a chance to promote his new movie, “The Book of Eli.”

CC was no match for Denzel. Washington was answering the questions before Leno finished reading them. It was hilarious. “I’m a Yankees fan — I know my Yankees,” Washington said. Sabathia got two of the six questions right, and one of the answers he gave was about himself. “I’ve got no shot,” Sabathia said, laughing.

The Questions:

Which Yankees pitcher won the most games in 2009? Answer: CC Sabathia. Denzel=1 Point

Which beverage did Yogi Berra endorse? Answer: Yoohoo. Denzel=1 Point

What were the Yankees called before becoming the Yankees? Answer: Highlanders. Denzel=1 Point

Which Yankee was the AL Championship Series MVP against the Angels in 2009? Answer: C.C. Sabathia. CC= 1 Point

Which Yankee struck out the most times in one season? Answer: Alfonso Soriano. Denzel=1 Point

Which Yankee attended Georgia Tech and played for the Rangers and Braves? Answer: Mark Teixeira. CC= 1 Point

Final score: Denzel 4, CC 2

“Have a good year, man,” Washington told Sabathia at the end of the game. “See you in the spring.”

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Now that 2009 and the decade is over (unless you’re counting challenged) we can look back and point out the years and figure out which really was the great year for certain positions. We have whipped together what we believe is the best year for each position and oddly enough Jason Giambi is the only one to appear on the list twice. If you think that someone else’s year should’ve been on here, let us know!

C – Jorge Posada (2007) .338 BA, 20 HR, 90 RBI, 171 hits, .970 OPS

1B – Jason Giambi (2002) .314 BA, 41 HR, 122 RBI, 176 hits, 109 walks, 1.034 OPS

2B – Alfonso Soriano (2002) .300 BA, 39 HR, 102 RBI, 209 hits, 51 doubles

SS – Derek Jeter (2006) .343 BA, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 214 hits, 34 SB, .900 OPS

3B – Alex Rodriguez (2007) .314 BA, 54 HR, 156 RBI, 95 walks, 24 SB, 1.067 OPS

OF – Bernie Williams (2000) .307 BA, 30 HR, 121 RBI, .957 OPS

OF – Gary Sheffield (2004) .290 BA, 36 HR, 121 RBI, 92 walks, .927 OPS

OF – Hideki Matsui (2004) .298 BA, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 88 walks, .912 OPS

DH – Jason Giambi (2006) .281 BA, 37 HR, 117 RBI, 110 walks, .971 OPS

P – Roger Clemens (2001) 20-3, 3.51 ERA, 213 K’s

P – CC Sabathia (2009) 19-8, 3.37 ERA, 197 K’s

P – Mike Mussina (2008) 20-9, 3.37 ERA, 150 K’s

CP –  Mariano Rivera (2004) 1.94 ERA, 53 Saves

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Just a few quick notes on a rather snowy day for everyone from Virginia and to the north. I’ll tell you, I live in Washington, DC and I shoveled my driveway AND walkway 3 times today…not fun. Well, without further gilding the lilly, here’s today’s update…

  • In a bit of news that broke yesterday, VIA Tyler Kepner Johnny Damon crawled back to the Yankees and said he would take 2 years for $20MM, but at that point it was too late as the Nick Johnson deal was sealed.
  • The Cubs are in the market for a centerfielder now that they have sent away their 2009 MVP, Milton Bradley. While they are not the top available options, GM Jim Hendry would supposedly be interested in striking a deal with the Yankees if Melky or Brett Gardner became available.

I know what people are going to jump to and it will sound something like this. ‘OMG~~~!! TRADE MELK AND BRETT FOR SORIANO~~!!! YESS!’ And I am going to cut you off right there as the Yankees don’t need to set the MLB record for team strike outs in a season. At this moment I am torn between who I’d trade. Brett is faster and seems to care more about his game. Melky strikes me as one that doesn’t take it seriously all the time (but not as serious as Jeter…). Well, if they strike a deal it will be interesting to see what the Yankees get back in return. It wouldn’t be a Yankees offseason without Melky Cabrera trade rumors, right?

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