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Brian McCann

Brian McCann

Sign on the dotted line! Brian McCann is headed to the Bronx for $85 million over 5 years. His contract will include a 6th year option, bringing the grand total to $100M if he so chooses.

Don’t worry Yankees fans. You’ll no longer have to worry about whether Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli will be starting behind the plate. McCann will be the first offensive force behind the dish since Posada left the team back in 2011.

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New York Yankees (2-4) vs Atlanta Braves (1-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00) vs  RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 31.50)

Lineup

Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Eric Chavez 3B, Russell Martin C, Andruw Jones LF, Chris Dickerson DH, Jorge Vazquez 1B

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on both the YES & MLB Networks (MLB.TV, MLB.com). (more…)

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Yankees (11-13) vs. Braves (15-9)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP C.C. Sabathia (1-1, 6.43) vs RHP Kenshin Kawakami (0-1, 3.20)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Swisher RF
Posada C
Cano 2B
Granderson CF
Miranda 1B
Russo SS
Laird 3B
Sabathia P (more…)

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According to Sam Borden of The Lohud Yankees Blog, tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled due to rain.

Borden Said:

Headed down to talk to Joe Girardi. A.J. Burnett will likely throw a simulated game inside to get his work in.

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Yes, you read right, Javy Vazquez is going to be a Yankee again and Boone Logan will be coming with him. When I saw this I literally went ‘What the hell!’ I almost wanted to rise up out of my seat and threw my computer out my second story office. Guess who the Yankees gave up? Melky Cabrera, Arodys Vizcaino, and Mike Dunn.

Gut reaction to this deal is still bewilderment. Javy Vazquez, in his time in the American League wasn’t that great. His best year in the AL was in 2007 when he was 15-8 with a 3.97 ERA with the Chicago White Sox. Otherwise his ERA in the other years was: 4.91 (2004 Yankees), 4.84 (2006 White Sox), 4.67 (2008 White Sox). In 2004, Vasquez was decent for two months, April (2.55 ERA) and June (2.66 ERA). The other months he had an ERA above 5. After the season, in a move Brian Cashman didn’t want to make, he was sent to Arizona in the deal that brought the Big Unit to the Bronx.

Cashman is likely being sucked into the illusion of Vazquez pitching in the National League again. In 2003 with the Expos, Vazquez was 12-10 with a 3.24 ERA with 241 K’s in 230.1 innings. In 2009 with the Braves, Vasquez was 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA, 238 K’s in 219.1 innings. We found out that didn’t translate into results in the American League.

This raises a few questions, does this mean that Cashman will want to start 2010 with Brett Gardner in LF? Or does this deal open the door for a potential deal for Johnny Damon? The Yankees will take on Vasquez’s full contract according to David O’Brien. This also spells the departure for either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain from the 2010 rotation. While Cashman will likely say that they’ll prepare as starters in Spring Training, I think it is likely that we’ll see Hughes fall back into his setup role for Mariano.

Let me go on record to say that I don’t like this deal at all. Vazquez’s track record in the American League isn’t good and it isn’t likely Cashman acquired him to setup Mariano in 2010. While I think he has great stuff (and I did in 2004), I am not sure how great he’ll be in the AL East, but I guess we’ll find out this year, won’t we? Your thoughts?

Zell’s Take: I love this deal. I was one of those people who couldn’t wait until Melky left this team. They are supposedly giving up Dunn and Vizcaino, but nothing is final. They have now added Granderson, Johnson, and Vazquez and they haven’t dealt either Hughes or Joba. I call that a successful off-season.

The Yankees finally got that starting pitcher they needed. We all know what Vazquez did for the Yankees, but maybe it will be different this time around. He had a 2.87ERA in the NL last year, while racking up 238K’s. We all know how important power pitchers are when it comes to the postseason. Vazquez as a #4 starter? Many teams would kill to have that. Does this mean Hughes takes the 5th spot..and Joba goes back to the bullpen where he belongs?

I have a feeling the Yankees won’t be going into next season with Gardner in LF, and they will go after an outfielder. I would guess Mark DeRosa.

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From NY Baseball digest:

Our main Yankees source down in Tampa informed us on Monday night the Yanks have been in discussions with Atlanta regarding Derek Lowe. If you remember we reported that Atlanta contacted Brian Cashman in late November to let him know Lowe was available. As has been recently reported over the past month, the Braves are looking to rid themselves of Lowe’s contract. The Yankees  had a keen interest in the sinker baller last off-season before deciding on A.J. Burnett. They feel that Lowe would be a perfect backend of the rotation starter. As far as other pitching options go, the team is showing considerable interest in both Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer.

On the DH front, the Yanks are showing some interest in New Jersey native Jack Cust, who was non-tendered this past weekend by Oakland.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says the Braves aren’t necessarily looking for a right-handed bat in exchange for Derek Lowe. They’d accept prospects, too.

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From Chad Jennings:

A bit of minor league news while we’re waiting for an official announcement on the Yankees non-tender class of 2009.

Former first-round pick Eric Duncan has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. When I talked to Duncan a few days ago, he was close to a deal but it wasn’t finished. He’s expecting to be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves could use Duncan as a corner utility man, using him at first, third, left field and designated hitter, kind of like he was used this year in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Braves previously re-signed another third baseman, Wes Timmons, to a minor league deal.

Duncan was selected by the Yankees in the 1st Round (27th overall) of the 2003 MLB Draft. He was originally drafted as a third basemen, but later converted to first base after A-Rod joined the Yankees. That’s a long time ago..right? Baseball America named him the Yankees 2005 highest prospect, but nothing came of it. He still hasn’t gotten a major league at-bat.

This guy was once a highly touted prospect, but he didn’t seem to ever dominate at any level and it took him a long time to move up the ranks. He played for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees in the New York Yankees organization from 2007 on, and was later released on November 17, 2009.

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And the first deal during the Winter Meetings is Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. Yup, did not see this coming, not until rumors this morning at least. Talk about a swing of luck, going from the best team in baseball to arguably the worst team. While I would have hoped for the Yankees to keep him, I am not sad at his departure, especially with Joba or Phil able to fill the 8th inning duties.

No chance this ‘player to be named later’ is Stephen Strasburg, is there?

I wonder if this will be the only time a World Series ring will be given to a member of the Washington Nationals in Nationals Stadium…

Update: Zell’s Take: Supposedly, there was a rumor going around that Brian Bruney might be traded to the Atlanta Braves in return for some prospects. It’s hard to imagine that they would need him beside Wagner, Saito, and Soriano in their bullpen. A team interested in Bruney contacted the Yanks, and was told “he is going to the Braves.”

It turned out that the rumor was false, and he is in fact being shipped to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. Bruney had a great power arm, but it really didn’t translate into a successful season for him.

He made $1.25 million this season and lost the setup man role because of his poor pitching. This year, Bruney would have likely gotten a raise on his $1.25 million, so this is another way for the Yankees to shave some payroll.

Overall, the numbers he put up since joining the Yankees aren’t all that bad. He had a great 2008 campaign before landing on the DL, posting a 1.83ERA through 34.1IP and struck out 33 batters. I thought he would be more of a “bulldog” out of the pen in big spots and we just didn’t see enough of that.

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     Who would have thought that a major topic of this off-season would be about Nick Swisher & Xavier Nady? Cashman isn’t against trading either one, but the offer has to be good. The Braves, Nationals, & Reds are the three teams that are currently interested. I like Nady a lot, and I rather keep him over Swisher. That’s just my opinion though.

from MLB Trade Rumors:

According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, Brian Cashman’s spending lots of time talking with other clubs about Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady. Cashman’s open to moving either player, but he says he won’t make a deal for the sake of making one: “we’re not going to do anything unless there’s a reason to do it.”

Cashman also said most reports about trade discussions have been accurate. The Braves, Nationals and Reds are among the teams who have reportedly had interest in Swisher and Nady.

The Yankees like Johnny Damon’s production and they’re not shopping him or Hideki Matsui.

Kepner suggests the Yankees should “hold on to Swisher and dangle Nady” for a number of reasons. Swisher’s two years younger and he’s under contract for $21MM over the next three years. Nady, a Scott Boras client, will be a free agent after the 2009 season.

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