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     Jimmy Traina of SI.com did a interview with Derek Jeter this past Tuesday. He talked about the upcoming season, A-Rod, Torre’s book, etc. The interview was done at the Gillette-EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming Global Finals in Orlando, Florida. Jeter was participating int he video game tournament there. He played against Jose Miguel Morales Herrera of Mexico.

Here are some tidbits form the interview: (if you want to see the interview in it’s entirety..check it out here)

SI.com: OK, then let’s talk about this upcoming season. The Yankees had a big offseason, signing CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Texeira. Do those moves and spending that kind of money put even more pressure on you to win it all?

Jeter: I don’t know how you can say “more” pressure because every year we’re expected to win a championship. That’s the bottom line. So I don’t know how you could have “more” pressure than winning it all. So every year, it’s the same expectations for us and that won’t change.

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SI.com: OK, let’s talk about fun stuff. We just had a great Super Bowl. Where did you watch the game?

Jeter: I watched it at Jorge Posada’s house.

SI.com: Big party?

Jeter: No, a couple of people.

SI.com: What’d you think of the game? Which team were you pulling for?

Jeter: Good game, it was an exciting game. Great ending. I’ve gotten to know Ben [Roethlisberger] through the years, so I was pulling for him.

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SI.com: What about New Year’s Eve? What’s Derek Jeter’s New Year’s Eve like?

Jeter: It’s probably like everyone else’s New Year’s Eve. Count down from 10 to 1 and then you celebrate.

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SI.com: What was the most fun thing you did this offseason?

Jeter: This interview right here. This has been the most fun I’ve had this offseason.

SI.com: I’m honored.

Jeter: [Laughing] Yeah, that’s a lie. I said I don’t lie, but that one was a lie.

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No money for Manny? We can only hope / It may not look like spring outside…

Manny Ramirez’s potential parachutes / Damon defends Torre on book

Yankees quietly negotiating with Bank of America

Wright: “It’s going to be tough to leave here”

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     Chase Wright is no longer a Yankee.He got his chance in the majors, and he got rocked. He gave up four consecutive HR’s to the BoSox in a game, and after that..he never really had a chance of making it big with the club. It’s a shame really, because the kid showed some promise, but the Yankees aren’t very patient with their youngsters.  

Chase Wright’s reaction…

“I felt like I definitely had a good run,” Wright said. “The ’07 season was my first year out of [Class] A-ball and I had two good starts at Double-A before I got called up to the Yankees, and I knew that if I put together a good run [in 2008] I would have a shot at an opportunity. It just didn’t happen. The Yankees system is just loaded, and unfortunately, I kind of got buried.”

“I’ve been in the Minor Leagues a long time and I’ve learned a lot,” Wright said. “I think I could help out a big league team.”

     The Yankees obtained OF/C Eric Fryer (23) in return for Wright from Milwaukee. I’m actually quite impressed with this kid’s statistics. He batted: .335AVG  10 HR and 63 RBI in 104 games with Single-A West Virginia this past season. He led the league in batting average and on-base percentage. Fryer also was ranked 3rd in slugging percentage (.506). Eric will be assigned to Single-A Tampa at the start of the season.

in other news…

     Former Yankee, Ramiro Mendoza was given a Minor League contract and a Spring Training invitation from the Bewers. The last game Mandoza appeared in was back in 2005 regular season  for the Yankees. Mendoza shined in the Venezuelan Winter League, and posted a 1.62 ERA  in 33 1/3 innings. He is also on the preliminary roster for Team Panama in the ’09 WBC.

     Ramiro Mendoza was a big part of the Yankees dynasty. He won four World Series rings with the Yankees and really helped them out in the postseason.

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An evening with Brian Cashman / LOYAL DAMON DEFENDS A-ROD

Phil Coke: ’09 Rookie Development Program / BRIAN’S LOYAL TO HIS BOSS

Torre still keeps his cool under pressure / He has no regrets about book..

Kelly Ripa hugs Joe Torre, interviews him, hugs again / Captain, Oh Captain

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     Well it’s Superbowl Sunday and there’s not much to report today. My prediction..24-17 Cardinals. I’m rooting for Arizona by the way. Haha. Hope everyone has a great day. Here are a few updates:

Chad Jennings updates us on Alan Horne and Chase Wright….

Alan Horne (right) said his right shoulder is “doin great” and that his rehab is progressing nicely. He’s up to 50 throws from 120 feet and said he expects to be throwing off a mound soon. I didn’t ask if he knows where the Yankees expect him to start the season — I doubt he knows — but based on their handling of Mark Melancon and J.B. Cox, I’m betting Horne opens in Tampa or extended spring because of the weather. I realize he didn’t go through the same surgery as Melancon or Cox, but still, shoulder surgery on a pitcher won’t be taken lightly in an organization as cautious as the Yankees.

Chase Wright had less to say, mostly because he doesn’t have any answers. I asked if he had heard anything about waivers or a possible claim and Wright started his answer with a question: What do you think? If you think players are the first to find out about this sort of thing, you’re absolutely wrong. Wright hasn’t heard anything and I’m not exactly sure when he and the rest of us will finally know his 2009 organization. News of his DFA came out on Tuesday, but the move itself might technically have happened on Monday when the Yankees signed Pettitte. I’m not sure. All that matters is the end result — whether Wright’s still a Yankee — and so far even Wright himself doesn’t know.

According to Peter Abraham..this is what Joe Torre will be up to the next few days:

The Joe Torre “What’s the big deal?” book tour will hit New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Book signings:
Tuesday: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Little Falls, N.J., 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Borders Books, 100 Broadway. New York City, 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Bookends, 232 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J., 7 p.m.

Interviews:
Tuesday:
“All Things Considered” on NPR
Tuesday: Mike Francesa on WFAN
Wednesday: “Live with Regis and Kelly” on ABC
Wednesday: Chris Russo, wherever he disappeared to
Wednesday: Dave Letterman

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Top 50 worst announcers in all of sports / This Week in Yankees History

Still Jobless, Abreu Awaits Right Offer in a Slow Market   / What? Me offend?

Joe Torre, we hardly knew ya / Can you trust Joe? Torre’s tell-all raises doubts

Beyond the Headlines of Torre’s Book  / Joe disputes his own words on A-Fraud

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     With the addition of Andy Pettitte to the 40-man roster, they designated Chase Wright for assignment. I actually liked Wright a lot, but ever since that disastrous call up to the major leagues..he has really fallen off the radar.

     Chase had a really good 2008 campaign. He split his time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He went (W-L) 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 16 starts at AA. In Scranton, he and went (W-L) 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 6 starts. Maybe if he isn’t claimed off waivers he’ll get another shot with the Yankees.

 In his second start on April 22, 2007, Wright faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, where he became the second pitcher in Major League history to give up four consecutive home runs; he surrendered home runs during the third inning to Red Sox players Manny Ramírez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek. The Red Sox went on to win the game 7-6. He would later be recalled in September and pitch in one game.

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Wright is designated for assignment  /  A Modest Proposal: Nady to the Braves

Columnists take sides in Joe Torre book hype  /  Let the Torre story play out

Abreu, among others, may soon swallow their pride

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