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Here are some of the latest news, notes, rumors and opinions involving the Yankees:

Roy Halladay

Yankees 3rd in chase for Doc: “Nevertheless, when it comes to the Roy Halladay Sweepstakes, the Yankees appear to be running third. The Angels, who reportedly made an offer to the Blue Jays yesterday, and Phillies are the favorites.”

Juan Miranda

Can Miranda fill the DH spot?: “Juan Miranda can be a DH,” said Cashman, who cut off a question about not having a DH. “We have Jorge Posada, we have Mark Teixeira and A-Rod and a number of guys who can swing over on their days of rest. We have people we can play in that position internally right now.”

Brett Gardner

Gardner attracting interest: “According to a scout familiar with the situation, the Sox were one of two teams in the American League Central letting the New York Yankees know during the winter meetings this week that they covet outfielder Brett Gardner. The Kansas City Royals also were wondering what it would take to acquire the promising 26-year-old leadoff hitter.”

Chien-Ming Wang

Would the Yankees possibly bring Wang back?: “Many believe the Yankees will simply bring Wang back on a lesser deal filled with incentives. Think again. A source close to Wang told me recently that the pitcher is still bothered that the Yankees took him to an arbitration hearing over $600,000 in 2008 – then gloated publicly after winning the case.”

Ryota Igarashi

Yankees interested in Ryota Igarashi: “The Yanks appear to be interested in Ryota Igarashi after trading Brian Bruney away to the Nationals on 12/7.  The Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and Baltimore Orioles are also rumored to be interested in Igarashi.  And it seems his agent is looking for a 2-year deal wroth about US$2M-3M.” (more…)

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Update: 11:30PM ET: Via The LoHud Yankees Blog:

The Yankees have officially announced that Chien-Ming Wang was not tendered a 2010 contract Chien-Ming Wang.

“There’s no doubt that we had to make a tough decision,” Brian Cashman said in a statement released by the team. “We are still hopeful that our relationship can continue, but those decisions are yet to be made.”

Melky Cabrera, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre have been offered contracts through arbitration.

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We have a report from Joe Strauss that the Yankees have non-tendered Chien-Ming wang, but the Yankees haven’t confirmed this report just yet.

Blogging the Bombers:

Still no official word from the Yankees on their non-tenders. Wang expected to be non-tendered, but they seem to be undecided on Mitre. 41 minutes ago from web

From MLB Trade Rumors:

3:34pm: The Yankees have yet to confirm this, tweets Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.

1:55pm: The Yankees have non-tendered Chien-Ming Wang, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter).

“Wang may be a name for Card buffs to keep in mind. Non-tendered by Yankees.”

The right-hander was clearly less than 100% to start the year and had season-ending shoulder surgery in July.  Wang’s last truly healthy season was in 2007, when he turned in an ERA of 3.70 over 199.1 innings of work.  (more…)

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Wrapping up the first day of ther Winter Meetings:

-Pete Caldera reports that Andy Pettitte can expect an offer of over $10 million when the Yanks make their formal pitch to the 37-year-old lefty, according to a source familiar with the club’s thinking.

-John Heyman reports that Johnny Damon is another Yankees priority and they are expected to offer about $20 million over two years to keep him. Yankees’ backup plans are: for pitcher, Pineiro and Wolf; and for outfielder, Mike Cameron, Jermaine Dye, Curtis Granderson and possibly Byrd.

-According to Marc Carig, the team “told entire coaching staff that they’d be offered jobs again.”

-Joel Sherman reports, both the Yankees and Mets have interest in Kelvim Escobar. He might pitch in Venezuela in December to show his health.

-According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the Mariners, Giants, Mets, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Orioles, and Yankees are interested in Nick Johnson.

-Tyler Kepner reports that the Yanks interested in Chapman, but at less than $15 mill

Chad Jennings has a ton of updates for us:

-Just talked to a source who seems to agree with most of the conventional thinking that’s floating around. He sees the Yankees going after Johnny Damon but letting Hideki Matsui slide, he sees Andy Pettitte as an early key to the Yankees offseason, and he’d rather keep Phil Hughes and give up Joba Chamberlain in a trade for Roy Halladay. He also has some Red Sox notes for us: (more…)

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Where in the World is Chien-Ming Wang? He is walking the runways in a fashion show for baseball players to raise funds for the 20 baseball teams based in cities and counties devastated by a deadly typhoon this past August, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Chien-Ming Wang recently managed at a recent charity event in Taiwan, and even threw a few warm-up pitches off the mound. It’s crazy how much this guy has dropped off the charts ever since he sprained his right foot running the bases in Houston. Who knows if he will be the pitcher he once was, and if he will ever wear a Yankee uniform again.

Chien-Ming Wang’s agent says Wang will be ready to pitch by May 1. “He’ll be ready for spring training,” Nero said. “He’ll only be a few weeks behind the other pitchers.”

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The Yankees recent World Series victory got me thinking about the birth of a new dynasty. Some say it’s impossible to build a dynasty these days with all the different teams out there and the competitive free agent market. We saw the Bronx Bombers build a dynasty in the late 90’s, which stood strong until the blooper up the middle off of Gonzo’s bat.

My question is..can it be done again? It’s very rare that we see back-to-back champs, or even three straight championship victories. You can be the best team out there, and still not win it all. Entering the postseason, it’s all about the hottest team and situational hitting. The Yankees were unstoppable in the playoffs this past postseason, mainly because of their starting rotation and they got the big hits when it mattered most.

I think it can definitely be done, especially with the Yankees because they have such great financial resources. Bring in a big-time free agent, let go some of the older veterans, and bring in a new group of youngsters. That’s how it’s done. It’s about having a mix of experienced players and the next generation. Decisions need to be made on Damon, Matsui, Pettitte, Wang, Hughes and Joba. It’s hard to say if Cashman will pull the right strings this time around, (he certainly had a terrific 2008 off-season) but I feel that if he follows that plan than it could work.

Some of my suggestions: Sign either one: Damon/Matsui, Bring in John Lackey or Roy Halladay (all depending on what they are asking for), call up Austin Jackson. If they let Matsui and Damon go than they must go after a big time outfielder…possibly Matt Holliday. (more…)

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WangAs it stands now, Chien-Ming Wang is pretty far from most Yankees fan’s minds at this point in time and with good reason. Originally, the Yankees did not expect him to be on the mound until July 2010. After a recent trip to James Andrew, it is possible that CMW could be on a major league mound by May.

The Yankees are likely to non-tender Wang this offseason so they can offer him a less lucrative deal. Earlier this postseason Wang stated he was hopeful that he would be back in pinstripes in 2010. Outside of the Red Sox or Mets, there probably won’t be many teams willing to give him a lucrative deal following shoulder surgery considering the possible length of his rehabilitation.

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The Hot Stove keeps getting hotter….

According to SI’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are entering the mix for Roy Halladay. Toronto Blue Jays GM, Alex Anthopoulos, has stated that he is willing to trade within the division.

Freddy Guzman and Josh Towers were removed from the Yankees 40-man roster. Brian Cashman has said that both players have elected free agency.

The Detroit Tigers are letting the league know that their center fielder, Curtis Granderson, is available. New York Post’s Joel Sherman believes that the Yankees would have interest. I would definitely like the Yankees to go after a guy like him, but what would they have to give up? Austin Jackson could definitely be a possibility. You guys willing to part with him?

Could the Bombers let Wang go? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees  “will be very cautious” with pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. That’s understandable, considering his recent injury problems and there is a quite a bit of questioning on whether or not he can still compete at this level. The team has always gone year-to-year with him, so this is a routine procedure with him.

Scott Boras is at it again with his big mouth. comparing Damon to Jeter and Holliday to Teixeira? Oh God. Is he kidding me? Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Scott Boras “sounded as if he wants a three- or four-year deal for Johnny Damon”.  Sherman doesn’t know whether Boras is willing to have Damon take less than the $13MM salary Damon made the last four seasons. It would definitely be nice to have Damon back, but the Yankees could do without him. Johnny needs the Yankees more than they need him. The team can just as easily go out on the market and buy a player if they wanted to. At this point in Damon’s career, he should just be trying to win more championships..and in New York he has the best opportunity to do that. (more…)

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Peter Abraham has the latest say on Wang, and it sounds fairly dire.

“When he got the second MRI on Tuesday, it revealed a possible rotator-cuff tear. The question is whether it’s a new injury or scar tissue from the operation he had back in 2000.

Because Dr. James Andrews did that surgery, he will examine Wang on Tuesday and figure it all out. If Wang does have a new tear, he’ll be out the rest of this season and part of 2010. Wang, as you might expect, is nervous about what Andrews might find.

If Wang does need surgery, the Yankees could non-tender him in December rather than have him rehab on their dime.”

Remember a few things. Chien-Ming Wang was never supposed to succeed relying on only his sinker in front of the Yankees’ terrible defense, along with a miniscule K/9, but he did (spectacularly so). And he was supposed to go under the knife for a shoulder injury after his rookie season, but decided to rehab it instead, and reeled off consecutive 19 win seasons directly thereafter. Whenever I’ve assumed Wang would not be succesful, or was done due to injury, he’s proved me wrong. That was why I felt completely confident in assuming he’d be back up to snuff this year–only to be proven wrong again.

So I don’t know what to think. The evidence, however, points to him being on the brink of disaster. Who would ever have guess the Yankees would be considering non-tendering the Taiwanese sinkerballer? We refused to trade him for Johan Santana two offseasons ago, for chrissake.

And since we can easily derive the positivistic answer to this question, he’ll be back, and stronger than ever. Chien-Ming Wang is in fact the human equivalent of “opposite day“.

Hey, a guy can hope.

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      Alex is supposedly reporting to camp this Tuesday, and it is expected to be a circus. Rodriguez is going to be holding a press conference to clear up what he said. This will be the first news conference he will hold since he admitted using PED’s on national television. Joe Girardi has said that he plans to attend the press conference. Many of the Yankees players have also stated that they want to be present. It’s going to be all about A-Rod for the next few days…so get ready.

“I think it shows the unity of the club, and I think that’s real important,” Girardi said Sunday. “I think it’s important that teammates back teammates, and they’re there for each other, and they know during difficult times they can lean on each other. Because, you know what? There’s going to be something else that comes up this year that’s difficult maybe for a player to get through.”

“He’s excited. He said, `I can’t wait to start playing baseball,'” Girardi said, recounting a Saturday conversation he had with his third baseman. “I think this is another step in the healing process and getting through this.”

“I don’t think dread is the word that I would necessarily use, but let me tell you I’m really looking forward to getting beyond Tuesday,” Girardi said. “I think it will linger a little bit, I think like Andy’s did in a sense, and maybe to a little larger magnitude just because people stay around for a little bit. Everyone can’t stay around forever. There’s other stories in the world – hopefully fairly quickly.”

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     A-Rod called Selena Roberts to apologize for the things he said during the ESPN interview with Peter Gammons. That was nice of him. Haha. He supposedly called her last Wednesday, but she wouldn’t comment until he held his news conference down in Tampa on Tuesday.

Rodriguez said Roberts was “trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. I mean, that’s the biggest bunch of baloney I’ve ever heard in my life” and that “this lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies.”

Rodriguez had also accused her of “stalking” him and of trying to break into his Florida home. A Miami Beach Police spokesman said Roberts did not try to break into Rodriguez’s home.

“The allegations made by Alex Rodriguez are absurd,” Roberts told the MLB Network.

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Rivera Takes His Time Recovering From Surgery / Posada’s goal: opening day

Either him or Kei Igawa / Joe Girardi audio from today / Big day for Brackman

Teammates full of praise for Wang / Notes from Contreras: Sanchez, Cox, Horne

Yanks optimistic on Wang’s health / Yankees youth movement delayed

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     Jim Leyritz is at it again. He was arrested and put in jail on Friday for violating his pretrial release on a DUI manslaughter charge. He apparently has this device in his car that he needs to blow in before starting it. The device was installed in his car in April 2008, and it shows that he consumed alcohol four times since it was installed.

     Leyritz is scheduled to be on trial on May 25th. If he’s convicted guilty..he could spend up to 15 years in jail.

Things just keep on getting worse for The King….

“So he believed at that point, because he now had a machine in his car, it was OK to drink, but that he’s just not going to be able to drink and drive because the car is going to turn off,” Bogenschutz said.

“He really shouldn’t be held responsible,” Bogenschutz said. “It’s a little disturbing.”

“That assumption was incorrect,” Ishoy said Friday. “It is the state’s position that Mr. Leyritz was to remain on pretrial release and not consume alcohol.”

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CC Sabathia audio from today / JORGE: WE’LL STAND BY A-ROD

Sabathia, Burnett begin new journey / New Glove for Wang, Same Beard for C.C. / University of Miami names ballpark after A-Rod

CC throws first pitches for Yanks / Melancon: “I hope it’s not false hope”

Yanks To Forfeit Six Games In 2009 / Joe Girardi audio from today

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     Chien-Ming Wang is returning from a foot injury last season. Wang says that the foot is fully healed and that he is ready to go. Wang is very excited about the additions the Yankees made to the team this off-season, as he should be.

     I think some people are underestimating what the Wanger is capable of. He was the  winningest pitcher in baseball in 2006 & 2007, while putting up back-to-back 19 win seasons. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he isn’t a power pitcher who strikes out every batter that steps up to the plate. He is a ground ball pitcher, but that doesn’t make him less valuable then others. I would definitely consider him an ace.

From Pete Abe’s Blog:

When I walked into the complex this morning, the first two guys I saw were Chien-Ming Wang and Phil Hughes.

The Wanger looked good. He got to Arizona in mid January and worked out for several weeks with a trainer before coming here. He has thrown off the mound twice and will again tomorrow.

Wang said his foot has totally healed and he is ready to go. I asked him about the Yankees adding CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

“Great for us,” he said. “We have a good rotation. I was glad.”

Wang has long resisted the idea of being considered the ace of the staff. Part of it is his personality, part of it is cultural. He defers to older players and always has. The guy is a competitor on the mound but quiet off it. Look for him to have a big year as he tries to make up for missing so much time. He also was relieved not to face another arbitration hearing.

Hughes has been in Tampa for a while as well. It speaks well of him that he showed up early knowing it’s a long-shot that he makes the team.

Dave Eiland and Rob Thomson were there with the players. Those two guys get after it. Also saw scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, who was watching workouts.

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Derek Jeter expresses frustration over Alex Rodriguez mess

Miller: Athletes victims of witch hunt / Hall of Famer Brett reacts to A-Rod

Jeter holding off on reaction to A-Rod / Only one sure way to make A-Rod pay

Does Steroid Use Hurt Arod’s Fantasy Value? / Video chat from Tampa

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