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Today, we begin our look at the fourth year of Brian Cashman at the helm of the Yankees baseball operations. The previous iterations can be seen here, here or here.

Signings and Re-Signings

Re-signed Damaso Marte to a 3 year/$12 million deal.

Signed Sergio Mitre to a 1 year deal with a team option.

Re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a 1 year deal.

Signed AJ Burnett for 5 years/$82 million.

Signed CC Sabathia for 7 years/$161 million.

Signed Mark Teixeira for 8 years/$180 million.

Re-signed Andy Pettitte for 1 year/$5.5 million plus incentives.

Trades

Traded Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez for Nick Swisher and Kanekoa Texeira

Traded Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson for Eric Hinske

Traded Jose Veras for $3.12 in pesos (Cash Considerations).

Traded Chase Weems for Jerry Hairston

Traded Cash for Chad Gaudin

Notable Draft Picks

Zachary Heathcott

Grade for the Year: A

For the most part, this year was great for Brian. There was speedbump or two, but nothing that $500 million couldn’t fix in the long run. My favorite move? Getting rid of Jose Veras, god I hated him, but that’s neither here nor there. Everything Brian did in this year worked out like a charm as the Yankees marched on to their 27th World Series championship. Many of the moves he made also set up the Yankees for long term success as well, atleast one would think or hope.

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      According to Peter Abraham, Alex Rodriguez is due in camp next week.Yankees officials reported today that he is expected to be in camp on Tuesday. He is also allowed to check in earlier as he is on the World Baseball Classic roster.  George M. Steinbrenner Field will be a mad house, because Alex will have to address the media again. Not that I’m not rooting for Alex..but this really messes up Spring Training plans. This is supposed to be a relaxing time for the players, as they try and get back into shape for the upcoming baseball season. It really gets annoying hearing the same questions over and over again. I feel bad for the other Yankees, beause they need to answers questions about him. Hopefully in a few weeks this will die down.

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Cashman & General Joe Talk About A-Rod / Joba making progress

Notes from Newman: Fryer, Cox, Duncan and others

Sabathia saddled with an aging zoo / Update on that 3D Pre-Rennovated Stadium / Yankees aren’t looking to get rid of A-Rod

Wild Thought: Did A-Rod’s Ex-Wife Blow The Whistle? / ‘Joba-The-Not’

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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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