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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: LHP CC Sabathia (9-9, 4.65) vs RHP Andrew Cashner (7-5, 3.88)

Sat: RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.41) vs RHP Tyson Ross (2-4, 2.90)

Sun: RHP Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.58) vs RHP Ian Kennedy (3-8, 5.23)

CC Sabathia

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Hal and Hank Steinbrenner (Hal is on the left)

The Daily News reported this morning that the Steinbrenner family may have the Yankees up for sale.

“Rumors are flying in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles that the family that has owned Major League Baseball’s premiere franchise since Cleveland shipbuilder George Steinbrenner purchased the club for $8.8 million in 1973 is exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees.”

Later this morning, the Yanks issued a flat denial. Via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“‘I just learned of the Daily News story. It is pure fiction,’ (Hal) Steinbrenner said in a statement. ‘The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come.'”

Is this a case of the Daily News, forever locked in a back-page battle with the New York Post, creating a story to spur readership? Or are the Yankees actually on the block? If this were any other tabloid, my gut would be to dismiss the story outright. But this one has Bill Madden in the byline, and over the years I’ve come to respect Mr. Madden’s ability to unearth behind-the-scenes information. So…

The answer may not lie in the perceived value of the Yankees franchise, currently reported to be around $3 billion. Instead, it might be better to examine the current ownership group for any signs they may want out of the baseball business. The two principles, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, are near polar opposites in terms of their personalities. Hank is much more the fan and fiery competitor. Like George, he also has something of a mercurial temperament – this is the son who lambasted the NL for not having the DH, called out Derek Jeter for building a mansion in Tampa, and stoked the Yankee – Red Sox rivalry by memorably deriding “Red Sox Nation.” Hank even looks more like his father than his brother. Hal, on the other hand, is far more concerned with the bottom line. Hal once referred to himself as a “finance geek.” While it should be obvious to anyone that while he may have been one, I can’t ever picture the bombastic George referring to himself that way.

There is also the fact that Hal is beginning to realize that while Hank was probably overzealous in giving Alex Rodriguez a ten year, $260 million extension going into his age 33 season, his preferred method of building from within isn’t exactly as easy as Gene Michael made it look in the 1990’s. None of the top prospects he anticipated being part of the team’s core by now – Phil Hughes, Jesus Montero, Eduardo Nunez, Dellin Betances, Austin Romine, Ian Kennedy and Manny Banuelos – has been able to establish themselves as major leaguers. Of that list, only Hughes is a regular contributor; Montero and Kennedy are now elsewhere, Nunez is back in the minors and Betances, Romine and Banuelos have been plagued by inconsistency and injury while in the high minors. He understands that the Yankee fan base won’t stand for losing. In order to keep the seats filled at Yankee Stadium (and ad revenue on the YES Network peaking), he needs a winning product on the field. At the same time, Hal has made it a goal to have payroll below the anticipated $189 million luxury-tax threshold by the 2014 season – a season in which the Yankees already have $75 million in salary committed to four players and will likely be well over $100 million if they decide to resign any combination of Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Ivan Nova, Nick Swisher and Russell Martin.

While I find it hard to believe that Hank would be willing to part ways with the Yankees, it isn’t hard to see Hal wanting to leave the circus and go home to heading Steinbrenner Properties. If this season’s on-the-field troubles continue, I suspect Hal may begin earnestly looking for a way out. He’ll be pressured to do something that really doesn’t work well in the New York market: find inexpensive talent to replace popular (and productive) players jettisoned for contract reasons. He got to preview the way a frugal owner gets treated in the situation when negotiating Derek Jeter’s contract last year. Imagine him playing hardball over money with Cano and Granderson, two popular players entering their prime and the resulting back page fallout from that.

The big question is whether the rest of the family trusts Hank to run the financial side of the team and keep his temper in check. Those of us old enough to remember George Steinbrenner from the 1980’s shudder a bit at the thought of Hank reprising that role. Still, if Hal actually does want out (that $3 billion price tag is awfully enticing to a “numbers guy”), I can see the family giving Hank first shot at forming a new ownership group. It would certainly be interesting, in an All My Children kind of way.

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At the end of the 2005 season Brian Cashman almost left the Yankees as he was fed up of fractured chain of command on the baseball operations side of the Yankees. Cashman took nearly two weeks to decide whether or not to come back. In the end, Cashman wanted more authority and received it as well as a 3 year/$5.5 million contract. Since late 2005, the Yankees have finished in first (2006), in second with a Wild Card berth (2007), in third place (2008) and in first place with a 27th World Series championship (2009).

Obviously, a lot has happened in Yankeesland since Cashman was given full autonomy from good draft picks to good free agent signings (or re-signings) to good trades and obviously, there is the converse of that. Over the next 4 posts (this one included) we will try to breakdown a portion of those transactions that either mattered or made some sort of an impact and give Cashmoney a grade for each year and overall.

When we say year, we generally mean from late October to late October (For example October 2005-October 2006 would be a year) unless otherwise specified.

Without further milking the cow, here’s October 2005 to October 2006 and our analysis of the first year of Cashman’s autonomy.

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Earlier this week we wrote an article about the Yankees’ hitting coaches since 1996. In baseball, you can’t hit if there isn’t anyone pitching to you, so, now we take a look at the Yankees pitching coaches since 1996…

Mel Stottlemyre

Year ERA H Runs HR BB SO WHIP
1996 4.65 1469 787 143 610 1139 1.56
1997 3.84 1463 688 144 532 1165 1.57
1998 3.82 1357 656 156 466 1080 1.56
1999 4.13 1402 731 158 581 1111 1.58
2000 4.76 1458 814 177 577 1040 1.52
2001 4.02 1429 713 158 465 1266 1.38
2002 3.87 1441 697 144 403 1135 1.50
2003 4.02 1512 716 145 375 1119 1.50
2004 4.69 1532 808 182 445 1058 1.49
2005 4.52 1495 789 164 463 985 1.53

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You remember when everyone was saying that “Generation Trey” was here to stay? Well, you can forget about that now as one of them have left the pack.

Hughes, Kennedy and Chamberlain rose to the major league level together, and they started a new wave of young arms within the organization. It began a new thought of investing in and sticking with their young players, rather than trading them all away for all-star caliber players.

The team  came close to splitting up the trio a few years ago, when there was talks of Hughes and Kennedy being packaged in a deal to obtain Johan Santana. That didn’t work out. There were rumors about splitting them up again just a few weeks ago, when talks were heating up about possibly sending Hughes or Joba to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay. Nothing came of that either, as Cashman would not part with them. It’s definitely nice to see that Cashman wants to stick with them. The trio was finally split up in the three-way trade between the Yanks, Tigers and D-Backs. [Granderson went to the Yankees; Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy going to the Diamondbacks; and a prospect haul of Daniel Schlereth, Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke going to the payroll-slashing Tigers.]

Remember “Generation K”? (Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen, Paul Wilson) That was the collective nickname given to the trio of young starting pitchers in the New York Mets organization in 1995. Look how that turned out. All three players succumbed to pitching-related injuries within a year. The only one out of the three that had real success in the major leagues was Isringhausen, who now has 293 career saves. (more…)

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Update: 2:45PM ET: The Yankees have completed a three-team trade that gives them center fielder Curtis Granderson, pending a review of medical records, according to a source.

From the Yankees Official Website: 

INDIANAPOLIS — The D-Backs, Tigers and Yankees reportedly agreed in principle Tuesday on a deal that would send Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson to New York in the first major deal of this year’s Winter Meetings. In the seven-player trade, SI.com’s John Heyman reported that the D-Backs would receive right-handers Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy from the Tigers and Yankees, respectively, while the Tigers would get pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from Arizona and outfielder Austin Jackson and left-hander Phil Coke from New York. A source said that the Yankees were piqued by the idea of installing the left-handed-hitting Granderson into center field at Yankee Stadium, where his power bat could play nicely with the short porch and help reconstruct their lineup for a defense of their World Series title. The D-backs entered the Winter Meetings searching for a starter to slot behind Brandon Webb, Dan Haren and Scherzer in the rotation and about $10 million to spend. Their plan seemed to call for them to spend the bulk of that money either on a free-agent pitcher or taking part of a large pitcher’s contract off another team’s hands via trade. If the deal is indeed structured as believed, it would allow the D-backs to spend their remaining dollars on shoring up the bullpen and bolstering their offense, which has underperformed the past few seasons. Kennedy missed much of last season after having surgery to repair an aneurysm under his right armpit on May 12. He pitched in four Minor League games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year and tossed a scoreless inning in his one appearance for the Yankees. The right-hander pitched well in the Arizona Fall League and the D-backs appear to have favorable reports on him.   (more…)

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Update: 12:30AM ET: Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Tigers were never satisfied with the blockbuster talks. 

Via MLB Trade Rumors:

The D’Backs pushed for a blockbuster three-way deal with the Yankees and Tigers today, only to see one of those two teams veto it, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, the teams are discussing the following scenario.

The deal would send Curtis Granderson to the Yanks, along with a prospect or two from the D’Backs. Arizona would obtain Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees. The Tigers would obtain Max Scherzer from the D’Backs and Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yanks.

Talks are apparently at an “impasse” now, though the D’Backs continue to push for a trade

Ian Kennedy and Austin Jackson? Does that mean our hopes for Roy Halladay are over? I didn’t realize it would take this much to land him.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that the Yankees spent “much of the day” trying to acquire Granderson, and that they still haven’t offered Johnny Damon a contract. I didn’t realize the Yankees were spending the whole day in talks with Detroit, so I guess this is some serious business here.

Earlier today, Buster Olney said the Tigers wanted Phil Hughes and Austin Jackson from the Yankees for Granderson. I didn’t even want to part with him for Halladay, so it wouldn’t make much sense to do that.

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In a shocking piece of news as the Yankees Organizational meetings come to an end, the Yankees will bid on Roy Halladay. Jon Heyman surmises that it will take some combination of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero, and Austin Jackson, which is another bit of shocking news, right?

Personally, I would start off with an offering of Phil Hughes (Sorry Zell!), Austin Jackson and maybe someone like Ian Kennedy. Personally, I believe Joba has a higher upside and I’d rather not potentially give up a bat like Montero’s. Ian Kennedy? That was more of a throw in, I still believe he has something to contribute to a major league team.

In reality, I know that won’t be the package that would win Roy Halladay’s services. I can see either Joba or Montero leaving, but both of them? Unlikely. The winter meetings in Indy begin on Monday and Halladay is likely to dominate meetings there, so let the fun begin!

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Well, the end of the season for the Surprise Rafters has come and passed, so it is time to let you know how the Yankees of tomorrow have done.

Grant Duff (RHP) pitched 9.1 innings compiling an ERA of 2.89, 2 saves and an opposing batting average of .212

Mike Dunn (LHP) was 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 innings with 20 K’s and 10 walks.

Ian Kennedy (RHP) lead the league with 29.2 innings with an ERA of 4.25 and 28 K’s

Zack Kroenke (LHP) posted a 5.28 ERA in 15.1 innings over 10 games.

Brandon Laird (3B) batted .333 with 6 HRs, 24 RBIs and an OPS of over 1.000

Colin Curtis (LF) batted .397 with 5 HRs, 18 RBIs and an OPS of over 1.200.

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IanKennedy

While Major League Baseball’s season might have ended, there is still baseball being played. Here is an update on how some of the Yankees farmhands in the Arizona Fall League are doing.

Pitchers

Grant Duff (RHP) has logged a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings over 8 appearances with 2 saves while striking out 3 and walking 5.

Michael Dunn (LHP) in 7.2 innings over 7 appearances has logged a 2.35 ERA while striking out 13 and walking 6.

Ian Kennedy (RHP) has started 5 games in which he has pitched 20.1 innings with an ERA of 3.98 with 19 strikeout’s and 4 walk’s

Zach Kroenke (LHP) hasn’t been as lucky as his colleagues this fall. He has an ERA of 5.68 over 9 games and 12.2 innings with 10 K’s and 4 walks.

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Good news for the Yankees, Ian Kennedy is back in the mound after undergoing surgery to remove an aneurysm from underneath his right bicep. He made a surprise entry into the FSL playoffs, starting a game against the Stone Crabs, his first time on the rubber since April 27th. He allowed one hit (a double) over two innings, and routinely hit 90-91 on the gun. Tampa won the game to go up 1-0 in the best of 5 series.

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     Jim Donaldson came up with a 2009 Yankees/Red Sox team comparison. I found that I agree on some topics, but a few I don’t. In the end..he does say the Yankees are the better team. I can agree on that. Haha. I believe the Yankees have a better 1stbasemen, 3rd basemen, shortstop, catcher, and starting rotation. I will probably get bashed for saying this, but I believe Cano is a better player then Pedroia. Will see if I’m right a few years from now.

This is his view of both of teams:

First Base

Kevin Youkilis is a very good player. Mark Teixeira is better.

Second Base

Not even close here. Dustin Pedroia is the A.L. MVP. Robinson Cano is Robinson Cano.

Shortstop

The Yankees have Derek Jeter. The Red Sox have Julio Lugo and Jed Lowrie. More, in this case, indeed is less.

Third Base

I like Mike Lowell much, much better than Alex Rodriguez. As a person, that is. As a ballplayer, A-Rod is much the best, especially with Lowell coming off hip surgery at the age of 35.

Outfield

Will the real Jacoby Ellsbury please stand up? Is he the budding superstar who helped spark the Sox to a World Series title in ’07, or is he the solid but hardly spectacular young player who batted .245 in June and .247 in July? J.D. Drew is a heck of player, when he’s healthy. When he’s not, local hero Rocco Baldelli, who’s had serious health problems of his own, will take over in right field. Left fielder Jason Bay hit .293 after coming to Boston from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline, then batted .341, with three homers, in 11 postseason games for the Sox. As long he’s not compared to Manny Ramirez – remember him? – Bay measures up pretty well against most players.

 As for the Yankees, Johnny Damon – remember him? – hit .303 last year and will start in left field. Center field is up for grabs between Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner. Xavier Nady seems likely to be in right, although Nick Swisher is in the picture there, too. Overall, if everybody performs up to expectations, I’d take Boston’s outfield over New York’s, but the difference isn’t huge.

DH

David Ortiz played a career-low 109 games last year, and his power clearly was affected by his aching wrist. His weight and conditioning could prove to be an issue, especially at age 33. In New York, expect Hideki Matsui to be the DH, at least early in the season. Matsui, like Ortiz, is coming off an injury that limited him to 93 games (he hit .294 with 9 homers and 45 RBI), and he’ll be 35 in June. If both are healthy, I prefer Big Papi.

Catcher

 Pardon me if the soap-opera signing saga of Jason Varitek didn’t seem like the key to the pennant for the Sox. While his contributions to the handling of the pitching staff are considerable, he has become an automatic out in the batting order, particularly from the left side, where he hit .201 last year. Jose Molina, with hopefully (from a Yankees’ standpoint) Jorge Posada returning sooner, rather than later, gives New York a decided edge behind the plate. Posada also can DH, which you can bet Varitek won’t be doing.

 Starting Rotation

 Joey’s right – the Red Sox do have starting depth aplenty. And talent, too. The thing is, the Yankees have more of both. Looking at the lefties at the top of the rotation, there’s nothing not to like about Jon Lester. But, if they could afford him, any team in the league would take New York’s expensive offseason acquisition, C.C. Sabathia, over Lester –– at least for 2009, if not necessarily the long-term. The Yanks also spent big bucks to acquire A.J. Burnett. But he’s no Josh Beckett. As for Daisuke Matsuzaka and Chien-Ming Wang, I’ll call that a wash. It also should be noted that having those two guys as third starters (although Wang, not Burnett, may turn out to be No. 2 in New York) is a key reason the Yanks and the Sox are two of the best teams in baseball. In the old-vet category, give me Andy Pettitte over Tim Wakefield. Are Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden better than Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes? We’ll see. Do the Sox move Justin Masterson into a starting role? Do the Yankees move Joba Chamberlain back to the bullpen? We’ll see about that, too. Having Brad Penny ready, and John Smoltz recuperating in the wings, are plusses for the Sox, but, as I see it, the Yanks get the nod here.

Bullpen

 The Red Sox rate the edge in the ‘pen. In the all-important closer role, Mariano Rivera is a dead-lock future Hall of Famer. But Jonathan Papelbon, who still has to perform over the long haul if he’s to get to Cooperstown, is better right now. Masterson could be masterful as Boston’s setup man. Hideki Okajima can be counted on to get lefties out, and the hope is that Manny Delcarmen will continue to improve. Having newcomers Takashi Saito and Ramon Ramirez in the mix, along with Javier Lopez, is a plus. As for the Yankees, they’ve got Damaso Marte, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and David Robertson. Which is why the Red Sox get the thumbs-up here.

Manager

 I’ll take Terry Francona, thank you very much, over Joe Girardi. If famous author Joe Torre was still in the Yankees’ dugout, this would be a much tougher call.

Overall

 The pitching staffs are comparable, but the Yankees pack more punch in their batting order, especially in the bottom third. That ability to pound away, day after day, will put them atop the A.L. East at the end of the day –– or season.

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The next controversy / Loud Mouths: What Impact Wang & Burnett?

Sox fans will love Torre’s tell-all / Klapisch: Yanks banking on Posada’s arm

Horne: “I’m right on schedule with the other guys”

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