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Here is some of the latest news, notes and rumors that are floating around the Yankees blogosphere over the past week:

Yanks bring aboard Segovia as a non-roster invitee. “The Yankees have invited righty reliever Zack Segovia to Spring Training as a non-roster player.”

First Karstens. Then Jackson. Now Claggett. A few days ago Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment from the Pirates

According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees “went after [John] Smoltz hard before they acquired Javier Vazquez.”

The New York Mets are among the teams interested in Chien-Ming Wang. “The Mets are among 15 teams with interest in Wang, according to Alan Nero, who along with Alan Chang represents the former Yankee.”

The guys over at RAB debate whether Derek Jeter can aim his hits

Alex Rodriguez was in New York the other day to receive the Babe Ruth Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston Jr.

“New Era Japan have just released their new 8 panel BB cap collection – a throwback style wool cap in New York Yankees and Boston Red Socks options. These are good.” -Via HighSnobiety

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Now that we know where Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and John Lackey will be playing baseball in 2010, it’s time to look at the best options that the Yankees have not named Chien-Ming Wang. The best free agent options the Yankees have are Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets. Let’s compare these two and pick a future Yankee…

Ben Sheets- Pros

Upon mentioning his name, I know I invoke a few groans and rolls of the eyes, which is well deserved, in some cases. Though, the stats do not lie, in 8 active years, he has an ERA of 3.72 and 7.6 Ks per nine innings. Though, when healthy (and that’s a big IF) he can throw 200+ innings easily and even with injury riddled years, he provides 6+ innings in his starts. Think of this you can slide Ben Sheets in as a 4th or 5th starter and move Joba or Phil to the bullpen or rotate their starts which benefits everyone. With Ben not needing to be the #1 starter like he was in Milwaukee, he can relax and pitch his game. When healthy, Ben Sheets has the potential to be a front line starter. Sheets is also one year younger than Justin Duchscherer.

Cons

Sheets missed all of last year due to rehabilitation of his surgically repaired elbow which he injured in 2008.  All the eye rolling and scoffing at him possibly signing is well deserved. The biggest con against him is his health. If you remove 2008 from his pitching records, from 2005 to 2007, his innings pitched were: 156.2, 106, 141.1. Not exactly stellar, more like Joba rules were in effect for him. Another big IF is whether or not he’d be able to pitch in a big city market like New York. Many pitchers have come and not lived up to their expectations or wilted under the pressure (See: Javy Vasquez, Kenny Rodgers, Jack McDowell, Randy Johnson, etc al). He has also pitched solely in the National League Central… (more…)

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Yesterday Dan Shaughnessy wrote (hat tip to Was Watching) a scathing article about how the Red Sox claim they are in a transition/bridge period and to expect them not to be as good as they once were. I, personally love this article and Shaughnessy is right, the Red Sox shouldn’t kid themselves, they are made of the same blood the Yankees are. Here are the best parts, for the rest, click the above link.

John Henry and Theo Epstein are preparing you for the Big Slide. While they continue to raise ticket prices and drain every dollar out of Fenway, they are telling you to put your expectations on the shelf. No more “championship-driven’’ campaign for your Red Sox. The Sox are building a “bridge’’ for the future. They are giving up on competing with those big, bad Yankees.

Please. Sounds to me like a bridge over troubled waters.

What a joke. First we had Sarah Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere. Then we had Bob Kraft donating thousands to Deval Patrick in an obvious (thus far, failed) effort to get the government to pay for a $9 million bridge to connect a couple of his parking lots. Now it’s Theo selling his bridge between championship seasons.

Great use of referencing Sarah Palin. Will we see Palin-Red Sox signs at Yankee Stadium next year? I can only hope so. Continue to see more after the jump.

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     The Yankees missed the postseason last year. The Red Sox got knocked off by the Rays in the ALCS. The Rays went onto the World Series, but lost to the Phillies. These teams have reloaded in the off-season, and are ready to battle it out again this upcoming season. Major additions to the AL East: CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, John Smoltz, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, Pat Burrell, Nick Swisher, Rocco Baldelli, Junichi Tazawa. The anticipation is killing me. I can’t wait for the season to start.

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Yankees’ Chamberlain postpones court date for DUI  /  Yankees Team Report

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     Ken Rosenthal believes that the Yankees are far from dealing this off-season. He believes that the Yankees should go after Ben Sheets as their #5 starter, and Juan Cruz to be the setup man. The Yankees really haven’t said much or expressed a lot of interest in the two, but anything can happen.

     Ben Sheets is definitely injury prone, but he is worth the risk. He would supply the Yankees with more starting pitching depth. On the other hand, Cruz could give the Yankees a much needed setup man, and he wouldn’t cost much. Cashman has said that Joba will be in the rotation, so the 1-2 punch of Joba/Mo is gone for now.

     You can never say the Yankees are done spending….

Both Sheets and Cruz are Type A free agents who were offered salary arbitration, but they would cost the Yankees only fourth- and fifth-round draft picks. The Yankees already have signed three higher-ranking free agents — Mark Teixeira, Sabathia and Burnett.
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Sheets, while a physical risk, could be the Yankees’ answer to Brad Penny and John Smoltz, both of whom signed with the Red Sox for relatively low base salaries with the chance to earn significantly more through incentives.

SI.com, citing a baseball source, reported Tuesday that Pettitte is weighing a lesser offer to return to the Astros. However, Astros GM Ed Wade told FOXSports.com, “I haven’t had any discussions with Andy or any of his representatives at all. We’re up against our (budget) number right now.”

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Ask Joba a question yourself  /  Prospect Profile: Dellin Betances

The Stadium controversy as a national bellweather

Tying down New York’s most eligible bachelor

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