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The iconic wag of Gary Sheffield’s bat is something that most fans don’t forget if Sheffield plays for your favorite team. His production is wanted by most teams and fans of said teams. However, the controversy he brings to the teams he plays for is a different subject all together. A subject most teams or fans don’t want to deal with, yet some do because his production is needed.

In the offseason that followed the 2003 season, most Yankees fans wanted the Bombers to sign Vladimir Guerrero. However, George Steinbrenner negotiated with Sheffield (sans agent) and struck a deal with him for 3 years/$39 million with a team option for 2007.

In 2004, Gary had one of his better years as a Yankee as he hit .290, 36 homeruns, and drove in 121 RBI’s while placing second in MVP voting to Vladimir Guerrero.

2005 was a lot similar to 2004 as in he hit .291, 34 homeruns and 123 RBI’s while coming in 8th in MVP voting.

Unfortunately for Gary, 2006 wasn’t that great for Gary as he injured his wrist in April against Toronto and needed surgery. He didn’t return until September and by then, the Yankees had acquired Bobby Abreu in a trade with the Phillies. Sheffield then was tried at first base as he lost his job to Abreu. Sheffield apparently didn’t like this and had no problem voicing his opinion of the situation.

Luckily for Sheffield and the Yankees, Cashman picked up his option and proceeded to trade him during the offseason to Detroit for Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett. However, Sheffield would still stir the pot from Detroit. During an interview on ‘Real Sports’ he took shots at Torre (‘Treated black players different from white”) and Jeter (‘Ain’t all the way black’). So, I guess Gary was shuttled out of town at about the right time.

Regardless, Gary Sheffield was a good player on the field for the Yankees and off the field he was decent at times. However, near the end of his tenure as a Yankee, Gary became less agreeable off the field and regardless of his production, I don’t think the Yankees could have put up with him much longer. If Gary kept his mouth shut, things might have been different. Either way, on the field, Gary had a productive career as a Yankee. Off the field is a different story.

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In part two of our look back at Brian Cashman’s track record since gaining autonomy over baseball operations, we take a look at what has happened under his hand between October 2006 and October 2007. Part one can be read here.

Signings and Re-Signings

Mike Mussina resigned for 2 years/$23 million.

Signed Kei Igawa for 5 years/$20 million (Plus a $26 million posting fee)

Signed Andy Pettitte to a 1 year/$16 million deal with a 2008 player option

Signed Roger Clemens to a 1 year/$17.4 millon deal

Trades (more…)

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…Spring Training! What did you think I was going to say, Christmas? Pfft, that day is just a mere speed bump in baseball fan’s lives known as ‘Off season’. Either way, the Yankees released their non-roster invitee list and it looks something like this:

OF Marcus Thames, LHP Wilkins Arias, LHP Jeremy Bleich, OF Colin Curtis, RHP Grant Duff, OF Reid Gorecki, C Kyle Higashioka, RHP Jason Hirsh, LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Zach McAllister, C Jesus Montero, C PJ Pilittere, LHP Royce Ring, C Mike Rivera, C Austin Romine, RHP Amaury Sanit, RHP Zack Segovia, OF Jon Weber, RHP Kevin Whelan and OF David Winfree.

Tell me, are you as excited to see Kei Igawa pitch to Marcus Thames in intersquad games? You’re not? Then you must not be a true Yankees fan then. I kid, regardless, 9 days until Spring Training.

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John Sickel of MinorLeagueBall recently listed the Yankees top 20 prospects going into 2010. I am going to include the list with his grades, but without his write ups and analysis. Click the previous link to see his write up of the players.

  1. Jesus Montero, C, Grade A
  2. Austin Romine, C, Grade B
  3. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B
  4. Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade B
  5. Slade Heathcott, OF, Grade B
  6. Mark Melancon, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline C+
  7. Gary Sanchez, C, Grade C+
  8. John Murphy, C, Grade C+
  9. Kelvin De Leon, OF, Grade C+
  10. D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Wilkin De La Rosa, LHP, Grade C+
  12. David Adams, 2B, Grade C+
  13. Corban Joseph, 2B-3B, Grade C+
  14. Adam Warren, RHP, Grade C+
  15. Neil Medchill, OF, Grade C+
  16. David Phelps, RHP, Grade C+
  17. Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C
  18. Jose Ramirez, RHP, Grade C
  19. Jeremy Bleich, LHP, Grade C
  20. Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Grade C

OTHERS (All Grade C): Sean Black, RHP; Gavin Brooks, LHP; Jairo Heredia, RHP; Jamie Hoffman, OF; Brandon Laird, 3B; DeAngelo Mack, OF; Melky Mesa, OF; Juan Miranda, 1B; Hector Noesi, RHP; Ivan Nova, RHP; Eduardo Nunez, SS; Kevin Russo, 2B; Romulo Sanchez, RHP; Graham Stoneburner, RHP; Brad Suttle, 3B; Pat Venditte, RHP-LHP; Kevin Whelan, RHP.

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