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There can be no doubt that the American League East is easily the best division in baseball. In fact, this year could wind up being historic in terms of division play, as my projections show 4 of the 5 teams capable of winning 90+ games this season – a feat that’s never been accomplished before. Is the talent level in the East really that much better than the rest of the AL? In a word, YES.

Both the Boston Red Sox and Yankees look to be the class of baseball this year. I project both teams to win 105 games this year and finish tied for the division crown. How evenly matched are the two juggernauts? The projections also have them splitting the season series, 9-9. Many prognosticators are giving the edge to the Red Sox this year, based on their starting rotation of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz. While the Yankees rotation is known to be unsettled, relying on a return to form by AJ Burnett, Phil Hughes avoiding regression from his 18-8 2010 season, and a collection of rookies and reclamation projects to fill the 4 & 5 spots, the Sox rotation also has question marks. Can Lackey reclaim his form? Can Beckett come back from an injury plagued season? Will Buchholz ever deliver on his promise? Can Matsuzaka come back from injuries and inconsistency? In short, both teams could have excellent rotations – or horrible ones, once you get past the aces. But offensively, both squads are loaded 1 – 9. The Yankees projected line-up of Derek Jeter, Nick SwisherMark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner may actually be better than the team that led the league in runs scored last season. Boston counters with Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, JD Drew, Marco Scutaro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Both line-ups are capable of scoring 1,000 runs. The real differentiators between the teams are in the bullpens and on the bench. The Yanks have a slight edge in the bullpen, with the 1 – 1a tandem of Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano. The Sox have a slight edge on the bench.

As for the rest of the division, Tampa Bay suffered some tremendous free-agent losses. Despite that, they come into the season with their only real question being the strength of the bullpen, where the oft-traveled Kyle Farnsworth heads a makeshift relief corps. The additions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, along with new shortstop Reid Brignac and rookie Desmond Jennings, should actually make the offense better. And Tampa’s rotation remains one of the game’s best, led by David Price. But while good enough to win pretty much any other division in the game, this year’s Rays aren’t in the same class as either New York or Boston.

The same goes for the Orioles, although Baltimore may have the most improved team in the league. The infield was completely remade, as Mark Reynolds, Derek Lee and JJ Hardy join Brian Roberts. The O’s also brought in veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero and closer Kevin Gregg. Add in what looks to be the league’s best young rotation and proven winner (and old friend) Buck Showalter as manager, and Baltimore is poised to shock people the same way Toronto did last year.

As for the Blue Jays, this team lost too much – and replaced those parts with questionable signings – from last year’s overachieving squad to compete this year. They’ve brought in pitching guru John Farrell to lead the team, but this team will suffer from losing Cito Gastons “let-’em-fly” attitude on offense. Include a rookie catcher, changes at 1st, 3rd and all three OF spots and it will prove to be too much turnover to overcome. One bright spot for the Jays this year could be rookie starter Kyle Drabek, one of the game’s more hyped young pitchers.

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I ran a topic on Twitter…called: #ThingsYankeesFansHate and I got a ton of responses. It even became a trending topic in New York City. I thought I would share a bunch with some of you guys. I don’t agree with all of these, but I’ll let these fans speak out (so, don’t get offended). Here is a list in no particular order:

Things Yankees Fans Hate

  1. The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation
  2. The Wave
  3. Dallas Braden and “His Mound”
  4. West Coast Night Games
  5. Fox, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
  6. Fans who wear Yankees jerseys with a name on the back
  7. ESPN, ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, John Kruk
  8. Morons who say Jonathan Papelbon is “the best closer in baseball”
  9. Playing in Anaheim
  10. Fair weather/Bandwagon fans
  11. Games televised on MY9
  12. The Rally Monkey
  13. “Rays Fans”
  14. Luis Gonzalez and his bloop single off Mariano & Game 7 of the ’01 Fall Classic
  15. Listening to Sterling & Waldman on the radio
  16. The Cleveland Indians drum
  17. The “Yankees Suck” Chant
  18. Joe West. You sir, are a disgrace to umpires everywhere
  19. The Zales Fan Marquee & people who actually pay money to be on it
  20. W.B. Mason Commercials
  21. The suits sitting in the expensive seats
  22. Mike Lupica, Ian O’Connor
  23. People who really believe you can buy a championship
  24. When girls say yes to marriage proposals at Yankee Stadium
  25. Carl’s Steaks with a 20-minute line and 67 hot dog stands with no line
  26. Outrageous facial hair
  27. Fans of other teams doing a roll call
  28. Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee
  29. Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, Hideki Irabu, Kyle Farnsworth, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, John Rocker, José Valverde
  30. Fans of other teams sitting in the bleachers
  31. Mascots
  32. John Henry
  33. Rainouts and off-days
  34. Flash doing commentary
  35. Michael Kay and his man-crush on Paul O’Neill
  36. Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America
  37. Josh Beckett’s Game 6 performance in the 2003 World Series
  38. Giuseppe Franco
  39. Yankee Stadium Parking Garages $
  40. Derek Jeter double plays
  41. Fans who really think Cervelli is Posada’s heir apparent
  42. Empty Legends seats
  43. The price of the Lobel’s Prime Rib Sandwich
  44. YMCA and Cotton Eye Joey
  45. Not being able to hit a pitcher we haven’t seen before
  46. People who bring gloves up in the grandstand
  47. Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Francisco Rodriguez
  48. The 2004 ALCS
  49. Pink Yankees hats
  50. Jimmy Rollins talking shit during the 2009 World Series
  51. The B Train
  52. Bill Mazeroski
  53. The Rays tank at the Trop, The Green Monster
  54. A-Rod (Pre-2009)
  55. Stupid Yankees Fans
  56. Losing
  57. Stub-Hub Saturdays
  58. Box Seats, according to the Bleacher Creatures
  59. ROGER CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX AND ROGER CLEMENS IS COMIN’ BACK. OH MY GOOD–GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS–OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, ROGER CLEMENS STANDING RIGHT IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX ANNOUNCING HE IS BACK! ROGER CLEMENS IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!

Now, I’m sure you could come up with a lot more. If you want me to add more to the list, feel free to drop more in the comments section below.

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     Jimmy Traina of SI.com did a interview with Derek Jeter this past Tuesday. He talked about the upcoming season, A-Rod, Torre’s book, etc. The interview was done at the Gillette-EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming Global Finals in Orlando, Florida. Jeter was participating int he video game tournament there. He played against Jose Miguel Morales Herrera of Mexico.

Here are some tidbits form the interview: (if you want to see the interview in it’s entirety..check it out here)

SI.com: OK, then let’s talk about this upcoming season. The Yankees had a big offseason, signing CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Texeira. Do those moves and spending that kind of money put even more pressure on you to win it all?

Jeter: I don’t know how you can say “more” pressure because every year we’re expected to win a championship. That’s the bottom line. So I don’t know how you could have “more” pressure than winning it all. So every year, it’s the same expectations for us and that won’t change.

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SI.com: OK, let’s talk about fun stuff. We just had a great Super Bowl. Where did you watch the game?

Jeter: I watched it at Jorge Posada’s house.

SI.com: Big party?

Jeter: No, a couple of people.

SI.com: What’d you think of the game? Which team were you pulling for?

Jeter: Good game, it was an exciting game. Great ending. I’ve gotten to know Ben [Roethlisberger] through the years, so I was pulling for him.

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SI.com: What about New Year’s Eve? What’s Derek Jeter’s New Year’s Eve like?

Jeter: It’s probably like everyone else’s New Year’s Eve. Count down from 10 to 1 and then you celebrate.

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SI.com: What was the most fun thing you did this offseason?

Jeter: This interview right here. This has been the most fun I’ve had this offseason.

SI.com: I’m honored.

Jeter: [Laughing] Yeah, that’s a lie. I said I don’t lie, but that one was a lie.

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No money for Manny? We can only hope / It may not look like spring outside…

Manny Ramirez’s potential parachutes / Damon defends Torre on book

Yankees quietly negotiating with Bank of America

Wright: “It’s going to be tough to leave here”

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     Manny Ramirez will not be a Yankee this season. It’s dead. Cashman stated that they won’t be acquiring Manny Ramirez. I wanted him as well, but let’s not get carried away here. How much should they spend? They brought in CC, AJ, & Tex. You never know what might happen down the road..he may very well end up in the Bronx later on. It’s Manny..anything is possible. Once they signed Teixeira, the chances of them getting Ramirez were slim to none. Now these rumors should be put to rest.

     The Yankees won’t be adding on any more big name players, but Cashman said that the Yankees are exploring the market to add some non-roster additions.

This is what Cashman had to say:

“Ultimately, we’ve made our decision,” Cashman said. “We chose to put that money into Mark Teixeira to play first base. I do hear rumblings [that] people actually expect us to get in on Manny. That’s not going to happen.

“We respect his abilities, there’s no doubt about it, but we’re now in the non-roster-invite mode. … We’ve secured the areas of need and hopefully put ourselves in a better position. We’re not playing on any Major League free agents, other than non-roster invites.”

“He’s great,” Cashman said of Ramirez. “Obviously, [he’s] from the Washington Heights area, right near Yankee Stadium. I hope he stays in the National League, and not at [the Mets’] Citi Field. Let him stay on the West Coast.”

“Anything that looks like it could help,” Cashman said. “If people are willing to come in and audition for the next seven or eight weeks, we’re having those types of discussions.”

“[A trade could happen] if something makes sense, but right now I expect fully to go to Spring Training with what we’ve got,” Cashman said.

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A few thoughts before bed … / Great Winter For Yankees’ Cashman

Torre wonders if Roger Clemens bat-throwing incident may have been roid rage

Protecting His Yankee Legacy / Thoughts on the Torre book

3 UP: Torre, Castro, Zambrano / Yanks’ fans won’t throw book at Torre

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     Roger Clemens DNA has been linked to blood syringes. Some people are wondering if this is a credible piece of evidence because it was fabricated by Brian McNamee. Scientific tests are being done to try and link the blood in the syringes to Clemens. It seems like this case has been going on forever. Most people don’t believe Clemens anyway, so not admitting it will only hurt him. America is a forgiving country. Many fans have forgiven Pete Rose…and many Yankees fans have forgiven Pettitte and Giambi. He should just admit that he took steroids already, but I understand it’s not easy.

Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens’s DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The DNA results, preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.

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“It will still be evidence fabricated by McNamee,” Hardin said. “I would be dumbfounded if any responsible person ever found this to be reliable or credible evidence in any way.”

Clemens voluntarily gave a DNA sample to federal authorities, who are conducting the genetic tests, the sources said.

Still, the DNA results are only part of the equation. Scientists at the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles, who were brought onto the case by authorities, are trying to determine whether the syringes ever contained steroids and human growth hormone, the sources said.

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The Abreu market / The Manny/Matsui divide / The amazing race

Worst Twenty Offensive Seasons by a Yankee Catcher

Torre: Book didn’t violate conduct code /Fans Line Up for Book, and Torre Talks

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     Jorge Posada commented on what he thought of Joe Torre’s new book. He hasn’t read it, but he says that he did not violate the clubhouse sanctity from the things he has heard through the media. Posada said, “take me about three years” to read all 512 pages of Joe Torre’s book, “The Yankee Years.” Haha. Jorge said he might visit a bookstore to buy Joe’s new book, as he plans to read it. Posada thinks that most of the controversial stuff in the book was already known by the public, and that it shouldn’t really be a surprise. He also mentioned that the name “A-Fraud” was just a clubhouse joke that was created by former bullpen catcher Mike Borzello.

“There was not one player on those teams that said those words,” Posada said. “Never. If we heard it, it was just (Borzello) messing with Alex and Alex would be right there and he’d be laughing about it. It was never out of disrespect at all . . . It was never said behind his back by any teammate.”

“The beginning (of rehab in early December) was tough, I can’t lie to you,” Posada said. “It’s not easy to rehab from major surgery. But I saw improvement every time I threw the baseball, so it was rewarding. I have no pain, I’m able to do a lot of strength stuff with no pain and I can swing the bat real well.”

“It really isn’t explosive,” Posada said of the book. “We’ll have to sit down and read it, but what’s been said in the media, nothing’s been surprising to me. I think he’s just talking about his experiences with the winning teams and all that. He hasn’t really said anything we didn’t know.

“Joe’s done nothing wrong, in my eyes. He’s been a father figure to me, so I don’t think he can do any wrong.”

“You’re going to talk about the best player in baseball, you’re going to talk about the best player in basketball, in the NFL,” Posada said. “Alex is the best player in baseball, so you’re going to talk about him. A baseball season doesn’t go by without talking about Alex Rodriguez.”

“We’ll laugh about it,” Posada said. “We’ve got a lot of other things we’ve got to worry about. We’ve got to get ready for this season and have a good year.”

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Love or hate (and a question) / Manny Yankee after 2009? / The Storm Hits

Costas joins MLB Network / Pinch hitting: Was Watching

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     Seems like they just put down the interlocking NY insignia in front of the main entrance at the new stadium. It looks great. I want to thank Daniel Peralta over at flickr.com for the two photos below.

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39 is the new 26Melky out of options / He’s Not The Biggest Loser?

Lego Giambi / The wonderful world of Carl Pavano  / Bargain Shopping

Musings on Manny  /  Peace, I’m in here  /  Prospects by Position: Catcher

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     I just watched Joe Torre on ‘Larry King Live’ and I thought Joe put things in perspective. If you listen to what he says..it really seems like the media blew the book out of proportion. He wasn’t really attacking anyone, but he wanted the readers to further understand what was really going on during those 12 years. Doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, or it’s not interesting, but everyone jumped on Torre and started bashing him. I took notes on the interview, so those who missed it can see what Larry and Joe talked about.

 CNN also had live blogging of the interview where people were submitting questions to Joe.

Here we go….

  • Tom Verducci and Joe decided to write this book two years ago. This was all decided before he left the Yankees organization. He wrote it to encompass the 12 years he spent in New York. Both the good times and the bad.
  • The book tells people the changes that went on. How the Red Sox changed their style of business and the steroid era.
  • He didn’t want to shock people with the book. He thinks that people will always resent some of the things said, but it’s the truth. Joe wanted to share his story and feelings during his tenure with the Yanks. He says that he wants his reputation to be honest, and that is exactly what the book is.

he was asked…

Why soil your own legacy?

Joe said he doesn’t think the book takes anything away from his legacy. If you keep it in context..you will appreciate the book. It was just an inside peak of what went on. He thought it added personality to the players, and helped the readers relive those golden years.

Did leaving the Yankees make you feel bitter?

He said he can’t look back on those years with the Yankees and be bitter. The years he spent with the club was wonderful.

Did you violate “the code”?

 He really dodged this question. He went on to talk about Boomer, and how he felt about the comments he made. Joe said that David and him always had that sort of relationship. They respected each other professionally. Joe asked him to come to his dinner which honored the 1998 Yankees..and he David responded by saying: I don’t like you, but I’ll go. Haha. That’s Boomer for ya.

  • Joe talks how Kevin Brown and David Wells drove him crazy. He said he didnt’ have anything against Brown, and that he actually liked him because he tried to do well. Torre said that Brown didn’t leave room for any mistakes and was hard on himself.
  • He then started to talk about A-Rod. He said that Alex is a special player, and that there is no other person more talented then him. Baseball is A-Rod’s life. He didn’t want Alex to be “the guy”  all the time. He wanted Rodriguez to be himself. Fans were only interested in wins, while Alex wants records and statistics.

– Joe said that he puts a great deal of pressure on himself, and he tried to help him out.

– Alex didn’t have problems with teammates.

– Torre said that the A-Fraud thing was more of a joke..that was said right in front of him and not behind his back.

Did Rodriguez have a conflict with Jeter?

Joe said no. They weren’t best friends, but they acted like professionals.

What do you think of A-Rod’s divorce and Madonna?

The divorce surprises him. He also understands that he’s a lightning rod, and that gives him a great deal of attention.

Is Alex Rodriguez a  minus to the Yankees?

Joe said no. He spoke about Alex coming into NY, and how everything he does draws attention.

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some other tidbits…

– He thinks the ’01 World Series was the greatest of all the ones he managed. With those 3 amazing nights..and especially since it was after 9/11.

– Joe gets along fine with Many Ramirez. He described him as a fun loving guy. He spoke about how Manny scared him to death when he was the manager of the Yankees. He hopes Ramirez returns to the Dodgers this upcoming season.

-Torre’s name is on top of Verducci’s because T goes before V. Haha

Think it will effect your players right now?

He said no.

Do you think you were burning any bridges?

No. He didn’t think there was any sensitive material in the book that he felt shouldn’t have been in there.

– Watching some of the World Series clips gave him goosebumps. He wanted to share those moments. Joe said that without the bad times..it wouldn’t be an honest book.

– His last year with the Yankees was very difficult. He said it was mutual and he needed to move on.

When did you last speak to Alex Rodriguez?

He hasn’t spoken to him since he left NY. He said that nothing in his book should make Alex angry.

You never got trust from the front office? That bothered you. Are you angry inside?

He said the front office didn’t trust him, but he isn’t angry inside. Joe said that Steinbrenner was always cracking the whip and he wanted to be in control. He wasn’t able to enjoy what he did for very long, because Steinbrenner was always thinking about the next thing. Joe went on to say that it’s worth the price you have to pay. When you get an opportunity to win..you pay the price for it.

Did you feel betrayed when you left the Yankees?

No. What bothered him was that they gave him a one-year deal with incentives. He felt that it wouldn’t change anything, and the club thought it would make him a better manager. It wasn’t about the money, but the thought that he needed motivation bothered him.

Did you sign an agreement with the Dodgers since the book has come out?

No he hasn’t. Torre says that this isn’t the first time this idea has come up. The Yankees have asked him before about not writing a book. He never agreed to anything. Torre likes to believe that it is only retracing his years spent with the Yankees. Joe is shocked by the initial reaction, but he’s not upset. He thinks that once people read the book..people will further understand exactly what went on.

What did you say about Steinbrenner?

Joe said that George would be proud of things he said. Georgie was proud to be the boss. It wasn’t criticism, but he was  just describing him. Torre said that George got him the players, and that he couldn’t have done it without him.

-Steinbrenner talked about giving out no bonuses to the coaches after the Yanks beat the Mets in the WS. After new years eve…he called them and changed his mind. Joe said that Steinbrenner just wanted to get their attention..

What are your thoughts of a Yankees/Dodgers World Series?

He said it would be wonderful to play in a World Series again. He smiled at the idea of Manny facing the Yankees again.

Betrayed by Cashman not in the book, but was implicated…?

His perspective..doesn’t mean everyone will agree that that’s the case. Joe said that he had disagreements with Brian, and he didn’t have his support at the end. Torre said that Cashman “saved his bacon” a time or two. He said that Cashman was ready for a change. Not just that..but Brian changed as well. Joe said he did things differently. His last year with the Yankees was the worst year of his 12 year tenure. He didn’t want to be asked everyday on his current status. Joe wanted a two-year contract, and he didn’t care about the terms. Torre said that if he was fired in the first year of the two-year contract that he would be paid for both years. He wanted one year to concentrate on baseball, but he couldn’t get the Yankees to agree with him

-Joe gave Larry King a Dodgers cup. Larry than poured his drink into the new cup and drank from it. Haha

How do Dodgers fans compare to Yankees fans?

He said it is hard to duplicate what went on in NY, and that you could feel the heartbeat in the Bronx. He said Dodgers fans were Lukewarm in the beginning, but when they went on to beat the Cubs..they got very excited. Joe put Yankee Stadium in a class by itself.

Joe was asked if he would run for President?

He didn’t say no. Haha. He likes Obama. He thinks he is very bright, but people need to have patience.

Was the book purely monetary? Will money go to charity work?

Not monetary. They were both paid for writing the book.

Who is the most purely gifted athlete?

A-Rod. He said that Alex can do it all..hit for power, hits to the opposite field, plays great defense, etc.

What went on with Gary Sheffield?

He said that Sheffield was always suspicious person and that he had mood swings. They had a good relationship, but he called him out once for not hustling. Joe said that he was treated fairly.

What did you know about steroids?

He said he never saw it..never talked or heard about it. Joe said he never went in a players locker and respected players privacy. Joe said that everyone is to blame for the steroid era.

Did you speak to Giambi about Steroids?

He said that they spoke around it. He was hesitant to approach him, but he wanted to make sure he was okay. He thought that he wasn’t the person who should be asking those questions, because they could have changed his livelihood. 

How are you doing Joe?

He talks about overcoming prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed in 1999..and 10 years later..he is doing fine. He said that cancer is not something you cure, but you try and extend your life as much as you can.

-He like LA. His daughter was first upset about the move, but she made adjustments.

-He said he doesn’t think he said anything bad about Bobby Abreu in the book. Haha.

UPDATE: 12:31AMET: Here is a transcript of the Larry King interview

 

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Other reactions to Torre  /  Logistically, Yanks can’t sign Dunn or others?

Joe Torre book fills the winter vacuum  /  SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE!!!

SOFTBALL TOSSES FROM TORRE  /  The story behind The Yankee Years

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     Reports earlier today stated that the Yankees met their free agent quota, but that isn’t true according to Peter Abraham:

from The LoHud Yankees Blog:

Fear not, greedy Yankee fans, the Yankees can sign all the Type A free agents if they want.

A story on MLB.com today said the Yankees had reached the quota on Type A free agents.

This led to — seriously — a dozen e-mails from fans who want Juan Cruz, Adam Dunn and/or Manny Ramirez.

Turns out the story is wrong. Brian Cashman said the Yankees could sign up to eight if they want. “I’m not sure of the exact number, but it’s one we won’t worry about either way,” he said.

I’m not clear on the exact reasons. But the large pool of FAs led to an adjustment in the quota. I also think it has something to do with how many ranked FAs they had.

Panic over. Think big thoughts.

And, no, Cash wouldn’t way whether than plan to sign anybody else.

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Kicking off 2009 draft coverage with Damon Oppenheimer 

Torre to appear on Letterman show next week  

David Wells fires back at Torre for book comments 

Yankees don’t need legal protection  /  Playing in the dirt

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     Dave Heuschkel from SI.com, talks about why Manny Ramirez makes sense for the Yankees.The organization brought in Sabathia, Burnett, & Teixeira..but some fans don’t want it to stop there. Heuschkel believes that Manny is still one of the best players in the game, and that he would help bring a World Series title to the Yankees. I can’t argue with that, but I don’t think he is the #1 priority right now.

    I wonder how badly he wants to become a Yankee….  

Last year he said:

“He wants to play for the Yankees so he can get at the Red Sox,” a close friend of Ramirez’s told The Post.

 In 2003 he said:

Ramirez has always fantasized playing for the Yankees. Back in 2003, he told ESPN’s Joe Morgan that it is “one of my biggest dreams” and “Someday I want to play there.”

Heuschkel‘s reasoning for the Yankees to bring in Manny:

1. Three-team race.The American League East is no longer a two-team race between the Yankees and Red Sox. The Rays have a better core than those teams and will boast arguably the best starting rotation in baseball with James Shields, Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine and David Price. Heck, those are five reasons right there why the Yankees should add Ramirez to their lineup.

2. He’d be a bargain.The cost of Ramirez would not be prohibitive. The Mets aren’t interested and the Dodgers don’t appear willing to offer more than two years. As long as the Yankees don’t outbid themselves, Ramirez can be had at a reasonable price. He would be worth it because he’ll produce.

3. Private Manny. Ramirez would have more privacy in New York because it isn’t a fishbowl like Boston. Being comfortable would make him very happy. As Johnny Damon once said, a happy Manny is a productive Manny.

4. Manny being a man.Ramirez would listen to Derek Jeter because, well, he’s Derek Jeter and everybody listens to the Yankees captain. The reason Manny acted like a child in Boston was because his managers allowed him to exhibit that type of behavior. Yankees managers aren’t allowed to enable players. 

5. A vibe. Ramirez would generate a buzz whenever he stepped to the plate at Yankee Stadium. But instead of causing fans to sit on the edge of their seats, he would bring them to their feet. In case anyone forgot, he had 37 homers and 121 RBI last season. Only five players in baseball drove in more runs.

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MATTINGLY GOES TO BAT FOR MANNY  /  Formal offer to Varitek

Ben Sheets’ elbow still concerns Rangers 

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 Here are a bunch of headlines swirling around Yankees Universe today:

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Here is a nice Yankee Stadium Moment from the movie, City Slickers:

Phil: Alright. What is the best day of your life?

Mitch: You mean ever?

Phil: Yeah, best day ever in your whole life. And you can’t do it when your kids were born. That’s too easy.

Mitch: “I got one. I’m seven years old, and my dad takes me to Yankee Stadium. My first game. We’re going in this long dark tunnel underneath the stands, and I’m holding his hand, and we come up out of the tunnel into the light. It was huge..how green the grass was.. brown dirt, and that great green copper roof, remember? And we had a black and white TV, so this was the first game I ever saw in color. Sat through the whole game next to my dad, taught me how to keep score, Mickey hit one out.”

Phil: Goody day.

Mitch: And I still have the program.

and here is the clip:

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Hard To Let Go…  /  The Productivity, Durability & Consistency Of Abreu  /  Odds and ends

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