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Brett Gardner is good, but isn’t he more valuable coming off the bench? To be honest, when he first came up I thought that he could be a decent outfielder. It turns out it doesn’t look like he can make it as an everyday player on this club.

We heard that Damon came down from his thought of a three- or four-year deal. Johnny offered to return for two years at $20 million. The Yankees countered at $14 million, and nothing happened after that. He probably wants to stay in New York, but obviously money means more to him then winning.

Supposedly, Xavier Nady’s price “is above the Yankees’ current budget.” The Yanks also don’t appear to be a primary suitor for Jermaine Dye, according to Jon Heyman. DeRosa (Giants), Holliday (Cardinals), Bay (Mets), Kearns (Indians) are all off the board. David DeJesus, Ryan Church, Scott Podsednik, Travis Buck, Reed Johnson, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Johnny Damon are still available. It just seems like the Yankees aren’t budging on this “we have a budget” idea.

Update: 1:30PM ET: MLB Trade Rumors: “Heyman believes the Yankees would not go beyond one year and $6MM to re-sign Johnny Damon.  On MLB Home Plate Boras said Damon “would just have to move forward,” while not faulting the Yankees for sticking to a budget.  Heyman suggests four alternatives for Damon: the Giants, Mariners, Braves, and Angels”

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Sports Illustrated has a list of the 10 best sports arenas of the decade. The New Yankee Stadium ranked at No. 4. “Located across 161st Street from the House that Ruth Built, the Yankees’ new home opened in style as the Bombers won the World Series in 2009. The new home features a giant high-definition screen in center field, gourmet food in private clubs and ample food courts and luxurious seating throughout the stadium.”

Baseball America ranks Jesus Montero Baseball’s 5th Best Prospect. “When he arrives: New York’s offseason moves will dictate whether Montero spends all season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or moves up to the big leagues as a part-time catcher and DH.”

Yanks’ sign former A’s prospect, Javier Herrera to a minor league deal. This outfielder was once considered the best defender in the Oakland system. [In six minor-league seasons the 24-year-old has hit .282/.358/.468 with 49 HR and 213 RBI.]

Yanks reportedly sign catcher Rivera An unnamed Major League source, reported that the team had agreed on a Minor League contract with backstop Mike Rivera. He will be invited to Spring Training this upcoming season.

Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees are “talking regularly” with Reed Johnson and his representatives. Johnson would be obtained for the left field position, and he would give them some flexibility because he can play all three outfield positions. He’s not such a great hitter though. (more…)

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I’m guessing when they say pitching it might be Justin Duschscherer or Ben Sheets. Hopefully Sheets will lower his asking price and the Yankees can get him for a steal. Also, it seems as Damon is realizing he might want to wear pinstripes next year, but I don’t think he’ll come down low enough for the Yankees to agree. I guess we’ll see Damon in another uniform next year. Mark DeRosa? I’d rather not get older. Am I right?

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Here are a few rumors floating around at the Winter Meetings:

Curtis Granderson- Club official from a team interested in Granderson said that he thinks the Yankees really want the centerfielder.

Mark DeRosa- According to Marc Carig of the Star Ledger, DeRosa’s agent says Yankees have had initial talks and they are planning to meet with Cashman this week

 Mike Cameron- From River Ave Blues: Joel Sherman reports that the Cubs “want Mike Cameron for CF, but so might Yankees, which could be interesting since Cubs like Melky Cabrera.”

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The Hot Stove keeps getting hotter….

According to SI’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are entering the mix for Roy Halladay. Toronto Blue Jays GM, Alex Anthopoulos, has stated that he is willing to trade within the division.

Freddy Guzman and Josh Towers were removed from the Yankees 40-man roster. Brian Cashman has said that both players have elected free agency.

The Detroit Tigers are letting the league know that their center fielder, Curtis Granderson, is available. New York Post’s Joel Sherman believes that the Yankees would have interest. I would definitely like the Yankees to go after a guy like him, but what would they have to give up? Austin Jackson could definitely be a possibility. You guys willing to part with him?

Could the Bombers let Wang go? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees  “will be very cautious” with pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. That’s understandable, considering his recent injury problems and there is a quite a bit of questioning on whether or not he can still compete at this level. The team has always gone year-to-year with him, so this is a routine procedure with him.

Scott Boras is at it again with his big mouth. comparing Damon to Jeter and Holliday to Teixeira? Oh God. Is he kidding me? Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Scott Boras “sounded as if he wants a three- or four-year deal for Johnny Damon”.  Sherman doesn’t know whether Boras is willing to have Damon take less than the $13MM salary Damon made the last four seasons. It would definitely be nice to have Damon back, but the Yankees could do without him. Johnny needs the Yankees more than they need him. The team can just as easily go out on the market and buy a player if they wanted to. At this point in Damon’s career, he should just be trying to win more championships..and in New York he has the best opportunity to do that. (more…)

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