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River Ave. Blues reported earlier today that the Yankees have reached an agreement with the free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli. It was a uncomnfirmed report coming from Rocco Baldelli’s Facebook page.

Chad Jennings gave a quick call to Yankees GM, Brian Cashman. That would be false,” Brian Cashman said.

Cashman acknowledged that the Yankees are talking to several players – ”We’re trying to assess our legitimate choices in the sandbox we’re playing in,” he said — but the team has reached an agreement with none of them.

Designated hitter Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Boston Red Sox signs autographs just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (more…)

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Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com:

While we still believe that Xavier Nady would ultimately be the best solution to fill the Yankees’ need for a corner outfielder/right-handed hitter, Rocco Baldelli might be the next best choice (considering the Yanks’ need and their hard-line budget).

There is some mutual interest here, according to a source, but nothing has advanced yet past that.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post finds that Johnny Damon returning to the Bronx is unlikely, because the Yankees  are telling agents they have only $2M to spend.  Cashman would have to lobby Hal Steinbrenner to expand the budget to bring back Damon. Supposedly, when they were targeting Mike Cameron back in July, Hal Steinbrenner would not approve a $5.5MM increase. Damon would have to cut his salary demands by a lot, and that is unlikely. If this report is correct, $2M isn’t going to get you anything noteworthy on this FA market.

If they move on from Damon, the team’s next targets are: Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Marcus Thames.

According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, the “signing of first baseman Aubrey Huff likely finishes the Giants’ offseason efforts to upgrade the ballclub.” So, that means no Damon for the Giants? Isn’t this guy running out of options?

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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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