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Nothing is going to stop the Yankees now. Rumor around town is that Beltran will be getting $45 million for three years.

Via Mark Feinsand:

BREAKING: Source says Yankees and Carlos Beltran have agreed to a three-year deal. More details to come.

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Matt Holliday just signed with the cardinals for a 7yr/ $120 million deal. That brings up the question..what’s next for Albert Pujols?

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune wrote a column about the Yankees leaving room in their lineup for the best player in the game today, Albert Pujols. He says that the DH spot is staying open because the club may want to sign Pujols, or possibly trade for him. Rogers thinks they will go after Pujols for the 2011 or 2012 season, when he becomes a free agent.

Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard are all within two years of free agency. Mauer wants to stay with the Twins. But can they afford him? With Holliday in the mix for years, can the Cardinals sign Pujols to a mega deal? The idea that the  Cardinals, Twins, Brewers, Padres and Phillies will sign their stars to contracts is just not going to happen. It’s the business of baseball. Rogers put it best by saying, “However, history suggests that, in the end, the rich get richer.”

Derek Jeter’s contract is up after the 2010 season. The Yankees will negotiate a deal with Derek to keep him in pinstripes for the remainder of his career. He will pretty much get whatever he asks for. Mariano Rivera’s contract is up after the 2010 season as well. Mariano claimed that he wanted to play five more years after he won the World Series. Who knows if he means it. And then there is Jorge Posada. He will have one more year left on his contract in the 2011 season, and who knows what position he will fill on the team. The Yankees whole roster will be filled with the highest paid players in the game. With the Yankees plans of lowering their payroll, are they going to want to do all this? This is still Albert Pujols, and you can’t pass up on him because he’s the best there is. Nobody thought they would ever see A-Rod in pinstripes, but a pickup basketball game by Aaron Boone made it happen.

ESPN’s Buster Olney feels that because the Yankees are invested in Teixeira and A-Rod over the next decade, something dramatic would have to happen in order for Pujols to land in the Bronx.

Can you imagine the heart of the Yankees lineup being: Mark Teixiera, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols. I’ve compared other lineups to Murderers Row, but that truly would be. This is the Yankees we are talking about, the home of the rich and the famous. They get who they want, when they want it. Money talks in this game we call baseball. The Yankees are more likely to go out and get Joe Mauer then Albert Pujols, but a guy can dream…

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Update: 2:20PM ET: TUESDAY, 11:19am: A source familiar with the talks tells ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that “nothing is imminent.” The source says Boras and Holliday “are still looking for something that they’re not finding.”

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff doesn’t expect the Yankees to commit to another nine-figure salary and sign Matt Holliday, especially since they need pitching.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday a deal which would pay him $16MM per year for at least eight seasons, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As St. Louis is anxious to reach a resolution, those familiar with the talks believe it possible that Holliday could reach a verdict before Christmas. 

This proposal dwarfs the average value of the 7-year, $100MM contract Albert Pujols inked in the winter of 2004.  Of course, the average value of Pujols’ next contract will likely overshadow the pitch made to Holliday.

Strauss writes that the Yankees may be the most dangerous variable to the Cardinals, despite their insistance that they are not pursuing Holliday.  With Jason Bay pointed towards signing with the Mets and the Red Sox inking Mike Cameron, two potential suitors are presumably off the chase.

Are they nuts? An 8yr/$16M per year contract offer? I wouldn’t have minded Holliday on the Yankees, but not for that price.  It just makes you wonder what they will offer Pujols when his contract is up. I honestly don’t understand how Holliday can possibly pass up this offer. I wonder how true this rumor really is. What do you guys think?

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It has been a busy few days at the Winter Meetings, so let’s take a minute to take a break before the meetings end today.

Sports Illustrated recently released it’s list of Top 10 MLB games of the 2000’s. Without further gilding the lilly, here they are:

10. 2001 – ALDS, Game 3. This game is known for ‘The Flip’ by Jeter. Yankees 1, A’s 0

9. 2003 – ALCS, Game 6. This game is ‘The Bartman Game’. I wonder if the Cubs made it to the World Series if the Yankees would have still lost the World Series. Marlins 8, Cubs 3

8. 2007 – NL Wild Card Tie. This game was one hell of a game as the Rockies would shock the world and advance to the World Series. Rockies 9, Padres 8 (13 innings)

7. 2009  – AL Central Tiebreaker. One has to wonder if this game took too much out of the Twins to put up a fight against the Yankees. Twins 6, Tigers 5 (12 innings)

6. 2006 – NLCS Game 7. This game had a pitching duel between Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez, weird, I know. Cardinals 3, Mets 1

5. 2002 – World Series Game 6. Think Dusty Baker and Robb Nenn want a do over? Angels 6, Giants 5

4. 2004 – ALCS Game 5. 2004…..Funny, all my memories from that year are missing… Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14 innings)

3. 2001 – World Series Games 4 and 5. Mystique and Aura were certainly not dancing in a strip club these nights… Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3 and Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2

2. 2003 – ALCS Game 7. The greatest moment in the professional career for Aaron Boone and probably the worst for Grady Little. Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (11 innings)

1. 2001 – World Series Game 7. I passed out before this game was over for some unknown reason, but when I woke up and heard on the radio that the Yankees lost in the bottom of the ninth, I was nearly brought to tears. Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2

So what do you think? I think the only thing I’d really change is switch number 2 and 3. You?

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 President Obama’s prediction for the 2009 World Series is the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees.

He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Cardinals are coming on strong. And he says slugging first baseman Albert Pujols is “unbelievable.” Pujols leads the big leagues in home runs, is tied for first in runs batted in, and is second in batting average in the National League.

As for the American League, Obama says the Yankees are doing well. And he singles out New York shortstop Derek Jeter for breaking Lou Gehrig’s team record for career hits. Obama calls Jeter “a classic.”

In the Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll that was release don Friday, many baseball fans World Series prediction was the St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees. Also, about three in five expect A-Rod to avoid another postseason slump. (more…)

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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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