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Monday November, 20 2006.
Proctor to Starting Rotation?
By mvyb, 21:26

Sheesh, I hate this idea! I mean, Proctor really settled down as a nice seventh inning reliever, why mess with this? The Yankees bullpen is nothing to admire, but Proctor was one of the guys I began to trust during the regular season.
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Another thing- Proctor pitched 102 innings in '06, and his arm pretty much fell off! Why force him to pitch over 200 innings as a starter??? Makes no sense at all!
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What do you all think?

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Sunday November, 19 2006.
Soriano to Cubs
By mvyb, 18:03

Nothing much going on in Yankeedom, but hopefully things will get more exciting during the upcoming GM meetings...
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Looks like Soriano is headed to the Cubs with an 8-year, $135 million contract. Ramirez, Lee, Soriano all in Chicago's lineup.... pretty scary.

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Thursday November, 16 2006.
Secret to Derek Jeter's Success
By mvyb, 10:56

Many people have wondered how Derek Jeter became such an incredible baseball player and how he keeps his skills at such a high level. 
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Now, we may know...
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This is a video done by Derek Jeter back in October at the ESPY awards.
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Wednesday November, 15 2006.
Yankees Sign Mike Mussina to Two-Year Deal
By mvyb, 11:19

As was expected, the Yankees re-signed veteran pitcher, Mike Mussina, to a two-year, $22.5 million contract extension.
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Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees have agreed to a two-year, $22.5 million contract extension, the New York Post reported, citing unnamed industry sources.

Mussina, 38, was 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA for the Yankees last season. The team had until Wednesday to exercise a $17 million option, which carried a $1.5 million buyout, or renegotiate with the right-hander.

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Even though Mussina had a great 2006 season ( 15-7, 3.51 ERA, 35 BB, 172 K ), I hope the Yankees aren't planning on having him as their #1 starter. No disrespect, but his stuff just isn't dominating enough to be the ace of a contending team.
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This is what the Yankee rotation looks like so far:
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1. ?
2. Chien-Ming Wang
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4. Mike Mussina
5. Carl Pavano/ Randy Johnson
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I desperately want two more starting pitchers, although that probably won't happen. The Yankee front office will try to milk another year out of Johnson, while praying that Pavano stays healthy.
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Oh, in case you didn't know (which would mean you weren't following baseball at all and probably have no interest in this blog), the Red Sox won the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Their winning bid- $51.1 million bucks!

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Tuesday November, 14 2006.
Sheffield: Time as a Yankee Was "Wonderful"
By mvyb, 13:14

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While Sheffield said blowing a 3-0 lead to the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS was the lowlight of his three years in The Bronx, he described the stay as "wonderful."

"I had [Yankees fans] on the edge of their seat, I gave them a lot of excitement," said Sheffield, who was limited to 39 games this season due to surgery on his left wrist. "I played on the biggest stage at the highest level. They liked my no-fear attitude and I came with my honesty every day. Half the people liked it and half the people probably didn't like it, but I was a sincere player, I wasn't a phony."

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Sounds a lot different then he did a week ago, doesn't he? Ah, the mood swings of Gary Sheffield...
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But I do agree with what he says here in the Post article, he did bring a lot of excitement to the games and he had a great no-fear attitude. Whenever the Yankees played Boston, Sheffield was the guy you wanted to see at the plate. Starring down the Sox pitcher, waving his bat threateningly, and crushing everything he saw. If only he could have done that a bit more in the postseason...
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I'm sure I'll have another "Sheffield Speaking Out" post up next week. Who knows what he'll be saying then?

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Monday November, 13 2006.
Red Sox Win Matsuzaka Bid
By mvyb, 21:44

Three days after ESPN reported that Boston had won the Matsuzaka sweepstakes, the rest of the baseball world caught on.
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The Boston Red Sox have won negotiating rights for Japanese League star Daisuke Matsuzaka, SI.com has confirmed.

The Seibu Lions have until Tuesday to decide whether to accept the bid, and it is expected they will announce they are accepting it on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET in a joint press conference with the Major League Baseball office. After the announcement, the Red Sox will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Matsuzaka, a star right-handed pitcher. It is likely they'll be able to come to an agreement, but if they can't, the Red Sox will hold onto their bid money and Matsuzaka would return to Japan for at least another year.

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According to this article, the Red Sox bid could be as high as $50 million dollars! Remember, this is the team which last year 
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Give me a break...
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Now, there is an interesting thing to note here. If the Sox can't afford to sign Matsuzaka, then he'd return to Japan for a year. He'd be out of the Yankees' reach during the 2007 season. This would be a clever move for Boston, but only effective for one year. As soon as Matsuzaka's Japanese contract expires ( in '08), the doors are back open for the Yankees.
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Are the Sox this desperate to keep Matsuzaka out of New York? Or do they seriously plan on spending $80-$90 million dollars to get a pitcher (with no major league experience) in to a Boston uniform?
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We'll find out soon enough...
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Now, how does this effect the Yankees? Well, as much as I hate to see a good pitcher in the hands of the Red Sox, I'm not that upset that New York lost out on the sweepstakes... I know a lot of Yankee fans had their hearts set on Matsuzaka, but ask yourself, is he really worth the risk? Why not go after someone who you know will be solid ( like Zito or Clemens)? Spending $90 million+ on someone who has no major league experience, seems just a bit silly to me.
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Or maybe I'm just trying to find the silver lining to this cloud...

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Girardi Joins YES Network
By mvyb, 21:13

As had been widely anticipated, the YES Network on Monday announced that it has tapped former Yankees catcher Joe Girardi as a booth and studio analyst for the 2007 MLB season.

Girardi, who replaces the retired Jim Kaat, joins play-by-play announcer Michael Kay and a roster of fellow analysts that includes John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill. Bobby Murcer will move from the booth to the studio, handling pre- and post-game coverage with David Justice.
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Girardi spent a couple weeks in the booth during the 2005 season, and I really enjoyed him. Glad to hear he's back!

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Busy Yankees Dump Wright
By mvyb, 12:47

Jaret Wright was traded to Baltimore yesterday afternoon in exchange for right-handed reliever Chris Britton. Britton debuted in the majors last season, going 0-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 52 appearances. The 24-year old reliever allowed only 17 walks, while striking out 41 batters.
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Britton  will have the opportunity to show off his stuff during spring training this March, but he'll probably spend 2007 in the minors.
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"We are excited with the addition of Chris Britton, who we expect to compete for a role in our bullpen," stated Brian Cashman in a written statement issued Sunday.
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Britton has a decent fastball ( up to 95 mph) and a good slider and changeup. His weight may be an issue- the Yanks would love to see him drop 50 pounds or so during the winter.
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This was another good deal by Cashman, but I am a bit sad to see Wright leave New York. I know he wasn't really any good during his two years as a Yankee ( especially in the postseason), but he was a tough guy who fought hard on the mound. He was constantly (it seemed) being beaned in the head by line drives, but instead of playing Carl Pavano, he came right back out on the mound. ( And, he also pitched some nice games against Boston. )
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Jaret Wright, I wish you the best of luck in Baltimore.

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Saturday November, 11 2006.
A Closer Look at the Prospects Sent to New York In Exchange for Gary Sheffield
By mvyb, 17:24

Yesterday, the Yankees sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit, and in return, received three minor league prospects. I know a lot of Yankee fans questioned this deal- could the Yankees have gotten more for Sheff? ( Maybe some bullpen guys or a starting pitcher. ) Did Brian Cashman make a good deal here or was he too eager to dump Sheffield?
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To answer these questions, I dug up some info on the prospects headed to New York.
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1. Humberto Sanchez
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 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  CG  IP  H  HR  BB  K  WHIP
2002  A 2 2 3.62 9 0 32.1 29 1 21 26 1.55
2003  A 7 7 4.42 23 0 116 107 3 78 96 1.59
2004  A 7 11 5.21 19 3 105.1 103 9 51 115 1.46
   AA 1 0 2.13 2 0 12.2 10 1 6 15 1.26
2005  AA 3 5 5.57 11 0 64.2 72 10 27 65 1.53
2006  AA 5 3 1.76 11 0 71.2 47 2 27 86 1.03
   AAA 5 3 3.86 9 0 51.1 50 2 20 43 1.36
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During the first three years of Sanchez' minor league career, we see nothing really impressive. But since coming up to Double A at the end of the '04 season, he has been really, really good. Sanchez's ERA has been low, his strikeouts have always outnumbered his walks, and his home run totals are excellent.
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Scouting Report: It's doubtful the big-budget Yankees slot Sanchez as a starter out of spring training, but he can certainly serve the Zumaya role in the early going and elevate into the rotation later on. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound flame-thrower had issues with a tender elbow -- which young pitcher in his first extended pro test hasn't? -- so he will have to prove healthy in spring. Watch him closely for possible huge rewards.
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Aside from the possibilty of an elbow injury, this is good stuff. Sanchez has the overpowering stuff allowing him to be the Zumaya-type reliever, and, if necessary, to jump into the starting rotation.
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Did I mention Sanchez is a Bronx native? That's always good...
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2. Kevin Whelan
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 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  GS  SV  IP  H  HR  BB  K
2006  A 4 1 2.67 51 0 27 54 33 1 29 69
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All I could find were Whelan's 2006 numbers, which are very solid. Only 33 hits allowed in 54 innings of work.... and check out Whelan's strikeout to walk ratio...
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Scouting Report: Whelan came to the Tigers as a 4th round draft choice in the 2005 amateur draft, out of Texas A&M University...Kevin had some growing pains during his first season as a pitcher, but worked hard and improved his craft dramatically heading into his third season.After signing with the Tigers for $265,000, Kevin went on an absolute tear, dominating both New York-Penn league and Midwest League hitters. Kevin’s totals during his brief professional debut included a net 1.48 ERA, 15+ K/9, 5:1 K:BB, and 15 saves in 25 appearances.
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Whelan may be setting up for Mariano by 2008...
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3. Anthony Claggett
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 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  GS  SV  IP  H  HR  BB  K
2006  AAA 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
   A 7 2 0.91 51 0 14 59.1 35 0 20 58
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Not much out there on Claggett, but what I did find, looks impressive. The 22-year old held a sub-1.00 ERA over 51 appearances this year.
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Scouting Report: Claggett's free and easy throwing motion makes his pitches that much more of a surprise: his fastball touches the mid-90s, and his slider crosses the plate in the low 80s.
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Wish I knew more about this guy, but I don't...
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Now that I've shown you the stats and scouting reports, what do you think of the trade? Will Sanchez, Whelan, and Claggett live up to the value we hope they will? Or did Cashman just give away an All-Star slugger? Let's hear your thoughts...

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Friday November, 10 2006.
Jeter, Cano Win Silver Slugger Awards
By mvyb, 17:01

The awards just keep pouring in for Derek Jeter, as he wins his first career Silver Slugger award. The Yankee Captain ranked second in the American League with a .343 batting average and 118 runs scored, fourth with a .417 on-base percentage and sixth with 34 stolen bases. Jeter also drove in 97 RBIs, the most he's brought in since 1999.
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While it took Derek Jeter almost 10 years to win this award, Robinson Cano brought home the "silver" in just his second big league season. The sophmore finished third in the race for the batting title, and hit 15 home runs and drove in 78 RBIs. Not bad for a guy who missed 6 weeks of playing time due to an injury.

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Sheffield Traded to Detroit for 3 Minor Leaguers
By mvyb, 16:04

Wow, the news is coming in fast and furious this afternoon...
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The Detroit Tigers have acquired Gary Sheffield from the New York Yankees for three righthanded pitching prospects, the Tigers announced Friday.

In return for Sheffield, the Tigers sent Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett to New York. Detroit agreed to a two-year contract extension with Sheffield through the 2009 season.

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Finally, he's gone! This seemed to me like an act of desperation by Brian Cashman. I think the Yankee front office just got tired of having to listen to Sheffield, and wanted to trade him away as soon as possible.
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Right-handed pitcher, Humberto Sanchez, was a top prosepct in the Detroit organization, but I don't know that much about the other two players ( also pitchers). I love the idea of bringing young pitchers to New York, though, I'm tired of the Kevin Browns and Randy Johnsons that have plagued our world for the past three years.
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I'll have a more detailed post up later on this story...

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ESPN: Red Sox May Have Top Matsuzaka Bid
By mvyb, 15:21

This news still hasn't been confirmed, but it's gathering credibilty as I type this out.
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The Boston Red Sox may have posted the top bid for the right to negotiate with Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to Major League Baseball sources.

There has been no official announcement, and the Seibu Lions, Matsuzaka's team in Japan, have until Tuesday to accept or reject the high bid.

But, according to officials monitoring the bidding, the Red Sox bid may be between $38 million and $45 million.

According to a source within Major League Baseball, as of Friday afternoon, Seibu had not informed MLB officially whether it had accepted the bid.

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If these rumors are correct and the Siebu Lions accept the deal offered by the Sox ( I don't see why they wouldn't), this would be a huge move for Boston. The Sox need starting pitchers, and it appears they're opening their bank account in order to bring in one of the best on the market.
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The Yankees must now turn their attentions to Barry Zito, Jeff Suppan, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mark Mulder, and other available starting pitchers....
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[UPDATE] Peter Abraham over at The Journal News is telling us to calm down, nothing's happened yet. He makes some excellent points on why he doesn't believe the Sox would be spending this kind of money. So, head over there and check out his notes.

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Wednesday November, 08 2006.
Yankees Bid on Matsuzaka
By mvyb, 21:45

According to the Lohud Yankees Blog, Brian Cashman has confirmed a Yankee bid on Japanese star, Daisuke Matsuzaka. We still don't know how much cash was offered or which other teams also made bids. It is believed that the Mets, Red Sox, and Rangers took part in the auction, but no one has confirmed that yet.
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We may know by tonight which won the bid, so stay tuned.

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Tuesday November, 07 2006.
Pettitte, Clemens to Be Back in Pinstripes?
By mvyb, 22:25

The New York Yankees have not won the World Series since Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte left the Bronx. The rumors that these two pitchers might rejoin New York should bring joy to the hearts of Yankee fans everywhere.
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I have so many good memories of Andy Pettite and Rogers Clemens- the games they pitched, the passion they played with, and the success they brought to my team.
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Here are just a couple of the great postseason performances we saw from Pettitte and Clemens...
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October 14, 2000: ALCS Game 4, Clemens pitches a one-hit shutout against the Seattle Mariners, giving the Bombers a 2-1 series lead.
 
October 22, 2000: Clemens continues his feud with Piazza, but after the dust settles, Yanks are on top 6-5 ( eight shut-out innings by the Rocket).
 
October 17 + 22, 2001: Andy Pettitte flat out dominates the Seattle Mariners, earning the ALCS MVP.
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October 30, 2001: The Rocket pitches seven brilliant innings, striking out 9.
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October 19, 2003: Pettitte pitches 8 and 2/3rds, giving up only one unearned run in a 6-1 Yankee victory.
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I'm sure you'all can name a lot more...
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After three seasons of doing a Texas two-step, would Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte consider going duet on a chorus of that well-known New York song?

You know, the one that goes ... "If I can make it there ... it's not the same making it anywhere else."

Right now, although both pitchers on Monday filed for free agency, neither is sure about pitching in 2007. Clemens, baseball's Goodbye Guy, is expressing the usual uncertainties. Pettitte is dealing with burnout, essentially.

But if they do decide to pitch on, are their returns to the Bronx possible?

The Yankees think so, a team source informing the New York Daily News of their intent to at least inquire about the duo's mindset.

Furthermore, plans have already been discussed to actively pursue Pettitte, the left-hander who at 34 is 10 years The Rocket's junior. According to the Daily News, Pettitte has confided to friends that he would consider a return to New York -- if ...

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Andy Pettitte is probably one of my favorite Yankees of all time, so seeing him back in pinstripes will make my 2007 season. The Rocket, of course, is always welcome.
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Just in case you're unfamiliar with these two players, let me show you what they've done over the course of their careers:
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Andy Pettitte
career 186-104, 3.83 ERA
MLB record 13 postseason victories (tied with John Smoltz)
2-time, 20-game winner ( '96 and '03)
1996 runner-up for the Cy Young award
2-time All Star
2001 ALCS MVP
never won fewer then 12 games in a season for the Yankees
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Roger Clemens
career: 348-178, 3.10 ERA
4, 604 career strikeouts ( 2nd all-time)
7 Cy Young awards ( most all-time)
1986 American League MVP ( 24 wins)
struck out 20 batters in a game twice ( only pitcher ever to do so)
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You get my point...
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Let's hear your thoughts on these two pitchers and their possible return to the Bronx.

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Sunday November, 05 2006.
Sheff Back with the Yanks (For Now)
By mvyb, 18:44

The Yankees exercised the $13 million option on Gary Sheffield's contract Sunday and will continue their efforts to trade him.

At least seven teams have shown interest in Sheffield, and the Yankees hope their decision to pick up his option will spur one or more to make a better offer.

Ok, so the Yanks have made the first move in the process of bringing some decent pitching back to New York. Sheffield can complain all he wants, but the Yankee front office now weilds the power.

Since Bobby Abreu is going to playing right field for the Yanks in '07, Sheffield really has no place on this team. Therefore, the Yanks will try to trade him away away in the next few months.

The Rangers, Indians, Padres, Tigers, Orioles, Cubs and Astros have all made offers to the Yankees in attempt to get Sheffield, but the Yanks haven't heard anything they like...yet.

Personally I'd like to see the Yanks bring in some relief pitching ( maybe Linebrink or Meredith from San Diego) instead of starting pitching. The Bombers can get enough starters out of the free agent list ( that includes Suppan, Weaver, Zito, Matsuzaka, Mussina, El Duque, and many others).

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