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I’m home sick with a cold, sinus, and congestion. So while I’m sitting in bed blowing my nose every five minutes, I’ve been reading blogs and people’s tweets on Twitter.  Here are some things for you all to read about this morning.

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Chris’ previous post must have been written in the early morning.  By evening, most of the local news stations here in New York, as well as ESPN.com are reporting that a deal is very close to being done.  This would be the first major trade conducted at baseball’s Winter Meetings.

The deal has apparently morphed into a three-team deal amongst the Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Yankees would receive Granderson, and would have to give up Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and their best outfield prospect of their farm system.

Arizona would get Tiger’s pitcher Edwin Jackson and starting pitcher Kennedy from the Yankees.  The Tigers would receive left-handed reliever Coke and Jackson from the Yankees as well as Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth from the Diamondbacks.

He does bring a great defense to center field, but I’m still not sold on Granderson.  He has struggled against left-handed pitchers, strikes out a lot and has an atrocious .249 BA last season.  I don’t know a ton about Jackson, but he has been ranked among the top ten prospects in the outfield as well as one of the top in the Yankees farm system.  If they are willing to give him up, the Yankee brass must know something we don’t.

This can also mean one of two serious things for the Yankee outfield.  Either it means the Yankees have, or will have, no intention of re-signing Johnny Damon to man left-field,  OR, the Yankees still plan on signing Damon, but have no more use for Melky Cabrera and/or Brett Gardner in center.

Either way, for this story to get this much news, it must be getting serious.

The Yankees relivers again failed to protect a lead, with Ian Kennedy allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in two innings.  The Blue Jays rode those two innings to a 6-2 win.  The Yankees runs came off a two-run HR from Bret Gardner in the fourth inning, putting the Yankees ahead 2-1.

The very next inning, Kennedy came in and allowed the 5 runs that put the Jays ahead for good.  Andy Pettitte got the start today, and pitched a solid 1.2 innings before he reached his pitch count for the day.  He finished with two strikeouts and allowed only one hit.

Gardner has really been making the case this spring that he should be the full-time CF for the Yankees.  He now leads the team with 3 HR’s this spring and has one of the best averages – .381 out of players who are getting regular starts.  Melky Cabrera played most of the game in LF today, and managed to go 1-3 at the plate.

The Yankees next face the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night.  The game will be broadcast on YES starting at 7:15.

Notable…1B Mark Teixeira went 2-3, including a double off the wall in the fourth inning.  Jorge Posada was in the lineup as DH, but went 0-3 on the day.  Cody Ransom did not play.

Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves

1:05pm – No TV coverage

Here is the starting lineup:

YANKEES
Damon LF
Gardner CF
Nady RF
Miranda 1B
Berroa 2B
Molina CF
Russo 3B
Pena SS

Pitching today: Ian Kennedy, Andrew Brackman, J.B. Cox, Dan Giese, Kei Igawa and Mark Melancon.

Notes: Kennedy gets the start today.  I’m interested in seeing how he will do against the Braves’ regulars.  Gardener gets another start in CF.  I have to assume that’s to see if he can keep up his hot streak after going 3-3 yesterday.  Teixeira is not starting – which really doesn’t matter since the rest of the infield is at the WBC anyways.

With the recent announcement of an agreement between the Yankees and Andy Pettitte, the starting rotation appears to be set.  Thus, here is my projection of the Yankees starting rotation:

1.)  CC Sabathia (Throws: Left)

2.) Chien-Ming Wang (Right)

3.) AJ Burnett (Right)

4.) Andy Pettitte (Left)

5.) Joba Chamberlain (Right)

I see Pettitte going into the fourth spot, not the fifth.  That way, the two leftys don’t pitch on consecutive days.

Obviously, this is the undisputed best rotation in the big leagues.   On paper.  We’ll see how the season goes…

Emergency Starters:

1.) Phil Hughes (Right) – could be in bullpen, could be assigned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

2.) Ian Kennedy (Right) – probably going to start season in AAA.

3.) Kei Igawa (Left) – maybe this year will be the year he proves he was worth the big money

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