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I cannot believe the lack of Yankee news this offseason.  I think it’s because last off-season was so exciting with the addition of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira that there’s really no way to top that this year.  For the last week, I have struggled to find things to that I had enough passion to write about – unfortunately there is not much.  There are a few things going on behind the scenes that I will briefly jump into.

First, the Yankees General, Brian Cashman, told Pete Caldera this week that “our team, for the most part, is set.”  When asked about left field, Mr Cashman said, “we have a left fielder.  We do like Brett Gardner.”  Now, remember how many times Cashman has said “our team is set” in the last 8 years and then he went out and signed a blockbuster name.

Eric Hinske signed with the Atlanta Braves this week, for a one-year deal.  Although he was a good guy off the bench in 2009, the Yankees had shown no interest in signing the free agent for 2010.  Also, long-time Yankee minor-leaguer Shelley Duncan has signed with the Cleveland Indians.  He’s probably joining their Triple-A team.  Good luck to Hinske in Atlanta and Duncan with Cleveland.

It’s been reported that David Cone’s days in a YES Broadcast booth may be over.  A spokesman told Bob Klapisch that Cone’s contract expired this off-season and that Cone was exploring other options.  Rumors have indicated that Cone had a big disagreement with YES executives, but that has not been confirmed at this time.

If this is true, I hope YES can come up with someone who equals what Cone brought to every broadcast.  He was a good combination with Michael Kay.

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Check out this article from ESPN’s Skoop Jackson.  Its a recap of an interview he had with new Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson. The interview is very well done.  I don’t remember seeing Jackson’s name before now, but he’s a good writer.

Jackson peppers Granderson a lot about how life will be different in New York, and I like some of Granderson’s answers…but also have concerns about a few.  I think he understands the magnitude of playing in pinstripes, but I think he underestimates the pressure of the fans, media and blogs.  I don’t think he gets the idea that he will be under a microscope.

In fact, he says at one point that he thinks his life will have to change as a result of being in New York.  ”

Now, the one thing that I am afraid of are things that I’m going to have to change in order to stay the same. Things I’m going to have to change because of the question you just asked earlier. You know, just being aware of little things that I do so that nothing can be taken the wrong way. The little things I might have to change in my daily life. Like hanging out at a coffee shop, just having some coffee with a friend versus a friend or friends coming in town and us just going to a bar just to have a cocktail — you know, basic stuff.”

I’m a little torn on how to interpret this.  Is Granderson going to enjoy this “change?”  Will it be better for him?  We have to remember that he was traded to the New York Yankees, he didn’t sign with them as a free agent.  He does not seem upset to be here, but one has to wonder a little bit how much he really is ready for this.  Life will have to change, it always seems to have to for every player who comes from a smaller market team to the Yankees or Red Sox.

I guess only time will tell, but hopefully Granderson’s “changes” are for the good and he is happy about them.  New York will be tough to play in, but it can also be very, very rewarding.

This is the first time in the history of this blog that the Yankees have clinched the AL East. This is a first for Trevor and I, and to mark this, I want to address some things regarding the Yankees and how they will prepare the team for the ALDS.

The lineup and bench are deep. The lineup boasts seven Bombers with 20+ home runs and the first time in MLB history that a shortstop and second base tandem had 200+ hits in a season. The bench has speed and the ability to hit for runs.

Outside of a few locks in the bullpen, who will make it? The locks are Mo, Hughes, Aceves and Coke (Robertson if he’s healthy). Gaudin has a good shot because he’s so versatile. Bruney made a strong case with 1.2 perfect innings. Marte has been terrible, but he’s a lefty.

Will Joba start or a relieve? He had a solid game on Friday against Boston. If the Yanks pick the longer LDS series, Joba could be moved to the pen for it. But then, if the Yanks advance, does it screw him up if/when he goes back to starting?

Who should start the second game of the ALDS? Should the Yanks go two straight lefties or put Burnett in between? I’d do the latter.

Should the Yankees do the long or short series? It all depends on who they face – Minnesota or Detroit. If it’s the Tigers, perhaps the Yanks want the shorter series if it means having to face Justin Verlander only twice instead of three times.

Who should be in the outfield, Gardner or Melky? Melky’s got power and an arm. Gardner’s got speed and defense. The best bet is to platoon them. Use them vs. the pitchers they are facing, and situational hitting and base running.

The rest of the roster is up for grabs. I have no idea who will be there. This week will tell.

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  • Kevin Cash (as I expected) was sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday since All-Star catcher Jorge Posada is back from his hamstring injury.  That leaves Francisco Cervelli as the back-up catcher until Jose Molina returns from his injury.  According to Peter Abraham, Molina is scheduled to catch an extended spring training game in Tampa Saturday.
  • Greg Cohen had a post today about how the Yankees medical department may be to blame for Chien-Ming Wangs pitching woes this season.  Apparently the Yankees told Wang not to perform his normal leg exercises in the off-season as he rehabbed his foot injury.  I’ll let Greg tell the story, but its obvious someone in medical is not that smart.
  • Tonight will be the first time since June 22, 2008 that Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez have been the same lineup.  WOW.
  • Finally, George King from the NY Post had an article today that quotes Mark Teixeira stating that Joe Girardi is the best manager he has ever played for.  Those are pretty strong words considering the other managers Teix has played for – Bobby Cox in Atlanta, Mike Sciosca in LA and Buck Showalter in Texas.  Reminded of that, he reiterated that Girardi is the best.

Lineup

1.) Derek Jeter – SS

2.) Johnny Damon – LF

3.) Mark Teixeira – 1B

4.) Hideki Matsui – DH

5.) Jorge Posada – C

6.) Robinson Cano – 2B

7.) Xavier Nady – RF

8.) Cody Ransom – 3B

9.) Brett Gardner – CF

Bench

Melky Cabrera (OF)

Nick Swisher (Utility)

Josa Molina (C)

Angel Berroa or Ramiro Pena (Utility)

Rotation

CC Sabathia (L)

Chien-Ming Wang (R)

AJ Burnett (R)

Andy Pettitte (L)

Joba Chamberlain (R)

Bullpen

Phil Coke (L)

Damaso Marte (L)

Jonathan Albaladejo (R)

Edwar Ramirez (R)

Jose Veras (R)

Brian Bruney (R)

Mariano Rivera (R)

Disabled List

Alex Rodriguez (3B)

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