MARINERS INK KING FELIX FOR LIFE

Mariner for Life: Seattle Signs Felix Hernandez to $135.5MM Extension

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(Featured Columnist) on February 7, 2013

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The offseason may not have been a win for many Mariners, but after today, it will most certainly not be a loss either.

As reported by USA Today writer Bob Nightengale, and confirmed by Buster Olney of ESPN the Mariners have signed pitcher Felix Hernandez to a five year, $135.5 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball history. The contract will pay Hernandez a record average of $27.1 million annually through the 2019 season. The signing was also confirmed by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports:

 

With the deal, Felix surpasses CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal, signed prior to the 2009 season, and eclipses Zack Greinke’s $24.5 million per year he signed this offseason with the Dodgers. The deal will replace the two remaining seasons on his current deal, allowing Hernandez to become a free agent when he is 33. Perhaps more importantly for Mariners fans, Hernandez will have accumulated 10 service years with the Mariners after the 2015 season, giving Felix a no-trade clause as well.

Seattle fans were skeptical, heading into Spring Training, of the direction the Mariners franchise was heading in. After a failed attempt at signing Josh Hamilton and a trade rejection from Justin Upton, many Mariners fans were beginning to wonder how long it would be until they saw a winner again. Needless to say, this is one big step in the right direction.

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Now, signing Felix to a contract extension does not make the team better right now, but it shows fans and future players alike that the team is dedicated to fielding a winner at any cost. Not only does the signing show a dedication to winning, but it also shows that ownership is willing to spend the money it takes to get superstars to come to the Pacific Northwest.

For the past few years, General Manager Jack Zduriencik was the constant target of Felix Hernandez trade rumors. But as of recently, the Mariners brass had been making it awfully clear they had no intent on trading The King:

 

#mariners broached multiyear deal w/ king felix. want to make him “mariner for life.” talks very preliminary. sea pushing

The new contract doesn’t necessarily make Felix a “Mariner for Life,” but it does effectively put an end to the Felix Hernandez trade rumors—potentially for good.

For Mariners fans, the signing of King Felix finally brings an end to the months of worrying about a future without Felix and finally gives them something to be excited about.

 

 

EDB

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YANKEES MAKING SOME GREAT???? LOW-KEY MOVES…OH REALLLLLY!!!!

Yankees Making Some Great Low-Key Moves

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Despite what most fans are saying, the Yankees have been making some nice moves during this offseason.

After letting the likes of Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones and Russell Martin walk, many fans and writers have been doubting whether the Yankees were interested in winning, or just meeting the payroll that owner Hal Steinbrenner has placed in to avoid a luxury tax in 2013.

The previously mentioned names account for a big chunk of homeruns, RBI and some big positions (mainly Swisher in right field and Martin behind the plate), but the Yankees have made some great moves to work toward filling these voids.

First off, the Yankees brought back some major pieces when it comes to pitching. They brought back the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, to return to his glory prior to the 2012 season and pick up right where he left off.

Another huge signing was Andy Pettitte. Surely, Pettitte is not as stellar as he once was, but he is still a great pitcher. He eats up innings, and provides a great veteran presence in the playoffs (being the winningest pitcher in postseason history.) In Pettitte’s injury-shortened 2012, he posted some great numbers with a 2.87 ERA, a 5-4 record, 69 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP. Pretty solid for a No. 3-type starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

The Yanks also made a good deal in bringing back Ichiro Suzuki, who they acquired over the summer. Although Ichiro is seeing the end of his career, he was one of the best hitters come playoff time. Also, he provides a running threat along with Brett Gardner, and he can still play the corner outfield as well as anyone else, at least as well as Swisher.

When it comes to newly-acquired pieces, the Yankees made one major move that has been looking smarter and smarter with the recent news about Alex Rodriguez potentially missing the entire season, or maybe even seen his last days in pinstripes. None other than Kevin Youkilis.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that I am a fan of Youk, after all, he was basically the face of the Red Sox for a couple of years, but you cannot doubt his talent and determination. Youkilis can hit for power, average and, most importantly, he sees tons of pitches, something that the Yankees have lost in Swisher. Aside from these great attributes at the plate, Youk is also a strong defender with a good arm at the hot corner, something the Yankees will surely need a solid, everyday piece at without A-Rod for a significant amount of time at the very least.

This week, they also made another under the radar and cheap move in signing a designated hitter in Travis Hafner. Hafner is another player that I don’t really like, but mostly because he often hit really well against the Yankees, especially when it mattered. He isn’t the player he used to be—only hitting .228, 12 homers and 34 RBI—but he will likely fill the void that Ibanez’s departure created. Being a left-handed hitter with decent power, Yankee Stadium may be a great place for Hafner, and like Ibanez, there may be a little revival.

The biggest issue that still remains is catcher. The Yankees did sign Bobby Wilson—who isn’t anywhere near the hitter or defender that Martin is—but he will be tossed into the mix for the starting catcher competition with Francisco Cervelli and prospect Austin Bromine. Personally, I would love to see Romine make the squad, but right now, Cervelli is probably a great option. He’s a decent defender, and he has a lot of heart and grit, something that is always great for the clubhouse, especially after losing a guy like Swish.

Now, none of these new players are going to wow fans, but this is something that general manager Brian Cashman has done a great job with in recent years. Whether it was Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Jones, trading for Ichiro, Ibanez, etc., Cashman has brought in players that most people assumed were all but done, and turned them into contributors.

Despite what people say, the Yankees still have the core players that are annual all-stars, so expect to see them in the playoffs yet again.   EDB

UNCLE CURT SAYS “ALEX IS DONE>”

Curt Schilling says Alex Rodriguez is ‘done,’ reveals he was approached and asked about using PEDs while with Boston Red Sox

Schilling said he was ‘not surprised’ that A-Rod’s name appeared on documents and records that are purportedly those of Anthony Bosch, a Miami-area man who is at the center of an MLB and federal investigation for performance-enhancing drug links.

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Curt Schilling describes being approached by former members of the Red Sox about using performance-enhancers as an ‘incredibly uncomfortable situation.’

Former Yankee nemesis Curt Schilling has a long history of chastising drug cheats in baseball, but Thursday he took it a step further, saying he had been approached in 2008 about using performance-enhancing drugs by “former members of the (Red Sox)” to prolong his career and help expedite his recovery from injury.

Schilling said the conversation took place in the Boston clubhouse, “in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.”

“It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation,” said Schilling, who did not name any names and added that other teammates could hear the conversation. “The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great. It caught me off guard, to say the least.”

Schilling also said he thinks Alex Rodriguez is “done” with his baseball playing days, but the righthander hedged when asked if A-Rod has ever played the game clean.

“I don’t think he’s going to be able to play physically this year, anyway. I really don’t,” Schilling said of Rodriguez on Colin Cowherd’s ESPN radio show Thursday. “I would be shocked if he did (ever play again). Not shocked, I’d be surprised. I think he’s done. I think everybody that has a say in him coming back wants him to be done.”

Did Schilling, 46, ever think there was a time when Rodriguez played without extra PED help?

“I don’t know. Given where he came from (growing up in Miami), from a college perspective, and given all the stuff that’s coming out, it seems that Florida is a hotbed for a lot of this stuff,” said Schilling. (Rodriguez never attended any college, but has strong ties to the University of Miami). “I know there was always questions. There were a couple guys that were in the conversation well before this became a topic of conversation.”

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Harsh words from the righthander, who has always been an outspoken critic of players who doped. Schilling said he was “not surprised” that A-Rod’s name appeared on documents and records that are purportedly those of Anthony Bosch, a Miami-area man who is at the center of an MLB and federal investigation for performance-enhancing drug links.

Bosch, according to the documents that were published by the Miami New Times, is believed to have provided PEDs to Rodriguez and others. Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun’s name also appeared on the purported Bosch documents that appeared in a Yahoo! Sports report, but he was not listed next to any drug records. Braun has issued a statement that says his attorneys consulted Bosch during Braun’s appeal of a 50-game suspension last year, which an independent arbitrator overturned.

“This is getting to a point where, you almost have to treat every player under the same blanket,” said Schilling. “I want to believe that Ryan Braun didn’t, that his explanation is legit. This guy (Bosch) — he’s not a doctor. Why would (Braun’s) agents be using him as an expert witness to testify to the (testosterone/epitestosterone) ratios and possiblities of tampering with samples?”

Schilling testified before Congress in 2005 when the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on baseball and doping. Schilling was seated to the left of steroid user Rafael Palmeiro, who famously wagged his finger and said he did not use performance-enhancing drugs.

A year ago, Schilling was on Conan O’Brien’s show and was asked if steroid users in baseball should be in the Hall of Fame.

“If you cheated, you’re done,” said Schilling then.

The righthander was on the Hall of Fame ballot the first time this year, but like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa — all three of whom have been linked to PEDs — Schilling fell well short of being elected, garnering only 38.8 % of the vote. A player needs 75% of the vote for enshrinement, and the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted not players into Cooperstown this year.

EDB

YANKEES NEWS & NOTES 2/7/13

New York Yankees News & Notes: 2/7/13

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A Question of Integrity: It’s About the Money discusses journalistic integrity when dealing with steroids in baseball. Apparently there really hasn’t been much of that recently and it’s a shame. People are quick to judge and quick to attack, but it doesn’t look like a lot of research is going in to these accusations. IATM seems to think it’s best to hold off judgement until MLB and the government finish their official investigations.

What Do We Do With Nunez: LoHud hypothesizes about the role Eduardo Nunez will play for the 2013 New York Yankees. There are three likely scenarios for Nunez: send him down to Triple-A, keep him strictly as a DH/Short stop, or use him as the utility infielder. Nunez can certainly add value to the team, but the problem is whether or not he can make the roster as efficient as possible.

Should Gardner Still Platoon?: LoHud discusses whether or not Brett Gardner should really be a platoon player or not. He’s kind of been the odd man out with the likes of Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, but he still gets on base at a higher rate against lefties. It could be time to see if his numbers can be sustained.

Overcrowded Outfield: The Yankee Analysts discuss the abundance of outfielders in the Yankee system. The starters are set at each level; however, lower-tier prospects will also need to be moved around in order to make sure everyone gets enough playing time. While they shouldn’t be taking away at bats from the better prospects, people like Adonis Garcia, Abraham Almonte, and Rob Segedin still need to prove they have some worth. This doesn’t even include minor league free agents like Juan Rivera, Matt Diaz, and Thomas Neal who might not make the team. The Yankees will have to figure out a way to fit everyone and also allow their prospects to progress at the rate that they need to.

A Trade Proposal: The Yankee Analysts target Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners as a potential right handed outfielder, something that Cashman has been looking for. While he doesn’t have the best numbers, it seems that he has a favorable platoon split against lefties and may be getting beat by spacious Safeco Field. He has a very good UZR/150 and can play all three outfield positions well, so If he’s used correctly he could be a valuable asset off the bench. The Mariners already have a plethora of outfield depth, so Wells, a player they don’t seem to be very high on at the moment, might be easy to pry away from Jack Zduriencik.

Prospect Hugging: Are you really interested in hearing about ALL the prospects? Yankee Fans Unite goes into detail about who they believe are the Top 40 Yankee prospects and beyond. Compare their article to Tanya’s superb breakdown of the Top 20 from the other day.

Spring training pictures! Ivan Nova running! Derek Jeter throwing?

I kiss my bat every night before I go to sleep.  EDB

 

LYING-ROD’S RESPONSE HAS HOLE IN IT

Alex Rodriguez’s ‘forgery’ defense has hole poked in it thanks to admissions from Ryan Braun and Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli about Miami PED clinic

Cervelli’s admission via Twitter that he consulted with Biogenesis along with Braun’s confirmation in a statement that his name had indeed appeared on Bosch’s client list would appear to undermine Rodriguez’s claim that the documents are “not legitimate.”

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Alex Rodriguez says Anthony Bosch’s documents are fraudulent, but Francisco Cervelli’s and Ryan Braun’s admissions make that defense look like a strikeout.

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Alex Rodriguez’s claim that the documents purportedly belonging to Anthony Bosch and his now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic are “not legitimate” took a major hit from teammate Francisco Cervelli and Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

The alleged records of Bosch — most of which were published in the Miami New Times Jan. 29 — link several major leaguers to performance-enhancing drug use, including A-Rod. But a Yahoo! report Tuesday included an alleged document from Biogenesis that listed Braun’s and Cervelli’s names. Both Braun and Cervelli acknowledged they had dealings with Bosch, although they denied getting PEDs from him.

Cervelli’s admission via Twitter that he consulted with Biogenesis along with Braun’s confirmation in a statement that his name had indeed appeared on Bosch’s client list would appear to undermine Rodriguez’s claim that the documents are “not legitimate.” That is how a PR firm representing the Yankee third baseman characterized the Miami New Times report.

“Cervelli’s statement and Braun’s would indicate these notes were not just made up,” said one source familiar with MLB’s investigation into Bosch. “They are basically saying, ‘Yeah, we did deal with him.’”

Braun, a former NL MVP, acknowledged in a statement to the Daily News and other media outlets Tuesday night that his attorneys had used Bosch as an expert during Braun’s successful appeal of a 50-game suspension because of a failed drug test. Braun said his name appeared on the Bosch document because his lawyers employed Bosch as a “consultant” during the Milwaukee outfielder’s appeal.

Cervelli tweeted late Tuesday that he “consulted” Biogenesis following a 2011 foot injury, and that he purchased legal supplements from the clinic.

In Braun’s statement, he said that his attorneys used Bosch as a consultant while he was “preparing for my successful appeal last year. . . . There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.”

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Francisco Cervelli admits documents tying him to clinic are legit while A-Rod cries foul.

Braun also said in his statement that he would “fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter,” raising the question of whether he could possibly link players to Bosch, although according to Yahoo!, Braun’s attorney, Chris Lyons, was mentioned multiple times in Bosch’s notes. Lyons, who declined comment when reached by The News, is believed to have had prior dealings with Bosch.

David Cornwell, Braun’s lead attorney for his appeal last year, seemed to be distancing himself from the current matter when he issued a statement Tuesday asserting that Bosch’s contributions were “negligible.”

Wednesday, Cervelli declined comment as he exited the team’s Tampa complex, waving as he drove away. His agent did not return a Daily News call seeking comment. But on Tuesday, he defended himself on his Twitter account. “Following my foot injury in March 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including BioGenesis Clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery,” Cervelli tweeted. “I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball.”

Braun and the other players linked to Bosch through notes and documents will be interviewed by MLB, although that process is not believed to have begun.

RELATED: LUPICA: TIME FOR MLB TO MUSCLE UP WITH BRAUN

Also Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reported on its website that Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is named in Bosch’s records, according to sources familiar with the documents.

Peralta responded through attorney Barry Boss, saying he’s never used PEDs — “and anyone who says otherwise is lying.”

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Ryan Braun admits he dealt with Anthony Bosch as a consultant, but denies getting PEDs.

Peralta brings to 12 the number of baseball players connected to Bosch’s notes, and adds to one of the two threads that have emerged in the Biogenesis case: Peralta is the fifth client of the ACES agency of Seth and Sam Levinson to be associated with Juan Nunez, a former runner for the agency, and be connected to clinic records.

Previous ACES clients named in reports are Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera. Nunez was banned by baseball after he was tied to Cabrera’s attempt to stage a website selling a fake PED.

The Levinsons, who represent Montero and Cabrera, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they do not know anyone at Biogenesis. On Wednesday, the Levinsons said the following in a statement: “Anyone who knows us, knows that it is absolutely ridiculous to think that we would ever condone the use of performance-enhancing drugs. We are not involved and do not have any knowledge as to what took place or who was allegedly involved.”

The Levinsons said Nunez stopped working for ACES when they learned of the web page fiasco.

Rodriguez, 37, is rehabbing from January hip surgery, so a potential suspension handed down by MLB wouldn’t have much of an impact on the Yankees’ first-half plans.

That’s not the case with Cervelli, who will battle Chris Stewart, Austin Romine and minor-league invitee Bobby Wilson to be the starting catcher. Cervelli is believed to have the advantage going into camp, although this controversy might impact his chances.

After spending much of the 2009-2011 seasons as the Yankees’ backup, Cervelli was shockingly sent down on the final day of spring training last year after the Bombers acquired Stewart from the Giants. Cervelli hit .246 in 99 games at Triple-A before being called up in September.

Yanks general manager Brian Cashman declined to say whether Cervelli’s involvement could affect his on-field situation. “I’ll have no comment until MLB finishes its investigation,” he said.

— With Anthony McCarron in Tampa

MARLINS INTERESTED IN “THE FOOL” VALVERDE…A WASTE OF MONEY

Report: Miami Marlins, Jose Valverde Close on One-Year Contract

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(Featured Columnist) on February 4, 2013

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****UPDATE 12:52 PM, February 4****

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald claims that any reports regarding Jose Valverde to the Miami Marlins are “utterly false.”

Whether or not Spencer is correct remains to be seen, but this situation now bears monitoring over the course of the next several hours.

It’ll be interesting to see which of the two reports is correct.

****END OF UPDATE****

It took until just a few weeks before the onset of spring training, but it seems as if closer Jose Valverde has finally found himself a job.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes has a source that told him Valverde and the Miami Marlins are close on a one-year contract for 2013.

Valverde is coming off a down season in 2012. He posted a 3.78 ERA with 35 saves while striking out a career low 6.3 batters per nine innings with the Detroit Tigers.

He did finish an American League high 67 games, though.

Last season was very unexpected, especially after considering his stellar 2011 campaign. That season, he posted a 2.24 ERA, 8.6 SO/9 and a 1.189 WHIP. He led the American League in games (75), games finished (70) and saves (49).

The Tigers seem content to hand over the closer’s role to rookie Bruce Rondon next season, allowing Valverde to test the free agent market.

The market for him has been relatively quiet this offseason, and interest only just picked up after the top closer available, Rafael Soriano, signed with the Washington Nationals.

Valverde will likely take over for Steve Cishek as the closer in Miami. Cishek saved 15 games in 19 opportunities last season while posting an ERA of 2.69, but the sidewinder is best suited for a late-inning setup role.

The signing of Valverde likely has no negative implications for the Marlins. If he produces, he will be the unquestioned closer for the season.

If he falters (a la Heath Bell last season), Cishek can easily take the reigns as closer.

Even if Valverde pitches like he did last season, this is potentially a good signing for the Marlins.

 

EDB

A.L. EAST EARLY PROJECTIONS

Regular Season Record Projections for Every MLB Team in 2013

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(Featured Columnist) on February 5, 2013

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With the vast majority of the offseason’s wheelings and dealings in the rearview mirror and spring training right around the corner, baseball is upon us.

For now though, we are still left analyzing how each team may fare this coming season based on how they look on paper.

Things rarely go as expected in the MLB, as there were few, if any, pundits who had the Orioles and A’s making the postseason last year.

Despite that, here are my projections for all 30 MLB teams’ regular season records for 2013.

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Predicted Standings (postseason team(s) in bold)

1. Toronto Blue Jays (91-71)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (89-73)
3. New York Yankees (85-77)
4. Baltimore Orioles (83-79)
5. Boston Red Sox (80-82)

 

Summary

The AL East should continue to be a dog fight this coming season, and the new-look Blue Jays are my pick to come away with the division title.

 

I think they are correct.  EDB

MLB SEEKING NOTEBOOKS

MLB seeking New Times records

Updated: February 5, 2013, 6:18 PM ET

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Major League Baseball officials have asked the Miami News Times for records the alternative newspaper obtained for a story on alleged use of banned substances by several players, including Alex Rodriguez.

Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse said Tuesday the paper had not yet decided how to respond. Strouse described the MLB move as a request and noted that the league does not have legal subpoena power.

Investigators from MLB’s Department of Investigations want to learn how the notebooks that the New Times reported belonged to Biogenesis anti-aging clinic founder Anthony Bosch were obtained, SI.com reported. They also want to know the names of other players in the notebooks who were not named in the New Times report and, most importantly, want to see whether the publication will hand over the records.

The New York Daily News, citing two unnamed sources, reported that the MLB investigators had examined the notes and documents and were seeking to acquire them.

The Bosch notebooks and other logs describe PED regimens for Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and others from 2009 to 2012. Rodriguez has admitted doping from 2001 to 2003 but has vehemently denied these latest allegations.

According to SI.com, investigators will attempt to link the dates in the notebooks to independent evidence such as receipts for plane trips and overnight packages.

EDB

 

MOVES YANKEES WISH THEY COULD TAKE BACK

Moves That New York Yankees GM Wishes He Could Take Back

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(Featured Columnist) on February 6, 2013

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The New York Yankees have been the king of bad contracts over the past decade, but thrown in there also are some bad moves this team has made in other ways.

Hindsight is always 20/20, and while some of these moves looked good at the time, some of them have turned out to be disasters.

Let’s take a look at the players who fit the bill.

Alex Rodriguez

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With all the distractions he’s brought to this team, Rodriguez is the one move the Yankees wish they could take back the most.

A-Rod’s game has declined significantly over the past few seasons and after being a lock for 30 homers and 100 RBIs per year in his first seven seasons with the team, Rodriguez has failed to hit more than 18 homers and 62 RBI in his last two.

Injuries have been a major part of A-Rod’s decline as the third baseman has been a regular in the trainer’s room the last two seasons. He’s missed a total of 103 games between 2011 and 2012, and is set to miss at least half of 2013.

The steroid accusations against Rodriguez have reared their ugly head to start 2013, and it further proves that A-Rod has been a major headache for this organization who clearly isn’t worth his weight in gold.

Only five years left.

Mark Teixeira

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The Yanks swooped in at the last second to sign Teixeira before the 2009 season, but age is starting to make this move look bad.

Since joining the team, Tex has put up some solid offensive numbers, but his average has sharply declined from where it was earlier in his career.

Last season, Teixeira had one of his worst years during his tenure in the MLB as he only played in 123 games and had career lows in both homers and RBI.

Defense has been Tex’s biggest positive since joining the Yanks. The gold glove winner has been stellar at first base and has saved a ton of runs thanks to his greatness in the field.

But even Teixeira has said he isn’t worth the money the Yanks are paying him and at this point, I have to agree. He’s still under contract for four more seasons, but there’s no doubt it won’t be a smooth ride.

Michael Pineda

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When the Bombers brought Pineda to the Bronx, they were hoping they had a future ace in their midst and were even willing to part ways with top prospect, Jesus Montero.

Since that deal, Pineda has had major shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched a single game in the majors for the Yanks. In fact, there’s a chance he doesn’t take the mound at all in 2013.

On the flip side, Montero had a solid rookie season with the Seattle Mariners, posting 15 homers, 62 RBI and an average of .260.

However, after Montero was recently named in a report about potential PED users (per Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times), this move might have finally taken at least a turn in the right direction for New York.

Tyler Clippard

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Way back in 2007, the Yankees made a deal sending Clippard to the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever, Jonathan Albaladejo. At the time, the trade seemed harmless enough, but since then it looks like a major blunder.

Albaladejo never really amounted to much in pinstripes and has since moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Clippard, on the other hand, has developed into a solid reliever for the Nats.

In 2011, Clippard pitched to a sensational ERA of 1.83 and in 2012, he saved 32 games in 37 chances while posting a 3.72 ERA.

In a time when the Yanks bullpen needs some help, they sure could’ve used Clippard’s arm to give them a hand.

Austin Jackson

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When the Yanks traded Jackson to the Detroit Tigers in a deal that brought them Curtis Granderson, New York thought it was getting a ready-made player who could make a big impact in exchange for an uncertainty like Jackson.

However, Jackson has become a great major leaguer in just a few seasons. The 26-year-old hit 16 homers and drove in 66 runs while batting .300 in 2012. On top of that, he’s proven to be a stellar center fielder in Detroit and even has an ability to steal some bases.

Granderson has hit over 40 homers and 100 RBI the past two seasons, but his average continues to make him an all-or-nothing hitter and his bat misses the ball more times than not.

In an age where the Yanks are looking to get younger and cheaper, having Jackson in the mix would have been a huge benefit instead of Granderson.

A-ROD AND TEXIERRA…to say the least.  EDB

YOUK SHAVES THE BEARD

Kevin Youkilis Shaves Beard, Officially a Yankee

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(Contributor) on February 6, 2013

 

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It happened so fast. One day in 2005, Boston’s favorite idiot Johnny Damon was promising that no amount of money would bring him to New York. He said,

“There’s no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they’re going to come after me hard. It’s definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It’s not what I need.”

And then in a flash—eight months later—he was signing on the Devil’s dotted line.

But it didn’t seem real until Damon showed up at his first Yankees press conference a new man. His mug was clean and hardly recognizable; he had clipped his long, Jesus-like locks and shaved off his beard.

Damon was a Yankee.

And a traitor.

On Wednesday morning, it happened again. CBS Sports released a video of a goatee-free Kevin Youkilis, making the hard truth a reality for Red Sox fans: their beloved baldy has officially joined the dark side.

This time, fans knew it was coming. But one can’t really ever prepare themselves for the sight of a Yankee clipping.

Youkilis was traded away to the White Sox last summer amidst the Bobby Valentine saga. But in the offseason he shocked and broke the hearts of Red Sox Nation when he penned a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees.

Literally any other team in the league would have been acceptable. Just not them.

While fans can’t feel too betrayed considering he didn’t leave by choice, the image of a freshly-clipped Youkilis is at best, unsettling. And it’s sure to get much worse when they see him donning pinstripes for the first time, when the two teams face off in the season opener at Yankees Stadium on April 1.

And Youk even texted back Jaba.  EDB