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Bye bye Mr. .240 hitter./ Hello better .240 hitter

The Yankees are prepared to trade Melky Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers for center fielder Mike Cameron, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Cameron, who has played for six teams in 14 seasons in the big leagues, hit .243 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs last year with Milwaukee and will make $10 million in 2009.

It was believed that Cabrera and Brett Gardner would fight over the starting job in center field in 2009, but Cameron's addition would had a veteran presence at the position, according to the report, which cited two major league sources.

Cabrera hit .249 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 129 games in 2008. His early struggles led to the call up of Gardner, who batted .228 in 42 games. Gardner's biggest asset was his speed, stealing 13 bases in 14 attempts.

Ken Davidoff's baseball blog The Yankees have a top prospect at center field in Austin Jackson, but it has been widely reported that he would not be ready for full-time, big league duty until 2010. (Source)

OFFSEASON NEWS. Former Yankee great Sidney Ponson learns how to play the flute.

Look out Bernie. There is another certain ex Yankee great taking a stab at his musical talent.

The number #2 slob (behind Irabu)is learning to play the flute.

Photo by the AP

Yes!!! I can finally get a CC Fathead for my wall

LAS VEGAS -- The New York Yankees were "very close" to a preliminary agreement with CC Sabathia on Wednesday morning, following an in-person meeting between Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Sabathia in California, a baseball source with knowledge of the deal told


While a deal is not done, the source said there are "zero major road blocks" that would prevent the Yankees from reaching agreement with the Yankees.

"He's now excited about becoming a Yankee," said one source.

The New York Post first reported Wednesday that Sabathia, the prize of this year's free-agent class, had decided to go with the Yankees after fielding offers from a number of teams.

The terms of the deal are still being negotiated, and it's possible that the final deal will look different than the six-year, $140 million contract that the Yankees initially dangled -- perhaps with another year in some form, perhaps with more salary. (Source)

Holy Sheet!!!

Though the Yankees are still very much at the center of the talks with free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia, they may be preparing to make a run at another ace -- Ben Sheets.
The Yankees met with Sheets on Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, and the New York Daily News reported that according to a source, they will offer the right-hander a multiyear deal, believed to be for two years and about $30 million dollars. The offer is expected to be made before the Meetings wrap up on Thursday.

Sheets is 86-83 in his career with a 3.73 ERA, but has missed significant time due to injury in four of his eight seasons in the Major Leagues, all with the Milwaukee Brewers. Sheets missed the 2008 National League Division Series after suffering a muscle tear in his elbow near the end of the regular season. (Source)

Heeeeyyy.... Will CC turn Fabulous in San Fran?

Just how badly does CC Sabathia want to pitch at home in California? We may find out very soon.

Sources say the Giants are considering a play for Sabathia, although their only hope of landing the big lefthander would be for him to take an extreme hometown discount.

According to sources, the Giants are contemplating an offer of more than the $100 million the Brewers have bid for Sabathia for five years, but far less than the six years and $140 million the Yankees have offered.

Sabathia hails from Vallejo, Calif., roughly 30 miles outside of San Francisco.

Despite recent reports that the Angels had decided to move on without Mark Teixeira and make a hard charge at Sabathia, Los Angeles GM Tony Reagins told that "there was nothing to" those stories, adding that Teixeira remains the club's top priority. (Source)

Cano says he learned from last year

NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano's first cracks at a renewed 2009 are taking shape in the Dominican Winter League, where the Yankees second baseman is incorporating adjustments to his approach and finding success.
Cleared by the organization to play one month as a designated hitter for Las Estrellas de Oriente, the 26-year-old Cano is batting .303 (10-for-33) with eight runs scored, five doubles and seven RBIs in eight games.

Cano was dissatisfied with the way his '08 campaign played out. He finished batting .271 with 14 home runs and 72 RBIs in 159 games -- his first season after signing a four-year, $30 million pact with New York.

He vowed that he would take measures to avoid a repeat of the frustrating experience, and quickly linked with a personal trainer to help trim body fat and get in better shape for the spring.

"It's a year that I'm going to learn from and not be back in this situation again," Cano said in September. "This is a year that you can just say, 'OK, this is not happening again.'" (Source/Full Story)

A-Rod eats a bad taco in Mexico

So was it coincidence, coordinated scheduling or the power of kabbalah that brought them together?

The Bombers' cleanup hitter only said "very good" when asked if he knew Madonna was also in the Mexican capital.

Although the two were not seen in public together, the paparazzi had their telephoto lenses ready in case A-Rod showed up for Madonna's soldout "Sticky & Sweet" gig Sunday night at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium.

A-Rod spent two hours Sunday running a hitting clinic for kids at at new sports center built by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on a landfill in a poor suburb.


Cano and Melky playing well in Winter Ball

Melky Cabrera: 12 for 35 (.343), 6 R, 22B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB in 9 games

Robbie Cano: 8 for 26 (.308), 6 R, 4 2B, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB in 6 games

Mussina to retire and spend some time with his women.

Let's have a look at Mike's stats over the years.

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