The Yankees have acquired first baseman Nick Swisher and Class AA right-hander Kanekoa Texeira from the White Sox.

Swisher, a switch-hitter, likely will play first base for the Yankees, replacing Jason Giambi, who is a free agent.

The White Sox will receive infielder Wilson Betemit and minor leaguers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez.

The Yankees view Swisher as a flexible, affordable option as they try to improve upon their third-place finish in the AL East last season, which marked the first time they missed the postseason since 1993.

Swisher most likely will play first base, replacing Giambi, but he also provides depth in left and center field.

The Yankees are still looking for a center fielder, but as they are presently constituted, Xavier Nady could play left and Johnny Damon center.

Hideki Matsui, coming off knee surgery, could figure in left, enabling Nady to move to right, or serve as a designated hitter. (Source)

Yankees coaching staff announced

Mick Kelleher - first base coach
Rob Thomson - third base coach
Tony Pena - bench coach
Dave Eiland - pitching coach
Kevin Long - hitting coach
Mike Harkey - bullpen coach

Damaso is coming back to the Bronx.

According to Impacto Deportivo, the Yankees have agreed to terms with LHP Damaso Marte on a three-year, $12 million contract.

Anyone need a practical apartment? A Rod's is up for sale.

The apartment, which ARod once shared with his now ex-wife and two daughters, has a hefty asking price of $14million. It is approx. 4,600 square feet, and has 4 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Located at the Trump Park Avenue building, the apartment was purchased by ARod and his wife in 2005 for just under $7.5million. While there, they did a “triple mint renovation” (whatever that means), which turned the formal living room into a laid back family room, and opened up the kitchen and dining rooms into a large great room where the family can gather. The 4 bedrooms are broken down in to 1 master bedroom, with TWO full bathrooms (!!!), 2 spare rooms, and a servant’s room, each with their own full bath. There is also a library with a full bath, which is large enough to serve as a 5th bedroom. (Source)

Yanks plan on meeting up with THE BORAS..

Teixeira and Manny Ramirez - both clients of Scott Boras - are the top two hitters on the market, and with the money they are looking for, it would not be a surprise if the Yankees are one of the teams interested in bidding for their services.

"It remains to be seen," Cashman said when asked about the need to add a big bat. "There's no doubt that Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu are lefthanded, selective bats that are going to be difficult to replace - if we're replacing them, because you don't close out the option of having them come back. The pitching is still the most important aspect."

Cashman noted that the Yankees were without Jorge Posada for most of 2008, while Hideki Matsui spent significant time on the disabled list as well. Throw in a subpar season by Robinson Cano and the Bombers have reason to think their lineup will improve in 2009 even with the departures of Abreu and Giambi. (Source)

CC we can believe in

Yanks sign Mitre

Sergio Mitre, who underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on July 15, is reuniting with Joe Girardi.
When Girardi managed the Marlins in 2006, Mitre was part of the pitching staff. On Monday, Mitre reached agreement on a a split contract with the Yankees, managed by Girardi.

The Major League portion of the deal is for $1.25 million, and there is a team option for 2010.

Due to the severe surgery on his right elbow, Mitre may not be ready to pitch until midseason, according to his agent, Matt Sosnick. Normal recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months.

"About eight teams showed interest," Sosnick said. "The Yankees showed the most interest."

When healthy, Mitre has tremendous upside. He could be a key contributor for New York in the second half, working either out of the rotation or in the bullpen.

Mitre broke in with the Cubs, but he was traded to the Marlins before the 2006 season as part of the Juan Pierre deal. In 2007, the right-hander was 5-8 with a 4.65 ERA in 27 games, all starts. He threw 149 innings.

A sinkerballer, Mitre was especially effective early in 2007. In May of that year, he was 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in 40 1/3 innings. As the season progressed, however, he dealt with fatigue, and his second-half statistics suffered. In 12 starts after the All-Star break, he was 2-4 with a 7.27 ERA. (Source)

"Gas is up... and so am I"

On Ramirez:

"There's nothing we are not looking at," Steinbrenner said Friday at the Yankees' spring training complex. "And personally, I like Manny. He's one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He's a free spirit for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don't know yet."

Ramirez was traded from Boston to the Dodgers on July 31, and Los Angeles is expected to attempt to re-sign the high-priced outfielder.

"I want to see who is the highest bidder," Ramirez said when the Dodgers lost the NL Championship Series. "Gas is up and so am I."

Actually Manny, Gas is down. Does this mean you will take less? Are we to believe that you fluctuate with the price of a gallon of gas?

It is highly unlikely the Yanks will go after Manny. He is still a great hitter, but the Yankees already have 25 outfielders that can't play good D.


Bobby Abreu, who has driven in 100 or more runs in each of the last six seasons, was one of four New York Yankees players to file for free agency on Thursday.
Joining Abreu on the first day of the filing period were Yankees catchers Ivan Rodriguez and Chad Moeller, plus right-handed pitcher Sidney Ponson.

The 34-year-old Abreu batted .296 with 20 home runs, 100 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 156 games. Joined by only Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols as players to hit the century mark in RBIs each year since 2003, Abreu has spoken about hoping to return to New York, where he has played since a July 2006 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I've played here two years and two months, and I think they can see what kind of player that I am," Abreu said recently. "I haven't changed anything. I just do my things. I put my numbers every year there and I do my job like a third hitter. I'm not trying to do more than I've been doing, just always be the same. I think I've been doing good the last two years and two months." (Source)

Moose still at a crossroads with what he is going to do.

Most people expect Mike Mussina to announce his retirement sometime in the next month, but agent Arn Tellem said Mussina hasn't made up his mind yet.

After winning 20 games for the first time in his 18-year career, Mussina indicated at the end of the season that he was strongly considering retirement. But Tellem said in an e-mail: "Mussina has not made a decision." He also said he has had no conversations with the Yankees regarding Mussina's future.

The Yankees will be thrilled if Mussina decides to pitch again in 2009, as he would give them one more solid member in a shaky rotation. The soon-to-be 40-year-old was 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA this season. The Yankees hardly are counting upon his return, though. (Source)

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