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)
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.
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
Let's have a look at Mike's stats over the years.
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The Tohoku Rakuten Eagles are on the verge of acquiring the rights to New York Yankees hurler Darrell Rasner, it was learned on Sunday.
A club official said by phone the Eagles were "optimistic" about acquiring the 27-year-old right-hander, who made 20 starts for the Yankees last season.
ESPN.com reported that the Eagles had purchased his rights for 1 million dollars, and said the two sides were working on a two-year deal.
Rasner, a second-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos in 2002, is 9-14 with a 5.00 ERA in four major league seasons.
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)
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
According to Impacto Deportivo, the Yankees have agreed to terms with LHP Damaso Marte on a three-year, $12 million contract.
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)
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)