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.

Rasner off to Japan.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

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. 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)

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)

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