Friday, August 12, 2016

SNY: Alex Rodriguez's 13-year roller coaster ride with Yankees

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Long before I began writing about baseball, Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees and I faintly remember thinking they were ridiculously lucky he did not end up with the Boston Red Sox. Years of ups and downs, one World Series title and an embarrassing suspension make me wonder how lucky they truly were.

The failed deal to Boston, opened up the window for the Yankees to snag Rodriguez for Alfonso Soriano, and better yet, the Texas Rangers were going to chip in $67 million to help offset the remaining $179 million on A-Rod's 10-year, $252 million deal. The Yankees had just lost the 2003 World Series to the then Florida Marlins and Rodriguez was the new free agent toy for the free-spending Yanks.

Rodriguez was arguably the best hitter in the game and he would now be part of an impressive left side of the infield with the Yankees' tenured shortstop Derek Jeter, who was still in his prime. Rodriguez conceded that it was Jeter's team and quite honestly from that moment on, Rodriguez's persona became one of trying to do too much and it might have led him to decisions he will regret forever.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report: Aug. 11

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The New York Yankees filled the farm system during this season's trade deadline period, adding four top-100 prospects, giving them seven such players, tied with the Houston Astros for most in baseball. The Yankees' farm system is now widely considered to be a top-5 collection. As of today, each of the top five levels in the system would qualify (or has already qualified) for a playoff berth.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SNY: Is CC Sabathia next Yankees veteran to be bought out?

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The New York Yankees used a passive aggressive approach to push Alex Rodriguez to agree to an early retirement. The Yankees will not have to go to such measures with CC Sabathia.

The Yankees have rocketed into a transformation of its roster since they began trading assets before the Aug. 1 deadline - Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran - arguably their top players are all playing elsewhere now. Mark Teixeira's name was coming off the books regardless, but he went a step further, announcing his retirement at the end of the season. The Yankees did not see a space for Rodriguez, inked through the 2017 season, and let him know by eliminating him as a daily option weeks ago.

Sabathia simply needs to avoid a major shoulder injury between now and the end of the season in order to set off a vesting option worth $25 million for 2017. The hitch for Sabathia, and the escape for the Yankees, is a $5 million buyout, which cannot be ignored by executives. Is a buyout of the southpaw's vesting option for 2017 coming in the offseason?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

SNY: Love him, hate him, Yankees fans ready for Rodriguez's release

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It started before the All-Star break; Alex Rodriguez was losing playing time for a New York Yankees team that was not only fighting to stay whole, but also desperately needed offensive help. One year after surprising just about everyone with a rejuvenated hitting performance, Rodriguez was being passed over for anyone else manager Joe Girardi could find in the dugout.

The Yankees conceded the season by selling their top MLB assets, professing to turn to young players the rest of the way, leaving many to believe that Rodriguez's time with the club is ending well before his contract does.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SNY: The Yankees' next chapter; finishing the season

The New York Yankees joined the group of sellers at the trade deadline for the first time since 1989 when they shipped Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson to the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees moved five players (four major leaguers and one minor leaguer) and pushed their farm system into the upper echelon of the game.

The future looks bright, but what should we expect the rest of this season?

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