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    Just wanna start this thread off by saying what a tremendous job Brian Cashman did this offseason...Very quietly, he's added a well-rounded former NL all-star catcher (only a couple of years removed) that has returned to form in a big way, a HUGE surprise addition for the rotation in Bartolo Colon (dude was fantastic last night against the White Sox, hitting 96 MPH several times), a second solid starting pitcher that can still get guys out in Freddy Garcia & two former all-stars that can still produce when called upon in Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones...That's not even counting the Rafael Soriano signing, arguably the AL's best short man last year (a move Cash wasn't even behind totally---true he's been spotty recently and we did have to give up a 1st round draft choice in order to sign him but I think it will be worth it. We now have probably the best back end of any bullpen out there even with Soriano struggling a little bit recently and great insurance and a solid replacement once Mo hangs it up for good)..I mean outside of the Phillies who got Cliff Lee for millions less only because he wanted to return, name a team that had a more successful offseason. Right now, Cash is exec of the year and I don't even think it's close. Go Yanks!!!!!!

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    I think Cash did a good job of getting good value out of retreads like Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Eric Chavez, Andruw Jones & especially Russell Martin. Those guys have injected some much needed depth to our roster with proven MLB veterans. It was a good bounceback from the pisspoor job he did last year as the GM trading for Javy Vazquez & failing to get the trade for Cliff Lee consummated because he was too afraid to give up Eduardo Nunez to the Seattle Mariners. I feel much better about the Yankees now than I did to begin the season & that's largely due to the fantastic job that Colon & AJ Burnett have done as our starters so far. If not for those guys our rotation would be in dire straits right now with Phil Hughes & his dead arm issue that just might put him out of commission for a good part of the season. Cash still needs to make a splash at the Allstar break & bring in another reliable arm for the rotation because going into the postseason with just CC & a bunch of question marks is not gonna get it done IMO.

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    Colon has been a Godsend...Unbelieveable. He's everything we haven't gotten from Phil Hughes and then some (remember Hughes was very mediocre last year during the 2nd half of the season). I can't believe the movement on this guy's 2-seamer..SICK! Guys just don't seem to be picking it up at all and Martin does a hell of a job framing pitches on the black..I think it has more movement than Greg Maddux's 2-seamer at his peak..And he throws it at 90-93..Plus he can amp up a 4-seamer at 94-96 if need be..Yeah, I'm a little concerned about his age, weight and the fact that he has an injury history, but right now the dude's pitching at an all-star level as far as I'm concerned.. I thought he outpitched Verlander last night.

    Speaking of Hughes, glad to hear his circulatory and vascular tests came back clean..That's gotta be a huge weight off his and the Yankees' minds. I think we actually have depth to get by without him for the time being though..Hopefully he rebounds sometime soon but surprisingly, I don't feel overly-concerned about his not being here..I feel like there's enough depth in place where we can take our time with him and get him right..

    Very happy for Swish, man..HUGE hit last night to win it for us (and against Valverde, that douchebag--you know the Yanks loved sticking it to that overzealous, ****y jerkoff last night!)..Nick's been real solid lately, ever since he cracked his first longball--I think he's starting to round into form...I just love how we upgraded very quitely in a lot of key areas from last year---catcher, backup infield, backup outfield, rotation, bullpen...Jete not hitting is a concern, but for the time being, we have enough going right to carry him..At least he can still field his position well, but his lack of production at the top of the order is troubling..Just seems late on fastballs and very overmatched up at the dish in general..And he ain't driving the ball at all..He's gotten some hits but they all seems to be of the bleeder/infield hit variety. Both he and Jorgie had a couple of hits last night but sad as it is to say, I think it's pretty close to the end of the line for both guys..You can just tell. Posada actually said in today's paper that he "closed his eyes and swung" on that early run-scoring double he had against Verlander. I mean that's gotta tell ya something right there--I few years back you would've never heard Jorge say something like that...Thank God that if it ever came to the point where we had to upgrade on the fly if those two continue to disappoint, we have some capable fill-ins internally that we could go to, at least to try out first: Eduardo Nunez can play (dude's a pretty big upgrade over Ramiro Pena talent-wise, who I liked) and Jorge Vazquez and Jesus Montero are both hitting well at AAA (both over .300--Montero's at .373 and Vazquez is hitting .302 with 9 HRs)..Both of those guys are hitting well enough to get the call up and probably provide more offense than Posada might be capable of over the long haul now (I understand he hit the 6 early HRs but I don't think we can expect power output like that from him from month to month)..I suspect what we're seeing now is closer to what we can expect from him---a guy that had a great career but now, like Jeter, is beginning to look overmatched at the plate playing every day. We might need a little more out of our DH spot eventually.

    Left-handed starter Manny Banuelos is off to a nice start at AA Trenton btw (4 starts, all no-decisions but in 17.1 innings, he's allowed 14 hits and 7 BBs, with 13 Ks while pitching to a 1.56 era)..They seem to be babying him just a little bit (he's gone only 4, 4, 4.2 & 4.2 IP in his 4 starts so far, surprising considering the results have been there) but out of the 3 Killer Bs, I feel this guy could move the quickest even though he's the youngest of the 3...If he continues to excel at AA, I expect to see him pitching at AAA Scranton soon and then if need be, I think we could see him pitching in the Bronx sometime this summer..They actually might be keeping his innings down early in anticipation of that very idea..
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    What a shame about Chavez getting injured yesterday..Dude can still play ball at a high level..Not only did he give us good depth behind A-Rod & Tex at 3rd and 1st (and a good option that allowed Joe to rest either guy whenever without losing that much) but also a potent left-handed bat off the pine in the pinch-hit role..

    Ramiro Pena looks to be the easiest replacement to call up, however the guy I really want them to bring up is Jorge Vazquez. Like Chavez, he plays two positions, 1st and a little 3rd, and he can really hit the ball..Not left-handed like Chavez which would've been ideal but he can still rake just the same. Read on yankees.com yesterday that Vazquez isn't on the 40-man roster though, so someone would have to be taken off to make room for him..No idea who that could be---Kevin Russo, Gustavo Molina (who was just sent down when Cervelli was activated---plus we have all sorts of catching depth in the minors), Chris Dickerson?? Whoever it is, do whatever needs to be done: add Vazquez to the 40-man, call him up to the bigs, give him a taste and lets see what he's got. What if he comes up and mashes the ball, even in limited duty? Then Joe will have an easy decision to make: when Chavez is ready, send down Lance Pendleton to make room and roll with Chavez AND Vazquez (Pendleton seems redundant along with Buddy Carlyle anyway, no? Two very similar long men---Pendleton's younger [and probably has options whereas Carlyle may not, I'm not sure] but I favor Carlyle's stuff, ability to throw strikes and major league experience a little more between the two)..Who knows, if Posada continues to slide, maybe Vazquez could become the everyday DH..The time is NOW to find out about this guy.
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    Eric Chavez is as brittle as an 80 yo man. How TF do you break a bone in your foot by running the bases??? SMH.

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    Default Yankees Hotels on the Road

    Here is a link that has the hotels the Yankees will be staying in when they visit other American League cities this summer.
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    Great way to meet the players. You can find 29 team hotels at this link with the exception of the Red Sox.

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    well this came out of nowhere, Pettitte returns and signs contract

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