Sabathia: Rodriguez ‘can come in and contribute’ in 2015

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Yesterday afternoon, CC Sabathia had a book signing at Barnes and Noble for his children’s book “CC Claus” (I guess when you’re out for the year, you have time to write a children’s book) and as you figured, people asked him about his rehab from knee surgery. But the conversation took a slight turn when he was asked about Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez.

Fans wonder whether Rodriguez will be productive when he returns to the team following his year-long drug ban, and just like Mark Teixeira said earlier in the offseason, Sabathia feels Rodriguez will find a way to help the ball-club.

“I don’t doubt that,” Sabathia said. “I don’t. He’s a great player. He’s had a year off, obviously, but he’s been working and hopefully had some time to get healthy.

“Obviously, he’s not going to be the A-Rod of winning MVPs, but he can come in and contribute.”

So, let’s move the conversation back to CC for a minute: Is he ready to go for the 2015 season?

“Of course,” Sabathia said. “That’s my only goal, to stay healthy and get back to eating up innings and going out there and being able to start every fifth day.

“It’s a huge relief to know I feel good enough to do all my workouts and play catch and kinda of have a normal offseason.”

Sabathia also made sure to throw in this one little endorsement, which I’m sure fans can’t disagree about.

“Hopefully, (Brandon) McCarthy can come more

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Yankees have work to do as arbitration season rolls in

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When the World Series concludes later this week, the Yankees will begin to shift focus on rebuilding their team with hopes for a chance to play in October next season. This season, the Yankees have seven players who are arbitration eligible but whether the Yankees decide to keep or non-tender the players is anyone’s guess but theirs. Before we focus on the arbitration players, let’s look at all the players guaranteed to return next season barring a blockbuster trade of some kind.

  • Masahiro Tanaka$22 Million in 2015 – 2019, $23 Million in 2020, has an opt-out clause for 2017.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury:  $21,142.857 in 2015 – 2020
  • Brian McCann$17 Million in 2015 – 2018, has option for $15 Million in 2019 with no buy out
  • Alex Rodriguez$21 Million in 2015, $20 Million in 2016, $20 Million in 2017
  • CC Sabathia$23 Million in 2015, $25 Million in 2016, has vesting option of $25 Million with a $5 Million buyout
  • Brett Gardner$12 Million in 2015, $13 Million in 2016, $12 Million in 2017, $11 Million in 2018, has a club option of $12.5 Million with a $2 Million buyout
  • Mark Teixeira$22.5 Million in 2015 – 2016
  • Carlos Beltran$15 Million in 2015 – 2016
  • Martin Prado$11 Million in 2015 – 2016
  • Brendan Ryan$2 Million in 2015, has a club option of $2 Million for 2016 with a $1 Million buyout
  • With the guaranteed contracts out of the way, here are the seven players that are arbitration eligible for the 2015 season and I’ll make a small case on whether the Yankees will make them more

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    With Rodriguez’s suspension ending, there are still lingering questions

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    Alex Rodriguez‘s 162-game ban ends following the conclusion of the 2014 World Series, but once Rodriguez’s suspension ends there will be more uncertainty than before, especially with the possibility Rodriguez might not be free of his legal troubles with his connection to the Biogenesis doping scandal.

    Rodriguez was handed a 211-game suspension in August of 2013 by commissioner Bud Selig. However, Rodriguez appealed the suspension and played for the second half of the 2013 campaign. An arbitrator eventually cut the suspension by 49 games, banning Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season as a result of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic and it’s founder Anthony Boesch. Boesch was reportedly giving multiple baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, performance enhancing drugs and now faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Boesch’s sentence is expected to be cut for his cooperation with Major League Baseball.

    The New York Daily News went further into the situation, questioning whether Alex Rodriguez could actually be charged with his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

    Whether or not Rodriguez will be charged in the federal Biogenesis case remains unclear. Prosecutors in the case have so far targeted suppliers and distributors, not users. But, as one source familiar with the case says, “(Rodriguez) was not just an end user.”

    While the attorney of Yuri Sucarat, Rodriguez’s cousin, says Rodriguez is “home free” with the case, it’s possible the prosecutors could try to obtain more information from Sucarat during his trial. Sucarat pleaded not guilty for his involvement.

    While there are pending legal troubles for Rodriguez, the New York Yankees are wondering if Rodriguez will be able to play third base at the Major League level, especially with him aging and taking a year off baseball. However, if Alex Rodriguez is possibly indicted for more

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    Report: Kevin Long to meet with New York Mets tomorrow


    Kevin Long wasn’t going to be without a job for long, and tomorrow he’ll begin the interview process with the Yankees crosstown rivals.

    According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Long is slated to meet with the New York Mets for an interview about the vacant hitting coach position. Long was fired from the Yankees earlier this month the same day the Yankees re-signed Brian Cashman to a three-year contract. The Yankees also fired former first base coach Mick Kelleher. Keller had since retired from baseball following 46 years in the game and 16 years with the Yankees.

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    Former Yankee Jayson Nix makes Royals World Series roster

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    When Jayson Nix was with the Yankees, Joe Girardi always appreciated what he brought to the table. Whether it was his defense or the little bit in his bat that he had, Nix never failed to let Girard down. Girardi even gave him a special nickname aside from Nixy: “Jason Nix. Baseball Player.”

    Being labeled a baseball player in Girardi’s book is not a bad thing. Nix shines when he plays defense and it helps he’s versatile in the diamond. Girardi even had a soft spot and let him manage nine innings of his final game in pinstripes. Fans were saddened to see Nix go because he was a great kid and a good back-up shortstop, but now Nix is heading to a place the Yankees couldn’t touch while he was on the roster; the Fall Classic.

    Nix hadn’t played since the Wild Card game (he struck out in his lone at-bat) but I figure the Royals are going to use him for defensive purposes. While as a back-up or as a starter, Nix will get a taste of what the World Series is about. He’ll witness history in the making, he’ll witness both teams fighting for a trophy and if he’s lucky, he’ll get some playing time. It’s always good to see good things happen to former Yankees, and it makes you root for them even when the actual Yankees are at home but whether Nix gets into the game or not, this is going to be a World Series to remember.

    (Just know if you’re in San Francisco and you’re looking for the song Royals by Lorde on the radio, you won’t find it because San Francisco radio stations banned it until after the Fall Classic is more

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    Ishikawa enjoyed his (very brief) time with the Yankees


    Travis Ishikawa was the hometown hero for the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the 2014 National League Championship series after he hit a three-run walk-off home run against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. But if Ishikawa’s name is a little familiar to you, it should be…he was a Yankee for less than a week during the 2013 season.

    He was claimed on waivers from the Orioles and got on a flight to New York where he was in the starting lineup for the Yankees. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts only to be released five days later.

    Ishikawa enjoyed his time as a Yankee, but the one regret he had was not being able to meet everyone.

    “A first-class organization, they treated me great for the few days I was there,’’ Ishikawa said Monday prior to a World Series workout at Kauffman Stadium. “I remember the clubhouse being really big and I got lost there the first day. I didn’t get a chance to meet everybody. I would have liked to. It was midseason and we were all trying to prepare for games with guys in their routines and things like that. I enjoyed my time there, it was a lot of fun.’’

    Fast forward to a year later and Ishikawa was an NLCS hero, sending the Giants to the World Series where they’ll play against the Royals in a best of seven showdown. The first game is tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.

    “It doesn’t feel like it was me. I am still trying to accept the fact that it was me,’’ said Ishikawa, who will be in left field for Game 1. “It’s been a very humbling experience. Obviously, when we get to [Tuesday] my more

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    Yankees worry Mark Teixeira’s focus has shifted elsewhere

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    Mark Teixeira is one of the highest paid first basemen in all of baseball, he was a pivotal part in the 2009 season and at the time of his signing, fans thought they had one of the best first basemen in the game. However, Mark Teixeira has become more of a headache as his contract goes on, and he’s officially become extremely injury prone.

    Teixeira would tell the media he would play no matter what injuries he had, but Teixeira missed multiple games with leg injuries, dizziness and wrist injuries. There were times during the season where you wished Teixeira had the same pain tolerance as Derek Jeter. In addition, Teixeira’s numbers have declined at the plate; his home-run and RBI numbers have declined, his OBP and batting average has also suffered and to top things off, Texeira doesn’t seem interested in fixing the issue.

    Brian Cashman addressed the issue when he re-signed his three-year contract last week.

    “The analytics have proven that certain guys obviously have tendencies that opposing defenses can take advantage of,” Cashman said.

    Fans would know Cashman was discussing Brian McCann (who showed a late season turn around) and of course, Teixeira.

    ESPN went further into the issue as Wally Matthews discussed all of Teixeira’s “outside interests” and how it’s possible Teixeira’s other interests are taking him away from the job the Yankees are paying him to do.

    A baseball insider I spoke with this week said Teixeira’s “outside interests” — he is financially involved in real estate holdings, a chain of juice bars, and is working to create what he called a “marriage of baseball and social media” — had become a point of concern, with some wondering how badly he still wanted to be a baseball more

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    Report: Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang to be posted this offseason

    The Free Agent market is about to have one more shortstop for teams to choose from this offseason.

    According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Nexen Heroes will post Jung-Ho Kang this offseason via the posting process. The posting system for Korean players is similar to the old posting rules for Japanese players, which means MLB teams will place blind bids for the right to negotiate with Kang for a maximum of 30 days.

    In 2014, Kang hit .360/.463/.756 in 107 games and it was one of his biggest seasons since becoming an every day player in 2008. Now, before you get too excited, I don’t think this is the person the Yankees should acquire to replace Derek Jeter because he has one glaring issue when it comes to his approach at the plate. River Avenue Blues wrote this small scouting report on Kang when they were asked about him during one of their mailbags.

    Kang is said to be a true shortstop with strong defense, and his best offensive tool is his big power from the right side. Supposedly he’s a dead fastball hitter who struggles against good breaking pitches, which would be a major concern if true. Remember, Kang is playing in Korea, where the level of competition is even lower than Japan.

    I remember reading something a few years ago that pointed it almost all the successful position players to come over from Asia were outfielders because the game on the infield is simply too fast and too big of an adjustment. Akinori Iwamura is the most notable recent Asian import to make it work on the infield in MLB, and he was nothing more than a league more

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