Over the past few days, and for the rest of the offseason, you are going to hear a lot of names linked with the Yankees. I’d like to warn you now to be careful what you believe.
If a writer says something like, “Dejesus would be a good fit with the Yankees,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that those two parties have even met about making a deal. Look for explicit wording about what the actual communication between the parties involved.
Headline: Yankees likely to target Granderson
Believability: This is such crap I cannot believe Sherman. You think I’m kidding? Here’s his second paragraph:
The Yankees will almost certainly push to the front of the line when it comes to Granderson.
Where are the facts? That statement is solely going by the Yankees traditional plan of getting in the action. Nowhere does it say the two teams have met and discussed a deal.
The Blue Jays haven’t decided whether or not to trade Halladay this winter, but if they choose to move the former Cy Young Award winner, a bidding war could break out between the Yankees and Red Sox.
A source with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking said the Bombers already have their sights set on signing either Halladay or Cliff Lee if both become free agents after next season.
Believability: Reality. See the difference? (underlined)
If Damon goes elsewhere, they’ll likely get involved with Bay and Holliday, although there is talk they’d prefer to sign Figgins and move him to left.
Believability: Rumor for Bay and Holliday, reality for Figgins
The bidding war for the 21-year-old Chapman’s services figures to be extensive, as Mejia told The Globe that 10 teams are interested in meeting with the power left-hander. The Yankees are believed to be one of those teams.
Believability: Rumor. Where does it say the two teams met?
The Yankees will also take a look at top free-agent pitcher John Lackey.
Believability: Reality. Jon Heyman cannot use the word “will” in his writing unless he has been told by Yankees officials that they will pursue Lackey.
Believability: Reality. They have not met yet, it’s a fact.
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