Author Archives: Dan LaTorraca

Yankees in Lead for Adeinis Hechavarria

According to Daniel Popko of NESN.com, the Yankees are the front-runners to sign Cuban-defector Adeinis Hechavarria. Popko writes that the Yankees are seeking to match the Red Sox addition of fellow Cuban Jose Iglesias. Hechavarria, who has drawn comparisons to Alfonso Soriano, is not a lock to end up in pinstripes, but the organization has ...

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Yanks Send Edwar to Texas

According to Jack Curry and Sam Borden, the Yankees have traded reliever Edwar Ramirez to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Ramirez was designated for assignment when the club signed right-hander Chan Ho Park last week. Ramirez, 28, posted a 5.73 ERA and a uncharacteristic 1.22 K/BB ration in 22 innings for the Yankees before a ...

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Girardi Wants Johnson to Bat Second

The Yankees are in a pretty good position right now. The roster has serious depth and the only real competition in spring training will determine who becomes the fifth starter and who becomes a setup man. However, people need discussion topics, and now that Johnny Damon is brandishing a Detroit cap, the lineup debate will ...

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2010 Player Previews: Chan Ho Park

2009: The Korean-born Chan Ho Park opened the 2009 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation, but was relegated to bullpen duty after recording a 7.50 ERA during his first eight appearances. Like many other pitchers that move from the rotation to the pen, Park encountered a spike in fastball velocity; this ...

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2010 Potential Call-Ups: Mark Melancon

Taken by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2006 draft, Mark Melancon has posted impressive numbers in the minor leagues, even after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2006. While most pitchers struggle for up to two years after elbow surgery, the former Arizona Wildcat has gone on to record a 2.49 ERA and ...

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Granderson Open to Playing Left

Curtis Granderson has a history of putting his best foot forward, and he could be using those feet in left field next season. As it turns out, he would be completely comfortable with that situation: The Yankees have a nice problem to solve, with at least two players in camp capable of serving as the Opening ...

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2010 Player Previews: Marcus Thames

2009: Marcus Thames finished his six season tour with Detroit with a .245 batting average and 99 home runs in 485 games. His best season came in 2006 when he hit .256 with 26 home runs and 60 RBI in 110 games, helping the Tigers to their first World Series appearance since 1984. Thames actually ...

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2010 Player Previews: Randy Winn

2009: Randy Winn was a very productive player during the first three years of his four-year deal with San Francisco, posting a .290 batting average and scoring 343 runs in 666 games with the Giants. He strugged offensively in 2009, hitting .262 with only two home runs in 149 games. Family issues or an undisclosed ...

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