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Big Man Rejoins The Band; Yanks Not Done Playin’

Big Man Rejoins The Band; Yanks Not Done Playin’

CC Sabathia in 2009 outing versus Cleveland Indians
A Blast From The Past : CC Sabathia takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians on April 16, 2009. Photo credit: Chris Ptacek.

Some pinstriped musings on a chilly Sunday morning over hot coffee and bagels. Ca$hMoney has been killin’ it lately but the Yankees still have a few moves up their sleeve, and here’s were it could get *real* interesting.

Sabathia’s Return A No-Brainer

While The Big Man politely listened to overtures from the Angels and Blue Jays, only one destination made sense and that was The Bronx. With a one-year, $10M deal in place, the club can now focus on other needs, but it can’t be understated what Sabathia brings to the club in terms of leadership and being the perfect mentor for a young pitching staff. Between him and Brett Gardner, there is a solid, well-respected presence that will do nothing but make Aaron Boone’s transition to manager easier.

Rumors: Cole, Greinke, Corbin, Fulmer?

Pulling the string on a deal involving any of these guys is above my pay-grade, but most if not all would demand top-tier prospects in return. I’m a little wary about Pittsburgh’s Gerritt Cole, who is coming off back to back rough seasons and would be moving to the hitter-happy American League East. Does not seem like a good fit.

Detroit’s Michael Fulmer is attractive — young, solid, controllable contract, etc. — but at what price? Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and other names have been bouncing around. Yeah, the outfield is packed, but I’d love to see Adams have a shot in pinstripes.

One of the more intriguing rumors is Jacoby Ellsbury for Zack Greinke, where the numbers work out to be favorable for both clubs. That would be nuts. And now Tampa’s Chris Archer’s name is out there, with a friendly contract no less. Should be a fun couple of weeks coming up!

Fond Farewells to Castro and Headley

Former Yankees Starlin Castro (left) and Chase Headley. Photography credit: Arturo Pardavila III

When the Yankees Hot Stove machine cranked up you just knew some familiar faces would be gone before the dust settled, and it’s never easy. You live and die with these guys between March and (hopefully) November, and even though the ultimate outcome of a trade will upgrade the club, it’s tough to see ’em go.

Both Starlin Castro and Chase Headley were true professionals and assets to the Yankees. The way Headley responded to the mid-season acquisition of Todd Frazier was a model for how a professional athlete should go about his business. Don’t miss this great article: A-Head of the Pack: Chase Headley Bounces Back in a Big Way.

In Remembrance of Billy Martin

The grave of Billy Martin in Section 25 of Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. Billy’s final resting place is located about 150 feet from the grave of Babe Ruth. Photo credit: Anthony22

Hard to believe but Christmas Day will be the 28th anniversary of his passing. A lifelong friend of Billy was quoted saying if you knew him, you also knew we wasn’t going to be spending his final days in rocking chair at a nursing home — and the recent 2-hour MLB special ‘MLB Network Presents: Billy‘ was a poignant reminder.

The documentary was beautifully produced and it brought back the memories. Billy’s first reign in the mid-to-late 1970s were the Yankee teams of this writer’s youth, and I’d actually forgotten just how many times he raised hell and pushed the envelope — with everyone. The show will be re-broacast on Monday, December 18th at 9:00PM EST. DVR that bad boy, you won’t be sorry.

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