The Yankees are still showing interest in Kevin Millwood to potentially fill a void in the starting rotation. The Indians were apparently unwilling to meet Millwood's demands of $4 million. Would you give the ex-Brave, Phillie, Indian, Ranger and Oriole that much?
- Remember last year when Phil Hughes entered Spring Training looking to refine his changeup? That is still the case entering 2011, as he used the changeup less often than any other pitch (3.5%). If he can hone that pitch and be comfortable using it, he will truly be a force to be reckoned with.
- For what it's worth, NESN thinks the Yanks need to acquire Francisco Liriano in order to have a chance in the division -
The Yankees may have to make a move for Liriano if they wish to be competing with the Red Sox in the AL East standings come September.
- WCBS 880 is entering the last year of its contract to broadcast the Yankees. What station and broadcasters potentially replace them and their tandem of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman has yet to be determined. In all likelihood, the Yankees will be seeking upwards of $18 million a year for radio rights.
- Eric Chavez realized he couldn't make it through a full season as a starter anymore; so he signed with the Yankees intending to reduce his playing time. You might remember that Chavez was a perennial MVP-contender in the early aughts. He's played just 64 games in the last three seasons combined. The key for him is to stay healthy.
- Remember Brian Anderson, the White Sox outfield prospect from a few years ago? He's now trying to make the Yankees as a reliever. He says it's "the best time I've had in baseball." I hope he makes the team, but I don't see him making any ML team without spending significant time refining his pitching game in the minors.
- The Yankee batboy who saw Roger Maris' 61st home run classified the moment as the 50th anniversary approaches -
Now I don't want to get into the whole steroid issue here. But as far as I'm concerned Maris still has the record.