New York Yankees News & Notes: 2/1/13

Jason Miller

190 Club: Curtis Granderson joins the ranks of a select few. He has the distinction of being one of only six major league players to strike out at least 190 times in a single season. Other who have accomplished this feat are Jack Cust, Ryan Howard, Drew Stubbs, Mark Reynolds, and Adam Dunn. NoMaas compares Granderson's 2011 and 2012 seasons with Ryan Howard's 2006 and 2007, while also looking to his 2008 season to see what might be ahead for the Yankee Center fielder.

Why Hafner: The Yankee Analysts look into why the signing of Travis Hafner makes sense for the 2013 New York Yankees. As a lefty hitter who brings tons of power, Hafner could be very valuable to a team that doesn't seem to have a lot of either at the moment. If he can stay healthy he could be even more important than Raul Ibanez.

Yankee Future Failures?: The Yankee Analysts believes the Yankees are in a tough spot right now. They have had little interest in spending money while they lower their payroll, however the growing trend of long term extensions might leave the team in trouble. The Yankees might very well be saving their money for the 2014 and 2015 free agent classes, but there's no guarantee that players like Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, and Elvis Andrus will be on the open market at that point.

Something That Makes Sense: Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand write the most intelligent and non-ridiculous article concerning A-Rod and the giant storm that has billowed out from the internet. They combat all the silly articles you've read over the last few days, like the idea of voiding his contract or A-Rod retiring, with actual reason. Everyone should read this and let reality sink in: Alex Rodriguez and his money are not going anywhere.

No Romine: Mark Newman, VP of Player Development has stated that Austin Romine will start the year in Triple-A. This would make a Cervelli/Stewart tandem almost assured. It's a good idea to keep Romine down at least until he proves he's ready, but what if he proves to be our best option in the spring?

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