Red Sox-Yankees Swaps: It's not just a big deal that Kevin Youkilis will be a Yankee, it's kind of historic. He ranks 20th on the Red Sox all time bWAR list and might be one of the top five best players to move from the Red Sox to the Yankees. The Sox players above him include Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Luis Tiant, and, of course, Babe Ruth, so he's in good company. The Red Sox have actually brought over more 20+ WAR players from the Bronx, but none of them contributed much. Players like Jack Chesbro, Elston Howard, and Ricky Henderson didn't contribute much.
A Look At the Latest Yankee: The Yankee Analysts break down the newly acquired Shawn Kelley to see how he operates as a pitcher. He profiles as a strikeout/flyball pitcher and could be a great backup option incase the likes of Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, and David Aardsma can't recover from their respective injuries. Kelley is also very similar to Phil Hughes in their fastball dependency, but Kelley has some really good rates with it. Unfortunately it looks like Kelley was helped out tremendously by Safeco's dimension and could be hurt by Yankee Stadium, just like Phil.
An Old Friend: The Yankees are scouting free agent Chien-Ming Wang this spring as he prepares for the World Baseball Classic. The Taiwanese pitcher has spent the last three seasons in the Nationals organization where he has spent time in Washington's rotation and bullpen. He has yet to regain much semblance of the pitcher he used to be with the Yankees. It seems very unlikely that the Yanks offer him a contract any time soon, especially when he's reportedly looking for a major league deal. Sorry, Wang.
Prospect Interview: The Greedy Pinstripes have a nice little interview with Yankee prospect Corey Black. The quick back and forth covers what being a prospect is like, his baseball past and hopeful future, and a few interesting tidbits. Nothing major, obviously, but it's nice to hear from these guys every once in a while just to try and get to know the players we root for to get to the majors.
Picture This: It's the worst case scenario. The Yankees are terrible, key players are hurt, should the Yankees trade Robinson Cano? As the best second baseman in baseball he could fetch a nice haul of prospects, even as a rental. As we've seen in the Carlos Beltran trade, teams will trade actual prospects for a real push. Trading him would mean giving up on not only 2013, but most likely 2014 as well. That's not something we've come to expect from the New York Yankees, but the combination of neglecting extension talks and putting a budget in place at the same time might make keeping Cano difficult.
Quote of the Day: "We'll grow mustaches together, and win together" -Joba on his new friendship with Youk.