Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 2/28/13

Chris McGrath

Union Boss on PEDS, Payroll, and Working for Cheap -

For a More In Depth Coverage - LoHud

Michael Weiner, the MLBPA Executive Director came to Yankees camp to discuss topics from Johnny Damon, as well as other players, playing for free, the reduced Yankee payroll, and PED issues. He knew that the new basic agreement would lead to more incentives for the Yankees to drop payroll, so it was something they expected. He believes that, while testing isn't perfect, if you cheat you'll eventually get caught.

A Yankee Fire Sale? - The Yankee Analysts

If the Yankees see the 2013 season as a lost cause they need to be prepared to trade their impending free agent assets. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and others can all obtain a decent package of prospects and the Yankee Analysts provide comparable trades involving free agents-to-be and their prospect hauls from the last few seasons.

A Look at Branden Pinder - The Yankee Analysts

The Yankee Analysts take a look at Yankee relief prospect, Branden Pinder, and go over his career in the system and how he can improve to one day join the major league team.

Matt Diaz and the Six Year Splinter - ESPN

Wallace Matthews chronicles the journey of Matt Diaz from a splinter in 2006, through two different surgeries, to finally being healthy and looking for a spot on the 2013 Yankees. Diaz is ready to step up on place of the injured Granderson and he speaks about his new understanding about what being a Yankee means.

The Alex Rodriguez World Series Ring - Fangraphs

It turns out that the Word Series ring that A-Rod's cousin, Yuri Sucart is selling is not just a replica, but is actually a duplicate that Alex Rodriguez had made for him. The ring being sold was not the story, because that happens all the time, but it was the idea of an active player and A-Rod having a ring sold and put to auction.

Replacing Granderson - YES Network

The YES Network targets Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa and Ronnier Mustelier as the likely candidates to fill in for the injured Curtis Granderson. Players like Rob Segedin and Adonis Garcia are also seen as candidates for the team. The team would move Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki to accommodate the player and put him where he is most comfortable. The player could also be a veteran and doesn't even necessarily have to be on the 40-man roster.

Quick Hits:

Budget Call Out: Mark Feinsand says he'll believe it when he sees it when discussing the Yankees' intention to get under the $189M mark.

Spring Rotation: Hiroki Kuroda will start on Friday, Ivan Nova will start on Saturday, and Andy Pettitte will throw a simulated game on Sunday.

Questions of the Day:
  • What is your favorite Yankee moment?
  • Which non-Yankee team do you enjoy watching the most?
  • What is your favorite food/meal?
  • What is the best book you've recently read?
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