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Saturday Morning Links: Free Agency, Trades, And Of Course, Derek Jeter

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-Sweeny Murti gives us a beat writers take of Derek Jeter's last decade in a Yankees uniform.

-Mark Feinsand uses a very good comparison in explaining why the Yankees aren't, and shouldn't be, interested in outfielders -

The most common thing I've heard: "Remember when the Yankees said they weren't interested in Johnny Damon and would go with Bubba Crosby in center field? How did that work out??"

On the surface, this would appear to be a valid point. The Yankees are happy with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher as their outfield, though an argument could be made that Crawford is an upgrade on Gardner and Werth is an upgrade on Swisher.

Here's where the Damon/Crosby comparison ends: All three Yankees outfielders have already put up good years. Crosby was a fifth outfielder.

For the Yankees to turn center field over to a 29-year-old that had hit .221 with a .253 on-base percentage, six extra-base hits, 14 RBI and six stolen bases in 140 career games was a ridiculous thought.

Gardner, who is still only 27, just completed a tremendous year in his first full season, leading the Yankees with a .383 on-base percentage, hitting .277, stealing 47 bases and scoring 97 runs in less than 500 at-bats.

Is he Crawford? No. Is he almost as good, especially given his contract? Yes.

Crawford is expected to make between $15-18 million over the next 5-7 years, while Gardner will earn about $500,000 this season. Is Crawford worth 30 times more than Gardner? Absolutely not

 

This makes me miss Bubba Crosby. Just for fun, here is the link to the article, and look here for the video of his walk off home run back on September 19, 2005.

 

- Moshe Mandel names some free agents that the Yankees may be interested in. Of course there are the top free agents, and many left-handed relievers. I can definitely see the Yankees being interested in Pedro Feliciano, as he can pitch almost every night, is a lefty, and LHB hit .214 against him in his career.

- Finally, here are two interesting posts from And A Player To Be Named Later. Paul, the writer, used to email me often and talk Yankees when I was at my own blog, but since I started writing here we lost contact. He's a great writer and is very knowledgeable, plus he writes about that football thing you all love! Randy Moss to Tennessee? Anyway, give his blog a read.