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New York Yankees News: 2/17/12

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Mo's happy because it's Pitchers and Catchers Eve Eve. So is WWJD.
Mo's happy because it's Pitchers and Catchers Eve Eve. So is WWJD.

Jon Heyman says that Johnny Damon is surprised the Yankees aren't pursuing him more.

Sorry, Johnny. When/if the A.J. Burnett trade happens, the Yankees are likely to sign Raul Ibanez faster than you can say defensive liability.

Speaking of trades, Jeff Sullivan looks at the last time the Yankees and Red Sox traded with one another.

Of note, the Red Sox have traded with every other major league team more recently than they have traded with the Yankees.

Mike Axisa at RAB looks at 5 prospects who could climb into the Top 30 by next season.

We hear so much about the Manny Banueloses and the Gary Sanchezes of the farm, so it's nice to read about guys who have not been regulars aboard the hype train yet.

Also from RAB, Larry Koestler analyzes the best pitches by Yankee relievers.

I bet you won't guess who leads the pen in Whiff% on their cutter.

Beat writer Marc Carig writes that Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi haven't decided on the order of the rotation after CC Sabathia.

Feel free to make your predictions on that matter below.