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Yankees/MLB Hot Stove Update - February 23, 2012

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Let's start with some news that broke around 5:15 p.m... (Thanks to Andrew GM for the initial comment)

Milwaukee Brewers reigning MVP Ryan Braun has won his appeal of positive drug test and will not serve a 50-game suspension to start the 2012 campaign. Braun becomes the first player in the history of major league baseball to have a positive drug test overturned. Great news for not only Braun, but for the city of Milwaukee and major league baseball as well.

Roy Oswalt announced today that he will continue to evaluate his options and may sign midseason rather than with a major league team before the season begins. Problems with lower back injuries sidelined Oswalt for portions of last season and reportedly were career-threatening. Those issues may have even scared off a few teams from seriously pursuing him this offseason.

If you dare to take a trip down memory lane, you'll recall that Roger Clemens held out until midway through 2007 before signing an incredulous contract with the New York Yankees. There's belief that Oswalt very well may wait for contending teams to become thirsty for pitching depth and come knocking on his door.

As written about earlier, the Yankees and their starting catcher Russell Martin are reportedly in preliminary talks of a contract extension that would keep Martin in pinstripes through the end of the 2014 season. For more on this, check out the brief story we posted around 3:15 p.m.