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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstripe Alley) Five winters ago, the Yankees balked at trading a 21-year old Phil Hughes for Johan Santana, who, at the time, was widely considered to be the best pitcher in the game. Since then, both pitchers have experienced more than their share of ups and downs, making it […]

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Overlooked in the Yankees’ weekend sweep of the Athletics was the not so subtle implication by Joe Girardi that left fielder Brett Gardner could wind up missing at least six more weeks of the season. Gardner’s return will largely depend on how he feels after swinging the bat this afternoon in Tampa, but regardless of […]

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After getting off to a historic start in April, the Yankees offense has hit the skids in May. As a result, the team’s output per game has dropped precipitously, declining from 5.5 runs in the opening month to 3.6 in the current one. So, naturally, everyone wants to know why. Not surprisingly, the media has […]

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Yu Darvish’s 8 1/3 shutout innings were the insult. Michael Pineda’s torn labrum was the injury. The last two days haven’t been very kind to the Yankees, whose offseason blueprint has been dealt a significant blow. Despite winning 97 games with a makeshift rotation in 2011, the Yankees entered the winter with a glaring need […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstripe Alley) The Yankees had many reasons for trading A.J. Burnett, but the deal also came in the nick of time for the right hander, assuming he is sensitive about his legacy with the team. After a solid debut campaign in 2009, Burnett’s subsequent futility was of historic proportions, making him […]

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After days of dickering over terms, the Yankees and Pirates have all but consummated the A.J. Burnett trade. Although the final details haven’t been revealed, make no mistake about it, the real prize for the Bronx Bombers is simply getting rid of Burnett, not only because it will remove a growing distraction, but also give Phil […]

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Although the Yankees are trying to apply leverage in the A.J. Burnett trade talks, it seems inevitable that the right hander will be dealt before pitchers and catchers report to Tampa on Sunday. Considering how stealthy Brian Cashman has been of late, it’s hard to believe he would have allowed the negotiations to become public […]

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