|Mets reportedly have 4-year, $60M deal with Curtis Granderson||12.06.13 at 12:12 pm ET|
Outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Mets have agreed on a four-year, $60 million contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Granderson, 32, is coming off a season in which he was limited to 61 games due to a broken foreram in spring training and then a broken pinkie finger in midseason, both after being hit by pitches. He combined for 84 home runs the previous two seasons.
Granderson became expendable to the Yankees after they signed Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox. There were rumors that the Sox might be interested in Granderson but were not interested in going to four years.
|Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs||10.02.13 at 11:38 am ET|
Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since Joe Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008, New York wants its manager back.
The Yankees finished 85-77 and in third place in the AL East. But between injuries to key players like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis; the departures of a number of vital players from the 2012 AL East winning team; and the intense battle between Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees, the fact that Girardi kept New York in contention for a wild card spot was an impressive accomplishment.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. “I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us. He’s been a coach, a broadcaster and obviously a world champion manager. So we’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward, but we’ll have to speak with him and see how it plays out.”
Girardi, 48, signed a three-year, $9 million extension at the end of the 2010 season, which expires on Oct. 31. New York may have to compete with the Cubs who recently fired coach Dale Sveum, and are believed to be interested in Girardi.
Girardi has posted a 564-408 record as the Yankees manager, and his team claimed the 2009 World Series.
|Yankees captain Derek Jeter returns from DL, batting second vs. Royals Thursday||07.11.13 at 12:19 pm ET|
Nine months after breaking his ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers last October, Derek Jeter has been activated from the disabled list and is batting second as the designated hitter in the Yankees’ Thursday matinee against the Royals, the finale of the four-game set.
First baseman/designated hitter Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment to make room for Jeter.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters in New York that the captain and 13-time All-Star, who next week will miss the All-Star Game for the first time since 2005, could return to his usual position of shortstop as soon as Friday.
“It is fair to say,” general manager Brian Cashman also told reporters, “with his age and with a double break that he’d lose a step or a half a step.”
Jeter, 39, managed just one hit in nine minor league at-bats with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He also walked four times and struck out twice while making the necessary plays at shortstop.
Jeter’s debut is the first of what the Yankees hope is a handful of comebacks that would bolster their lineup for the second half. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, recovering from hip surgery, could return later this month pending a reported possible suspension for PEDs. Center fielder Curtis Granderson is out with a broken finger, his second extended DL trip of the season, and could return in August.
The Yankees, who sit in fourth place and six games behind the Red Sox in the AL East at 49-42, had lost three in a row before beating the Royals, 8-1, Wednesday night.
|Yankees GM Brian Cashman: ‘It’s a possibility’ Derek Jeter misses opener||03.21.13 at 12:42 pm ET|
You can add Derek Jeter to the extensive list of injured Yankees who might miss Opening Day. The Yankees will open their 2013 season on April 1 in the Bronx vs. the Red Sox. Jon Lester and CC Sabathia are the expected starters for opening day.
Jeter missed his second consecutive spring training game Wednesday, due to inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who is dealing with an injury of his own, said that there is a chance that the 13-time All-Star could begin the season on the disabled list.
“At this stage, I just don’t know, so all I can do is acknowledge it’s a possibility,” Cashman said.
The 38-year-old shortstop broke his ankle during the 2012 ALCS against the Tigers, in which the Yankees were defeated 4-0. Jeter recently received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ankle.
“We’ve got to do what’s right for him,” Cashman said. “Whatever’s right for him will be right for us. I’m not saying he’s going to be DL’ed, but I can’t tell you it won’t be. I don’t think it’s anything serious, I just think it’s a timing issue.”
Jeter played in his first spring training game on March 9 against the Braves, and has appeared in five total games. He was removed from the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies for “precautionary” reasons because his ankle felt stiff.
The future Hall-of-Famer led the American League in hits last season with 216, while also posting a .316 batting average, 15 homers and 58 runs batted in.
“The doctor said, basically, you can experience a lot of different things along the pathway, so it’s not a surprise,” Cashman said. “His rehab has gone extremely well, but obviously after the back to back, it barked a little bit. He’s going to have ups and downs in the early portion of it, but eventually at some point he’ll be past this. We’ve just got to make sure we take the right steps so it’s eventually behind him.”
|Yankees’ Curtis Granderson expected to miss 10 weeks with broken arm||02.25.13 at 11:13 am ET|
The arm injury Curtis Granderson suffered in his first spring training at-bat Sunday when he was hit by a pitch by Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ is expected to sideline the Yankees outfielder until the first week of May.
The injury was initially announced as a bruise, but X-rays revealed a broken bone. The team said Granderson’s timetable for a return is 10 weeks.
“Five pitches in, we get a little setback,” Granderson said. “Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
Granderson led the Yankees with 43 home runs last season.
“Grandy is not a bat you say is easy to replace, but we’re going to have to find a way,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “No one is going to feel sorry for you.”
Brett Gardner is likely to start in center, with Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera battling for the opening in left field.
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Shaquille O’Neal takes shot at Chris Bosh||07.20.11 at 7:17 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 12:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Recently retired Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal made his debut as an television analyst a memorable one Tuesday night. During a show on NBA-TV announcing the 2011-12 schedule, O’Neal heaped praise on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade but made it clear he doesn’t consider Chris Bosh in their class. “The Miami Heat, they’ve got a lot of great players, the Big Two,” he said. “They will be back.”
Added Shaq: “Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they’re great players, they’re probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled. And you know they’re going to get back. They’re going to get back. They play well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That’s how they like it. And they will be back.”
♦ Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson challenges teammates to look in the stands at visiting ballparks and see if they can spot more than 10 African-American fans. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mac Engel writes about the downward trend of African-American players and fans and what is driving them away from the game.
♦ Match-fixing is a problem that has been plaguing soccer in recent years. The New York Times examines how international authorities are attempting to stop the trend. It appears to be originating mainly in Southeast Asia, where sophisticated criminal operations have funded payoffs to players and officials.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1958, which Tigers right-hander (and future Hall of Famer) became the last opposing player to no-hit the Red Sox at Fenway Park?
|Yankees’ Curtis Granderson suffers oblique strain||03.23.11 at 9:27 am ET|
Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Orioles after straining his oblique muscle on his final swing of batting practice. The injury is not believed to be serious, but Granderson’s status for opening day is uncertain.
“He felt something,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’ll get a better feel in the next few days. We’ll take the cautious road. I know he’s not really concerned from his end, but obliques can be tricky. It’s too early to tell. Try and be cautious and hope we’ll have success.”
If Granderson can’t go on opening day, Brett Gardner would move from left field to center field and Andruw Jones would start in left.
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