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New York Yankees 2010

The New York Yankees have suffered many injuries this year. They have currently 7 players on the DL; Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, and Chan Ho Park. Now some of these players are day to day such as Posada, Cano, and Rivera;however, Granderson, Park, Nick Johnson should be out for at least 3 weeks a piece. The Yankees have a dazzling record at, 21-8 they are  half game behind the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  The Yankees have suffered these injuries and yet they have played at a level that not many can, it is there depth and there ability to adjust to there surroundings that make them a championship team. The Yankees do have some big positives to this season such as, Robinson  Cano who has been nothing less than amazing for them, batting .348, he’s got 9 home runs and 21 RBIs. Nick Swisher has been great so far this season so has Derek Jeter. A-Rod has had a slow start however with Texira back at the top of his own game, you should see Alec Rodriguez get it going soon enough. The pitching staff has been great so far this season, Phil Huges is having a career season, his ERA is at a career low .169; Andy Pettite, has 4 wins pitching some great baseball.Rivera with 7 saves, Joba doing a great job in the pen so is Robertson and Aceves. With the pen playing such great baseball it really shows u how good this Yankee team is they do not only have a couple of star players they actually have a complete championship team.



Miguel Tejada will return to Baltimore after agreeing to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Orioles, the slugger told’s Enrique Rojas on Saturday

The free agent shortstop played in Baltimore from 2004-07, before being traded to the Houston Astros in December 2007 for five players.

The deal includes around $1 million in incentives for playing time registered, Tejada said.

“I am happy to return to Baltimore, it’s like my home,” Tejada told Rojas. “We have great young talent, and I think many good things could happen with the club in 2010.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, which first reported the story, the deal is pending a physical that’s expected to take place in the next couple of days.

Tejada is now tabbed for third base with the release of Melvin MoraCesar Izturis is expected to stay at shortstop.

“Mentally and physically I was getting ready to play third base since the season ended last year,” Tejada said.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail recalled Saturday asking Tejada to move from shortstop during his final year in Baltimore.

“He said he didn’t think it was time. He went to the National League after I traded him there and was the All-Star shortstop for two years,” MacPhail noted. “So, who’s to say Miggy wasn’t right?”

Now, however, Tejada appears willing to switch to the hot corner. And MacPhail is confident Tejada will capably handle the position.

“From what I’ve read, he’s made it clear that’s something he would entertain,” MacPhail said. “He’s probably aware that at this point in his career, that’s the right move. He’s certainly not the first shortstop, if he ends up playing third, that made that change.”

Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. went from shortstop to third in the latter stage of his career and played the position well.

“You don’t know until you get there,” said MacPhail, who was questioned by reporters at FanFest, a function at the Baltimore Convention Center designed to connect team officials and the players with fans.

Tejada was the first high-profile player convicted of a crime stemming from baseball’s steroids era. In February 2009, Tejada pleaded guilty to misleading Congress and admitted he withheld information about an ex-teammate’s use of performance-enhancing drugs when questioned in 2005 by congressional investigators.

Tejada was sentenced to probation, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

Tejada acknowledged he bought human growth hormone while playing for the Oakland Athleticsbut said he threw the drugs away without using them, and prosecutors said during his February plea hearing they had no evidence to contradict that.

ever figured his new third baseman would be available this late in the offseason.

“I would be honest with you: I don’t know how realistic I thought our potential acquisition was going to be,” MacPhail said. “We always had him on the board. But I wasn’t holding my breath.”

Tejada became a free agent after the Astros declined to offer him arbitration last month.

In 158 games with the Astros last season, Tejada hit .313 with 14 home runs and 86 RBIs. Tejada, 35, is a six-time All-Star and has hit .289 with 285 home runs and 1,185 RBIs in his career.

Manager Dave Trembley said, “I’ll say this about Tejada: I don’t think there’s ever been a guy who wants to win more. He has a very, very strong passion to win. Guys on the team love him. I never had a problem with him. If it works out that he comes back here, I think it would be a real good acquisition.”

The addition of Tejada means newcomer Garrett Atkins will spend most his time in the field at first base. Atkins, signed as a free agent in December, can also play third.

“The plan is for me to play first, depending on who els they sign,”  Atkins said

The Associate Press contributed this story


The Texas Rangers have signed free-agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2011.The deal is for $5.5 million and includes performance bonuses. Guerrero, who passed his physical on Monday in Arlington, gets $1 million if the club elects not to exercise the option. He can walk away from the contract without penalty after 2010 if he chooses.”We’re excited to welcome Vlad to the Rangers family,” general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. “This is a guy we’ve both admired and feared for years from across the field. He’s been one of the most dangerous hitters in the game for over a decade. He’ll bring a presence to the middle of the order, and a winning pedigree to the club.”

Guerrero has a .321 career batting average, fifth among active players. He has played the last six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, and he hit .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 100 games last season. He had two stints on the disabled list, including one nearly month-long stretch with a strained left knee.

The Rangers are very familiar with Guerrero’s prowess at the plate, as the 2004 AL MVP dominated them while with the Angels. He has the highest career batting average (.394) and slugging percentage (.705) of any player with at least 50 games played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He has 14 homers, 18 doubles, 38 runs scored and 33 RBIs in 50 games at his new home.


After five seasons of nine-figure salaries from the Mariners, Beltre is coming to the Red Sox on short money: a one-year, $9 million deal for 2010, with his choice to stick around in 2011 for even less money, $5 million, or take a $1 million buyout. The guaranteed money totals $10 million, less than the $12.8 million he averaged while in Seattle, and less than he would have gotten had he accepted the Mariners’ offer of salary arbitration.Last month, agent Scott Boras likened Beltre in value to Jason Bay, who signed with the Mets for a package that could be worth $80 million; Beltre did indeed get Jason-like money: Jason Varitek, another Boras client who turned down salary arbitration a year ago with the Sox and wound up working for considerably less.Signing Beltre is a steal for the Red Sox, and with the number of teams looking for a third baseman — the Orioles, Angels, Athletics, Giants and Twins, to name a few — it’s startling that no one else was willing to cough up a few more bucks than the Sox did. Shoot, if he hadn’t come as cheap as he did, the Sox were prepared to start the 2010 season with Kevin Youkilis at third and Casey Kotchman at first.Beltre was not Theo Epstein’s Plan A. Neither was David Ortiz when the Sox brought him aboard as a nontendered part-timer in 2003. Beltre’s detractors point to what a bust he was in Safeco Field; his supporters say that if you check Beltre’s road performance with Seattle (.277/.326/.472/.798), he compares favorably to Lowell on the road while with the Red Sox (.288/.341/.453/.793).Overall I believe this is a great move for the Boston Red Sox he will fit in perfectly right behind David Ortiz.


Free-agent outfielder Jason Bay  has reached agreement on a four-year, guaranteed $66 million contract with the New York, a baseball source confirmed to Tuesday. The agreement will become official once Bay passes a physical exam sometime next week, the source said. The deal includes a vesting option year that could increase Bay’s overall payout to slightly more than $80 million over five years.The three time all star, hit .267 with 36 home runs and 116 RBIs for the Boston Red sox in 2009.Jason will add immense power to the Mets offense, with Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado the Mets have the capabilities to become an imminent power in the NL east.


Free agent 3rd basemen Troy Glaus  signs with the Atlanta Braves.The agreement was made on Wednesday.Glaus must undergo a physical exam before the deal can be completed. The physical is more than a formality because of his injury history, and is not expected to take place until after Christmas and possibly New Year’s, so no announcement is imminent.Troy has had an amazing career so far he has been to the all star game 4 times  so far in his career. Glaus on his career has hit 304 home runs,and a .497 career slugging percentage.The former 3rd basemen will make his transition to 1st base, he will hit in-between  Chipper Jones and Brian McCann. Glaus hit 27 homers and drove in 99 runs in 151 games for St. Louis in 2008, but missed most of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in January. He returned to play 14 games for the Cardinals in September and October.Troy Glaus will be a big part to the Braves offense , watch for him to have a big season if he is able to stay healthy.


Former Los Angeles Angles right-hander Kelvim Escobar signs with the Mets with a one year deal worth $1.25 million.Escobar originally came up with the Toronto Blue Jays as a reliever and saved 38 games for the Blue Jays in 2002 before converting to a starter.In 2007, his most recent full season, Escobar went 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA. He missed all of 2008 after shoulder surgery and pitched only five innings last season before another setback shut him down again.He will most probably be in the bullpen setting up his former team mate Francisco Rodriguez.The Mets are getting an essential piece to the puzzle, but they do need to fill in a couple more roles before becoming a championship contender.The Mets according to our sources are closing in on Jason Bay