The New York Yankees have just landed a deal to receive Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson earlier this morning. After winning their 27th World Championship this past November, the organization has wasted no time dealing away heading into 2010. The Yanks sent Ian Kennedy to Arizona, and Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit. The Tigers in return gave up All-Star pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, and Arizona sent young pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth back over to Detroit. In light of the recent move, free agents Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are wondering whether or not they’ll be suiting up in pinstripes next season.
“Granderson, of course he’s going to make them better,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. “He’s a pretty good outfielder. He plays with a lot of energy. He’s the kind of guy that fits into that landscape in New York, where he’s going to thrive within that kind of a situation.”
Veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte is set to rejoin the Yankees, agreeing to a $11.75 million one-year contract. Last season Pettitte became the first pitcher to start and win the clincher in all three playoff rounds. He’s earned five championship rings in total as a New York Yankee. Even though Pettitte will stay comfortable in New York, Yankees Andrew Marchand believes the team is “still on it” in regards to Toronto Blue Jays ace Pitcher Roy Halladay.
New York Yankees’ veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte has announced his intentions to pitch in 2010. The free agent according to Buster Olney would like to pitch for the Yankees in his 16th MLB season. Pettitte went 14-8 for the Yankees in 2009 and was 4-0 in the postseason leading to their 27th World Series Championship. There is no early word on a potential contract with the Yankees but it is likely the two sides will come to some deal to bring Andy back.
Update: Pettitte has reportedly turned down the Yankees’ first offer of $10 million.
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A variety of conversations are taking place just four weeks into the MLB off-season. Ace pitcher Roy Halladay has declared that he will not approve of any trade deals until reporting to spring training with the Blue Jays, signifying his willingness to stay with the Toronto organization until reaching free agency at the end of next season. The All-Star previously stated that he would like to contribute to an already winning franchise.
Jeff Berry, longtime partner of Halladay’s agent Greg Landry, recently released this statement: “One thing is certain – once Roy reports to spring training as a member of the Blue Jays, from that point forward he will not approve or even discuss any potential trade scenario. This will eliminate a repeat of the distracting media frenzy of 2009 for both Roy and his teammates, and will allow Roy to focus on pitching at the exceptional level Jays fans have come to expect.” MLB experts believe Halladay could be swayed to accept deals from either the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, or Los Angeles Angels.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia would like to switch over to the shortstop position if the opportunity arises in 2010. “They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” said Pedroia. “They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for (Terry Francona) to call me and ask, ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.” Francona experimented with the 2008 MVP at the position in spring training in 2006. He was an All-American shortstop at Arizona State, and continues to take ground balls from the left side of the infield every season.
The Yankees are not offering arbitration to any free agents including Andy Pettitte, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and Xavier Nady. New York hopes to bring Damon, Matsui, and Pettitte back without paying the expensive salaries that would come through arbitration. The three veterans collected at least $11 million apiece last season. Check here at Ace for more MLB off-season information!
Minnesota Twins franchise player Joe Mauer received 27 of 28 first place votes and 387 points to be named the American League’s 2009 Most Valuable Player. Yankees Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter followed up with 225 and 193 points, respectively. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera claimed the only other first place vote along with 171 points. Mauer is the second catcher in over 30 years to earn AL MVP rights.
In total Mauer hit for a .365 batting average with a .444 on base percentage and .587 slugging percentage. He also set individual marks for himself this season, blasting 28 homers while knocking in 96 RB’s. The 26-year old All-Star has the ability to become a free agent in 2010. Mauer for now is comfortable in a Twins uniform, saying “I’m not the kind of guy that, you know, says by this date we need to have something done. Can we win here? Yes. Definitely. I think so, and that’s ultimately what I would like to do.”
The 2009 MLB season has finally been put to rest, and for Red Sox fans this could only mean one thing….When does the 2010 regular season start up? The countdown for next season starts at 151 days, when the Red Sox host the new found world champion New York Yankees April 5th at Fenway Park.
There have been debates regarding weather and field status for opening day. Fenway is hosting numerous events around the annual Winter Classic on January 1st, leaving questions and doubts about the fields overall condition. One option standing is for the series to be held at Yankee Stadium and move a set of mid-season games to Boston in return.
The Sox will first officially meet for spring training by the end of February. Their first game in Florida will be against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 6th. Stay tuned for more updates this offseason. 2010 Boston Red Sox schedule and tickets are available right here at AceTicket.com!
Cliff Lee shut down the New York Yankees power line up, collecting 10 K’s while giving up just one unearned run as the Philadelphia Phillies handled CC Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen 6-1 to open the 2009 World Series. Third basemen Alex Rodriguez after going on a tear all post-season struck out three times in his World Series debut. “I did keep it simple today. He kept it even more simple,” said Rodriguez of Lee. “He threw the ball well. When a guy comes out like that, you tip your cap and move on. He made some pretty good pitches.”
Sabathia made his best effort for a pitching duel, giving up two runs courtesy of Chase Utley’s two homers in his seven innings of work. After CC’s exit the Yanks bullpen just couldn’t hold it together. Phil Hughes and Brian Bruney gave an extra four runs to the Phillies in the eighth and ninth innings to “close out” Game 1.
Game 2 is scheduled for Yankee stadium tonight at 7:57 PM and will feature starting pitchers Pedro Martinez and A.J. Burnett. Martinez in last week’s NLCS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers threw for seven scoreless innings. Burnett during the 2009 regular season held a 13-9 record with a 4.04 ERA.
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Yankees veteran closer Mariano Rivera shut the door on the Los Angeles Angels, letting in just one run off two hits in New York’s final six crucial outs to take the American League Championship Series last night in the Bronx. The Yanks were last seen in the World Series in 2003, when they lost to the Florida Marlins in six games.
“This is what we play for — this is what we set out for in Spring Training,” said starting pitcher Andy Pettitte. “Obviously, to be able to get there and to accomplish that, it’s awesome. I just feel very fortunate and very blessed to be on this team.” Pettitte notched the game win for New York with one run given up in his six innings of work.
Although Los Angeles came up short from advancing themselves, they certainly had a great run this season with 97 regular season wins. They were also able to find a way past the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS series before making New York dig really dig in for the AL Championship.
“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles this season, and we have nothing to hang our heads about,” said Torii Hunter. “We had a great season, and I wish the Yankees luck in the World Series. They’ve got some of my favorite players over there, and I’ll be rooting for them. Why not? I’m an American League guy.”
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The New York Yankees felt as though ending two games in extra innings was quite enough for this year’s American League Championship Series. CC Sabathia allowed just one run in eight innings pitched on three days rest, as the Bronx Bombers powered up the Los Angeles Angels last night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 10-1.
Alex Rodriguez led the lineup with three hits, two RBIs, three runs scored, and one tall jack to left field in the fifth inning. A-Rod has been on fire throughout the entire 2009 postseason. This ALCS alone he is six for sixteen with three homers and five RBIs. His three consecutive games with a home run puts him just one away from sharing a Yankee record along with legends Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson.
“Well, the game slows down for you, no doubt about it,” said Rodriguez. “You feel like you want to see the ball and hit it hard and not try to do too much, but the best way I can describe it is you feel like the game is slowing down.”
The Series will feature one more game in Anaheim before moving back to New York if necessary. A.J. Burnett (Yankees) and John Lackey (Angels) are set to pitch Game 5, which is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:57 PM.
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Another ALCS extra innings thriller in the books between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees last night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. New York was leading for the majority of the contest, with Derek Jeter starting off the festivities right with a solo home run in the first. The Angels surged back mid-game and finally put the night to rest in the 11th when Jeff Mathis drove in Howie Kendrick with a two-out double for LA to win 5-4.
“There was a lot of great baseball on that field this afternoon,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “There were a lot of twists and turns, and both teams played a terrific game. We just got it done at the end.” The crucial win for LA put them one game behind in the series with Games 4 and 5 to be played on the west coast.
Andy Pettitte and Jered Weaver both pitched solid for their respective clubs, letting up three runs apiece in five plus innings of work. The Yankees already ahead in the series with two wins can only look forward to strengthening their lead tonight.
“It was disappointing (Monday), but I don’t think anyone in here is frustrated,” Damon said. “We know we’re still up in the series and we know we have the big man going (Tuesday), and he’s been pretty good for us.” The ‘Big Man’ he is referring to is ace pitcher CC Sabathia, who will start tonight for the Yanks against the 10-9 Scott Kazmir. Game 4 is scheduled for 7:57 PM.
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The American League Championship Series is set to start this Friday and will feature the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. New York led the American League this regular season with 103 wins and the AL West Champion Angels followed with a 97-65 record. Both clubs handled their ALDS opponents with ease and surely are excited to continue their October playoff quests.
Yankees veteran catcher Jorge Posada is very satisfied with his team and what they have set themselves up for. “It’s going to come down who is going to pitch best, who is going to hit in the clutch,” Posada said in regard to the upcoming series. “Home-field advantage is going to help a little bit. I think that’s the key to this series, having four games at home is going to change things.”
Starting rotations have not been officially released, but Game 1 will likely showcase a duel between aces CC Sabathia and John Lackey. The 2009 ALCS will serve as the fourth post-season meeting between the Angels and Yankees, but will be the first time they match up for American League Championship rights.
ALCS Schedule -Times and Starting Pitchers for Games 2-7 TBDGame 1 – Friday, October 16th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 2 – Saturday, October 17th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 3 – Monday, October 19th – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 4 – Tuesday, October 20th – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 5 – Thursday, October 22nd – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 6 – Saturday, October 24th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 7 – Sunday, October 25th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
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