American League East
In the wake of the unspeakable Boston Marathon bombings, the Yankees paid tribute to the city of Boston when they hosted the Diamondbacks in the Bronx Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter is taking part in long toss and undergoing therapy in Tampa, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, so he doesn’t exactly appear to be on the fast track back to the Bronx.
The Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract on Tuesday. He was released hours earlier by the American League East-rival Red Sox.
“We are committed as a family to be in this long-term,” Steinbrenner said. “We enjoy this, this is why we’re all involved — all of my siblings. And we’re going to continue, every year, to field a championship-caliber team.”
The Yankees and Mets are among teams that are interested in outfielder Brennan Boesch, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN insider Jon Heyman.
“Let me say what I’ve been saying: $189 (million) is the goal,” Steinbrenner said. …”That is the goal, but in no way, shape or form will we sacrifice our commitment to field a championship-caliber team. That’s not going to happen.”
Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University. The university in Fairfield, Conn., said Friday that Valentine’s appointment will be formally announced next Tuesday.
You just hope it isn’t so. These days, there is no way of knowing who is using performance-enhancing drugs and who is not. But the idea that Robinson Cano has used PEDs is enough to sicken any baseball fan or official.
The Yankees are a good baseball team, just not a special one. For a fan base used to sitting atop a perch and starting down at the competition, it will likely take some getting used to over the next few years.
“Between the hurricane and the snowstorm, we’re monitoring it,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “It’s rougher than in years past. It’s rough for the Yankees.”
The Yankees are good, not great. And that’s probably not good enough, especially when you gauge how they gouge you at the turnstiles. $5 waters and $10 beers don’t taste too hot when the team gets cold and old.
A one-time All-Star, Soriano had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA for the American League East-champion Yankees last year while filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, who plans to return from a knee injury in 2013.
“We’ve signed three or four of the biggest free agents on the market, and we’re pretty happy with that,” Steinbrenner said. “…We’ve got some work to do, still. We need another bat. We’re not done yet.”
“I know a lot of people have told me they think home runs are bad,” Cashman said. “I’m not one of them. Well, those people are going to get a chance to see what it looks like.”
If the Yankees don’t trade for or sign a catcher in the coming months — which they’re not expected to do — Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart will compete for the starting job in spring training.
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