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2014 Hall of Fame voting: Greg Maddux leads class  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images), Jack Morris falls short in final time on ballot  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images), and Armando Benitez actually gets a vote (Photo by Matt Campbell/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Good, Bad And Ugly In This Year’s Hall Of Fame Voting

Let’s remember to focus some of our attention on the ones who actually did make it into the Hall. The vote is still meant to celebrate the greats, not destroy the process.

01/09/2014

Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Rakuten Teammate Raves About ‘Bulldog’ Tanaka

To learn more about the next potential star import from Japan, I recently got some thoughts from ex-Yankee Darrell Rasner, who has watched Masahiro Tanaka up close for the past five years.

01/07/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Yankees Are Prepared To Go The Extra Mile To Land Tanaka

Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti was a guest on WFAN with Jody McDonald on Thursday and said the Bombers have been waiting for this opportunity for some time and plan on sealing the deal.

12/26/2013

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Brian McCann (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Sweeny: New Faces Ellsbury And McCann Are The Yankees’ New Core

The Yankees officially have a new face. I know Derek Jeter is still here — and this is certainly not any disrespect to The Yankee Captain. But the reality is that there are only two players signed for more than four years and they are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.

12/13/2013

Yankees manager Joe Girardi. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Girardi Presents Yankees Offseason State Of The Union

The manager of the Yankees is generally used to acquiring great players, not losing them. Joe Girardi sat down to meet the media Tuesday and had the chance to publicly address for the first time the loss of Robinson Cano to Seattle.

12/10/2013

Brian Cashman (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Sweeny At Winter Meetings: Brian Cashman Outlines His Plan

The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”

12/10/2013

Robinson Cano #24 congratulates Derek Jeter #2. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter Not Surprised That Cano Bolted The Bronx For Seattle

“We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business. It’s a business on both sides. I would have liked to have played with him longer but you understand it’s a business, guys move on.”

12/10/2013

Brett Gardner (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Sweeny At Winter Meetings: Should Yankees Trade Gardner?

Several people from other teams I’ve spoken to think the Yankees need Brett Gardner as insurance for an older and injury-prone outfield.

12/10/2013

Joe Torre after being named American League Manager of the Year in 1998. (Photo  by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Joe Torre’s Destiny Became Yankees Dynasty

Funny how the twists and turns take you. Torre turned down a trade from the Mets to the Yankees in 1976 because he thought he’d have a chance to manage the Amazin’s.

12/10/2013

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Pitching-Hungry Mets Meet With Bartolo Colon’s Agent

The 40-year-old had an excellent campaign for the A’s in 2013. The free-agent pitcher went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 190 1/3 innings over 30 starts. He struck out 117 and issued 29 walks.

12/09/2013

Carlos Beltran, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 2 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 24, 2013. Beltran signed a three-year deal with the Yankees on Dec. 6. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Are The Yankees Better Than 2013 After Signings?

Sweeny Murti says the Yankees have improved at catcher and their outfield is better. The infield still has some questions, especially with the known returnees Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming off major injuries.

12/07/2013

Robinson Cano (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Mariners Now Real Players For Cano, But Yankees Not Budging

Is a few extra million worth leaving New York? That’s what Robinson Cano is facing as his market finally begins to expand, with reports of the Seattle Mariners’ interest.

12/03/2013

Robinson Cano (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sweeny: How Is The Market Shaping Up For Robinson Cano?

Is there a market for Robinson Cano beyond the New York Yankees? That is what we hope to learn at the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando.

12/03/2013

Brian McCann rounds the bases after hitting a  home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 3, 2013. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Yankees Show They’re Still Serious Spenders With McCann

Did the Yankees overpay for catcher Brian McCann? Sure, but they had a hole to fill and they moved quickly.

11/25/2013

Pitcher Joba Chamberlain (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Sweeny: If Joba, Hughes Leave They Will Go Down As Disappointments, Not Busts

Yes, we all helped create the hype and bought into it. We expected more based on a lot of early promise. That makes them disappointing, but far from busts.

11/22/2013

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