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Why can’t we be friends?

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After all the ruckus that swirled around late last season, this looks like a new beginning for A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada, doesn’t it? 33 pitches down and a whole season to go. I had a pretty good vantage point from high above the bullpen and – unless I’m mistaken – A.J. never yelled “Why would you throw that pitch?” to himself. This is progress.

“The more we get to work with each other, the more we’re going to learn from each other,” Burnett said. “I hope he catches me every start. We were talking about the good games we threw together last year.

“I’m really excited. I hope he catches every bullpen and every game.”

More pictures from today over at Twitpic. A few shots of CC Sabathia’s second bullpen session, as well as Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Dave Robertson. Position players report tomorrow and hopefully we’ll begin seeing a few of them on the field Wednesday. Andy Pettitte is throwing a bullpen session tomorrow so expect some shots of him to surface.

  • It should be interesting once Chan Ho Park arrives. It’s rare that a player announces his own signing before the team does, but that’s the situation the Yankees are in. Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi tiptoed around semantics but it seems apparent that Park will be in camp sooner or later. Could be bad news for Alfredo Aceves, who has options to Triple-A whereas Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre do not.
  • Jesus Montero can hit. I didn’t see it first-hand, but several witnesses are saying that he belted a batting practice shot today that drilled the top of the ‘M’ on the George M. Steinbrenner Field scoreboard. I’d only be guessing, but that could be about a 450-foot shot. We asked him about it and he shrugged, saying that he hit a much farther one as a 16-year-old at a tryout camp in Venezuela.
  • Johnny Damon is officially a Detroit Tiger and the Yankees are officially moving on.
  • Mike Bauman dropped by camp today and thinks this place is quiet — a little too quiet. I tend to agree with him, but things will liven up when the position players get here tomorrow. Nick Swisher can’t help himself from stopping by every day and Curtis Granderson also dropped in to stow some stuff in his locker. Besides, as Pettitte said last week, just wait. Sooner or later, something’s going to come up.

Yankees pitchers and catchers, reporting for duty

cc spring.jpgReporting day for pitchers and catchers is one of those things we all like to circle on the calendar when there’s two feet of snow on the ground and you think the winter is never going to end, but the dirty little secret of it all is that it’s actually pretty anti-climactic once it arrives.

For a date that is so synonymous with baseball — who amongst us hasn’t said something like, “Only 44 days until pitchers and catchers!”  — there’s actually very little baseball going on. But you know that the end of winter is just hours away, and we can get back to doing what we’re supposed to.

For the Yankees, the technical definition of the P&C report date is that the players simply need to be within the city limits of Tampa and announce their arrival to the team, so they don’t necessarily even need to come to the stadium. A 30-second cell phone conversation of, “Hey, I’m here, see you tomorrow,” is just fine.

021710Chamberlain.jpgThat said, a few guys wandered over to drop bags and check out their locker assignments before departing for one of their remaining days of freedom.

CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain all threw bullpen sessions at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Javier Vazquez said he was excited to be back, and Jorge Posada checked out some fresh shin guards that are destined to be destroyed by blocking drills and bouncing sliders all too soon.

Posada knows better than most that the demand of a World Series repeat will be an uphill charge.

“It’s probably the toughest thing to try to do it again,” Posada said. “Everybody plays you a little different when we come to town. You have to be ready, because they’re trying to get you. You’re the world champions and they’re trying to play a little better. It’s very challenging.”

The offseason was definitely quicker than it usually is, thanks to that little November Fall Classic, and in a strange way it almost felt like we’d never left this little perch overlooking the Dale Mabry Highway.

For the first time, Joe Girardi put on equipment that was marked with No. 28, as sure a sign as any that the new season is upon us.

“That’s basically just a message that we are not complacent,” Girardi said during a 30-plus minute chat with reporters. “We do want to move forward and try to win No. 28 for this organization and the great city of New York. We have a wonderful group here and wonderful fans, and it’s a reminder every day of why we’re out there.”

Sometimes the best trades…

… are the ones you don’t make. Found this while surfing around the Internet this morning – an epic trade fail from the Dec. 27, 1995 New York Times, when the Orioles traded for David Wells:

Jim Bowden, the Reds’ general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees’ involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.

Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred [Tom] Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batted .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Whoops on Jim Bowden. That would have changed the course of Yankees history quite a bit, huh? Wonder if Rivera would have eventually moved to the bullpen or spent his life as a starting pitcher?

Rumor Mill: A Jeter deal for Damon?

damon world series.jpgScott Boras made the rounds in Chicago yesterday, giving the writers something to chew on with Johnny Damon. Whether you read it frokm Joel Sherman in the New York Post, Mark Feinsand in the Daily News or David Waldstein in the New York Times, here’s the bottom line — Boras is drawing comparisons between his client, Damon, and what the Yankees have done and will do with Derek Jeter.

Boras’ argument, according to Sherman, is that Damon and Jeter worked so well atop the lineup in 2009, they should be viewed as a tandem. He also notes that that Damon has historic durability and that past three seasons equate well for both Damon and Jeter, and so they should be paid similarly. And Boras, of course, does not want Damon to take a pay cut from his $13 million annual salary (no one pays Boras’ commission to take a pay cut).

Here’s the problem, as I see it. The Yankees are going to overpay Derek Jeter. There’s no question about it, they’re going to give him one of those sweetheart deals where they pay him a lot for the future as a thank you for being the captain and leader of past teams, because they don’t want to see him getting his 3,000th hit in another uniform.

That’s fine, we all accept it, and if there’s one guy you’re going to do that to, it’s Jeter. OK, maybe they did it a little to not see Mariano Rivera — and especially Jorge Posada — in other uniforms too.

Point is, Damon doesn’t have that same cache with the Yankees. He was a very good player, a very productive player, over those four years. But he’s no franchise talent. A one or two-year deal is probably all that the Yankees are going to bring to the table with Damon. If Boras is intent on getting more, Damon is likely to be playing elsewhere in 2010 and beyond.

– Sherman also notes the Yankees intend to either pick up Sergio Mitre’s $1.25 million option by next week’s deadline or offer him arbitration, keeping him around as rotation depth. As expected, the Yankees also plan on non-tendering Chien-Ming Wang and then considering offering him a smaller money deal to return.

– Cashman on Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, via Feinsand: “I look at them as starters that can relieve. We haven’t had our meetings, but I would anticipate going to spring training with as much starting depth as possible.”

Cashman also told reporters that he’s not actively shopping Ian Kennedy, but teams have called with interest.

Jorge Posada will not catch A.J. Burnett

Jorge Posada has been told that he will not be catching when A.J. Burnett starts for the Yankees in either Game 2 or Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Posada said he was pulled aside by manager Joe Girardi on Sunday with the decision.

“It’s not like I didn’t see it coming,” Posada said.

Molina has caught Burnett’s last six starts, and he has fared 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA over that span. Posada last received Burnett on Sept. 1 at Baltimore, when the right-hander allowed six runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, taking a no-decision in New York’s 9-6 victory.

Asked what pitchers like Burnett like about throwing to him, Molina quipped, “Big target?”

“I really have no idea,” Molina said. “I just call the game the way the reports say, what hitters like to do. Plus I like to talk to the pitchers a lot. Maybe that’s what they like.”

Opponents are hitting .221 off Burnett with Molina behind the plate, compared to .270 with Posada back there. Posada said that he does not know if he’ll play in that game at all, saying, “[Hideki] Matsui’s our DH,” and he did not seem pleased with the decision.

“I just hope we win that game,” Posada said. “That’s all I have to say.”

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