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Digging in for the new year

I need to pack up the ornaments and stow the Christmas tree away for another year; space is, as always, at a premium when you live in New York City. This is a long way of saying that I know we’ve got some catching up to do, closing the book on the holidays and trying my best to stop writing 2013 on all of my checks.

Here’s what’s cooking:

Hall Calls

We’ll have new Hall of Famers to celebrate this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET, but I wouldn’t expect any of them to be wearing Yankees caps in Cooperstown. Mike Mussina has a strong case and I think that he’ll eventually get in, as voters consider the fact that he won 270 games while pitching in the American League East in a performance-enhanced era of slugging. All that time, his strongest supplements seemed to be either Mountain Dew or something covered in chewy nougat.

There’s plenty of analysis of his pitching career in the link I posted, so let me just share an anecdote here. Remember when Joe Girardi tried to ban sweets from the clubhouse in 2008? No one howled louder, or more often, than the Moose. I remember him sneaking in a few Krispy Kreme doughnuts and devouring them at his Yankee Stadium locker with satisfaction, something that still makes me laugh to this day. I believe the voters will eventually come around on Mussina, but not on the first ballot.

Don Mattingly got a contract extension with the Dodgers, but isn’t expecting a call this afternoon. Roger Clemens has said, quite accurately, that everything from here on is out of his control.

Who’s on third? I don’t know.

No, really. I don’t know. If we time-warped to April right now, I suppose the Yankees would have to go with Kelly Johnson at third base, but that’s a depth chart that still looks very much incomplete. They’d like to find someone to platoon with Johnson, and Mark Reynolds would make a lot of sense for that (Michael Young, I suppose, but less so). That market seems to have been slow-moving. I don’t expect Alex Rodriguez’s suspension to be completely thrown out by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, not with the fireworks of last month, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it be knocked down from 211 games to a lower number. That announcement could come any day now.

Gardner scores a Thurman

Brett Gardner is among those who will be receiving Thurman Munson Awards on Feb. 4 in New York; former Yankees David Cone and Jim Kaat are also on the list. In this awards and dinner season, you’ll also want to consider attending the New York BBWAA dinner on Jan. 25.

Talkin’ Tanaka

In case you missed it, former Yankees pitcher Darrell Rasner spoke to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti this week about his experiences pitching with Masahiro Tanaka. The Q&A is definitely worth your time. You can expect the Tanaka sweepstakes to heat up very soon, though I suspect the bidding might go all the way down to the Jan. 24 deadline.

I never knew I needed to have an 1989 Topps Jake Taylor card, but I do.

And a friendly reminder, as I stare out the window and consider if it’s worth upgrading to a North Face jacket: Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 14.

Former Yankees Rasner, Albaladejo OK in Japan

Darrell Rasner left the United States after the 2008 season to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. 
Their home city of Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, but Rasner said he and his teammates are safe. 
“We were not in town when that hit,” Rasner wrote in an e-mail. “The guys on the team were in Kobe and I was on the bullet train going to Tokyo when the earthquake hit. By the time the tsunami hit, I was in a hotel room glued to the TV, watching it unfold.”
Rasner said that his family is not currently in Japan, but he expressed sympathy for those who are suffering there.
“I just feel really bad for the people up there right now and what they are going through,” Rasner wrote. “I have a couple guys on the team I talked with last night that are up in Sendai right now. I talked to them for a couple minutes and [they] said all the power was out. They were staying in a big tent by the field with a whole bunch of people.  It’s really too bad.”
Rasner pitched for three seasons with the Yankees beginning in 2006 after starting his career with the Montreal Expos. 
Former Yankee Jonathan Albaladejo is also safe, he told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger via e-mail. Now a member of the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, Albaladejo had just left Tokyo for Hiroshima, which was far from the epicenter. Albaladejo said he never felt the earthquake.

Hot Stove: Yankees, Jeter coming closer?

Here are some of the latest Yankees notes and quotes on a chilly Saturday afternoon in New York City, no doorbuster sales required:


yicon.jpg Maybe the Yankees and Derek Jeter are coming closer to sorting this all out, but there is still work to be done. The latest New York Daily News report suggests that Jeter has suggested a five-year deal worth between $22 to $24 million per year.

That’s a step down from the six-year, $150 million figure that was reported earlier and shot down by agent Casey Close as inaccurate. (If you want to know more about who Close is, check out this New York Times profile).

The Yankees’ offer is said to be holding steady at three years and $45 million.

It bears repeating just because every other question I seem to be asked – online and offline – is about Jeter. So it goes with the Hot Stove. There are variations of my answer, but it basically boils down to this: the Yankees want him and he wants the Yankees. How can they not eventually figure this out?

Let’s even pretend there are other teams out there that want Jeter as their Opening Day shortstop: he’s not the same presence if he’s not ‘Derek Jeter, Captain of the New York Yankees.’ He knows it, the Yankees know it, we all know it. And the Yankees know their fan base will be irate if Jeter gets hit No. 3,000 elsewhere and Eduardo Nunez is at shortstop when the schedule begins.

Yet are we surprised that the very proud Jeter didn’t jump at the first offer the Yankees presented – especially considering it represents a pay cut from what he made this year? The Yankees have fair points to consider in their concerns about his age (37 in June) and production not only in 2011, but 2012, 2013, and onward. It’s a fascinating drama, but it can’t go on forever. Right?

Jonathan Albaladejo, who was released by the Yankees last week, has cashed in with a $950,000, one-year deal to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants. Also, it flew under the radar, but Darrell Rasner re-upped with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles this month. This all comes while Marcus Thames is reportedly weighing offers to sign for some quick, guaranteed money in Japan instead of waiting out the free agent process in the Majors.

yicon.jpg The Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training, Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter.

Posada has a checkup

Darrell Rasner and Kevin Slowey are set to go at it tonight here under the lights from the Bronx.

What did you do today? I’ll bet you had a better day than Jorge Posada, who spent a few hours in an MRI tube over at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Brian Cashman sent word that the results have not yet been shared with the Yankees by Dr. David Altchek, but even though that’s not set to happen until tomorrow, it’s fair to speculate that they didn’t find everything to be ship-shape in Posada’s arm. Once the level of damage is quantified, they’ll know how severe it is and can proceed from there.

Chad Moeller is in the lineup tonight to catch Rasner. Joe Girardi believes they communicate well and Moeller knows how to challenge Rasner — let’s not forget that when Rasner was at Triple-A and lighting the world on fire, Moeller was there too. Nobody has really talked about the clock ticking, but Rasner desperately needs a good start to keep his spot in the rotation with July 31 approaching. A bad start certainly won’t dissuade whatever trade talks may or may not be happening.

It looks like Johnny Damon is a solid ‘maybe’ to play left field at Fenway Park this weekend. Damon tossed again today and is getting closer, though the Yankees certainly don’t want to rush him — “I’m not going to push it, because I can’t have a setback,” Girardi said. Damon doesn’t have the strongest arm anyway, and the Green Monster plays into it a little bit, cutting down the distance needed to hit cutoff men.

Pitching matchups for the Twins series

Nick Blackburn, RHP (7-5, 3.65) @ Sidney Ponson, RHP (5-1, 3.96)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Ponson, who signed with New York on June 18, will be making
his fourth start in a Yankees uniform this season. During his last
outing he surrendered one earned run over six innings while recording
two strikeouts against Tampa Bay. Ponson owns a 10-2 record with a 2.42
ERA in 15 career appearances against Minnesota.

Twins: A stellar first half has Blackburn being mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate. The sinkerballer has started to become more consistent, delivering quality starts in five of his last six outings. He’s started to eliminate his problems with the big inning and could be a factor for the Twins in the second half. He’ll make his second start against the Yankees. In the first, he left having pitched just 4 1/3 innings after he was struck in the face by a Bobby Abreu line drive.

Kevin Slowey, RHP (6-6, 4.26) @ Darrell Rasner, RHP (5-7, 4.97)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Rasner battled through five innings en route to his fifth
victory during his last outing against the Blue Jays. The
27-year-old allowed four runs in the first inning but
settled in and managed to get through five innings on 108 pitches. He
finished his outing with six strikeouts for his first victory since
June 18. After starting the season with three straight victories,
Rasner is now 2-7 with a 6.19 ERA over his past nine outings. He is 1-1
with a 3.97 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.

Twins: An infected fingernail on Slowey’s right middle finger pushed him back in the rotation.  After a string of good starts, Slowey has found some trouble recently. He’s given up at least five earned runs in each of his last two starts. The Twins need Slowey to make quicker adjustments on the mound and keep the ball down in the zone. He’ll try when he faces the Yankees for the first time this season.

Glen Perkins, LHP (7-2, 3.84) @   Mike Mussina, RHP (12-6, 3.49)

Scouting Report:
Yankees: Mussina surpassed his win total from the entire 2007 season
when he picked up his 12th win Friday night against the A’s. He threw
six innings of one-run ball and scattered nine hits to quiet the
Oakland offense. Mussina struck out six — four looking — and did not
record a walk for the second straight game. He is now 11-3 with a 3.00
ERA in his last 16 starts.

Twins: The rookie left-hander continues to impress the Twins in a starting role. Perkins held a hot-hitting Rangers lineup scoreless for six innings, allowing three hits and walking three. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts and has not lost since May 30, going 5-0 with a 3.81 ERA over that span. That last loss came against the Yankees. Perkins gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over just four innings in that first outing at the Metrodome.

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