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Derek Jeter and New York Yankees agree to three-year deal

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News,

Derek Jeter Re-signsRejoice, New York Yankees fans, for Derek Jeter has re-signed with the team he started his career with and seems will end with. On Saturday, Jeter and the Yankees agreed to a three-year deal that will pay him $17 million on average per year. There's a player option for Jeter for a fourth season that will pay him $14 million for the extra season. There was a lot of ballyhoo regarding Jeter's contract for obvious reasons, but many knew that the deal would eventually get done as Jeter needed the Yankees and to a lesser degree, the Yankees needed Jeter. Jeter is one of the Yankees' all-time greats and, unquestionably, this generation's pinstriped best. However, the question remains if Jeter can bounce back from a down 2010 season? Both are figuratively and literally banking on it.

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The art of luring free agents such as Cliff Lee

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Cliff LeeWhen you have a player like Cliff Lee on the market, only two kinds of teams will make a real run to get him: those in contention and those willing to overpay. Teams rebuilding will rarely offer anything beyond a phone call to an agent before bowing out, which is why you won’t see Lee wind up in a city like Oakland or Toronto, who both have excellent young pitching staffs, but neither think they are only one or two moves away from seriously contending.

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Derek Jeter gets an offer that may not be enough

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Derek JeterThe Yankees have offered Derek Jeter what can only be described as a fair deal. Three years for $45 million may not be the best offer that the Yankee captain can get if he does the unthinkable and tests the free agent market, but it’s more than enough to keep him comfortable. Besides, after coming off a 10-year deal that paid him $189 million, it’s not like Jeter needs any more padding in his bank account.

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Derek Jeter reportedly looking for six-year deal

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Derek JeterIt’s hard to imagine that Derek Jeter began his MLB career 15 years ago. He’s become one of the most recognizable players in the game and will be for years, perhaps decades to come. Now, he finds himself in a position to negotiate for a new contract after finishing a 10-year, $189M deal. Of course, he’ll be dealing with his hometown New York Yankees, but for the first time in his career, his actual worth may fall below what his demands will be.

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Texas Rangers punch ticket to first World Series

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Championship, MLB, Playoffs,

New York YankeesMaybe everything would have been different if even one umpire ever noticed that Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch. Twice in the ALCS Swisher was hit without a call, resulting in Yankee baserunners advancing and scoring and, at least in Friday night’s game, it couldn’t be more obvious that Swisher took one for the team. If an umpire sends Swisher to first and keeps the runners where they are, maybe we have a whole different space-time continuum and we’re still watching Game 6 right now.

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A.J. Burnett, not CC Sabathia to pitch in pivotal Game 4

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

A.J. BurnettIf Cliff Lee is the current definition of a great pitcher, then A.J. Burnett has to be the opposite. As Lee continues to throw 10+ strikeouts in a game, setting career highs and playoff records along the way, Burnett make his 2010 playoff debut in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night. Burnett’s start comes at a pivotal time for the Yankees, as a win will even the series at two games apiece, but a loss will put them into a hole where another loss will end their season.

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Four aces set to duel in championship series

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

Tim Lincecum It is probable that the four best pitchers in baseball represent the four remaining teams in the playoffs. CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum are the faces of New York, Philadelphia, Texas and San Francisco, respectively, and all four are fronting the charge to the World Series for their clubs. It’s impossible to answer which ace trumps which ace, as any game featuring any two of these stars very well may end up with a 1-0 score or left to the bullpens to decide.

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Cliff Lee makes history with the Texas Rangers

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

Cliff LeeIf you ever try to define the word "that," you should start by describing Cliff Lee; as in "Cliff Lee is that good." The oft-traded ace went out on Tuesday night and made pitching look as easy as finger painting in shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays for the second time in their ALDS matchup, setting a number of records along the way. If you saw the game, you could only be left with one thought: "That was one hell of a performance."

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Eric Hinske’s World Series run is over

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

Eric HinskeEric Hinske has begun an unusually long offseason. After his Atlanta Braves were eliminated by the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year finds himself unemployed yet again as his latest one year contract ended with the Braves hopes of making it back to the World Series for the first time since 1999. He’ll now have to go home and watch the Series on television for his first time since 2006.

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Carl Crawford extends time in Tampa with long ball

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Carl CrawfordCarl Crawford will play at least one more game as a Ray. Thanks to an insurance home run in the top of the 9th in Game 3 of his team’s series against Texas, Tampa Bay staved off elimination and will live to play on Sunday. It seems right now that any game could be Crawford’s last in Tampa as he’ll test free agency this offseason and look for a team that can not only help him win a World Series, but pay him what he feels he’s worth to do so.

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