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Yankees reject Phillips deal

The Yankees have been busy this offseason (which is the kind of thing that happens in the Bronx when they miss the playoffs), but they've finally found a deal they don't like. They've rejected a straight-up trade of outfielder Brett Gardner for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, reportedly citing Phillips' declining numbers at second. They might be right to be concerned -- though Phillips' power numbers are freakishly consistent (he's hit exactly 18 home runs in four straight seasons), his OPS plummeted to .706 in 2013. That's a worrisome sign for a 32-year-old second baseman, but could he have rejuvenated himself in Yankee Stadium, with its short porch and hitter-friendly reputation?

Did the Yankees make the right decision in turning down a trade of Brett Gardner for Brandon Phillips?

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  • Where will Brandon Phillips be playing next season?

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  • Where will Brett Gardner be playing next season?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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Carlos Beltran to the Yankees

Have the Yankees of old returned? Even though the Bronx Bombers passed on spending $240 million on Robinson Cano, they still have spent nearly $300 million so far this offseason, with the latest acquisition being Carlos Beltran's three-year, $45 million deal. How are the new-look Yankees shaping up? Will it be enough?

  • What do you make of the three-year, $45 million deal the Yankees gave Carlos Beltran?

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  • For his career, Carlos Beltran averages 129 games per season. Will he average more or less than 129 games over the next three years?

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  • Which of these is the best Yankees' signing this offseason?

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  • Who would you rather have for next season?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • When will the Yankees win another World Series?

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Mariners sign Robinson Cano

For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have been outspent on a player. Robinson Cano, perhaps New York's best player over the past five years, has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. It's one of the largest contracts in baseball history and is a huge statement by the Mariners, who may be looking to establish themselves as a nationally relevant team again. Cano's skills are undeniable, but 10-year contracts have a way of backfiring on the teams that make them -- just ask Angels fans how Albert Pujols' contract is looking after his second year with the team.

What do you make of the Mariners signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract?

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  • Will the Mariners ever contend for a World Series during Robinson Cano's 10-year contract?

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  • Will the Yankees regret losing Robinson Cano?

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  • Which team will fare better next season?

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  • Where does Robinson Cano rank among the best players in MLB?

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  • Would you ever want your favorite baseball team to sign a player to a 10-year contract?

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  • How surprised are you that Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners?

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Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees

Hello, Johnny Damon 2.0. Like the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox center fielder before him, Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly is making the short trip down Interstate 95 to the New York Yankees. It's not for lack of reasons -- around $153 million of them over seven years. Is this a good move for New York? Will the Yankees be back in 2014?

What do you make of the Yankees reportedly signing CF Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal worth about $153 million?

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  • If you were a Yankees fan, how worried would you be about Jacoby Ellsbury's injury history (144 missed games in 2010, 88 missed in 2012)?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • Do you have a problem with star players signing for their previous teams' rivals, a la Jacoby Ellsbury?

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A-Rod calls accusations 'nonsense'

The Alex Rodriguez situation got heated Wednesday, when A-Rod stormed out of his own grievance hearing after hearing Bud Selig would not have to testify, then taking to the radio to release his anger. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after leaving the hearing. He called the Selig ruling "disgusting." He said he won't return. And of the 211-game suspension levied on him, he said: "I shouldn't even serve one inning." Will he?

How will Alex Rodriguez's interview Wednesday affect his case?

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  • Do you believe Alex Rodriguez's claim that he has been clean since 2003?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez still help a major-league team?

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