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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?
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?
It's official: The New York Yankees will not change managers this offseason, bringing Joe Girardi back for a seventh -- and, presumably, an eighth, ninth and 10th -- season. Not that this is too surprising; the Bronx Bombers have featured just two managers since 1996. But back in the day, change was a little more commonplace in Gotham; just take a look at all those managers who served multiple, non-consecutive terms. Can you name the last nine men to lead the Yankees from the dugout*? You already have one name ...*Not counting Don Zimmer's 36-game interim stint at the start of 1999. More games from ESPN Arcade »
Robinson Cano's future
The Yankees have had bad luck with lengthy contracts before, so it's no surprise that owner Hal Steinbrenner says he won't give Robinson Cano a 10-year contract this offseason. Cano has arguably been the Yankees' best player for some time now, but his reported demands -- 10 years and more than $300 million -- would tax the resources of any team, particularly when he started his decline phase late in the contract. Still, given how much the Yankees struggled this season, it might not be the best time for the team to suddenly embrace frugality.
Robinson Cano's big payday?
It's not a good time to be a Yankees fan -- not only has the team missed the playoffs for the first time in forever, but their best player looks to be willing to test the market in free agency. Robinson Cano said that he'll take his time in free agency, and considering that Buster Olney is reporting that Cano is seeking a 10-year, $305 million contract, he's apparently spending much of that time figuring out what he'll do with all that money. Cano is one of the game's best players, but long-term contracts have a history of backfiring around year six or seven, and the fact that his contract would start with a "3" should make even the Yankees pause.