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Rafael DePaula Could Sign with the Yankees Soon

According to Blake Bentley of MLB Trades Rumors, 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Rafael DePaula is expected to sign with a major league team soon with the Yankees and the Mariners listed as the most likely landing spots for the Dominican pitcher.

Toronto Blue Jays Should Start Ruiz Over Overbay and Advance the Change

Any real fan of the Toronto Blue Jays knows that this year is going to be a long one. The first year of a rebuild always is.

 

As spring training comes closer to the end and the roster cuts keep piling up, it becomes clearer that the Jays are looking thin.

 

New York Yankees 5th Starter Role “All But Settled” on Phil Hughes

The Yankees have yet to make an official announcement, but according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post , in the next couple of days they will announce that the winner of the 5th spot in the rotation will be Phil Hughes :

Morning Hits: Past Trades and Former Yankees

As Yankee bloggers we all bow down to River Ave Blues and they had another great couple of articles over the past two days going over Brian Cashman’s best and worst trades as the Yankees GM.

Curtis Granderson Named New York Yankees' Starting Center Fielder

The Yankees are expected to announce this morning that Curtis Granderson will indeed become their starting center fielder and will not play much left field, if at all, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Granderson roamed center field in all his years with the Detroit Tigers, but there was speculation that the Yankees would move him to left field after general manager Brian Cashman made the claim that Brett Gardner might be the best defensive center fielder in all of baseball.

New York Yankees: Morning Hits: Carl Crawford, Utility Infielders, and Feds

In case you missed it, the biggest news of the morning is the Yankees decision to waive Chad Gaudin, thus eliminating him from the fifth starter competition and probably from the team altogether.

Here are some other news items of note:

New York Yankees Waive Chad Gaudin

According to Ed Price of Fan House, the Yankees have placed right handed pitcher Chad Gaudin on waivers. There are four scenarios that can happen now and only one involves him pitching with the Yankees in 2010.

Yankees Return Rule 5 Draft Pick Jamie Hoffmann Back to Dodgers

Thought to be the possible fourth outfielder on the Yankee bench to start the season, Rule 5 draft pick Jamie Hoffmann struggled in Spring Training, to say the least.

Hoffmann was returned to the Dodgers today, after being taken as the first overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Hoffmann hit just .130 (3-22) as a Yankee this spring. The Yankees traded RP Brian Bruney and $25,000 to the Nationals for the first pick in the draft.


Boston Red Sox Spring Training Headlines: John Lackey Quietly Dominates

While questions regarding Tim Wakefield's age and Daisuke Matsuzaka's durability continue to swirl around the Boston Red Sox during the middle stages of spring training, new acquisition John Lackey has quietly gone about his business.

Putting up goose eggs.

Lackey arrived to much fanfare but has managed to slide into the background during a spring training where the hot topics have included a perceived lack of punch on the offensive side and the battle for the back end of the rotation.

2010 MLB Predictions: Why the Boston Red Sox Will Not Make the Playoffs

A baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

Seven months from now, the Boston Red Sox will realize the truth in that cliché as they watch the MLB postseason from home.

At times, the Sox will look unstoppable this season—just like they did last year. But in the end, Boston will not make the playoffs.

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