Daily Archives: February 18, 2012

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees may start heading to Spring Training tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean the signings are going to stop. Yankees have signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to Spring Training  reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Rapada was with the Baltimore Orioles last season before being DFA’d on February 6. Rapada in his career has a 5-0 record & a 5.13 ERA. Here is the tweet, confirming the deal:

The deal comes shortly after Yankees released Hideki Okajima after he reportedly failed his physical.

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Why Not Add Johnny Damon? Damon Wants To Know Himself

The Yankees only have 2 tiny problems to kink out before they are ready for the 2012 season. One of them would be to send away A.J Burnett, and another one would be to get at least 2 bats for their bench. The Yankees have had an eye on Raul Ibanez and are attempting to bring back Eric Chavez but in a tiny article by Andrew Marchand of ESPN, Johnny Damon is questioning why he hasn’t gotten a call from the Yankees yet. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Johnny Damon doesn’t know why his phone is not ringing this offseason. He can’t understand why the Yankees are seemingly going to sign Raul Ibanez over him. And he is asking, “Why?”

“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Damon told CBS Sports’ Heyman. “But for some reason you have the year I had, especially with a team that has trouble scoring, and you can’t even get a call to continue playing.”

Well I’m going to think of it this way. Johnny Damon is also on the verge of getting 3,000 hits just like Derek Jeter was last year. I believe that the reason the Yankees are holding back on Damon is because of 3,000. I would get the idea that since Derek Jeter already had 3,000 hits, the Yankees wouldn’t want to have Damon to be another distraction to the team. After all the Yankees are trying to get #28, not put the focus from Jeter to Damon.

So why do you think the Yankees haven’t called Johnny Damon. Is it because of his journey to 3,000 or because of something else? Place your thoughts in the comments section below.

Morning Bits: Burnett, Mystery Team, Ibanez, Chavez, Pettite

Good morning! Happy Saturday everyone! Only one more day until Pitchers and Catchers arrive for Spring Training although some players have arrived. Onto the morning links!

– The Yankees and Pirates agree on the A.J Burnett trade which will send him to the Pirates, pending a physical & approval by the MLB.

– The mystery team that wanted A.J Burnett was…the Phillies! If you follow me on Twitter, I had mentioned a couple of days earlier that my gut feeling was the Phillies.

– Andrew Marchand of ESPN predicts that the Yankees will now go after Raul Ibanez & Eric Chavez once the A.J Burnett deal is final.

– Andy Pettite has an invite to Yankees Spring Training…as an instructor.

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