New York City is abuzz with baseball news. It's good to get baseball in the spotlight (especially with the Knicks working on a playoff run soon), but injuries and unwarranted advances from unwanted closers are not the headlines the Yankees and the Mets are looking for. Here's a rundown of all the New York news of late:
Tex's Size Problem
If you were thinking to yourself injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Phil Hughes were not enough to de-rail the Yankees, the injury gods had something special in store for you today. Mark Teixeira's strained wrist, the one that was supposed to keep him out for a couple weeks, will now cost him 8-10 weeks. The Yankees are faced with $60+ million worth of injuries projected to be sitting on the bench come Opening Day. It's hard for any team to overcome that. So what's the club going to do about it?
- The team is targeting corner infielders. They have Kevin Youkilis who can play both first base and third base, so the club is open to seeking out help at either position now. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says team will look for these potential replacement, then they will play Youkilis wherever the best fit is.
- As the rumors spilled out that the Yankees would target corner infielders, Brian Cashman found the time to make a quick joke. Apparently the club will be looking at a pool of first basemen and third basemen, but apparently it's like a baby pool.
"It's kind of like a baby pool. A lot of kids pee in it."
Unleash the Impaler
Now that the Yankees are in the market for a - well - for an anything, really, players who otherwise would never have crossed Brian Cashman's mind may be doing so now. Or at very least, they'll be crossing his phone. As CA Sports Management reminds us, Vladimir Guerrero can play first base:
K-Rod wants redemption!
Francisco Rodriguez's stay in New York did not end well. Domestic violence charges, locker room drama, and an eventual trade is how the Mets and K-Rod said their good-byes. Now, Rodriguez wants to redeem himself. The only problem with that is, the Mets don't really want or need him.
- The Mets may not be willing to rule out a K-Rod reunion yet, but the fact is New York has their bullpen pretty well set. Frank Francisco will return, Bobby Parnell will close for now, and Brandon Lyon will sit and look pretty (or maybe set Parnell up, something like that).
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- The nostalgic feelings (or guilt, not sure) spewing from K-Rod stems from his appearance against his former team as a member of Venezuela's WBC team. Rodriguez acknowledges his fall from grace while pitching for the Mets, and he wants to fix that says Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger.