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The NY Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, announced this week that they will be auctioning off game-worn jerseys from the 2009 season on Ebay.  Jerseys to be auctioned include those worn by Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Edwar Ramirez, Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner and Ramiro Pena – all players who won rings with the big league World Series Champions.

The jerseys can be found here.  It appears as if the club is adding more daily.  Right now, the top bid is $202.50 for a worn Cody Ransom jersey.  That auction is scheduled to end around 12:30 Monday morning while the other auctions end between Sunday and Thursday and the team has indicated that there are more to come over the next few months.

Interested fans can also email Mike Cummings at mcummings@swbyankees.com to get pricing information on purchasing jerseys outright.

This has got to be a hilarious situation. A furious Yankee fan, angry at the transactions the team has made during this offseason finally had his limits when the Yankees did not sign Johnny Damon and instead got Randy Winn. This was the final straw for this fan.

Big League Stew has the story here!

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that sources are indicating that the Yankees have signed free agent outfielder Randy Winn, effectively ruling out any chance of a Johnny Damon return.

Winn has reportedly signed a 1 year, $2 Million contract and it seems that the Yankees have made an extremely good signing.  Although he only hit .262 with 51 RBI and a .318 OBP in 2009, Winn is a career .286 hitter with a .344 OBP.  In 2007 and 2008, he hit .306 and .300 respectively.

At a paltry $2 Million, he’s a STEAL.  If he sucks, who cares?  If he repeats ’07 or ’08 numbers the Yankees make out big time.  In 2009, Winn made over $9 Million as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

RIP Johnny Damon in pinstripes.

I cannot believe the lack of Yankee news this offseason.  I think it’s because last off-season was so exciting with the addition of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira that there’s really no way to top that this year.  For the last week, I have struggled to find things to that I had enough passion to write about – unfortunately there is not much.  There are a few things going on behind the scenes that I will briefly jump into.

First, the Yankees General, Brian Cashman, told Pete Caldera this week that “our team, for the most part, is set.”  When asked about left field, Mr Cashman said, “we have a left fielder.  We do like Brett Gardner.”  Now, remember how many times Cashman has said “our team is set” in the last 8 years and then he went out and signed a blockbuster name.

Eric Hinske signed with the Atlanta Braves this week, for a one-year deal.  Although he was a good guy off the bench in 2009, the Yankees had shown no interest in signing the free agent for 2010.  Also, long-time Yankee minor-leaguer Shelley Duncan has signed with the Cleveland Indians.  He’s probably joining their Triple-A team.  Good luck to Hinske in Atlanta and Duncan with Cleveland.

It’s been reported that David Cone’s days in a YES Broadcast booth may be over.  A spokesman told Bob Klapisch that Cone’s contract expired this off-season and that Cone was exploring other options.  Rumors have indicated that Cone had a big disagreement with YES executives, but that has not been confirmed at this time.

If this is true, I hope YES can come up with someone who equals what Cone brought to every broadcast.  He was a good combination with Michael Kay.

Check out this article from ESPN’s Skoop Jackson.  Its a recap of an interview he had with new Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson. The interview is very well done.  I don’t remember seeing Jackson’s name before now, but he’s a good writer.

Jackson peppers Granderson a lot about how life will be different in New York, and I like some of Granderson’s answers…but also have concerns about a few.  I think he understands the magnitude of playing in pinstripes, but I think he underestimates the pressure of the fans, media and blogs.  I don’t think he gets the idea that he will be under a microscope.

In fact, he says at one point that he thinks his life will have to change as a result of being in New York.  “

Now, the one thing that I am afraid of are things that I’m going to have to change in order to stay the same. Things I’m going to have to change because of the question you just asked earlier. You know, just being aware of little things that I do so that nothing can be taken the wrong way. The little things I might have to change in my daily life. Like hanging out at a coffee shop, just having some coffee with a friend versus a friend or friends coming in town and us just going to a bar just to have a cocktail — you know, basic stuff.”

I’m a little torn on how to interpret this.  Is Granderson going to enjoy this “change?”  Will it be better for him?  We have to remember that he was traded to the New York Yankees, he didn’t sign with them as a free agent.  He does not seem upset to be here, but one has to wonder a little bit how much he really is ready for this.  Life will have to change, it always seems to have to for every player who comes from a smaller market team to the Yankees or Red Sox.

I guess only time will tell, but hopefully Granderson’s “changes” are for the good and he is happy about them.  New York will be tough to play in, but it can also be very, very rewarding.

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