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09:22 AM ET 12.07 | Robinson Cano's departure was certainly noticed in Boston, home of the Yanks' biggest rivals. "I can't believe the Yankees let him walk away," David Ortiz said on WEEI.com. "When I saw them not getting close to what he wants and signing McCann and Ells (Jacoby Ellsbury), I knew he was going to go somewhere else." Ortiz added: "That's great news for us. This guy is a machine. This guy hurt us." Dustin Pedroia, who stayed in Boston for what some believe was a below-market deal for $110 million over eight years, told the Boston Globe: "Couldn't be happier for him and for us. We don't have to face him 19 times a year."

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December 7, 2013  09:31 AM ET

It was about money. Cannot blame him for taking it or the Yankees for not going there. Nothing stays the same.

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December 7, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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and I do not get the beltran deal at this point-we have a ton of OF's and DHs giving him 3 years?sure he had a nice year last year, but I don't get investing that $ in another OF'erI can only guess that Cash has a deal in the works to flip gardner + one of the remaining OF'ers for someone- otherwise- I don't get it

Signing Beltran (when they already have a crowded OF) to a 3 yr deal was a stupid knee jerk reaction to losing Cano.

December 7, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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this yankee fan and many others realized that paying a 30+ year old guy for 9-10 years is simply bad business and it someone else was willing to do it- power to them.

Agreed. But I don't know how the Yankees thought giving an injury plagued OF 7 years was good business.

December 7, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Enjoy the $$$, Robbie. Seattle will be looking to move your contract in a few years. Good thing you got a no trade clause.

December 7, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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and I do not get the beltran deal at this point-we have a ton of OF's and DHs giving him 3 years?sure he had a nice year last year, but I don't get investing that $ in another OF'erI can only guess that Cash has a deal in the works to flip gardner + one of the remaining OF'ers for someone- otherwise- I don't get it

I do, I think, and am all for it. A switch hitter to bat third. If not him Ellsbury would bat third and that is not the best spot for him. Wells will be released, no money hurt to the team when they do. Soriano will DH some and play RF some. Gardener is NOT a good hitter vs LH pitching. Never was. And talk about Ellsbury and injury history, Gardener is Noooo better at staying off the disabled list. Ichiro is fourth OF, Gardener COULD be trade bait and one of the few pieces another team would want in trade.

Infante has to be n the list next. Has to. It solves a lot of IF questions.

December 7, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Agreed. But I don't know how the Yankees thought giving an injury plagued OF 7 years was good business.

I suppose because he will be 36 the last year of that contract, not 41. He will turn 37 September of that final year.

December 7, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Signing Beltran (when they already have a crowded OF) to a 3 yr deal was a stupid knee jerk reaction to losing Cano.

Not knee jerk at all. They were going after him with or without Cano. Now they have Cano's money to throw around in addition.

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December 7, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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I suppose because he will be 36 the last year of that contract, not 41. He will turn 37 September of that final year.

Yes, that's very true. I would be less offended by the deal if Ellsbury had a track record of being healthy.

December 7, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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thats not really truewe are now basically straddling the 189$ self imposed linewith korota & beltran

I believe they are around 170 right now for 12 players. And they still need 2 pitchers and a closer. Unless they lose almost all of Arods 27.5 this year staying under 189 seems unrealistic.

December 7, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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I certainly get your point-you know me- not a fan of the older guys when we have sooooooooo many of them on the roster already-if we didn't have 3-4 guys that likely will need to DH a bunch, I could see it- but with all the guys that will need to DH- bringing in another guy that will need to ?I'm just concerned that we will have another season like last year when injuries killed us.this is an OFT injured roster

Beltran has played in 296 games in the NL the last two years. Injuries are always an unknown for any player ( see Granderson, Nunex and on and on )..Ellsbury is a pull hitter. Not surprised if he becomes a 15-20 HR guy now, just like Cano will never see 30 again in that Seattle ball park. We shall see. McCann will LH DH 40 games a year and Gardener? He looked better at times than he is just because the rest of the team was so bad last year. Gardener is a career .268 hitter in almost 2,000 at bats. He is NOT even close to the player Ellsbury is offensively. There are noooo facts to back that statement made by many. None! show me, somebody. show me where that is true! Heck, playing all last year gardener stole 24 bases. He is afraid to steal and gets caught wayyyy too much.



Pitching issues starters? Honestly, Pettit and Hughes went a combined 15-25 last year!!!! How hard is that to replace?

December 7, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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Not knee jerk at all. They were going after him with or without Cano. Now they have Cano's money to throw around in addition.

Do you think so? I thought the Yanks were looking for one OF out of the group of Ellbury, Choo and Beltran and assumed they no longer had an interest in Beltran the second they signed Ellsbury.

December 7, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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thats not really truewe are now basically straddling the 189$ self imposed linewith korota & beltran

No, still about $25-$30 million under that number. And you know Arod is not getting off free. At least half a year off of his $25 million is yet to be factored in.


The lineup is now a lot deeper.

December 7, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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gardiner basically is almost the same player as ells- similar production,good OF, oft injured, etcand he's way cheaper.

waaaayyyy cheaper. However, Gardner will be a FA next year - - not that he would command the same dollars that Ellsbury did.

December 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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Do you think so? I thought the Yanks were looking for one OF out of the group of Ellbury, Choo and Beltran and assumed they no longer had an interest in Beltran the second they signed Ellsbury.

That is what I think and have all along. Cashman was always looking to fill out that lineup and that OF. Soriano has one year left, Ichiro one. If he did not make those move this year he would be forced to next year. Those are longer term fixes than is ever mentioned. If those OF moves were not made NOW, at the end of this coming season the only OF would be Gardener. Really? Give Cashman credit.

 
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