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With the offseason just getting underway, the New York Yankees start the hot stove period with no glaring needs, thanks to general manager Brian Cashman finishing the team’s first offseason priority; resigning CC Sabathia so he will retire as a Yankee. Now that a disaster was avoided there, the Yankees have relatively the same lineup going forward to the 2012 season. However, as shown by the first-round playoff loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees still have some acquisitions and resignings they need to make. Here, in my opinion, are the moves that are most important for the Yanks this offseason.

The Yankees need to find one more starter. CC Sabathia is obviously an ace and Ivan Nova, AJ Burnett, and Phil Hughes all look great as 3, 4, and 5 starters, respectively, but that leaves a glaring hole in the #2 spot. As shown by the loss to the Tigers, a five-game series clearly does not benefit these five starters. Freddy Garcia could be a nice, cheap option, but there is room in the budget to acquire another big time starter. The big name in free agency is CJ Wilson (whom, among others, Brian Cashman plans to target), but his shaky performance in the 2011 playoffs has to raise some red flags. The Yankees do not need a starter with a career 1-5 record with a 4.92 ERA in the playoffs, but he is the best option available. Ten starts is a relatively small sample size, but these ten playoff starts need to be closely evaluated when looking at who will be in this rotation. The rest of the free agent market is littered with questions about durability and age, from Roy Oswalt to Mark Buehrle to Hiroki Kuroda. The bottom line is, these guys are free agents for a reason.

Another option for the Yankees is to make a splash in the trade market. Names linked to the Yankees thus far have been Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Felix Hernandez. All of these names are much more impressive than those above, but the price would be too much for a starter of this caliber. I can’t see a team willing to trade any of the aforementioned players for anything less than a package that would include Jesus Montero and Ivan Nova.

Also, I’d like to see Cashman resign those who are arbitration eligible. I’m looking directly at Brett Gardner and Russell Martin. I’ll start on one of my favorite players, Brett Gardner. Just so I can get it out of my system, it is an absolute crime that Brett did not win the Gold Glove last season. The reasons why he deserved so are worthy of an article in itself, but he is a player who does all of the little things right. Last year, it was widely speculated that the Yankees could target Carl Crawford – but for the amount of money owed to Crawford vs. the amount of Brett’s new contract, I’ll take Gardner any day of the week. He’s the perfect nine-hole batter, and his speed and defense are simply invaluable to the team. Pay the man.

As tricky as it may get, I would love to see Russell Martin in pinstripes for another year or two. He’s another player whose batting line isn’t the reason he’s so valuable, but his defense. He reminds me of a hockey goalie behind home plate, which is necessary with AJ Burnett’s erratic curveball. Also, he can provide enough pop (18 HRs in 2011) to suffice. It may be tricky, because the Yankees got him on the cheap last year because of injury concerns. He quelled those questions in 2011, playing 125 games and staying relatively healthy. Martin really is the perfect defensive mentor for the inexperienced phenom Jesus Montero, so I’d feel much more comfortable with him behind the dish in 2012. If another team doesn’t come along with a multi-year deal, I can see the Yankees having the same batting lineup in 2012.

What do you think the Yankees need to do to ensure another division title in 2012? 

TBS’ Brian Anderson put it best: “You have got to tip your cap to AJ Burnett”. Allan James Burnett – scapegoat, head case, and an afterthought – came through with an undeniably clutch start to lead the New York Yankees in a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. With the victory, the Yankees and Tigers are now tied at 2-2 a piece in the best of five series, with the winner advancing to the ALCS to square off the Texas Rangers.

AJ is now AJ - AP

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The Detroit defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 in Game #2 of the American League Divisional Series this afternoon. Miguel Cabrera provided the bulk of the offense for the Tigers with 3 RBI, and the Yankees had no answer for Max Scherzer, who allowed no runs in six innings. With the loss, the series is tied at one apiece as both teams head to Detroit for two games.

One of Those Days - Chris Trotman, Getty Images

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Today at my lunch hour at work, the New York sports media send off a Twitter-frenzy. You would have thought it was a life-changing event, such as the Mets clinching a playoff spot, the Yankees losing their 110th game, or Rex Ryan being caught out on a lunch date with Matt Vereb. But no, it was the actions taken by Jose Reyes and the Mets’ manager, Terry Collins. Odds are that you have heard this by now, but Jose Reyes bunted for a single, which effectively pushed his batting average high enough to edge out Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and practically clinch the NL batting title. Within the hours that came, Twitter, the blogosphere, and sports talk radio exploded, reprimanding Reyes, Collins, and the Mets in general. As all of this happened, from a non-Mets’ fan point of view, I could only wonder one thing: why??

Smiling All the Way to the Bank - AP

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In a day/night doubleheader against the heavily slumping Red Sox, the Yankees won 6-2 in game one and lost 7-4 in 14 innings in game two. With the Tampa Bay Ray win, they now hold a one game lead in the American League wild card standings as each team has three games left to play.

Jorge Gives Thanks - Nick Laham, Getty Images

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The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a final score of 5-4. It seems like the Yankees have made a bad habit of losing one run games late recently, so hopefully this slide will end in late September, when the Yankees will be preparing for a late-season run at the World Series while the Mets are making tee times in St. Petersburg.

I agree, Derek - AP

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The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees early this morning 2-1 in the 12th inning. With the late loss, we unfortunately missed the opportunity to see Mariano Rivera tie Trevor Hoffman’s save record at 601. Still, the Red Sox and Rays lost, so the Yankees lose no ground in the standings.

Gold Glove? - AP

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The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this afternoon by a score of 6-5. The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak as Mariano Rivera saved his 599th career game on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. With the victory, the Yankees move to 88-57 on the season.

Never Forget - AP

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The New York Yankees kicked off their ten game road series with a loss to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 5-4 in ten innings. Ivan Nova started and pitched well, but he was unable to give the Yankees enough of a lead and the offense could barely register any offense. With the loss, the Yankees now have a full two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox before their game tonight.

 

Look Out! - AP

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The Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 in a rainy extra innings affair this afternoon. AJ Burnett did fine but was never given the opportunity to win today, what with last night’s game ending at 2 AM and the AAA-quality lineup put out on the field today.

One of the few regulars - AP

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