Yankees sign Yadil Mujica

Via Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed Cuban-born shortstop Yadil Mujica. Mujica defected in 2009 after hitting .358/.432/.440 with the National Team, and he’s somewhere around 25 years old,¬† perhaps as old as 27. I’m sure the Yankees know for certain. I can’t find anything else about the guy, but if he was some hotshot prospect, the info would be out there. Consider a minor league depth move until further notice.

Open Thread: February 23rd Camp Notes

Picture day! (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The latest from Spring Training

Here’s the nightly open thread. Carmelo Anthony is making his Knicks debut tonight (I think), when they face the Bucks at the Garden at 7:30 ET. That one will be on MSG. Chat about whatever, go bananas.

Cubs using the Yanks to sell tickets

If you’re driving down a highway in the Chicago area, I’m guessing you wouldn’t expect to see Derek Jeter on a billboard. Yet, there he is. A reader of Tremendous Upside Potential caught this, and I’m guessing most fans — Yanks fans, at least — find this more than a bit odd. Sure, the Yanks do play in Chicago this summer, but is Jeter really going to help them sell tickets to the other 78 home games? Apparently this isn’t too uncommon, but it does seem especially odd coming from Chicago and the Cubs. But hey, if it works it works, right?

Via Big League Stew.

Crawford denies contact with the Yankees

About 24 hours before he signed a contract with the Red Sox, Carl Crawford dined with Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ brass at the Winter Meetings. Before that, there were reports that the Yankees were “very much engaged in discussions” with Crawford’s agents. According to Crawford himself, either none of those things happened, or he just has a terrible memory. He spoke to Dennis & Callahan on WEEI this morning, and his story doesn’t exactly match what we heard this winter.

“To be honest with you, I never talked to New York. They never offered me a contract. I never had any kind of communication with New York, so it was never an option to go to New York.” Emphasis mine. Maybe he’s talking about the Mets?

The RAB Radio Show: February 23, 2011

Mike is out today, so we’re bringing in Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score to co-host the show. We’re talking Baseball America’s Top 100 list, which includes six Yankees. We’re talking them, plus some other AL East prospects, on the show.

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