NEW YORK --
There is a lot of hope around the Yankees that A-Rod's changes carry him to a big postseason after a several poor ones in New York, and after he crushed the Twins in the type of monster playoff series they've been waiting for since he got here 5 1/2 years ago, there's talk among Yankees people that he may carry them to a title. Yankees general manager
Everyone around A-Rod agrees that's the case. But how did he get there? Here are some of the theories for the new and improved A-Rod.
"We just really hit it off this year," Teixeira said. "Alex and I have hung out this year. We've gotten together, our families have gotten together -- couple dinners, couple lunches -- just talking about the game, but also talking about life after baseball, what his plans are. We have a lot of similar ideas about business, and we love our kids and want to win a championship."
They played together in Texas for a year when Teixeira was a rookie, and the rumor was that they didn't get along, but Teixeira has scoffed at those whispers from the start.
Folks close to both say Teixeira say he's actually provided a blueprint for a "workmanlike" superstar. Teixeira said, "We have a very similar work ethic and take our craft very seriously."
"The hip surgery has him focused on staying healthy and keeping it simple," Cashman said. "His energy is all going in the right direction. He clearly made the decision to concentrate on baseball."
Rodriguez does like big stars, and in the world of surgery Philippon is right up there, so it's no surprise the pair connected. Plus, the surgery worked so well that Philippon said it's likely he won't need the second surgery this winter.
By the accounts of people around the team, she's a nice person -- according to a
The last bit of bad pub was a
"We signed a baseball player, not one of the top 100 celebrities in the world," Cashman said. "He has always lived life to the fullest. And he's become such a public figure, which creates a lot more drama. Sometimes that drama plays out more strongly in public life than it I think it is."
Even is that's true, Cashman did notice a reduction in publicity opportunities and extra "drama." And oddly enough, it came out a time when an actress entered his life.
The first hint of what the winter might be like came via the Angels, and for
Abreu might wonder whether he's in a time warp, as that is the very same figure the Rays offered him midway through last winter before they gave that deal to
While the Yankees were investing $423.5 million in Teixeira,
Of course, he doesn't want to repeat the winter of a year ago.
Abreu loves his time in Southern California, where his ingrained patience and laid-back style have been widely appreciated and his reluctance to crash into outfield walls largely ignored. Abreu is recognized there for what he is: an underrated, low-key star. He is also one of only three players to have driven in 100 runs over the past seven seasons, along with
Abreu's greatest attribute is his patience. It's being tested again now.
If a contract can be worked out, hitting guru
The Cubs have spent a lot of money on their hitters (i.e.
A couple other teams are believed to have been in contact with Jaramillo, as well. But he is thought to be leaning toward going to Chicago.
• In addition to their more high-profile attempts to sign Pujols and free agent
• There's been talk that the Rockies might trade outfielder
• The Rockies will not make an offer to free agent pitcher
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