Wang Goes Off the Market: It was previously said that the Yankees were scouting Chien-Ming Wang as he prepares to pitch in the World Baseball Classic for Taiwan. It has now been announced that his agent has taken him off the open market until after he pitches in the tournament, most likely in an effort to showcase his talent before agreeing to any deal.
Useful Youngins: Joel Sherman believes that, while much attention has been given to older Yankees, it's the younger ones that might have the most impact on the team. He states that one-third of the team will be made up of homegrown, young, twenty-somethings who will be anywhere between useful to above average. He mentions Francisco Cervelli, Joba Chamberlain, and Brett Gardner as useful players for the Yankees in 2013. He believes that Austin Romine could also contribute in some way, eventually. Strangely he seems to completely ignore/forget about David Robertson, who might have the most impact on the team, other than Gardner.
Tex Talks: Mark Teixeira talks about being the underdogs, the expectations that come with wearing pinstripes, and the World Baseball Classic. He thinks that because everyone is counting the Yankees out that it will motivate the team to prove them wrong. That being said, he knows that the Yankees only measure success by championships, not playoff appearances, regardless if that's a good mentality to have. He will continue to prepare himself for the season and the WBC and believes that it could even help him get going earlier.
All About Slade: Yanks Go Yard have a profile on Yankee prospect Slade Heathcott. They talk about his aggression and the hurdles he's had to face, both on the field and off, how he's produced in the system, and what his future might hold. He's starting the year in Trenton, so it's time to watch his progression with less grains of salt.