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State of the blog: Help on the way

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 31, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This little enterprise is no longer a little enterprise, I’m told. The traffic on the blog is such that the server we’re on crashes often. Or something. I have no idea about the tech stuff. All I know is that it’s annoying.

But my boss – the big boss of the place – told me yesterday that the blog is getting moved to a dedicated server with a higher capacity. He assures me this will solve the problems and I believe him.

So I can write all the nonsense I want and you’ll be able to read and comment as quickly as you want.

The big move will be Wednesday morning, so there could be some interruptions. A comment or two could get lost in the shuffle. There’s a slight chance that your computer will burst into flames.

But within a few hours, all will be well.

I’m headed to Orlando for the GM Meetings next week (Monday-Thursday) and there will be lots of blogging from there. So the move comes at the right time.

Thanks for being patient with us.

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350 Responses to “State of the blog: Help on the way”

  1. Juice October 31st, 2007 at 1:16 am

    good news! hopefully that means the mobile version will work again – it’s been down for a few weeks…

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime October 31st, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Oooh!

    On another forum I’ve been on for five years (Holy @#$%#@!), every time there’s a server change there’s a couple hours after the new one’s in place before the old one’s shut down that we all get to go bonkers.

    This is very very excellent news! Yay!

  3. james October 31st, 2007 at 1:31 am

    If only the Mets blog didn’t get so much traffic then we wouldn’t have these interruptions.

  4. Ben N.C. October 31st, 2007 at 1:32 am

    I love this blog.

  5. Dee October 31st, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Thanks Pete. You’re doing a great job with this blog.

    Please Mo, Po and Andy, better not have any signing news on Wed during the blog move. I will seriously go nuts.

  6. Stuart October 31st, 2007 at 2:06 am

    newsflash an honorable PERSON… yEAH YOU ARE not reading one of my typing mistakes it is true and honorable person….

    whom do you ask mr. andy Pettitte who always has been a standup guy.

    read it on the web if you want. he said I have a hand shake agreement with the Yanks and I will either play for them or no one else next year..

    as many of you imbeciles would say what a fool, he can extort a team for more money. why would he keep his word he can make a penny more like mr arod…

    because andy is a man of his word. Even if he retires andy is a man of his word and a class act.

    his comments are on cnnsi.com..

  7. Other Pete October 31st, 2007 at 2:07 am

    I can only say that I’m happy someone realizes the great role you’re playing and is devoting the resources to help you do it.

    This is a crazy, tumultuous time for us Yankee fans. Never mind the effort of keeping up with the usual off-season machinations — there’s a huge emotional component (and let’s be realistic — would any of us be here if there wasn’t a big emotional component?) with the transition from the only stable Yankee staff we’ve seen in a generation.

    We’re gonna be following our team no matter what. And for some of us, the most level-headed, understanding voice for negotiating that difficult devotion will remain this here blog. You seem to understand the fine line between responsible reporting and reaching the fans where they come chomping for good news about their favorite sons. It’s good to know your own front office backs you up. Please feel free to pass this note on if the give you a hard time — you’re a good asset on this team, Mr. Abraham.

    Even us Yankee fans dug in behind enemy lines in Boston can see that.

  8. Stuart October 31st, 2007 at 2:13 am

    and arod apologists do not tell me arod just followed his contract because that is true but he lied the whole time. they lied about why he opted out it was not yankee uncertainty but there desire to get the maximum cash possible.

    the way he opted out(total classless).

    his intent all along was to do this but for months he lied about it.

    he is a extortionist, buyer beware.. if torre comes to LA I will root for them as my 2nd team but if arod came no way.. I know arod is a great player but I will never ever root for him..

  9. Marc October 31st, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Thats good news Pete…now we know the guys who sign your paychecks know what a good job your doing. You’ve been an absolute animal with your coverage of an already hectic off-season. Thanks for the hard work and keep the info coming.

  10. back,track,wall..seee ya! October 31st, 2007 at 2:55 am

    I’m glad the technical issues will be resolved,nothing worse than not knowing whats going on in Yankee World. No where else to get such detailed information. I’m thrilled that Joe G is the manager. No disrespect to either Torre of Mattingly but I feel that in order to get out of the current rut the team is in, a more dramatic change was needed. I sincerly hope that Mo,Po and Andy are with us next season as that change would be over the top drama. I’m very disappointed with the turn of events regarding Arod.I really hoped he would stay but the way this was handled has left me feeling betrayed. Has anyone else noticed that both Arod and Torre have been removed from the Centerstage commercials and Yankees Universe ad? I guess nothing says “Your dead to me” like being deleted,huh?

  11. kasey October 31st, 2007 at 3:00 am

    good luck with the upgrade, pete. the crashes have always been minor annoyances which only slightly delay my ability to read your work.

  12. JackieMartin October 31st, 2007 at 3:09 am

    All this tells me (besides it’s about time, mgmt) is you go Pete! Congrats! It’s the big-big-time!

  13. deanNY October 31st, 2007 at 3:21 am

    If no one mentioned Torre or A-Rod you wouldn’t need a new server. Comments could be cut by 70%.

  14. Andy Hawkin's Ghost October 31st, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Just promise us that when you make it to the big time you keep on blogging. This blog has become THE place to go for Yankee info and is an intregal part of the entire experience. You da man Pete. Thanks for your hard work.

  15. rico October 31st, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Hey, glad to hear that the technical support is catching up with the content. It really should have happened a long time ago. It is great that you now have the attention of the “big boss of the [whole] place.” Does that mean I should post my christmas list here?

  16. rico October 31st, 2007 at 7:46 am

    OK, moving on. The rumor sites are talking about a Cabrera-Cabrera deal. Anyone besides me a little uneasy about Miguel? Great hitter, indifferent hitter, and questionable discipline/work ethic if his waistline is any indicator. He will command top money and top talent in return (Melky and Hughes or Kennedy, probably)and, unless he shapes up, we may still need a third baseman while he joins the crowd at 1b/DH. I am not sure he fits the younger, cheaper, more athletic direction.
    On the other hand, he and Girardi know each other, so maybe Girardi knows the key to motivating him to hit the weight room and dig in at third.
    This could be on the table at Peter’s Orlando junket next week. Any thoughts?

  17. rico October 31st, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Sorry, I meant great hitter, indifferent fielder above.

  18. Sherri October 31st, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Pete – This is the first blog I’ve truly become addicted to, and I hope you keep up the good work! I hope you get sleep, too!!! It has become a regular occurrence that the blog goes down, and I’m glad they recognized that the “Pete Demand” was outweighing the “Server Supply.” :) Thank you!!!!!

  19. murphydog October 31st, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Time to take a quick bow, Pete.

    This dedicated server is the end result of your hard work in serving up a tasty product sometimes four or five times (or more recently) a day. We’ve had news so fresh from the locker room that I can still smell the sweat. We get interviews raw and extended, conference calls minutes after they are made available only to the pros like yourself, insider guesses and industry gossip. (How else would we know that Randy Levine tried to get you guys to do a profile on his “great” achievements?) We get our ten questions answered by the players and we always get to throw in our 1.5 cents. On top of that, there’s the opportunity to mix with some great baseball fans out there, like SJ, Doreen, Wolfie and Randy1, the funny ones like Dr. Acula and the not so funny ones (take your pick), and guys like Kasey who are busy pros in other industries. And we get the Wang fans checking in too. And who can forget Pollyanna Porkchop? Most importantly, there is no ego involved, you entertain any subject and give us the run of the place.

    It’s a true success story. This is the future of “newspapering.” On to the GM meetings!

  20. Yanksrule57 October 31st, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Pete,

    This is truly good news and well deserved re the new server. In the blog-world it is definitely a sign of success.

    I am intrigued by the talk of getting Cabrera but the Marlins have been trying to build around him since the last championship. Also his work ethic doesn’t fit with the Yanks, and that would have to change.
    As to the people who say he isn’t a good fielder, I have watched a lot of Marlin games the past two years (FSN Florida is our local sports network here in Jax). He is right now a good fielder who is being impeded by carrying too much weight. If this guy were to slim down you would see a big improvement. In a recent interview he talked about how he is the guy responsible for providing all the sweets for the team to eat during the games. Also he has an self admitted addiction to these little fried, burrito-like treats.
    Get this guy a nutritionist, and into to the gym and he will be fine.

  21. Rick (Columbus) October 31st, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Thank goodness Pete. Hopefully it will cure the slowness to get to the site as well?

  22. Dr. Acula October 31st, 2007 at 8:15 am

    YEAH BABY!!

    Confidence! Swag!

    http://tinyurl.com/2uvqqm

    Now that’s what I’m talk’n about.

    None of this hand-wringing, on-the-couch, self-doubt, chicken-little, navel-gazing garbage.

  23. Mark October 31st, 2007 at 8:19 am

    The info I get from this blog is worth more than a few interruptions.

  24. Joey Bagadonuts October 31st, 2007 at 8:24 am

    my admiration for Don Mattingly, already off the charts -just increased after hearing what he had to say in the wake of the Girardi hire. Now THAT’S class. Compare and contrast to he who must never be bashed.

    I imagine he thinks, as probably most of us hope, that the merry go round brings him back to the Yankee dugout someday.

    Going to another organization for the first time in his professional career is the right and smart move.

    This is another area where I think Girardi has an edge on Mattinlgly at this point. He’s not a lifer in the same organization. He’s been exposed to other ideas and styles besides The Yankee Way.

  25. ItalianGreco October 31st, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Nice. Got to love the confidence. Lets just hope we can get our guys resigned, and make some key off season moves.

  26. Dr. Acula October 31st, 2007 at 8:31 am

    murphydog-

    Thanks buddy.

    But, no, I am far too modest and devoid of ego to accept such recognition.

    No, this blog isn’t about me, it’s not even about the Yankees. No, this program is dedicated to you – The Heroes. And who are The Heroes? The people who pay $10 for warm beer, an who endure 95° heat in August and bone-head coaching October.

    Stand up and take a bow, Heroes!

    P.S. Save the cheerleader

  27. Dee October 31st, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Seee ya! said: “Has anyone else noticed that both Arod and Torre have been removed from the Centerstage commercials and Yankees Universe ad? I guess nothing says “Your dead to meâ€? like being deleted,huh?”

    No kidding, seriously that fast? Good about Arod, I want to make sure that door is slammed shut and locked!

    And compared Arod to a Don Mattingly, who could have taken advantage of the PR situation and scored some more sympathy points. Instead he went out of his way to set the record straight that Big Stein never once promised him the manager job before, that he was never misled. And that even though his is disappointed, he thought Yanks chose well in Girardi b/c he and Pena would both have been good. Arod, you better believe in Karma and what goes around comes around. You see Don Mattingly? good things will happen to guys like him. You may have enough money for generations but watch out, that’s all I’m sayin…

  28. Bobcat October 31st, 2007 at 8:37 am

    No real shocker on Pettitte: Yankees or nobody, he just hasn’t decided yet.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  29. jennifer- Congrats Joe G October 31st, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I”ll have to check that out on yes. Good for them. I’ve said to a co-worker that Alex is dead to me, good to see he is dead to the Yankees as well. :P

  30. Doreen October 31st, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Hey Pete -

    Congratulations! And thank heavens! (For the new server)

    I happened upon this blog about a year ago and have been back just about every day since. I knew I was hooked when we went on vacation and I checked in from our hotel lobby in Ohio! And again when we went to Florida and I brought our laptop. It’s the first time I’ve been this addicted to something since we got an Atari game system and I couldn’t stop playing Space Invaders!

    Anyway, I concur with Murphydog. Now, not only do I check in for your superior reporting, Pete, but also to enjoy the posts of my fellow fans in Yankee Universe. We get it all here, from great debates to, well, incoherent rantings! :)

    Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to your coverage of the GM meetings in Orlando. Will it be at that Mickey Mouse complex again, or is baseball going more Universal this year? Anyway, even though I know it’s work for you, have a great time.

  31. Doreen October 31st, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Hey Pete -

    Congratulations! And thank heavens! (For the new server)

    I happened upon this blog about a year ago and have been back just about every day since. I knew I was hooked when we went on vacation and I checked in from our hotel lobby in Ohio! And again when we went to Florida and I brought our laptop. It’s the first time I’ve been this addicted to something since we got an Atari game system and I couldn’t stop playing Space Invaders!

    Anyway, I concur with Murphydog. Now, not only do I check in for your superior reporting, Pete, but also to enjoy the posts of my fellow fans in Yankee Universe. We get it all here, from great debates to, well, incoherent rantings! :)

    Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to your coverage of the GM meetings in Orlando. Will it be at that Mickey Mouse complex again, or is baseball going more Universal this year? Anyway, even though I know it’s work for you, have a great time.

    I just wanted to add that on Monday morning, one of the first things I wanted to do was to check in here to share the ARod happenings with the people here. You’ve created a great community, Pete.

  32. Dr. Acula October 31st, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Dee-

    Who’s this ARod person you reference?

    Seriously, ARod is persona non grata – another Ty Cobb.

  33. Doreen October 31st, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Sorry for the double post! Where’s that new dedicated server, anyway??????

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  34. Jersey October 31st, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Congrats on the move, Pete. Keep up the good work.

  35. jennifer- Congrats Joe G October 31st, 2007 at 9:16 am

    I hate Halloween!! You have kids interuptting your dinner, ringing the bell a million time! UGH!

  36. li October 31st, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Good news on the server as lately the blog has been down more than it is up.

  37. Zeke October 31st, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Peter,

    Congratulations – not sure how I was sent to your blog but its great for the Yankee fan. I’m here all the time now as a many, many others apparently.

    Great blog and thanks

  38. Paul October 31st, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Dear Big Boss of Pete Abraham, Thank you for the upgrade! Please give Pete a big raise in pay. He has done you and LoHud proud.

  39. jennifer- Congrats Joe G October 31st, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Just heard on the radio that “the mouth” declared once again he would NEVER play for the Yankees. Yeah thanks so much mouth, I don’t recall ever asking or wanting you. You don’t have to worry about it.

  40. firefighter25 October 31st, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Keep up the good Peter. Glad to hear that there is going to be a server upgrade. I’m lost when it crashes and I can’t get any Yankee news. Although it probably happens cause I check the blog like a million times a day.

  41. RJPinstripes October 31st, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Great new Pete. Do we have to make any adjustments at our end?

  42. Paul October 31st, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Dear Michael Fisch, President and Publisher of LoHud, Thank you for the upgrade! We love this blog. Pete is doing great. We hope you take care of him! He does you proud!

  43. Laura October 31st, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Dr Acula, are YOU on the list?

    : )

  44. Sherri October 31st, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Jennifer – Who is the “mouth”?

  45. jennifer- Congrats Joe G October 31st, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Curt Schilling.

  46. Sherri October 31st, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I kinda thought that’s who you meant…biggest MOUTH I know!! :) Thanks!

  47. jennifer- Congrats Joe G October 31st, 2007 at 10:03 am

    No problem. Why does he think the Yankees would want another pitcher on their staff with a diminished fastball. Forgetting of course that he is Curt Schilling, the man who wears a Yankee Hater hat like he is 12.

  48. Chris in MA October 31st, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Just saw on SI.com that Pettite said its either the Yankees or retirement in 08!!! Thats some good news. From the article seems like he realizes the respect the Yankees have given him so hopefully he sticks around for one more year!

  49. Jim The Tek October 31st, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Testing

  50. JEF October 31st, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I see that the big server is in place…slight tweek on the URL too…http://yankees.lhblogs.com. Response is snappier.

  51. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Mariano also wants to stay, according to the Daily News. All he wants is respect. I doubt DOUBT that the yankees cant give him that

  52. Rebecca--Optimist Prime October 31st, 2007 at 10:39 am

    All hail the new server?

    WHOOO!

    I may now get ready for class in peace.

  53. whozat October 31st, 2007 at 10:39 am

    “Great new Pete. Do we have to make any adjustments at our end?”

    I think the upgrade just happened…the address of the site is new: yankees.lhblogs.com

    I wonder if the Yanks would consider a Wakefield-like deal with Andy. Probably not, given Wakefield’s unique ability to keep pitching effectively as long as he can take the mound pain-free, as opposed to other pitchers whose stuff degrades more gradually and predictably over time.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add another player-option, though.

  54. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 10:42 am

    The new server es muy, muy bueno!!

  55. Buddy Biancalana October 31st, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Murphydog-

    You forgot to include Rebecca & Jennifer on your list, they seem to be the most frequent contributors along with keeping all the Testosterone down to a manageable level. JK

  56. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 10:46 am

    hopefully this server works better, Pettitte better hurry up & sign, so should Mo, Georgy is getting me nervous :(

  57. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 10:50 am

    *baseball is rich, this from Buster Olney:* There’s another revenue stream it is now drawing once unexpected millions from: the money created by the success of MLB.com. The annual check that every team receive from this source may well exceed $30 million, by now.

  58. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 10:51 am

    ESPN2 had “breaking news” that the Mets were interested in signing Posada. That’s not breaking news at all, we all knew that three or four months ago. Throughout the summer it was no secret that the Mets would pursue Posada.

  59. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Georgy is leaving I can feel it :(

  60. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 10:53 am

    I’d offer him 2 yrs. $ 40 MIL to keep him

  61. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 10:55 am

    20 million per year, no way, no how

  62. BWH October 31st, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Here’s a ridiculous question. How untouchable is David Wright? The Mets need pitching, the Yanks need a 3rd Baseman, and the Mets probably have an interest in A-Rod.

    I know that this is truly a near-impossibility, but is there any way it could happen? It could make sense for both teams despite the fact that they aren’t exactly buddies when it comes to the trade front.

  63. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Brandon if you want arod back you are the minority.. let him bring his circus somwhere else..

    mo and andy and jorge will all be back..

    the NY Yankees will survive without Alex ego maniac greed beyond belief Rodriguez…

  64. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 11:00 am

    david wright is untouchable.. young, very good, and good guy. no chance……

  65. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Migames, the hell w/ the $$ the yrs. is the most important thing , we have no catcher after Georgy, Molina is a plan B at best and isn’t an ever day option.

    2 yrs. 40 million because most likely Georgy has 2 yrs. left in those legs, 3 yrs. 40 sounds better but that 3rd yr. Georgy might be a scrub.

  66. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Brandon- I also think that it’s VERY important to have Posada back, but a three-year deal is probably the best option. Even if he can’t catch anymore in the 3rd year he could still DH and possibly see some action at 1st base.

  67. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Stuart, that is my opinion and you can say what you want but 200 runs gone leaves a big hole I’m not one of these Yankee fans that just pile on the hate , he is needed here IMO. What options do we have the OF defense other than Melky stinks, it’s not like each SP we have is going to automatically win 19 games, this may be a transition yr. for them , do you get what I’m saying ?

  68. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:07 am

    J-Dawg, I can seriously see Minaya pushing the limit to 4 or 5 yrs. just to steal him.

  69. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:07 am

    I wouldnt pay anyone 20 million a year, not posada.

  70. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Migames, if Posada is gone who is the catcher ? and remember the offense and our defense is effected immensely

  71. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:14 am

    if Posada is gone who is the catcher ?

    I rather deal with that, than pay Posada 20 million. Im thinking that cashman would agree

  72. Pepper Brooks October 31st, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Dr. Acula

    No, this blog isn’t about me, it’s not even about the Yankees. No, this program is dedicated to you – The Heroes. And who are The Heroes? The people who pay $10 for warm beer, an who endure 95° heat in August and bone-head coaching October.

    Stand up and take a bow, Heroes!

    That should be sold to Miller Beer – you could write a song Real American Heroes… Here’s to you Mr. Sweltering $10 beer nosebleed seat man!!!!

    I can hear the lyrics now.

  73. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Migames, I think alot of people would disagree w/ that, Posada leaves we’re in deep sh*.

  74. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:22 am

    i agree. But again, you dont pay a 36 year old catcher 20 million a year. Even Posada knows this

  75. Pepper Brooks October 31st, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I don’t think if Posada leaves we’re in that bad of trouble. Molina is a good defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick, but if you believe what many have posted here, Matsui should rebound, Giambi is in his last year and will want another contract from someone so look for him to perform, the other holes could be filled….

  76. Laura October 31st, 2007 at 11:23 am

    All of you people nervous about Posada – don’t be. I can’t imagine him thinking that being a Met is better than being a Yankee. I also think that he wants to stay with Jeter. They have become best buds over the years. I’m confident that Posada will stay. I think a 3yr deal is best.

    I think what’s more important is whether Andy picks up his option. At this point, I think it’s 50/50.

  77. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Pepper Brooks, Matsui is done, Giambi has been breaking down ever since he left the syringe

  78. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:24 am

    posada had a great year, but he is not going to match what he did last year, ever again, There for you are getting a 36 year catcher that most likely will go back to hitting 277/381/479 (if we are lucky). In other words, someone who is not worth $20

  79. Laura October 31st, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Not sure why people think that Matsui is done. I think that he was injured at the end of the season and that’s why he looked so God awful at the plate during the playoffs. Give the guy credit; he did still knock in over 100 RBIs.

    I think that if he uses the offseason to get healthy, he will return to the dangerous hitter he’s been these last few years.

  80. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Brandon.. Of course arod is GREAT. but he is an idiot and a attention hound and a cancer…. he is 32 and been on 3 tams and look at the whole record.. look at more then just his stats, look at how his teammates feel about him, look how he left all 3 of his previous teams..

    he is clueless, selfish, childlike, and a attention freak.. He left the Yanks, he felt about 27 mill a yr was not enough..

    again he wants to be bigger then the team, this is the yankees, he is not bigger then this team……

    arod is a bad guy, he is polite and all that good stuff but the conclusion is he is a bad guy.

    he or his agent(the same thing) announced they were leaving during game 4 of the WS!!!!!!give me a break..

    his reasons for filing were a jke, so transparent that a retard can see thru them.

    AROD = great player but bad guy…….

  81. Thrillington October 31st, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Dear Pete,

    Congratulations on the brilliant work you’ve been doing. That was quite some scoop you got the other nght regarding Torre and the Dodgers.

    With the season over, you should know that your reporting, your generosity and this blog were some of the real bright spots and enjoyable moments since spring training. I hope you have an opportunity to get some much deserved rest and celebration time.

    Your fan,

    Percy

  82. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Laura, Posada isn’t staying on a team just because Jetes is his friend, he can still be his friend where ever he goes, it has nothing to do w/ his contract. Posada knows it’s a business and a sport.

  83. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Matusi is done

    This i REALLY dont understand
    Matsui numbers
    03 287/353/435
    04 298/390/522
    05 305/367/496
    06 302/393/494
    07 285/367/488

    How and where do you see that he is done?

  84. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 11:29 am

    yeah matsui is 105 rbi a yr done..

    he is done like abreu was early in the season.

    matsui is 32 or 33 not 42… 33 is not old these days. the players take care of there bodies yr. round these days….

    i did not know so many on this website were scouts……….

  85. Wolf In Pinstripes October 31st, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Great news, Pete. Your excellent reporting and content that goes beyond what most people would expect have made this upgrade to a dedicated server a necessity. It’s good to see that management recognized that and agreed.

  86. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:32 am

    stuart, he’s a bad guy for taking his opt. out ? I was angry too but the rest of your reasons it’s a little self hating , again I’m not going that far, it’s your opinion I’m not shooting bullets and arrows at him when he is the main reason we made the playoffs this season.

  87. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:34 am

    brandon, you are 100% correct, Baseball is a business. And Brian Cashman is a great business man and he would never pay 20million to a 37 year old catcher.

    You can bet the farm on it

  88. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 11:35 am

    branon get a clue.. they said he opted out beause of bull sh t…..Just say the truth. arod and borass would not say the truth for any reason. he is a greedy liar..

    do you live in a world where all things are relative?????a liar is a liar…

    he of course has the right to get every last penny he can, but if that is his goal, just be honest and admit it..

    again fool, I do not think texas or seattle miss him either, I wonder why they do not miss the best player in the game???????????Hummmmmmm maybe because he is a cancer…I hope my venemous hate comment did not insult your fantasy land…

    arod is like raul mondesi, and many other bad guys…. again he is a bad guy a CANCER……..

  89. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Matsui is done because he can’t field in the OF, and he got his knee drained, I don’t know that many 33 yr. olds that recover from getting thier knee drained. Do you ?

  90. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 11:38 am

    brandon now you are a Dr. maybe with 4 months off the knee draining will not be an issue.. please Brandon no more comments from you let us just assume you are a moron instead of knowing it for a fact..

    yeah a knee draining is like a ACL or a MCL, again with your ethics degree where did you get your medical degree???
    Get back to class, junior high is in session..

  91. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:39 am

    If you really think that having your knees drained equals that you are done, you really dont know what you are saying.

    Check out his stats. Matsui is not done

  92. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:40 am

    stuart, who the hell are you to be calling me a fool ? ..I have an opinion you shoot it down because you clearly don’t like Alex.

    Oh he’s a cancer ? really … yet he found time to work w/ Robi Cano and Melky Caberera, and carried us to the damn playoffs !!!

    Does he understand baseball is a business absolutely , but screw you if your trying to convince me he is a cancer. Again FOOL like I said I want him back.

  93. Pepper Brooks October 31st, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Look, I am not that big of a Matsui fan. Like him but I think that he has bad plate discipline more times than not. He had bad knees this year which could contribute to most of the lost production – David Ortiz had a rough patch when his knees were barking. But overall, he is still a force to consider in the line up, especially at Yankee stadium. The threat of the long ball is always present from his swing and with the short porch. But more important, I believe he will do whatever needs to be done to regain his form.

  94. JoeT YANKEES October 31st, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Pete where in Orlando, i go to school at UCF – i’ll bring you a few beers, make it a real party!!

  95. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Migames, remember he struggled just to be productive this season, you think Yankee mgmt. isn’t trying to get rid of him as we speak. Matsui his first 2 yrs. was productive his last 2 have been injury shortened a trend that can continue.

  96. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Pepper Brooks, I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if I hear Matsui waives his no trade clause to exit NY.

  97. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:45 am

    brandon, you are not helping your own cause
    pay posada 20 million a year
    matusi is done
    knee drains end peoples careers
    yankees should bring arod back

  98. 56Bomber October 31st, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Wow – this dedicated server is kicking butt. Instant reloads. Nice job LOHUD.

  99. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 11:49 am

    he broke his wrist diving for a baseball in 06, his body didnt break down.
    check out his numbers
    07 285/367/488
    career 295/371/485
    pretty much the same, eh?

    he hit 25 homeruns in 148 games in 07…he averages 25

    “you think Yankee mgmt. isn’t trying to get rid of him as we speak?”

    why would they?????

  100. JoeT YANKEES October 31st, 2007 at 11:49 am

    wait now people are saying bring a-rod back!?!

    Are you guys forgetting that that @$$ didn’t even listen to the Yankees when they wanted to offer him 30 million a year??

    He doesn’t want to be here, i don’t want him here

    - 30 from a-rod, 23? from Giambi = 53 million PLUS 50% for luxury tax

    79.5 million just from those two after next year – that’s more then most TEAMS get paid, we can litterally add a new TEAM by not having them on the team next year.

  101. trish October 31st, 2007 at 11:50 am

    A-Rod not coming back is all about ego- his and the Yankees. They each took their 40 paces and no one flinched so they both move on. If A-Rod was a free agent and hadn’t played for the Yankees, they would not have gotten the $21M Texas money and they would be beating a path to Boras’ door to get him signed. There are few hometown discounts in sports these days. Not even Mo and Jorge who played their whole career as Yankees seem to be offering one. The Yanks got one with A-Rod for the last 4 years by paying him $16M while the likes of Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi were paid more. Who was more productive A-Rod or both of them combined?
    It doesn’t make me angry, it makes me sad.

  102. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Posada needs to return w/o him a new catcher has to adjust to the whole SP staff

    Matsui has regressed his injuries have gotten worse

    only guy I saw come back from getting his knee drain has been Barry Bonds (coughs..steroids), remember when that happens your taking fluids out, the pain is still there, it always will be

    on Arod I don’t want to repeat so look up the posts

  103. andrew33 October 31st, 2007 at 11:52 am

    stings but true, yankees need to turn this rivalry back around

    Curt Schilling said it did not bother him that Alex Rodriguez’s opt-out announcement came as the Red Sox were wrapping up their World Series win. But he seemed to relish the chance to take a shot at the Yankees’ disappointing season.

    “It wasn’t unexpected,” Schilling said. “Between them and the Yankees making sure we were updated every 15 minutes about when they were actually going to name their manager, I didn’t give a crap. Bottom line was they’re playing golf and making organizational decisions and we’re still playing games.”

    Schilling rode in the parade celebrating the team’s second World Series title in four years and filed for free agency.

  104. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Trish atleast you made a good sensible post w/o the………

    this @$$, this fraud, you fool comments.

    good post Trish ;)

  105. Rebecca--Optimist Prime October 31st, 2007 at 11:59 am

    JoeT–my younger brother just started at UCF!

  106. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    “Posada needs to return w/o him a new catcher has to adjust to the whole SP staff”

    According to your logic, this doesnt make sense. Sign him for 2 years for 40million, alright, he adjust to the SP staff then?

    make good arguments, dont just threw stuff out there that sound good

  107. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Knee draining is not a career ending injury.

    If Matsui is “done”, I hope he has another “done” year in 2008.

    Derek Jeter got his knee drained several times in 2005 and this season. Is he “done”?

    20 million per year for Posada? No thank you.

    NOBODY is paying a 36 year old catcher 20 million a year.

    You can’t panic over 2008 in October of 2007. That’s how you make horrible personnel decisions.

    Let Cashman do his thing and it will all work out. He’s shown he’s not afraid to make the tough decisions and that’s all you can ask for from a GM.

  108. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    who adjust to the SP staff then?

  109. trish October 31st, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Brandon.I prefer the drama of the game rather than the drama of the fans.

  110. LathamJoe October 31st, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Great news about the new dedicated server and improved access to this blog.
    Your dedication to the LoHud Yankees Blog has made it the Number One source for Yankee News for me and many, many others.

    As the late, great Eddie Kendricks (you’re probably too young to remember!) said:
    “KEEP ON TRUCKIN’”

  111. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    “According to your logic, this doesnt make sense. Sign him for 2 years for 40million, alright, he adjust to the SP staff then?

    make good arguments, dont just threw stuff out there that sound good”

    Migames !! again I’m going to explain this as good as I can Joba, Hughes , Kennedy have all thrown the ball to Posada, he is aware of what they throw, keeping Posada is important because when you lose a catcher that’s the hardest position to fill in. Did you forget Will “the no thrill” Nieves and his wussy ABs and letting people steal left and right on him. Molina is a good backup, he’s not going to hold up all season, catching day after day and adding consistant offense you ever played a baseball season ? college, H.S. ? you should know this man.

  112. Rebecca--Optimist Prime October 31st, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Right now my concern is Mo, Po and Pettitte. Two of the three (Mo and Pettitte) seem to be close to a decision that will make people happy–if Pettitte retires, he does so as a Yankee, and will probably be considered one of the core members of the late 90s-early 00s teams, and who knows, perhaps a plaque in monument park (or am I dreaming?)

    The future really does look exceedingly bright.

    Now just tell me Paulie’s coming back as a coach, we’ve got Lowell at 3B, we trade our entire bullpen save O and Mo and maybe Veras for Scott Kazmir, and I never need be in a bad mood again :-D

  113. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    No. Thank you Trish because you gave a good post instead of insults and you understand a big thing. Baseball is a business.

  114. nate c. October 31st, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    This new server is amazing. Although, I only get work done when the blog goes down, so this may not be great for my career.

    Go yankees!

    Keep it up peter!

  115. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    I thought Robert Hunter was the one who said Keep on truckin
    ;)

  116. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    brandon, we both agree that posada should come back. Where we differ is how much to pay him. And you said that posada knows the pitching staff, you also said that we need to sign him for 2 year. Thats fine, but then again, who will learn the pitching staff in two years. My argument is that anyone can learn the pitching staff, especially when your manager is Joe Girardi and Tony Pena is also on the bench. Thats a weak reason on why to bring posada back. Anyone can learn a pitching staff.

    Bring posada back: YES
    Pay him 20 million: NO

    got it?

  117. Jonathan C. October 31st, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Hey, fellow UCF people (I’m class of 05).

  118. trish October 31st, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Jorge will be back. He’ll use the Mets to send a message and get what he wants from the Yanks. The Mets know he’s a long shot but they’ll keep Jorge in the mix to keep LoDuca’s price low but be ready to swoop in and get him if something doesn’t work out with the Yanks. The stories of Jorge’s not so great relationship with Girardi seems to be picking up a little steam though. Wonder if there is anything to it or if it’s just a negotiating ploy.

  119. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    its to easy: Joba, Hughes , Kennedy have all thrown the ball to Posada, he is aware of what they throw

    Posada was the catcher
    with Joba on 56ABs
    with Hughes: 106ABS
    with IPK: 21ABS

    Thats not a wealth of knowledge there….next argument

  120. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Migames, Minaya has been rumored to be willing to offer 4 years at $56 million. To me it’s a Johnny Damon contract, yr.1 he works out, yr. 2 a drop off, yr. 3 & 4 he will be 40. So I guess that’s why I believe Posada is not coming back, because the Yankees will have to floor him w/ a contract to keep him.

    Don’t get me wrong I love Molina as a defensive C but to replace Posada will be very difficult.

  121. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Lupica who I hate really kissed Cashmans ass in his article today.

    I like cashman and girardi and feel the franchise is in good hands..
    torre is bringing back his OLD crew in LA.. The thing he has working for him is it is the NL……

    Brandon, abreu sprained his ankle can guys come back from that injury or is it career threatening injury like a knee drain and a hang nail???I am waiting to hear your words of wisdom !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  122. Joe Monte October 31st, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I believe you should let Posada walk if he wants anything greater than a 2 year deal. He’s 36 years old coming off a walk year. You can trust this guy for next year. Cashman, be smart, let Posada walk and trade / sign a younger catcher to platoon w/ Molina. We can live without Posada and his inability to stop the ball in the dirt.

    Trade for Miguel Cabrera. Give up Melky if you must. You move Melky, and two pitching prospects (Horne and Jones or something) for Cabrera.

  123. ChrisXS October 31st, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Pete: I am a technical solution architect. Let me know if you’d like questions explained in layman’s terms. If possible, I’d suggest a non-windows server for the sake of stability and uptime.

  124. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Everybody in baseball has a price. That’s how you formulate a roster. You exceed the price too much, you have a roster full of DH’s. Ring a bell?

    Right now, the Yankees need Posada. But, that “need” is attached to a dollar sign.

    20 Million a year? Not a chance.

    They could sign Yorvalt Torreabla, a MUCH better defensive catcher than Posada, for 6 million bucks and use 14 million to get get themselves a power bat. Just an example of what you can do with 20 million bucks.

    I’d like Jorge back as much as anybody. But, within reason.

    He isn’t a great caller of games (I found out last night that would the source of the friction between he and Girardi in 2005) and was positively awful defensively the last month of the season and in the post-season.

    The second WP Joba threw in Game 2 is a ball a good defensive catcher handles easily. Jorge did not and it turned that entire series.

    IMO, that was a product of him wearing down as the season went on. Its why its imperative to re-sign Molina to give Posada (or whomever is the starting catcher) a viable backup so he doesn’t wear down at the end of the year.

    If a team is dumb enough to give a 36 year old catcher a 4 year deal, then you wish Jorge good luck and say goodbye. The Yankees would be nuts to go to 4 years for Posada. Three years is enough and if you overpay by a few million (14-15 million AAV) so be it.

  125. Joe Monte October 31st, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    4 years for Posada! Let him walk!

  126. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    besides, omar minaya also gave pedro a 4 years/$53M contract

    as GOB would say
    “Yeah, the guy wearing the $4000 suit is holding the elevator for the guy who doesn’t make that in four months, COME ON!”

  127. Diggedy October 31st, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Peter is the Perez Hilton of baseball blogs.

  128. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Kinda off topic, but I saw that Mike Cameron was suspended for 25 games for a second positive test for a banned stimulant. Cameron is a free agent and has always been solid in the outfield and a fairly decent hitter. I’m not saying that he should be a Yankee by any means. We all remember in 2005 how upset Gary Sheffield was when a rumor had him being traded to the Mets for Cameron. Cameron would have been a nice fit at the time, but now he’s older and has had trouble staying healthy.

  129. Tommy October 31st, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I really hope that Posada returns.
    For purely irrational fan reasons, he is my favorite Yankee from the Torre era. Maybe its the crazy ears, or just the way Bob Sheppard announces his name.
    That said, the Yanks have to be careful what they pay him.

    I think the pitcher/catcher relationship discussion is interesting.
    Many vets are allowed to choose their catcher, often sacrificing offense for the team.
    It seemed that Johnson hated Posada. But then Johnson was a jerk anyway.
    Moose did not want to pitch to Posada.
    I wonder if the entire pitcher/catcher relationship is overblown.

  130. Miller October 31st, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    This blog is so fast now.

  131. LathamJoe October 31st, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Trish:
    I respect your position on the ARod situation, but I must disagree somewhat on your position about the Yankee Management’s ego in this issue. The refusal to negotiate with ARod after excerising his opt out clause is primarily a business decision, not ego. $21.6 Million dollars is a lot to loses over a 3-year term, especially with Management’s “new” business plan to become more financially responsible. The Yankees were prepared to offer ARod a very generous contract extension, reportedly an additional 5 years and anywhere from $135-$150 Million on top of the remaining 3 years of his original agreement.
    Ownership had made calls personally to reassure him of their interest in continuing their relationship with him. He didn’t have the decency and respect to return their phone calls. (Obviously he has one or more proposed offers out there that were equally as attractice or Boras wouldn’t have advised him to use the opt out option.)
    ARod is the most talented player in MLB. He is also the most emotionally flawed and egotistical personality in MLB.
    When you have ARod on your team, its not about “the team” its all about Arod. Its a circus whether by ARod’s design or not.
    I was never a big ARod fan (as I’ve written many, many times) but have always rooted for him to have his best season ever each year he played for the Yankees. It hasn’t worked with him as a Yankee so its time to move in a different direction – a more “team oriented direction” that worked so well in the mid 90s.

  132. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    SJ is right overpay Jorge for 3 yrs. and more then 3 yrs is insanity..

    3 yrs $40 mill is more then fair….

  133. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    this from the dallas morning star:
    “Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo officially becomes a free agent if he doesn’t sign the club’s two-year contract offer today. Contract talks between the Rangers and Jaramillo, who has been the team’s hitting instructor since 1995, have bogged down since the team made its offer. There has been no contact between the sides in almost a week. Although the Rangers remain optimistic Jaramillo will return, general manager Jon Daniels is prepared to approach the job as if it is open starting Thursday. He said he will contact potential replacements about setting up interviews. One name that interests the Rangers is former Yankees coach Don Mattingly.”

  134. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    LathamJoe another smart great post…

    thanks..

  135. Drew October 31st, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Excellent news, this server was clogging up like crazy. Now get rid of that damn laser hair removal ad too!

  136. Miller October 31st, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    is there any word yet on MO?

  137. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    mattingly batting coach in texas I think would actually be a move back. he should join torre in LA and be the bench coach for a few more yrs….

    just because he is not the manager of th yanks now does not mean he never will be…..

  138. Juan Acevedo October 31st, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Pete: I´ve been a Yankee fan for 50+ years from here in Mexico City and send you true congratulations for an excellent job in the blog. It´s really fantastic for me to get in touch so close with my team and its people.

    I hope the new server brings along the recognition numbers you deserve in your paycheck.

    Juan Acevedo.

  139. Jimbo October 31st, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Do I have to migrate to the Dodgers blog?

  140. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Does anyone think it would be a good move to sign Torii Hunter – maybe 4 years, move him to left after 2-3 yrs and leave the opening for Austin Jackson – maybe Tabata in right?

    I’m on board – we need a RH bat.

    We can trade Melky – I love the kid, but…

  141. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    I love , love Austin Jackson people have compared him to Tori Hunter meets Curtia Granderson, I was at one of the few advanced Aball games he played , this guy tracked a ball from CF took a b line straight to the right center gap and made a diving stab I swear would be a web gem top 10 play. Some people chanted Action as he got up. :D

  142. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Mattingly is not going to Texas. He will be with Torre in LA.

    Jaramillio either ends up with the Mets or stays in Texas.

    If he goes to the Mets, get ready for the “Arod will follow Jaramillo” rumors to start.

    As if Arod is going to any team because of its coach or manager.

    Arod will go to the team that offers him the most money. Period. That’s how its always been and it ain’t changin’ now.

  143. nate c. October 31st, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    “I don’t give a s— about how the decisions I’m making might impact me,” he said yesterday. “Just how those decisions impact the New York Yankees. I’m not here to keep my job. I’m not here to save my job. I’m here to do my job.”
    -Brian Cashman

    i love cash. i trust him 100% right now to get things done this winter

  144. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Austin Jackson may be the reason the Yankees look to sign Hunter or Rowand and move Melky this off-season.

    He’s coming on so quickly (and his upside is much higher than Melky’s), the Yankees may feel they would be able to sign Hunter or Rowand to play CF for a couple of years and move Melky to fill needs at first or third base.

    If Jackson keeps progessing at this rate, he’s liable to be in the lineup when the new Yankee Stadium opens in 2009.

    Either way it goes, its nice to have homegrown options. Makes it a lot easier to reload your team.

  145. EFl October 31st, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Drew,
    that Laser Removal product is a PAID announcement. Peter has to eat too.

  146. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    nate C. give me a link w/ those comments. I’ve never heard Cash talk like that :)

  147. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    SJ44, try midseason 08′ that’s how good Jackson is, batting wise he reminds me of Soriano meets Wells in his stance

  148. nate c. October 31st, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    neither have i! it’s from lupica’s article in the daily news today:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo....._bron.html

  149. Ike October 31st, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    MiGames. great GOB reference

  150. Jay October 31st, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    The Yankees should trade Kei Igawa and cash for Kevin Kouzmanoff of San Diego to play 3rd base. The Padres were very interested in Igawa at the trade deadline, and now with the 3rd base open, this trade makes sense. I think Kouzmanoff could be a younger version of Scott Brosious during his Yankee years. It would be a perfect fit.

  151. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Kouzmanoff has OF in his future not 3B :(

    P.S. Austin Jackson fans or curious ones

    he leads the Hawaii Winter league in Runs,RBI, 3B, Total bases & don’t quote but is batting .478 w/ RISP

    he adapted to a new league in less than 20 games :D

  152. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    I’m not a Kouzmanoff fan at all. He can’t play third base. He’s too big and not very athletic. His hands are really bad. Big reason why the Indians traded him.

    I like Chase Headley (who’s in AAA) a lot more than Kouzmanoff.

    I know the Yankees inquired about Kouzmanoff last off-season. But, that was to play first base. I don’t know how they see him as a third baseman.

    If they are going to move Igawa to SD, I’d love for them to pry Headley away from him. He’s the better prospect.

  153. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    the padres wll definitely want more then Igawa…..

    Kouzmanoff is a legit pretty good player…

    they would want Igawa and at least 1 if not 2 prospects….Or Igawa and Melky……..

  154. gayle October 31st, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Anyone see thsi quote from Andy Pettite yesterday. I believe he is a man of his word and will be VERY upset if he plays for another team

    “The New York Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option,” Pettitte said in a story posted on Houston television station KRIV’s Web site. “It probably wouldn’t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”

  155. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    So which is it, and why?

    Rowand or Hunter?

    My guess is Hunter would be easier to get for 3 years, as Rowand would demand a 5 year deal, as he is younger, I guess…and all of this would depend on knowing in advance that we can move Melky for something of value.

    Cano is going to need a new best friend.

  156. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Mike Myers become free agent after ChiSox decline options

    someone going to LA?

  157. mel October 31st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Action Jackson’s rankings in winter ball (where 6 homeruns tops the HR list).

    RBI (1st)
    Stolen Bases (3rd)
    Extra Base Hits (tied for 1st)
    Runs Scored (1st)
    Triples (1st)

    He’s hitting .289. Don’t count on Suttle at third anytime soon, he’s hitting $1.09

  158. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    I think Hunter gets a 5 yr offer from the Rangers, his hometown team.

    Rowand will also get a 4 or 5 year offer. He’s younger than Hunter. He won’t get as much money but, he will get the years.

    There is a real shortage of RH bats (especially power bats) in baseball. That means these guys are going to get more money than folks realize.

    I like Rowand a little more (which is hard for me to say because Torii Hunter is one of the all-time great guys in the game) simply because of $$$$. I’m not sure Torii is an 18 million dollar a year player and that’s what Texas is rumored to be ready to offer him.

    Rowand is a guy you can bat 5th or 6th in the order and he can give you some very solid work in CF.

    As I said earlier though, all this is price related. If Rowands numbers start hitting the 14-15 million a year mark, I’d pass on him too.

  159. whoa October 31st, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    What about the other Journal News blogs (Knicks, Rangers)? They all have server issues.

  160. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    SJ44 –

    OK. Then if the FO plans are to move one of these young guys to CF for, let’s say, ’09, then would a 1 year stopgap guy like Andruw Jones make sense for ’08?

    If we’re going to move Melky, I would think now is the time, considering our needs, and the fact that he could not have as good an offensive year next year.

  161. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    whoa, Knicks don’t deserve a server

  162. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll comment on my own post – no way I entertain A. Jones.

  163. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I wouldn’t touch Andruw Jones. First off, he’s a Boras client and I don’t think Scott will agree to a one year deal with him.

    Second, although he’s young, he’s on the decline. He has weight issues, his play (offensively and defensively) has decline rapidly, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he was in the Mitchell Report.

    Don’t want him anywhere near the Yankees.

    Hunter and Rowand are not only quality players, they are quality people. That matters when building a championship team.

    For those reasons, I’d pass on Jones.

  164. Russ October 31st, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Did you see Boras on espn? He says that Arod’s reputation as a post-season bust is unfair – that we should check the stats. Screw the stats, Boras, open your freakin eyes.

  165. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    mel more in-depth details, Action Jackson is now hitting .310 with 15 XBH (8 doubles, 4 triples, 3 HRs) in 87 ABs. He has a .408 OBP and a .598 SLG.

    Action has a 6-game extra base hit streak and is batting .462, 12-26 with 2 HRs, 2 triples, and 4 doubles in those six games.

    Action’s last 4 games he is 10-18 (.556) with 2 triples and 2 doubles. in each of his last two games he has three hits and two extra base hits

  166. yankee21 October 31st, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Regarding Miguel/Melky,,

    Miguel played well for Joe G,and you’d think that he would thrive in playing for his former skipper in meaningful games.

    If the Yankees can land Miguel for 3B, they can always teach him 1B and switch him if he grows out beyond reason. Other than Arod, Manny and Puljos he is the top RH stick in the game, and one who has a flare to perform when needed.

    I’d offer Melky/Horne/Clippard or Desalvo for Miguel. The marlins get a solid 2-3 starter, a potential #4 starter and a starting CF for years to come.

    If you can swing that deal, I offer Rowand an overpriced 3 year term and see where the chips fall.

  167. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Russ, Bor-Rrrrrrat is an @$$h—–

  168. yankee21 October 31st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    In my last post, before anyone jumps on me for being ridiculous, I meant to say (regarding Horne) a potential solid #2,#3 starter.

  169. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    yankee21 –

    No way the Marlins take that package. If you say he’s a top 3 RH bat, then the Fish would demand a #1 starter type in return.

    Any discussion for Miguel Cabrera must include Hughes, I’m afraid, and not IPK.

    I’m not prepared to trade Hughes. I want to take my kids to watch him pitching in playoff games in 2010 in the new park – I love that kid.

  170. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    I see Horne being traded in a deal or two, but only because I think George Kontos has better potential.

  171. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    That’s not even close to the package needed to land Cabrera.

    You have to realize, other teams in baseball would offer the Marlins more than that and would end up landing Cabrera.

    Its going to take Hughes, Cabrera and another arm (the Marlins always like pitching back in return) before you even get in the game for Cabrera.

    Miguel Cabrera is one of the three best RH hitters in the game. If the Marlins deal him, its going to take a lot to get him.

  172. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Alan Horne is a better prospect than George Kontos. Throws harder, better command, and could also be put in the bullpen.

    Kontos is strictly a starting pitcher at the next level.

  173. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    I have a simple question for everyone:

    Did Arod opt out because he doesnt want to play in NY?

    My initial thought was that he preferred NY, but he felt he deserved to test free agency. Now I get the sense that Boras is doing some back-pedalling, and that maybe Alex feels that his agent screwed his intentions a bit.

    What does everyoen else think?

  174. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    The Braves and Nationals have also been mentioned as suitors for Torii Hunter. The Braves could use him to replace Andruw and give them another right-handed bat. The Nationals just need players, no matter who they are!

  175. yankee21 October 31st, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    SJ,,,

    Ok, that is my first pass at plucking away Miggy,,

    Second volley, (Horne is now off the table0: Ian, Clippard, Miranda, and (1) of the two Arod compensation draft picks.

  176. PBL October 31st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Outfield should be
    LF/DH – Damon/Matsui
    CF – Melky
    RF – Abreu
    next year. If Jackson develops that is great, but I wouldn’t trade Melky and count on it. We know predicting how players develop is really tough. I wouldn’t sign any of the OF’s out there, we already have too many aging OF’s and excercising Abreu’s 1 year option gives us a lot of flexibility next year if Jackson, Tabata, or Sardinha develops.

    I like the idea of making a trade for someone like Chone Figgins to play 3B. Not an all star but a solid player who would fit into a deep lineup.

    Also, it’s probably not feasible, but if we resign Jorge, I’d like to see him playing 1B more next year, given our glut at DH and lack of options at 1B.

    Also, think we should look into the Japanese middle relievers and other middle relievers out there (such as linebrink). Bolstering our bullpen will help our team a lot more than supplementing an already strong offense.

  177. 56Bomber October 31st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    I’d prefer to use Melky as part of a deal to get Santana. The Twins need CF help now that Hunter is a FA. And I would think that Wang, Melky, and a 2nd tier prospect would be close to getting us Santana (as long as it includes an extension). Then we make an 4-5 year offer to Rowand.

    Seattle also expressed interest in Igawa and they seem to want to get rid of Beltre as part of a salary dump – there might be some synergies there. Otherwise I not against giving Betemit a shot… he did have 50 RBIs in less than 250 ABs in 2007.

  178. Steve Howe You Doin October 31st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    yanke21 –

    Nope – I see a #3 starter in there, and that’s it.

    The Marlins are a MLB team, folks, regardless of how few butts they put in their seats. They will want MLB-ready players to fit in and help out…

  179. Pepper Brooks October 31st, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Thank God for boring conference calls…Beginning to think the consultants we hired went to the Scott Boras school of powerpoint presentations…

    Anyway, just read on MLB Rumors.com that the Angels are speaking to ARod. Curious, does his impact help the Angels or hurt them? Consider not just the on field production but as Boston claims, disruption to the club house chemistry. Can’t see ARod fitting in with gritty players who do more than just swing the bat.

    Thoughts?

  180. jennifer- congrats JOE G October 31st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Are we on the new server?

  181. CGramazio October 31st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I believe it would be a mistake to get rid of Melky, especially if this Austin Jackson kid is on the rise.

    Melky’s young and versatile in the outfield and could easily be slotted over to right when Abreu is gone.

    If they decide to pass on Abreu now, they could consider moving Melky now and picking up Rowand (albeit only if he doesn’t command a fortune). Looking to the future you could have Melky, Rowand and Jackson in the outfield.

    There are a lot of possiblities to be considered, but dumping Melky shouldn’t be one of them.

  182. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Arod opted out because Boras told him he could get a deal for more money than the Yankees were offering.

    All the other crap Boras is spewing (“We don’t know the direction the Yankees are going”) is a bunch of nonsense.

    He knows the Yankees will ALWAYS spend to be competitive.

    Its about the money. Its always about the money. When somebody tells you it isn’t about the money, don’t believe them. Its ALWAYS about the money.

    He has a better offer (or offers) in his pocket and that’s where they will end up.

    Funny thing is, this didn’t take the Yankees by surprise. Since the spring, most of the people associated with the Yankees always felt he would opt out.

    I think some thought he would get “sentimental”. However, the hard core baseball people with the Yankees always felt he would be gone after the season.

    That leads me to believe they have gone over numerous contingency plans around Arod’s departure. Now, we get to see which one they choose this off-season.

  183. YankeeRican in FL October 31st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Wow…lots of Orlando people here! I live 2 miles from UCF…and hang at a Red Sox bar as one of the only Yankee fans.

    When they won in ’04, I almost had to walk into the bar buck naked after losing a bet!

  184. PBL October 31st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    do not want Miggy. We’d have to pay a lot for him and not only is he fattening but our offense is outstanding without him, it is our defense and pitching we need to focus on improving and Miggy helps neither. We have seen a lot of superstar players struggle adjusting to New York which is another risk with Miggy. I don’t like the idea of trying to buy the centerpieces of our team.

  185. hmmm October 31st, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    “I wouldn’t touch Andruw Jones. First off, he’s a Boras client and I don’t think Scott will agree to a one year deal with him.”

    SJ, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Boras to agree to a 1 year deal so his client can re-establish his market value before going for the big contract NEXT off-season.

    he did it with Millwood when he was on the Indians for a year, and it worked perfectly.

    i’m not saying this will happen, or is even very likely, but i’m saying it’s not impossible.

  186. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    You can’t deal draft picks in baseball. So, scratch any deals involving draft picks.

    Reality is, to get Miguel Cabrera, you better be willing to part with either Hughes or Joba. If not, no deal.

    The Marlins don’t need #3 pitchers and organizational arms. If they deal Cabrera, they need a third baseman (which the Yankees don’t have), a CF, and one or two good arms.

    Look at the Mark Teixiera deal. For a player not as good as Cabrera, the Braves gave up THREE of their top 8 prospects.

    That gives you a guideline of what it would take to get Cabrera.

  187. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Pitchers are different hmmmm. Its much easier to do it with pitchers than to do it with an everyday player.

    Especially if that everyday player has baggage. Jones (if the rumors are true) may have some serious baggage.

    Should that be the case, I think Boras is going to push hard to get him more than a one year deal.

  188. S.o.S.27 October 31st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    As I stated yesterday.
    I would not pick up the option on abreu. Use the money for Rowand. If Melky stays move him to right. If he goes get Jones for one year. By then Austin Jackson will be ready to take over.

    Trade Damon or Matsui for Beltre. Close on salary and use Melky and Kennedy plus a minor leaguer to land Carbrera for first base. That would more than make up for the loss of FRAUD.

  189. Jay October 31st, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    SJ44-

    “I’m not a Kouzmanoff fan at all. He can’t play third base. He’s too big and not very athletic. His hands are really bad. Big reason why the Indians traded him…”

    There’s much talk about a trade for Miguel Cabrera (FL) or Adrian Beltre (SEA) for Hughes or IPK plus Melky and other prospects. Now these players are good hitters, but have you checked their defense stats? Not much better than Kousmanoff, and it would only cost the Yankees Igawa (who probably they won’t use in 08), and a couple of other minor prospects.

    I just don’t think it is a good idea to trade those young pitchers for expensive players making a ton of money with big egos. It is piching that wins games!

    The Yankees won those championships in the late 90′s with good starting pitching and bullpen. Not one in their starting lineup hit more than 30 hrs.

  190. stuart October 31st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Pepper Brooks… I live in LA….if the angels sign Arod then they will be lose money.. a article in the LA times today said if he signed the angels would go from making about 10 or 15 mill per yr to being negative at least $10 mill. per yr..

    Vlad makes $12 mill a yr. arod at $30, ouch…Vlad is a GREAT PLAYER…..

    addition by subtraction I am starting to believe in that in many instances.. look at the football giants, no tiki, no big signings in the of season, better team….
    seattle the yr. after Arod, etc… Arod again is a great player but a bad GUY….He is hated in many circles, why????

    The red sux fans respect Jeter, boo him of course but they respect him..

    Arod is a cancer, when is he speaking thru the media???????

    He is a jerk and I am amazed that some people cannot see it….

  191. PBL October 31st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t understand people who want to deal Wang + Melky for Santana, Wang has not been that far behind Santana that it’s worth giving up Melky for an extra year of Santana vs. 3 years with Wang at a low price. The play for Santana or Bedard is to go after them as free agents in 2008.

    Also, I don’t know why people are so obsessed with signing aging outfielders to multi-year deals, haven’t we done that enough times with Sheffield, Damon, et al. Especially when we have a young outfielder who is outstanding defensively and decent at the plate, with the potential to develop into an above average hitter, and three young ofs who could merit starting positions in the next 2-3 years coming up. Abreu for 1 year makes much more sense than signing Rowand, Hunter, or Andruw to multi-year deals. Andruw for 1 year doesn’t make sense, because it still leaves us with too many Ofs.

  192. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Why would we overpay for Rowand or Hunter and move Melky, then shift Hunter/Rowand to left or right once Jackson is ready? Why would we not instead keep Melky (much much younger AND cheaper) and shift him to left or right (with that great arm) when Jackson’s ready?

    I’m not saying Melky = Rowand/Hunter, but he did a hell of a job last year out there and his bat is getting better. Not sure where the “he can’t have as good a year next year” comes from. He’s still very young and learning.

    Are people actually suggesting he’s reached his potential at the age of what, 22?? Seems to me, people said that about Cano when he was slumping this year too, quickly proven incorrect later in the year.

  193. Migames October 31st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    this is going to be a long winter, we are already talking about the same things over and over. WHen do catchers and pitchers report?

  194. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Anyone want to see how Bor-RRRRRat is also getting into Carlos Pena’s head ?

  195. trish October 31st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Latham Joe
    I had work to do so a late response to your comment:
    The Yankee ego I was referring to hasn’t come from Cashman. I get that he doesn’t want to be used by Boras to drive up the price. He said we won’t sign A-Rod if he opts out. That’s fine. His statement thanking A-Rod and wishing him and family good luck was heartfelt. Where the ego came in was when Hank Steinbrenner started blustering about if he doesn’t want to be a Yankee we don’t want him, and all the coments that followed. That was all about ego and had nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. To me, worse than that, it was pandering to a fan base and only served to inflame a situation and detract from moving on.

    Athletes character flaws are not my concern. I manage a group of people and lots of them I would never choose to be friends with but they are good at their jobs. I deal with craziness when I have to, am cordial and always have their backs. That’s all that I require of the members of my team who don’t make millions so I wouldn’t think it should be that tough for guys who do.

    The Yankees have been talking fiscal responsibility for a few years now but what is fiscally responsible for the Yankees is not black and white. It carries all kinds of shades of grey. Paying a 44 year old pitcher $18 million dollars for 5 or 6 wins would seem crazy to some teams but it wasn’t to the Yankees. The Yankees seem to be saying that $21 million dollars spread over the length of an 8 year contract is a deal breaker and that’s what I don’t agree with.

  196. S.o.S.27 October 31st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Last night i was hearing all this arod to l.a. talk and started thinking. Does fraud have the guts to play for a team that would have to face us or boston? I dont think so. He was a coward with his contract negotioations and was a coward through out his stay. Crying about how he gets treated and worried about what people think. My guess is he will go to a national league team where he could start a fresh fan base and not have to hear the tougher fans from new york and boston through out the year. Just my opinion.

    As bad as he burned the bridge, sensitive rod would have to go on the Boras protection program(n.l.)

  197. sunny615 October 31st, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    ChrisNY – I think the people are referring to the fact that Melky is a tradeable centerpiece to any deal and is replaceable with other players for the short term until Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata makes their eventual appearances.

  198. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    S.o.S., trust me you don’t want to see him in the AL

  199. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Matsui has a no trade so, he not going anywhere.

    I wouldn’t trade Johnny Damon for Adrian Beltre.

    Who leads off if you trade Damon? Melky, as we have seen, is not a leadoff hitter.

  200. S.o.S.27 October 31st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    SJ44,
    Jeter had better numbers leading off the year they signed Damon. I say put him back at the leadoff spot.

  201. LathamJoe October 31st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I would agree that Hunter and/or Rowand would be nice for the current Yankee Team – but only at a fiscally reasonable agreement. That would also mean not excercising Abreu’s option @ $16 Mil and using Melky in RF.
    There are reports that Rowand is seeking 6 years/$84 Mil. I doubt if there is a team dumb enough to meet those demands.
    He is a decent hitter, fine outfielder, but last year was his career year and he should return to his career numbers with any move to A.L. Hunter would be a good investment at 3 yrs/$15. Mil per yr or 4 years/$14 Mil – but as others have said – he’ll likely be offered 5 years from other organizations. Maybe an “incentive based contract” similar to what Torre was offered?

    I would hope the Yankees gamble and wait that Miguel Cabrera makes it to Free agency in 2009, use Betemit and/or other low cost options for 2008.

  202. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I have no desire to deal any of the following:

    Hughes
    Joba
    Kennedy
    Horne
    Melky

    It amazes me how quickly people jumped off the Hughes bandwagon and on the Joba bandwagon and now act like Hughes is the second coming of joe nobody.

    Am I the only one who watched Hughes, when he finally regained his form towards the end of the season, dominate for his last couple starts and pitch VERY well in relief in the playoffs?

    does no-one else see that curve ball fall off the earth right before the plate?

    Hughes and Joba are untouchable in my mind. I don’t care if Jeter himself were to leave.

    We have the chance to have 3 (4 if Horne is what people say he is) very young, very good starters grow into superstars in front of our eyes. If that doesn’t lead to championships, nothing will. If anyone thinks it’s worth throwing that away for one 3B who’s getting fatter by the minute, I say you’re crazy.

  203. sunny615 October 31st, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t believe Betemit will be an option. There are better options than Betemit. He’s a solid utility guy and should stay in that role.

  204. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Jeter hitting leadoff a couple of times is not the same as Damon. Its an apples and oranges comparison. Its not his natural spot in the order. Especially, at this stage of his career.

    Damon is a better leadoff hitter than Jeter. Jeter is a natural #2 hitter. Why move him from that spot and weaken yourself in two areas?

    Just not a move I would make. I think you put guys in the best positions to win games. To me, that’s Damon leading off with Jeter batting second.

  205. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    The biggest problem with using Jeter as a leadoff hitter is that he strikes out too much to be a leadoff hitter. He seems to get more vulnerable to swinging at pitches out of the zone as he gets older. That’s not a criticism on my part, just something that happens to many players when they get older.

  206. SJ44 October 31st, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    sunny,

    All this Betemit at third talk, reminds me of Cashman telling everybody that Bubba Crosby is going to be in CF in 2006.

    I don’t think there any way Wilson Betemit is the Opening Day third baseman. He has a better shot (especially if he doesn’t lose some serious weight) of being on the bench than he does at third base.

  207. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Chris, there is no doubting them but it’s crazy to think they all average 15 wins. This will be thier first full season

  208. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    I agree with SJ re: Jeter batting second, damon first.. Jeter can hit anywhere in the lineup, has been said and proven many times. But just because he can do something effectively, does not mean that he should be in that spot.

    He’s most productive in the 2-hole and has had almost all of his success there. Not to mention the effect it has on the rest of the lineup. If he’s leading off, who’s the 2 hitter, 3, etc…? Him hitting second is what has always worked best for him AND the team.

  209. Brandon (I want Arod back) October 31st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    J-Dawg, and he led the AL in hit into DPs

  210. S.o.S.27 October 31st, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    If you keep Damon(which i dont have a problem with),you have to get rid of Giambi(ntc)or Matsui(ntc). Damon made it clear last year that he wasnt happy shring duties with anyone. So someone has to go. In a perfect world we eat some of Giambi’s contract and move him. Have Matsui d.h. and Damon in left. As far as Beltre, they want a salary dump so we really dont need to give them much, if we are willing to take on the contract.

  211. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Agreed Brandon, but they seem at least worthy of keeping to find out… I think Hughes and Joba will BOTH be #1 starters and I would much prefer to have them both on our team. My main point is people seem a lot more comfortable with the idea of trading Hughes now than earlier in the year when it was he that no-one wanted being traded. What I’m saying is that to me at least, he showed enough to remain untouchable, and more importantly, I think the same holds true for Cashman’s thinking.

  212. J-Dawg October 31st, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Chris NY- I agree that Hughes doesn’t need to be traded. He really came along the last month and in Game 3 when he was getting his rhythm back. He is going to be fully healthy this year and can definitely deliver on his promise. When you see him on the mound he looks like he belongs there. He’s not a guy who unravels when he gives up a couple of baserunners. He settles down and keeps his composure. No manager or coach can teach that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hughes is a Yankee for a LONG time. Hopefully, that’s the case!

  213. sunny615 October 31st, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Couldn’t agree more SJ44… talk about horrible flashbacks… thank god that never happened…

  214. LathamJoe October 31st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Trish:

    Let’s put personalities and egos aside.

    Let’s say you own the organization you are now managing. One of your employees faxes in a two-week advance notice that he/she is leaving your company because of salary differences.
    You react by personally calling the employee to express your interest in retaining him/her at an attractive pay increase.
    The employee doesn’t return your call.

    Would your impression be that the employee is not interested
    in working for your organization? No?

  215. yankee21 October 31st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Outside of Jeter, Damon is the Yankees’ only lead-off hitter. And outside of Jeter, I’m not sure if the Yankees have anyone who can be a passable #2, perhaps M-vich??.

    A thought,, would anyone be against taking Paul LoDuca if PO leaves? PD is a Capable #2 hitter, allowing Jeter to potentially bat #3 or #1 if they trade Damon. A fiery competitor, a guy who doesn’t like to lose and a guy that seems to be pretty respected in the clubhouse.

  216. Pepper Brooks October 31st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    stuart… read that article. That is where the post came from…Can’t imagine someone like Moreno giving up a positive 10-15 mil to losing 10-15 mil even if it is only for a few years. A loss is a loss and should always be avoided.

  217. sunny615 October 31st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    If anyone has a clue as to how the rotation will work next year, please elaborate…

    If things stand pat – the 2008 rotation looks like this:
    Wang
    Pettitte
    Hughes
    Chamberlain
    Moose
    (possibly Kennedy as a 6th)

    My confusion comes from the fact that both Hughes and Joba pitched 114 innings last year (IPK threw 165). I understand that we won’t need a 5th until June, but that’s still a very tight leash for a whole season for 2 starting pitchers. Cash adheres to the 30+ per year standard which means Hughes and Joba will probably max out at 150 in 08. (I think it’s reasonable to assume he throws that out the window in the playoffs if we make it)… Is Kennedy rotated in and out to keep arms fresh? Do they remove them early during blow out games (winning or losing), Will there be the Rookie Rules in place? Thanks!

  218. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    I do not like Paul LoDuca. Seems like a prick. Might just be because he’s on the Mets, but I don’t like the guy. I think there’s another reason I don’t remember, but I don’t want any Met’s cast-off on our team.

  219. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    a very good question Sunny…… My guess is if they’re starting in the bigs, the innings limits are out the window. But last year didn’t go as planned at least with Hughes building up more innings, so it will be interesting to see how they approach it.

  220. LathamJoe October 31st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    SJ44:
    I agree that Jeter, at this career stage, is best as the No. 2 hitter.

    I don’t agree that Betemit is not a viable option at 3B.
    Granted, he must lose the weight. He has a very good glove, good hands and has potential to hit 25-28 HRs & bat .270. He is still only 27 years old.

    The Yankee Front Office has been interested in Betemit for 3 years now. One of the incentives for acquiring him was as a possible 3B option should ARod opt out. Perhaps with the fine instructors in the Yankee organizationa he can become a reasonable option. It will all rest with Betemit and his attitide, desire and commitment. He has the talent.

  221. yankee21 October 31st, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t avoid a trade because someone is/isn’t on a certain team. The merit of making a trade is weighing the value a player brings to what I have to give up.

    PD is a shot in the dark. A what if, a thought, that’s all. I don’t view him as a prick. I view him as a player, and potentially a piece.

    The problem with the Yankees the last few years is their unwillingness to display any kind of fire/passion or in your face competitiveness like most teams do. If LO is confused with being a ‘prick’ as you say, then so be it, as long as he isn’t a prick to his fellow team-mates or the fan base in general (impacting ticket sales).

    I don’t have a problem with half the mets players. I like some of their guys, notably Alou, Chavez, Gomez and Wright. I do have a problem with some mets fans, but that doesn’t hang me up on trade talks.

  222. S.o.S.27 October 31st, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    I say sign Loduca, resign fraud and have a pay per view fight in the locker room. Finish what they started last year.

    Im for paul if we lose jorge. He is firy and has a above avg. bat for a catcher.

  223. trish October 31st, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    If that was the situation and it was an employee who brought value to my company, I would think I had 14 days to change their mind. I would start interviewing replacements to not leave myself short but I wouldn’t tell them if I don’t hear back from you by noon tomorrow, clean out your desk today and we’ll mail you your final check.

    I’m not a big fan of ultimatums. Nobody ever seems to win when they are issued.

  224. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    yankee21, don’t get me wrong, I’d take Wright, Reyes, etc in a heartbeat.

    I just don’t like LoDuca. If he’s half the prick he seems like, he wouldn’t be good for the team. There is merrit to personality and effect on the clubhouse, and I’m not sure his ability outweighs the negative impact. I’m also not at all sure he’s really a prick at all.

    I wouldn’t throw away my Yankee gear or anything if we signed him. I’d give him a shot just like anyone else….

    That said, I want Posada back regardless.

  225. Lefrak Stomper October 31st, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Even though he has balked initially at the move, Cano to third makes perfect sense. He played 3rd in the minors, as he has matured physically he’s power numbers have grown, isn’t it possible/likely that 19 homers last year might increase 5-10 this year. or that 97 rbi.s might rise 10-20? If, and not a wild-eyed if, those things happen then you have Lowell like numbers. Cano has expressed some doubts but, strange concept here, it’s about what’s best for the TEAM! Cano cajoled over to third means we need a slick fielding second sacker, unclear who that might be, but get the best glove around, if our mission is to be more pitching-defense oriented. Duncan may, and this most likely IS wild-eyed, hit 20 homers in 400 ab.s and Minky can start some games, and finish most games, for defense. Phillips is an asset, if I’m not incorrect, he can play first, second and third. Getting Lowell would weaken the Sox perhaps, but these ploys usually backfire (Hello Damon!). I think he’s got 2-3 good years left but not a better upside than Cano at third. Melky likewise is an asset, strong and getting stronger defensively, improving plate discipline, not a power threat true, but an excellent defensive CF with .290-300 potential, why are we always lusting after other teams stars? That mind-set I hope is history….

  226. Chris NY October 31st, 2007 at 3:09 pm

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