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Have glove, will travel

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 02, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is a team of free agents you can have right now:

1B: Mike Sweeney
2B: Jorge Cantu
SS: Royce Clayton
3B: Morgan Ensberg
DH: Mike Piazza
C: Johnny Estrada
LF: Barry Bonds
CF: Mike Cameron
RF: Shawn Green
SP: Kris Benson
SP: Bartolo Colon
SP: Jon Lieber
SP: Freddy Garcia
SP: Livan Hernandez
RP: Octavio Dotel
RP: Shawn Chacon
RP: Jeremy Affeldt

I figure this team finishes no worse than third in the NL Central. There are still some decent names out there. Doesn’t mean they’re still decent players, however.

Others of note: Roger Clemens, Kyle Lohse, Mike Maroth, Eric Milton, Jeff Weaver, David Wells, Mike Myers, Armando Benitez, Akinori Otsuka, Kenny Lofton, Sammy Sosa, Trot Nixon, Shea Hillenbrand, Preston Wilson.

Just wondering, but why wouldn’t the Yankees take a shot at Affeldt?

 
 

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150 Responses to “Have glove, will travel”

  1. fire isiah January 2nd, 2008 at 11:49 am

    can you imagine farnsworth and affeldt sitting in the bullpen

  2. 51 forever January 2nd, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Just for the record pete, i think the idea of these guest bloggers is terrible. I have taken the pupose of your blog to be informational purposes, as you have access to the team which we dont and are constantly around them. For that, i must say your blog is by the best in the business and i check it 20 times a day, even this time of year.

    However, I see the idea of these guest bloggers as being totally off the basis and away from the true purpose. Other peoples pure opinions? Those mean nothing to me and i feel that this is going to be a complete waste of time. I am especially not looking forward to one girl in particular who shall remain nameless. Lets just say, i see this as a turning point for the blog in a bad way.

    Other than that, hope all is well pete and that the blog gets back on track once the action picks up.

  3. Jack January 2nd, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Invite Chacon back.

  4. Drew January 2nd, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Pete, I’ve read that Affeldt’s agent is calling him a premiere left-hander and is looking for a long term deal.

  5. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Drew is correct. the rumor was that Affeldt was seeking a 4-5 year deal. which is just silly.

  6. meyanksfan January 2nd, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    He’s horrible, walks too many. I don’t think he brings anything to the table that a minor league would not.

  7. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Anything more than a 1-year deal for any reliever on the market is too much. I would much rather see Britton or Ohlendorf or Edwar take their lumps than have to watch some 3-4 million dollar troll eat sunflower seeds as Mo pitches his 100th relief inning

  8. randyhater January 2nd, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    If he’ll take a one-year deal, I’d bring Chacon back in a heartbeat. He may not be able to break a pane of glass with his fastball, but he’s got good off-speed stuff and a ton of balls. I’d trust him in a big spot over Latroy Hawkins any day.

  9. gianthinker January 2nd, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    A better question is, why wouldnt CashMan look into bringing Dotel back? Keeping him for one year was stupid. He had a recovery of two years and we pay for the first year so he’ll be healthy and then let him leave when he’s healed. That was not smart. I think he’s the best option left and I’d love him in our pen.

  10. Paul V January 2nd, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Do you people forget that Chacon sucked for us? Forgetting about the numbers, he blew some big situations that year. Let him go to some NL team.

  11. Paul V January 2nd, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    He did have one good playoff game, though, I think. Was it against the Angels? But the Yanks dropped him with mutterings about his “work ethic,” as I remember.

  12. Phil January 2nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Both Chacon and Dotel are looking for long-term deals, per their agents.

  13. james January 2nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Dotel signed with the Yankees because they were willing to give him a one year deal whereas all other teams insisted on 2 years. He wanted to be able to leave for a closers job. He was mediocre last year and after giving Hawkins a deal, still having Farnsworth, I don’t won’t any veteran relievers who aren’t going to be top shelf difference makers. We can try different Kids and get mediocrity while working/hoping for greatness. I’m willing to trade some of the young arms, here’s an Idea trade some of them to the Pirates for Damaso Marte and first baseman Steve Pearce.

  14. jay destro January 2nd, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    i offer dotel a 1 year 6m with an option take it or leave it

  15. pat January 2nd, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Pete
    Any news on some of the Yanke free agents they didn’t re-sign like Doug Mientkiewicz or Andy Philips?

    Did the Mitchell Report help in putting a period to the end of Ron Villone’s MLB career?

  16. whatever January 2nd, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Affeldt has never reached his potential and he’s a god worshipping freak.. The guy has trouble throwing strikes and appears nervous in a big game.

    It’s Marte or bust for me.

  17. Real World January 2nd, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Akinori Otsuka is the only reliever on that list that’s worth signing. Therest are JAG’s who don’t offer much more than the arms currently vying for the pen. Plus, most of the FA relievers walk too many batters. We don’t need more of those types, we need less. We want guys who get outs and throw strikes.

    I’d give Freddy Garcia a John Lieber type deal from 2002. A one year deal with an option, and lots of incentives. He’s a proven AL pitcher, and could be a nice midseason addition when he gets healthy.

  18. Bullpen Fanatic January 2nd, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    how about otsuka?

    i know he spent a ton of time on the DL for his elbow and he will be turning 36, but geez look at his career stats (all from the AL, btw)?

    why not take a chance on him? i have more confidence in him than i’ll ever have in farnsworth.

  19. RangerRob January 2nd, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I thought affeldt was a lefty?

  20. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    “I thought affeldt was a lefty?”

    he is. the “RP” means Relief Pitcher.

  21. Evan January 2nd, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Affeldt thinks he deserves a big contract, but I’m sure his price will fall in the coming weeks. They should definitely offer him a 1 or 2 year deal. No longer, but whether it’s for 5 or 6 million dollars or a little more, is anyone going to lose sleep over the extra money, regardless of what you think he’s worth? Marte is just as much of a headache and the Yankees should always choose to give up money instead of prospects.

    But whatever they choose, they absolutely need a lefty out of the bullpen. I know they played well without one in the 2nd half last year, but legitmate contenders can afford important secondary pieces and there’s no reason Girardi should have to roll the dice whenever he needs someone to take on Ortiz in the 7th inning of a close game.

  22. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 2nd, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    It’s not a bad team, it’s just an old team.

    And perhaps a little too much Mitchell. But that’s just Bonds.

  23. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely not, pat. Any team would be willing to sign him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. If he pitches well, there’d be no reason to keep him out of the Majors. Considering he still has some solid outings, he’ll likely latch on with SOMEbody, PED suspicions or not.

    As for Yankee free agents, the only signings I can think of are Vizcaino with the Rockies and TJ Beam with the Pirates. Everyone else is either still a free agent or re-signed with the Yankees.

  24. jeaff January 2nd, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Affeldt is not good, that’s why the Yankees don’t want him. Reliever ERA’s fluctuate all the time since they pitch so few innings every season. Which do you think is the more reliable indicator of his future performance: his pretty good 3.51 ERA in just 59 IP from 2007, or his past 4 seasons where his ERA has been 5.13 and his WHIP has been 1.58 over 282.3 IP.

    And WHIP is a better stat to judge relievers by anyway since ERA is misleading due to inherited runners that score. Affeldt lets way too many baserunners on. Britton is already a much better option than this guy. The yankees have lots of young guys with much more upside than the medicority (at best) that you would get from Affeldt.

  25. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    “I’d give Freddy Garcia a John Lieber type deal from 2002. A one year deal with an option, and lots of incentives. ”

    this is not a bad idea. the problem is that i would bet there will be heavy competition from teams willing to do this that might push the money past the point of being worth it.

    for example, shouldn’t the Mets be trying to do this?

  26. jeaff January 2nd, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I’d stay away from Otsuka. The Yankees would lose their first round draft pick to Texas for signing him. Not worth it.

  27. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    What about Colon?

    Granted, he has been injured quite a bit, but why not attempt to sign him to a incentive laden contract and give him extra time to build up his arm strength.

    That could pay off big time in the second half of next season.

  28. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I was under the impression that Otsuka was non-tendered. Doesn’t that mean that the Yankees wouldn’t lose a pick?

  29. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I wonder if Colon is Type A or B Free Agent.

  30. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Say no to Colon, the most overrated Cy Young winner ever.

  31. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 2nd, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Well, whatever we do, we need to do something about the bullpen

  32. corsari January 2nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Affeldt is a bad idea, even for 1 year. Last year, a career year, lefties hit .250 off him and he walks more than 5 per 9 innings. I’m sure we’ll have a few righties who can post better numbers against lefties than Affeldt can.

  33. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    swo,

    I understand the risk, but he has been pretty darned good whether or not he deserved the Cy Young that year.

    Again, a cheap, incentive laden contract is the kind of risk the Yankees can take if they don’t lose draft picks.

  34. randy l. January 2nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    “I figure this team finishes no worse than third in the NL Central. ”
    the team salary would be about 85 million for these 17. the total 40 man roster would probably be under 100 million. something to think about.

    on another note, does anyone know if the yankees have hired a strength and conditioning coach? maybe not having one is the way to go ,but it’s a wee bit unusual. the indians for example have the guy (tim maxey) who is head of the PBSCCS ( professional baseball strength and conditioning coaches society) as their conditioning coach.
    http://www.pbsccs.com/index.cfm?pid=1

    as far as i know, the yankees have only an assistant coach with only a bachelor’s degree in dan cavalea as their de facto conditioning coach right now.

    it seems like after last spring’s fiasco, with all the hamstrings and marty miller, that getting a world class conditioning coach would be a priority.

  35. Drew January 2nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Colon is so 2003.

  36. Dan Davids January 2nd, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Peter, you got mentioned in a Marketwatch article today with regards to the 60 minutes Clemens piece.

  37. Dan Davids January 2nd, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Duh, here’s the site by the way

    http://www.marketwatch.com/new.....siteid=rss

  38. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 2nd, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Jake

    You want to sign him to pitch bp to Alex?

  39. Jesse January 2nd, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, can this Leyritz situation get any uglier. Driving on a suspended drivers license. Being read out by other bar workers as a common drunk that needed to be led out by police on several occasions.

    Will he do time?

  40. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 2nd, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Leyritz, you stupid, stupid ….

  41. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Haha…no one likes Colon! Oh well.

  42. Mr. GoodKat January 2nd, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Otsuka intrigues me the most off of that list. No mention of Corey Patterson, Pete? I’d also think the Yanks would be wise to take a look at Affeldt, Dotel, Cantu, and Freddy Garcia if the price is right.

  43. TurnTwo January 2nd, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    none of these players are impact-type players. i wouldnt touch any of them.

  44. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    “What about Colon?”

    Are the Yankees all of a sudden short on starters? They currently have six starters, two replacement-level spot starters (Karstens, Rasner), a guy who could be solid if he’d just keep the ball down (Igawa), and at least one more kid who should be MLB ready this season (Horne)

    mid-tier starters are the last thing they should be looking to add. Starters only became a problem last season because the 1 and 3 starters started the year on the DL, and then the 4, 6 and 7 starters had season-ending injuries in May, and then the #8 starter lost three months shortly after that. That seems unlikely to recur, given the bizarre nature of many of the injuries.

  45. Ducky Bent January 2nd, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Why wouldn’t the Yankees take a shot at Affeldt?

    Umm, maybe because he has horrendous control and practically walks as many hitters as he strikes out?

  46. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Also, I think two separate teams have been scared off by Colon’s medicals. And the Rangers let Otsuka go because his elbow looks like a time bomb.

  47. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    “But whatever they choose, they absolutely need a lefty out of the bullpen. I know they played well without one in the 2nd half last year, but legitmate contenders can afford important secondary pieces and there’s no reason Girardi should have to roll the dice whenever he needs someone to take on Ortiz in the 7th inning of a close game.”

    No, they don’t. They had winning records over the Sox the last several years despite Myers never really excelling at this often-cited-as-important aspect of a lefty. Plenty of other pitchers get Ortiz out plenty of times. Just find as many guys as you can that reliably throw strikes and miss bats, regardless of handedness.

  48. Yazman January 2nd, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the link, Dan Davids.

    Jon Friedman’s suggested questions in that article seem more the stuff of sensationalist/yellow journalism than tough investigative reporting.

    If I were interviewing Roger, I would focus much of my interview on why Roger showed such an unusual, powerful allegiance to McNamee from Toronto to NY to Houston. I’d research (prior to the interview) if any other professional athletes have ever worked so hard to keep the same trainer across national borders and time zones. I’d also research if there is anything about McNamee’s non-PED skills that might have earned him such allegience.

    On the other hand, I’d also try to figure out how Clemens never tested positive when folks like Bonds did.

  49. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    “On the other hand, I’d also try to figure out how Clemens never tested positive when folks like Bonds did.”

    he did? when did that happen?

  50. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    i should say, when did Bonds test positive for STEROIDS? he did test positive for amphetamines, but the first failed test for amphetamines does not carry a suspension.

  51. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Yazman, I’m pretty sure Bonds never tested positive for steroids. Everyone is almost 100% sure he took them, but he never actually tested positive, and that’s why everyone still hates him so much: they have no definite proof even though it’s so painfully obvious.

  52. S.o.S.27 January 2nd, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    how about otsuka?

    i know he spent a ton of time on the DL for his elbow and he will be turning 36, but geez look at his career stats (all from the AL, btw)?

    why not take a chance on him? i have more confidence in him than i’ll ever have in farnsworth.

    If I recall the Yankees were trying to trade for him last year before he got hurt. If we dont have to give a draft choice I would go roll the dice on him.

    No on affeldt. Too wild.

    What about Colon?

    Only if he signs to only be Arods pitcher for the homerun derby. Or an ON CALL batting practice pitcher if and when Arod gets in a little bit of a hitting slump.
    Seriously. The guy is injury prone and has been getting roped since winning the cy young.

  53. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 2nd, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    And he never should have won the CY Young that year. Mo should have won.

  54. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    “And he never should have won the CY Young that year. Mo should have won.”

    Mohan Santana?

  55. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I thought Cantu was signed by the Marlins…?

    And the person who said Chris Britton is a better option out of the pen than Affeldt…wow.

    Affeldt’s stuff is 100 times better, he throws mid 90′s, and he is lefty…which is something noticeably missing from the Yankee bullpen.

    I thought the Britton enthusiasts were silenced…

  56. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    89, so what you’re saying is that you’d rather have Affeldt, who had one decent year in the NL West after years of mediocrity, over Britton, who had one decent year (which was also his rookie season) in the AL East?

  57. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 2nd, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Mo Rivera had a great year, that year. He should have won it over Colon. But some writers didn’t think that a reliever should win CY Young. Never mind the fact that Gagme won it.

  58. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Affeldt was once a big-time prospect…

    His talent ceiling and the fact that he is left-handed is much more worth a shot to me than wasting a bullpen spot on Chris Britton when the Yankees already have Hawkins/Farnsworth/etc. all righthanded.

    a deal in the Hawkins range would make sense to me…but I’m a Marte fan and would prefer trading some low-level prospects rather than signing Affeldt to a deal.

    But Britton… I don’t think so.

  59. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    “Mo Rivera had a great year, that year. He should have won it over Colon. ”

    i was making a joke. Mariano was indeed fantastic that year and should have won over Colon.

    i would have voted for Santana over either of them, but that is not to take away from Mariano’s excellent year.

  60. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “89, so what you’re saying is that you’d rather have Affeldt, who had one decent year in the NL West after years of mediocrity, over Britton, who had one decent year (which was also his rookie season) in the AL East?”

    And, also, dominant numbers in the minors since 2005, with good peripherals.

    And, if you drop out 2 or 3 hideous outings in his debut season, his ERA would have been stellar, in addition to his solid peripherals (WHIP 1.17, K:BB around 2.5)

    I’m not sure WHY people are so down on Britton. It can’t be his performance, unless they’re basing it all on one or two terrible outings last season where Torre sat him for literally a week and then threw him to the wolves.

  61. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “I thought the Britton enthusiasts were silenced…”

    why should they be silenced? was he given a chance last year?

    “But Britton… I don’t think so.”

    why not? i’d love to hear the rationale for thinking Britton can’t be a useful part of the Yankee bullpen next year. i am not saying there ISN’T a rationale, but “I don’t think so” doesn’t really qualify.

  62. murphydog January 2nd, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Jesse:

    Will Leyritz do time?

    With a dead mom the result of his driving, he almost certainly will have to, whether he pleads guilty or is convicted after trial. A guilty plea might spare him a maximum sentence (or else why plead?). A conviction after trial puts a judge under a lot of pressure to give Leyritz the maximum time.

    I still haven’t figured out whether or not they got a blood alcohol level reading from him. Last I saw, Leyritz refused to give a breath sample and it looks like he was uncooperative initially in submitting to having his blood drawn. That could hurt the prosecution. There is, however, something called common law intoxication in a DUI case, where a person can be convicted of DUI based solely on the observations of the cops who used Standard Field Sobriety Tests at the scene to assess his reactions and coordination.

    The fact that the victim was ejected from the car might mean she wasn’t wearing her seat belt (against the law in Florida?) and Leyritz’ attorney could argue that her death was not caused by Leyritz’ driving but rather by the fact that she didn’t wear her belt. Had she worn her belt, this would not be vehicular manslaughter as she might have survived had she remained within her car. But I wouldn’t want to bet the farm on that one.

    IMO it looks like jail for Leyritz.

  63. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    “But Britton… I don’t think so.”

    Why? Explain to me why he’s a “waste”? His numbers in his only MLB season were BETTER than any of the overpaid vets you listed. His numbers in the minors last year (including K:BB, K/9, BB/9, WHIP) were all VERY good. Why would he be a waste of a spot?

    Also…who cares about Affeldt’s former ceiling? He’s shown no signs of achieving it. He’s Farnsworth, but lefty. He still walks huge numbers of guys, which has been the pen’s biggest problem for years. How would signing Affeldt help that?

  64. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 2nd, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I read that they drew blood 3 hours after he was detained. Which would be a very inaccurate reading since his body would have had over 3 hours to absorb the alcohol.

  65. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Honestly, I have no idea why people don’t like Britton. He’s pitched extremely well the last 3 seasons and deserves a spot in the bullpen. He can be productive in any MLB bullpen right now, whereas Jeremy Affeldt couldn’t hack it in meaningless games for the KC Royals for the past 6 or so years.

    Say no to Affeldt. I’ll take the soft-tossing defensive lineman, thank you very much.

  66. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Note: “soft-tossing” is a relative term. I’m pretty sure Britton can top 92 mph. I’m mostly just drawing attention to the other flamethrowers in the bullpen, like Mo, Farnsworth, Bruney, and Ohlendorf

  67. B-D-4 trains January 2nd, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Still no lefthander in the bullpen but Damaso Marte should be the No. 1 target and probably is. The Pirates are asking too much from Cashman but he won’t give up on it.
    Affeldt would be the next choice if necessary otherwise it’s Chase Wright and Sean Henn.

  68. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Or we can just have a solid reliever in the bullpen. I’ll take that instead of a crappy reliever who happens to be left-handed.

  69. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    “I’ll take the soft-tossing defensive lineman, thank you very much.”

    This is another weird presumption…that he’s a soft tosser. he’s not. His fastball sits in the low-mid 90′s. 92-93. That’s not Joba, but it’s not like he’s Edwar out there.

    I just read an article from pinstripes plus written in late may of this year that describes him as having plus power on his FB and great control of his curve, which is also very deceptive. I dunno if a poor ST consigned him to Torre’s doghouse or what, but he’s one of those guys who oldjoe just wouldn’t give a shot.

    I really think that he can be the 7th inning guy, no problem, and I’d love to hear reasons that wouldn’t be true.

  70. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Chris Britton is one of the biggest (pun intended) reasons i will not really miss Torre next year.

    if Britton is getting people out, he will pitch. if he isn’t, he won’t.

    imagine that.

  71. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    “Note: “soft-tossing” is a relative term. I’m pretty sure Britton can top 92 mph.”

    Ah :-)

  72. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    “I’m willing to trade some of the young arms, here’s an Idea trade some of them to the Pirates for Damaso Marte and first baseman Steve Pearce.”

    Which young arms and how many?

    Marte’s a legit setup guy and Pearce is young and has very good minor league hitting numbers, though he is VERY short for a 1B. They’d want a good haul for that, and reasonably so.

    Also…they have four good young starters. Are they really looking for more young starters?

  73. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    “Chris Britton is one of the biggest (pun intended) reasons i will not really miss Torre next year.”

    Well…Britton and like situations, I suspect :-)

    If guys aren’t getting a shot because the other pitchers are throwing too well, fine by me. But I’m tired of guys not getting a shot because “we need to get Farnsy going” or “Vizcaino just makes you feel comfortable out there” or whatever — even if it’s his fifth day out of the last six and you’re up by seven runs.

  74. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Wow quite a backlash from the Britton-ites.

    You must realize my main point here is that the Yankees need a lefty out of the bullpen. If they didn’t sign Hawkins, I’d say, sure give Britton some 6th and 7th innings. Personally, I’d prefer Jose Veras to be given those opportunities. Britton has put up great numbers in the minor leagues, but so have a lot of pitchers. For a reliever I’m looking for guys with top notch control, or dominating stuff. Veras throws 97 with a nice curveball…and earned some calls from Torre. I just don’t think Britton brings that much to the table in an already righty-dominated Yankee pen, despite his good minor league numbers.

    Say what you want about Affeldt’s control…but for the right price he’s an intriguing lefty option. Britton’s 90-92mph and frisbee curve isn’t something major league hitters fear. Someone throwing 95 from the left side is a top commodity any way you slice it.

  75. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I actually like the Sean Henn option. Perhaps I’m crazy, but he looked awesome early last year. I susppect he had some arm issues but was like most youngsters and decided to not say anything and try to grit their way thru it. I say go with Sean & trade later if necessary.

    I like the young kids very much. I do not care too much for Girardi as a Manager of those young arms, but perhaps Eiland will keep things in check.

  76. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Is anyone else sick and tired of hearing about Johan Santana? Bill Smith needs to make up his damn mind and either trade the guy or don’t. Retarded BS.

  77. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    89, if you want a lefty with good stuff but poor control, then the Yankees already have that in Sean Henn. No reason to go out and sign somebody who basically has the same repertoire, except is older and has made a career out of getting shelled in the AL.

  78. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    LOL! Good One Jake!

    Bill Smith is a novice put in the enviable task of getting the farm or keeping Johan. I’m betting nothing gets done until June 1 or as a Free Agent. If Boston or NYY start off slow, Johan becomes a trump card of High Value.

    For Twin Fans, they should hope they keep him as long as they can & hope for some dollars to be squeezed from their tight fisted owners hands to resign him for a long term deal.

    Johan, should want the same thing so that he has the leverage of $$$ & choice of Teams.

  79. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Fair enough..

    but I look at 75 games pitched in 2007, many of which were in Colorado (albeit vs. NL lineups)with a 3.50 ERA and 7 appearances in the playoffs with an ERA lower than 2.

    Sean Henn doesn’t exactly have this on his resume.

  80. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    “Someone throwing 95 from the left side is a top commodity any way you slice it.”

    Nope. Not if you know you don’t have to swing at it.

    “For a reliever I’m looking for guys with top notch control,”

    Do you even read what we post? Britton HAS that control. Also, 90-92? Wrong! 92-94. According to scout.com, he has plus speed on his fastball. Not plus-plus like Ohlendorf, but plus all the same.

    “Veras throws 97 with a nice curveball…and earned some calls from Torre. ”

    Nope. he throws 94-95 with a nice curve…and only a middling idea where it’s going. Him, Bruney, Farnsworth…they’re all basically the same guy. Mediocre control of potentially dominating stuff. Affeldt is the same, but from the left.

    They DON’T need a lefty. They need the seven best pitchers they can find. Veras should get time too, but there’s no reason Britton doesn’t deserve a chance to get outs.

  81. Blargh January 2nd, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    This is something that I never learned much about: what is the huge importance of simply being left-handed for pitching? What’s the effect?

  82. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    “but I look at 75 games pitched in 2007, many of which were in Colorado (albeit vs. NL lineups)with a 3.50 ERA and 7 appearances in the playoffs with an ERA lower than 2.”

    I look at the rest of his numbers and realize that that was basically just luck. 59 innings, which matters more than games, and 33 walks…and only 46 Ks. That’s a K:BB of far less than 2. That’s bad. A WHIP of 1.36, which isn’t great. He gave up fewer hits last year, and boosted his groundball tendencies. I bet Tulowitzki and Atkins helped there, and that Jeter would let many more of those balls go through the infield.

    There’s nothing that indicates Affeldt would be a good signing.

  83. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Blargh,

    Maybe the ratio of bada$$ lefty starters versus bada$$ righty starters.

    There always seems to be far more lefties, but I really don’t know.

  84. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I meant to say far FEWER lefties.

  85. Jake January 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    i meant far FEWER lefties.

  86. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    “what is the huge importance of simply being left-handed for pitching? What’s the effect?”

    In general, lefty batters have more trouble hitting lefty pitchers. So, a lefty in the pen can be used to potentially neutralize a good lefty bat in the opposing lineup. In the NL, where more pinch hitting is done, this can also affect the opposing manager’s usage of his bench.

    It’s not clear that a mediocre lefty is more useful than a good righty. Obviously, a good lefty is totally sweet.

  87. S.o.S.27 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    For those who want Henn, you must have misssed his august starts last year. He might as well have thrown underhand to the opposition. Another NO for Henn.

    Veras has control problems just like Bruney.

    This line of we need a lefty is rediculous. Is it really the case of needing a lefty or someone who can get lefties out? Some right handers like Viscaino had better stats vs. lefties than our lefties did. Some want a lefty just so we have a lelfy for Ortiz. Look folks Ortiz is an animal and hit our lefties just as much as righties. To put someone on our roster just to face him is dumb(meyers).

    As someone else stated earlier, we need relievers who throw strikes and get outs. Easier said than done. I think we have youngsters that can do that. And yes, Britton didnt get a fair shot last year. I believe Cash and Torre might have had a problem with his weight. Girardi is a breath of fresh air and we will see more youngsters shining this year and not because of injuries. But because they simply earned playing time.

  88. Yazman January 2nd, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Blargh,

    Batters (and teams) sometimes have very different levels of success facing right handed vs. left handed pitchers. Typically, lefty hitters perform better against righty pitchers, and righty hitters perform better against lefty pitchers.

    For example, in 2007 David Ortiz’s On Base % + Slugging % (OPS) was 852 against lefties, while it was 1170 vs. righties — a HUGE difference. So for this example, all else being equal, it’s better to have a lefty ready to face Ortiz.

    It mostly has to do with pitching angles, and the batter’s ability to see the ball.

    Stadiums also play a role. Yankee Stadium has a deep left field, making it a favorable place for lefty pitchers who might tend to give up deep hits to righty power hitters.

    Hope that helps!

  89. Blargh January 2nd, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Helpful indeed; thanks for the explanations :)

  90. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    “So for this example, all else being equal, it’s better to have a lefty ready to face Ortiz.”

    All else being equal is a lot of wiggle room:-)

    Like…would I rather have a lefty with a 1.36 K:BB and 5 BB/9 ratio or a righty with the same line pitch to Ortiz? The lefty. But, would I rather have a righty with less than 3 BB/9 and a K:BB of 2:1 pitch to Ortiz, or the lefty?

  91. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    “For those who want Henn, you must have misssed his august starts last year. He might as well have thrown underhand to the opposition. Another NO for Henn.”

    Given that he and Affeldt are similar pitchers (lefties with hard stuff and no control), then it’s a no on Affeldt too.

  92. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Henn has great stuff! Yes he struggled last year, but he jumped from spot LH reliever to Long relief and then back & forth from AAA. I believe his arm was shot as well as his confidence. He looked terrific in Spring Training & April. But I believe this former top Pitching prospect could thrive on being the Lefty Specialist. He had Tommy John surgery in 2001/2002 & it takes a couple of years to rebound from that. I believe he had a tired arm and a sense of what have you done for me lately last year in bullpen. He throws mid 90′s and has real potential to better that as a short spot LH specialist.

  93. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Have you all ever seen Chris Britton pitch? I mean good lord… I watched his limited duty last year, and when he pitched for Baltimore. Don’t you think there is a reason the Orioles dumped him to the Yankees for Jaret Wright? Why would Baltimore, a team with an absolutely awful bullpen just give up on this greek God of relief pitching?

    I never said Britton didn’t have control… In fact, I am sure he has great control. But throwing straight fastballs at 93mph is like batting practice. Hawkins has a deceptive delivery and plus velocity (i dont even like this guy, i think he’s a choke, but his signing was a decent deal). I’ve seen Veras hit the upper 90′s, so say what you will about that one. And he has a much better curveball than Britton. He makes hitters miss – I like that.

    While I agree that the onus on left-handed pitchers is sometimes ridiculous, it would certainly be nice to have one in the pen for certain matchups. I am definitely not a proponent of having a lefty just to face Ortiz, if it was up to me…Papi would see no strikes, ever – I’m tired of watching him hurt the Yankees. Put him on the basepaths with his gimpy knees and pray for Ramirez to K.

  94. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    No I did not miss August for Henn! I didn’t even miss some missteps in May. Arm strength is important for a pitcher & Hen has not pitched the length in AAA after his Tommy John surgery in 2002. Again, I believe he prospers as a LH specialist in 2008.

  95. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Veras has a high ceiling as well, since he was injured in 2006 & just really finished recupperating last year. He should be ready in 2008, thus the Viz is gone. I like Britton as well, but he is in a numbers crunch as a RH RP.

  96. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    “Have you all ever seen Chris Britton pitch?”

    Yes, I have. I saw him jump to the majors after 16 games of AA ball at age 23 and pitch very well. I saw him strike out more than twice the number of guys he walked.

    Yes, I saw some bad outings last year, but I discount them because torre sat him for literally a week before throwing him out there. Of COURSE he did poorly.

    Go look at the numbers. Who has the higher K/9 in the minors? Britton or Veras? Oh, but that’s just the minors? Ok…Who has the higher K/9 in the majors? Who has a VASTLY superior K:BB ratio in BOTH the minors and the majors?

    Veras probably wins on pure stuff, but Britton is clearly the better pitcher, despite being younger. The O’s traded him because they’d just signed a horde of expensive relievers and were getting a starter for 3 million dollars in return, which they needed. And, he’s fat so there are lingering concerns about his durability. But, he should at least get a SHOT to show whether he’s durable or not!

  97. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    “I like Britton as well, but he is in a numbers crunch as a RH RP.”

    My point is that he’s had demonstrably better results than some of these other fellows, and the negative view that some seem to have of him confuses me to no end.

  98. Mattpat11 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I think our bullpen walks more than enough people as is without throwing Affeldt in there as well

  99. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    The Orioles “dumped” Chris Britton?

    Revisionist history, anyone? Last I heard, Jaret Wright wasn’t exactly a fan favorite. Or a front office favorite, for that matter. This is the first time I’ve ever heard anybody bash that deal, especially considering the fact that Wright is inches away from retirement due to arm problems.

  100. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Ray, Britton will be given as much of a shot as Bruney, Ohlendorf, Veras, Henn, Albaladejo, and Ramirez. There are going to be as many as three spots in the Majors for those guys, and so far, Britton has the inside track.

  101. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    whozat

    I understand where you are coming from! But don’t compare Veras (Injured & Post Op numbers) with Britton’s. Veras is better. Britton did not get a fair shake because Proctor, Viz, Bruney & Farnsworth were ahead of him. Well, I believe all 3/4 should be gone & Britton moved up as a RHP. But Hawkins, Veras, Bruney, Farnsworth, Ohlendorf & Ramirez are probably ahead of him now. I like Britton over Farns & Rameriz.

  102. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I forgot about Albaladejo & I figure Henn (or some LH replacement) is a shoe-in.

  103. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t dislike Britton as an option.

    I just don’t think he’s a good one, haha.

    Purely on seeing the way he pitches, I don’t see him as more than a mop-up guy who comes in and throws strikes. In important games against Boston, LAA, Detroit…this is not the guy you want. Despite Veras’inferior numbers, I trust Joe Torre’s judgement of using Jose instead of Britton.

    Edwar got the call purely because his change-up is truly a dominant pitch – and if he had a little more control of his 90mph fastball, itd be so much more effective.

    Britton is very mid-level at pretty much everything — not bad, but not exceptionally good at anything in particular.

    Who would you rather have facing Ellsbury, Youkilis, Ortiz, Manny to start an inning… Britton or Affeldt?

    a lefty would be a nice option for playing vs. teams like the Twins (Mauer, Morneau), Cleveland (Hafner and Sizemore), etc.

  104. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    For the sake of my sanity, I’m going to stop responding to all posts involving the “necessity” of left-handers in the bullpen.

  105. S.o.S.27 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Unless Ramirez can get some velocity on his fastball or a third pitch, I would go with Britton or Veras before i go with him. Last year was feast or famine with him. He either struck people out or was hit him hard. Lets hope he is hitting the weights in the offseason and taking some weight gainers so maybe his fastball can finally hit 90.

  106. S.o.S.27 January 2nd, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    swo
    January 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    For the sake of my sanity, I’m going to stop responding to all posts involving the “necessity” of left-handers in the bullpen.

    So what your saying is that it is a necessity. I strongly disagree.lol

  107. Ray January 2nd, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    SWO

    A LH is not a necessity, it is just a nice option. Henn is LH & if he were RH’d he wouldn’t be on the 40 man roster after last year. But because he is LH and is effective against LH batters he is still an option. (Remember Myers last year being on the team?) If he were RH’d he would have been gone 10 yrs ago. There really is something to a LH spot specialist. Last year Henn juggled between spot specialist, long man & spot starter along with periodic trips to the minors. Just a couple of years removed from TJ surgery & being in his mid 20′s probably played on his physche. He looked tremendous in March & April before the misuse/overuse. The whole bullpen was shot from 1 inning starts very early. I don’t think that will happen this year (2008).

  108. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t think it’s a necessity — I think it’s certainly a nice option to have.

    I’m not of the Ron Villone/Mike Myers camp…

  109. Go NYR January 2nd, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Why not take a chance on Otsuka?

  110. Go NYR January 2nd, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Our pen is gonna be pretty different this year. Im thinking Ohlendorf, Veras, Albadalejo and maybe another up and comer like Alan Horne??? Should make things interesting.

  111. deadrody January 2nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Frankly, 89, all we need to know about your ideas is this quote:

    “I trust Joe Torre’s judgement”

    Did you really just post that ? In regards to the bullpen ? Outside of Peter, I didn’t think there was a sole on earth that was unaware that Joe Torre was perhaps the worst bullpen manager in the history of baseball.

    And you trust his judgement ? Right. Thanks for clearing that up. Britton it is.

  112. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Go NYR, maybe Alan Horne in mid-season, but not right away. He has yet to face AAA opposition, and he experienced some control issues (likely due to his wearing down toward the end of the season). He’ll definitely, definitely get a look during Spring Training, but I don’t think he’ll be considered for the bullpen unless he really blows the coaches away with his skill.

  113. cupaJOBA January 2nd, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    what about Sosa? he posted some good numbers in texas and he’s a righty.. could be good off the bench?

    but he just adds to washed up old players.

  114. Fleas (Get Johan Now!) January 2nd, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Man Twins fans are actually suggesting “Hughes,Kennedy and Cano”. What is wrong with them? After that, they suggested… “Hughes, Tabata, Jackson and Cano”. My lord, what is wrong with these people? I’m surprised that they have not asked for “Hughes, Arod, Jeter, Posada, Tabata, Jackson +prospect”. *grins.

    I want Santana still, however I have changed to wanting him on “Yankee Terms”. That means, Hughes is untouchable.

    Still can’t wait to see how the Santana trade pans out.

  115. migames January 2nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “Joe Torre was perhaps the worst bullpen manager in the history of baseball.”

    really? of the history of baseball…really?

  116. Fleas (Save Hughes::Get Johan Now!) January 2nd, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    P.S. Joba belongs in the BP for many reasons.

    1) Has never thrown more than “118 2/3 innings” and that was in 2005
    2) He has proven to be nasty out of the BP, and hitters don’t get to see him as much as if he was a starter, which works to his advantage.
    3) Must groom someone to replace Mo!
    4) Our BP is absolutely horrible (Nothing changed yet: Latroy? Albadalejo?)

    the only reason to put Joba in a starting role is..

    1) He is so dominating, I’d like to see what he can do!

    That doesn’t cut it for me. Joba in the Pen is a “no brainer” unless we get some serious BP help. Trust me, you don’t want what happened with the Rays last year.. where they kept games close thru 5.. then imploded with the help of their awful BP.

  117. Fleas (Save Hughes::Get Johan Now!) January 2nd, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    “Im thinking Ohlendorf, Veras, Albadalejo and maybe another up and comer like Alan Horne??? Should make things interesting.”

    Interesting is an understatement. Don’t forget the question mark of Farnsworth. If that was our main pen (above) our entire BP would be one big question mark. Even Mo who is not a “?” yet.. has the potential to be soon enough.

    Hence my post above.

  118. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Come on, Fleas. Anyone who was brought along with kid gloves the way Joba was could do reasonable well in that kind of role. His only trouble ever came when he had to pitch on back-to-back days, something you have to do on a regular basis if you’re a bona fide reliever.

    Joba has the potential to be an ace, and he has 4 pitches, three of which are already dominant. Why would you put that in the bullpen?

  119. Doreen January 2nd, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    The only reason anyone wants Joba in the bullpen is because the bullpen is the most unsettled part of the team as of now; Joba is at least a known quantity out there. But really, Joba is going to be an ace. He should be starting. The bullpen situation will sort itself out.

  120. 89 January 2nd, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Worst bullpen manager ever? are you serious…

    clearly he has overused guys and that i do not disagree with…

    But I was referencing the fact that I trust a guy who won a few WS championships to choose the right guy in a toss-up between Britton and Veras.

    Torre probably is to blame for switching the greatest closer of all time from starter to reliever… I bet Rivera would have been more valuable as a starter. What a dummy…definitely the worst of all time.

    Joba as a set-up guy is a COMPLETE waste. Guys with his skill and make-up don’t come along every once in a while… if he fails as a starter, fine, he becomes a Jonathan Broxton type — but lets give a rotation spot a try.

  121. randyhater January 2nd, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Agree with Flea.

    Unless a significant arm is added to the pen between now and spring training, Joba should (and will) start ’08 where he ended ’07: in the pen.

    There is no way we go into next season with the same bullpen that we had pre-Joba, with the exception that we’ve replaced the semi-reliable Viz. with the horrible Hawkins. No way.

    As to holding an in-season tryout camp where you run inexperieinced guys out in pressure spots and “see what sticks,” there’s no surer way to put us in a ten-game hole before the season is a month old.

    Even with Joba in the pen, we’re a solid arm short. Without him there’ll be anarchy.

  122. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    “Joba as a set-up guy is a COMPLETE waste. Guys with his skill and make-up don’t come along every once in a while… if he fails as a starter, fine, he becomes a Jonathan Broxton type — but lets give a rotation spot a try.”

    89, I think that’s the first time today that I agree with you, lol……..you really can’t go wrong with that. We may need bullpen help now, but it does the Yanks no good in the long term if they never let him pitch in the rotation, something he has done with great results in his college and professional careers.

  123. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    “There is no way we go into next season with the same bullpen that we had pre-Joba, with the exception that we’ve replaced the semi-reliable Viz. with the horrible Hawkins. No way.”

    career #’s as a reliever:

    Hawkins: 553 IP, 3.35 ERA
    Vizcaino: 485 IP, 4.25 ERA

    but Viz is “semi-reliable” and Hawkins is “horrible”.

  124. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    “The only reason anyone wants Joba in the bullpen is because the bullpen is the most unsettled part of the team as of now”

    bingo.

  125. Matt January 2nd, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    The competition for bullpen spots in spring training is light years ahead of what’s been seen in the last few years.
    Excluding a long reliever and Mariano, five spots will be be up for grabs from among Farnsworth, Hawkins, Albaladejo, Ohlendorf, Veras, Petterson, Ramirez, Britton, Bruney, and a lefthander.

  126. swo January 2nd, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    One more thing:

    I feel like there’s a large number of fans that want Joba in the pen just so we can lord him over the Red Sox. We’ve gotten sick of all the praise for Papelbon, and it seems like a lot of people want it to end. Therefore, they see Joba as the counterweight to all the Papelbon worship. The exact same thing happened when Jacoby Ellsbury got called up: people started clamoring for Brett Gardner to be called up. The difference here, of course, is that Joba IS better than Papelbon.

    Don’t let things like that cloud your judgment, people. Joba has been a great starter in his young career, so we should at least wait and see what he can do in the Majors before relegating him to the bullpen for his career.

  127. BBB January 2nd, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    The Yankees won’t take a shot at Affledt because Krazy Kyle already took a shot at Affeldt. Several shots, in fact.

  128. Yazman January 2nd, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    whozat, I’m with you!

    Of course, you can check a pitcher’s splits to get some idea of who to choose, but questions like this are why GMs and managers make the big bucks :)

  129. Brendon January 2nd, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Anyone else hear the Yu Darvish rumor?

  130. Fleas (Save Hughes::Get Johan Now!) January 2nd, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Brendon,

    Yes. Honestly, I don’t care. If we do another “Dice-k” type move after Igawa I will be calling for Cashman’s head. Especially since that blunder carries a lot of weight when it comes to “Not being able to afford Santana” in *part*.

    Grr.

    If they are going to throw over 50Million at “Yu Darvish” and don’t sign Santana, I would cry foul.

  131. Dave January 2nd, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    All of these guys were good at one point or another but i dont think many if any of them would really help us. I think cash should really start thinking about trading for a really solid bullpen arm to be a setup man because we dont have any one that we can trust with that job until someone like Sanchez, Cox or Horne finally comes up and proves they can do the job. And sanchez and horne can both start and would probably do that over setup mo if any one is injured or not doing well. I dont even know how good Mo will be next yr and outside of him, there is absolutely no one who has proved that can pitch quality relief innings for us.

  132. Doreen January 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Who?

    What setup men are available in trade? Anyone that’s any good is going to be held onto by their current team like they’ve been dipped in gold. It’s only the questionable setup men who become available, or the ones who’ve become too expensive for certain teams to keep. But then they want the world in exchange or in free agency, those guys want multi-year contracts, which more time than not turn out to be constricting.

  133. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    “Especially since that blunder carries a lot of weight when it comes to “Not being able to afford Santana” in *part*.”

    no it doesn’t. saying it does doesn’t make it true.

  134. gianthinker January 2nd, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Igawa was a mistake but it was an inexpensive one.

  135. Em January 2nd, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Wow these guest writers suck…
    gianthinker-
    20 million is not inexpensive.
    For your amusment, Kei Igawa’s official website http://www.k-igawa.com/ (Sorry most of it’s in Japanese)

  136. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 2nd, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    There is a button to see it in English.

    Found his blog.

    2007/11/5 Refreshing; from New York

    When I was in Japan, there was some time before I could take a rest after the season finished. But, here in the United States, finishing the season means all the players are off immediately. I’m just doing light training and giving my arms and shoulders a rest.

    I’m living in New York, but I didn’t have time to go around the city during the season. So, now I enjoy shopping and walking around. I found some refreshing surprises even when I was just looking for daily items and it made me realize that I’m in another country. I was really excited when I saw so many people walking around during Halloween, wearing special costumes. Recently, it has been getting cold and turning to autumn in New York. I will experience extreme cold in winter, but I’m hoping I will gradually get used to it.

    The World Series has finished. I didn’t have a chance to watch it on TV, but as a Japanese national, I’m so glad to see that there have been Japanese players on world champion teams three times in a row. I would like to be on that stage. In order to do it, I will do all that I need to do every moment to improve.

    Someone needs to tell Kei that he shouldn’t be happy that the soxs won!!!

  137. Brendon January 2nd, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    this darvish guy looks solid though….he is 21 years old.

  138. NJ January 2nd, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    If my team was in need of a 2B or 3B, I’d want them to take a chance on Jorge Cantu. That guy has some good power potential.

  139. hmmm January 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    “20 million is not inexpensive.”

    no, it’s not.

    but it’s not keeping the yankees from trading for Santana either.

  140. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 2nd, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I wasn’t able to perform well this season as a member of the Yankees, so I don’t expect many people to speak to me when I’m in town. However, some people gave me encouraging words, even when they weren’t confusing me with Matsui or Wang.

    Those Yankee “fans” should turn in their hats!! How can they confuse Wang or Sui’ with Kei?!!

  141. jandek's ghost January 2nd, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    about the need for a LH reliever: it’s a MUST. no yankees’ WS winner in recent history has not at AT LEAST TWO LH relievers. There is PLENTY of statistical evidence to show that LH batters generally don’t hit LH pitchers nearly as well as they hit righties. Whether we’re talking about David Ortiz or Lyle Overbay standing up there with RISP in the late innings, it is a good thing–a real good thing–to have a reliable lefty to put out there to face him.
    Marte would be a great addition, but the reported price for him as been ridiculous. I’ve not heard anything about any other LH reliever being a yankees’ trade-target this off-season.
    Henn clearly hasn’t shown much except for “good stuff.” even if you’re a LH with a 95mph fastball and a killer slider, you’ve got to be able to throw strikes and not get weak in the knees when the game’s on the line. Can Henn turn things around? I’ve got no idea. Who else is there????????? Chase Wright? Scouts have projected him as a reliever for the past year, even before his big-league debacle. Kei Igawa? Well, he certainly isn’t a starter.
    Jeremy AfflecK? Or is it Casey Affleck? Oh, no. . .I mean Jeremy Affeldt…His only advantage over Sean Henn is that he is a VETERAN bad LH reliever. Is that a good thing?

  142. Pelotero January 2nd, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    No mention of Sean Casey?

    Some team could have really used this guy at 1st last year, no?

  143. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    “But don’t compare Veras (Injured & Post Op numbers) with Britton’s. Veras is better.”

    I wasn’t. I was comparing their career numbers. Britton’s are better.

    The only number of Veras’ that is better is the velocity on his fastball. And that’s not the be-all and end-all.

    I’m just bizarrely confused that people consider a 24 year old guy with plus velocity, a good curve, plus control, and who has done nothing but succeed a mop-up arm. ESPECIALLY when he ACTUALLY THROWS STRIKES, and not just because he’s getting hit all over the park, but because he actually has good control.

    Veras is yet another guy with a big fastball that has shown a propensity to be wild. These are the guys who are highly touted and frequently do not pan out. Having a bunch of them (Bruney, Veras, Ohlendorf, Farnsworth, Horne, etc) increases the chances that one or two will figure it out, so it’s not bad that Veras is in the mix…but building the pen out of righties with big fastballs and no control won’t help. Having guys who come in and pound the zone with quality strikes is what makes a good pen. Look at the Padres.

  144. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    “January 2nd, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    No mention of Sean Casey?”

    The guy with the .746 OPS? No, I don’t think anyone really would have wanted that at first base.

  145. whozat January 2nd, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    “this darvish guy looks solid though….he is 21 years old.”

    Which is why it’s pretty unlikely that they’re actually going to post him next year, unless there are back-channel dealings where someone’s promising them 100 mil or something.

  146. Old Yanks Fan January 2nd, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    If Joba goes to the BP, it will be for only 1/2 yr. We need to limit his IPs. This can be done as a pure starter and skipping him 5 or 6 times, or having him in the BP until the ASB (and 50+/- IPs) and then moving him into the rotation permanently.

    A lot will depend on Moose. If Moose can be league average or so in the first half, then it makes sense to have Joba in the BP until the ASB. After all, Joba in the BP until the ASB will probably translate to 3 or so extra wins.

  147. Steve January 2nd, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Pete, check out Affeldt’home/away splits. Not pretty

    ERA W L SV SVO G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
    Away 5.46 3 3 0 4 38 0 0 28.0 30 20 17 2 18 20 .294
    Home 1.74 1 0 0 0 37 0 0 31.0 17 6 6 1 15 26 .160

    I know Coors field is generally considered a hitter’s park, but regardless of the park you play in when the home/away splits are this bad I’d stay away. He pitches very well in Coors field and poorly everywhere else for whatever the reason.

  148. Andrew January 2nd, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Why wouldn’t the yankees take a shot at Kenny Lofton! He killed us in the playoffs and we could really use that kind of presence on the bases.

  149. Paul Fiore January 3rd, 2008 at 12:23 am

    The Yankees need to address the bullpen.

    Now if Mr. Affeldt isn’t available, there is always “Everyday” Eddie. Texas is probably going to sign him within the week according to MLB.com. I’d rather have him setting up Mo than Kyle Farnsworth. The Yankees can always take Octavio Dotel back. Now I wouldn’t mind him back has the set-up man.

    “Why wouldn’t the yankees take a shot at Kenny Lofton! He killed us in the playoffs and we could really use that kind of presence on the bases”- Has for this question. Where are we going to put Lofton? There is a reason Bernie didn’t play last season. The Yankees won’t have a place for Lofton.

    Besides we guys in the minor leagues that are worth looking at as well when the time comes. Albadalejo, Veras, J.B. Cox, Horne, Jason Jones, etc. I wouldn’t want Bruney back considering he could be risky.

  150. Jim in CT January 3rd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Wow, just take that whole list and put ‘em in Orioles uniforms. They’d cost a fortune and lose 85-90 games like every other O’s team of the last 10 years.


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