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Update on Mike Mussina

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

My Journal News colleague Sam Borden is at the Knicks opener tonight and while there he ran into agent Arn Tellem.

Sam asked Tellem about two of his clients, Mike Mussina and Jason Giambi. Here is what he learned:

Tellem said the story that Mussina was planning to make a decision by the end of the week is untrue. Tellem is going to visit Mussina in Montoursville on Friday so they can talk. But he doesn’t necessarily expect Moose to give him a decision at that point. He’ll file for free agency regardless, and Tellem said he wouldn’t be surprised if Moose wants more time to think it over.

As for Giambi, he said the Big G’s first choice by far is to stay with the Yankees and, as far as he knows, that door hasn’t been closed. Giambi wants to work something out and so that’s what they’re exploring first.

Once Yankees beat writer, always a Yankees beat writer. Thanks to Sam for filling us in and advancing the story a little.

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45 Responses to “Update on Mike Mussina”

  1. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Nice investigative work.

    Wish it was the other way around with G retiring and Moose wanting to return.

  2. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! October 29th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    We just have to wait and see about Moose.
    I hope he doesn’t retire and comes back to the Yankees, but if that is what he wants to do-Thank you for everything Moose!

    Knicks game gonna start soon. Oh the Pain

  3. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Gee, real facts instead of made-up ones. How novel.

  4. Al from BK( World series over tonight! Fit CC for pinstripes.) October 29th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    The Knicks game is like a car crash I think I have to watch.

  5. you gotta have faith (MOOSE FOR PRESIDENT!) October 29th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    oh the big G, it pains me to say that unfotunatly it would do the yanks better if they dont resign you, best of luck though

    and moose should hurry up and make his desicion (easier said then done, i know) because by what C-Money said yesterday if we just happen to get 2 new pitchers a spot on the rotation is hardly guaranteed

  6. David October 29th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I wonder what it would take to sign Giambi. If he would sign for 1 year at around $10 million, it might be a reasonable alternative.

  7. Mark in Tampa October 29th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Re: Giambi

    Just when I think he’s out, they pull him back in!!!!

    arghhhh

  8. mel October 29th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Smoltz denied saying anything about anything.

    Tellum denying that Moose has a timetable.

    Jeez.

    I’d think that Moose will file for FA, see if he and the Yankees could come to terms and then announce a decision. Not announce a desire to come back and then negotiate.

  9. mel October 29th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    *Jeez @ the talking heads, not the players. :)

    Heard there’s supposed to be baseball. Wouldn’t it be horrible if the window was open during the infomercial, but closed after that?

  10. BBB (just say no to selling low on Cano) October 29th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Cash seriously needs to set Giambi straight on their being any kind of interest in his return. Awesome dude, I’d love to do shots with him but, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

    As for tonight’s ballgame at the Garden, car crash for you guys, good times for me (I hope) …LET’S GO HEAT!!!! ;)

  11. Laura - Ready for '09 October 29th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I can appreciate Giambi wanting to stay a Yankee. However, we just don’t have a need for him. He can’t play 1B; never could really. We have at least two “DH/can’t field anymore” types. We don’t need another one. Even if we don’t get Tex and Abreu leaves, we should let Giambi go. Sorry, Big G. You seem to be a great guy. It’s just time for this to end. All the best to you!

  12. Laura - Ready for '09 October 29th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    BBB, I think you answered me in the last thread. I was on my way home and didn’t get to respond re: Adam Dunn. I think I’ve seen Howard play more than Dunn so maybe I’m selling him short. In truth, I don’t really want Howard either. In a perfect world, I’d take Tex. Just because Tex turned down Texas’ offer doesn’t mean he’ll turn down ours. I mean, really – who would want to sign a long term deal to play for the Rangers, who aren’t going anywhere anytime soon?

  13. mel October 29th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Laura,

    I think Tex turned down those extension offers because he wants to be a Yankee, and you can’t do that if you’re stuck in Mudville. :P

  14. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! October 29th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Other than that mini performance from Q-Tip, the Knicks aren’t making me vomit.
    Then again, the night is still young

  15. Al from BK( World series over tonight! Fit CC for pinstripes.) October 29th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    “Laura,

    I think Tex turned down those extension offers because he wants to be a Yankee, and you can’t do that if you’re stuck in Mudville.”

    Very true.

  16. AG October 29th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    If Moose hasn’t decided to retire by now, I guess my question would be… does he REALLY want to retire?

    I feel like retiring when you’re not 100% sure you even want to retire (a month removed from the season, no less) can only lead to regretting the decision.

    I think it goes for all occupations: if you really want to retire, you KNOW it.

  17. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    In the mid-’90s, several owners went to a Miami Super Bowl and discussed the notion of having a 10-day World Series at a neutral site. They’d have to get local fans to buy into destination and vacation packages. There wouldn’t be the feel in Anaheim, San Diego or Los Angeles that there is in New York, Chicago, St. Louis or Boston. But then the Cardinals are the only team since the 2002 Angels to win in front of their home fans. It would be a hard sell, but the notion of a World Series week has some advantages.
    May I suggest Punta Mita, Mexico? The Four Seasons would be a perfect headquarters hotel. Anguilla would work.

    This has to be the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. First how many people can afford to go on vacation to Mexico? The tickets are expensive enough, but maybe people can scrape together enough money to go to a game. To make it on a nuetral site, insane. I want to see my Yankees play in front of the home crowd, cheering for them!

  18. saucy October 29th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Exactly my thoughts AG, you don’t take that long to decide you want to cut something like baseball out of your life.

    I find it kind of funny that pretty much everyone does not want the G back. But a good number of the suggestions I read on here for 1b are basically downgrades from Giambi.

  19. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Sorry forgot to post link.
    http://insider.espn.go.com/esp.....mons_peter

  20. Laura - Ready for '09 October 29th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    “Laura,

    I think Tex turned down those extension offers because he wants to be a Yankee, and you can’t do that if you’re stuck in Mudville.”

    I’m sure that’s it. :)

  21. saucy October 29th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    A neutral site WS is one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve ever heard. Mexico makes the suggestion even worse.

  22. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    saucy read the comments, people are ripping him. :lol:

    Nothing is like YS in the WS. Could you imagine the Yankees playing say the Cards in Texas. I mean how stupid would that be?

    I’ve heard a few people floating this idea, I think I would stop watching bb if that happened.

  23. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and show CC the money (and food)! October 29th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    A neutral site for the WS? Oh hell to the no!
    Can you imagine the cost?

  24. Tom October 29th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Olney was on ESPN news saying the same thing. Talk about a couple of reactionary people. It rained. So what it happens.

  25. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    sa- I know!! A trip for 4, flight, hotel, tickets that would probably cost at least 4 grand!

  26. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Tom- I wonder what they are going to say next year when the game is played into Nov.

    A neutral site you wouldn’t have 50,000 people cheering their hearts out for their team. You’d have 50,000 people cheering half heatedly for either team.

  27. E-Rod October 29th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    So this is the only week of the year in which all 4 sports leagues are active

    MLB World series
    NFL regular season
    NBA season started yesterday
    NHL started a month ago

  28. jennifer October 29th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    e-rod I heard 2001 also had all 4 at once.

  29. trisha -DAVID SLEW THE FAUX-GOLIATH! October 29th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I want my Moosey back! I wish there were room for Giambi only because I feel bad for him and he really is a great team player.

    OT – please answer this only if you are sure of the answer!

    I was a journalism major but just am not sure about whether the verb here should be singular or plural:

    My deepest sympathy, as well as profound gratitude, goes/go out to the family…

    I’m thinking plural, but singular also sounds right!

    Thanks.

  30. trisha -DAVID SLEW THE FAUX-GOLIATH! October 29th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Anyone else surprised the teams aren’t going with starters?

  31. saucy October 29th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    The NHL started? Who knew? :lol:

  32. AG October 29th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Trisha: Goes. Sympathy is the noun, and it’s singular.

  33. AG October 29th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    … the subject, rather (although it’s also a noun, heh).

  34. trisha -DAVID SLEW THE FAUX-GOLIATH! October 29th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    AG – but here is my question. Isn’t gratitude also part of the subject, and if so, doesn’t the subject become “sympathy and gratitude” thereby making it plural?

  35. mel October 29th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Wow. Just wow, Aki.

    Go, Phils.

  36. saucy October 29th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Jennifer, couldn’t get to the comments on this phone. I could only imagine…

    Read the article though and the guy has clearly lost touch. One of the bigger criticisms I hear about the NFL is overtime and how they need to switch to something like college overtime rules. Now this guy is mocking that idea in addition to his other lunacy.

    Get him into an old folks home already.

  37. AG October 29th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    No, “as well as” isn’t the same as using “and.” The phrase “as well as profound gratitude” modifies the subject, it doesn’t compound it.

    You could always say, “My deepest sympathy and profound gratitude go out to the family.”

  38. BBB (just say no to selling low on Cano) October 29th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    wow

    just wow

    getting owned by the laughingstock of professional sports is awesome.

    this miami “defense” (HA, what a joke) is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in my life!
    f this small lineup nonsense with a chainsaw

    what a disgrace!!

    GRRRRRR halftime will be spent drinking heavily.

    this is how you guys feel all the time huh? :(

  39. trisha -DAVID SLEW THE FAUX-GOLIATH! October 29th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    AG – :)

    I think that’s the safest way to go. Thanks!

  40. saucy October 29th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    The nets had a players vs coaches softball game at Yankee stadium. Said it was the final game there. The new announcer struck out and threw his bat.

  41. trisha -DAVID SLEW THE FAUX-GOLIATH! October 29th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE YA ROCCO, PAISAN AND FELLOW RHODE ISLANDER!!!

    WOO HOO!!!!!

  42. Celerino Sanchez October 29th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Anyone else surprised the teams aren’t going with starters?

    Yes. Rays should have gone with Shields. game could go extras and he could pitch 6 innings. what are you saving him for? lose tonight, season over.

  43. E-Man October 29th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    You know, It wouldn’t surprise me if Girardi wanted Giambi back.

    Who else is he going to bat 5th?

  44. Art Vandelay October 30th, 2008 at 1:47 am

    What’s the status of Giambi’s stache’?

  45. Gary Carroll November 2nd, 2008 at 12:32 am

    I read somewhere that Mr. Giambi is a non ranked free agent thus no compensation picks for losing him. Given this info. would you rather sign him to maybe one year with incentives. He is probably a better alternative to DH than the remaining crew. Not a bad option as a pinch hitter who could take a walk for the team. They could do worse than him manning the bag at first particularly as a backup to TEX man.
    Moose is a different story. No brainer if he should decide to come back. God bless him if he stays home. Just have him throwing to the bucket to stay ready should……

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