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One particular Yankees fan checks in on CC

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 10, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

LeBron James had this to say:

“As a Yankees’ fan, we’ve struggled the last few years with our pitching, our starting rotation. It’s good to get a pitcher in there that can make things happen and don’t need many runs to win a ballgame.”

Nice to hear LeBron values the idea of run prevention as the path to victory.





21 Responses to “One particular Yankees fan checks in on CC”

  1. Willie December 10th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    He’s looking forward to playing at MSG, near the Yankees.

  2. Laura - Welcome, CC! December 10th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    LeBron sounds like he’d do well on this blog. He sounds like he’s been following the Yankees as closely as we do.

  3. John December 10th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Sabathia a Yankee, Burnett on his way………..and then in two years, Bron Bron is coming to town……….it might be a really good time to be a NY fan in the next few years.

  4. Noreaster December 10th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I can’t figure out who we should sign next, Lowe, Sheets or Burnett. Burnett has a high ceiling, but is a huge risk for 5 years. Lowe is an innings eater who has played well in the post season and Sheets always gets hurt and may not be around for the post season…I just hope they sign Andy, he knows NY and we know what we will get with him. Thoughts?

  5. ariel December 10th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Sorry LeBron,

    We do need runs even with CC on the mound. Also, what about the other 132 games? Let’s not get carried away, Big Guy!!!

  6. j2 December 10th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I agree, Andy’s a proven commodity in the toughest league.

  7. Joe from Long Island December 10th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Heymann still has good Yankee sources. This may be real.

    AJ Burnett for 5 years? I’m not sure I like it.

  8. Noreaster December 10th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I agree that we need more offense. I’m coming around on Manny, that guy can rake and hits in the post season.

  9. saucy December 10th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    What’s the whole deal with that powder gimmick of his? I know he’s been doing that a while, but what did I miss?

  10. John December 10th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I actually wouldn’t mind Manny, I have to admit, simply because you KNOW that he would bat about 6,000 against the Red Sox. Personally, however, I would like to see the Yanks get someone like Rick Ankiel or Andre Ethier, guys with loads of talent and potential, yet are younger, more athletic guys who could be on the team for years. Not saying any of that could or would happen, but I like those options a little more than Manny and a WHOLE lot more than Mike Cameron. Either way, I think it would be a HUGE mistake for Cashman not to try and get another bat.

  11. Drive 4-5 December 10th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Ian Kennedy has had a solid winter ball season.He’s proven he can get minor league hitters out consistently. At some point they need to find out if he can get major league hitters out too. Alfredo Aceves may have enough stuff to be a #4 or 5 starter. And then there’s Phil Hughes. If any of those 3 stand out in Spring Training, I’d rather see one of them get a rotation spot and have the other spot go to a shorter term contract for a Pettitte or a Sheets.Save the $18mil you’re going to give Burnett and use it to fill (Tex)the biggest hole in your lineup.

  12. S.A.- CC you soon Mr. Sabathia December 10th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    2010 LeBron-2010
    You can be closer to CC and Yankee Stadium also!

  13. Jeet Skeet December 10th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    i bet lebron could smash a ball if he played baseball

  14. Noreaster December 10th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Ankiel is a pretty intriguing guy. You have to figure we’d have to give up Kennedy to get him or a top young bullpen arm. He would be perfect for Yankee Stadium.

  15. vinny-b (bring back Petitte and sign Sheets at 2 yrs) December 10th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    “i bet lebron could smash a ball if he played baseball”

    difficult to predict. He could also be CJ Henry

  16. Yankee Trader December 10th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    With Sabathia the current payroll would be around 164M
    With Burnett@ 16M that pushes it up to approx. 180M
    The payroll was a tad over 207M

    If they sign Burnett for 16M/year, what other pitcher do you realistically see them offering a contract to?

    At that point, IMO they will not look to take on a 10M CF contract like Cameron-maybe a one year incentive deal to a player like Mark Kotsay and spend a few dollars on Punto leaving the payroll around 195M. Another idea would be to trade some of our pitching for a low cost option like a Skip Schumaker or a Ryan Spillborghs.

    Thoughts on how you would round out the team while staying below 200 million?

  17. Noreaster December 10th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Jim Callis on a chat today agreed that with the Yankees offering Lowe 4 years at 16 million that means that they don’t want Andy back since they have only offered ~10 million for one year. Makes sense. Bummer.

  18. Yankee Trader December 10th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    “Ankiel is a pretty intriguing guy. You have to figure we’d have to give up Kennedy to get him or a top young bullpen arm. He would be perfect for Yankee Stadium.”

    Ankiel is intriguing! Can relieve and hit, while Sabathia could pinch hit for us.

    Cardinals offering Ankiel and another player for JJ Putz.
    Kennedy alone would not get Ankiel for this one year Boras rental.

    Surprisingly, thought he was a good fielder but made 8 errors with only 4 assists. Cannot hit lefty pitching either.

  19. riyankeefan777 December 10th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    im praying if they sign two more pitchers its lowe and sheets! pettitte didnt look good last year and we all know burnett lacks heart. btw has anyone been to spring training games? im flying down there in early march and was wondering if i should get tix ahead of time in case they sell out

  20. Jeff December 10th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Now get Burnett, Sheets, Manny and LeBron in 2010 for the Knicks…muahahah!

  21. Ben December 11th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Pete, great job covering the Winter Meetings. I’ve always thought you were a bright guy, but it’s amazing watching you work your way through the SABR-world and laud run prevention as a key metric.

    Would be great to observe you and Murray Chass having a basebal discussion over bratwurst or something.

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