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Regular Season Mailbag No. 2

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Full disclosure: I’m headed over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this afternoon to take a look at the Bruce Springsteen exhibit and pay proper homage. But this mailbag should tide you over until the game post shows up at 3:30.

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Bruce writes: Does it seem that too many balls get by Alex down the third base line? Does he play very wide of the base? What is Joba’s innings limit this year? Could it be they are waiting for him to get near halfway to the limit, then send him to the bullpen and restore Wang to the rotation?

Answer: Bruce, I think it’s too early to evaluate Alex defensively. It’s pretty obvious he’s still not moving as well as he would like on his surgically repaired hip. As for where he is positioned, that is up to the coaches. Joba’s innings limit has not been revealed on the record. But it’s over 150 and he’s only at 45.1 now. He’s not going to the bullpen any time soon, if ever.

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MJ writes: Which player is more useless, Jose Veras or Angel Berroa?

Answer: Now there’s a no-lose query. I would say Veras is more useless because I can’t make corny jokes about how old he really is.

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Larry writes: Who do you think is the next Yankee hitter and pitcher to be called up from the minors? and when will they be called up?

Answer: It all depends on need, Larry. That is hard to answer. Austin Jackson is having a great season in AAA but they would like to see him hit for more power and gain more experience. As for the pitchers, it’s all on need, be it a starter or reliever. I’m sure they would like to see Mark Melancon make a push.

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Ralph writes: Everyone has their own breaking point. I’ve been accepting of all the changes at the Stadium this year. My breaking point came with every strikeout getting a P.C. Richard’s whistle over the loudspeaker and every stolen base getting a “Gotta Go to Mo’s.”

Answer: I’m with you, Ralph. The Yankees were so sanctimonious about not selling the name of the Stadium and then they went and sold everything else. What is accomplished on the field should not be commercialized.

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Brian in New Hampshire writes: What do you envision for the Yankees outfield in 2010? Do you think Damon will resign? What about Swisher and Nady? If Melky continues to produce at the plate do you think he may get a corner outfield spot in favor of Austin Jackson?

Answer: Lots of questions there, Brian. I do not think they will keep Damon. Nady is a possibility but you know that Scott Boras will take him out on the market first. I would think we’re looking at Matt Holliday or Jason Bay in left, Gardner or Cabrera in center and Swisher in right, unless Nady is back. But so much can — and will — happen before the Yankees get to that bridge. Let’s worry about 2009 first.

UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: I was remiss not to include Austin Jackson in the mix for next season. But I don’t think they can go AJax, Melky and Gardner. They need some pop.

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Thanks to everybody for writing. Feel free to e-mail me any time with any comments, suggestions or questions.

 
 

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176 Responses to “Regular Season Mailbag No. 2”

  1. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Matt Holliday > Jason Bay IMHO

  2. Blackdragon905 June 1st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    On one hand, it’s a relief to know why Joba hasn’t had good velocity if this is true. But on the other hand, this is very alarming news if true.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-409062

  3. Coach6423 June 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    IMHO, I dont want either one. Sign Damon for a year, put AJAX in right or Center. Swisher is a bench player. No need for another big contract player.

  4. CountryClub June 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I actually like the whistle after strikeouts. Not the fact that it’s connected to PC richards…i just like the actual whistle. I hope we hear it a thousand more times this year.

  5. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Ralph writes: Everyone has their own breaking point. I’ve been accepting of all the changes at the Stadium this year. My breaking point came with every strikeout getting a P.C. Richard’s whistle over the loudspeaker and every stolen base getting a “Gotta Go to Mo’s.”

    Answer: I’m with you, Ralph. The Yankees were so sanctimonious about not selling the name of the Stadium and then they went and sold everything else. What is accomplished on the field should not be commercialized.
    ************

    Agree 1000% it is very annoying. The whistle not as much as the gotta go to Mo’s stolen base song. Next we’ll hear an ad for a walk.

  6. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Yesterday;s loss was no big deal standings wise. But it was important because once again our lack of bullpen was the big reason we lost!

    Veras is a problem, but not the only one. None of our relievers except Mo has been consistent. Melancon alone, even if he’s lights out, is not the answer. Joba to the pen is ridiculous. Cashman has to do something. Our bullpen blows way to many games like this.

  7. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “IMHO, I dont want either one. Sign Damon for a year, put AJAX in right or Center. Swisher is a bench player. No need for another big contract player.”

    I tend to agree, Coach. Developing our home-grown talent is always a better option then throwing the bank at a free agent.

  8. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Blackdragon905

    I don’t see the Yankees trotting Joba out there every 5th day with shoulder issues. They want this kid pitching for the next decade they aren’t going to risk his career.

  9. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Agree 1000% it is very annoying. The whistle not as much as the gotta go to Mo’s stolen base song. Next we’ll hear an ad for a walk.”

    Is nothing sacred anymore? I wonder who Andy Pettite’s next curveball will be brought to you buy…

  10. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Don’t trust Bay’s numbers that park could be inflating them. Was he ever this good with the Pirates?

    And I don’t touch Holliday. I’d rather resign Damon and give Jackson a shot.

  11. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    The question about Arod not playing on the line is something I have wondered also, and would like Girardi’s answer to. In the late innings you have to play on the line and he never does it. Even with the surgery I know he hasn’t had a lot of range but yesterday if he was on the line where he should of been he would of had the ball. The same thing happened with Arod against the Phillies. I don’t get it….

  12. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “The question about Arod not playing on the line is something I have wondered also, and would like Girardi’s answer to. In the late innings you have to play on the line and he never does it. Even with the surgery I know he hasn’t had a lot of range but yesterday if he was on the line where he should of been he would of had the ball. The same thing happened with Arod against the Phillies. I don’t get it….”

    Anyone see Tex move to his left toward the bag again yesterday at a ground ball he clearly could have made a play on? Its extremely hard to critique his D, as he’s been making some sick plays, but that one still confuses the heck out of me.

  13. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Jon Ringland

    We need to stop giving them ideas!!

  14. MJL June 1st, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    As pointed out by Buster Olney via MLB Trade Rumors (http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html), don’t they need to leave an outfield spot open for Jeter?

  15. The Ghost June 1st, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Arod has always played to far away from the base, it has nothing to do with his hip. What it comes down to is that he’s a shortstop playing 3rd base and his instinct is to plug up the hole not guard the line. I can’t tell you how frustrating it’s been watching him play 3rd base for the Yankees through the years and seeing dozens of key hits in the late innings fly past him down the line to score a key run. I remember watching Nettles almost play in foul territory in the late innings in big games. THAT’S what a strategic third baseman does when a double beats you and a single doesn’t. Alex needs to learn that but that’s the problems the Yankees run into when they don’t have a single former corner infielder on their coaching staff. Yeah I know Mick Kelleher used to play 3rd base but he’s another converted shortstop. The Yanks need to get Nettles back to work with Arod on learning how to guard the hot corner.

  16. rmr June 1st, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Why won’t they resign Damon?

  17. ANSKY June 1st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I wonder how soon before Joba turns up with a bad shoulder and it’s concluded to be a result of his being used in the bullpen.

  18. m June 1st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Rachel,

    Oh, when I saw that ball get past Alex, my brain screamed, “Jeter can’t move to the left. Not the right!”

    Pena at third in that situation was my second thought.

  19. Dassit June 1st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    They need to play “ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTAHHHH” everytime Andy walks from the pen to the mound to start the game.

    And when there’s an error: “THAT’S ATROCIOUS! ATROCIOUS”.

  20. Patrick June 1st, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Ugh, I hope the Yanks don’t spend piles of money on Holliday/Bay. Not worth it.

    “Patrick, fair points regarding the Jesus. But he’s near 1.000 OPS so you wonder how much more he has to learn at High A ball.”

    As I said in my original post, he has a lot to learn behind the plate. His hitting is awesome but he really needs to work on defense. He’s only 19 there is no need to rush him. Let him mash at A+ for the year and learn how to catch. Next year he can slay AA.

  21. Doreen June 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I have never noticed the whistle or the Gotta Go to Mo’s thing. Is in only when you’re at the game itself, or is it audible over the television? But I’ve been known to be very oblivious to background noises – just ask my husband & kids. :lol:

    Pete – have fun at the RnRHoF. I can’t wait for your report on the Springsteen exhibit, and I’m glad you have an opportunity to go. You can get lost in that place, though. Don’t forget, there is a game later on today. :) They don’t allow pictures outside the lobby area. That was the only disappointment in the whole place.

    I got some great pictures with my new camera at Citi Field yesterday. I set up an online photosharing website and uploaded them there. So now I’m ready to take on Yankee Stadium. A week from Friday. Yay! Can’t wait. We’re parking at Port Authority, meeting my husband in the city after work and taking the subway up to the game. Should be fun. I’m gonna bring the girls into the city early to make sure I get a parking spot and don’t get stuck in Lincoln Tunnel traffic. Take ‘em to lunch and maybe a movie. Some shopping, maybe. Can’t wait.

    Oh, by the way. Went into the “Touch” boutique at Citi Field yesterday – the Alyssa Milano stuff, you know? Not much there. And only Mets stuff.

  22. Dassit June 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Sign Damon for 1 year + an option, then go for Carl Crawford in 2011.

  23. Rob L. June 1st, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    rmr…because my mother has a better arm than him

  24. Doreen June 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I actually hope they resign Damon. I suppose it will come down to the details of the contract, specifically length of contract and, of course, money. If Damon really wants to stay, maybe they can work something out that’s good for both sides. Otherwise, I can see him wanting to get the most he can get elsewhere. Hate to say it, though.

    I don’t want Bay or Holliday. But, last I heard, the Yankees really don’t care what I want. :lol:

  25. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    God what I’d give to land F-Mart or Sweeney from the A’s. Atleast they are young and can also field thier position and hit to all fields.

  26. Rishi June 1st, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    bryanhoch: Springsteen exhibit @ Rock & Roll HOF

    apparently it is a mass visit :)

  27. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “rmr…because my mother has a better arm than him”

    too true…he may find more success simply running the ball to the cutoff man alla Smalls in the Sandlot

  28. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Defense in the OF…please Brian it’s more than just sluggers.

  29. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “But, last I heard, the Yankees really don’t care what I want.”

    Unless you buy some legends suite tickets…then they’ll pretty much be your b*tch :)

  30. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    P.S. w/ AL, Teix, Robi & Georgy why oh why do we need more power hitters ?

  31. pat June 1st, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Jon Ringland

    It is hard to argue with Tex’s D but I’ve noticed him break to 1st on balls he might have been able to play a few times this year.

    Gives me Wilson Betemit flashbacks when he does it. :wink:

  32. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 1st, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Dassit June 1st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    They need to play “ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTAHHHH” everytime Andy walks from the pen to the mound to start the game.

    And when there’s an error: “THAT’S ATROCIOUS! ATROCIOUS”.

    =======================================

    LMAO. That would be pure gold.
    :lol:

  33. Patrick June 1st, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Bay can’t field a lick and Holliday isn’t the same player away from Coors. They will both cost a ton of dough so I pass on both.

    Jackson will win the starting CF job out of spring training IMO but Melky could challenge him. I still think Melky is a 4th outfielder but he is proving me wrong so far. Worst case the outfield is Jackson-Cabrera-Swisher. I think the Yanks will add another starting caliber OF.

    This is all way too premature though. The bullpen on the other hand…

  34. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Pat,

    LOVE wilson betemit, but I had definitely repressed many of his defensive plays :)

  35. Trevor June 1st, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    That’s the one worry with Joba. He doesn’t have the greatest mechanics. Which could lead to shoulder problems for him in the future.

  36. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Even if Arod doesn’t know to move closer to the line the coaches are supposed to position and put him there. I would like to know there reasoning for leaving him in no mans land. Especially considering he isn’t moving that well he needs to be closer to it, since he won’t dive and get it.

    What is the deal with Tex always going back to 1st on a ground ball?!! I know it is very hard to say anything negative about Tex’s defense but that is very strange. Maybe he doesn’t know how much range Cano has and thinks he might get to those balls? Maybe that is just the 1 thing he does bad at 1st judging when to go after the ball or go back to the base. I don’t know, its very odd….

  37. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “And when there’s an error: “THAT’S ATROCIOUS! ATROCIOUS”.”

    HAHAHAHAHA that would entertain me to NO end.

  38. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 1st, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Lightning McQueen?

  39. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “It’s the kinda flu where you need the bathroom”

    C’mon, Mike. Im eating lunch here…

  40. pat June 1st, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    No kids SA?

    Lightning McQueen is from the movie “Cars”.

  41. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 1st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Oooh!

  42. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    “Jackson will win the starting CF job out of spring training IMO but Melky could challenge him.”

    June or July 2010.

  43. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Jon Ringland

    Is he really talking about them being sick? Too much info. They were sick, end of story.

  44. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I’m calling BS on the Joba rumor.

  45. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I had no clue Gardner missed the sign. FML. He runs there there is no DP, Pena scores, Enter Sandman, hello 10 games over .500… :(

  46. Kevin S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Ugh, no going after Bay/Holliday. I thought the Yanks had learned their lesson on throwing gobs of money to corner players in their thirties? As someone else noted, they need to keep a corner outfield spot open for Jeter. Also, not really sure Damon could be had for a year and an option. Way he’s playing, some sucker could give him three years. He’d have to take that as a last contract.

  47. Jon Ringland June 1st, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “Is he really talking about them being sick? Too much info. They were sick, end of story.”

    Mmhmm…the visual there was really unpleasent mid-turkey burger…

  48. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Rishi
    Beat writer field trip.

  49. frankiedue June 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I am also against signing Bay/Holiday… the problem is that none of Melky/Gardner/Jackson project as corner outfielders due to their lack of “power”. But then again, maybe the Yankees can finally turn into the small ball / run and gun offense I thought Joe Girardi was going to bring when he became manager.

  50. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    “I thought the Yanks had learned their lesson on throwing gobs of money to corner players in their thirties”

    And longterming positions that really you can replace yr. to yr. w/ better options from time to time.

  51. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I’m down with trading for Street.

  52. Patrick from CT June 1st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I’d give Johny a one year deal with a team option and buyout over a 3-4 year deal to anyone. He can play 50% in the field, 30% DH, and sit 20%.
    If AJ is the real deal he’ll make the team next year at some point.
    That gives us Johnny, Melky, AJ, Swish, and Gardner.

  53. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t why everybody assumed we’d smash Pavano. Just because we hate him doesn’t mean he’s not good.

  54. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Re: Montero, its not about his bat. Its about his glove.

    That’s why he needs to stay in Tampa all season. Its better for his development as a catcher.

    Its the toughest position to play. Its especially tough when you are as big as he is.

    There is no reason to jump him to AA after 50+ games. Its best he stays in Tampa all year and that will make him a better player in the end.

    Tampa is in Jupiter this week for 4 games, Wed-Sat. I’m going to try and make 2 or 3 of them. If I do, I’ll report on what I see.

  55. Patrick from CT June 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    What’s it going to take to get Street?
    If BB does not get healthy soon the Yankees need to make a trade.

  56. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    When Posada retires is it safe to assume Montero will be the guy?

  57. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    “Melky/Gardner/Jackson ”

    You’ll never see that. Jackson in CF, Melky in LF or RF you will, but that next OF is going to be via trade, I’m guessing he’ll be 24-26 yr. old range too. It just doesn’t make sense spending 20 million per yr. for guys in thier 30′s and paying that type of position on a longterm bases. This isn’t 1B or SS or 3B or CF or C, this is corner outfield a spot that’s interchangeable any yr.

  58. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Pete,
    I must have missed it but i havnt seen any thread about tieing the error less streak? With the attrocious defense weve had for years. I think its something to be proud of and brag about.

    Damon? Weve only played 2 months of baseball. If he cools down for the next 4 months and bats under .280. I cant see why we would resign an older player that doesnt have an arm in the outfield. His offense is what he gives us. If that drops off, then i cant see the benefit in keeping him here. We have enough dh’s on the team.

  59. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Who is saying the Yankees are going to go after Holliday or Bay. That’s an OPINION of someone. There is no indication they will do so.

    I’d save getting upset at something when there is more proof to rumor.

    Rishi,

    Keith Law has an insider entry about the 25 inning BC-Clemson game. Is there any way you can check it out and see if the nephew is mentioned? Thanks.

  60. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Even with Bruney healthy our bullpen is far too inconsistent. And there’s no gurantee Bruney will do well anyway. We need to make a trade.

  61. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “I’m down with trading for Street.”

    Can we aim for somebody / better stuff ? Houston Street eh..

  62. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I rather have Damon over Bay/Holliday any day. And alot of you are ruling at Gardner being an outfielder next year…we gotta be patient with this kid, you are not just an automatic star when you are that young coming into the minors your first year. He has gotten better, and is swinging a pretty good bat these days…oh and he is the fastest player in baseball.

    Some fans are just so impatient its ridiculous, hes not gunna be a superstar right away, and im sure Austin Jackson will have an adjusting period as well.

  63. Doreen June 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Mo -

    If nothing else, Pavano’s recent performances vindicate the Yankees for wanting to sign him all those years ago in the first place. ;) But, for the record, right now I hate him. :) And that translates into wanting the Yankees to do well against him.

    Next time.

    Patrick from CT -

    I don’t care what the particulars of a contract with Damon are – just that they agree with each other and he comes back. It’s their money.

  64. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Why would go after Holliday or Bay when we have Melky, Gardner, AJax, and Swish?

  65. Trevor June 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I would touch either Holliday or Bay with a ten foot pole. I’m fine with either Damon back for a year and going with Jackson Cabrera Gardner for the other 2 outfield spots.
    Then perhaps next years off-season maybe sign Crawford.

  66. Howard Leeds June 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    If we can get Damon for a year, fine, otherwise forget it.
    But Swisher doesn’t cut in as an everyday OF, so changes will have to happen. AJAX needs to hit for some power, nice average, but no HR’s??

  67. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Brandon-Sure, but who do you propose?

  68. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    “Way he’s playing, some sucker could give him three years.”

    The new park has been awfully kind to Damon. 1.000 OPS there and a more Damon-esque .800 or so everywhere else. Still 2/3 of a season to go, but teams will look at that come free agent time.

  69. rmel June 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    “What’s it going to take to get Street?”

    I would think Kontos,Dunn,Albaladejo …Something to that effect….Because it would be a salary dump for the Rockies

  70. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    And Holliday is having a bad year.

  71. frankiedue June 1st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    “I must have missed it but i havnt seen any thread about tieing the error less streak? With the attrocious defense weve had for years. I think its something to be proud of and brag about.”

    The error-less streak is great and all but come on. Look at what happened to Garder’s miss-play of that line drive over his head for a double. What about Swisher’s throw to home missing the cut-off man so the runners moved to 2nd and 3rd?

  72. Kevin S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    SJ44 – That article was Klaw killing the coaches for leaving Wood and Belfiore in so long. He called for both of them to be fired.

  73. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    i agree Howard…swisher does not cut it as an everyday outfielder.

    and if Melky is indeed coming back today i expect to see Damon, Gardner, Melky in out field and give swisher a day off or 5!

  74. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “Why would go after Holliday or Bay when we have Melky, Gardner, AJax, and Swish?”

    Better players?

  75. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    If folks think the Yankee OF will be, Jackson, Gardner and either Melky or Swisher next year, I want what you are smoking.

    That’s never going to happen.

    The solution isn’t just signing a FA. They have enough young pitching inventory to trade for an OF.

    All that talk is for the off-season. Last I checked, they are in first place THIS season. I would want to concentrate on that.

    Brandon.

    If the Yankees somehow got Street, and placed him in the 8th inning, they win the division if the starters stay healthy.

    His slider would be devastating with the Yankees. It flattens out in the thin air at Coors.

    Back in the AL, its a much more effective pitch.

    I wouldn’t mind him in the bullpen. Street, Bruney, Marte, Aceves and Melancon backing up Mo for the second half of the year is a lot better than they have right now.

  76. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Having no errors beats making errors.

  77. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    SJ,
    Sorry to see B.C. get eliminated. At least they put up a fight. Im a Longhorn fan and it was a bitter sweet victory. I wouldnt have minded if B.C. advanced. I actually wanted to see Sanchez play. That game has to go down as a classic. What were they thinking keeping their closer in for 160 pitches 12 innings? I know Texas coach is very well respected, but that is abuse if there ever was.

    Who do you think wins it this year? Is Texas out of gas after that marathon?

  78. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Francesa alittle too much info about Beltran lol

  79. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    SJ44-We have such good young prospects. If Melky is in for a career year and Gardner hits say 280 (and remember it’s his rookie year) why would you sign or trade for an OF, especially with Swish?

  80. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    SJ didn’t Street have injury concerns ? if he’s healthy WTH if not IDK.

  81. bru June 1st, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    it is so hard to predict who will be playing the of in 2010.

    bay would be nice but will cost big bucks.

    i don’t see ajax’s name in that mix?
    i would love to see him get a few at bats sometime soon regardless of his lack of power & experience.

    melancon should also be brought up now & given another chance.

    holliday is a bad idea.
    he isn’t doing all that great & his name will command more money than he deserves.

  82. Import Knight June 1st, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Street would be absolutely perfect

  83. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “Francesa alittle too much info about Beltran lol”

    It’s a sore subject no ?

  84. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    We need some pop to replace the Damon/Matsui tandem. Sure Damon might be willing to sign a short deal, but I tend to doubt it.

    Bay would make a good DH to replace Matsui, I’m not in the camp that wants to leave the spot open for Posada. We need Posada to be the #1 catcher for as long as possible.

    We will also need an OF, if not next year then at some point. I fear a 37 year old Jeter is not going to be the answer in LF. We need Derek to be our starting SS as long as possible.

    If Street falls in out lap, sure trade for him, but he won’t be cheap. He’s still under the Rockies’ control, and isn’t expensive for what he does. Would the Yanks be willing to trade McAllister? Would I be in favor of that? Don’t know.

    I don’t want the Yanks to throw $$ at last years stud middle reliever to shore up the pen (not taling about Street, here)/ IMO, that’s a tried and true method of spending too much and getting too little in the pen.

  85. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Actually, Mo is not our only good reliever. Aceves has done a great job.

  86. jennifer June 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    And Holliday is having a bad year.

    ********

    Or is it just a normal year away from Coors?

  87. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, and we have AJax.

  88. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “I would think Kontos,Dunn,Albaladejo …Something to that effect….Because it would be a salary dump for the Rockies”

    Not if there’s competition for his services. Beware the Tampa Bay Rays. Street would only cost his new team $3M for the rest of this year. Rays need him and they’ve got the system to do it.

  89. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Why does Billy Beane have to be such a dussssh…Sweeney/Bailey he’d ask for a ransom.

  90. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    My last post was full of typos, sorry.

  91. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    jennifer, either way.

  92. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    You can’t play both Gardner and Melky. It weakens the team.

    Add to it, a RF hitting under .230 and that’s just not going to be the 2010 OF.

    Free agent numbers are going downward. Holliday is certainly not putting himself into a position for a 100 million dollar payday.

    Nobody is giving Jason Bay 5 years.

    The Yankees may find that if Damon stays healthy and productive all year, he may take a 1 or 2 year deal and they have one spot covered.

    JMO but, I could see them packaging young pitching this off-season to find a younger, more productive corner OF.

  93. Trevor June 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    What’s it going to take to get Street?

  94. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Gardner playing well doesn’t weaken the team.

    Melky from this year doesn’t weaken the team.

    AJax won’t weaken the team.

    I don’t know, it sems silly to waste money on an OF, especially since our real problem is bullpen.

  95. Howard Leeds June 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Bru:
    Melancon will be back at some point,no doubt.
    Bay?? Can’t see it, unless we flat out overpay, big time. They love him in Boston.
    Holliday may be a bad idea, but it’s likely we go after him.
    Expect him in RF next season.

  96. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Wave Your Hat….We need Derek to be our starting SS as long as possible.

    god i sure hope not

  97. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I would definitely bring back Damon for 1 year and never sign Holliday or Bay. They will both get much more money then they are worth. Also let’s see Bay do it at this years level for more then 1 season before you even consider paying him “great” player money…because that I don’t think he is. You know Boston is going to try and sign him before the season ends so they can get a discount like they always get.

  98. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I also want Melancon here, but one good reliever will not fix our awful bullpen, if he’s good.

  99. Scott June 1st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Street is only 25 and he already has 102 saves and a 2.91 career ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, most of it in the AL. He averages a strikeout per inning, doesn’t walk many, doesn’t give up many HRs.

    He was injured for a few weeks in 07, but the other 3 years with OAK, he made 63+ appearances in each of them.

    We know he can pitch in the AL. He is young and cheap. What’s the problem? We should be THRILLED if Cashman is able to get him, but every team will be after him and will probably offer more than we would be willing to.

  100. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Why would we want an outfield that combined hits 30-35 homers the whole year? Ajax/Cabrera/Swish wouldnt strike fear into any pitcher. Bay and Holliday will ask for too much. I think its time to pull the trigger on a trade in the offseason for an outfielder.

  101. Dazz June 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Tampa has much more ammunition to get a guy like Street than we do, so do some other teams who need BP help.

    You know Tampa is going to do something to fix that pen.

  102. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Gardner/Melky is better than either of them with Swisher draggin them down.

    Gardner has been pretty hot lately and Melky was on fire before his injury. They should patrol the outfield all week together and give swish a week off to get his $hit together!

  103. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Melky is having a great year. AJaax projects to be great. Gardy’s having a fine rookie year.

  104. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    The Rays have prospects but, may not be willing to take on more money.

    The rub this year with trades will be how much money teams will be willing to take back in deals. That even includes the Yankees.

    Attendance is down 6% across the board in MLB so far this year. Sponsorships are down at least that, some more in some cities.

    That’s going to affect how much money teams will be willing to take on in trades.

    I would think Street would cost 2 B-B+ prospects. McAllister would certainly be in the mix. He’s their, closet to ML ready arm that is highly thought of by scouts.

  105. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Dazz-We have more cash.

  106. Rockks June 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Any combination of Jackson/Gardner/Melky/Swisher is NOT going to get it done

    As SJ said, their best route is to trade for a young OF. Swisher clearly isin’t that guy.

  107. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Sounds to me like a fine hitting OF.

  108. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    What people project to means nothing.

    A Melky, Gardner, AJax OF next year hits with zero power.

    That’s fantasyland. Its not going to happen.

  109. 4 x 4 June 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Well you have to be willing to give up something if you want a good reliever (Street etc.)

    We’re not getting him for Igawa, Duncan, and Veras.

    McAllister is probably the guy most people will ask for (obviously A-Jack, Hughes, etc. as well but we know that isin’t happening).

    Will be interesting to see how much Cashman is willing to give up.

  110. Howard Leeds June 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Rachel,
    Jason Bay may not be a “superstar”, but he’s a very very good ballplayer, who should and will get a big contract. I’d love to have him on the Yankees.

  111. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Bay’s too old for us.

  112. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    “The Rays have prospects but, may not be willing to take on more money”

    $3M seems like short money, but maybe you’re right. I honestly don’t believe the Rays can compete without getting a guy like him for their pen.

  113. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Rockks…trade for a young outfielder?

    WE HAVE 3 OF THEM ALREADY!

  114. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The Yanks outfield next season will NEVER be Gardner, Melky and Swisher. It will be Gardner or Melky, they both aren’t that good to play everyday so it is 1 or the other but you can’t play both. You also can’t 2 outfield spots with such little homeruns.

  115. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Why not Gardy Melky and AJax?

    I know no HR’s for AJax but Pete said he has power.

  116. Dan June 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Gardner hasn’t even shown he can play consistent defense, let alone hit. What makes people think he is an everyday player?

    Jackson has yet to hit a HR in AAA and is still striking out too often. He isin’t someone you pencil into a Yankees lineup replacing a guy like Damon who has been so productive for us.

    Melky may or may not stick at CF, only time will tell.

    You can’t shell out multi-year deals to veteran FAs, but you can’t go with a bunch of young guys who can’t hit either.

  117. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Reality check time.

    We have no idea if Damon would be receptive to a one year deal, or even a two year deal. We can’t count on Johnny being back.

    To trade for an OF good enough to replace Damon, or who would be better than Cabrera, Gardner or Swisher, won’t be easy. IMO, it would take Hughes or Wang (assuming he re-establishes himself) because no one else in our system (other than Joba) has established themselves enough to have that level of trade value. I’m not sure I would do that.

    Holliday is likely to produce an OPS in the mid to high .800s, not bad at the right price. Bay would make a fine DH and part-time LF. I wouldn’t dismiss those guys.

  118. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Speaking of AJax. 1 for 4 today with his 10th double and 2 K’s n SWB’s 4-0 loss to Louisville.

  119. Tom in N.J. June 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Is Brad Hawpe available?

    Would the Rox be willing to move him?

  120. R-Tek June 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    What has Gardner done to prove he can play everyday?

    Swisher right now is hitting .230 and will be out of a starting job as soon as Nady shows he can play the field.

    Jackson is still in AAA with no HRs.

    You really think Cashman is going into ’10 with that OF?

  121. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Dan-”People” are looking at him have a fine rookie year. You can’t gurantee anybody’s an every day player but next year people talk about getting young players with good potential when we have them right here!

  122. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    If we’re going to go with a no power outfield. Id rather go after Crawford(assuming hes a free agent).

  123. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Wave:

    With only 1 year left before free agency, Wang doesn’t get you that outfielder.

  124. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    All right, let’s get a good young OF. Wait, we have one!

    Take a risk for once, the rewards are huge!

  125. Mark in Tampa June 1st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Holliday is losing a ton of money this year. I think teams were suspicious of his numbers from playing in Colorado, and what he has, or hasn’t done, thus far are confirming those fears. And, it may not even be the ballpark effect, it could be switching leagues that is hurting him so far. But, I think the perception will be that he is not nearly as good away from Coors. On the other hand, if he picks it up and ends up with his typical numbers, he will get much more money than if he had stayed in Colorado this year. Because of this, he has as much individual pressure to perform this year as anybody in the game.

  126. rmel June 1st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    “The Rays have prospects but, may not be willing to take on more money.

    The rub this year with trades will be how much money teams will be willing to take back in deals. That even includes the Yankees.

    Attendance is down 6% across the board in MLB so far this year. Sponsorships are down at least that, some more in some cities.

    That’s going to affect how much money teams will be willing to take on in trades.

    I would think Street would cost 2 B-B+ prospects. McAllister would certainly be in the mix. He’s their, closet to ML ready arm that is highly thought of by scouts.”

    Totally agree…Teams like the Rays may not want to pony up for the money this year and next…

    Names I think the Yankees would consider Wilkin De La Rosa, Christian Garcia, Mike Dunn, George Kontos, Jonathan Albaladejo, Juan Miranda….I think Z-Mac would be a deal breaker….and remember Street is not the only reliever…It becomes a game of Chicken on who whats to dump salary first

  127. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Who said anything about Swish starting next season. He shouldn’t even be starting this season..other than his fabulous start(which he was still a bench player) he hasnt done crap since being an everyday guy. Outfield next year should be Nady, Gardner, Melky and if damon does come back, which i believe he should, then he can DH/platoon

  128. Howard Leeds June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Mo:
    Can’t take that sort of risk when ticket prices are that high.
    Not gonna happen!

  129. Rachel June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Jason Bay may not be a “superstar”, but he’s a very very good ballplayer, who should and will get a big contract. I’d love to have him on the Yankees.

    I get that. It just seems like players go to Boston and either they get the juice when they enter the door, see the bandbox and play over there head for some odd reason. He is a good player but this years numbers are a bit more then what he is.

  130. Gary June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Holliday will still get his $100 million if the Yankees enter the bidding.

  131. Potch June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    If the Rox decide to pack it in and sell off pieces, I could see them looking to package Street and Hawpe for a large payback. Or saying if you want Street you have to take Hawpe or Helton or Atkins. (Very risky move, as that would drive away suitors in this market.)

  132. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Steve B-

    If Wang gets back to being Wang, he’s still a good one-year deal. You obviously have to discount for the pending free agency, but I think he still gets you something pretty good.

  133. Mo: Our only good reliever June 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Howard Leeds-But getting a young OF is the same risk.

  134. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    If and when Jackson is brought up to NYY, I’d expect him to get a lot of time playing the corners at YS and some center field. That’s a tough center fielder to hand over to a rookie. Could he handle it defensively? Yeah, probably, but, he’s going to have his hands full with pitchers, so, having him playing in center would be something else for him to worry about. If you’re paying attention to the minor league boards, you’ll see that he’s been getting a lot of time playing the corners. As far as those worried about his “lack of power”, that’s by design. That’s the last thing he needs to be concerned about.

    With Montero and Romine, their offense is better than their defense. If it was my decision, I’d be moving Butch Wynegar to Tampa, or, where ever they are playing and let him “learn them all of his experience”. Montero could hold his own in AAA right now, offensively, but, they want him to learn to be a catcher. That’s where he will help the Yankees the most. Romine has the ability to move to another spot, corner infield or corner outfield. His power is starting to show now in a league that isn’t kind to power hitters.

  135. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Can anyone else see Holliday taking a 1 year deal if he continues to have an off year? Producing and going after the big bucks after.

  136. AJW June 1st, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Pete Joba is headed to the pen by the All-Star Break. Bank on it. You can keep on calling people that think Joba should go to the pen stupid. I am going to love when you eat your crow.

  137. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Unless Holliday puts up better numbers, he’s not getting 100 million from the Yankees or anybody else.

    If Jason Bay is going to have a hard time getting a 5th year, which seems to be the case, Damon is probably looking at a 2 year deal max on the open market.

    If he got a similar offer from the Yankees, he would probably take it because he loves playing in NY.

    Whether the Yankees want to do that is a different issue.

    The FA money isn’t going to be there this off-season. MLB has the perfect way to keep salaries down without worrying about a collusion case against them. A recession, lower ticket sales and lower sponsorships.

    Teams will take advantage of that and Bud will make sure they keep FA bidding down this off-season.

  138. rconn23 June 1st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Holliday is not getting anything close to $100 million – from the Yankees or anybody, unless he goes on a mammoth power hitting streak.

    Buster Olney said this morning he’s setting himself up for a 3-year $30 to $35 million deal and that seems about right.

    No one is going to give Bay five years of more, he’ll likely resign with the Sox.

  139. bru June 1st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Mo: Our only good reliever
    June 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    Why would go after Holliday or Bay when we have Melky, Gardner, AJax, and Swish?

    ————————————————————

    having an outfield with all of them not guaranteed major league starters is very risky.

    damon gets hurt a lot,no arm,is in a contract year.
    very risky also.

    one year contract maybe.

    it all depends on what melky & gardner do this year.
    if melky hits 20 hr/75 rbi & gardner hits 280 with a 360 obp you might take a chance but if melky & gardner have bad years they both might not be in the mix.

    i just don’t see the yankees going with melky,gardner,ajax,swish.
    way to many question marks not to mention the production from melky,gardner & ajax might be terrible.

    30 hr combined from 3 of will not cut it.

  140. Howard Leeds June 1st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Mo:
    I like both Melky and Gardner. Both are decent players, who probably will never be more than that. I’m willing to go with one, not both as starters. If AJax can hit for power at the big league level, he’s in the mix. His power numbers at Trenton in 08 and this year in Scranton are disappointing. Much to prove there.

  141. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Well, the Yankees would disagree with you. There isn’t a single person in a decisionmaking capacity with the Yankees who is looking to put Joba in the bullpen. Not one.

    Unless you know of one, you have made a statement that has no factual content whatsoever.

    They want him to start all year. Barring an injury or a complete inability to start, neither of which has occurred so far, he is in the rotation.

  142. Mark in Tampa June 1st, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    BJ Upton is a free agent after 2010, and has refused negotiations with the Rays to this point. It is assumed that he wants to go to Arizona to play with his brother, but who is to say that Arizona will want to spend significant money? Maybe a few dollars can lure him to the Bronx.

  143. Jeet Skeet June 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    SO lets get this right..some of you rather have swisher as an everyday OF over having MElky and Gardner play together??

    why because he is a funny guy in the clubhouse?

    The only thing funny about him is that he started as a bench player…then was lights out, and was given that starting role no matter what and hasnt done a damn thing since.

  144. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Speaking of Upton, what is up with his batting avg? Is he playing hurt?

  145. Rishi June 1st, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hey SJ – not sure if this was answered (just got back from a meeting), here’s what Keith Law said:

    He was listed as someone who “helped themselves”:

    Boston College closer Mike Belfiore threw 129 pitches over 9 2/3 innings of the Eagles 3-2 marathon loss to Texas Saturday. The left-hander gave up just three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 11. Tony Sanchez caught all 25 innings for B.C.

  146. AD June 1st, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Franceasa’s show has become unbearable. This Joba to the bullpen stuff has to stop. Who are these idiotic fans that keep calling the show with this crap everyday? Do they only take calls of people saying they want Joba in the BP?

    Please God. If you’re a Joba as a starter fan, let him throw a 7-inning shutout tonight to silence these people. Please.

  147. Chris from NJ June 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I think we need a little more time to see if Melky is legit, but so far it looks like he has matured as a hitter and can be a quality every day player. Gardner I think is best served as a 4th OF type and a pinch runner. He is quality and should improve over time, and can have a lot of value on the bench. I like Swisher, but I think he needs to make some adjustments, his K rate is just brutal. He will be a very expensive bench player toward the end of his contract.

    And I would under no circumstances sign Damon. The guy has a gaping whole next to his neck where a shoulder is supposed to be. He admits to playing through a lot of pain, and is unwilling to get an MRI because he knows it will be bad. I don’t know if he will even make it through this season. If we are going to spend money on an OF, it should be Holliday. He can take aim at the short porch, and would have more favorable numbers at Yankee Stadium (even if they move the fences back), than in Oakland.

  148. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    BJ had surgery in the off-season for a torn labrum in his shoulder and it hasn’t come around yet.

    He’s probably still playing at only 80%. Been a tough start with the bat so far for him.

  149. V June 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Brandon he needs some way to lose his weight :)

  150. Rishi June 1st, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    SJ – copy/pasted for you above

    new post—>

  151. SJ44 June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Great, thanks Rishi.

  152. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Rishi,
    I mentioned this earlier. Texas closer pitches 164 pitches and 12 innings(no hit ball, i believe, throwing 30 the day before). I guess it was a stare down contest between managers. Seriously, wasnt there anyone else in the pen that day?

  153. bru June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    francessa on joba to the pen again.

    this guy is insane.

    he needs to understand that it takes time.you can’t judge joba now.

    time will tell.

    one question i have is what happens if joba turns into a top starting pitcher?

    there is no possible way to tell wether that will happen or not with joba in the pen.

    i do agree that the yankees are better off if joba is a great reliever compared to an ok starter but we have no way of knowing now.

    i said it before & i will say it again.what happens if hughes doesn’t pan out & we have one injury to a starter?
    we are down to a 3 man starting rotation with absolutely nobody in the minors ready to step in.

  154. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    “BJ Upton is a free agent after 2010″

    He’s not an FA til after 2012. He’ll have 3 years service time after this season. Needs six years to hit free agency.

  155. Rishi June 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    the pitch counts in that game were atrocious – you would think some league official would have either suspended the game or made pitching allowances…it’s one thing to worry about the “integrity of the game” but what about the “killing of young careers”

  156. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    25 million dollar ransom for Stratsburgh DAMN ! 8O

  157. S.o.S. June 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Bru,
    Aceves has proven he can pitch in the bigs. I would think he would be next in line.

  158. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Andruw Jones may be working himself back into the 2010 free agent conversation.

  159. Patrick from CT June 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    “Holliday will still get his $100 million if the Yankees enter the bidding.”

    No way no how…

    The Yankees will sign a FA outfielder this off season.
    It may be Johnny if he’ll take 1 year maybe 2.
    If not then it will be the best guy out there willing to take 4 years or less. There will be no new 100 million dollar contract on the Yankees or any other team for that matter in 2010.

    Really, who cares. Let’s talk about 2009.
    Is Nady coming back to play the OF. I heard he is to start a throwing program today.

  160. AD June 1st, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Wow. Scott Boras plans to ask for a $25 MILLION signing bonus for Stephen Strasburg from San Diego State. That kid is probably loving life right now :)

  161. randy l. June 1st, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    ” You obviously have to discount for the pending free agency, but I think he still gets you something pretty good.”

    so the purpose of developing young pitchers is to trade them off for something good in their walk year.

    when do they do that with joba, with hughes?

    neither may win 19 games two years in a row as wang has done.

  162. Wave Your Hat June 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    randy-

    I wasn’t advocating trading either Wang or Hughes. I was just saying that’s what it would take to get a corner OF better than the ones we have.

  163. Patrick from CT June 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Joba to the Pen is BS.
    Only if Mo get hurt will Joba be in the Pen before September.

  164. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    “Scott Boras plans to ask for a $25 MILLION signing bonus for Stephen Strasburg from San Diego State.”

    Bet it ends up at $15 to $18M. Boras makes all sorts of noise, but he has no leverage on this one really. Record is $10.5M. Boras will be able to say he got the record, but he doesn’t get $25M.

  165. bru June 1st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    AD
    June 1st, 2009 at 2:01 pm
    Franceasa’s show has become unbearable. This Joba to the bullpen stuff has to stop. Who are these idiotic fans that keep calling the show with this crap everyday? Do they only take calls of people saying they want Joba in the BP?

    Please God. If you’re a Joba as a starter fan, let him throw a 7-inning shutout tonight to silence these people. Please
    ———————————————————–

    i was just thinking the same thing.

    joba needs to silence this bullpen nonsense.

    you do not put a pitcher with jobas talent in the pen you put pitchers in the pen that can’t hack it in the rotation.

    baseball 101

  166. Brandon Pavano..b/c a Pavano can get away w/ anything June 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    “I wasn’t advocating trading either Wang or Hughes. ”
    If the deal is right I’d trade Wang in a heart beat.

  167. randy l. June 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    wave your hat-

    thanks for clearing that up. i’m a bit touchy with wang and how so many have downgraded him in their minds.

    as fart as corner outfielders, i’m fine with, like pete says, waiting till this season plays out. a lot can happen between now and then. plus it would be nice to see some more melky before making a decision based on him. he can be very good when motivated, but not so good when he gets in a funk.

  168. bru June 1st, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    S.o.S.
    June 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    Bru,
    Aceves has proven he can pitch in the bigs. I would think he would be next in line.

    ————————————————————

    then we would have a 4 man rotation & he is no guarantee.

    with joba as a starter we have debth that we have not had in years & debth that every team needs.

    the pen can & will be fixed without joba going there.

    i like the idea of trading for an 8th inning pitcher like street.

    bruney the 7th,street the 8th,mo the 9th,the rest as fill ins.

    one trade & we can have a great pen.

    this is the time where cashman has to use our prospects to fix the pen.

    we can be building on our lead.

  169. Don Capone June 1st, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I loathe the PC Richard whistle after every strikeout.

  170. Christina25 June 1st, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I get that. It just seems like players go to Boston and either they get the juice when they enter the door, see the bandbox and play over there head for some odd reason. He is a good player but this years numbers are a bit more then what he is.

    Jason Bay averaged 30 or more homeruns since 2005. The only year he had 21 was 2007. He is a good player. Its not because he went to the Red Sox and all the sudden he turned to be good. he was like that when he played the Pirates.

  171. Glenn June 1st, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Anybody associated with baseball realizes that the country is in a recession with the only exception being Scott Boras.
    Sagging attendance for many teams in August will be the result of fans deciding where their sports dollar will go, baseball or football.

  172. Rose June 1st, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    SJ44

    Do you think Marte can handle the pressure of pitching in NY? He pitched 18 innings last year and his ERA was high.

  173. KGsturnz0r217 June 1st, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Re:2010
    I like Big Bad Vlad to come in and replace Sui as DH/LF/RF
    THen, we can give Jrod a big league contract. will put up at least 800ops and has good defense with Melky/Ajax competing and we might be able to keep gardner depending on how our pen shapes up.

    Jeter
    Cano ?
    Tex
    Arod
    Jopo
    Vlad
    Swish
    Jrod
    Ajax

  174. Pokey June 1st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Vlad is a corpse. In fact, when he steps up to the plate, they should announce him as Zombie Vlad. He’s toast.

    I like J-Rod, I watched him a lot when he was here in Memphis. But he is not an everyday player on a playoff/WS team.

    There will be no competition between AJax and Melky. AJax is an overall better player in his sleep than Melky is.

  175. saucy June 1st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    i’ve been mentally conditioned to like the PC Richards ‘whistle’ after strikeouts. they did that last year, too…

    i didn’t even notice the ‘gotta go to mo’s’ on steals.

    ———-

    “Agree 1000% it is very annoying. The whistle not as much as the gotta go to Mo’s stolen base song. Next we’ll hear an ad for a walk.”

    ———-

    Jennifer, they already advertise johnnie walker, keep on walking after walks. you can’t see or hear it on tv though, and i’m not sure if they do it for every one….

  176. saucy June 1st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    as for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, i’m glad i went when they had a beach boys exhibit ;)


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