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Pitching notes from Mark Newman

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Let’s start the pitching notes with the very last player Mark Newman and I talked about last week. He’s not in the organization, but you know the name well.

• Aroldis Chapman is arguably the most intriguing free agent pitcher still on the market. He might be this winter’s most intriguing available player, period. “Who knows what the price tag is going to be on this deal,” Newman said. “He’s not where (Stephen) Strasburg was.” When Chapman threw a bullpen for scouts earlier this month, Newman said the reports were exactly what he expected: Huge fastball. Spotty command. Inconsistent secondary pitches. “But if you don’t like that, you need to be in another business,” Newman said.

Ultimately, it seems still very uncertain where Chapman might end up, or how much he’s going to cost. If the Yankees get him, they don’t plan to start him in the big leagues, and there’s no guarantee he would pitch in New York by the end of the year. ”(He would start in) A or Double-A,” Newman said. “Wherever it is he pitches, he needs to be comfortable and he needs to work on the command and secondary pitches. And when he gets that, he’s going to take off.”

• Interesting answer when I asked whether one of the recent college draftees could move quickly like Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy. I thought Newman would build up David Phelps or Adam Warren after their strong seasons, instead he went with a guy who had a 6.65 ERA in Double-A last year. ”Jeremy Bleich might,” Newman said. “He had an okay year, not a great year, in some ways. In some ways he had an outstanding year. His stuff was really good. He was getting it up to 94 with regularity. His stuff was better than it was in college, his command wasn’t quite as good. I’ll take that, because the command will come. I really believe that.”

• If Romulo Sanchez doesn’t make the big league bullpen, he’ll likely work once again as a starter in Triple-A.

• Lefty Wilkin de la Rosa has a spot on the 40-man, but he’s scheduled to repeat Double-A this season. And he’s scheduled to stay in the rotation. “It’s too early to tell (whether he’ll eventually move to the pen),” Newman said. “I feel very comfortable about him being able to pitch out of the pen. It’s too early to tell if he’s going to be able to be a starter. The stuff is certainly good enough. He can do things you need to do to be a left-handed bullpen guy. If he pitches some more, we’ll see if the command is good enough to stay in the rotation.”

• De la Rosa and Bleich will be in a Double-A rotation that will most likely include recent 40-man addition Hector Noesi. Noesi made just nine High-A starts last year, but Newman said he will “probably” open in Trenton.

• Put Chris Garcia in the Double-A rotation as well. The high-ceiling, often-injured right-hander is currently throwing and should be ready to open the season back in Trenton. Garcia’s latest surgery was to move his ulnar nerve (apparently that’s possible). He has the stuff to be a big league starter but, “he needs to pitch to develop fastball command,” Newman said. The Yankees want him to continue working as a starter to develop that command, and right now there is no plan to move him to the bullpen to protect his arm. “That could be down the line,” Newman said.

• Dellin Betances had “ligament enhancement” surgery — not Tommy John — on his right elbow. It’s the same thing Mariano Rivera had years ago. Newman said Betances should be ready to pitch close to the start of the season. He’s slated for High-A Tampa.

• Back when I was in Scranton, I wrote a lot about Alan Horne, the once highly touted prospect who’s had a series of injuries the past two years. I’ve been a big believer in Horne because he was outstanding when I saw him in the spring of 2008, and because Scott Aldred raves about how good he was when he won the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2007. “We’ll see (where he opens the season),” Newman said. “He’s healthy. He’s got to come back and see if he can recapture it.”

• Newman stressed patience with Andrew Brackman. “Brack’s got stuff that’s top-of-the-rotation stuff,” Newman said. Brackman’s overall numbers were bad last season, but through his last four appearances he pitched 10 scoreless innings, walking none and striking out nine. Newman is quick to point out that Brackman was a two-sport athlete in college, and he’s just now getting the full fall and winter baseball workouts. “Big body, limited experience and an injury problem,” Newman said. Those things make pitching a little more difficult, and Brackman might move a little more slowly than you’d expect a first-round pick who signed a major league deal.

 
 

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157 Responses to “Pitching notes from Mark Newman”

  1. crawdaddy December 30th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    That’s good news about Betances being ready in April.

  2. The Damon-ator December 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    another great post. love the insight into the organization beyond just the ML level. anyone who opines and complains that this isn’t the minor leagues should shut it.

  3. Ken December 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I could care less about these minor leaguers… lets talk about this after the Hot Stove Season ends. Get Holliday in here Cashman thats all I can say!! There is a glaring hole in LF and the best player on the market is stil available. Swoop in and pull another Tex.

  4. Matt December 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    There doesn’t appear to be a need to rush any pitching prospects in 2010. Zach McAllister and Ivan Nova look to be the nearest to major league ready.

  5. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Joe, I’m not sure what YES’ criteria is, but the guy doing the selecting is someone I never heard of. I took a quick glimpse at their summary for 1996, but I was so annoyed at the disrespect for 2009 that I didn’t bother really reading it.

  6. jpb1973 December 30th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I could care less about these minor leaguers… lets talk about this after the Hot Stove Season ends. Get Holliday in here Cashman thats all I can say!! There is a glaring hole in LF and the best player on the market is stil available. Swoop in and pull another Tex.

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    We don’t need no stinkin’ Holliday. Sign Reed Johnson and lets get back to talking about the minor leaguers. :)

  7. DontmesswiththeJesus December 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Don’t post often, but just wanted to say I love these posts. This is great stuff Chad. It’s a nice day when you get some actual information, let alone good news on Christian Garcia.

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Well, Newman certainly likes Chapman – boy, I hope we sign him.

    Chad, this is fantastic stuff, thank you! Good news about Betances ; I’m not that familiar with him, but he’s supposedly got a high ceiling. The Yanks have a lot of these kids with good velocity but mediocre command. I’d be happy if just a couple of them do well.

    The folks on NYYFans do not like Bleich at all, so it’s interesting to hear that the Yankees clearly do…….

  9. Fran (the original) and OPPC member December 30th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Betsy,

    Just catching up on the posts from today. Love your puns :)

  10. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Dan Giese had the surgery done this year and Albert Pujols had it done in 2008. The ulner nerve is what some people refer to as the “funny bone”.

  11. Ben December 30th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Chad great job. I enjoyed reading when u were with scranton and I was happy when you got this job here. you didn’t disapoint.
    If guys complain to bad for them I believe most of the readers enjoy it, and for those who care less, here is a thought don’t read it….

  12. countryclub December 30th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Great post, Chad. Please keep the minors stuff coming. The majority of us love that you have these contacts.

  13. Ken December 30th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I dont know how any Yankee fan can say they would perfer Reed Johnson over Holliday and keep a straight face. The fact is we have a hole in LF, the best player on the market is out there and we are the Yankees. Pony up the cash and bring this guy to NY. Are we going to let the Cardinals outbid us for this guy? I really think Cash is lying in the weeds here waiting for the price to drop even further. If Im Cashman I present an offer of 7 years/17 million per year million and offer this guy the best chance to get his ring.

  14. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    Well, Newman certainly likes Chapman – boy, I hope we sign him.

    Chad, this is fantastic stuff, thank you! Good news about Betances ; I’m not that familiar with him, but he’s supposedly got a high ceiling. The Yanks have a lot of these kids with good velocity but mediocre command. I’d be happy if just a couple of them do well.

    The folks on NYYFans do not like Bleich at all, so it’s interesting to hear that the Yankees clearly do…….

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    Bleich compares favorably to Andy Pettitte as far as stuff goes. It’s up to him to bring it out.

  15. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Fran, thanks!

    GB, then you must have had your ulner nerve removed given your distaste for my puns, lol

  16. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    GB, that’s pretty good…..Hopefully he’ll have a good year and reward the faith the Yankees have in him

  17. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    Fran, thanks!

    GB, then you must have had your ulner nerve removed given your distaste for my puns, lol

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    Betsy, I don’t have a distaste for your puns…only that they’re funnier than mine. I’m jealous.

  18. Patrick December 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Fantastic stuff Chad, I love hearing about Yankee prospects. I’m really glad you took what made you great in Scranton with you to your new job. With the insane baseball coverage on the internet nowadays there are a TON of fans that are as interested (sometimes moreso) in the minor league players as they are in the major leaguers.

    Great stuff man keep it up!

  19. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    alright, i’ll admit it, i’m still waiting for johnny d. to work something out with cash. erica isn’t here tonight, so just had to say…

  20. Drive 4- 5 December 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the great info Chad. I can asure you, the vast majority of us appreciate the insights on the Yankees minor league system.

    That really is great news about Betances and encouraging info on Brackman. Here’s hoping the Yanks land Chapman.

  21. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Take off the pictures! This is a blog about the Yankees, not the beat writers!!

  22. Phil the Thrill December 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Bleich is one of those guys, that when he is on and it’s all working, you wonder how anyone ever hits him. He needs to get consistent, though. He’s not as big as Andy, who is a horse.

  23. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    mike,

    the pics are there to help us distinguish among journalist posters: chad, sam, and josh. it does indeed help me as a reader, although the pics could be a tough smaller.

  24. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    GB7 and Betsy,

    Hope you are both enjoying the holidays.

    GB – hope the recovery plan is going well.

    I see nothing much has changed in here since I last poked my head in….some still holding a vigil for Holliday, while others try to sell Brett Gardner as the second coming.

    Good to see Garcia is healthy at the moment. I’ll make a point of rushing to Trenton, as I did last season, to catch a start before he goes down again. What an arm.

  25. This Year December 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Great stuff, Chad. I remember back in the day when you only got some minor league info from Sporting News once a month. I love this kind of information. Keep it coming!

  26. Travis G. December 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome, Chad. keep it up.

  27. This Year December 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    P.S. I STILL have hope for Chris Garcia. Electric stuff. Please stay healthy.

  28. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    muffin stump
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    alright, i’ll admit it, i’m still waiting for johnny d. to work something out with cash. erica isn’t here tonight, so just had to say…
    ====

    I can’t imagine Damon’s return as a LF. I think the thought was he would have been the DH and infrequent LF. I don’t think they’d be prepared to go with him as the every day LF again.

  29. vinny-b (NJ and Granderson - thank you Cashman!) December 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    “I could care less about these minor leaguers… lets talk about this after the Hot Stove Season ends. Get Holliday in here Cashman thats all I can say!! There is a glaring hole in LF and the best player on the market is stil available. Swoop in and pull another Tex.”
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    ken: do me a favor. Locate the smallest closet in your tenament (air-tight is preferable). Stand inside, close the door. Come out when Pirates win the World Series

  30. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    This Year
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm
    P.S. I STILL have hope for Chris Garcia. Electric stuff. Please stay healthy.
    ====

    amen.

  31. whatever December 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    How is Bleich any different from Randy Keisler?

  32. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    GB, that’s pretty good…..Hopefully he’ll have a good year and reward the faith the Yankees have in him

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    He’s from Louisiana, so, you guessed it, Andy Pettitte is his idol. His father and he are lifelong Yankee fans and he comes from a fairly well-to-do family. His dad is a cardiologist.

  33. eric in queens December 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Super post.

  34. CB December 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “Huge fastball. Spotty command. Inconsistent secondary pitches. “But if you don’t like that, you need to be in another business,” Newman said.”

    This is a great summary of Chapman. There are plenty of blemishes there when you look past 102 mph.

    If he never pans out that wouldn’t be all too surprising. I can’t even see him legitimately starting out in AA unless he’s gotten much better skill wise from where he was in the WBC. That pitcher was an A ball guy.

    But that said, there is gold in that arm. And Newman’s take is spot on. Focus on the warts and it’s real easy to miss the big picture.

    If you’re the yankees, when the music is on you dance.

    Doesn’t mean they have to sign him, but they should make a serious run. This is an arm you may not see again from the left side for a very long time.

  35. Joe from Long Island December 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Chad – another great post about the minor league system. Thanks.

    Given that pitching is the coin of the realm – and that an aging Matt Holliday, with what could become an albatross of a contract in a couple of years, weighing the Yankees down – I wonder if some of these guys, maybe with a Gary Sanchez or Kyle Higashioka, for instance, provide us with a young and sturdy LF for 2010.

    I think it will either be that, or Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth in 2010.

  36. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    bodhisattva,

    alas, you are probably right. but couldn’t you just see damon back in the #2 slot and johnson down in the order and occasionally off the bench. god, that would be a strong lineup, wouldn’t it?!

  37. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for asking, Bodh. I’m doing pretty well. Hope you and your family had a great holiday this past week.

  38. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    muffin,

    I wouldn’t be entirely against bringing back Damon, but really, you do hold your breath when the ball is hit to left.

    The question is, which is worse? A hole in the nine spot or a hail mary left fielder who can hit?

    Seems to me there has to be a better answer somewhere out there.

  39. crawdaddy December 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “How is Bleich any different from Randy Keisler?”

    Better fastball.

  40. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Great minor league info. Love these posts Chad!

  41. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Bodh, I’m doing fine, and you?

    I’m ready for New Year’s Eve – will bring in some fine Thai/Chinese/Indian foot tomorrow night from the place I raved about and settle in to watch the Twilight Zone marathon……..

    Chapman’s just a kid, he needs refining – but that’s what the minors are for. The Yanks won’t have a chance to draft an arm like this in……..well, probably never.

    I’m not counting on Christian Garcia….I hope he makes it, though.

    GB, sounds like the kid picked the right pitcher to idolize……He’ll be an interesting name to follow this year.

    Joe, we were discussing this subject today; the really young catchers are too far away at this point to be trade bait.

  42. wallypip December 30th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    This is why I always read your SWB blog, Chad. Great work!

  43. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    LOL, GB7, I saw you growling in here on another thread and that did my heart good.

    Figured you were doing alright.

    I guess the Holliday thing will fall out soon enough. I confess I’ve lost some steam in terms of interest in trying to guess what the Yanks are going to do about LF.

    Looking forward to ST.

  44. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    bodh,

    i like to think of a fly to left as more in-game excitement. will they run on johnny? of course they will! can he cut the runner off at third?! oh, my….besides, gardner will be available as a late inning replacement when we have the lead.

    folks are seemingly always talking about jete’s intangibles. johnny d. has intangibles in spades. they guy stands up and gives postgame interviews without exception. sometimes he even says things that don’t sound pre-scripted. and who can forget that at-bat in the post season. he really deserves more credit.

  45. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I’m alright, Bets, thanks.

    Life’s a dream, etc.

    But while I’m dreaming, it sure is nice to watch baseball. Looking forward to the 2010 season.

  46. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    2010 season is only a few months away……..

  47. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    LOL, GB7, I saw you growling in here on another thread and that did my heart good.

    Figured you were doing alright.

    I guess the Holliday thing will fall out soon enough. I confess I’ve lost some steam in terms of interest in trying to guess what the Yanks are going to do about LF.

    Looking forward to ST.

    ————————————————————

    Bodh, that hurts. I wasn’t growling. I’m gentle as a lamb. Kind to my mother, puppies, kids, trolls and idiots….well my mother, puppies and kids, anyway.

  48. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Fran, I’m going to e-mail you now – we’re good to go the weekend of 1/9 or 1/10….

  49. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Muffin, most of us love JD, but not at 2 years $20MM. I think that’s the point.

  50. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I know there are there as a sort of signatures, but it alomst looks like the beat writers won the World Series. From an editorial point of view, it is just wrong. Names alone suffice.

    We are here to get information, not to read literature of JK Rowling. It should look like it doesn’t matter who writes what. And if it does, we’re still able to find out.

  51. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    8:21pm: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that Holliday didn’t accept a contract offer of at least six years and “presumably” worth more than $100MM offered by St. Louis “in the past couple weeks.” Heyman also tweeted that Holliday “is still talking to multiple teams.”

    **Multiple teams? I doubt it……

  52. Chip December 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    As a life long member of the Chris Garcia fan club I wish him the best of luck for a healthy 2010 season – I truly believe that if he can stay healthy for a few years in a row that Garcia, more than Joba or Robertson or Melancon has the best chance to supplant Rivera as the team’s closer of the future. Of course, that health is a big big if.

  53. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    folks are seemingly always talking about jete’s intangibles. johnny d. has intangibles in spades. they guy stands up and gives postgame interviews without exception. sometimes he even says things that don’t sound pre-scripted. and who can forget that at-bat in the post season. he really deserves more credit.
    ======

    The AB in Philly was classic. He had another great AB in Game 6. Johnny’s a warrior, but the defensive part of the game has passed him by. If he had only been reasonable, he’d be a Yankee.

  54. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Mike, fortunately, your view on this isn’t shared by most. I think you’re still getting information. What, are you so attracted to the pics that you stare at them incessantly?

    Hmmm.

  55. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Chip,

    If he can actually become healthy he’ll be a front-end starter, not the closer.

    I do think he can help the Yanks in the BP, however. But as per Newman’s comments, it looks like they’ll treat that arm with TLC. And that’s probably for the best.

  56. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Bodh, that hurts. I wasn’t growling. I’m gentle as a lamb. Kind to my mother, puppies, kids, trolls and idiots….well my mother, puppies and kids, anyway.
    ====
    :D . Keep killin’ ‘em.

  57. YankeeGrunt December 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Cash doesn’t want to be on the hook for $100 mil plus to pay six guys in their late 30′s in a few years’ time. Holliday is a GREAT fit. He’s a .300/.400 with a great glove, speed and pop. But Teixeira probably precluded Holliday, and after the season he had at first for us I think most Yankee fans are comfortable with that. Plus corner OF is one of the easiest positions to fill mid-season, as someone is always looking to dump salary or get a return pre-FA.

    And like it or not the next CBA is going to take aim at some of our comparative advantages. Probably not a cap, but a more punitive luxury tax or something that makes $17 mil in salary for Holliday work out to $25-30 in liabilities.

  58. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    daS007,

    okay, i get that. how about 2 at 14m?

    now that the market is sagging, i think dj’d come down to that. i know that cash was noted for having said stars are less willing to take a paycut to stay with the same team, but johnny was thinking about retiring (was that just last year–at the beginning of spring training?) a couple of years ago. he needs to recoup some of his recent financial losses, but he wouldn’t be a petulant child if he resigned for less. the guy’s got way more going for him than that sort of psyche. he’d be happy to return for a repeat championship, imho.

  59. dan l December 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Will Garcia be ready to start the Season?

  60. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    December 30th, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    Bodh, that hurts. I wasn’t growling. I’m gentle as a lamb. Kind to my mother, puppies, kids, trolls and idiots….well my mother, puppies and kids, anyway.
    ====
    . Keep killin’ ‘em.

    ————————————————————

    You sound like Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca.

    “I’ve often speculated why you don’t return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator’s wife? I like to think you killed a man. It’s the Romantic in me.”

  61. Ken December 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    The longer Holliday twists in the wind, in my eyes, the better the Yankees chances become of getting him. Everyone here seems hell bent against this guy but mark my words if we do get him these same people will be singing Cashman’s praises. I look at it this way: We can probably win without him but thats a mennacing line up if you add Holliday to Tex, Jetes, ARod, Posada, Granderson and Cano. Thats pick your poison for you! Wed score over 1000 runs easy.

  62. Rick December 30th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I saw Andrew Brackman throw last spring. At 6′ – 10″ and 240 lbs. he has presence. Being a former basketball player, he’s very close to the plate when he finishes his pitches.
    If healthy and he learns to harness his pitches, he could be similar to Randy Johnson minus the snarl and aloofness of his teammates.

  63. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    DaSaint007,

    >>What, are you so attracted to the pics that you stare at them incessantly?

    If I am attracted to the pics, why would I ask to have them taken off?
    I probably would ask for more, wouldn’t I?

    Of course, it is just my opinion. If you want to turn this blog into beat writers temple, go ahead.

    Even if so many people love their pictures so much, I still think, from the editorial standpoint, that the pics be taken off and a new section “Beat Writers Gallery” created.

  64. Dennis December 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    From What i heard about Garcia is that because of his injuries his fastball is only 89-92 but still has great movement, along with the “best” changeup in the system. Does anyone know differently on the velocity.

  65. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Mike
    are you Lou Grant?

  66. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    GB7,

    Likewise, it’s the romantic in me ;) .

    Great quote, great moment in that movie.

  67. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    the only thing of interest in this nebraska-arizona game is when they pan to the 8-12 yr.old kid with the giant ear of corn on his head. where does one buy that sort of kitsch, anyway?

  68. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    muffin,

    Would be sad to see JD go out the way Bernie did, being stubborn. But I think he’s afraid of being pigeon-holed into short term (1yr) contracts fron herein were he to accept that from NY. I honestly believe he thinks he has 3 to 4 more years in him, and he just might, but not on the Yankees, and not for his asking price.

  69. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    GB7,

    Likewise, it’s the romantic in me .

    Great quote, great moment in that movie.

    ————————————————————

    It was one of the all-time great movies.

  70. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “It was one of the all-time great movies.”

    still is
    it has it all

  71. Chip December 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    While I don’t know what the future holds for Chris Garcia, one thing I would like to see the Yankees add (in addition to some competition for Gardner in LF) is a LHRP to a minor league deal.

    I hope that Marte pitches as well as he did in the playoffs and that Boone Logan turns into a valuable guy – but with Coke, Dunn and Kroneke gone, and de la Rosa slated to start in AA I would like the Yankees to have at least one LHP (other than Igawa) who they could stash at AAA in case they need him. Maybe even a guy trying to stage a comeback like BJ Ryan.

  72. vinny-b (NJ and Granderson - thank you Cashman!) December 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    “The fact is we have a hole in LF, the best player on the market is out there and we are the Yankees. Pony up the cash and bring this guy to NY. Are we going to let the Cardinals outbid us for this guy? I really think Cash is lying in the weeds here waiting for the price to drop”
    ————————————————

    bless your heart.

  73. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    gb7,

    if you don’t mind a comment from a virtual stranger, i admire your “quit.” (i’m going to quit all this beer in the new year. maybe i’ll even post more, or without all the spelling errors.)good luck with your recovery. glad you have this blog. your comments add so much (although the movie reviews go over my head–even without the beer).

  74. David in Cal December 30th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Ken — Holliday would be great, but the Yanks have made it clear that they’re not signing him. Reed Johnson is affordable and he hits LH pitchers very well. In fact, he has hit lefties better than Damon has. He’d be a perfect platoon partner for Granderson or for Gardner.

    Career hitting stats vs. LH pitchers:
    Johnson—–.313 .378 .463 .841
    Granderson–.210 .270 .344 .614
    Gardner—–.241 .310 .316 .627 *
    Damon——-.291 .359 .453 .812

    *Small sample size

  75. Bo Knows December 30th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “The fact is we have a hole in LF, the best player on the market is out there and we are the Yankees. Pony up the cash and bring this guy to NY. Are we going to let the Cardinals outbid us for this guy? I really think Cash is lying in the weeds here waiting for the price to drop”

    You can’t fix stupid.

  76. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth,

    It’s jounalist common sense that the reporters should disappear behind the story they write.
    But obviously, I am in the wrong place.

    It’s abnormal that you guys don’t feel distracted and annoyed.
    Don’t bother to reply. I’ll complain somewhere else.
    Maybe they won’t be tendered.

  77. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    das007,

    dj has much more left in him than bernie did. but you might be right about the stubbornness aspect. think cash should compromise with a 2-yr. K for johnny. if dj still chugs along after that, he might get 2 years from a lesser team to pursue 3,000 hits, if that’s what he’s about.

  78. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    It seems like the Dodgers might be putting George sherrill on the market.

    Discussion: Los Angeles Dodgers
    By Mark Polishuk [December 30 at 8:07pm CST]

    This stand-pat strategy will force Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti to be creative in filling the holes on a club that has lost the NLCS to Philadelphia in each of the last two seasons. Rosenthal said that George Sherrill is “a candidate to be traded,” but L.A. wouldn’t save much money from the deal and getting rid of Sherrill would weaken their bullpen. There is also a need to sign a veteran like Pineiro to anchor the otherwise young starting rotation.

  79. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Chip, I think Ryan’s done. But I agree on the need to have some LHRP options. I’m sure Cash and Girardi will by ST.

  80. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Mike
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth,

    It’s jounalist common sense that the reporters should disappear behind the story they write.
    But obviously, I am in the wrong place.

    It’s abnormal that you guys don’t feel distracted and annoyed.
    Don’t bother to reply. I’ll complain somewhere else.
    Maybe they won’t be tendered.

    I respect that.
    Just making light.

    gotta love Ed Asner as Lou Grant, no?

  81. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don’t you think the joker laughs at you)
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    “It was one of the all-time great movies.”

    still is
    it has it all

    ————————————————————

    It has to rate in the top 3 movies of all time.

  82. Ross December 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ken
    December 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    I could care less about these minor leaguers…

    Dear Ken,

    Sorry to be so utterly pedantic, I know, BUT…..’I could care less’ means that you actually care (somewhat) about the minor leaguers.
    ‘I couldn’t care less’, is what you meant – I think.

    This rather like the appalling Bostonian expression, ‘So don’t I’ !

    English is one of my passions.

  83. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes December 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Dennis
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    From What i heard about Garcia is that because of his injuries his fastball is only 89-92 but still has great movement, along with the “best” changeup in the system. Does anyone know differently on the velocity.
    ====

    Dennis,

    Garcia does have a sick change, but he’s best known for his CB, considered the best in the system (although got a run for his money from Vizcaino, since traded to Atlanta),

    That’s what’s so frustrating – her’es a guy with 3 exceptional pitches.

    The FB velo was coming around when he got hurt again. When healthy (if ever) he sits up to 95 and can crank it to 97. That hasn’t been the case for a while, but it’s really the liveliness of the pitch and how effortlessly he throws it.

  84. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Wouldn’t mind Sherrill as LH complement to Marte…
    Thought they would have gotten him earlier, but BMore didn’t want to do an I95 trade.

  85. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    FWIW Chad and Sam are the LEAST to blame for that kind of activity.
    Most of the Other NY sports guys try to make it about them.

    In all Honesty these guys are the most professional I’ve seen in YEARS, Post Daily News WFAN, YES, ESPN, SNY?????

  86. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    muffin stump
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    gb7,

    if you don’t mind a comment from a virtual stranger, i admire your “quit.” (i’m going to quit all this beer in the new year. maybe i’ll even post more, or without all the spelling errors.)good luck with your recovery. glad you have this blog. your comments add so much (although the movie reviews go over my head–even without the beer).

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, Muff. I really appreciate the thoughts. Sadly, I fell off of the cigarette wagon two days ago and had one.

  87. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth,

    Maybe I am just Costanza?

    Professionalsim. Professionalsim. Professionalsim.

    “We won the World Series!!”
    “No, they won. You are just fans.”
    — Jerry Seinfeld

  88. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    It has to rate in the top 3 movies of all time.

    I say so
    Objectivly and Subjectivly

  89. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    DaSaint007
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    Wouldn’t mind Sherrill as LH complement to Marte…
    Thought they would have gotten him earlier, but BMore didn’t want to do an I95 trade.

    ————————————————————

    He’d certainly fill out the bullpen, nicely.

  90. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Mike
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth,

    Maybe I am just Costanza?

    Professionalsim. Professionalsim. Professionalsim.

    “We won the World Series!!”
    “No, they won. You are just fans.”
    — Jerry Seinfeld

    Fight the fight
    It is gone, TV is a mess.
    Anywhere you look in the media it is a shame.

    I’m Mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

  91. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “English is one of my passions.”

    There is much work to be done.

  92. Ross December 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    With the excess of catching prospects and some young pitching about to mature, it would seem that the ‘new policy’ of intelligent drafting has given the Yankees a reasonable stock of trade ‘chips’. This will be needed if the team is continue to aim to be at or near the ‘luxury tax’ level.

    ——————————-

    GB

    Here is my favourite ‘New York’ quote from ‘Casablanca’…

    Major Strasser: Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?
    Rick: It’s not particularly my beloved Paris.
    Heinz: Can you imagine us in London?
    Rick: When you get there, ask me!
    Captain Renault: Hmmh! Diplomatist!
    Major Strasser: How about New York?
    Rick: Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.

  93. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    GreenBeret7
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm
    DaSaint007
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    Wouldn’t mind Sherrill as LH complement to Marte…
    Thought they would have gotten him earlier, but BMore didn’t want to do an I95 trade.

    ————————————————————

    He’d certainly fill out the bullpen, nicely.
    ————————————————————
    Maybe they’d take Boone Logan. Can only dream.

  94. Steve December 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I appreciate occasional updates on the minor league players. Thanks!

  95. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Captain Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.

  96. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    gb7,

    sorry, i missed that. (on vacation in fla. with iffy internet connection.) one cig., not bad. hope you’ve regrouped and rejoined that bandwagon. but don’t want to be moralistic. cigs are great/glorified in the movies (1950s-1960s).

  97. PittsburghYankeeFan December 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Holliday wants $20 x 7. Not worth it. Not coming to Yankees. That much is clear.

    Damon wants $10 x 2. Probably not worth it. Like Varitek, led by Boras to overvalue himself. Worth about $7 x 2 or $8 x 1 in the present market, less as time goes on. Like Varitek, he will come crawling back to some team. Could be useful as a one year stopgap, and will likely give at least league average LF offensive production. Most teams will pass, since they don’t usually carry $8 million LFs who are 36 and can’t throw it a lick. Yankees are potentially his only market, and he knows it, unless he wants $4-5 million from someone in early February.

    That’s where we are now. Did Holliday and Boras really think that the Yankees would commit $18-20 x 7 to a LF? This isn’t Tex, sorry.

  98. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, by the way, if the journalist professionalism is continued to be ignored, even a small thing like those ridiculous pictures, one day we will see beat writers get stripped off and do their story, just like those Russian weather women.

    Such markets exist, right? Like here …

  99. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) December 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    That boy ain’t right

  100. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    muffin stump
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    gb7,

    sorry, i missed that. (on vacation in fla. with iffy internet connection.) one cig., not bad. hope you’ve regrouped and rejoined that bandwagon. but don’t want to be moralistic. cigs are great/glorified in the movies (1950s-1960s).

    ————————————————————

    Yes, I blame my brother. He tied me up and made me smoke it. Still and all, just 1 in 19 days.

  101. Tarheelyank December 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Chad another great post. Keep them coming. Anybody who says differently is a dunderhead.

    GB
    I am thinking of you. 1 in 19 days is great! Take it for what it’s worth but the way I FINALLY quit was I would convince myself not to have this one. I could have one later, but not this one right now. Of course when later came I would say the same thing. It took a good month before it started to get easier. You are almost there! How about a twins update.

  102. YankeeGrunt December 30th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Boras overplayed his hand on Damon. The Yanks were willing to bring him back on a one, maybe even two year deal for decent money. He gets the porch for his HR stats and a shot at another WS. He pushed too hard and Cash told him what he could do with it and signed Nick Johnson. I don’t blame Damon, he’s a great guy who has done an awful lot with local and national charities and it would have been nice to bring him back. His problem is that he has an agent who can be absolutely brilliant at times but who can be overly aggressive and whose track record makes GMs both more wary about being made to look foolish at at least a little happy when they can tell him what to do with it.

  103. Boston Dave - XXVII December 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    If Aroldis Chapman were draft eligible, he’s a top 3 pick.

    How much is that worth to a team like the Yankees who may never see a top 5 pick in our lifetimes?

    If Strasburg were a free agent right now, I’d have no qualms about giving him $50M for 5 years. That would be a steal, IMO.

    So how much is Chapman worth? More than what is being rumored these days (4-5yrs, $15M range), IMO.

  104. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    gb7,

    your brother, hah, lol….all good wishes for the new year.

  105. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Tar. Much appreciated. It’s tough going from 3 packs to zero.

  106. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    YankeeGrunt, that about sums it up.

  107. austinmac December 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Newman does like Chapman. I assume that means the Yankees do too. Is this a reason to watch the budget? One can hope, but their hasn’t been much Yankee association with him in the press.

    GB7–Quit again. If I can do it, anyone can.

  108. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks, Muff. Best wishes to you and your family, too.

  109. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I think if there’s any ‘swooping’ to be done this offseason, it’s going to be for Chapman.

  110. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    One of my favorites:

    Captain Renault: Ricky, I’m going to miss you. Apparently you’re the only one in Casablanca with less scruples than I.

  111. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Captain Renault: Ricky, I’m going to miss you. Apparently you’re the only one in Casablanca with less scruples than I.

  112. austinmac December 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    You have to love African Queen too. Another fabulous movie.

  113. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?
    Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
    Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.
    Rick: I was misinformed.

  114. Ross December 30th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    PittsburghYankeeFan
    December 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm
    Holliday wants $20 x 7. Not worth it. Not coming to Yankees. That much is clear.

    Damon wants $10 x 2. Probably not worth it. Like Varitek, led by Boras to overvalue himself.

    ………………..

    Well said, PYF! I long for the day when they rip out the Boras Kool-Aid Dispensers from the mini-bars in all the Winter Meeting hotels.

  115. muffin stump December 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    yankeegrunt,

    well, yeah. so now what? will dj and cash communicate directly on a more reasonable deal, or did nj’s signing close the door? what with all the holliday advocates, it would seem that the door is still open.

    (and erica really owes me for taking up her cause as she gambles her way to yankee tics.)

  116. blake December 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Not sure why Holliday rejected the Cards offer? There’s something fishy about this whole thing..

    As Boston Dave said, Chapman is the closest thing to a top draft pick the Yankees may see for awhile and they should take advantage IMO.

  117. GreenBeret7 December 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    austinmac
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    You have to love African Queen too. Another fabulous movie.

    ————————————————————

    Bogart didn’t make bad movies, except for his three westerns. “African Queen” was another great movie classic.

  118. YankeeGrunt December 30th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    It’s Boras’s advice, true, but he’s also the only agent whose persona is big enough to be a significant factor in teams’ negotiation and decision-making. He made Cash look like an idiot with A-Rod. Cash doesn’t want to be made to look like a fool again, both for reasons of pride and for negotiating posture with other agents in the future. If it was Arn Tellem asking for 4 years and 50+ mil, I think Cash would have been more willing to wait it out in the expectation that the demands would come down and something would be worked out. I think he set an example with Damon. You can’t not negotiate with Boras, his client list is a who’s who of some of the brightest stars in baseball, but I think Cash was willing to use a late-30′s corner OFer to send a message.

  119. austinmac December 30th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    The leaches scene in African Queen is one of the most memorable in any movie. Bogart’s face, his resignation felt so real.

  120. Ross December 30th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I wonder if the ‘standing offer’ of $15.5 million to Aroldis Chapman from the Saux still stands, in the light of their sudden attack of frugality, and his bullpen session?

    ………………………
    One last ‘Casablanca’ quote before I retire for the night;

    Rick and Renault discussing Victor Laszlo’s chances of escaping Casablanca]
    Captain Renault: This is the end of the chase.
    Rick: Twenty thousand francs says it isn’t.
    Captain Renault: Is that a serious offer?
    Rick: I just paid out twenty. I’d like to get it back.
    Captain Renault: Make it ten. I’m only a poor corrupt official.

  121. Rich in NJ December 30th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    The Yankees really need to get the Chapman deal done.

  122. Roberto for Paul December 30th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    very good post- would have liked to have heard about nova and mccalister as well-

    if newman feels that chapman is that good, isn’t he worth a say 20 million dollar deal? we won’t ever get a chance to draft a prospect of that caliber (strasburg, etc) and 20 mil isn’t the 40 mil some were projecting…

    better than $ spent on igawa-

  123. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    This is a story about Mark Newman.
    But I don’t see any picture of him.
    I reaaly don’t know who he is.
    Shouldn’t his picture posted next to the story about him?

    But I see a big picture of a smiling guy above “December 30″ …
    Oh … it’s not Mark Newman.
    And that picture occupy whole lot space underneath it.
    You tell me it is just there to distinguish different writers?
    It’s journalist professinalism that they shouldn’t be this important.
    More important than the Yankees!? Give me a break or a walk-off home-run!

    I like to see pictures of CC, AJ, A-Rod, Tex …
    I like to see pictures of new Yankees, young Yankees who are not so famous.
    But what kind of people who don’t notice this weirdness and consider it normal?
    It’s probably because you don’t know that this is wrong.

    December 28 – no picture of DeRosa
    December 28 – no picture of Jamie Hoffman
    December 29 – no picture of Bruney
    December 29 – no picture of Bay

    Only pictures of beat writers …
    The beat writers get paid to write these stories.
    They are not doing it for charity.
    Why are they entitled to use their working space to promote their ego?
    Great stories or not, this is wrong.

  124. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    some people live for attention…

  125. Roberto for Paul December 30th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    also, not to change the tenor of conversation but anyone catch hotstove tonight? I’m not sure how A-rod isn’t the player of the decade- know pujols and bonds are great, but I think it can be argued that, steroids aside, arod had the greatest decade any player has ever had in history-

  126. stuckey December 30th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Is this the official page-turn from Holliday-fixation to Chapman-fixation?

  127. Roberto for Paul December 30th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    i would say chillax mike- i think a blog is a more personal thing- many people email chad/sam and it doesn’t hurt to put a face with a point of view…as they say in stripes-

    “Lighten up Francis”

  128. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    mike equates blogging with journalism.
    That says it all.
    next.

  129. Roberto for Paul December 30th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Boston Dave- agree with your 10:05 post. I think even more-so with foresight and the upcoming “world-draft”

  130. Rich in NJ December 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    “Is this the official page-turn from Holliday-fixation to Chapman-fixation?”

    Whatever gets you through the night…

  131. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I’ve never seen Casablanca……..

  132. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day December 30th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Better than a cigarette fixation…..GB, we’re proud of you!

  133. Yazman December 30th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Chad, this sort of info is a big part of the value of this blog. Thanks to this blog, when a kid reaches the show, he’s not a no-name to me.

  134. Yazman December 30th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Mike does make a good point: it’s always nice to have a relevant pic with a story.

  135. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks, Roberto for Paul,

    Just post some ideas, no big deal if it’s not accepted.

    But if this blog is run by The Journal News, then it’s not personal.
    Then it is not just another Yankees Fan Blog.
    If it’s part of their job, then it’s not personal.

  136. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    DaSaint007,

    >>mike equates blogging with journalism.?
    >>That says it all.
    ?>>next.

    But if this blog is run by The Journal News, it is journalism.
    Why blogging isn’t journalism anyway?

  137. Ed H. December 30th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Mike,

    Sam is not a beat writer; he is a columnist. Nor is Josh a beat writer; he is a general assignment sports reporter.

    The blog is a much more personal space than a newspaper is. We interact with the writers and they with us. It is nice to put names with faces. Move on from 20th century journalistic values. Welcome to the New Age.

  138. Mike December 30th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Ed H.

    >>Welcome to the New Age.

    When was the time when this blog had no writers’ pictures attached to each post?
    1996? 1998?

    And go and check other blogs right now in this new age if they are doing the same.

  139. CR9 December 30th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    “Rich in NJ
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    The Yankees really need to get the Chapman deal done.”

    Is there any news on that front?

  140. Rich in NJ December 30th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    CR9

    Not that I am aware of.

    The last thing I read (on ESPN) was that if he didn’t sign a contract by the end of the year, he would lose out on a tax provision that would have exempted his bonus:

    “Signing bonuses that are received outside the U.S., by a non-U.S. resident, and in a tax year in which the person did not work in the U.S., are not subject to U.S. taxation,” wrote agent Joe Kehoskie, who has represented Cuban players for several years, in an email. “As far as I’m aware, neither the Hendricks brothers nor Rodney Fernandez (who represent Chapman) have ever completed a contract for a foreign free agent, so I bet this issue flew right under their radar. Right now, it’s shaping up as a $3 million (or more) loss for Chapman.

  141. adedeb December 30th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Chad, great post – thanks!
    Mike, get a job, your spending way too much time on a non-issue

  142. Mike December 31st, 2009 at 12:05 am

    adedeb,

    this is not the way of discussion, just like the other guy accusing me being attracted to the pictures.

    But you are right, I spend too much time here.
    None of you are in a position to correct these writers.
    You are right, I am wasting my time.

  143. Thrillington December 31st, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Via MLB Trade Rumors just now:

    Matt Holliday Rumors: Wednesday
    By Tim Dierkes [December 30 at 10:42pm CST]

    10:42pm: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Holliday and the Cardinals are “working toward an agreement” that is “gaining momentum.” Due to this progress, a deal is possible next week. Goold says multiple contract structures have been discussed – five guaranteed years with a higher salary, and even an “eight-year framework.”

    ———-

    It’s been a while since I’ve been here, but just wanted to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year!

    Warmly,

    Percy

  144. Chad Jennings December 31st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Just added a new late-night post.

    Sorry to everyone who had to spend much of the night discussing my picture. For what it’s worth, I think a picture on a blog — where personal interaction is encouraged and opinions are often expressed — fits within the ideas of journalistic integrity. I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to look at my goofy mug, but on a blog with multiple posters, I think it’s helpful to keep track of who’s posting what. Plus, it’s not something I have any control over anyway, so I don’t really worry about it.

  145. Tom on N.J. December 31st, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I refuse to ever get my picture taken.

    It takes your soul!

  146. Chad Jennings December 31st, 2009 at 12:58 am

    By the way, that last comment of mine originally got caught in the spam filter. See, it happens to me too! I just don’t usually understand why.

  147. ortforshort December 31st, 2009 at 2:03 am

    It’s hard to get very excited about these pitching prospects after watching Kennedy, Hughes and Chamberlain mow everything down in sight in AAA and then come up and do nothing as starters in the majors. Not that those three will always suck as starters in the big leagues or that some of the younger guys mentioned in the write up won’t make it some day, but its a very long road. I’ll get excited when I see it.

  148. MikeSty December 31st, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Pat Venditte?

  149. VicsExoticPhotos December 31st, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I hope the yankees get Chapman, but I hope they don’t overpay to get him. This guy has not pitch on the big leagues yet, he has not prove himself yet, there not reason to overpay for him.
    http://www.zazzle.com/VicsExoticPhotos

  150. VicsExoticPhotos December 31st, 2009 at 6:20 am

    This is not such website, enter it.

  151. Juke Early December 31st, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Hey! after all these seasons, I know new players need to come from somewhere. But don’t these talent evaluators ever study history? it’s the SOS. Just because a kid throws high 90s or heavens to Betsy (hiyas B) 100+, they all start adding him to their Facebook.

    How about Aroldis Chapman lying regarding his age? that might indicate some weakness of character (even if it was an agent speaking for him?)- yeah yeah his village didn’t have birth certificates huh? in 1985? Maybe 1885. His mama have amnesia? OK maybe that allows for a year +/-. Not 5 off. And whether the gun reads 96 or 101, what about that control problem -at age 26! Come on. Get smarter & get good.

  152. Captain Chaos December 31st, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Chad, great note!!! Following our minor league talent is a great pass time….

    I like Chapman, if he is as good as they say he is he could be nice addition to the rotation.

    The two that intrigue me the most are Bentances and Brackman. Was glad to see that Bentances is moving along, once he finds his control he will be dangerous. Brackman started out horribly but seemed to improve as the year went along, a sign that he is was recovering from his surgery. Can’t wait to see how they perform this year!

  153. Joekuh - in a spring training state of mind December 31st, 2009 at 9:33 am

    No countdown to P + C????

  154. Paddy December 31st, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I’m surprised Newman didnt mention anything about Zach McAllister. 6’6″ 230 lbs and had a 2.23 in 121 innings last year(22 games) with a 1.08 WHIP. In Single A he pitched in 150 innings and had a 2.09 ERA (emphasis on innings pitcher–of course).

    Respectable young talent in McAllister…

  155. Paddy December 31st, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Starting Brett Gardner in Center Field could mean that the Yankees move on Aroldis Chapman.

    The bullpen received a lot of the credit for turning the Yankee season around last year and they have effectively lost 2 big names this off season. Bruney and (more importantly) Coke are gone and they havent been replaced yet.

    Yanks should save their money on whether to sign another average outfielder & go for Chapman. If Hughes ever wants to earn a chance to start, sign Arodlis might insure it happen.

    Besides, the only lefty remaining in the Yankee Bullpen is Marte, who is prone to injury.

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....is-chapman

  156. Monty December 31st, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    First post. Great job Chad. Love the info on the kids!!!

  157. Gary A December 31st, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Who is going to sign BEN SHEETS? Yes, he is coming off an injury, but he has the best stuff of the pitchers available!


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