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Just a few links to start the new year

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

My guess is today won’t be very productive for anyone. I’m at my friend Jonathan’s house, where we’ll probably mix some football with the DVD of It Might Get Loud. I don’t expect any Yankees news today, but you never know.

To pass some time on what I hope is a relaxing day for everyone, here are a few links that have nothing to do with Gilbert Arenas.

• The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has apparently extended to the ice. (thanks to Steven for emailing the link)

• St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa seems to be expecting the Cardinals to make a move soon. His latest tweet could be a not-so-veiled reference to a Matt Holliday signing.

• Good news for one Yankees prospect: Jose Ramirez was named the year’s top short-season starter. (thanks Michael)

• Bad news for another Yankees prospect: Power-hitting corner infielder Brandon Laird was arrested.

• No surprise, the Angels are interested in Aroldis Chapman. The ESPN story indicates that Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, himself a Cuban refugee, has become friends with Chapman. You think Juan Miranda knows Chapman?

• It has nothing to do with the Yankeees, but here’s a pretty cool baseball story about a guy who saw Josh Gibson play.

Enjoy the day everyone.

 
 

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171 Responses to “Just a few links to start the new year”

  1. dee January 1st, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’m surprised that the Cardinals still have not signed Holliday to tell the truth. It’s dragging on much longer than I anticipated. It’s probably all because of Boras. But, if the Yankees do not bring Johnny Damon back (which I would like) or sign Holliday (which will not happen…unfortunately), I read an interesting blog article about bringing DeJesus to the Bronx. I know we have said this before and debated it several times, but I think he would fit perfectly in Yankee pinstripes. Relatively young, good defender, decent bat, and would likely improve in this ferocious lineup. To me, he is the best option if Damon does not return. I liker Gardner, but only as a 4th OF option. DeJesus is at least proven as a starter that will fit into the Yankee budget.

    http://pinstripespublished.blo.....jesus.html

  2. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    CR9
    January 1st, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    Mike RI
    January 1st, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    Anyone elses blood boiling watching the hockey game in fenway !! Just the sight of this crap stadium gets me going !!!…

    Man can wait to take on the sox in a few months !!”

    YES!!!

    And hearing these NBC Guys, Boston Mike Milbury, Devil Doc Emrick, and Darren Pang. They have not taken one breath from sucking up to the Red Sox, Bruins, and this dump of a stadium.

    Come on Carcillo! Woooooohooooo, the Bruin is bleeding!!!

  3. Sally January 1st, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    So what are we doing about left field? Are we going to look in to Reed Johnson or Jermaine Dye until next year when Carl Crawford is a free agent?

  4. the situation January 1st, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    gilbert arenas? im confused

  5. blake January 1st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Dejesus would be fine but they would have to trade for him and his contract pays 5 million next year..not sure of that fits their budget. He’s much better than reed johnson howevee.

  6. whatever January 1st, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    When are we going to sign ben sheets and johnny damon? This is ridiculus!!

  7. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 1st, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I’m not liking 2010.So far it has only given me a headache…

    But he,that’s how 2009 started as well..

    But is this Dejesus thing serious?Or just another rumor that Chip started

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Obviously the Yankees like Chapman; it’s odd that there are no stories about them having any interest. Some guy from MLB Trade Rumors said (a few days ago) that there was no buzz at all…………I wonder what the real story is.

    Brandon Laird – idiot.

  9. murphydog January 1st, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Meet Mr. Arenas:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/n.....SuVKDQ8XBO

  10. Rich in NJ January 1st, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    “Brandon Laird – idiot.”

    Without knowing all the facts, it would seem that his older brother is the idiot. Laird is still sort of a kid.

  11. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Calling Brandon Laird an idiot is a joke at best!

    Now, Arenas and Crittenton, idiots, if the story is true!

    Did anyone just see Tim Thomas in the Winter Classic. He got incidentally contacted earlier in a play. So, as a puck was shot at the net, he lunged forward to hit the Flyer viciously. As he lunged to illegally hit the Flyer Hartnell, the puck went past him and in the net for a Flyers 1-0 lead.

    He then got up to argue about goalie interference, when he was the one who tried to illegally cross check Hartnell.

    Tim Thomas, picking up where Kevin Youkilis left off.

  12. murphydog January 1st, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    “Brandon Laird – idiot.”

    I see it a little different.

    Laird’s a 22 year old baseball player who, with his brother, were in a dispute with “security guards” at an NBA game.

    One, Event security guards come in two general varieties, usually: 1) off duty or retired cops who expect to be treated like cops and who act like cops even though they are off duty/retired and are working security at an NBA game. Once the fists start flying and on-duty cops arrive, guess who the on-duty cops are going to believe? Right. And they arrest whoever gave the off duty/retired cop security guards a hard time – and also to protect the off duty cops/retired from being sued if they put their hands on the fans. 2) The other general type of security guards are low-paid, low IQ types usually with priors of their own. Not very high credibility types when it comes to he-said, he-said who started what.

    Two: the Yankee kid Laird was charged with disorderly conduct, which, in most jurisdictions, is a non-criminal offense. In NY it is called a “violation.”

    IMO, obviously he wasn’t doing all that much wrong no matter who the security guards were. Wouldn’t be surprised if the charges against Yankee Laird were dropped or dismissed.

  13. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    http://twitter.com/JoeFrisaro/status/7276080102

    #Marlins One reason Marlins have some extra cash to dangle to Chapman? They pick 23rd in Draft. Not a huge signing bonus at that slot.

  14. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....apman.html

    The Blue Jays are the latest team to enter the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes, according to ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure Jr.. They held a private workout for the Cuban left-hander in Florida yesterday morning and met with his representatives. The Hendricks brothers were in Florida, so Arangure Jr. wonders if Chapman may be close to signing with someone.

    Chapman has plenty of suitors besides the Blue Jays, of course. The Yankees are eyeing him and the A’s, Marlins and Angels are among the other interested clubs. The Red Sox reportedly offered Chapman $15.5MM, but at least one person thinks that won’t be nearly enough. One of Arangure Jr.’s sources says Chapman may be in position to command $20-25MM.
    *********

    I thought the Yankees were trying to arrange a private session……

  15. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Rich, being loud and rude at a game is not appropriate behavior and either is yelling at security guards/police/ at games.

  16. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Murphy, I’m not saying Brandon Laird is a criminal, but it’s still idiotic behavior……..

  17. crawdaddy January 1st, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    “Rich, being loud and rude at a game is not appropriate behavior and either is yelling at security guards/police/ at games.”

    It’s not, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person. He made a mistake.

  18. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Here’s another quote from the updated link to the Jays/Chapman piece:

    The Blue Jays were one of the many teams to watch Chapman work out in Houston last month. After the workout, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told fans on MLB.com that he was committed to adding amateur talent.

    “We will be on top of every amateur player that is available,” he said.

    **************

    Seems like the Jays now have a ton of $$$ to spend

  19. Christina25 January 1st, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    CR9 doesnt think that Laird did anything wrong but thinks Masterson is a loser even though he didnt do anything like that. How did you figure that?

  20. crawdaddy January 1st, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    “Murphy, I’m not saying Brandon Laird is a criminal, but it’s still idiotic behavior……..”

    Which a lot of young men are guilty of especially if alcohol is involved. Hopefully, he’ll learn from this experience and will act more responsibly so that he’s not branded an idiot for life by some people.

  21. murphydog January 1st, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Just FY… I need to clarify…

    Pennsylvania has a couple of versions of disorderly conduct, one of which is a misdemeanor, the other a “summary offense,” or lesser offense. Not sure which one Laird was arrested for. Still probably not a terribly serious event.

    http://law.onecle.com/pennsylv.....3.000.html

  22. Patrick January 1st, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    The Chapman market is starting to heat up. In addition to the Angels being interested the Blue Jays held a private workout for Aroldis.

    Seems like a lot of teams have budgeted money for this guy, the market for him could explode very soon.

  23. murphydog January 1st, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    “Rich, being loud and rude at a game is not appropriate behavior and either is yelling at security guards/police/ at games.”

    Granted. Drunks cussing and being obnoxious are unpleasant at best.

    Just pointing out, however, that “Loud and rude” in church is different from loud and rude at an NBA game and it’s a question of fact. Security guards can be guilty of overreacting or making things up for liability reasons. That’s why there are criminal defense lawyers ;)

  24. Rich in NJ January 1st, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    It’s not, Betsy, but many of us make mistakes when we are young. By 30, the age his brother is, and being in a position to make significant money, people should know better.

  25. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Understood, Murphy……….sounds like older brother Gerald isn’t the best role model and it sounds like he’s going to need a criminal defense atty.

    When exactly did the Jays get so flush with cash? I can’t imagine Chapman going to Toronto, but I guess stranger things have happened.

  26. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Christina25

    I did not suggest that Laird did nothing wrong.

    Being rude at a game is disrespectful and wrong.

    That by no means indicates that Laird is an idiot.

    Josh Beckett is an idiot, for trying to decapitate Bobby Abreu for calling a timeout, just days after the Angels tragically lost their teammate.

    Kevin Youkilis is an idiot for attempting to assault a 20 year old kid in Porcello, and then for getting body slammed like the joke that he is.

    Josh Beckett once again joins the idiot list for trying to decapitate (familiar theme with Beckett) Marco Scutaro.

  27. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Rich, that’s true….

  28. crawdaddy January 1st, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    “The Chapman market is starting to heat up. In addition to the Angels being interested the Blue Jays held a private workout for Aroldis.”

    If they held a private workout for him, I have to wonder if the Yankees are getting one too. I know it was mentioned a while back that they trying to arrange a private workout. If Toronto can get one, surely the New York Yankees can get one too.

  29. Rich in NJ January 1st, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    If the Yankees are truly interested, my guess is that Chapman would want to play for the most famous sports franchise in the world.

  30. Andy In Sunny Daytona January 1st, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    The “b” in Josh Gibson’s name slipped.

  31. Joe from Long Island January 1st, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’d like to make a suggestion, re: Brandon Laird.

    Since none of us were there, let’s refrain from drawing conclusions or making blanket statements.

  32. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    It’s odd that the Jays could get a private workout before the Yankees………

  33. Alan January 1st, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Christina25
    January 1st, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    CR9 doesnt think that Laird did anything wrong but thinks Masterson is a loser even though he didnt do anything like that. How did you figure that?
    - – - – - – - -

    The simple answer is, it’s Silly City, U.S.A. aka Boston and that clearly makes the difference.

  34. whatever January 1st, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    GUYS IF THE YANKEES CANT AFFORD A LEFTFIELD WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THEY CAN AFFORD TO SHELL OUT 25 MILLION FOR CHAPMAN? THERES A BUDGET.. and in case you havent noticed its been said at least 100 times by Cashman already.. it makes me so angry but Hal decided winning isnt important this year so just deal with it…

  35. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Chapman can have a private workout with Hal’s checkbook. :)

    Happy 2010, roger, when do you move to HK?

    And happy 2010 to northy the Dane. How did you become a Yankee fan?

  36. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    Very smart post.

    To judge someone prematurely without all the facts (one could argue that judging people by itself) is foolish.

  37. Christina25 January 1st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    CR9,
    I totally I agree with you that pitchers who throw up and high are punks and Youk was wrong to attack Porsello but I understand why he attacked him. Do you agree that Joba is wrong to throw up and high too and he is a punk for doing so? I dont care what team a pitcher belongs to throwing at somebody’s head is wrong and sick.

  38. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Nick, lol -

  39. Brian $$$$man January 1st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    LF-Geoffrey Sarnataro

  40. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 1st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    ‘gelukkig nieuwjaar’ Nick

    January 14…I’m gonne miss home.I don’t know how you do it

    I mean..not be able to eat ‘frikandellen or krokketen’that’s terrible!

  41. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Let’s also pause a moment and think of LoHudders in harm’s way on this holiday.
    I’m thinking in particular of commenter Erica, who voluntarily saw Bette Midler last evening and has not been heard from since.

    I fear the worst. :(

  42. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Christina25

    I think what Beckett did to Scutaro (actually hitting him in the head) and Abreu (throwing the ball exactly where his head was prior to Abreu getting out of the way) is different from the situations with Joba.

    IMO, and I could be wrong, Joba threw far behind Youkilis on both occasions, with the ball having no chance of hitting Youkilis. I am certain that Joba never actually hit anyone in the head.

  43. Wes January 1st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Brian $$$$man
    January 1st, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    LF-Geoffrey Sarnataro

    *****************
    I have a hunch he’s in Tampa for early workouts to try and impress Joe Girardi.

  44. Christina25 January 1st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I watched the video over and over again with Joba throwing at Youk the first time ever and this is what I thought about it. If Youk didnt duck down he would have been hit in the head by the first pitch. The second pitch it was too far off to hit him.

  45. RS January 1st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Isn’t it obvious why the Yankees aren’t making any noise on Chapman? They’re waiting patiently for the other teams to make their best offers, and then they’ll simply top the highest one. At least, that’s one major possibility.

  46. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    roger, my small-time travel is nothing compared to moving from the heart of European depravity to the Far East.

    Be careful. It can be an especially inscrutable and tricky place!

  47. RS January 1st, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t think Joba intentionally wanted to hit Youk in the head (I don’t think any pitcher ever does) but he wanted to go up and in and it slipped from his hand.

    I remember one of the games this season (it might have been an ALCS game), YES showed Joba’s last warmup pitch (because they thought it was funny), and it sailed 10 ft in the year and hit the backstop. He ended up throwing strike 1 in his first AB and eventually got the out. He has had tons of mechanic problems in the past, which doesn’t make it unusual for him to lose command and then suddenly gain it back.

  48. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 1st, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Nick…so it’s not ok to wear my pink thong in HK?

  49. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I thought it was orange??!?!???

    Either way, I wouldn’t wear it on the outside…at least not in the New Territories.

  50. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 1st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Maybe a red one would be OK there

  51. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Better dead than red! That goes for thongs and socks.

  52. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 1st, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    You’re right

    And besides,orange suits me better anyway:

    http://images0.speurders.nl/im.....6740_1.jpg

  53. mick January 1st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    • It has nothing to do with the Yankeees, but here’s a pretty cool baseball story about a guy who saw Josh Gipson play.
    =========================================================
    Wasn’t his name Gibson?

  54. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    So much for my appetite. :(

  55. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    For anyone interested in the Yankee minor league players “Pending Pinstripes” has a very nice writeup on Jose Ramirez as well as continuing rankings of other players.

    http://mvn.com/pendingpinstrip.....mirez-rhp/

  56. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Nick in SF……great seats, giving 4 to the buckeyes, 2 grand on the Ducks. it’s all or nothing. lose and i’m tapped out for the football season.

  57. damon enjoy 27...think 28 January 1st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Cashman should look into Josh Willingham LF, Nationals and David Dejesus with the Royals both within the Cashmam budget, and keep with the youth movement of the Yankees.

    Willingham is a poor mans Holliday.
    Dejesus is a poor mans Damon, but (6 yrs younger)
    -imo

  58. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Pat M: yikes! I’m with you, but my two grand is closer to pesos than dollars.

    Go Ducks!

  59. gfd January 1st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Damon

    What about A’s CF Rajai Davis he’s a experienced and tested Gardener he’s 29 until Oct!

  60. damon enjoy 27...think 28 January 1st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    -gfd

    I actually had him on the list, and didn’t put him down
    thanks!

  61. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Nick in SF….Not the start i expected

  62. blake January 1st, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    The problem with Dejesus and willingham is that you have to trade for them..Depending on the asking price I’m not sure how eager Cashman would be to trade more prospects in addition to what they’ve already lost….

  63. Stan January 1st, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Once the Holliday signing becomes official, things will start rolling unless his going to St. Louis is pure speculation.

  64. blake January 1st, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I also think the market will start moving more once Holliday signs. I thought a couple of days ago that Holliday to the cards was a foregone conclusion but now I’m a little unsure. I think he probably still ends up there but there has been a lot of inaccuarate reporting on him this winter so who knows.

  65. CR9 January 1st, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Christina25

    I see that you are trying to be unbiased with your as sessment of Joba’s 2 pitches. You could be right, but I’d rather have others’ opinions or see the video again myself.

    I do have a question for you though. You came on here repeatedly during the season calling the Yankees bullies for hitting people.

    IIRC, we lead the american league this year in HBP (many due to lack of control, and from bums like Veras, Melancon).

    But you always failed to mention that the Red Sox have been in the Top 5 in HBPs in the American League every year since 2000, and had 5 Top 2 finishes in that span.

    Even this year, when you were adamant that the Yankees were bullies, the Red Sox only trailed the Yanks by 3 HBPs.

    What, then, does that make the Red Sox?

  66. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    He punched it in! TD Ducks! :mad:

  67. sierchio January 1st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Throwing up and in is part of baseball… if a batter happens to get hit because of it… well, tough luck, that’s BASEBALL. People need to stop being soft. On the other hand, INTENTIONALLY throwing at someones head in an attempt to end their career is just wrong… but I don’t think any pitcher is TRYING to do that…

  68. haiku-man January 1st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    http://www.fanhouse.com

    Fanhouse,has a resolution for all 30 teams in baseball.
    Some funny stuff.

    Here’s a tidbit for the AL East.

    Blue Jays should pick five young starting pitchers, trade the others to help elsewhere

    Orioles should resolve to be relevant again.

    Devil Rays should promote a massive nation-wide fund-raising effort, even if that means sending collection plates around the stadium every game, to keep Crawford. (Yankees are eying him)

    Sawx should give Padres whatever they want for Gonzales since they downgraded from Bay to Cameron.

    Yankees should move Joba to the pen you, (I’ll let you read why.)

  69. damon enjoy 27...think 28 January 1st, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Blake

    Now that the back end of the rotation has Vasquez, Gaudin and some prospect can be traded. Gaudin after arbitraion might make 3mm,Willingham makes 4mm and coming off a .927 OPS in 2009.

  70. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    That Fanhouse article was as stupid as the one declaring the Red Sox team of the decade based on faulty stats.

  71. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind January 1st, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    :)

  72. haiku-man January 1st, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Daveinmd
    it’s stupid because they named the sawx as THEIR team of the decade, ok!

  73. Gil L January 1st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    no damon for you!

    i know many people still envision damon returning to the yanks as demand for him dwindles. however –
    a very interesting list on MLBTR of all multi-year contracts given this off-season, around 30+ names – none by the yanks. it is clear to me that cashman has absolutely no intention of giving a single multi-year deal in 2010.
    furthermore, i now believe that the two years offer to damon was for show only, knowing he’d reject it – much like the yanks did with torre after 2007.
    cashman clearly wants budget flexibility next year to pursue loftier targets. damon ain’t coming back, unless he takes a one year deal.

  74. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I do wonder what the current status of the Yankees/Damon relationship is.

  75. Doreen January 1st, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Nick in SF -

    Hadn’t you heard?

    Damon and the Yankees are parting ways.

    ;)

  76. haiku-man January 1st, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I did read that the Yankees (brain trust) were concerned about Damon’s attitude if he came back after a pay cut. So I think (for what it’s worth,) the Yankees have moved on!

  77. MTU January 1st, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Nick-

    Separated. Soon to be divorced.

  78. gfd January 1st, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    MTU

    Oh no,Divorced!!

  79. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Interesting. I did not know that! :)

  80. bru January 1st, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    damon enjoy 27…think 28

    where are you getting a .927 ops for willingham in 09?

    it says .863

    yahoo also shows he made 2.9 million in 09

    am i missing something?

  81. Doreen January 1st, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    just re-watched the footage from the YES end of season montage.

    Gonna miss Matsui and Cabrera. Probably gonna miss Damon, too. :(

  82. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 1st, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Happy New Year, Angel!

  83. MTU January 1st, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    One night on the town with Miranda and El Duque and Chapman will be ours.

    That, and a lot of the green stuff that is !

    Nardi Contreras will transform him into “El Matador”
    on the mound.

    “El Matador” throwing to “El Torito”. What a duo.

    Can you imagine Banuelos and Chapman together in the Yankee
    rotation someday ?

    Woo hoo !

  84. damon enjoy 27...think 28 January 1st, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    bru

    can’t remember where I seen it, but .863 is great right?
    I did go back to rotoworld and baseball reference and they list .863.

    I sure Hope Cashman has him on his radar.
    Also, he has arbitration coming and could get double or close to it. Sorry for taking so long,I stepped away to start dinner. The GM is inclined to trade him, but says he has to be overwhelmed with an offer.

  85. bru January 1st, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    a good year from Jose Ramirez will push him right to the top of our prospect list

    if he can develope another nice pitch or two look out according to scouts

    i’d like to see a few good pitchers drafted to replace what we lost

    big year coming up for a lot of players especially brackman

    man if he can only get it together

    i read he was giving price from the rays a run for his money before he got hurt

    that’s impressive

  86. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Haiku-They couldn’t even tell the amount of pennants each team had won. They didn’t get basic facts right. When an article can’t get basic facts correct, anything else from that source is suspect.

  87. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    holy turnover batman..come on oregon..

  88. akamgkrebs January 1st, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    January 1st, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    holy turnover batman..come on oregon..
    =============================================
    one good turnover deserves another.

  89. bru January 1st, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    damon enjoy 27…think 28
    January 1st, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    bru

    can’t remember where I seen it, but .863 is great right?
    I did go back to rotoworld and baseball reference and they list .863.

    I sure Hope Cashman has him on his radar.
    Also, he has arbitration coming and could get double or close to it. Sorry for taking so long,I stepped away to start dinner. The GM is inclined to trade him, but says he has to be overwhelmed with an offer.

    ———————————————————–

    .863 is not bad at all but i would not trade for him because our farm system took a few big hits especially losing viz

    melky,kennedy & most of the others are no big deal but anytime you lose a prospect like viz it hurts

    the issue i have with getting vasquez is both joba & hughes will not start unless one goes to AAA

    imo they both should start.
    one in the minors if needed

    we might need 2 pitchers next year so we need too find out if we have 2 potential aces with joba & hughes because if we go after cliff lee it is going too cost a ton of money & he want’s a ton of money.

    if we do get lee we will have 3 pitchers making close too 60 million.with mo it will be 4 making about 72 million

    add that too a hundred million dollar infield

    no wonder why we have a 9.3 million dollar outfield going by 2009 salaries wich will increase but…

  90. GreenBeret7 January 1st, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Ramirez might move up to the top of the ist as Yankee pitching prospects, but, he’s still not moving past Montero unless there’s a catastrophic injury to Montero. He’s also got to be able to outpitch Manny Banuelos, who will be in High A Tampa after turning 19 in March of 2010.

    As far as Brackman goes, how about letting him just get in his innings without making it sound like it’s his make or break year. He’s only pitched in 250 innings since 2995 and that includes college.

  91. GreenBeret7 January 1st, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    He’s only pitched in 250 innings since ***2995*** and that includes college.

    ————————————————————

    Correction: 2005

  92. GreenBeret7 January 1st, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    The Yanks could afford to give up a young pitcher, giving the number of great young arms in the system. I’ll take a pitcher that will help for the 3 or 4 years (possibly) over one that won’t be helping for the next 3-4 years.

  93. damon enjoy 27...think 28 January 1st, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Bru

    Gaudin has been replaced by Vasquez really, so he is a MLB ready player in any trade,and someone from A or AA possibly?

  94. Bronx Born January 1st, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Happy New Year Pat

  95. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Its unlikely to start the same 5 guys all year. So Gaudin is really the 6th starter/swing guy. Tendering Mitre a contract was a mistake.

  96. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Not looking good for LuHudders in Pasadena. :(

  97. Smacketh Downeth January 1st, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Dave, Mitre is coming back from injury and should be better in 2010. Why was it a mistake to tender him a contract?

  98. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Mitre was never any good even when healthy. He was bad in the NL. What makes you think he’ll be any good for us. Ever.

  99. haiku-man January 1st, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Daveinmd

    I read the site for the funny stuff. I could care less about their so called facts. There’re too many great sites for Accurate facts. Today I wanted a good laugh! Chill bro…

  100. Smacketh Downeth January 1st, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Mitre has potential, and tendering him = only money.
    Cutting him would gain us nothing [except room under a self-imposed cap]. Cutting him would be senseless.

  101. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Nick in SF…tap city on new years day. looks like i’ll be borrowing money from my basketball account..the boise state ducks showed up today . ouch, 3 months of work gone

  102. Uou saideth January 1st, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Smacketh Downeth

    Correcteth on Mitre!

  103. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Pac 10 shamed before the nation. Awful. Shcoking.

  104. DT - OPPC member January 1st, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Why a Duck? Ouch….

  105. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Nick in SF, i still have cincy + 13.5..it could be a long day

  106. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Mitre has no potential. He has never pitched to under a 4.65 ERA and most seasons its been over 5. Paying 1 million for that is stupid when you can get that or better for the league minimum.

  107. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    happy new year!

    go gators! (sorry, not yankee related.)

  108. Jerkface January 1st, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Mitre has no potential. He has never pitched to under a 4.65 ERA and most seasons its been over 5. Paying 1 million for that is stupid when you can get that or better for the league minimum.

    You mean to say he has not had any success. He has potential. His pitching arsenal is good enough.

  109. bru January 1st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    47 days before pitchers & catchers report

    batten down the hatches in january & before you know it will be here? :)

  110. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t see anything in his pitching arsenal to think its good enough. He has a decent sinker, but no quality secondary pitches. He is what he is.

  111. Jerkface January 1st, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t see anything in his pitching arsenal to think its good enough. He has a decent sinker, but no quality secondary pitches. He is what he is.

    His sinker is good, he has a decent curve and change. His problem is command, not stuff.

  112. Jerkface January 1st, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Fangraphs has his change and curve as positive pitches, its his fastball thats negative because he leaves it over the plate and it gets hammered, see: Wang, Chien Ming 2009

  113. bru January 1st, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    mitre is terrible

    his career whip & baa nubers are horrific & he will be 29 in feb

    not much hope with him if any at all

  114. bru January 1st, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    mitre has not had one decent year let alone a good one

    been around since 2003

    career whip of 1.56

    career baa .302

    career era of 5.56

    ouch

  115. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    mlbtraderumors has a piece up on jd.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  116. Tom on N.J. January 1st, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Mitre is, what, the 8th starter on the depth chart?

    Who knows, if he’s needed to start Nova or McAllister may be ready.

  117. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    My point was that we can get better than Mitre for much cheaper than what we’ll pay Mitre. Its a waste of money.

  118. Tom on N.J. January 1st, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    How much is Mitre making next year?

  119. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    He made 1.2 million last year. I’d expect at least that with arbitration.

  120. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I would be happy to testify at Mitre’s arb hearing.

  121. Nud January 1st, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    BOTTOM LINE- Johnny Damon should be the opening day left fielder!!!!! He started out asking for 3 for 39…..he will be lucky to get 2 for 15. The Yanks need to lock this up…….If you can resign one of your own players, who is a proven winner (in the 2 toughest markets and he played an INTEGRAL role on both squads) it’s a no brainer!!!!
    Marloyn “freaking”,Byrd just got 5 mil a yr…..resign JD please…it makes too much sense….and yes he can still play a lot of LF…….he just did it on a championship team

  122. akamgkrebs January 1st, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Marloyn “freaking”,Byrd just got 5 mil a yr…..resign JD please…it makes too much sense….and yes he can still play a lot of LF…….he just did it on a championship team
    —————————————————–
    Byrd can play defense; Damon cannot. He only started 128 in the OF in 2009 and was terrible when he did it. The Yanks were willing to pay Damon more than Byrd got, but that was to be a dh, not an outfielder.

  123. bru January 1st, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    man would damon be angry playing for us & 5 million

    cash might be right

    8 million a year pay cut

  124. bru January 1st, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    i think it will be a huge mistake to have damon in the clubhouse with that pay cut

    i can see him being a huge distraction

  125. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    go nud.

    how about 8m for 1 yr. for jd? maybe an option for a second with reasonable buyout. if jd’s skills decline, or if yanks need flexibility, they’re protected for 2011. jd gets 10m guaranteed. better than 12m for 2yrs for some other team.

  126. Nud January 1st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    he will man up….do u think he is not going to play hard when he has to answer to his teammates……plus he wouldnt do that amnyway….JD has been a pro every yr he has played.

    Ya think he would dog it with Jeter, Jorge, Mo, Andy tex and the4 rest of the boys in his grill????

    That is a lame excuse from Cashman. It truly drives me nuts when Cashman talks about a hard number. He speaks like he is a professor when his “hard number” is 200 mil. Just shut your mouth and offer the contracts. Hopefully some of your trades work out this yr. I think they might. Even Vazquez…….you have a disgusting pitching record but you may have gotten this one right!

  127. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Johnny Damon can play LF? This is at Yankee Stadium, at age 37? And he wants 20 mil to do it.

    He’ll need an understudy. Oh, wait.

  128. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Cincy should escape during halftime… like in “Victory”. But do it for real.

  129. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    bo,

    but for his arm, jd was okay out there in left this year. really.

  130. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Blow up the levees… the score will be voided.

  131. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    nick sf,

    no escape from the gators, chomp, chomp.

  132. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    The Yankees OF on opening day was Damon, Gardner, Swish/Nady
    As it stands now it’s Granderson, Gardner, Swisher.

    The defense is an upgrade, I don’t see the panic.

  133. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Blow up the levees… the score will be voided.
    _______________________________

    lmao! gators can swim….

  134. gfd January 1st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Question :

    Who is a better PURE hitter Ichiro or Pujols?

  135. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Damon was not ok in left this year. He was really pretty awful. Though he was better in the postseason.

  136. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    bo,

    but for his arm, jd was okay out there in left this year. really.

    —————————————
    No, he wasn’t really.

    (Checks Fangraphs – UZR -12.1, checks memory – Damon crashing into walls, 4 feet away from ball impact)

    Yep, he really wasn’t.

    Seriously, Tampa Bay and Seattle led the way in showing the importance of OF defense and how it reflected on wins.

    The days of the lumbering herd are over, thank God. I hate OFs that look like the Statue of Liberty chasing after a ball. It’s embarascing.

  137. Tom on N.J. January 1st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Pujols

  138. muffin stump January 1st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    bo,

    i do recall the jumping into the wall pretty far from the ball a couple of times. lol.

    do you really think gardner’s defense makes up for the loss of offensive production, though?

  139. get it right please! January 1st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Bo Knows

    embarrassing, you don’t Know that?

    Add an R,S,and drop the C.

    k

  140. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    This is nothing, Tebow is scheduled to ascend to heaven during halftime.

  141. Daveinmd January 1st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Granderson and Gardner will be as productive overall as Damon and Melky would have been. Its not in the budget to spend another 7 million on a left fielder. The Yankees decided a 4th starter was more important.

  142. gfd January 1st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Tom in NJ

    you need to qualify your answer.

  143. Tom on N.J. January 1st, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Pujols has a higher career BA, OBP, and SLG.

    Ichiro’s a great hitter in his own right. He may be the most unique hitter in the game.

  144. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    get it right please!
    January 1st, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    Bo Knows

    embarrassing, you don’t Know that?

    Add an R,S,and drop the C.

    ————————————–

    Obviously not a Wascally Wabbit conosoor.

  145. gfd January 1st, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Tom in NJ
    Correct, but Ichiro is a better fielder and quicker.

  146. Bo Knows January 1st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I’m sorry

    That was a two step. Setup, predicted response, Thwock.

    Old habits, I’m afraid.

  147. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Just made my home after a distasterous trip to Pasadena…And I see things are going from bad to worse…Well now all I have left is the overs 59 points…..Nick in SF, bad day for the home team….

  148. Christina25 January 1st, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    CR9,
    I dont have a problem with players getting hit with pitches if they need to protect their teamates. My problem is when a pitch is close to the neck and head area. I dont have tolerence for that. Its true that the Red Sox were leading the league but you have to concider that Pedro was part of the 2000 to 2004. The other thing is Wakefield hits players some times but he is not a power pitcher. The thing that bothers me about the Yankees this year and last year is they throw pitches close to the head and the neck. I think Girardi is the one who is behind this practice and its very dangerous. There is no need for somebody to get killed or hurt seriously for a game.

  149. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    blah blah blah the Yankees are a menace, all that good pitching that scares the poor small market Redsocks. Boo hoo. I think someone cares over thataway :arrow:

    Pat M, rough day.

  150. Christina25 January 1st, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Nick in SF,
    Rough day huh? Let me guess. You didnt like the Bruins win.

  151. Pat M., in Pasadena January 1st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Nick in SF….Place those wagers at 2 in the morning after too many spitits…Liquid courage + clouded judgement = a very bad day…..Bearcats, what was I thinking ????

  152. Nick in SF January 1st, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Rough day for one of the respected regulars on the site. I don’t expect you to identify with that. Don’t care about the Bruins.

  153. Hoffa January 1st, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Does anyone else have the feeling that Damon will eventually re-sign?

  154. STOP DREAMING January 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Damon will sign, but not with the Yankees, I hope.
    Too big a pay cut won’t motivate him to perform. He’s disgruntled LET HIM GO!

  155. Daveinmd January 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I’m sure Christina had no problems with Pedro’s headhunting and others on that Red Sox staff. Beckett I’m sure was just fine when he threw at Abreu for having the gall to call timeout. What this is really about is that Red Sox fans weren’t used to Yankees pitchers sticking up for their hitters. Things are different now and they don’t like it.

  156. jennifer January 2nd, 2010 at 12:50 am

    new year and yet Christina is still complaining about the same thing. What a shock. I guess her New Years resolution wasn’t to stop trolling a Yankees blog.

  157. David in Cal January 2nd, 2010 at 12:51 am

    A related question is how much Damon will make. I don’t think he’s worth any more than $5 million on a 1-year contract. Because his power is so well suited to Yankee Stadium, he would have been worth more than that to the Yanks as a DH/LF. Their signing of Nick Johnson ended that possibility.

  158. jennifer January 2nd, 2010 at 12:53 am

    David maybe 8. I agree teams won’t be fooled with his homerun totals. They know many were Yankee Stadium specials.

  159. Rich in NJ January 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Given the way he had trouble tracking flyballs at times, I wonder about Damon’s vision. It seemed almost Sterling-esque.

  160. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 January 2nd, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I think David DeJesus (KC)or Josh Willingham (Nats) sounds better and are young and cheap.

  161. Homecare Atlanta January 2nd, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Really interesting and helpful! I’ll be reading your other posts.

  162. Buddy Biancalana January 2nd, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Christina-

    That the best you got?

  163. Phil January 2nd, 2010 at 7:34 am

    SJ, CB, Rebecca, Dr. Acula…where are you?

  164. randy l. January 2nd, 2010 at 9:02 am

    anyone have any thoughts on why vasquez’s era was 2.87 which was almost a run lower than his previous low ?

    are the yankees getting the guy with the 2.87 era or the guy the previous year who with the white sox had a 4.67 era?

    going from a 4.67 era to a 2.87 era must be more than just switching leagues and ball parks. new approach? new pitch? just luck on balls in play?

    the yankees have an innings eater in vasquez, but will he be a #2, #3 or a #4 starter?

  165. MTU January 2nd, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Randy-

    At least partially an NL effect.

    He was healthy.

    JMO but I believe JV will be about league average at NYS.

    He is prone to the home run ball and will yield plenty to lefty’s.

    Depending on how AJ and Andy do JV could be up to a #2.

    I think Joba is gonna surpise.

    Just my 2 cents.

  166. Matt January 2nd, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Randy ;

    Javier Vasquez bio :

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/....._id=134320

    While he was with the White Sox, Pitching coach Don Cooper spotted a flaw in his delivery and made an adjustment with his arm angle.
    No doubt Dave Eiland will have video of Vasquez and pick up any bad habits he happens to fall into. Vasquez is a good listener.
    Everything to like about his strikeout to walk ratio. He’ll also get run support for most outings with this Yankee lineup.

  167. Phil the Thrill January 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    The pitching coach in Atlanta and some others thought that Javy’s success last year was due to an improved changeup.

  168. Guru Man January 2nd, 2010 at 10:25 am

    javy’s improvemnet last year was 50% playing in the NL and 50% using his slider a lot more. It made his change and fastball look better. He also throws a curve so he was really picting a lot. If he can be a full run higher than his ERA last year we will be very pleased!

    BTW, NJ Steve and a few people have ot right. the budget was spent on Vazquez and Gardner will be given a chance to save a lot of runs defensively and Granderson will be an upgrade both defensively and offensively over Damon in LF. yes, I said, LF, while the Yankees may not do it, there is no reason why Granderson doesn’t play LF and Gardner play CF?

  169. Ross January 2nd, 2010 at 11:14 am

    If I remember correctly, JD had some terrible problems with the sun and other vision-related difficulties in the field last season. He just seemed unable to pick up the flight of the ball at times.

    Given his weak arm – and his unfortunate tendency to ‘spike’ the ball, like a quarterback, at times – it is difficult to imagine which team could afford to put him into the field on a regular basis.

  170. randy l. January 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    thanks for the feedback on my vasquez question concerning the big drop in his era last year.

    it would be nice if he does have an improved change up to have a pitch to keep lefties form teeing off on him.

  171. saucY March 12th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    :mrgreen:


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