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Free agent outfield candidates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman says he’s looking for a, “right-handed hitting outfielder that Joe can look on the bench and say, I’m not going to start one of my left-handers, I’m going to start a right-hander.” Based on his previous moves this winter, we can assume Cashman wants a player on a one-year deal. Based on the fact he sees this spot as a bench role, we can assume he’s not willing to spend more than — I’m guessing here — $3 million or so.

Cashman could trade to fill the spot, but unless such a deal costs virtually nothing in terms of prospects, a trade seems unlikely. Cashman has been hesitant to deal young players, and he’s already traded away six of them this winter. Giving up a couple more to fill a bench spot? I just don’t see it. It’s certainly possible, but free agency offers enough options that a trade seems unlikely (in my opinion).

Wanted: One right-handed hitting outfielder who comes reasonably cheap. Defensive versatility a plus. One-year deal prefered. Enough big league time to be a justifiable upgrade over a Rule 5 pick. Quite a few players fit that description, including these free agents.

Rocco Baldelli
Opening day age: 28
Career splits vs. LHP: .295/.346/.485
Previous contract: One year, $500,000 with heavy incentives
Versatility: Primarily a CF, a lot of RF last year, three games in LF
There’s some injury risk with Baldelli, and he hasn’t played more than 92 games in a season since 2004, his second year in he big leagues. Hard to say how much speed he has left, he’s stolen only five bases the past three years. Still has some power, though.

Jermaine Dye
Opening day age: 36
Career splits vs. LHP: .287/.366/.505
Previous contract: Two years, $22 million
Versatility: Primarily a RF, some time in LF
Hard to say how much Dye might sign for this winter. The White Sox turned down an option to pay him $12 million. The Yankees are reported to be not interested, but Dye does swing right handed and still has legitimate power. Probably not a good match now that the DH spot is filled.

Jonny Gomes
Opening day age: 29
Career splits vs. LHP: .274/.369/.517
Previous contract: Minor league deal
Versatility: He’s played LF and RF, but primarily a DH
A lot of power and a lot of strikeouts from the right side. Not much of a defensive player, but he’s handled both corners in the past. With Brett Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann on the team, there would be more than one late-inning defensive option.

Jerry Hairston Jr.
Opening day age: 33
Career splits vs. LHP: .264/.323/.386
Previous contract: One year, $2 million
Versatility: 62 games of experience at six positions
Easily the most versatile player on the list, Hairston could return to the Yankees strictly as a utility infielder or he could return as a legitimate option for regular starts in the outfield. He actually has much more big league time in the outfield than at either shortstop or third base. One of the lesser offensive options, though.

Reed Johnson
Opening day age: 33
Career splits vs. LHP: .313/.378/.463
Previous contract: One year, $3 million
Versatility: Considerable experience in LF, RF and CF
I’ve written before that this is my favorite of the group. His splits against lefties are outstanding, and his splits against right-handers aren’t crippling. He’s a nice player who could give all three outfielders a day off from time to time, and could step into an everyday role if necessary. Also has a lot of experience in the AL East, having spent five years with the Blue Jays. For whatever it’s worth, he also gets hit by a ton of pitches.

Melvin Mora
Opening day age: 38
Career splits vs. LHP: .268/.351/.454
Previous contract: Three years, $25 million
Veratility: Primarily a 3B with 344 games in the OF
Mora played quite a bit of outfield earlier in his career. He’s kind of an odd fit on this list, but assuming he could still play the outfield, he could meet the specifications, with the added bonus of being able to give Alex Rodriguez some days off at third. His numbers were pretty bad last year, but he had 104 RBI in 2008. Probably not a good fit, but worth listing just the same.

Xavier Nady
Opening day age: 31
Career splits vs. LHP: .308/.383/.471
Previous contract: One year, $6.55 million
Versatility: Both OF corners and 1B
In theory, this is a great fit. Nady’s a good hitter, who could play well above the discounted contract he’s sure to receive. But he’s also coming off a second elbow surgery and brings considerable risk. Can he still play the outfield? Can he still hit? If the Yankees can, Nady might be worth bringing back. If not, he might be as unreliable as the Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann.

Robb Quinlan
Opening day age: 33
Career splits vs. LHP: .299/.340/.456
Previous contract: One year, $1.1 million
Versatility: Mostly 3B and 1B, has also played LF and RF
I wasn’t going to include Quinlan, but his splits against lefties are surprisingly good. I honestly don’t know much about his defense, but the Angels used him at all four corners. Certainly not a big name, but he’s a career .281 hitter and is used to playing a role off the bench.

Fernando Tatis
Opening day age: 35
Career splits vs. LHP: .272/.351/.457
Previous contract: One year, $1.75 million
Versatility: Primarily a 3B, a lot of LF recently
After one huge year in St. Louis, Tatis has settled into a complimentary role. He has a little bit of power. He’s hit for a good average the past two years. He brings solid defensive flexibility, though I’m not sure he’s a great defensive player at any position. His splits against lefties are actually not that much better than his splits against righties.

Marcus Thames
Opening day age: 33
Career splits vs. LHP: .256/.329/.516
Previous contract: One year, $2.275 million
Versatility: Mostly LF, some time in RF and 1B
During the Winter Meetings, when news of the Curtis Granderson trade broke, the writer I was sitting next to immediately declared that the Yankees would end up signing a right-handed corner outfielder. He did a quick run through the Internet and announced his guess: Marcus Thames. It’s not a bad option considering the considerable power and experience in a part-time role. Thames was originally drafted by the Yankees but was then traded for Ruben Sierra.

Randy Winn
Opening day age: 35
Career splits vs. LHP: .280/.332/.426
Previous contract: Three years, $23.25 million
Versatility: At least 400 games at all three OF spots
Winn is a switch hitter, and he’s generally hit both lefties and righties pretty well (but he’s been a little better against RHP and was awful against LHP last year). He probably doesn’t work for two reasons. 1. He’s probably looking for a guaranteed starting job. 2. There’s not guarantee he’ll actually be cheap enough to fit the Yankees plans.

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227 Responses to “Free agent outfield candidates”

  1. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) January 7th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Wow you guys don’t stop.
    Bravo!

  2. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Chad-

    Johnson, Nady, Thames, or Quinlan for me. Not necessarily in that order.

  3. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Trades that don’t cost too much in prospects might work also ?

  4. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) January 7th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    viridiana

    The Bunuel Film?

  5. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    S.o.S: it was a typo (teeny bberry keyboard), but I appreciate that you didn’t viciously attack me for it, as others have in the past…

    =========

    Nick,
    Well that sucks. Here i thought i was learning something fresh and new.
    I already know how to write sentences with typos. Everyone knows that the misspelled word i continuously have in every post of mine is due to freakin keys malfunctioning. Same problem GB has.

  6. Phil the Thrill January 7th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I think it will be Johnson cause he can cover center if Grandy doesn’t progress the way they want against lefties.

  7. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Tatis? He’s still employed by the mlb? I thought he went to Korea or somewhere to play. Next im giong to read Kapler is available.

  8. Andrew @ NoYoureaTowel January 7th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Haha…great minds think alike. I did the exact same thing this afternoon:

    http://www.noyoureatowel.net/2.....es-of.html

  9. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    For whatever it’s worth, he also gets hit by a ton of pitches.

    ========

    That might win it for me. Maybe he can absorb some of the hbp punishment Jeter has year in and year out.

  10. Eric January 7th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Thames and Granderson are really good friends, apparently…

  11. pounder January 7th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Eric Byrnes or Alex Rios would do the trick also,

  12. Andrea January 7th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    As far as a good clubhouse presence – Marcus Thames would gt my vote. Followed him when he was a norwich navigator (AA ball) and he was so amazing with kids – not to mention his baseball ability! Second choice would be Reed Johnson only by what I’ve read here. Thanks for the breakdown of possibilities.

    I still miss Johnny Damon!

  13. Stan January 7th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Nady is too chancy. Reed Johnson looks to be the best fit.

  14. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) January 7th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Nick and Roger made up.
    International incident averted – back to DEFCON 5

  15. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    (repost):

    “what were the WAR projections last winter for 2009 for the yankees and red sox ?

    i’m asking because if the projections didn’t predict correctly last year, why pay attention to them this year ?”

    IIRC CAIRO had the yankees projected to be a 101 win team in 2009. Given that they play in the AL East it makes sense to correct down a few wins due to the unbalanced schedule. So CAIRO had the yankees as a 97-98 win AL East Team.

    I believe CAIRO had the Red Sox as a 95 win team in 2009.

    So it was pretty accurate. The 2009 yankees “overperformed” their statistics for a few different reasons, one of which was their remarkable record in one run games and late inning come backs (which is likely not a reproducible phenomenon).

    Finally, the reason why you’d want to pay attention to projections even if they weren’t accurate for one year is their larger pattern of value.

    Projections works off of some statistical evaluation of “talent.”

    How that talent turns into wins and losses will vary. So if one could play a single season over and over again (say 10,000 times) that same talent would produce different win totals each time.

    The goal of the statistical analysis isn’t to be deterministic. It’s to spur the generation of ideas and points to delve in further.

  16. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Roger, if you were to spend the day walking back and forth between the Damrak and the Liedseplein, how many Yankee/Red Sox/etc. caps would you see vs caps from Japanese/Korwan ;) /Taiwan/etc teams?

    Repeat that test in a few weeks taking the ferry from Central HK to Kowloon and then walking up and down Nathan Road. Or in Taipei!

    The World (Series) is ours!

  17. Patrick January 7th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Great breakdown of the available players that fit the mold Cashman is looking for! I’d lean towards Nady or Reed personally but a number of those players would fit nicely.

  18. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “I wouldn’t say 20 million is a bargain price.

    He’s not nearly as advanced as Strasburg and he signed for 15 million”

    While I agree, the difference is Chapman has multiple teams interested, while Strasburg could only be had by 1 team.

  19. GeorgeInJax January 7th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    How about 25YO .270/.345/.379 26 SB (in 108 Games)
    Contract $408,000.00 That’s Brett Gardner.

    Thames or Gomes to back him up would be ok. Those are the only 2 I think are the right fit as far as age, budget & a little more pop in their bat. Reed Johnson looks good for average against lefties, but you only face lefties around %35 of at bats.

  20. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    vb03
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    “CAIRO had the yankees projected to be a 101 win team in 2009?

    He was always a valuable utility infielder.

    ========

    I must concur. Left field anyone?

  21. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    The only reason i would sign Gomes is for bench clearing brawls. Now that Duncans gone. We need someone to do the dirty work.

  22. matt January 7th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    What prospects would you have to package with Brett Gardner to get David DeJesus? Or does he make too much money?

  23. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth: I would stay on high alert; to date, neither ‘iraqi yankees fan’ nor ‘iranian yankees fan’ have forgiven me for my transgressions.

  24. vb03 January 7th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Miguel Cairo for the right handed platoon in left field! Another gritty gutty player.

  25. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Chad,

    You’re doing a terrific job with the blog. Very good run down.

  26. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 7th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Chad, fantastic post. Thanks for your hard work!

    I don’t think Hairston could play every day or even 1/2 the time in LF, but he’s the guy I want most on the list (specifically as the UTL INF). Outside of that, I suppose Reed Johnson seems like the best fit, though Tatis is interesting.

  27. ArtieA January 7th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I think the Reed Johnson has the best combination of offesnive and defensive capability. Thames has more power and above average arm but I think he strikes out too much. Reed Johnson vs Hairston I think is the decision to be made. I loved Hairston’s versatility. I have to think that is the big decision to be made. It depends how much depth we believe there is in the system..my view. If we believe there is someone behind Pena aka Russo, who can come and play if Pena goes down for any reason, than I would think its worth spending on Reed. If not Hairston. I think that’s how it should be decided. We have enough power..we need defense, speed, and contact in that spot. Boston’s outfield defensively has improved greatly, we have to match up to that.

  28. GeorgeInJax January 7th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I could buy into a trade for DeJesus, he might round out the roster well.

    I’d like to see Gardner get a chance, but DeJesus would make us a better team.

  29. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Rehrase that..the North American series is yours

    Eurpean teams almost always win the world cup for TEAMS against the rest of the world.And yes the best players from Brazil play for these teams just like the best Japanese players play for american teams.
    But they will never(yes never)call themself the world champions without playing the best clubs in the rest of the world.That would just be aggorant…

  30. Lost in Frugality January 7th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Facts:

    - Cashman wanted Holliday
    - Hal felt that winning WS, relieved some tension (frugal)
    - Concern about next years spending was always in mind
    - As I mentioned before xmas 7/120 was not coming from NYY
    - There was a separate budget ONLY for Roy Halladay, but it was thought to be a long shot anyway.

    As much as I wanted to see MH in pinstripes, I would not have given the 7/120 either. Cardinals overpaid based on market value, but not necessarily for the player. If they held out a little longer, they may have had a much better deal.

  31. randy l. January 7th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “Finally, the reason why you’d want to pay attention to projections even if they weren’t accurate for one year is their larger pattern of value.”
    CB-
    thanks for that info. surprisingly accurate.
    i know that a projection is helpful if it’s right a high percentage of the time and that it doesn’t have to be right every time. kind of like a weather report.

    so what does IIRC CAIRO project this year ?

    interesting that wang went down for most of the year after the projection for 2009. i guess that may have been factored in because he had an injured year in 2008.

  32. Pat M. January 7th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Interesting day at The LoHud…..SJ & Go Johnny Go providing some early 2010 fireworks……Senile SJ ??? I think once the Front Office decides to finally cut ties with Johnny Damon, they take a good look at Marcus Thames in my meaningless opinion, as I’m not looking for any fights……..Nick in SF, Crimson Tide tonight

  33. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    “But they will never(yes never)call themself the world champions without playing the best clubs in the rest of the world.That would just be aggorant…”

    Champions league winner is often talked about as essentially being the top club in the entire world.

    They wouldn’t say top team because that gets into the discussion of national teams as well.

    But as far as top professional club in the world – I do think the champions league creates that impression.

  34. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Miguel Cairo for the right handed platoon in left field! Another gritty gutty player.

    ======

    Plus it would keep this reunion thing going.
    I wonder if they could make an adjustable left field fense for Cairos at bats only. Bring it in to lets say 280 feet. I would hate the homer less streak to continue through the whole year. Home field advantage would help the cause.

  35. vinny-b (NJ and Granderson - thank you Cashman!) January 7th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    am a long time fan of Melvin Mora.

    if he were able to play the outfield decently, he would be my selection for a RH bat

  36. m January 7th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    If the Yankees wanted Holliday, he’d be wearing pinstripes. Not red cleats (ew).

  37. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Pat,
    GO LONGHORNS!! Colt McCoy is going to have a MONSTERO game.

  38. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    “so what does IIRC CAIRO project this year ?”

    Yankees are around a 97-98 win team. Boston is around a 95 win team.

    That’s a significant gap but well within the realm of Boston potentially winning.

    “interesting that wang went down for most of the year after the projection for 2009. i guess that may have been factored in because he had an injured year in 2008.”

    So by far the most difficult thing with any projection is how to handle playing time. There is really no accurate way to model this because it’s so unpredictable.

    Going into last year, going the 2009 team, SG projected Wang as throwing only 120 innings.

    Staying relatively conservative and pegging wang at 120 innings rather than 190 or 200 kept the projection more accurate than it otherwise would have been.

    Projecting playing time is really hard because there is really no good way to predict risk.

    That’s why part of the value of a projection for a team like the yankees is determining how much and how best to stratify risk.

  39. saucY January 7th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    bring Thames back! isn’t that the theme this year?

    —-
    MTU
    January 7th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    Chad-

    Johnson, Nady, Thames, or Quinlan for me. Not necessarily in that order.

    ——

    i pretty much made the same list at my desk

    almost put Gomes on mine though.

    too bad shelley duncan is gone ;)

  40. vinny-b (NJ and Granderson - thank you Cashman!) January 7th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Eric Byrnes?

    everyone loves Captain America. A player who makes easy, difficult :)

    love him for a bench player. Except he gets paid too much

  41. Jason January 7th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Is Enrique Wilson available?

  42. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Can someone tell me what FBS stands for on college football? Thanks in advance.

  43. m January 7th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Isn’t Hoffman essentially Duncan? Without the forearm and left field blasts of course!

  44. NYYk9005 January 7th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Sign me up for Xavier Nady, and if not, Reed Johnson!

  45. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    “As much as I wanted to see MH in pinstripes, I would not have given the 7/120 either. Cardinals overpaid based on market value, but not necessarily for the player. If they held out a little longer, they may have had a much better deal.”

    Sounds like a good summary. It made a lot of sense at 5/85. But 7/120 even with the deferred money it wasn’t a deal to move on. Hal made the right call there if it was him (though I don’t think Cashman would have been that eager to go that high for Holliday either).

    Boras did a remarkable job for Holliday given the context. He got the Cards to go well above the number any other team was going to go.

  46. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    CB

    Winning the champions league is indeed the biggest cup.But that doesn’t make you world champion

    And you’re right that is is often seen as the best club in the world but they just won’t say it…you know why?Because you don’t earn that title without playing other non european teams.Just like the yankees don’t deserve the title world champions

    But he…that’s how you see it in the US.I just think baseball is global sport that deserves some international baseball.

  47. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Chad-

    You forgot to list Johnny Damon. I don’t care what Cashman says to the public, Johnny is still on the table. And you know, Cash has never said one thing to the media and then done the total opposite (classic examples- “We will not sign Mark Teixeira”, “Bubba Crosby is our Centerfielder”)

  48. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Nick-

    Looks like you got your post mortem.

    So Cash actually wanted MH but it sounds like hal nixed it ?

  49. tk January 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    WYH & CB,

    I missed the last part of the conversation on the previous thread, but to clarify: In my original I was only looking at the respective lineups (23.8 WAR for BOS vs. 21.5 WAR for NYY). I see that was misleading, but my thought at the time was that the benches probably aren’t finished, especially for the Yankees, and as such BOS currently has another win advantage from that. (Then later I was looking at the low individual #’s.)

    CB,
    The reasons you cited for Boston’s pitching projections and the Yankees’ offensive projections combined with their 97-101 win projections (unadjusted) make me think these two teams have a chance to really dominate the rest of MLB if injuries don’t become too big of an issue.

  50. Lost in Frugality January 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    CB:

    “Sounds like a good summary. It made a lot of sense at 5/85. But 7/120 even with the deferred money it wasn’t a deal to move on. Hal made the right call there if it was him (though I don’t think Cashman would have been that eager to go that high for Holliday either).”

    Maybe I should have said, “Cashman wanted Holliday at the right price”. Everybody was in agreement not to go 7/120.

    *sigh

  51. saucY January 7th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    darn, sos beat me to a duncan reference.

    roll tide!

  52. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Can we say St.Louis got Zitoed? I wonder how the so called best fans in baseball will react if he pulls a slump in April like he did with the A’s?

  53. Terry from NH January 7th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    The DeJesus thing makes alot fo sense, but damn that has been going on for about 3 years now and it wears me out thinking of it, but it would be nice to get him.

  54. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    CB-

    This year Boras found the the one desparate rather than dumb owner.

  55. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    For those who care-

    Joe Torre to appear on the February 8th epsiode of “Castle”

    http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/20.....joe-torre/

  56. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    saucy,
    What the heck does FBS in college football mean?

  57. CB January 7th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Lost,

    I would have liked him too. He made a lot of sense. But they really couldn’t go to 7/120. That would have been a mistake.

    LF is very tough now moving forward. I’m not sold on Crawford or Werth (maybe this year will help provide a better picture of where those two are in terms of their game moving forward).

    There just isn’t any OF talent in the upper level of the system.

    LF is going to need to come via a trade.

    But there’s time for that in the future.

    Maybe we’ll get to do all of this all over on a much bigger scale with Mauer.

    If I were his agent I’d ask for 10yrs/ 250M from the Twins and wouldn’t move much off that number.

  58. tk January 7th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    “Boras did a remarkable job for Holliday given the context. He got the Cards to go well above the number any other team was going to go.”

    I guess the final number wasn’t really surprising, but it is rather perplexing. I mean, what other alternatives could there have been?? I read that STL may have feared Boras having him sign somewhere for one year and going back out on the market, and I imagine he told them he would do exactly that, but that should have just shown them that there was almost no competition…he couldn’t even conjure up a mystery team.

  59. randy l. January 7th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    “That’s why part of the value of a projection for a team like the yankees is determining how much and how best to stratify risk.”

    CB-

    is this like when with CDO’s when risk layers are formed?

    if not what does “stratify risk” mean?

  60. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Lost-

    Apparently MH valued long term security as well as money.

    Guess he didn’t want to be a Yank that bad.

    He didn’t want to have to do for another contract and I can’t say I blame him for that.

    The Yankees just couldn’t go there at this particular time.

    timing is everything.

  61. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    S.o.S: can you use it in context?

    The Champions League is often also called the European Cup (not to be confused with the national Euro competition).

    Many of those countries have top-flight leagues, and countries in other hemispheres have good leagues as well.

    It is not the same with Major League Baseball vs leagues in other countries. Maybe the other leagues will catch up someday. For now, the Yankees are World Series champs (champs of a series watched and celebrated around the world!)

  62. Tom B January 7th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    CB, why can’t gardner just… play left field and get better?

  63. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    My bets are on Nady or Thames.

    I haven’t read anyone else posts yet. Time to catch up. :)

  64. ArtieA January 7th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    BTW Thames will not be coming to the Yankees, no way..check out his OBP and OPS, not Cashman-like. Wont happen. Chad is right on..Reed Johnson has great stats against lefties, good defender, some speed..I just don’t know enough about his throwing arm..does anybody out there know?

  65. saucY January 7th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    sos, i wondered the same thing recently… no idea

  66. Enough Pitching Changes January 7th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    FBS= Football Bowl Subdivision…terrible name..but that is what it is

  67. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Doreen-

    I was about to heat up dinner, but caught you on…

    Just wondering, have you given any more thought to taking over GTLU duties? Busy season starts soon and I am just trying to determine now how GTLU will continue as an e-mail contest, if you don’t take over. I think it could work as E-mail, but I will probably figure out the specifics now while I still have time to think about things like that

  68. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    SaucY-

    I remember Quinlan when he played for the Angels.

    He seemed to be a good ball player.

    I have no idea how he would be as a defender in LF, or elsewhere in the OF.

  69. Erin January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Bring Johnny Back!!!
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    For those who care-

    Joe Torre to appear on the February 8th epsiode of “Castle”

    http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/20…..joe-torre/

    ********************
    I’m much more excited for Swish on HIMYM ;)

  70. Enough Pitching Changes January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I like marcus thames..not reed johnson

  71. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    In NCAA football, ‘FBS’ stands for Football Bowl Subdivision

  72. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert textpert choking smokers, don't you think the joker laughs at you) January 7th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Chad and Sam need an intern to run GTLU.

  73. Enough Pitching Changes January 7th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    i also like rocco b…always hurt but i like him…I do not like Ryan Gomes..that guy is annoying

  74. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I like Texas, but Colt McCoy is a scumbag. Anyone that has a problem with Tim Tebow has to be a scumbag!

    For any New York fan, or Yankees fan, Alabama has something like 11 or 12 championships, and the more championships Alabama gets, they can maybe catch up to the Celtics.

  75. ko January 7th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Slim pickings. Other than getting a righty body or two in there, not much to crow about. May not matter that we’ll have a crappy outfield this year as Boston without Bay is significantly weaker offensively than last year and Tampa is probably a year away from taking off again. I’d recommend, long term, going after Crawford, big time, next year. He’s quality and it hurts Tampa. If the Yankees get into a pickle next spring where their outfield is really hurting them, they do have some extra relievers to put in a deal. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

  76. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Erica -

    It’s been nuts around here, but I haven’t forgotten that I said that. I should have some time next week to figure out if I can do it and I certainly won’t draw out my decision. :) gotta have someone in place by spring training, imo.

  77. Eric January 7th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Nady had one career year in 2008 and was with the Yankees from 7/31 until the end of the season which saw him with no postseason experience.
    Where’s the facination with him ? Any guarantees he can throw after 2 TJ surgeries ?

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com....._id=294558

  78. Roger(live from Amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Nick

    You have to win you’re league or be 2nd to play in the champions league.So you could see this as divisions…

    But never mind.Baseball isn’t as far as soccer is.And will never be if the just ignore the rest of the baseball world.
    Oh well…I will still root for the Yankees to win the North American series

  79. CB January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    “is this like when with CDO’s when risk layers are formed?

    if not what does “stratify risk” mean?”

    randy,

    Stratifying risk is simply systematically apportioning risk so that it’s “spread” in a certain way.

    How one decides to stratify risk is entirely dependent on things like principles, values, trade offs, etc.

    In a sense we all do this all of the time. Organizations need to do it very explicitly so that trade offs can be identified and valuated.

    The purpose of a mutual fund is to broadly stratify risk within the stock market. People who are more willing to absorb more risk may choose to bet everything on 2-3 stocks.

    CDO’s were supposed to be a manner of stratifying risk in a very “sophisticated” way. That didn’t work out so well. There’s a laundry list of why that is, part part of it is the conceptual flaws in the way that prices and implicitly risk was modeled by economists. It was partly an issue of bad methodology.

    These past two off seasons we’ve seen the yankees stratify risk in interesting ways. That’s what “getting younger” does. That’s also what adding starting pitching does.

    This is really what Cashman meant when he acknowledged that the team could have strengthened either LF or the rotation and they elected to strengthen the rotation. That’s a very clear trade off that’s an explicit way of stratifying risk. The yankees elected to minimize risk in their rotation while taking more risk in LF. That was the trade off.

    Jeter and Posada are significant risks to get injured given their ages, positions, and Jeter’s hitting style. The team is surrounding them with players who are less likely to get injured. That’s not all of the reason why the team is operating the way it has. But it’s part of it.

  80. MTU January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Prime targets for next year:

    CC or Jayson Werth
    Cliff Lee or Brandon Webb

  81. go johnny go January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Pat M.
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    Interesting day at The LoHud…..SJ & Go Johnny Go providing some early 2010 fireworks……Senile SJ ??? I think once the Front Office decides to finally cut ties with Johnny Damon, they take a good look at Marcus Thames in my meaningless opinion, as I’m not looking for any fights……..Nick in SF, Crimson Tide tonight
    ————————————————————

    Pat M I also called him schizophrenic due to the fact that he’s always flip flopping opinions depending on who he attacks during a certain day – so if he’s old (which i think he is due to his curmudgeoness) he is senile if he’s not old then he’s schizophrenic – all to feed that huge ego of his in that he thinks he’s always right – when in fact he’s wrong more than half the time –

    back in august or whenever it was when the chapman news came out he repeated himself ad infinitum on how the yankees were all in on him because an arm like that is too special to pass on – now when it seems the yankees aren’t interested he changes his opinion that maybe they just didn’t value that same arm so much – so which one is it?- of course all of this started that he once again decided that calling adults names because he’s insecure (or senile or just plain crazy)is his way of operating on this blog – i’m kind of tired of him and his “holier than thou” attitude – when he is wrong more than anyone else on here..

    GB i read your entry in the last thread about the battle of wits and how SJ44 was battling a boy (which i’m not by the way and if i were then what does THAT say about sj44 when he’s reduced to fighting with a 12 yr old – thats what the old guys do when they tell kids to “Stay off my lawn”)- unfortunately my dear man – people like sj44 wouldn’t be able to battle wit for wit with me (nick in SF on the other hand would kill me in about 15 seconds) i use about 3% of my wit when battling people like sj44….on the same note – although you call people names as well – you actually don’t take yourself that seriously – and call yourself names more than anyone else – so in my book you’re ok (not that that means anything to you) –
    thats the difference between you and people like him – you know you are just a regular guy who happens to like calling people and yourself names while conversing about things you like – he’s like the assbleep school teacher who makes a point to not only pick on a student but embarass him so badly that the kid ends up with some sort of mental issue – like he takes great pride and happiness to not only belittle someone but then rub his face in it all day long… and again this is from the same guy who i can point out a laundry list of things he’s said that were just absolutely wrong – yes some were right (like the yankees not offering damon arbitration) but even a godbleepin blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then…anyway like i said i won’t be commenting on sj44′s posts anymore and i hope he will repay the gesture..

  82. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry Nick, having computer problems.
    “McCoy has a 45-7 record as a starter, three more victories than any other FBS quarterback has ever won.”

    FBS= Football Bowl Subdivision…terrible name..but that is what it is
    Thank you EPC for the FBS. Its like they purposely try to make things difficult for us.

  83. Warning Track Power January 7th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    2 names interest me: Nady & Hairston
    They have each worn the pinstripes. The rest on this list all have big risks attatched

  84. Brian January 7th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    IMO, NAdy is actually the jewel of that bunch. He has more upside.

  85. David in Cal January 7th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    According to River Ave. Blues, Reed Johnson has a history of injuries, particularly back injuries. http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....son-21818/ I don’t know how this affects Chad’s evaluation. Johnson got $3 million from the Cubs in 2009. Presumably the Yanks would pay more than that.

    Based on his stats, Johnson seems like a perfect fit for the Yanks. He could sub for either Gardy or Grandy against LH pitching and he could fill in at any outfield position in case of injury. OTOH $3 – $4 million seems like a lot to pay for a backup outfielder who’s at risk of going down with a back injury. If they have to pay $3- $4 for Johnson, and if Damon comes down to $5 to $6, would Damon be the better signing?

  86. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Doreen
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    Erica -

    It’s been nuts around here, but I haven’t forgotten that I said that. I should have some time next week to figure out if I can do it and I certainly won’t draw out my decision. gotta have someone in place by spring training, imo.

    **********

    Sounds fair to me!

  87. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I like Texas, but Colt McCoy is a scumbag. Anyone that has a problem with Tim Tebow has to be a scumbag!

    ========
    CR9
    Are you joking? They are real good friends. They showed them hanging out in the Heisman invitation.

  88. SJ44 January 7th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Johnny,

    you have been whining about not commenting anymore about my posts and have been doing nothing but commenting on th for hours.

    You whine about namecalling and have doing nothing but calling names for hours.

    I get the fact you are a little boy who got his feathers ruffled.

    Time to grow up son. I will comment on any topic I want on here.

    Twerps like yourself come and go and change their screenames to post more nonsense all the time.

    You post gibberish, which you did today, you get called on it on here.

    Toughen up and grow. It will help you when you leave your sandbox.

  89. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I still think Damon will eat some crow and come back.

  90. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    S.O.S

    They had a story somewhere a while ago (I know, not real helpful) about how Colt and Sam Bradford are good friends, and Colt disliked Tim.

    I cannot imagine anyone getting into any controversy at the Heisman week.

  91. go johnny go January 7th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    yes dad..

  92. Boston Dave - XXVII January 7th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Reed Johnson will be lucky to get $2M

  93. GreenBeret7 January 7th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Enough Pitching Changes
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    i also like rocco b…always hurt but i like him…I do not like Ryan Gomes..that guy is annoying

    ————————————————————

    His brother Jonny is a better player and much less annoying.

  94. Boston Dave - XXVII January 7th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    At this point Johnny Damon coming back would be huge. That lineup would be ridonculous!

  95. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Gammons On Chapman, Lowell, Damon
    By Luke Adams [January 7 at 6:15pm CST]
    Peter Gammons answered fans’ questions today in a chat session for the Boston Globe. Most of the inquiries were Red Sox-related or required some guesswork from Gammons, but let’s check out a few highlights….

    •Gammons speculates that the Angels will end up landing Aroldis Chapman, pointing to Chapman’s connection to Kendry Morales as a possible factor.
    •Mike Lowell’s hip is improving and his thumb injury shouldn’t be an issue by March. Gammons thinks there will still be some teams that would be willing to take on $2-3MM of the third baseman’s contract, and that the Red Sox will eventually be able to trade him.
    •The Red Sox may try to acquire another big bat sometime down the road, but right now the team doesn’t seem too concerned about it. They think their improved defense will help make up for the offense they lost when they parted ways with Jason Bay.
    •If Johnny Damon can’t find a two-year contract that’s close to his asking price, Gammons wouldn’t be surprised to see the outfielder back in the Bronx next season.

    ___

    via MLBTR
    Peter Gammons, when is his work not “Boston-related”? (in response to the first paragraph)

  96. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Erin
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm
    Erica – always OPPC – Bring Johnny Back!!!
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    For those who care-

    Joe Torre to appear on the February 8th epsiode of “Castle”

    http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/20…..joe-torre/

    ********************
    I’m much more excited for Swish on HIMYM

    ***********

    I watch both shows, but I am def more excited about HIMYM too!

  97. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    CR9,
    Dont believe everything you read in the Inquirer. Iv heard Colt complement Tim numerous times. They had a special on them having dinner together in the Hiesman induction and they were going on about what they liked about the others game. He could have picked some other player to hang out with. He’s a very kind kid much like tebow. Cant picture him being a hater. So long story short ITS FALSE CR9!! Now take it back.

  98. Metal Hoops January 7th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Catch CC Sabathia on the Jay Leno Show tonight on NBC as he duels Denzel Washington in Yankees Trivia!!!!!

  99. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 7th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Anyone read about that poor Long Island woman and her baby trampled to death by an elephant?

    The Yankees have patience that I simply don’t have, lol, so they can wait Damon out or not, whatever they choose. The Yankees have been in complete control this off-season and I love it.

    I wonder if Cash’s comments were directed at Johnny. I don’t mean to imply that he’s truly not looking for a RH bench player, but it’s also possible that Cash still would like Damon at his price and that this is an attempt to try and get Damon to crawl back.

  100. GreenBeret7 January 7th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    go johnny go
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    GB i read your entry in the last thread about the battle of wits and how SJ44 was battling a boy (which i’m not by the way and if i were then what does THAT say about sj44 when he’s reduced to fighting with a 12 yr old – thats what the old guys do when they tell kids to “Stay off my lawn”)- unfortunately my dear man – people like sj44 wouldn’t be able to battle wit for wit with me (nick in SF on the other hand would kill me in about 15 seconds)

    ***i use about 3% of my wit when battling people like sj44***

    ————————————————————

    I would have never guessed that you even had 3%. Don’t waste what’s left of the 2%.

  101. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    His brother Jonny is a better player and much less annoying.

    ==========

    GB7,
    Freakin hillarious. I gotta say, your humor is very original and much different than most of us here. I mean you comb your hair(whatever is left of it)the same way. But something is different. Must be something in the name. Classic to say the least.

  102. Bob Michaels January 7th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    We need some news fast Some excitement.Getting colder & Colder. Have Cashman make a decision

  103. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hey go johnny go, please leave me out of this. I conside SJ44 to be one of my friends on here and I value his contributions here whether I agree with any particular point or not.

    Like any rational human being, what he says on Day 42 might have evolved from what he said on Day 23 if intervening facts warrant such evolution.

    Maybe you should try to increase your wit % and dial down the vitriol.

  104. austinmac January 7th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    It’s like Super Bowl Sunday here in Austin. The groceries stores and restaurants are packed.

    GB7–I have never heard of any plans to broadcast the festival. I don’t know why not. It’s a great idea.

    I hate to say it, but the budget has left me now down to wanting Reed Johnson. He gets my vote. Cashman is counting, isn’t he?

  105. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Will there be a presser for Javy?

  106. go johnny go January 7th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    GreenBeret7
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:39 pm
    go johnny go
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    GB i read your entry in the last thread about the battle of wits and how SJ44 was battling a boy (which i’m not by the way and if i were then what does THAT say about sj44 when he’s reduced to fighting with a 12 yr old – thats what the old guys do when they tell kids to “Stay off my lawn”)- unfortunately my dear man – people like sj44 wouldn’t be able to battle wit for wit with me (nick in SF on the other hand would kill me in about 15 seconds)

    ***i use about 3% of my wit when battling people like sj44***

    ————————————————————

    I would have never guessed that you even had 3%. Don’t waste what’s left of the 2%.

    ——————————————————
    nice -i guess you don’t take compliments well…did you get the extra big keypad i sent you for christmas?

  107. Eric January 7th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Rich in NJ
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:29 pm
    I still think Damon will eat some crow and come back.

    “““““““““““““““`

    If Damon eats crow he’ll do it on his own. Scott Boras has chateaubriand taste.
    Cashman has made his point saying he wants a RH hitter.

  108. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Nick,
    I consider you my friend even though your in No.Cal and im in So.Cal which would obviously mean “Take out your knives and guns”. Get ready to Rumble. I wont do it!!

  109. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “If Damon eats crow he’ll do it on his own. Scott Boras has chateaubriand taste.”

    Damon is the pricipal, so that’s how it should work.

  110. Dr Mustard January 7th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    How about some spring training invites for Kenny Lofton and Tony Womack

  111. Sean Ryan January 7th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Johnny Damon’s Yankee career is OVER.

    O-V-E-R… OVER!

    Notice all the the players Chad named are right handed. Why is that? Because Cashman said he wants a right handed bat for the outfield. Not so much a starter, but a bench guy, who can spot starter, and maybe even split time with Gardner. Who fits that?

    REED JOHNSON.

  112. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    S.O.S

    I take it back. Colt is a good guy then!

    And it was not the enquirer, it was a story on ESPN or a legitimate sports website.

    By the way, type in google “Colt McCoy dislikes” and you get the searches that finish with “Tebow” and “Tim Tebow”

  113. akamgkrebs January 7th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    How about some spring training invites for Kenny Lofton and Tony Womack
    =====================================================
    Hector “what a pair of hands” Lopez

  114. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    S.o.S., I consider you a friend here too, but Rolllllllllll Tide!

  115. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    “Notice all the the players Chad named are right handed. Why is that? Because Cashman said he wants a right handed bat for the outfield”

    It’s the art of negotiating. See Cash’s comments on Bubba Crosby.

    We already have enough 4th OF.

  116. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    From MLBtraderumors.com-

    •If Johnny Damon can’t find a two-year contract that’s close to his asking price, Gammons wouldn’t be surprised to see the outfielder back in the Bronx next season.

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

  117. Scott January 7th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Chad,

    Terrific blog post! I’ve been enjoying your work. Thanks.

    s

  118. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Nick in SF, this copy & paste job is for you:

    Chien-Ming Wang is telling friends he’s prepared to move on from the Yankees, according to Peter of the Boston Globe. He says Wang should be ready to join an MLB rotation in May.

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

  119. Roger(live from amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    It’s getting a bit to friendly here…are you guys sending each other flowers as well?

  120. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I guess Wang has to be ready for that. Sigh.

  121. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Roger(live from amsterdam)
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    It’s getting a bit to friendly here…are you guys sending each other flowers as well?

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

    Hey!!! I Like flowers!!!!!!!!!!

  122. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Wang will not be effective by May. You can’t believe what anyone says when they are negotiating.

  123. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Rich in NJ
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:01 pm
    Wang will not be effective by May. You can’t believe what anyone says when they are negotiating.

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

    Does that include statements like “I don’t want a left handed bat” and “Bubba Crosby is my centerfielder”????????? :-)

  124. Buddy Biancalana January 7th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Agreed with Rich, Johnny will be back.

  125. Roger(live from amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Erica,if i sent you tulips..will you be my friend?

  126. GreenBeret7 January 7th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    austinmac
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    It’s like Super Bowl Sunday here in Austin. The groceries stores and restaurants are packed.

    GB7–I have never heard of any plans to broadcast the festival. I don’t know why not. It’s a great idea.

    I hate to say it, but the budget has left me now down to wanting Reed Johnson. He gets my vote. Cashman is counting, isn’t he?

    ————————————————————

    Where’s the festival being held, Mac? Is it an open air?

  127. S.o.S. January 7th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    We love you to Rog. I would send you flowers but they would probably die by the time they got to the other side of the world.

    Good night fellas. And HOOK EM HORNS!!

    Dont be so harsh on go johnny. I dont think he meant any harm. Its always tough getting ganged up on the first day of school. Second day is always easier.

  128. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Roger(live from amsterdam)
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Erica,if i sent you tulips..will you be my friend?

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

    Absolutely!

  129. YankeeRay January 7th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I forget who mentioned it first on here but trading for the Marlins Cody Ross would be a great get. He has right handed pop and can also play CF. His uniform is dirty every game and the Yankee fans would love him. He is a better more likeable Chad Curtis.
    Would cost us some young arm prospect or possibly a catcher but he would be a great fit.

  130. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    “Does that include statements like “I don’t want a left handed bat” and “Bubba Crosby is my centerfielder”????????? ”

    Yes, Erica.

  131. Tony C January 7th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    If Nady checks out ok I’d like to see him return. Also Hairston showed he has the metal to play in the Bronx and had made some
    clutch plays in the field and with the bat.

  132. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Hairston is worse in the OF than Damon.

  133. CR9 January 7th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Chad Curtis could not be any more likeable….

    After shunning that scumbag Jim Gray after his WS walkoff, for Gray harassing Pete Rose.

  134. Buddy Biancalana January 7th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    McGwire could be a pinch hitter as well as hitting coach.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4804082

  135. GreenBeret7 January 7th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    S.o.S.
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    His brother Jonny is a better player and much less annoying.

    ==========

    GB7,
    Freakin hillarious. I gotta say, your humor is very original and much different than most of us here. I mean you comb your hair(whatever is left of it)the same way. But something is different. Must be something in the name. Classic to say the least.

    ————————————————————

    I had been taking lessons from George Burns. I called and they said it had been cancelled. I wonder why?

    I’ll say it before you do. yes, George and I are the same age.

  136. pat January 7th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    “Chien-Ming Wang is telling friends he’s prepared to move on from the Yankees, according to Peter of the Boston Globe.”

    Friends= Peter of the Boston Globe probably

  137. GeorgeInJax January 7th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Hairston makes sense off that list as he is versatile and has a lot of MLB experience.
    Most on the list are not in the budget.
    Why would you pay millions to back up the $400,000.00 guy?

  138. randy l. January 7th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    “This is really what Cashman meant when he acknowledged that the team could have strengthened either LF or the rotation and they elected to strengthen the rotation. ”

    CB-

    i’m assuming in this way of thinking that if a left fielder goes down it’s easier to replace a left fielder in season than it would be to replace a starter so there is less risk by making sure you have plenty of good starters.

    i’m also assuming that if jeter or posada or another good hitter goes down the risk is minimized because the yankees have a lot of other good hitters to pick up the guy who goes down. a hitter is one ninth of a starting offense. a starting pitcher is one fifth of a rotation.

    and a player like jeter is valued for both offense and defense and his replacement can cover the defensive part just not the offensive part. with a starter their value is all pitching.

    it also seems that a way to spread risk is to not spend everything( money or prospects) you have in the winter but keep something in reserve for adjustments as the season goes on as a team doesn’t know where a need will develop and can’t have a back up plan for every possibility because of cost. the insurance would be too high.

    in leaving left field a low cost position, they have room to make a change later if needed in left field or another position if an injury happens. it makes sense to me.

  139. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    “Hairston makes sense off that list as he is versatile and has a lot of MLB experience.”

    Did Joe Torre type this?

  140. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know if Roger appreciates world humor. Er, I mean, North American humor.

  141. Wave Your Hat January 7th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    This is just a drive-by as I have to go watch the game, but I hope the Yanks don’t settle for Reed Johnson. He just doesn’t hit righties, it would really limit his usefulness.

    Trade Chamberlain or Hughes plus more for Choo or Cruz, if not possible spend the money on Damon, if Hal won’t say yes sign Nady or Thames, preferably Nady.

  142. beau January 7th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    When will the Yankees notice in his career, Nick Swisher has played 117 games in left field, plays right field , and 1st base? WHEN?

  143. Sean Ryan January 7th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Bubba Crosby comparison is laughable.

    Gardner’s ’09 WAR: 2.1.

    Crosby’s ’05 WAR: 0.0

  144. MaineYankee January 7th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    “in leaving left field a low cost position, they have room to make a change later if needed in left field or another position if an injury happens. it makes sense to me.”

    randy

    Be carefull you are starting to sound like you think Cashman is doing something right. :lol:

  145. Tony C January 7th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    In 35 games played in the OF (combined Reds/Yanks) Hairston committed 0 errors. Granted it’s a small sample size.

  146. TD January 7th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    How about we bring back damon as DH # 2 spot.

    Get rid of NJ

    And get this RH Bat LF anyway.

    Like Reed Johnson.

  147. Sean Ryan January 7th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Errors is not a good state when judging defense.

  148. timo January 7th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Heyman reported that the Yanks were interested in DeRosa up until the time he signed with the Giants for 2/$12M, which happened a week after the Vazquez trade. I would take that as a more realistic gauge of where the LF budget can go. Although it’s possible that the Yanks will go the cheap route if Cashman waits long enough that there are no other options left.

  149. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Erica…dear… we discussed that PeteAbe nugget earlier. Nothing has changed.

  150. Austinmac January 7th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    GB7–The ACL Festival is in September. It is open air over three days. You never know to bring your umbrella for the sun or the rain. It has become a very big event with big names and those I never heard of.

  151. Sean Ryan January 7th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    TD…. Get rid Nick Johnson? Come on. Be realistic.

  152. blake January 7th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    The tide is gonna roll tonight. I really don’t think it’ll be that close.

  153. Must wean fans off Damon, January 7th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    He’s gone let him go!

  154. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Sean Ryan

    Bubba Crosby comparison is laughable.
    Gardner’s ‘09 WAR: 2.1.
    Crosby’s ‘05 WAR: 0.0
    __

    I like Gardner, but if you think that one season’s WAR is dispositive of anything, you need to question why you are laughing.

    Also if Gardner doesn’t play CF, there goes .5 WAR.

  155. Tony C January 7th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Errors is not a good state when judging defense.

    Really?

  156. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Nick in SF
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    Erica…dear… we discussed that PeteAbe nugget earlier. Nothing has changed.

    **********

    Sorry sir- I was being a good employee and not reading LoHud comments until I got home. I’ll try not to do it again!

  157. Roger(live from amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Nick,you called me stupid,sad and a lot more things. But if you represent north american humor. Then i’m all for it

    tulips are coming you’re way

  158. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The very idea that McCoy would speak ill of St. Tim…whether it’s true or not… :mad:

  159. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Roger, I never called you stupid! And if you hold a grudge, I will be sad… :(

  160. Pat M. January 7th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Blake, I say Bama winsby double figures……..Texas, slightly over rated, they were lucky to get pass a Nebraska team that wasn’t very impressive this season……Also I have the revenge factor from 4 years ago when Reggie Bush & USC gave away the National Title….Alabama 28-17

  161. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    What the —- is Josh Groban doing to the National Anthem??????? That was just weird.

  162. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Johnny Back!!! January 7th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Roger(live from amsterdam)
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    Nick,you called me stupid,sad and a lot more things. But if you represent north american humor. Then i’m all for it

    tulips are coming you’re way

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

    I am NOT sharing my tulips with Nick!

  163. Francis Isberto January 7th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    How about Johnny Damon? Let’s not forget the success that he had in his stint with the Yankees especially in the post-season.

    If he comes in cheap the Yankees should grab him.

  164. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I love tulips but am so afraid to try planting them.

  165. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption January 7th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Pat M. — That was one of the better National Championship games I’ve seen. Minus your heartbreak of course as neither team meant anything to me.

  166. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    That was a rather lackluster rendition of the World Anthem.

  167. randy l. January 7th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    “Be carefull you are starting to sound like you think Cashman is doing something right.”

    maine yankee-

    he’s been listening to my complaints on the blog for the last few years and is finally getting it right :)

  168. blake January 7th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Pat M, yea if Texas couldn’t move the ball on Nebraska I don’t see them doing much against Alabama especially when Sabeen has had a month to prepare. I don’t see texas stopping the run either…the SEC doesn’t lose these games often..

  169. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Lackluster?

    That’s a kind description of what that was.

  170. MaineYankee January 7th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    randy

    You may be right, as you can see he got an innings eater SP.

  171. blake January 7th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Was that Flea playing base with Josh Grobin…definitley weird

  172. Doreen January 7th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Brent Musberger needs to retire. NOW.

    Before the storm? What?

    Sheesh.

    Just for the record, my hubby is watching this football game and I am in the same room keeping him company. :) So I have no patience for the awful anthem and the trite commentary by BM.

  173. blake January 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Geez when did Johnny Damon start punting for Alabama…that’s a TD if the kicker hadn’t noodle armed it

  174. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Is Nick Saban trying to make fools of us all?????

  175. Pat M. January 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    What in the hell is going on with Sabean ?????

  176. pat January 7th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    “I love tulips but am so afraid to try planting them.”

    Very simple to do and a lifetime of pretty each spring.

  177. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Pat M, I think you figured it out, Brian Sabean made that call… it was the Hail Zito.

  178. akamgkrebs January 7th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    When will the Yankees notice in his career, Nick Swisher has played 117 games in left field, plays right field , and 1st base? WHEN?
    =======================================================
    they notice that he plays none of them well

  179. randy l. January 7th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    “You may be right, as you can see he got an innings eater SP.”

    maine yankee-

    after initial disappointment, i’m ok with him getting vasquez instead of livan :)

  180. Roger(live from amsterdam) January 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Haha no i don’t nick. Why would i?

    besides,our conversations made
    me improve my english quite a bit these last
    months. I owe you

    although it would have been easier if you spoke dutch,german or even french haha

  181. Just say no, to Damon January 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Sooner or later, the Yankees needs to move forward. His huge head, ego, and greed won’t allow him to come back! NEXT!!

  182. Laura - I'm ready for baseball!! January 7th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I don’t understand why the Yankees just don’t sign Damon to a one year, $7mil deal with a club option for the second year. They are really acting like they don’t want him back.

  183. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Roger, I have in fact worked as an English teacher (in Taiwan) in the past. And of course I am highly skilled in international relations. As you can tell. :)

  184. Just say no, to Damon January 7th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Yankees offered 2 @14mm, Big head said no, 2@ 20mm. Cashman said not!

  185. Pat M. January 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Laura, I’m with you, and since the club didn’t want to go with the 7 years with Holliday, Johnny Damon has always been in the picture….More so than ever….The proposal that you just presented is right in the ball park………..Bama is fortunatw & so am i that it’s only 6 zip after such a unreal start to the National Championship game

  186. Frank January 7th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    “They are really acting like they don’t want him back.”

    Perhaps they aren’t acting.

  187. Nick in SF January 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Laura, I don’t mean to alarm you, but there is a rumor that Feb 2 might be chosen as the date for the State of the Union address…interfering with the L O S T premier. :mad:

  188. Blame BORAS for Damon not signing January 7th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Damon was played by his agent, who wanted Holliday on the Yankees. Holliday said on XM radio the Yankees are his 1st choice, the Mets his 2nd. Heard it with my own ears.

  189. Laura - I'm ready for baseball!! January 7th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    “Laura, I don’t mean to alarm you, but there is a rumor that Feb 2 might be chosen as the date for the State of the Union address…interfering with the L O S T premier.”

    I’ve seen that story on the net and suffice it to say, I’m not happy!!!!!!

  190. Chad Jennings January 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    New post.

  191. Laura - I'm ready for baseball!! January 7th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    “Perhaps they aren’t acting.”

    It would appear so. I’m confused as to why they were so concerned with Matsui and Damon staying healthy, but have no problem signing NIck “Just call me Mr. DL” Johnson. Makes no sense.

  192. Rose January 7th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    If Nady is healthy (big if) I would sign him and play him full time in the OF. Gardner would be the 4th outfielder.

  193. jvcelt January 7th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    they are simply posturing. it doesn’t seem as if mr damon has created too much interest with the price that his agent has proposed. it would seem that he will be in lf this spring.

  194. Sean Ryan January 7th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Tony C-

    Really?

    ————

    Yes… UZR and Range Factor are FAR better than just errors, errors tells me next to nothing for an OF.

  195. Moe January 7th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Rocco Baldelli for me.

    He would be a good part time player.

  196. nycornerstone January 7th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    get barry bonds out of being left out , sign him for 1 million and put him in left field and watch the yankees hit 300 homers this year

  197. CAYANKSFAN January 7th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    F the payroll, resign Damon 1yr $8M, Nady $1yr $5M and bring back Wang for $2M with incentives.

  198. CAYANKSFAN January 7th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Jeter, Damon, Texeira, A-God, Posada, Swisher, Cano, Nady/Johnson, Granderson.

    R U kidding me?

  199. Sarl January 7th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    From the list of prospective candidates, I would go Marcus Thames in a heartbeat. He is a good defensive outfielder and he has some pop in his bat; great club house guy would be a great fit. Sign him up!!

  200. Sarl January 7th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    In this order, Marcus Thames, Roco Baldelli and Jermaine Dye….none of the others matter. As indicated in a previous post, Boras played Damon. With Damon asking for a 4 years contract worth 40Mil, he priced himself out of the game for a lot of teams. Damon was a great fit for the Yanks and he will sorely be missed but I blamed this on Boras. As you can see, Boras’ clients have not gotten anywhere near the monies he was asking for, i.e., Holliday, 7-8 year contract for about $160-170mil; Beltre` 4 years 40mil and Damon 4 years 40mil. The Cardinals bidded against themselves and grossly overpaid for Holliday.They will rue the day they signed him to this kind of a contract. He was worth no more than 6-years 100Mil. Beltre ended up signing a one year deal with Boston, 3 years off what the Super Agent was asking for. Now, as good as Damon has been in his career, he is struggling mightily to find a taker because of Boras’ stupid asking prices.

  201. pistol pete January 7th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    All these guys stink. Just sign Damon, get a righty bench bat that can field ie Hairston and stop the insanity. These no names never work for the Yanks.

  202. YankFanDave January 8th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Comparing the roster OF for contenders:
    Bosox
    Ellsbury-Cameron-Drew
    Reddick-Hermida

    Rays
    Crawford-Upton-Kapler
    Joyce-Perez-Ruggiano-Jennings

    Twins
    Young-Span-Cudyer
    Kubel-Pridie

    Mariners
    Bradley-Gutierrez-Suzuki
    Langerhans-Carrera-Halman-Saunders

    Rangers
    Murphy-Hamilton-Cruz
    Gentry-Boggs-Borbon-Golson

    Angels
    Rivera-Hunter-Abreu
    Matthews-Willits-Bourjos-Evans-Pettit

    Yanks
    Gardner-Granderson-Swisher
    Hoffman

    Not scientific, a whole-team context or terribly analytical but to the eye that is pretty sobering and a bit worrisome.

  203. DaSaint007 January 8th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I’ll take Nady, Johnson, or Hairston, in that order. Gardner and/or Hoffmann can back up Nady defensively in late innings if necessary. But if Nady returns to the form he was in when he was acquired, he’d be a great choice.

    Defensively, and I’ve said this before: could he possibly throw any worse than Damon? Doubt it.

  204. DaSaint007 January 8th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    YankFanDave,

    That’s a great comparison. Allows us to see things in a broader context, but I disagree with you. Frankly, none of the other team’s outfields scares me, except possibly the Rays and Angels. That’s it.

  205. Yanks831 January 8th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    IDE choose the x man (nady) he’s from salinas where I’m from, on my favorite team and just a good valuble player

  206. Mitchell January 8th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Andres Torres

  207. MIke RI January 8th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Not sure why anyone would take Nady. The man has had 2 tommy john surgeries.

    With little outfield depth, the last thing we need is another injury risk. If he gets hurt we are right back to square one.

  208. Rishi January 8th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Do Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday constitute the best 3-4 combination in the majors? Among St. Louis baseball writers, the consensus is that they don’t, with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira taking the top spot and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun giving the two Cardinals a good fight.

    http://www.stltoday.com/blogzo.....d-4-combo/

  209. wms January 8th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    damon back, rids himself of boras one year deal.

  210. ELKEAL January 8th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I’d like to see Nady return, and hope he stays healthy. Nady could be a part time LF, and still help the team. Also, Baldelli would be worth the risk, as a part time player.

  211. ELKEAL January 8th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Those that want Damon back, he’d have to be a part time player, sign a one year contract at 7-9 mil at best. I don’t think he’ll take the pay cut, or the part time position. With Damon’s money, and such a great looking wife at home, why would he want to be on the road again, retire with the ring, and come back for Old Timer’s Game.

  212. El Diablo January 8th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Who would you prefer to have coming off the bench to face a tough lefty, Marcus Thames or Reed Johnson? Give me Thames, Johnson is a punch and Judy hitter.

  213. Don't Hassle the Hoff January 8th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Gomes…

  214. merk January 8th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    yanks should get rocco

  215. schevy January 8th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I think they should throw a contract vlads way…. We don’t just need an outfielder we need a number 5 hitter with jorges constant offense slide..

  216. David January 8th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I think they should sign Willie Mays to play center and move Granderson to left. That frees up the DH spot for Babe Ruth.

  217. Pinstripes7 January 8th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Why not give the rule 5 guy a shot. He supposedly is an A+
    outfielder at all three positions with an arm and speed, is patient at the plate with occasional power.

  218. Sean January 8th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Someone on this board called Hal frugal. Really? How do you spend your $200 million a year?

  219. John January 8th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Why not Scott Podsednik???

  220. jeff January 9th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to see the yankees trade for guy with potential to be a star but is struggling such as Elijah Dukes from the nationals for segio mitre

  221. Steve January 9th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Jerry Hairston, all the way…

  222. long island nick January 10th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    if nady is ok he would be a good fit

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