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Other utility candidates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 09, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Some of these guys might not be any better than the four young infielders already on the Yankees 40-man, but they’re all free agents and some would sign for less money than Jerry Hairston Jr. Do any of these five stand out as good options for the Yankees?

Nick Green
Yes: Started 74 games at shortstop for the Red Sox last season and got off to a strong start. He’s versatile and has some experience playing in New York after 75 at-bats with the Yankees in 2006. Probably available on a minor league deal.
No: Cooled considerably as last season progressed, finishing with a .236 average and .303 on-base percentage. Struggled with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2008. Has outfield experience, but he’s not especially good out there.

Khalil Greene
Yes: Generally considered a plus defensive player, has shown good power in the past and hit enough to be a solid everyday player in San Diego for five seasons. Got some time at third last year. He just turned 30 in October.
No: Past two years have been brutal, and last year he went on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder while playing in St. Louis. Moving to Yankee Stadium probably would not improve that situation.

Adam Kennedy
Yes: Coming off a strong year with Oakland, where he hit .289 with 11 home runs while playing second and third. For his career he’s a .277 hitter. Stole 20 bags last year. Like Greene, he’s had considerable experience as an everyday player.
No: Hardly any experience at shortstop. Most of his big league time has come at second base, where the Yankees already have a pretty good left-handed hitter. You know, that Cano guy.

Felipe Lopez
Yes: Hit .310/.383/.427 last season. Also has solid speed, though his stolen base total has significantly declined since his 44-steal season in 2006. Good mix of power and speed, very versatile.
No: His year-to-year stats have been fairly unpredictable. Most problematic, though, is the fact he signed for $3.5 million last year and hit more than enough to expect at least a similar contract this year.

Mark Loretta
Yes: Career .295 hitter four years removed from making the all-star team. Hit at least .280 for 12 straight seasons heading into last year. Considerable experience at every infield position.
No: Last season was by far the worst of his career: .232/.309/.276. He hit no home runs in 2009 for the first time in his career. He turns 39 in August.

There are others who might be available on a minor league deal — Ramon Martinez, Chris Burke, Miguel Cairo, etc. – but it might also be tough to sign one of those deals because of all the Yankees infielders already on the 40-man. If a veteran were to sign a minor league deal and not make the big league team in camp, his chances of a call-up out of Triple-A might not be good. Even his chances of playing time in Triple-A might not be good.

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112 Responses to “Other utility candidates”

  1. crawdaddy January 9th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Not a chance on a ML contract. Maybe, a minor league one for spring training.

  2. jpb1973 January 9th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Chad, I know that you are being thorough in your list of ultilty players but…c’mon, not Nick Green. He’s a terrible utility infielder…he makes a lot of throwing errors on routine groundballs.

  3. ArtieA January 9th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Jerry Hairston gives the Yankees so much more flexibility..he can get on base, has speed , can play everywhere…spend the coin..he earned it last season in my book.

  4. rconn23 January 9th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Chad’s just doing his job, Green is out there and some team will consider him.

    This is an excellent analysis, Chad.

    I’d, of course, love Kennedy because of his bat. However, I think he’ll land a starting job somehwere.

  5. Nice January 9th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Nice job ripping off the backup infielder list from firebrandal.com

  6. Jerkface January 9th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Felipe Lopez is a good catch.

  7. chris January 9th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Chad, keep up the outstanding work.

    Best blog on the internet.

  8. Tom B January 9th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Hairston is still the answer.

  9. Jerkface January 9th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Nice job ripping off the backup infielder list from firebrandal.com

    Oh no, someone compiled a list of names, and Chad used some of them and gave completely unique insight related to the Yankees on them. (Also Adam Kennedy wasn’t on firebrandal.com)

  10. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    From the last thread:

    Betsy

    “Hairston did a very fine job for us last year and that’s why people want him back.”

    He really didn’t. I think the perception is skewed because of his out of context August:

    .293 .400 .512 .912

    But for his career he has hit:

    .259 .328 .373 .701

    Here’s what Pena hit as he began to learn ML pitching:

    .287 .317 .383 .699

    Pena does that making the mL minimum, not millions a year like Hairston, and he plays great defense, unlike Hairston.

    Let’s save the money for someone who is actually good.

  11. RhapsodyInBlue January 9th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Response From the last thread:

    “Rosenthal was right about the Halladay 3 way team trade wasn’t he?”

    ———————————————————–

    I don’t recall him breaking that particular story and even if he did I can’t ever remember him ever giving accurate inside information about the Yankees.

    Like us when something actually goes down to in the Yankee world he’s the last to know of it.

  12. Sandman January 9th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Nope. I don’t think we need any of these guys.

    We either sign Hairston, or better see what Pena etc can do from inhouse.

  13. Tom B January 9th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Rich, pitchers also haven’t adjusted to Pena at all so his numbers are skewed and unreliable going forward. Hairston has been passed around to a thousand crappy NL lineups, and in our environment he can thrive in a backup utility role.

  14. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I remember when Mark Loretta was supposed to be what Mark DeRosa is supposed to be now, only without the hot wife.

  15. Chad Jennings January 9th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I’d heard of firebrandal.com, but I’d never been to the site until I was just accused of copying its work. Sorry you think I’d do something like that. Frankly, there aren’t a lot of utility candidates out there. Every such list is going to be pretty similar.

  16. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Tom B.

    How do you know that?

  17. Phil the Thrill January 9th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Chad,

    don’t worry, we have faith in you.

  18. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Really. Chad is trying to provide content when there is a news vacuum and some guy is looking for ways to knock him.

  19. RhapsodyInBlue January 9th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    It’s a a low rate Sox blog obviously the complainer is a troll.

  20. paul c January 9th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Rosenthal’s info about a hypothetical 3 team trade was picked up on twitter/mlbonfox ,and mlbtr check the archives. He had to have inside info, because the exact trade, with the exact 3 teams took place!

  21. jennifer January 9th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Been there done that with some of the names listed. I would Keep J-Hair

  22. RhapsodyInBlue January 9th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    “Rosenthal’s info about a hypothetical 3 team trade was picked up on twitter/mlbonfox ,and mlbtr check the archives. He had to have inside info, because the exact trade, with the exact 3 teams took place!”
    ————————————————————-

    Super. Name one inside story he’s broken on the Yankees. If anything he’s put more garbage out there then most.

    I can’t believe anything the guy writes.

  23. PittsburghYankeeFan January 9th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Yankees have a utility man—Ramiro Pena.

    What’s up with Ken Rosenthal?

  24. Tarheelyank January 9th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    “It’s a a low rate Sox blog obviously the complainer is a troll.”

    I wonder what PA is doing right now?

  25. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Chad,

    Ignore these dopes who are always critical. They often seem to be posters with limited intellect, who look for any opportunity to try and make themselves feel important by pointing out what they perceive to be mistakes. Morons!

  26. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Rich, we’ll have to agree to disagree on Hairston.

  27. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    If you guys don’t like what Chad and co. are posting, don’t come here. Seriously, what a bunch of whiners. Chad, don’t even bother responding to these clowns. Most of us appreciate the work that you, Sam and Josh are doing. I love these posts. First off, you are doing all of the work for me and secondly, they are very well organized. Thank you!

  28. Ken January 9th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Unless you are a psychologist or a professional counselor, I do not see how you are qualified to determine how playing in Yankee Stadium would effect Khalil Greene. Thanks for the uneducated opinion, though.

    I don’t want Khalil Greene, for the record.

  29. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Ken Rosenthal broke no news with Halladay. He wrote an opinion piece suggesting that a 3 way deal made sense, but it was just his opinion. He had zero proof that anything like that was going to happen. Good for him that he thought about it in a creative way, but that’s all he gets credit for; he predicted nothing.

  30. BigGuy January 9th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with Sandman. Either they resign Hairston or go with one of their own. They’ve got 4 young infielders on that roster for a reason. If Cashman’s serious about this budget, and he certainly seems to be, it makes more sense to try Pena or one of the other kids as a utility guy to save money, and get a righty hitting outfielder to platoon with Gardner.

  31. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Ken,

    You clearly haven’t been following the Yankees for too long. If so, you wouldn’t make such silly statements.

  32. RhapsodyInBlue January 9th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    How is holding Ken Rosenthal in low esteem a slight to Chad?

    Everyone is running with this story, I just don’t believe anything that Rosenthal writes based on some of his proposed Yankee transactions of the recent past that have gone nowhere.

    Chad does a great job my criticism of KR is in no way directed at Chad.

  33. rover January 9th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like the year is shaping up to for the kids to either establish some big league value or Not!

  34. PittsburghYankeeFan January 9th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    The really crazy thing is that we are all sitting here arguing over LF and utility guys on the Yankees…wild.

    The Yankees have great pitching, which is what I think all of us agree wins championships.

    One ace, one guy with amazing stuff, one experienced veteran who has won more post-season games than anyone in the MLB, one innings eater who was one of the top 5 in the NL last year, and a competition for #5 between two highly sought after young arms. Not a bum in the bunch, which is more than you can say for this team over the past decade. Even the 98 Yankees had a “toad” named Hideki, as we all know.

    For the BP, a bunch of young, cheap, generally dependable guys (the head cases and “cringe when they come in” guys are gone) backed by the best closer of all time.

    I really like this club. I really, really like this club, just like last year. Keep the opposition to less than 4 runs most days, and this team has the power to win it in the late innings–just like last year.

    I’ll miss Matsui and JD, but at this point they are not needed. Fill in the rest with what you want.

    Boston? Please. They’re looking up, which is exactly where they should be and hopefully always will be.

  35. vinny-b (NJ and Granderson - thank you Cashman!) January 9th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Russo! Russo! Russo!

  36. Ken January 9th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hoffa, “you clearly” don’t have any knowledge about social anxiety disorder. “If so, you wouldn’t make such silly statements.”

    It’s treatable. Read a book. Ask Zack Greinke. Please do not be ignorant about it. It’s very serious.

  37. Tarheelyank January 9th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    ” last year he went on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder while playing in St. Louis. Moving to Yankee Stadium probably would not improve that situation.”

    “Unless you are a psychologist or a professional counselor, I do not see how you are qualified to determine how playing in Yankee Stadium would effect Khalil Greene. Thanks for the uneducated opinion, though.”

    Wow. What part of Chads statement “Moving to Yankee Stadium probably would not improve that situation” did you not understand?

    It is serious and if you want to take a moment and point it out, fine. But to criticize Chad for his statemnet was out of line.

  38. austinmac January 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Reading these names makes me understand why the Yankees are considering Hairston. I don’t think Pena will hit much based on his minor league stats, but he or Russo are as good as any on that list except Lopez who is too expensive.

  39. austinmac January 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Reading these names makes me understand why the Yankees are considering Hairston. I don’t think Pena will hit much based on his minor league stats, but he or Russo are as good as any on that list except Lopez who is too expensive.

  40. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Ken,

    Let me guess. College psych student?

  41. m January 9th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Of course, social anxiety disorder is serious. But how legitimate are some of these diagnoses? It seems to be en vogue nowadays for going on the DL (Dontrelle Willis) or some loophole to take some kind of banned medication.

    Zack Greinke was a very serious, very special case. Judging from his comments and what he says, I don’t think he’d be very comfortable in the New York media market. Nothing to do with his disorder. More to do with could he keep with the Yankee way, and not air his grievances to the media?

    Anyway, his comeback story is great. But I think Greinke will always have to deal with it.

  42. CJ January 9th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    What would David Dejesus & n Alberto Callapso cost from Royals? Take care of LF and UTIL in one solid shot.

  43. austinmac January 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Oops on the double post. It wasn’t that insightful the first time.

  44. Bring Back JHJ! January 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    JHJ is the best of all these options.

    He is the ultimate utility player… he can play every position, hit, run, and the Yanks need RIGHT-handed bats off the bench. Plus, he’s a class act.

    JHJ played an actively supportive role in the 2009 playoffs, and it would be a terrible shame if the Yankees didn’t bring him back for 2010.

  45. m January 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    CJ,

    How about cash? Lots of cash? :P

  46. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I think we should just trade for Crawford right now, use pena or whoever as an extra infielder. Maybe sign Sheets as the 5th starter, keep the kids in the pen where they belong ( and perform ), if Sheets gets hurt, then use one of the kids… Thoughts?

  47. blake January 9th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for posting stuff like this Chad..don’t listen to the trolls

    I like Hairston as good or better than all of those. Felipe would be the best but also the most expensive.. too expensive really

  48. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting that the Red Sox are “starting to pull back” from the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes. The team is apparently uncomfortable at the idea of paying $20MM-plus to the young pitcher.

    Red Sox GM Theo Epstein expanded a bit on his “bridge year” comment from the Winter Meetings, writes Dan Duggan of The Boston Herald.
    FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Player’s Union calculates the present day value of Matt Holliday’s deal at $113.6MM, or $16.2MM per year. The Cardinals, however, see the present day value as lower because they use a different discount rate. ESPN’s Buster Olney has a breakdown of the award based incentives.
    Chad Jennings of The Journal News has some more utility player candidates for the Yankees.
    Tommy Rancel at DRaysBay wonders if Franklin Gutierrez’s contract extension could be used as a blueprint for a potential B.J. Upton extension.

  49. blake January 9th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Heyman said last night that he thought Crawford was in the Yankees plans and Harold Reynolds said he thought he may get traded before ST is over for whatever that’s worth..

  50. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    C.C., A.J., Andy, Javier, and Sheets… That would be sick! Mariano, Joba, Hughes, Robertson, and whoever would be sick as well! Adding Crawford to the team… That would be 110 wins if all could stay healthy!!

  51. paul c January 9th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    NEVER said he brok news, always said he gave a hypothetical guess. So close was the guess to the way the deal went down,that he had to have inside info. Stop putting words in my words.

  52. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    If he gets traded, it’s not to the Yankees.

  53. m January 9th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    blake,

    Did Reynolds think the Rays would trade CC to the Yankees or away from the Yankees? :P

    I’m assuming away. Why help the Yankees when you were the AL champs 2 years removed? And I don’t think Cashman would trade for Crawford 1 year removed. It’s not like he’s an over the top piece.

    I saw that Guitierrez signed an extension with Seattle. If you’re a young player and your team wants to lock you up for years into free agency, how seriously do you look at that chance? I mean only Tex and Holliday are getting these mega contracts. Everyone else is only getting scraps in baseball’s new world.

  54. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    blake,

    I watched MLB Hot Stove last night too and saw the segment you are referencing. I don’t see the Yankees trading for him though.

  55. raymagnetic January 9th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    “Ken Rosenthal broke no news with Halladay. He wrote an opinion piece suggesting that a 3 way deal made sense, but it was just his opinion. He had zero proof that anything like that was going to happen. Good for him that he thought about it in a creative way, but that’s all he gets credit for; he predicted nothing.”

    This makes no sense. He wrote about a 3 team Halladay trade and then that exact scenario took place. So either he’s psychic or he had some kind of information.

  56. blake January 9th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I’m just saying what he said..I don’t know who he meant to.. I don’t think they will trade him because they want to re-sign him..if theu do it’ll be at the deadline, not early IMO and it wouldn’t be to the Yanks unless they blow everyone else out of the water with their offer, which won’t happen.

  57. m January 9th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The part that doesn’t make sense is doing it in the spring. I mean, wouldn’t Crawford be conducive to any kind of successful season the Rays could potentially have?

  58. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Crawford is not going to sign with them, and they have a prospect named Jennings who is almost ready for the bigs. He is one of the best left fielders in the game, and yes the Yankees want him!

  59. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    m,

    I agree. I don’t see him getting traded, unless the Rays are out of it at the trade deadline.

  60. blake January 9th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Harold just throws things out there sometimes..he’s not exactly your go to guy when it comes to predictions on this sorta thing. I like listening to him though and I live the Hot stove show.

  61. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    He would match any offensive stats that Damon could put up, play much better defense, and steal way more bases, and he’s only 28 or 29!

  62. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    blake,

    Yeah, Harold is great when it comes to baseball mechanics, etc., but is really a inside guy when it comes to trades. He has a great TV pesonality though and I’m glad MLB picked him up.

  63. Hoffa January 9th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry, I meant NOT an inside guy when it comes to trades.

  64. xxx January 9th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    no wonder Pete always seemed so thin-skinned and bitter.

    no matter what these guys do, there’s always going to be some jack-aSs who has to denigrate their posts.

    we lucky to be fans of both the greatest team in sports and the greatest blog on the planet and yet it’s still not good enough.

  65. BigVorch January 9th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Hairston really blossomed 2 years ago and showed he can be a very valuable piece. He plays all over the diamond and can be not only the utility infielder but the righty bat for LF they are also looking for.

    The Yanks aren’t signing Sheets – he wants 11 million (and even if he will drop that to the 5-6 million it’s not in their budget for the 5th starter spot that either Joba or Hughes will fill).

    Crawford is for next offseason – Cashman has already shown he won’t give up prospects AND pay the $$ to get somebody. If he gives up the prospects, he wants the player signed (Granderson). Otherwise he’ll wait the year and sign Crawford.

  66. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “I think we should just trade for Crawford right now”

    You cannot be serious. They would want a ton of prospects, and Crawford isn’t as good as Holliday, who the Yankees could have had without giving up player personnel assets.

  67. xxx January 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “we’re lucky…”

  68. Rich in NJ January 9th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    “C.C., A.J., Andy, Javier, and Sheets… That would be sick! Mariano, Joba, Hughes, Robertson, and whoever would be sick as well! Adding Crawford to the team… That would be 110 wins if all could stay healthy!!”

    Joba and Hughes in the pen? Who do you think TB would want for Crawford. Please stop.

  69. Bronx Born January 9th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Why in the world would Chad even think about firebrandl let alone rip it off. The idea is ridiculous.

  70. Phil the Thrill January 9th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    The fake Rich was freaking me out.

  71. Mike S. January 9th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Cairo is retiring. He spent most of last year at AAA, not far from where I live. An individual who works for the LV Iron Pigs talked to Cairo, and all season long, Cairo said that it would be his last.

    Maybe Lopez, but he doesn’t have the OF experience that Hairston does. But a “No” to the rest on the new list.

  72. Andy in D.C. January 9th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Does it matter? As long as he can fill the role defensively, I’m good. This team has more than enough offense to pick up his spot in the order twice a week. Bring back J-Hair Jr.

  73. Tarheelyank January 9th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I propose trading for Lowell and 9mil for rh DH and utility player.

    Maybe we can interest the Sox in “Scranton’s all-time winningest pitcher”. It makes perfect sense for the Sox. It further advances thier Japanese market share. It gives them another lefty option (you can never have too many lefties), at the same time giving thier favorite new blog meister plenty of writing material. A win-win-win situation.

    Serious, I don’t know if Lowell is finished or not, but I am sure glad he is not going to be on the Sox anymore.

  74. Mark L. January 9th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Great Analysis Chad

    When do you think the Yanks will announce their 2010 ST invites and minor league deals?

    It would make a lot of sense for the Yanks to bring back Justin Christian. Good speed, glove and platoon splits and he can fake it at 2B if necessary.

  75. Brian $$$$man January 9th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Surprised no one mentioned John Gramer. He’d be a solid guy to pick up.

  76. Rick January 9th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    None of the remaining scrap heap types are worth a look.
    That’s a Boston thing to do.

  77. Mike_Boston January 9th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    The only reason I would hesitate giving the job to Pena is that barring injury he’ll get rusty on the bench. Bring back JHair, see how Pena’s developing and maybe move one of them at the deadline?

  78. DaSaint007 January 9th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I’d have no problem in resigning Hairston, Jr. to a one year contract, sub $2MM. Would like to see Pena and Russo competing for that infield slot though.

    I also wouldn’t mind signing Nady if he checks out physically and meets Cash’s budget criteria.

  79. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Cashman to sign a Veteran bat for the bench…I mean, Pena, Cervelli, Hoffman equates to a very weak & unexperienced bench……

  80. Trent January 9th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I see alot of people seem to think that the job is up for grabs between Pena and anyone else they bring in. I’m pretty sure the bench is settled with Hoffman, Pena, Cervelli and one missing piece. That piece needs to be able to play both the outfield and infield. Hairston fills that gap admirably. The others that Chad spoke of that are currently on the 40-man roster can’t play both. At least not well anyway. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Miranda get some playing time in left field in Scranton. This would make him more valuable to the team I think.

  81. datswhazup January 9th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    The Yanks have 2 everyday outfielders Swisher and Granderson. I am not ok with us just having 2 non everyday players playing alongside the first 2. If we are to get a utility player we need an outfielder. If you look though the free agent outfielders who have not been givin a chance but are good Jonathan Van Every is the best. other than him i guess if we wanted to spend mooorrre money we could sign Ryan Church but as I said he would cost significantly more. and if we need left relief that bad we could sign Joe Beimel or Will Ohman but both are type B free agents which will cost draft picks. and datswhazup

  82. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 9th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    http://thestar.blogs.com/baseb.....apman.html

    So if Chapman is not looking to be promoted to the majors right away, it’s just a matter of the Yankees (and apparently the Sox) not willing to give as much $$$ as the Jays are to Chapman

  83. Nick in SF January 9th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve fallen asleep twice listening to Joe Gibbs talk. :(

  84. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Nick in SF…..Gibbs looses track of what he’s saying…..I have Jets ( + 3 ) and the overs 34

  85. datswhazup January 9th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    1 thing about Chapman I like what he could be and essentially he could take over lefty relief however his possible attitude problem, how much he costs and how he reminds me of Kei Igawa its a high risk high reward decision that I would be wary to make.

  86. Nick in SF January 9th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I am with you on both, Pat M… but I fear that Gibbs will knock me out and I’ll sleep through the rest of the game.

    I read today that Cal point guard Jerome Randle was sick during the UCLA game Wed. night…throwing up before, during, and after game…I expect a better shooting % from him tonight.

  87. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Nick in SF…What’s the number for The Cal vs. USC tonight….

  88. Nick in SF January 9th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    When I last checked it was Cal -9.5 and the # was 126.

    For entertainment purposes only.

  89. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Nick in SF…USC has been playing very well considering all the OJ Mayo bs….In fact they should have beaten The Cardinal the other night……However they’ll be facing a very determined and focused Cal-Berkley Bear team tonight…..9.5, I’m going to shop that # around …..

  90. austinmac January 9th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    The issue with Chapman is money. They believe he is not worth the money that he will take to sign. Chapman’s likely first concern is money. Pitching performance will decide of where he pitches. I hope the Yankees are correct. They know a heck of a lot more than me.

  91. Nick in SF January 9th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Pat M, I have nothing on the -9.5 presently…if the shots drop I think Cal could cover that #, but I fear Gutierez will still be out and the defensive intensity will be lacking. My biggest play with Cal (at the moment) is a 3-way teaser with the Jets and the Jets over…getting an extra 8 points in all 3 contests.

    But only for the puposes of entertainment.

  92. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Crawford is a better defender by far than Holiday, hits left handed, and in Yankee Stadium that means 20 to 25 home runs. Add in 50 stolen bases, i take him any day over Holiday period! Also, Ben Sheets would be an idiot not to sign with a high profile contending club over money he would earn in the long run if he’s healthy.

  93. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Nick in SF…..I dig your disclaimer ……9.5 has moved to 10…I may just stick with the Georgia Tech win over Duke …..As always Duke is over rated……UCLA + 4 is my small play for the afternoon…..Jets taking 3 off the board…Not good

  94. CR9 January 9th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    THEY ARE CHEATING THE JETS!!!

    THE REFS TOOK AWAY 3 POINTS, TWICE ON THE SAME POSSESSION.

    THEY HAVE CALLED 3 PENALTIES ON THE BEST CORNERBACK IN THE LEAGUE (PERHAPS THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR).

    THEY CALLED HIM FOR ONE ON WHICH HE WAS SHOVED TO THE GROUND FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN OFF. PASS INTERFERENCE.

  95. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    CR9…Welecome to being on the road…I watched last night in horror as the LA Lakers at one point in the 4th quarter had only 9 free throw attempts while Portlande had over 30……I lost 6 points already this quarter…..

  96. Nick in SF January 9th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    CR9, adjust your dosage please.

    Pat M, I should also add that I will be attending the game tonight and didn’t want to have to think about the spread, just the win.

    I may re-think that slightly with a positive Jets result…but not much.

  97. Pat M. January 9th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    A lite touch game like I do with UCLA…..

  98. cvatp January 9th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    “I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Miranda get some playing time in left field in Scranton. This would make him more valuable to the team I think.”
    ______________________________________________
    Trent- ummm no. NO. This will not happen. It can’t happen. Miranda is only average at best at first base. LF? He’s not shelly duncan haha. I do believe it’s a make or break year with Miranda, because he’s been on the 40 man roster for 2 years now and has spent how many games in NY? His numbers in AAA aren’t even overbearing. But, not in LF.

  99. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Crawford in left field, Montero in Right field, Granderson in center field, we would be set for years!!

  100. Rich January 9th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mauer catching, Posada at dh, new dynasty!!

  101. Mike S. January 9th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Posada DH? Posada is 38, 39 in August 2010. Seriously, Dh or C, how long do you think he has left? He already is doing far more at his age than almost any catcher ever has done at that age.

  102. YankFanDave January 9th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    This piece makes the answer clear as day — Jerry Hairston Jr.

  103. Rich January 10th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Posada can still hit and is clutch, case closed!!

  104. Paula January 10th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Chad,

    Super analysis – and I KNOW you have the knowledge to back it up -covering the SWB’s for all that time!!!! We miss you here in NEPA but happy to see you doing so well in the LOHUD! Can’t wait for the Yanks and the Baby Yanks to start up!! Happy 2010 and keep up the good work!!

  105. John January 10th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    We can cross Khalil Greene off the list; word is he just became a Texas Ranger.

  106. Gabe January 12th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    dude i do not think any of those guys will help the yanks. maybe felipe lopez but othe than that the yanks need a left fielder.

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    Rick Ankiel is a perfect fit for the short porch

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