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The Yankees picked up their six straight win last night, getting five RBI from Francisco Cervelli and three home runs from Mark Teixeira. Filling in for one of several injured Yankees, the backup Cervelli has been outstanding with nine hits in his past four starts behind the plate.

As Sam wrote, though, much of the win centered on Teixeira’s on-going return to form after a rough first month.

Much of the past week has centered on the Yankees sudden string of injuries, including Nick Johnson who was put on the disabled list yesterday. The notebook also has items on Jorge Posada, Kevin Russo, Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves.

For the Sunday baseball page, I wrote that Brian Cashman’s December trades are so far working out to a definite disadvantage for the Yankees.





90 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Dave May 9th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Another Sunday, another game, another injury?


  2. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 9th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Happy Mothers’ Day, Moms! Enjoy your day.

  3. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 9th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    pat -

    Thank you for recommending the article on CC plunking Pedroia. I would not have read it otherwise. :)

  4. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Thanks goes out to all the Mother’s who have provided us with this great Yankee team. :)

  5. joeman May 9th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Granderson will turn out to be a good move, like what he could bring…Vasquez is going to need time to get straight…Johnson was a waste move, they should have waited Damon out….How do they ever make that Johnson sign

  6. SJ44 May 9th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    21-8. Just keep telling yourself that.

    Not every move works.

    However, there have been more good moves than bad.

    That’s why this team is as good as it is.

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Juan Miranda will make a great replacement @ DH for NJ.

    He won’t OBP as much but he has a lot of power and a swing that is just made for hitting bombs @ NYS.

  8. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:18 am


    Sometimes the nitpicking and pessimism around here is simply astounding.

    Last night when everyone should have been dancing in the streets it seemed most people were nonchalant, critical, and proccupied with
    other things.

    Very strange.

  9. joeman May 9th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    like most of the moves but the Johnson one was a strange one….because of that bad word (injury)….Damon on this team the team would have been better, maybe short term but better in the long run

  10. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:22 am


    This constant lamenting over Damon is getting old.

    The yankees offered Johnny D the best deal and he didn’t take it.

    What did you want Cash to do ? Drag him here in chains.

    Boras and Damon blew it not the Yankees.

    Let it go and for goodness sakes move on so other’s don’t have keep hearing the same crap over and over again.

  11. blake May 9th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Happy mothers day !

    Pedroia reacted just as I would have expected him to..he’s a ballplayer..he gets it. His beef should be with Beckett. We knock on Pedroia a lot but he really does play the game as it should be played.

  12. Rick D May 9th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Tyler Clippard…5-0 .79 ERA Happy Mother’s Day

  13. Dina Temple-Raston May 9th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    A month ago, I believe I made a bet with SJ44 that Nick Johnson will not play more than 90 games for the Yankees this year.

    Do you remember?

  14. blake May 9th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Yanks are at a +73 run diff and half the team is nicked up…I’m walking on clouds happy.

  15. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:26 am


    “Happy mothers day !”

    I hope you killed 2 birds with one stone the other day.

    Would have preferred Yukillis get it because I always like watching his head explode when he gets hit. Acts like a whiny brat instead of a Man. too funny. :)

  16. blake May 9th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    How would Damon be better in the long run?

  17. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:27 am


    “I’m walking on clouds happy.”

    We need more of that and less BS around here. ;)

  18. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    CC’s control may have been off in that inning but it was dead solid perfect on that pitch to Pedroia and I’m sure the Sox hitters appreciate it. They knew it was coming and CC followed the unwritten rule.

    Regardless of whether or not Cano and Jeter’s HBP were intentional Friday, Beckett’s high and tight purpose pitch to Cervelli 2 innings prior was disgraceful. Cervelli’s wearing that helmet for a reason and Beckett’s literally toying with his career.

    Even the Sox players behind Beckett gotta be thinking after seeing that “What an ***-****”

  19. pat May 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am


    Thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes.

    The picture being painted of Sox behind the scenes is not pretty. Lucchino took a hit today for messing up the negotiations with both Alex and Tex, the clubhouse is being called out for lack of leadership and players with unclear roles, Theo is being ripped for selling fans a false bill of goods by not providing them with a must see player and Tito is being portrayed as ready to scratch his eyes out trying to balance the clubhouse and front office.

    I understand that losing shines a light on things that winning never highlights but a Sox fan waking up in Boston this morning is seeing nothing but doom and gloom reported and from a talent perspective, the Sox have some really good players who just haven’t put it together so far.

  20. blake May 9th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I was a combo trip.

    Yea its possible CC opted not to hit youk because he just wanted to settle the score and leave it at that. Chance of perpetuating it farther was probably higher with Youk.

    I don’t think Beckett was throwing at guys intentionally the other night…I think he just didn’t care if he did and that can’t be allowed either. Its the same as drunk drivers…they aren’t trying to hurt anyone but that kind of irresponsible behavior can’t be tolerated. They needed to let Beckett know that whether its intentional or not…he’s in the big leagues and if you can’t get through an inning without hitting guy then you need to get off the mound.

  21. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:38 am


    i agree with you about needing to send a message wether it was intentional or not.

    can’t leave your guys out there witha target painted on them.

    I was very surprised by the behavior of both Francona as well as girardi.

    You would have thought that Tito would have pulled Beckett and that Joe G. would have given the umps an earful.

    Anyway, it appears settled for now.

    We still owe Tampa bay for last year. ;)

  22. lordbyron May 9th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Way, way way too early to draw any conclusions about Cash’s December trades.

  23. pat May 9th, 2010 at 9:41 am


    You’re welcome. Are you a Mommy of Leisure today or someone’s daughter/daughter-in law? :wink:

  24. Bo knows May 9th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I’m pleased as hell about the Long acolytes as in Gardner, Swisher and Cervelli. Honorable mention to Cano. With the top of the order sucking slough water they’ve carried this team from the bottom up. Long has done a fantastic job and deserves recognition throughout baseball. The writers looking for material? Give Long his dues.

  25. Steve May 9th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Quietly, Alex is in the middle of many rallies. Key base hits and great work at 3rd base. The home runs will come. The most pleasant surprise has been Brett Gardner. He came to spring training prepared and on a mission and it shows. Not a weak link batting 2nd.

  26. KevinP May 9th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Wow, so the team gets off to the best start in years and all you hear is whining about Granderson and Nick Johnson. We are barely 6 weeks into the season and Nick Johnson was a waste.

    Whiners should become Red Sox fans.

  27. Ken May 9th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    MTU, it seems to be the nature in the blogs and sports talk radio these days that it is all driven by negativity…. winning games and playing good baseball takes a backseat to whatever negativity can be drummed up…. Its sad that it has gotten that way. If you listen to the radio its not about the Yankees winning games, its people calling up complaining about Vasquez and Nick Johnson. I still listen to the FAN because mixed in with the complaints are actually a few decent callers and guests but its getting harder and harder each year.

  28. Ken May 9th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Lord Byron, Good point. People seem to be forgetting the Yankees are evaluated by what happens in October… I sometimes hate it but its the mandate from management to not only get to the playoffs but win the World Series. If Nick Johnson returns in September and has a big postseason all is forgotten. It comes down to the playoffs for these guys, just ask A Rod.

  29. MTU (aka GBURL) May 9th, 2010 at 9:50 am


    If pessimism and complaining were money a lot of people around here would be millionaires. :)

  30. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 9th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Johnathan Van Every the last pitcher for the sox yesterday, as it turns out is an Outfielder for the sox. Francona was waving the White Flag of surrender. This guy plays CF. He really isn’t a pitcher at all, as per http;//www.

  31. blake May 9th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Pretty good article by Sherman on the possibilities that the young Yankee players have opened up through their play. Most of it is pure speculation but just gives you an idea of how important it is to have young, cheap guys in the organization to both play and offer in trades. If this continues the Yanks really are in good shape moving forward.

  32. Haiku-man May 9th, 2010 at 10:01 am


    I just looked up his stats he really is an CF. APRIL 2009 Tampa blew out the sox 13-0, and he was on the mound then too.

  33. austinmac May 9th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I find myself reading the Boston papers on days like today. There misery gives me joy. Does that make me a bad person?

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Parenting is the most important job there is. I will miss my mom today. Now, let’s pound Lester.

  34. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 9th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    pat -

    Today I play the role of daughter-in-law, but we are going out to eat this year for expediency’s sake. So, I guess I also get some leisure. :)

    How about you?

  35. blake May 9th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    regarding CC: Hes worth every penny they are paying him, both in his performance and leadership.

  36. NYY626 - Get Well Soon Andy! May 9th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Happy mother’s day to all the mom’s on here :)

  37. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    You can’t judge trades on May 8th.

  38. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Or even May 9th…

  39. gfd May 9th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Beltre’s new name in beantown is Butterfingers, now that’s funny.

  40. blake May 9th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Great pitching matchup tonight with AJ who is throwing great and the Sox real Ace of their rotation. Beckett is their ace only in name, everyone knows that Lester is their best pitcher by a pretty good margin.

  41. stuckey May 9th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Sherman: “Gardner might not have Crawford’s extra-base skills. Yet he still would be 90 percent of Crawford at 15 percent of the cost.”

    Since it won’t be anywhere near 15% for a few years, I’d take 70%.

    Of course, he still needs to prove over a whole year he can be 70%.

    He’s at about 90+% right now, all factors considered.

  42. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 9th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    To read any paper or blog news, on any team, click mlb to see the team(s) of your choice. Even the Lohud contributes to this link.

  43. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    With regard to Sherman’s column, I think they would be more likely to trade Swisher than Granderson (assuming for the sake of argument that they wanted to trade one to free up money). Swish will make $9m in 2011, so the savings for that year would significant, and Granderson is younger and far better defensively.

  44. pat May 9th, 2010 at 10:24 am


    Normal Sunday routine. Lounging, church and whatever is on the kids schedule followed by dinner at my parents.

  45. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 9th, 2010 at 10:33 am


    I wouldn’t like an all left-handed hitting outfield.

  46. SJ44 May 9th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I don’t know Rich.

    Gardner could play CF, Crawford in LF, and Nick in RF. 9 million for what Nick now brings to the table with his new offensive approach is a steal for a corner OF.

    Granderson’s versatility has value in the open market.

    Either way though, it’s nice to have options.

  47. Cameron May 9th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Cashman has been quoted as liking Swisher’s lively attitude in the clubhousee, he may be safe.
    Nic is the most expendable. Pena almost batting better than him at this point, and he’s young and healthy. Nic is Pavano part 2, always an injury waiting to happen.

  48. RS May 9th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    But Granderson will be cheaper than Crawford, won’t he? The thing that turns me off about Crawford is that he’s not a good leadoff hitter. The Rays never hit him at that position. I think Gardner is actually more valuable at the top of the lineup because he sees more pitches.

  49. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    It’s WAY too early to judge the trades…………

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers on this board!!!

    To everyone else, just happy day!

  50. randy l. May 9th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    had one of my better red sox/ yankee game experiences yesterday.

    was in a luxury box three down from henry’s.

    i was instructed not to embarrass my die hard friend who invited me by rooting too overtly for the yankees.

    as she spent much of the game schmoozing with business associates, i grabbed a front row seat overlooking the yankee dugout and home plate in the right corner of the box as far away from red sox fans as possible

    it seemed avoiding red sox fans wasn’t going to work because a guy in the box to the right sat right next to me to me, however by the time teixeira had hit his first home run, it was apparent we were both yankee fans. he was doing the same thing as me . his wife was a die hard red sox fan and he was trying to lay low by sitting in the left corner of their box.

    anyway, the rains came and i simply have to say fenway luxury boxes are kind of fun in rain delays when the yankees are ahead .

    they are even more fun when the only 4 people 6 hours later in those luxury boxes were me and the other guy cheering wildly as teixeira hit his third home run( with two female red sox fans being very ready to leave) .

    henry was long gone. lucchino was long gone. mcarver was still there over to the right for fox and it was great he could be seen but not heard. he looked a little glum for some reason.

    yankee fans outnumbered red sox fans at the end. i’ve never seen that at fenway in all the years i’ve been to games there. any way it was great fun looking down from the almost empty box at the yankees exchanging understated fist bumps and high and low fives celebrating their well earned victory.

    said goodbye to a new found yankee friend and his very nice red sox wife,and i must say
    there is something very, very satisfying about switching off the lights at a red sox luxury box as a yankee fan :)

  51. Steve May 9th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Happy Mother’s Day and especially to all Yankee mothers out there.

    GO YANKEES !!!

  52. stuckey May 9th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I think it’s beginning to become apparent how dead-set some are on Carl Crawford next year.

    Just a couple of weeks ago it was Crawford SHOULD replace Gardner, there is no way that dynamic changes not matter what Gardner does.

    Now the goalposts are shifting somewhat and now the Grander OR Swisher talk is beginning.

    Going to be interested if Granderson, Swisher AND Gardner all have good years. The universe may collapse into a white hole.

  53. hardwired May 9th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    after yesterday, I’m left with one question to which I may never know the answer:

    how does “Maid In Manhattan” end?

  54. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Chad is just like all the other people out there, now – I’m disappointed he would choose to write such an article. There is absolutely ZERO doubt in my mind that Granderson will be a great player for the Yankees. When he was lighting it up, where were the articles about THAT? The guy goes into a slump, which EVERY player does, and now the trade stinks? Yesterday on WEEI (I listened to a podcast), even perpetually positive Peter Gammons said that Javy doesn’t seem able to handle NY. That’s ridiculous. That said, he needs to get his act together as the Yankees do need him.

  55. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Why are people so anxious to trade Nick Swisher?

  56. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    That said, I do not like that OF of Crawford, Swish and Gardner at all…….That is an OF seriously lacking in power and the defensive prowess of Crawford does not make up for that.

  57. Bo knows May 9th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Long is the most valuable Yankee at this point. To take Swisher’s bouncing betty approach and transform it to the balanced at bats is beautiful to watch. To make a list of his projects, you start with Cano, Alex, Swisher, Gardner and so on. With all of them he’s worked on a stable base, eliminate as much movement as possible and swing at high percentage pitches. Swisher is his most successful project. I’m actually looking forward to Swisher’s at bats, he doesn’t close his eyes when he swings anymore.

  58. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    And now we want to trade Granderson? Huh? We just traded two promising players for him and now we’re going to dump him because he’s in a slump? To me, that’s not an option; I just don’t get it. If this is what Sherman is proposing, I’m glad I haven’t checked out his article yet.

  59. blake May 9th, 2010 at 10:48 am


    I can’t see them trading Granderson either. I think if Gardner continues to perform like this then they may opt to do nothing with their outfield and soley focus on Lee. Long way to go before those decisions need to be made. The main point of the article to me was merely that they have lots of optikns which is always good.

  60. Dina Temple-Raston May 9th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’m ready to make another bet:

    at end of the 2010 season,

    Austin Jackson batting average will be > batting average of Jeter, Cano, A-Rod, Tex, Gardner.

    Anyone else wanna bet?

  61. Bo knows May 9th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Lots of optikns are always good. Nice typo.

  62. Rick May 9th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    If the dumb proposals made by Joel Sherman were reality, the Yankee would be looking up at the Orioles.
    He’s not even a good GM wannabe.

  63. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Randy l.

    That sounds like a pretty damn good Fenway experience. Fenway must be a blast when as a Yankee fan you feel like you own the place.

    My only experience there was the shellacking AJ took last August. And I still managed to have fun.

  64. blake May 9th, 2010 at 10:55 am


    I don’t think Sherman was saying they should trade anyone. The only point I think he was trying to make is that the strong play of their youngsters has given them options which is true and a really good thing.

    I have no idea why people are so quick to want to trade Swisher…he’s great for a baseball team and has looked great this year.

  65. Chuck58 May 9th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Pat, Doreen, Charmaine [I know you're lurking ;-)] and every other mom – Happy Mother’s Day :-) Hope the Yankees give you a sweep to remember.

  66. randy l. May 9th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    “Gardner might not have Crawford’s extra-base skills. Yet he still would be 90 percent of Crawford at 15 percent of the cost.”

    “Since it won’t be anywhere near 15% for a few years, I’d take 70%.”- stuckey

    the marlins last year as a team were 84% as productive as the yankees at 26% of the cost.

    i think that getting that extra 16 % of productivity is what defines the yankees.

    there are no awards for most wins per dollar for a team or for a player.

  67. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Blake, I always do the following every morning:

    1. Check this place out
    2. Go to another board
    3. Check my other sports boards
    4. Check the websites of the NY newspapers
    5. Check national sports websitese.

    LOL Sherman and the Post are 4th on my list. He already hates the Granderson deal – I may just skip his article. One month into the season and he (and everyone else) are ready to pass judgment on players. That’s incredibly frustrating

  68. z May 9th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    “I’m ready to make another bet:

    at end of the 2010 season,

    Austin Jackson batting average will be > batting average of Jeter, Cano, A-Rod, Tex, Gardner.

    Anyone else wanna bet?”

    I’ll take that bet.

    If I win, you stop posting.

    If you win, you stop posting.

  69. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Swisher is a decent RF, he’s got power (I hate him batting in the #2 hole; IMO, it’s a complete waste of power and leaves the bottom of the order after Po in less than ideal shape) and he’s a good guy. There’s just no reason to trade him.

  70. blake May 9th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I agree with you about the Yankees going the extra mile and that making them who they are. However there are times when they may be better off using their cash to fortify other areas where their is a bigger gap in that percentage. What I mean I guess is if Gardner can provide 70% of Crawford for a fraction of the cost…then that frees up money for them to spend elsewhere. Its premature to talk about though I guess cause a lot can happen between now and when that decision will be made.

  71. uber scuffler May 9th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    @ Dina …Why are you on this blog you are not a fan, you are a troll. you get some kind of satisfaction that nj is hurt…and come in here to claim on some bet you made about this…which no one really knows about or cares about…now you want to make another stupid bet, again nobody cares, we get your agenda.

  72. Dina Temple-Raston May 9th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    So if I don’t believe in NJ, I’m not a Yankee fan?

    Great logic.

    So if I believe Austin Jackson will do very well, I’m not a Yankee fan?

    Great logic.

  73. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Sherman’s piece is a good one. I think his trading Curtis Granderson is silly, but that wasn’t the main thrust of his article so I won’t focus on that.

    I do agree with his point about Phil. If Phil emerges as a consistent force, then we’d have CC, AJ, Phil…..Lee? With that rotation, you can definitely “try out” a promising youngster in the 5th spot.

    I was not aware that Nunez was doing so well in AAA (Sherman, get off your Granderson should be traded kick). If he’s young enough and defensively sound enough, perhaps he still can be Jeter’s “replacement”.

  74. Erin May 9th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! :)

  75. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Harper’s article on the plunking was a good one. What does that say about how the Sox felt about Beckett’s performance that they didn’t utter a complaint, didn’t make any gestures of anger and just went on with the game? The umpires didn’t issue any warnings, either, so I think they knew that this was going to happen and let the players deal with hit – much as the crew in the Yankees/Rangers game handled the situation.

  76. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 9th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I feel bad for fathers, lol; Father’s Day is not as big of a deal as Mother’s Day PLUS they always end up doing the work (barbecuing), lol.

  77. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    The Daily News is running an excerpt form Madden’s new book “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion Of Baseball” and I was anxious to check it out as I was considering reading the book on an upcoming vacation.

    The excerpt itself is about Billy Martin’s 1st firing in 1978. The Yanks are scuffling and it’s right after Martin and Reggie butt heads over an extra innings bunt against KC. The Yanks are delayed at O’Hare and Billy’s drinking and wants to let off some steam in the NY papers. He calls over Murray Chass and this is where the infamous “One’s a born liar, the other’s convicted” quote comes from.

    Here’s Madden’s words.

    Damning words that would live in Yankee infamy. Martin would later say he didn’t know why he’d included Steinbrenner in his wrath. But he did, invoking the aspect of Steinbrenner’s life that the owner was most sensitive about: his Watergate felony conviction.

    Now Steinbrenner made a very large illegal campaign contribution to Nixon and I believe he tried to convince some employees at his ship-building firm to lie about it during the ensuing investigation.

    But Watergate? Isn’t that a bit of a stretch?

  78. Ken May 9th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I regret trading Austin Jackson away. Has anyone else noticed Clippard is lighting it up in DC to the tune of an ERA under 1.00 ?? I really like home grown talent. Thats why I love what Hughes is doing and probably a big part of the reason I cant seem to embrace A-Rod (the steroids too but mostly its that he’s a hired gun).

  79. Joe from Long Island May 9th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    1. Happy Mother’s Day to all.

    2. randy – sounds like you had a great day, rain and all. Hope the food and drink was good.

    3. If kvetching about Nick Johnson and Javy Vazquez, are the biggest things worries for Yankee fans, then things are good. 21-8 is pretty good for a team that’s not firing on all cylinders…yet.

  80. Rishi May 9th, 2010 at 11:24 am


  81. Dylan May 9th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Cervelli should be our every day catcher and Posada should be our DH. I know Cervelli wont continue to hit 400, but I still think that Cervelli + Posada is better than Posada + Johnson. Cervelli calls a great game and is one of the better defensive catchers in the league. I know Posada hasn’t hit as well when he is at DH, but he is going to have to get used to it sooner or later. There is no way that he catches 120 games next season.

  82. 56Bomber May 9th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    As much as the topic is being discussed, I don’t think getting Carl Crawford will be the top priority for the Yankees. Getting a starter will be their first priority (probably Lee).

  83. uber scuffler May 9th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Dina…Its not about whether you believe in nj or not…nj is a small small cog in the machine. A low cost pickup who gave us flexibilty. You are nit picking on something of low significance. Better to see the BIG picture…but enough, I will have my Sunday Mothers Day brunch now…belgian waffles….mmm.

  84. Gil L May 9th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    cashman & trades…

    out of the 3 big off-season moves mentioned in the article, the one i really hate is the CG trade, because it goes against cashman’s own ideology of not giving up prospects for declining players.
    the numbers on CG were showing a clear decline, and he has given no reason to believe the trend is a fluke, except if you are blindly optimistic. in return we gave back our no. 2 prospect + ML ready pitcher + LH reliever. for such a pacjage you should land a stud, and CG, at his best, falls short of a stud (and i doubt we’re getting his best).

    on the other hand, cashman deserves full credit for the trade he didn’t make – hughes for santana (+ no CC the following year). how would you like to be tied down to a pitcher who barely gets by these days in AAAA NL east, and no hughes?

    clearly cashman’s philosophy is justified. he should have stood by it, let A-JAX develop in house, and not trade for a .250 hitter who can’t touch lefties.

  85. stuckey May 9th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    “i think that getting that extra 16 % of productivity is what defines the yankees.”

    Not anymore it doesn’t. Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear unlimited spending is not the model.

    “there are no awards for most wins per dollar for a team or for a player.”

    Weak rebuttal. That isn’t the equation being discussed. There is awards given to maximizing your talent make-up on a fixed budget, even if that budget is higher than everyone else’s

    Those awards are called World Series trophies.

    $14-15m saved is $14-$15m that can be sent improving OTHER areas where the ratio is greater than 70% than talent on-hand/talent available.

  86. Dylan May 9th, 2010 at 11:34 am


    I agree, especially if Gardner continues to play at this level. I think Montero/Posada will DH, so NJ should be gone. If Gardner hits 300+ and steals 40-50 bases, it is going to be hard to keep him on the bench next year. I think the Yankees will leave the outfield as it is. I’m not sure if the Yankees are going to want to spend the money on Lee, but I think pitching should be the priority. Pettite might not be back after this year, which would mean the Yankees rotation would be 3 deep (CC, AJ, & Hughes). Even if Pettite does come back, its hard to imagine that he has more than one more solid year left. The Yankees just need to focus on resigning the Captain and Mo.

  87. stuckey May 9th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen a group of people so obviously pleased that the team they profess to be there favorite made (in their mind) a bad move or two.

    This is the videogame/fantasy baseball dynamic come full-circle. Being amateur GM (and crowing about it on message boards) has surpassed actually rooting for a team as the most appealing part of the game of baseball

  88. By the bye May 9th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Speaking of trades, after an uneven start to the season, Ian Kennedy seems to be putting it together with the Diamondbacks, having pitched six+ shutout innings in his last start, while accumulating a 2-1 record with a 3.65 ERA.

    He starts again today against Milwaukee.

    Since those sparkling few weeks he showed at the close of 2007, I’ve wondered if he would ever put it together and become a solid middle-of-the-rotation type pitcher, or whether that short run of brilliance was purely a fluke.

  89. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 9th, 2010 at 1:58 pm


  90. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 11:56 am


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