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Huffman pulled in Scranton

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Chad Huffman seems to be on his way to New York.

Donnie Collins is reporting that Huffman has been pulled from tonight’s lineup in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is apparently on his way to New York to take the roster spot of Marcus Thames.

This would be Huffman’s first big league call up. He was claimed off waivers from San Diego earlier this season. He was hitting .279 with five home runs in Triple-A. He has a reputation as a hard worker, and four of his past five games were multi-hit. In his minor league career he has been primarily a left fielder, with a few starts at first base and right field. He’s played center, but not since his first season.

 
 

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57 Responses to “Huffman pulled in Scranton”

  1. Nick in SF June 12th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Defensive upgrade!

  2. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Bring me the head of Kevin Towers if Huffman doesn’t work out. :)

  3. CB June 12th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    (repost):

    “Maybe nobody wanted to trade for Blanton when he makes as much as Cliff Lee.”

    Cliff Lee makes around 9M this year. I believe Blanton makes around 7M or 8M.

    At those prices Blanton would have been very movable. Teams are so desperate for pitching and even though prices on the free agent market have gone down for many position players they really haven’t for pitchers. Look at the deal Rich Harden got from Texas despite his injury concerns and the awful stuff he showed at the end of last year. And I won’t even bring up the Ollie Perez deal. Actually, I will bring it up. Ollie Perez= $36M

    They could have traded Blanton to an NL team without too much of a fuss. He just doesn’t make that much for it to be a problem.

  4. LGY June 12th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    tampa,

    Howard is a very good goalie, especially on plays close to the net and fastbreaks. He has perfect form on those plays.

    I was really impressed with that drive from Altidore. He not only outran his defender but was strong enough to stay completely balanced. Speed and power :)

    I want to see him get the ball more in the open field and see what he does with it.

  5. Nick in SF June 12th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Yes, but Blanton is someone you can build around. Although the best thing to build around him would probably be a gingerbread house. Never mind.

    Enjoy the rest of your Saturdays, people.

  6. CB June 12th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “I was really impressed with that drive from Altidore. He not only outran his defender but was strong enough to stay completely balanced. Speed and power :)

    I don’t know. Altidore for me in many ways sums up both the strengths and weaknesses of the US program.

    He is very powerful and fast but really doesn’t have very much technique. The most quintessential U.S. player is Michael Bradley but Altidore isn’t too far behind. Now Altidore is only 20 so he can get better but it’ll be very difficult for him now.

    The U.S. still plays very much in the mold of England and what the English have traditionally valued. That’s partly why the match today was so interesting and odd at the same time.

    There’s too much emphasis on physicality, stamina and strength on both sides.

  7. RMS June 12th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    “Yes, but Blanton is someone you can build around. Although the best thing to build around him would probably be a gingerbread house. Never mind.”

    lol

  8. me June 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Offensive downgrade ! :(

  9. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    The really sad part of Phillies story is that Halladay thought he was coming to a winner.

    No one told him he would have to be the whole pitching staff and pitch in every game for them to succeed. :(

  10. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Huffman, as long as he can mash behind the plate, and isn’t butterfinger in the field welcome!

  11. SMK June 12th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    What will Sterling’s HR call for Huffman be?

    I’ll go with:

    “That left in a huff, man!”

  12. Haiku-man June 12th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    MTU

    I thought earlier that instead of a V-8, Halladay said to himself, I could’ve been a Yankee!

  13. LGY June 12th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Good points CB. I am still trying to catch up on most of these guys so I should qualify my general observations more.

    A real problem with putting too much emphasis on “athletic” players is that they do not tend to play well together or play off each other well.

    Soccer IMO is not about just putting a bunch of talent on the field. I think there is a very real chemistry involved when it comes to soccer and you have to put a team together that work off each other’s strengths.

    If you play with someone long enough you will instinctively know where they will be without having to look.

  14. Zed June 12th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Santana and Halladay committed too soon to their teams. They should have gone to FA and become Yankees rather than take the money a year earlier from questionable teams. But to be fair, Philly had come off 2 WS appearances, so it wasn’t as much a risk for Doc as it was for Santana.

  15. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Our OF depth is terrible and we are extremely vulnerable to offensive shortages when one of our OF’s misses time. Thames, Russo, Golson, Huffman and before them, Winn.

    Cashman threw a giant heap of dung against the wall but none of it stuck.

    DeJesus, please.

  16. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I was talking to a friend of mine about the trade deadline and he wants to get Paul Konerko who is on pace for 50 HR’s this year. Granted, he’s in a contract year, but like Cliff Lee, he’ll cost a top prospect. If the Yankees won’t trade a top prospect for a top rotation starter if he’s a rental, I don’t see them trading a top prospect for a big bat as a rental.

    A second tier hitter makes more sense.

    Given our lack of OF depth and open DH spot, DeJesus makes the most sense.

    DeJesus.

  17. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Time to bring out the broom tomorrow. :)

  18. LGY June 12th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I’m not sure Konerko will cost a top prospect. He is making 12 million this year, so he will be a pretty expensive pick up for his post trade deadline price tag.

    Also, team’s will generally put more on the table for pitching at the deadline.

  19. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Fox did an update of the All Star game Jeter and Cano are leading in their respective positions still.

  20. Giuseppe Franco June 12th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Not the biggest DeJesus fan and he doesn’t make the most sense. He probably wouldn’t want to be a DH, either.

    And before you start moving one of Gardner, Swisher, or Granderson from the outfield, specifically Swisher, Girardi isn’t going to mess with him given the year he’s having.

    He’s also played a pretty decent RF this season.

  21. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    The Yankees are not going to spend a lot of money @ the Trade deadline IMO.

    The only way I see any significant upgrade on anything would be via trade.

    And I don’t see the Yanks giving up anyone all that significant.

    Therefore I don’t see too much change. Just some tweaks.

  22. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Chad Hoffman, “Come on down!” (Up?)

    Nice opportunity here. :)

  23. RS June 12th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    The Yankees are in a pretty good position for the ASG. Jeter and Cano will win the fan votes, Arod won’t but he really needs the rest anyway, and Girardi has control over getting Andy, Hughes, and Mo in. We’ve had 3 all-stars the past two years, so it’s be nice to have 4-5 this time. Just to rub it in the Angels faces.

  24. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Huffman!!!! sheesh.

  25. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    The Yankees can take their time making a move. You never know who might be available in about 6 weeks or so.

  26. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about the Angels anytime soon.

    They lost Kendry Morales for the season and are on the fast train to nowhere.

    That’s punishment enough. :)

  27. Stoneburner's Guild June 12th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Exactly Giuseppe.

    Additionally, Yanks might go with someone like Austin Kearns – who could sit on the bench and be the fourth OF – plus Kearns would not cost the prospect it would take dealing with KC. Remember it is not just DeJesus – it is Drayton Moore. The man is not the easiest to deal with. Maybe the Yanks make some sort of Kearns/Branyan trade – Branyan moving into a DH type role and Kearns a fourth OF. When Branyan does not DH – he provides a bat off the bench.

    The other question is what reliever do we target. Matt Thornton would cost a pretty prospect – but we have a good relationship dealing w/ Kenny Williams (assuming he is still the GM come July).

  28. RS June 12th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t see the Yankees getting a big outfielder at the deadline. Swisher, Granderson, and Gardner all deserve starting spots so why trade a top prospect for someone who might only be a bench player when all our regulars are healthy? The only case where I could see them getting a difference-maker type bat is if the player is comfortable spending a significant time at DH. But again, why trade a top prospect for an aging DH?

  29. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I wanted to find out about Dice-K, so I went over to the Globe.

    There are virtually no game comments. Virtually no comments on the Dice-K report. Let’s just say there are more comments in this thread than on either of those threads over there.

    Is this blog a particular phenomenon?

  30. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I don’t see the White Sox moving a hitter on pace for 50 HR for anything less than a top prospect. They’d rather take the draft picks for him if no team is willing to trade a top pick. I just don’t see the Yankees trading a top prospect at this year’s deadline, not for a pitcher for sure and especially not for a bat.

    Since the division is so close and 3-4 teams are within striking distance, there is more pressure on each of those teams to make an impact move.

    At the very least, the Yankees will make a small move for a second tier player or 2.

    1 OF.

    1 bullpen arm.

  31. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    How great is it that Dice-K is such a bust.

    The guy just can’t stay healthy.

    The wear and tear on his arm is showing.

    The Red Sox may wind up with a lot of sushi on their face over that one, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer team. ;)

  32. Chip June 12th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    My guess:

    The negative MRI on Thames means they probably don’t put him on the DL. Instead, with Posada back behind the plate they’ll release Chad Moeller (or more accurately, designate him for assignment) and then call up Huffman.

    I’m sort of curious as to who will DH tomorrow – maybe Jeter or Cano with Ramiro Pena in the field.

  33. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    edit: if no team is willing to trade a top PROSPECT

  34. LGY June 12th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “The Red Sox may wind up with a lot of sushi on their face over that one, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer team”

    :lol:

  35. m June 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Just curious, but which teams have good offensive 4OF?

  36. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Marlins already up by 1 in the first.

    TB you’re goin down. :)

  37. rb June 12th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Chip, all signs indicate that Thames will be DL’d.

    AnthonyMcCarron : Marcus Thames will be placed on the 15-day DL because of that hamstring. Chad Huffman probable callup for tomorrow about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

    I think they keep Moeller around until they are comfortable catching Posada regularly.

  38. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Xavier Nady is a good offensive 4th OF.

    He hasn’t played much for the Cubs.

  39. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    FLA up 1 run already in the 1st go Marlins!

  40. m June 12th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Nady is an exception. Coming off TJS.

  41. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Austin Kearns plays LF but is more of a DH.

    His OPS is over .900

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/players.....yerId=5012

  42. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Doreen

    Go to http://www.nesn.com they have info, he has a strained forearm!

  43. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Carlos Quentin can play LF or RF but might be better off as a DH.

    He has 8 HR’s but only batting .205.

    He could be a buy-low option.

  44. Giuseppe Franco June 12th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Even if Thames wasn’t going on the DL, Moeller is sticking with this team for awhile longer.

    Girardi has to make absolutely sure that Posada is good to go 3-4 times a week behind the plate before they let Moeller go.

  45. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    There went the 1 run lead.

    Nolasco you suck ! :(

  46. Giuseppe Franco June 12th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    # m June 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Just curious, but which teams have good offensive 4OF?

    ———–

    Exactly. A good offensive 4th outfielder is usually the DH.

  47. Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    DeJesus can play LF, CF or RF. He’s the best defender in the OF of all the players rumored on the block. His defensive skills come into play if there’s an injury. That’s a luxury the team won’t have if they bring in a hitter who is more of a DH.

  48. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Damon -

    Thanks. I did find that out. I was just kind of surprised at how few comments such a development seemed to generate.

    That, and the fact they had this rookie whose first at-bat was a grand slam, you’d think there’d be, oh, I don’t know at least 50 comments in the game thread.

    It made me think this blog is a phenomenon.

  49. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) June 12th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Bret,

    Is DeJesus related to you in some way?

  50. MTU (aka GBURL) June 12th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Bret-

    2 questions:

    Are the Royals prepared to make DDJ available ?

    If so, who do we have to give up to get him ?

  51. Giuseppe Franco June 12th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    # Bret the Hitman June 12th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    DeJesus can play LF, CF or RF. He’s the best defender in the OF of all the players rumored on the block. His defensive skills come into play if there’s an injury. That’s a luxury the team won’t have if they bring in a hitter who is more of a DH.

    ———–

    He’s not playing in the Yankee outfield over Swisher, Gardner, or Granderson.

    And he may not want to be a DH.

  52. mick June 12th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    +============================>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  53. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Doreen

    Blanton came in 1-4 , no disrespect, but Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder could’ve hit him today.
    Also bos is sooo over Dice-k!

  54. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 12th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Damon you’re missing my point.

    I don’t care about the Red Sox game. I went to the their BLOG and I was amazed at the lack of activity there.

    Even if bos is “so over Dice-K,” if the same situation occurred here, this blog would blow up from the activity, the conversation about what a mistake the Yankees had made, etc., etc.

    So, what I’m saying is this BLOG is one of a kind.

  55. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Nolasco after 2 innings 49 pitches, he won’t last without adjustments.

  56. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 12th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Doreen
    Agreed, I knew what you meant, they know the sox are struggling this year, but I got you!.

  57. steve June 13th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Yanks will trade for OF and pen help. DeJesus is a good pick up if we can get him. He can play all 3 OF spots and is a solid but not great hitter. If we get DeJesus, then we can put Swisher in the DH role on a more frequent basis. Only down side on DeJesus is that he is a lefty as is Grandy and Gardy.

    For the pen, I like Thorton. A lefty who really would give us an option in the late innings. I am not sold on Joba as the full time setup guy.


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