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On the day before…

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Indians BaseballOne day before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees don’t seem to be closely linked to any particular trade target. That means they’ve either kept things quiet — which is entirely possible — or they don’t see much that grabs their interest. These seem to be the four types of players who might have a spot on the Yankees roster.

Late-inning reliever
The Yankees have plenty of long relievers, and the ninth inning is locked down, but the eighth inning has been a problem. A late-inning reliever seems to be their greatest need. Finding one, on the other hand, might be an expensive crap shoot. Last night, the Twins traded for Matt Capps, and it cost them an Austin Romine-type catching prospect.

There are significant names out there — Joakim Soria and Leo Nunez have been thrown around — but someone like Scott Downs or Octavio Dotel might be more attainable. This also seems like the kind of thing the Yankees might be able to address after the non-waiver deadline, or they could give Dave Robertson a shot.

Bench depth
The Yankees seem to have found something in Colin Curtis, and they have Marcus Thames who can play the field when absolutely necessary, so the outfield isn’t a huge need. Francisco Cervelli hasn’t hit since that red-hot start to the season, but he also doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so catcher is probably not a target until Jorge Posada’s injury is worse than expected.

The bench could most use an upgrade in the infield. Ramiro Pena has lived up to his billing as a defensive specialist, but he doesn’t hit much. Eduardo Nunez is a pretty good bat in Triple-A, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Yankees go after a Jeff Keppinger-type if he’s not too terribly expensive.

Designated hitter
Right now, the Yankees primary DH is probably a platoon of Thames and Juan Miranda, but it’s also been a pit stop for Posada and various other everyday players. A big bat certainly wouldn’t hurt, but it would clearly cost them in one way or another. When it comes to position players, the Yankees might be better off tinkering with the bench rather than remaking the lineup. But, of course, it depends on what kind of deal is out there.

Starting pitcher
This would be more of a luxury purchase, and now that Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and Cliff Lee are off the market, there might not be an available starter who provides a significant upgrade. The only concerns in the rotation would be Andy Pettitte’s injury and Phil Hughes’ innings limit. I’m not sure either is significant enough to give up young players for a No. 4 or 5 starter.

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237 Responses to “On the day before…”

  1. raymagnetic July 30th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    EIG =Highly Overrated.

    Yanks won the WS last year with their EIG struggling mightily.

  2. Triple Short of a Cycle July 30th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    They won because of being able to use a 3 man rotation and Alex going out of his mind. Don’t count on those happening again. Bullpen’s are super important in the playoffs

  3. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    EIG? = Generally the 7th best pitcher on the team.

  4. austinmac July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I always manage to post right as a new post comes out. I say they get a DH if possible. Next year when people say they’ll be able to get what they need at the deadline I ask that we remember how difficult it is without getting ripped off.

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It was amazing to me that Bill Smith survived the Santana debacle. Wasn’t Lester included in one of those deals? Now he trades a great catching prospect for a B level closer who is moving to the AL. Epic fail.

  6. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Bret-

    Here’s your chance to shine.

    Tell us who we’re getting. :)

  7. Apple byte July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    With Mitre looking better in his last appearance, the possibility of Aceves on the mend and returning, and Mosely being impressive, the Yankees may not have to make a bullpen move, especially if it’s costly in talent.
    If Jeff Keppinger can be had reasonably, it might be all Cashman will do by the deadline.

  8. Triple Short of a Cycle July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    austinmac,

    The Yankees will never be able to acquire anyone decent anymore at the deadline. They hold them hostage and then deal to other teams for little or nothing. Gone are the days of teams salary dumping a la Bobby Abreu. They would just rather keep them and collect picks

  9. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    1 day , 6 Hours, and 37 Minutes until the Trade Deadline!!!!

  10. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I doubt that they will be able to acquire a late inning reliever better than Robertson at a reasonable price.

  11. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    They will not be able to acquire a late inning reliever better than Robertson at a reasonable price.

  12. austinmac July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I’m not sure I see Keppinger as much of an upgrade over Pena. Better,yes, but I don’t see trading any significant players for him. I don’t thin it will happen. In fact, I don’t think anything will happen.

  13. Andrew July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    They could get a reliever worse than Robertson since the price will be lower, then let the new guy & Joba handle the middle innings formerly occupied by Robertson while K-Rob and Logan split the late inning “bridge to Mo” duties. Bullpen should be fluid though, so that if Logan goes back to sucking/Robertson has a few rough games, the roles could change depending on what Joba/new guy do.

  14. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Rich-

    As long as D-Rob continues to throw strikes he is deadly.

    He needs to continue to pound the zone.

    Control has been his only issue in the past otherwise he’s a swing and miss guy.

    Last year he had one of , if not the highest, K/9 rates of any reliever in the AL. :)

  15. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Austin-

    What happened to your trip counselor, or do I have my dates mixed up ? :)

  16. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    “I’m not sure I see Keppinger as much of an upgrade over Pena. Better,yes, but I don’t see trading any significant players for him. I don’t thin it will happen. In fact, I don’t think anything will happen”

    He’s far better than Pena with the bat. As for his cost, I don’t think it would require much more than a couple minor league depth guys.

  17. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I bet the Yankees do nothing. :)

    I am waiting for “roadside assistance” because I have a flat tire. Luckily I am at home and not on the roadside. I had missed about a month of tennis lessons and was supposed to restart them yesterday, but as I left my house, the sky opened up. (As soon as I got home, they cleared, of course.) Rescheduled the lesson for this morning, got in my car, rolled down my driveway and noticed a strange sound and a “weird feel” to the car. Flat tire. Sigh.

    Erica -

    Thanks for the countdowns, they are a welcome relief. :)

  18. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:23 am
    1 day , 6 Hours, and 37 Minutes until the Trade Deadline!!!!

    ***********************
    This is a very good thing. :)

  19. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Willie Bloomquist would be a better fit for the Yankees. Bloomquist plays all positions except pitcher, catcher and 1st base and well, though, I’m sure he could. He can hit a bit and have very good speed.

  20. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Doreen-

    You are welcome :-)

    Personally, I am done with trade speculation

  21. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    GB-

    A few cartoons.

    The first one is just for you.

    The 2nd represents a Troll going to class.

    The 3rd one is for Randy.

    The last one is me on a nature walk.

    Enjoy.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/FarSide#

    :)

  22. Apple byte July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    All deals of significance have been made. What minor deals are left will be as boring as watching paint dry.
    As always, the talking heads will attempt to make the last few hous as dramatic as possible.

  23. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am
    GB-

    A few cartoons.

    The first one is just for you.

    The 2nd represents a Troll going to class.

    The 3rd one is for Randy.

    The last one is me on a nature walk.

    Enjoy.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/FarSide#

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I know the difference between an “F” and a “P”. My problem would be between an “H” and a “K”.

  24. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I like Willie Bloomquist and I still think Dunn is a possibility, despite all the “We are out” comments you hear from teams.

    Everybody who says they are “out” on a player are a phone call away from being back “in”.

  25. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    MTU, those were cute. Thanks for the morning chuckle. Love “The Far Side”.

  26. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I think both Adam Dunn and Lance Berkman are going to be traded. Those are two big names.

    Sometimes though, it’s the smaller deals, and not the larger ones, that make a difference.

  27. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    GB-

    My pleasure. Thought you might get a kick out of them.

    I love the FS too. Obviously. :)

  28. G-C July 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Robertson has been pitching well for a long time now.

    16 of his past 18 outings have been scoreless. In one of them he allowed just one run- the other was the mini blow-up he had against Toronto.

    I only think he’ll continue to thrive in high leverage spots.

  29. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    SJ-

    I’ll take Berkman if the price is right.

  30. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    The Dodgers are apparently close to getting Ryan Theriot. He would have been a useful pickup.

  31. comet July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    MTU Good morning.

  32. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I would just like to say how much more I am enjoying this blog again since the implementation of registration.

    Its quite nice to see SJ44 post without 10 posts under it debating whether its him. And I no longer return to my computer and see an imposter with my name saying awful things.

    Conversations and discussions are much more civil (especially when you don’t have people changing their handles just so they can agree with themselves)

    Its been a really nice blog community again

  33. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    SJ, I think that Bloomquist is more used to playing part time. Keppinger is the better player overall, but, maybe not as versatile. It’s been a good while since Keppinger has been a part timer and may not be happy about reduced playing time. I can go either way with Dunn, but, make no mistake about the infusion of power. Washington has a shortstop in Ian Desmond, but, he’s totally miscast in that position. I assume that Eduardo Nunez or Luis Nunez would have to be included along with a Nova/Noesi type and another, maybe like Corbin Joseph. They could be made up in the draft picks at the end of the year.

  34. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Erica
    I agree. Usually you could tell if somone was being impostered, but not always. And sometimes it was just silly, just for the sake of doing it.

  35. Tom in N.J. July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    What would a realistic package for Dunn look like?

    I assume that the Nationals wouldn’t be looking for a catcher now that they have Ramos…

  36. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I can’t see E Nunez and Nova landing Dunn, but perhaps I’m a pessimist. I would applaud such a deal if it got made though.

  37. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Erica -

    I so agree.

    I wasn’t sure registration would make that much of a difference, but happily it has. :)

  38. austinmac July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Erica- I always agree with myself, but often feel alone in that view.

    MTU, I spent the night in Colorado Springs, and today to Estes Park. Tomorrow the park. Will you please advise Cashman if any deals are made, make them before I am without Internet.

  39. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    austinmac July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Erica- I always agree with myself, but often feel alone in that view.
    **************

    LOL.. As long as you never changed your name just to show you weren’t alone

  40. MG July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The Yankees have no need for starting pitching-Moseley showed last night that he can fill in until Andy returns.

    Robertson hasn’t allowed a run in his last 9 appearances and, except for the pounding in Toronto early in July has pitched very well the past two months. I don’t see the need to give up top prospects for another late inning reliever either. The starters go deep into games consistently as well so there’s less need for multiple relievers every night. Relievers are by nature inconsistent so what is the probability than anyone picked up (except for Soria, who isn’t being traded) is a crap shoot at playoffs time. The best late season pickup the Yankees ever made was Pedro Ramos in 1964, he pretty much won the pennant for them that year, and if my memory serves me correctly he had been a starter his whole career until being traded to New York.

    Another bat, particularly someone who can play the infield, would be nice but other than that this team can go all the way with the status quo.

  41. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Keppinger has been out of the line up the last few days with a back problem. I believe he is also questionable for the weekend. Not sure if the DL is in his future.

    I think he is considered too much of an everyday player to take a bench role on the Yankees

  42. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Dunn likes Washington and I can see them hooking back up in the off-season. One thing that needs to be remembered is that Washington won’t lose anything because they’ll be one of the 15 worst teams and their picks are protected. That would be quite a haul for them.

  43. hardwired7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    The Rangers tried to make a play for Josh Johnson when they were working on the Cantu deal:

    http://mlb.mlblogs.com/archive.....ut_jj.html

    I guess “bankruptcy” doesn’t mean what it used to mean.

  44. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    GB7-

    I think another team would offer more than a Nunez/Nova package. Which team and what players I don’t know, but with the White Sox, Rays, Yanks, Giants, Detroit and who knows maybe the Braves in on him, if the Nats trade him they are going to get more than that.

  45. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Erica,

    The blog has really changed for the better since registration.

    I knew it would but, even I am surprised at how quickly it’s improved.

    Even the game threads are manageable now.

    I’m sure if the Yankees have a bad weekend in Tampa, the bridgejumpers will be in full bloom.

    However, even if that takes place, it will be mild compared to what it’s been in the past.

    All credit goes to Chad, Sam and Jeff at LoHud for taking the blog to another level.

  46. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Not many teams can give up a #4 and or #5 starter along with two young starting middle infielder that are both hitting over .300. I wouldn’t give up both Nova and Noesi, but, if necessary, I’d give up another pitcher like Warren.

  47. pat July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    A little bandwagon clearing happening to the north.

    “….Sports Business Journal’s report that NESN’s Red Sox ratings had plummeted 36 percent. (The Boston Globe also reported that WEEI’s ratings were down 16.5 percent, and that male listeners between the ages of 25 and 54 had dwindled by 28 percent.)”

  48. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I think you have to look at any Dunn deal in the context of the Lee deal, because both guys are FA’s at the end of the year.

    When you do, it’s clear the Yankees have the pieces to do a deal.

    With the Nats getting Ramos, it actually makes it better from the Yankees perspective.

    Whether they want to do it is a separate issue.

    However, they have the right pieces to appeal to the Nats.

  49. Apple byte July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    It seems that Girardi is feeling more comfotable with giving Colin Curtis more at bats and he’s clearly not a liability in the outfield. Nick Johnson ? He might not ever see another at bat as a Yankee.

  50. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    GB7-

    You are proposing both Nunezes, plus either Nova or Noesi, plus a fourth guy? Maybe, depending on how the Nats like the pitchers.

    I’m not sure the Yanks would go that far, though, given the fact that Dunn isn’t going to play in the OF and Posada and ARod seem to need a lot of days DH’ing. We’ll see.

  51. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Austin-

    “Will you please advise Cashman if any deals are made, make them before I am without Internet.”

    I’ll see what I can do. ;)

  52. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I believe the priority will be the potential 15 postseason games the Yankees will need a DH (5 ALDS, 7 ALCS, 3 WS), rather than the regular reason.

    If they pick up a DH, he might need to deal with only playing 2 of 3 or 3 of every 4 games, but he’ll play all games in the PS except the WS NL park games.

  53. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 am
    Erica,

    The blog has really changed for the better since registration.

    I knew it would but, even I am surprised at how quickly it?s improved.

    Even the game threads are manageable now.

    I?m sure if the Yankees have a bad weekend in Tampa, the bridgejumpers will be in full bloom.
    *********************

    I think the Yankees are rolling now. I predict 2 of 3.

  54. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I’ll take Berkman if the price is right. :)

  55. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    THE TRUTH HAS RETURNED TO LOHUD YANKEES BLOG!

  56. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    A few thoughts:

    1. I can’t believe the Nationals got Ramos for Capps. I understand it from the Twins point of view; Wilson Ramos was never going to suit up for the Twins; but it still seems like a high price for Capps.

    2. With Ramos and Flores in the fold; it’s possible that the Yankees could get Dunn without surrendering Montero or Romine. Maybe David Adams, Ivan Nova and Adam Warren.

    3. If the Yankees can’t reach a deal for Dunn, I think that they should look at either Lance Berkman or Chris Snyder. Berkman and Dunn would obviously be DH options; whereas Snyder would become the primary catcher with Jorge becoming the team’s primary DH; thus keeping his bat in the lineup and protect him from the nagging injuries that have kept him out of the lineup at times.

    I know my stance on Jorge offends some people here; but I want to be clear – the only reason I think Jorge should DH more often is because his bat is too valuable for him to sit on the bench. Think of Jorge in the same light as Vlad and Matsui – they are both very good offensive players who just can no longer physically hold up to the demands of playing in the field on a regular basis, and outfield is a lot less taxing on the body than catcher.

  57. RC July 30th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Can the Yankees trade Jonathan Albaladejo back to the Nats for Tyler Clippard?!?

  58. BIG AL July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    GB7 -

    Keppinger has played all the same positions as Willie Bloomquist, and is a much better hitter.

  59. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Dunn is the preferable bat, but I think a suitable low-cost alternative would be Luke Scott. He can DH and fill in at first at the corner outfield spots.

    He’s a much better hitter than Ty Wigginton. It’s too bad that Angelos is so short-sighted and bitter as to not want to deal with the Yankees.

  60. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    By the way – I love the Toronto GM’s response to comments by Keith Law that “Gose for Wallace couldn’t make any less sense to me”

    In essence saying that he understands that Law and the other talking heads have jobs to do and are entitled to their opinions but he and his scouts know the needs of their team a lot better and if he wanted Law’s opinion he would offer him a job.

  61. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 am
    GB7-

    You are proposing both Nunezes, plus either Nova or Noesi, plus a fourth guy? Maybe, depending on how the Nats like the pitchers.

    I’m not sure the Yanks would go that far, though, given the fact that Dunn isn’t going to play in the OF and Posada and ARod seem to need a lot of days DH’ing. We’ll see.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    No, I’m not propsing both of the Nunez’ shortstops. One or the other. If they take Eduardo, it affects which pitchers are to be picked from…same with Noesi. Those are the best of those position picks on the list.

  62. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    MTU July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 am
    Bret-

    Here’s your chance to shine.

    Tell us who we’re getting.
    ************************

    Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez for Park and Russo, Marlins pay half remaining salaries.

    -just a rumor I heard on NYYrumors Twitter.

    That guy’s pretty crazy.

  63. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    The Rays better not land Dunn. If the Rays get him, they will be as good as the Yanks and have too much of a chance to push the Yanks to the wild card for my comfort.

    That would mean having to play Texas in the first round, facing Lee twice in a 5 game series. Then if the Yanks do win, having to face the Rays. That’s an uphill climb.

  64. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    What would it take to get Berkman?

  65. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    BIG AL July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am
    GB7 -

    Keppinger has played all the same positions as Willie Bloomquist, and is a much better hitter.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    He may be the better hitter, but, that doesn’t make him the best choice to be the better utility player, and he’s barely played in the outfield and never in center field. Keppinger is a full time player. He won’t be happy playing sporadically.

  66. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Didn’t Berkman say he won’t go anywhere unless his option is picked up? Or did I miss something?

  67. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    By the way – how about the “stones” on the Texas Rangers.

    They have no money, have added Cliff Lee, Ben Molina, Jorge Cantu and were still trying to get Prince Fielder and Josh Johnson.

    I just don’t get how MLB allows this; or why Arte Moreno especially hasn’t gone ballistic.

  68. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Wave -

    I don’t remember him saying that.

    Not sure what it would take to get Berkman – probably Joba and some combination of Noesi/Nova/Warren/Nunez/Adams

  69. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The White Sox were on the verge of bringing in Edwin Jackson but now they are backing off because something else came up that could represent an even bigger move for Kenny Williams. If that bigger move comes through then they will walk away from the Jackson deal…

    Interesting stuff.

  70. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    They aren’t going to be able to trade David Adams with a fractured ankle. Nobody is that stupid to take him until he can show that he’s healthy and can still run and play the position.

  71. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am
    They aren?t going to be able to trade David Adams with a fractured ankle. Nobody is that stupid to take him until he can show that he?s healthy and can still run and play the position.
    —————————–

    Really? Because the Marlins just traded Jorge Cantu for a guy out for the year following Tommy John surgery. I really don’t see any greater risk to trading for a guy recovering from a fractured ankle than a pitcher recovering from major arm surgery.

  72. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Getting Dunn to block other teams from getting him is just a rehash of the failed strategies of the past (remember Jose Contreras, Kai Igawa, etc etc). The team is built, right now to win the WS. Oh, and the great bonus is that NJ is coming back. Talk about subtraction by addition lolol.

  73. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    ” It’s too bad that Angelos is so short-sighted and bitter as to not want to deal with the Yankees”

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    Maybe Bush Showalter will change the equation.

  74. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    a pitcher recovering from ligament replacement surgery is safer than hoping a middle infielder can still move around the bag and run after recovering from ankle surgery.

  75. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    IS NJ coming back, what is really wrong with him?

  76. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Nobody wants to deal with us, boo-hoo…

  77. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am
    a pitcher recovering from ligament replacement surgery is safer than hoping a middle infielder can still move around the bag and run after recovering from ankle surgery.
    —————————–

    Did you get your medical expertise from playing doctor with your nurse friend.

  78. Guru Man July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Keppinger is no upgrade. Not many names out there really are worth anything to the Yanks. Dunn would be a nice upgrade at DH, but he doesn’t want to DH? If a player is weak in the Field and can’t recognize it then the heck with him. He also is better against righties and I am less concerned about us against righties, i am more concerned about the Texas lefties, Lester, etc…

  79. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    If we know NJ is coming back, why bother with anyone?

  80. BIG AL July 30th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    GB7 -

    Mute point, Keppinger is day to day with a back injury, the same back problems he had last year.

  81. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    If Aceves is coming back, again why bother?

  82. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    it’s moot.

  83. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    If we know NJ is coming back, why bother with anyone?
    ************

    We don’t know if NJ is coming back

  84. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It’s moo.
    A cow’s point

  85. 86w183 July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I would not include Eduardo Nunez in a Dunn deal. I could see Nova, Miranda and Curtis or something like that but you don’t go nuts for a two month rental that’s highly unlikely to re-sign.

  86. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    a mute point is one we can’t see or hear…

  87. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    How about this:

    Yankees get: Jose Guillen and Willie Bloomquist

    Royals get: Juan Miranda, Mark Melancon and Reegie Corona

    The Royals can’t expect much for Guillen, and have even said that they would basically give him away if a team is willing to take back his contract.

    Yankees would get some salary relief by including Miranda in the deal and two non-prospects like Melancon and Corona are a fair offer for a utility player like Bloomquist.

  88. BIG AL July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    MOOT – I stand corrected – Again.

  89. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Cash knows if NJ is coming back…it’s whether he stays is the question.

  90. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    The Yanks have post-season issues.

    They have no real DH, Granderson is exploitable by left-handed pitching, Burnett and to some extent Vazquez (those pesky HRs) are questionable in the post-season, the bullpen is thin and will be relying on Phil Hughes who hasn’t pitched there this year.

    The Yanks are tough, but against Texas, whose pitching is as good, if not better with Lee and whose offense isn’t shabby, and Tampa, who is also very good, the Yanks are far from a lock.

    They need to make some moves here; the minors are stocked and that is what they are for.

  91. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Al-Don’t let it happen again :)

  92. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Aceves and NJ might be our moves.

  93. Apple byte July 30th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The Rays as a team are too flexible in the field to take on Dunn as a rental. Carlos Pena has a role as a leader and it would be vitually stripped away. Not good for their clubhouse chemistry.
    The Rays feel no pressure to make any moves.

  94. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    “We don’t know if NJ is coming back”

    Olney said on ESPN to look for an August come back. NJ, the eternal gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps he can donate his salary to the American Medical Association.

  95. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Quick, someone post a link to a story reporting that NJ will be back this year.

  96. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Chip July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 am
    By the way – I love the Toronto GM’s response to comments by Keith Law that “Gose for Wallace couldn’t make any less sense to me”

    In essence saying that he understands that Law and the other talking heads have jobs to do and are entitled to their opinions but he and his scouts know the needs of their team a lot better and if he wanted Law’s opinion he would offer him a job.

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

    And when he’s sitting beside the other loser Toronto GM JP Ricciardi on the set of ESPN we’ll know why

  97. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Does he have Pavano Disease?

  98. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 am
    ?We don’t know if NJ is coming back?

    Olney said on ESPN to look for an August come back. NJ, the eternal gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps he can donate his salary to the American Medical Association.
    *************

    I nominate a plaque at the MRI machine.

    Right under Pavano’s

  99. TheStraw July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    As great as the blog has been, don’t forget that tonight is an important start for Phil Hughes. We all know what happens to the blog in that situation…..

  100. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    “The Rays as a team are too flexible in the field to take on Dunn as a rental. Carlos Pena has a role as a leader and it would be vitually stripped away. Not good for their clubhouse chemistry.”

    Yeah, I’m sure the Rays prefer Aybar to Dunn.

  101. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Nick Johnson WILL come back….

    In Cashman’s nightmares night after night after he realizes just want a totally stupid signing that was and how he hopes not having a legit DH in the playoffs won’t also come back to haunt him in November.

  102. mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a good beach day

  103. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    WYH-

    “The Yanks have post-season issues.

    They have no real DH, Granderson is exploitable by left-handed pitching, Burnett and to some extent Vazquez (those pesky HRs) are questionable in the post-season, the bullpen is thin and will be relying on Phil Hughes who hasn’t pitched there this year.

    The Yanks are tough, but against Texas, whose pitching is as good, if not better with Lee and whose offense isn’t shabby, and Tampa, who is also very good, the Yanks are far from a lock.

    They need to make some moves here; the minors are stocked and that is what they are for.”

    This. Like the analysis. :)

  104. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Exciting couple of days coming up.

    Sorry, that’s stating the obvious isn’t it. :(

  105. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Cashman NTG:

    Anthopolus (or any GM) shouldn’t care what the “experts” think about their trades. Keith Law may believe he’s the all knowing when it comes to prospects but if he was really that smart then don’t you think in this era of young GMs he would be in some team’s front office rather than posting his opinions on ESPN?

  106. 86w183 July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Guillen would certainly give the Yanks a lethal bat vs LHP but I don’t think Miranda is enough to get him. KC is weird sometimes. They make smart moves and tie up young guys and then waste huge $$ on Guillen and Meche…. go figure

  107. Squeakz July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I would love if we could get Matsui back in some kind of trade. That will immediately upgrade our bench and DH spot when Posada is not using it. There’s not too many pinch hitters you would one out there in a clutch situation…

  108. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    MTU-

    That’s what hot sidewalks, exhaust fumes, car horns, looming skyscrapers, elevators and computer screens can do for you.

    Who needs box canyons and mesquite anyway?

  109. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    BIG AL July 30th, 2010 at 11:09 am
    GB7 -

    Mute point, Keppinger is day to day with a back injury, the same back problems he had last year.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I never suggested Keppinger in the first place.

  110. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    “The Yanks have post-season issues.”

    “the Yanks are far from a lock.”

    Can someone explain to me what a “lock” for winning the World Series looks like exactly?

    Because I didn’t know such a thing could even exist…

  111. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    “There’s not too many pinch hitters you would one out there in a clutch situation…”

    Who is Matsui pinch-hitting for in the PS?

    Jeter?
    Swisher?
    Texieira?
    Rodriquez?
    Cano?
    Posada?
    Granderson?
    Gardner?

  112. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    mick July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am
    This is a good beach day
    *************

    I know. I am very on the fence about going after work though

  113. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    “Can someone explain to me what a “lock” for winning the World Series looks like exactly?”

    Whatever and wherever it is, the Yanks are far from it.

  114. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    TheStraw July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am
    As great as the blog has been, don’t forget that tonight is an important start for Phil Hughes. We all know what happens to the blog in that situation…..

    *****

    I’m looking forward to Vasquez’s start tomorrow more. Alot of people, including myself, have said that you can start trusting Javier once he actually pitches against the Rays, or Sox or Rangers (i.e. not the Indians, Mariners or A’s) in a game that has a little more meaning. I would think tomorrow’s game may qualify as a game that means a little more than pitching against the indians with 25 people watching in the stands.

    If he comes out looking decent in that game then you can start trusting him a little more. I think hughes will be in the bullpen come playoff time (unless there’s an injury) so i don’t put as much importance on his start.

  115. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am
    ?There’s not too many pinch hitters you would one out there in a clutch situation…?

    Who is Matsui pinch-hitting for in the PS?

    Jeter?
    Swisher?
    Texieira?
    Rodriquez?
    Cano?
    Posada?
    Granderson?
    Gardner?
    ******************

    I forget how awesome our line up is somethings.
    Its frustrating to no end that in most games (if Posada is catching) our weakest hitter is the DH

  116. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    **ARGH- Sometimes
    I am still under the influence of medicine

  117. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    WYH-

    “That’s what hot sidewalks, exhaust fumes, car horns, looming skyscrapers, elevators and computer screens can do for you.

    Who needs box canyons and mesquite anyway?”

    So if I were to expose myself to a sensory overload and breathe more polluted air it will help the Yankees get Berkman, Willingham, and Nunez ?

    OK. I’ll consider it. Hell of a sacrifice. I’m already killing myself in support of Phil. Now this.

    Why don’t you just come out here to see the Canyons and Mesquite ?

    Would that appease the baseball Gods ?

    After all, you would be subjecting yourself to extreme beauty and fresh air. An equivalent form of suffering on your part. :)

  118. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    “Whatever and wherever it is, the Yanks are far from it.”

    I genuinely appreciate you voluntarily making my point for me.

    It’s a pipedream. Unobtainable and undefinable.

    The game is played on the field. Some of you folks are fixated on winning it on paper, even though the advocates of such a plan can’t even define what winning on paper is.

    Of course they have issues. So do all teams.

    In a way, that’s kind of the whole point of playing the games.

  119. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    trying to judge the prospects – http://scoutingthesally.com/20.....er-flores/ interesting piece

    Could you imagine the Rays wait til the last possible minute, get a dunn/berkman just after winning game 2 and taking the lead in the AL East… interesting….

  120. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    stuckey-

    It’s not a pipe dream, it is more comparable to the asymptote of a hyperbola.

  121. blake July 30th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The Yankees are the best team in baseball. If they are far from a lock, what does that makes the other teams?

  122. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    MTU-

    Sure, natural beauty, fresh air, blue sky, the wonderful still quiet you can get out in the middle of the desert, are nice, but you can’t catch a game at the Stadium.

  123. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    # jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    trying to judge the prospects – http://scoutingthesally.com/20…..er-flores/ interesting piece

    Could you imagine the Rays wait til the last possible minute, get a dunn/berkman just after winning game 2 and taking the lead in the AL East… interesting….

    Why don’t they use that money to keep Crawford?

  124. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Cashman NTG:

    Anthopolus (or any GM) shouldn’t care what the “experts” think about their trades. Keith Law may believe he’s the all knowing when it comes to prospects but if he was really that smart then don’t you think in this era of young GMs he would be in some team’s front office rather than posting his opinions on ESPN?

    ****

    Exactly Chip, so Anthopolus is showing just what a novice he is by even commenting. I would think he has bigger things to concern himself with than responding to some loser sports writer on whether the trade was a good one or not. If you have the need to justify what you just did then maybe…just maybe…you’re also not 100% confident that you did the right thing.

    As for Law not working as a scout on a team – maybe he’s getting paid more money doing what he does – without any of the stress. Maybe he enjoys his work now and doesn’t want to go back to riding buses in some godforsaken town eating out of chinese food take out boxes. Maybe he’s thinking of setting up some consultant business that ML teams hire to have him advise on what to do in a draft or whom to trade for (like Mel Kiper on the football side – why hasn’t MK accepted a job working for an NFL team)

    I’m not saying Law is a genius, he’s not, but Anthopolus is showing what a rookie and dummy he is by responding.

  125. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Blake-

    Just because the Yanks are the best team in the game does not mean they don’t have any weaknesses.

    As you know. I’m greedy, I’m mean, and I believe not just in beating my opponent but in crushing them.

    Different strokes for different folks I guess.

    P.S. I hope Cash shares my mean streak. ;)

  126. 98NYY July 30th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Big Al…mute point…moot point…instead

  127. pat July 30th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Yankees landed in St.Pete a little before 3 a.m.

    Hopefully they won’t be feeling the effects of that tonight.

  128. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “The Yankees are the best team in baseball. If they are far from a lock, what does that makes the other teams?”

    I honestly believe to some fans, the actual games on the field have become just some pesky, unwanted, unappreciared necessity to help corroborate the Yankees position as the best team in baseball on paper.

  129. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Wave-

    “Sure, natural beauty, fresh air, blue sky, the wonderful still quiet you can get out in the middle of the desert, are nice, but you can’t catch a game at the Stadium.”

    This is true. Unless I were to run down to Phoenix, go up to Denver, or make a trip to the west coast.

    Not exactly like hopping on a subway. Tradeoffs. it’s all about the tradeoffs, isn’t it. :)

  130. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    @Carl good idea, except i think he’s already been to the tailor in anaheim and started to see if he could get his number out there… just what anaheim of los angeles angels need, another speedy outfielder (or matsui) that’s a getting near the end of their peak or past it (Hunter, Abreu, Matthews Jr a couple years ago).

    ps bring back matsui.

  131. David in Cal July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    We don’t need an upgrade to make the playoffs. At worst, we’ll be a wild card. As long as NJ and Aceves are healthy for the playoffs, we don’t need anyone else. But, NJ is notoriously frail and back injuries are always uncertain. So, it might make sense to get a relief pitcher or DH as insurance, even though that person might not be needed.

  132. ZachA July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    So it seems like Ted Lily and Ryan Theriot may be on their way to La Dodgers, and Edwin Jackson is on his way to the White Sox (although he may be traded away again, possibly to the Nats for Adam Dunn).

  133. backbench July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Any news update on CMW? He was supposed to come back to the majors by late July. We’re there.

  134. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Ken_Rosenthal

    Rival exec still believes #Yankees are in heavy on Dunn. Their “we’re out” message was directed at #Nationals: Quit messing around! #MLB

  135. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    MTU-

    Great restaurants, Broadway, nightclubs, Sports, and I can always hop on a plane and visit nature.

    So there! :)

  136. 98NYY July 30th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Lock issue…in 98 the Yanks looked like a lock…until Cleveland won two games…99 didn’t look like a lock and the Yanks flew through the playoffs and WS. Ask the Mariners about a Lock after winning 116 games and meeting the underdog Yanks. Locks are tough to predict.

  137. pat July 30th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Ken_Rosenthal Rival exec still believes #Yankees are in heavy on Dunn. Their “we’re out” message was directed at #Nationals: Quit messing around! #MLB

    OR maybe Cashman really isn’t interested and wants the rival exec to think he’s still interested. All this mind reading is so confusing.

    Time for the return of Stealth Cashman!

  138. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Wave-

    If you’re happy then I’m happy.

    I grew up in NY so I got my taste.

    I’m where I belong sounds like you are too. :)

  139. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 am
    Ken_Rosenthal

    Rival exec still believes #Yankees are in heavy on Dunn. Their “we’re out” message was directed at #Nationals: Quit messing around! #MLB
    *****

    Wait I’m confused now – Bret is that you posting or Ken Rosenthal? I gotta say you made your point rather well, I can’t tell the difference between what a real post is and what a fake one is. Congrats on that – now if you could only get paid for your work

  140. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    MTU-

    You know I’m just kidding with you…got to defend your home turf!

  141. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Ken_Rosenthal

    Other sources, however, say the #Yankees are indeed out on Dunn.
    half a minute ago via web
    Retweeted by you

  142. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Why would Cash want Tampa to think he is interested in Dunn… so they get worried and overpay for him? Leaking interest for that reason seems counter productive. Why would we want our closest rival to fix really their only weknesses with a big-time impact player?

  143. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    WYH-

    Absolutely! On both accounts.

    If you ever do decide you’d like to have a guided tour just let me know. It’s part of my pleasure to play tour guide once in a while. :)

  144. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    #1 Sign you have been working in an office too long-

    One of the printers is broken and everyone who normally prints to it is standing around it screaming at each other

    (I am not one of these people and think this is the funniest thing ever)

  145. blake July 30th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    MTU,

    I agree that they have weaknesses, I just think they have less than the other teams do. I’d love for them to make a move to improve upon those weaknesses but only at a certain price. At some point there is a limit to how predictable you can make the playoffs IMO….the best team doesn’t always win unfortunatley.

  146. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Cashman needs to go,

    Twitter is an echo chamber of rumors unparalleled since the advent of secondary education along with it’s locker-lined hallways.

    As NYYrumors, I post bogus rumors that glorify Yankee assets and degrade those of our opponents.

    Every once in a while I’ll re-tweet or repeat a rumor from Rosenthal, Heyman, Stark and the other culprits.

    Twitter.

    If you can’t beat it, join it!

    :lol:

  147. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Bret the Hitman-

    How many followers are you up to?

  148. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Erica in NY,

    12 followers for NYYrumors.

    Fledgling Twit today, media empire tomorrow!

    Godspeed!

    :)

  149. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Blake-

    I agree with you for the most part. You know I don’t believe in trading away prospects like they were so much confetti.

    The Playoffs are a crapshoot.

    Cash is the Man. We have to trust his judgement. He gauges the market relative to our needs.

    We’ll see what he comes up with. Maybe he’ll just stand pat ?

    Who knows. :)

  150. Bob July 30th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Call up some Triple A players if other teams want a kings ranson from Cashman; Lefty Royce Ring should be brought up to see what he can do. His numbers are good in Scranton and has MLB experience. If not successful, we have Boone and Marte. Another bat – Laird ? Or If Montero keeps going well, bring him up, DH and lets see if Laird and Montero can hit MLB pitchers. Colin Curtis was brought up and is not embarrassing himself at the plate. Singleton and Flaherty raved about his spring training. What a joy it was to listen to them this past series. It was Kenny’s smooth delivery, and logical conversations going back and forth between 2 intelligent former players. It was a pleasure to listen to them for these past 4 games. Unfortunaly M Kay is back this weekend.

  151. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    On a separate note:

    Did anyone watch the yankee game on Yes last night? If yes did you see the commercial for Cialis, the one where the man and woman are painting the house when “the moment” hits?

    So i get taking cialis just in case the moment hits, but why did the man and woman proceed to leave the house and take a walk in the woods, have some sort of picnic on the grass (without food) and end up in SEPARATE bath tubs – outside?

    Shouldn’t they have gone right to the bedroom, or if you need to take a walk (in case you have to wait for cialis to take effect – which would then be counter productive) why end up in separate bathtubs. I would also think filling them up with water would take awhile to do in the woods – and is the water cold? if it is i don’t care how good cialis is it aint that good to overcome as george costanza says “shrinkage”…

    just a thought

  152. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Tuscon/Phoenix…All the disadvantages of living in a city AND they’re in the middle of a scorching desert.

    It just doesn’t compute.

  153. JobaTipsHisCap July 30th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    CC needs to pitch well on Sun

  154. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    there is not a team contending for the playoffs right now that has a legit DH other than the rangers, and we’re leading the league in offense without one. what are we so worried about?

  155. pat July 30th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    “Unfortunaly M Kay is back this weekend.”

    Kay, Tino and Flaherty. God help us.

  156. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Cashman Needs to Go -

    Literally laughing out loud!

    I was thinking the same thing during that commercial!!!!! (The separate bathtubs seem to be in all their commercials, and I NEVER get that.)

  157. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    MTU-

    I love the southwest, been going to Arizona regularly since I was a kid. When I win the lottery I’ll relocate to Taos, it has the right combination of advantages for me.

  158. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Bronx-

    As you noticed they were not even my 2nd choice.

    Tucson is much nicer than Phoenix IMO but you’re right about the heat.

    Luckily for me where I live it is a short drive to escape the heat.

    For summer hiking we usually have 2 choices.

    Either we head for the Mountains or we hike slot Canyons which are shaded and have water for cooling yourself off. :)

  159. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    there is not a team contending for the playoffs right now that has a legit DH other than the rangers, and we’re leading the league in offense without one. what are we so worried about?
    ********************************

    Because in a 5 or 7 game series having a legit DH as part of your arsenal beats not having one. Leading the league in offense doesn’t mean squat when you are facing cliff lee 2 out of 5 games since the runs you’ve scored off of baltimore and the indians don’t count towards the playoffs.

  160. yankswin27 July 30th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’m just hoping for a reliever at least.

  161. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Cashman Needs to Go -

    Literally laughing out loud!

    I was thinking the same thing during that commercial!!!!! (The separate bathtubs seem to be in all their commercials, and I NEVER get that.)
    *************

    Maybe there is some sort of rule about being together in bathtubs in a commercial

    But then why even bother with the commercial

  162. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I meant-
    why bother with the bathtub.. sigh

  163. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    <Today's Guess the Line Up is Now Open for Business

    Submit lineups until 3:30 or until official lineup is posted. Good luck. :)

  164. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hi doreen – yeah i don’t get it – if the point they are trying to make is cialis is ready when you are – then the walk in the woods isn’t necessary

  165. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Wave-

    I spent 7 years in New Mexico. My 2nd favorite place.

    We had a place out in the country on the road that leads up north to Santa Fe near the little town of San Pedro.

    Sat at 7,700 feet. Had 5 acres with trees. Nearest neighbor was about a mile away. Absolutey loved it but my wife didn’t like the Winters. She’s a Ca. woman.

    I never really like SF and Taos because of the tourists but the country is beautiful.

    If you ever have a chance go further north and see Red River, Eagle’s Nest, and Chama.

    Kind of like Taos but w/o the rest of it. :)

  166. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Erica -

    Like twin beds in all the old sitcoms. :)

  167. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Those commercials seemed aimed more at the women than the men, which means I am clearly missing something, but what I don’t know.

  168. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Cashman NTG -

    Maybe they’re trying to imply that it’s “natural” in some way?

  169. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    MTU-

    Taos has tourists, but it also has art, music, restaurants and a college with interesting Friday night lectures the public can go to. Plus great housing which I’ll afford after I win the lottery! And nature is pretty close…

  170. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    WYH -

    Well, I don’t get them, either. :)

    And who has bathtubs outside anyway???????

  171. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    you mean the cliff lee that we already beat in the playoffs and has a career 4.7 era against us?

  172. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I’m now convinced all the confusion over the Yankee trade targets is caused by our own Bret and I LOVE IT!!!

  173. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Cashman,

    The bathtubs are a staple of the Cialis commercials.

    It’s a metaphor. The couples (and may I say, the best-looking 50-something couples on the planet) are “done”, they’re sitting in separate bathtubs with a timer waiting out the 4 hour rule, prepared to call a doctor should his “moment” last more than 240 minutes.

  174. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Wave-

    With your tastes I can see how you would prefer something like that to raw country living.

    One last thing I’d say about our place in NM, and the thing I loved the best about it, was that we were almost totally self-sufficient and except for the electric we were totally off the grid.

    We even had our own well.

    It was very, very cool. And I don’t mean just temps.

    Good luck with that Lotto and please don’t forget who your friends are. ;)

  175. Fran the original July 30th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Like twin beds in all the old sitcoms
    *********************
    And in the old sitcoms they would never show a toilet either.

  176. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    “12 followers for NYYrumors.”

    See, this I don’t get. This is technology run amok.

    You can have more “followers” by talking real loud in the men’s room at Penn Station.

    Why does anyone need a Twitter account for 12 “followers”?

  177. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Stuckey-

    Haven’t they ever heard of Hot tubs ? :)

  178. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    MTU,

    You ever consider the shape of a bathtub?

    C’mon people, this is advertising, not rocket science.

  179. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    MTU-

    I admit I like the conveniences. I don’t think I could get into living off the grid. A weekend in a big tent in a campground with hot water, clean flush toilets and a cafe so I don’t have to cook every single meal is about as close to off the grid as I want to go!

  180. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    i don’t really care about cialis or its commercials

    but I think “staying pat” is not a bad move either for the yanks (at least until august). the relief market sucks and the Blue Jays think their player poop diamonds or something because they are way over valued and they are the only team with good relief depth.

    unfortunately the two financially struggling teams (dodgers/rangers) are in the race so you can’t do a marlins-style fire sale. Let’s hold with what we have then get a guy after the deadline? i still think miranda is going to hit enough to be your lefty dh/bat.

    backup catcher i would look into but again the market is awful.

  181. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I gotta go out for a while pretty soon.

    I’m hoping that couple out on my front lawn sitting in those silly bathtubs will be gone by the time I return. I don’t care how much fun they’re having. I’ve had enough.

    If they’re not gone, I’m calling the Police.

  182. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    MTU,

    You definitely seem like you’ve got it figured out and that you’re indeed a “happy camper”.

    And while I’m a NYer true and blue, I certainly understand how some people don’t have a problem if they never set foot here again. My father is a transplanted NYer living in the Northwest and I think I can count on 1 hand the amount of times he´s been here during the last 30 years.

    I myself really love SF. A small city that actually has a big city feel to it and a bit of Western charm.

  183. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Bronx-

    I’m not quite as bad as your Father but almost. I still have some city ties that bind.

    I am definitely the black sheep of my family though. :)

  184. Don July 30th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Who wants to see Nick Johnson come back and stand there with the bat on his shoulder trying to get a walk? He wasn’t very impressive earlier in the season and I don’t expect to see anything different later on (though I am not an expert).

  185. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    This is a “woe is me” fantasy ramble and I know that at least Erica will feel my pain as will Fran if she is around.

    Stephen Strasburg – DL
    Andy Pettitte – DL
    Yovani Galardo – just off DL
    Jorge De La Rosa – just off DL
    Shane Victorino – DL
    Matt Capps – traded to Twins
    Ben Zobrist – swung himself sore or something

    It’s tough to reconfigure a team at this point in the season. Plus it’s tough to have the energy desire to do it. If it wouldn’t label me “total quitter” I would consider letting my poor little team go home now.

    :(

    *************************
    Speaking of Twitter, those of you who think he’s real are being led down a primrose path by “Lost”. Here’s someone who shows up right after registration with a screen name we’ve never seen before, is the only person who can’t get a real picture up on Twitter (though of course he wants to…) and uses some weak excuse that Twitter’s broken, and plays mystery man who can’t give his real name? But posts on the lohud blog?

    :lol:

    I’ll give you this though. I do believe he lives in the Tampa area…

    Several of us are sure we know the real identity of “Lost”. And he ain’t no “in the know” insider. Well maybe an insider as far as posting on lohud!

    My favorite CYA Lost posts that say absolutely nothing:

    Facts:

    Mixed feelings about Dunn. A lot of uncertainties. I think the Yankees are done with Dunn.

    two posts later

    Sorry, hit enter and it posted. Let me revise the above post.

    Facts:

    Yankees are done with Dunn. (Remember miracles happen).

    Not much else cooking that I’ve been told

    I guess it would be hard to live in the Tampa area as a Yankee fan and not know somebody who works at Steinbrenner Field – probably your friend selling hot dogs – who in turn probably is friends with someone on the grounds crew whose cousin who types memos and is a major league ficcanasa and listens to overhear conversations from others who pretend they have inside information. She in turn feeds it back to her cousin on the grounds crew who feeds it to the hot dog vender who feeds it to Lost, who spends his time feverishly checking out REAL twitters – and posts all of it on lohud, hoping something sticks.

    Yep, that’s his story and I’m sticking to it!

    :)

    *********************
    Time to draft Dustin Moseley.

    ;)

  186. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Yanks need a lefthanded stick, but now that Washingtojust picked up a young blue chipper, what do the Yanks dangle as bait……..Adam Dunn’s name came up the other night with some baseball scouts with NYC as a destination……I guess we’ll find out real soon….Bergman will be shipped out of Houston….

  187. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    never mind the cialis commercials, my current fav is the Avis commercial where they are in the office doing role call. They get to the Boston guy, and they are totally silent. He tells them they are wicked cold.

    as far as YES announcers, I love the interaction of Kenny and Flash. Kenny sneaks some good lines in there. Last night when Choo got doubled off first, he said “Choos on first” (like the old Laurel and Hardey whose on first routine)

  188. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I’m just sitting down now, to lunch, and I come here to see the latest rumors. And, I’m reading about bathtubs on lawns, in the Great Southwest. Or something like that.

    Only on the LoHud Yankees blog.

  189. I Like Inge July 30th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    The Geico commercial with Abe Lincoln is funny too.

  190. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Trisha, give it a rest.

  191. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Joe from Long Island,

    Here’s a personal favorite rumor from my classics collection:

    NYYrumors
    #Astros think Joba would look thinner in Stros uni…
    12:20 AM Jul 29th via web

  192. blake July 30th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Joe,

    Lol, isn’t that the beauty of it though.

  193. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The best commercials ever IMO were the budweiser Frogs, and the squirrels in the Geico commercials.

    Especially that squirrel one where the two squirrels slap their paws after driving a car off the road. Too funny.

    See you all later.

    And Joe. Isn’t it better than hearing about Soria for the next 24 hours ? :)

  194. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    And this is for everyone to see…hostile reactions to my personally insulting fake rumors.

    Smokey_14

    @rizzmiggizz @upperdeckfish If I were you two I wouldn’t believe a single word @NYYrumors says & spam him. What he says is completely false.
    half a minute ago via twidroid in reply to Rizzmiggizz
    Reply Retweet

    Smokey_14
    @MLB Need some help. Trying to spread word about not following & reporting @NYYrumors for spam. He’s making a lot of false trade reports.
    5 minutes ago via twidroid

  195. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I also like the GEICO commercial w/ Randy Johnson where he trows a snowball thru a garage door

  196. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t let them win, Bret! Keep the false rumors coming.

  197. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Good part about being a hit-and-run poster – you do all the other things you really need to be doing (and probably make several posters happy that you’re not around!)

    Bad part about being a hit-and-run-poster – sometimes when you do a quick read at the current thread, you notice that there’s a lot of fun going on and that many of your favorite posters are on the premises and having a lot of laughs and hanging out together.

    :(

    But since I have been termed the most arrogant female poster that he’s ever come across by at least one sheltered poster here, I guess I have to give in my inner Yankee that knows the Yankees are going to win the world series and get back to my other life.

    :( :(

  198. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    With Rizzo driving, i would think he’d ask for no less than Edwardo Nunez or Montero for Dunn. Because my head is still spinning that the Twins would really give up Ramos for Capps.

  199. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    And here we have fans seriously questioning my obvious ironclad credibility.

    NYY_Bleed_Blue

    @NYYrumors Source connected to baseball? Who is that? The pretzel guy at Yankee Stadium? LOL!
    3 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to NYYrumors

  200. Jacob Ruppert July 30th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Trisha, give it a rest. Lost has been around forever, as “Lost in Tex-as” and “Lost in Holliday”

  201. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    “Trisha, give it a rest.”

    Let me guess Brett. You’re one of the fools who went for it. No surprise there!

    :)

  202. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I see I’ve missed a discussion about commericials. This fits right in :

    RiverAveBlues The man your closer should smell like. RT: @bkabak: Mariano photoshopped on the @OldSpice guy.

    http://i26.photobucket.com/alb.....loser1.png

    :lol:

  203. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    “He’s making a lot of false trade reports.”

    On TWITTER of all places.

    :lol:

  204. blake July 30th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Pat M,

    Dunn or Berkman…when you consider estimated cost to get them which do you think would be a better fit and help the Yankees the most…..hypothetically?

  205. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    “Trisha, give it a rest.”

    Let me guess Brett. You’re one of the fools who went for it. No surprise there!

    **********

    Yeah, I’m down with Twitter.

    Everybody’s doing it.

    It’s the cool thing to do!

    Have a nice day :)

  206. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    I also like the GEICO commercial w/ Randy Johnson where he trows a snowball thru a garage door

    *********************
    kate, I like that one too. I’m not a Randy Johnson fan, but the man has been in some funny commercials. LOL

  207. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    Yanks need a lefthanded stick, but now that Washingtojust picked up a young blue chipper, what do the Yanks dangle as bait……..Adam Dunn’s name came up the other night with some baseball scouts with NYC as a destination……I guess we’ll find out real soon….Bergman will be shipped out of Houston….

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Pat, if the Yanks go after Dunn or Berkman and fan on it, I’d bring up Chad Tracy to pair with Thames. He can fill one of four positions if necessary besides DH. in 46 games in AAA he’s hitting .372 with 11 homers, drawing a few walks and almost no strikeouts. Is he perfect? No, but, NYYs already has him under a minor league contract, so he’s going to be cheap. YS is made for his left handed swing.

  208. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Interesting MiLB/trade deadline note.

    Nova, Noesi, Stonerburner and Ramirez all scheduled to start this evening.

    Might provide some insight where the Yanks are in trade talks if all make their starts, particularly the first two.

  209. benfica356 July 30th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Im on twitter too, same name. This just came up on my feed: TBrownYahoo Edwin Jackson has been told he’s been traded to the White Sox. Flip to DC next?

  210. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Pat M –

    Whatever does or doesn’t happen with Dunn, he definitely wants to stay with the Nats.

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

    “Trisha, give it a rest. Lost has been around forever, as “Lost in Tex-as” and “Lost in Holliday”

    Sorry about the timing Jacob. But it doesn’t make him any more legitimate.

  211. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Bret, that Bleed Blue comment was from me!

  212. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Berkman costs 5M this year plus 2M to decline option for 2011. Not hitting from the right side. Jose Guillen probably a betterand cheaper option. Does Chad Tracy get called up?

    If the Dogers get Theriot, how would you feel about utility infielder Jamey Carroll.

    Would like lefty swingman Sean Marshall of the Cubs.

  213. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    Bret, that Bleed Blue comment was from me!

    *********

    Aiding and abetting a troublemaker?

    DETENTION

  214. benfica356 July 30th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    benfica356 Edwin Jackson to #WhiteSox for Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg. Will he go to #nationals now as part of Dunn deal?

  215. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “But since I have been termed the most arrogant female poster that he?s ever come across by at least one sheltered poster here”

    You’re not arrogant. Insufferable, inane, self-absorbed and irrelevant . . . yes. But not arrogant.

  216. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Trisha,

    Some girls have oversized egos.

    Tends to happen to guys.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    Humility is not your strong suit.

    Just sayin’

    Nobody’s perfect.

  217. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Rich, I agree, but it seems the Yankees have no faith in Robertson as an EIG; otherwise, why go all out for a pen arm? I’m still hoping Alby will come up soon and show that he can be effective.

  218. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    What is the obsession with Edwin Jackson? Especially to trade top prospects for him…Williams always makes a deal but seems willing to trade anyone to get the deal done.

  219. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Trisha,

    Go back to around late December of 2008 on this blog and see what Lost had to say about Mark Teixiera being a Yankee and all the grief he received because no one believed him.

    For more recent go back a couple weeks to the night before everyone in the media started reporting that the Yankees were targeting Haren and see who shared that information first.

  220. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    LGY,

    Are you trying to prove a point to Trisha? THEE Trisha?

  221. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Not sure how the White Sox can go one rotation pitcher short by dealing Hudson and Jackson. It gives them power, but, no way to stop the opposition hitters.

  222. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Still no on Dunn – no way am I trading good prospects for him. We have to be scared of Tampa getting him so that they might become better? That’s a poor reason to make a bad trade.

  223. kd July 30th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    washington has some impressive young talent now

  224. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    :arrow:

  225. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Kenny Williams is never as attached to his prospects as fans seem to be.

    He sees them as chips to try and get better.

    Doesn’t always work but, he’s definitely not shy about pulling the trigger?

    What do people see in Edwin Jackson. Hard worker, good kid, big, big arm.

    GM’s get seduced by him, even though the results aren’t always there.

    There always seems to be a GM who feels they can make him more consistent.

    If he sticks with the White Sox, Kenny has one of the best pitching coaches in the game in Don Cooper. I imagine that played into this deal.

    After losing Peavy, perhaps they believe Jackson can fill that role.

    That is of course, if he isn’t sent to Washington.

  226. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    New Post: Hughes feeling good leading into tonight?s start

    :arrow:

  227. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    “Trisha,

    Some girls have oversized egos.

    Tends to happen to guys.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    Humility is not your strong suit.

    Just sayin’

    Nobody’s perfect.”

    Well let me say that humility is certainly not my strong suit on the lohud blog, where humility tends to get you crushed under the feet of the throngs who desire to be top dog. While I don’t care about being top dog, getting crushed isn’t my idea of a good time! When in Rome…

    And I never claimed to be perfect. But I do know the Yankees are going to win the world series. So why not just put it out there, right?

  228. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Also, rival execs always believe the Yanks are in on everyone; they just choose not to believe Cash when he refuses to overpay.

  229. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    White Sox get Edwin Jackson. Scuttlebutt says they’ll try to flip him to the Nationals for Dunn.

  230. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    jackson’s 5th franchise and he’s only 26 years old. that says something, right? But they didn’t have to pay much for him so i guess it was basically a straight swap for a poor 2009 draft choice + hudson.

  231. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Anybody that didn’t think that the Yankees weren’t all in on Mark Teixeira back in 2008 wasn’t paying attention. NYY may have been looking hard at Haren, but, not enough to cave in on the talent.

    All that guy does is the samething that “Bobcat” did….talk in generalities and pull stuff from the internet. The next time he posts something that hasn’t been on the internet or comes straight out of the blue and is accurate, it will be the first time.

    Sad as it is to admit, Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthall have been more accurate and forthcoming with real info than “Lost”.

  232. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Trisha,

    Fair enough.

    But you can question Lost without interrogation tactics unseen since the Spanish Inquisition. He’s not here to overthrow the natural order of LOHUD.

    I understand it might be difficult to snap out of prosecuting attorney mode but this is soft entertainment here, not 6 figure settlement territory.

    He’s an imperfect fan just like you and me.

    :)

  233. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Bret – point well taken. Sometimes it isn’t easy to snap out of one role and go into another.

    :) :) :)

  234. billyjack July 30th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Just saw this post. Hopefully Austin Romine has a lot higher ceiling than Wilson Ramos. I know Ramos had a great short stint for the Twins but I have scene him quite a bit in Rochester. He’s looked beyond terrible at bat and behind the dish.

  235. billyjack July 30th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Hopefully Austin Romine develops into a much better prospect than Wilson Ramos. I know was great at the plate in a very short stint in Minnesota. I have seen him quite a bit in Rochester and he’s looked beyond terrible at bat and behind the dish.

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