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Yankees farm update: Pittsburgh edition

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_456027It’s been more than two years since Ross Ohlendorf was a part of the Yankees organization — which is more time than he actually spent in the Yankees organization — but I still find that I click on stories about him and pay attention when his highlights are on television. He’s an interesting, easy-to-like guy who was part of two significant Yankees trades. When his name pops up, you notice.

It looks like Ohlendorf is going to miss the rest of the year because of a strain behind his right shoulder. It some ways, it puts him out of his misery. He has a perfectly respectable 4.04 ERA, but he’s 1-11 as the Pirates ace.

The other guys sent to Pittsburgh in the Nady/Marte trade:

Dan McCutchen is tonight’s Pirates starter. He has solid Triple-A numbers, but a 6.65 ERA in the big leagues. He’s pitched 16 times — seven starts — and has allowed 11 home runs.

Jeff Karstens was supposed to be tonight’s starter, but he’s being skipped because of arm fatigue. He has a 4.98 ERA, but twice as many wins as Ohlendorf.

Jose Tabata is playing well in his first big league season. He’s hitting .310 with three homers. He also hit three homers in Triple-A giving him six for the year. Most he ever hit in a season with the Yankees was five.

The other guys brought to New York in the Randy Johnson trade:

Steven Jackson made six big league appearances this year but ultimately lost his spot on the Pirates 40-man roster. He has a 4.01 ERA in Triple-A, getting a lot of ground ball outs but not many strikeouts.

Alberto Gonzalez is hitting .276 as a utility man with the Nationals. He has 123 at-bats and four RBI. Ramiro Pena has 121 at-bats and 16 RBI.

Luis Vizcaino hasn’t pitched since last year.

Since we’re on the subject of the Pirates and former Yankees:

Chan Ho Park has pitched seven times for Pittsburgh: 7.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He’s allowed two homers.

Randy Winn is hitting .250 with three home runs and four stolen bases as a part-time player in St. Louis.

Mark Melancon has made three scoreless appearances since joining Triple-A Round Rock in the Astros minor league system. Jimmy Paredes is hitting .290/.313/.409 in Class A with the Astros. It’s almost identical to his .282/.312/.408 pre-trade line with Charleston.

Zach McAllister was assigned to Triple-A Columbus in the Indians system. In his debut last night he went 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. All five runs came in the second inning.

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401 Responses to “Yankees farm update: Pittsburgh edition”

  1. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    There?s nothing low leverage about being placed into a game where your job is on the line.

    ?

    But almost everyone in the major leagues is playing for their job / next contract / play time / a better role. Do you believe there is no difference between inserting Joba in the 8th with a 1 run lead and runners on vs 7th inning in a 4 run game with no one on?

    Weird point to try and diss sabre types on, considering traditionalists intuitively move towards the same conclusions. Sabre guys just quantified it. What is ?the 8th inning guy?? A guy who is placed into high leverage situations.

  2. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    RiverAveBlues Teixeira since May 1 (102G): .287/.381/.549, 26 HR, 82 RBI. Since June 8 (67G): .306/.402/.620 20 HR/57RBI. Slow starts are a killer.

  3. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    And don’t traditionalists naturally understand the difference between high and low leverage during games, “You’re up by 9 runs, throw strikes!” , “its a tie game, can’t let bautista beat you, don’t give him anything good!” , “Its a 1 run lead, you can’t walk this guy here.” , “Why is Gaudin in the game, its bases loaded no outs and we’re only up by 5?” , etc.

  4. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Someone’s going to have to hypnotize Teixeira or something!

    But he’s been great for them since June, and I hope it continues. Maybe the extra slow month in the beginning means a better October than last season? ;) (Not complaining)

  5. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    RiverAveBlues Lee Jenkins says that Damon, by staying in DET, chose NYY over BOS. I think he regrets leaving the Bronx http://bit.ly/blW3as

    ——————–

    I dunno if i understand that tweet. I mean, I can read and have decent comprehension skills, but how exactly did Johnny choose NY over Boston with this move? Do they think he’ll try to get back in pinstripes next season? Is that the implication?

  6. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    He is choosing his new york legacy.

  7. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Sounds like the Yanks have done a good job of trading away the correct players. Too bad about Ohlendorf; I always liked him for some reason too.

  8. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I want to be remembered as a guy who went to the yankees, became an integral part of a championship, and while leaving: never compromised what i had built in new york by returning to their biggest rival.

    It’d be like if we didn’t re-sign Jeter and he went to KC over Boston, just not as extreme

  9. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Another ex-Yankee that got a lot of attention was Ty Clipper. How’s he doing now?

  10. Jason Voorhees August 25th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Another ex-Yankee that got a lot of attention was Ty Clipper. How’s he doing now?
    ———————-

    Not too bad. High Strikeout/9 and he might lead baseball in wins as a reliever. He’s kind of a part time closer in Washington now that Capps went to the Twins.

  11. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....erId=28694

    Had a nice little career going as an effective reliever for the Nats.

  12. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    No doubt Damon chose his NY legacy over his Boston legacy.

    He also is able to leave the door open, even if it’s just a crack, to return next year in some capacity.

    Had he gone to Boston, that door would be closed forever.

  13. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Be careful with Clippard. A bunch of his wins earlier this yr came in games that he blew the lead. The the Nats scored some runs in the next inning and he got the win.

  14. ron August 25th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Shame Spencer

    It is pretty simple

    Damon if claimed by the yankees would come back in a second,he turned the rs down.

  15. Jason Voorhees August 25th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Actually he got bumped from the closer role after blowing several once he took over. He’s back to being a 7th/8th inning guy.

  16. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Jerkface – fair point. Didn’t really consider the ‘legacy’ aspect. Maybe one day Johnny will work for YES. Now THATS a broadcast I’d be interested in seeing…

  17. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    He has 9 blown saves.

  18. socalyankfan August 25th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Goddamn Seattle management.

    The Mariners play Boston in a double header today, and the Red Sox are favored in both games. In the first game, they have a Dave Pauley (THE Dave Pauley)/Josh Beckett matchup. In the second game they have King Fernandez against Jon Lester. If they used King Fernandez in the first game, the Mariners would be favored to win at least one of the games, since Beckett has been floundering. But instead, he is pitching against another ace.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the FO encouraged this matchup to ef with the Yanks. The Mariners are now my second most hated team, especially after the Cliff Lee fiasco.

  19. Jason Voorhees August 25th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Yes, 4 of his wins are ‘Blown Wins’. In two of those, he gave up inherited runs. The other two, he blew it himself. He’s 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA.

    He had a good start to the season, but struggled when put in the closer role.

  20. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    *Clippard. Ty ClippARD. Oy.

    Looked at stats – TBF = total batters faced?

  21. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Lester hasn’t been great shakes lately and Beckett has sucked. Doesn’t it make more sense , if you go by the assumption of “Beckett has a 6 era and sucks” and “Lester is beatable” , that you match up your weakest against the guy who is more likely to suck and your best vs the guy is good but beatable?

  22. upstate kate August 25th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    while I wouldn’t pretend to know what goes on in Johnny D’s mind, I wonder if fan rxn played into his decision. If he returned to Boston, where he is already booed, and didn’t play well, it would be a bad situation. Currently, when he returns to YS, he can count on cheers from the fans. That would not happen in he played for the sox.

    last night the xm guys could not understand why Johnny D would not return to Boston, b/c who would willingly play in Detroit. I was under the impression that the fans and management in Detroit were good people. Maybe he is hoping to return there next year. Maybe he doesn’t want to uproot his family for 2 months. Only Johnny (and maybe Erica)know

  23. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    SoCalyankfan-

    They still have to play the games. Beckett has been known to have a bad game or two. And I’d put my money on Felix in either game.

  24. raymagnetic August 25th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    “It’d be like if we didn’t re-sign Jeter”

    In your dreams.

  25. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Depends on how you look at what Clippard has done with inherited runners. He’s allowed 15 of 40 inherited runners to score. He got so bad that they quit bringing him in with runners on base. 1 save, 9 blown saves. Starters must have chewed on their arms when he came in. Color me unimpressed.

  26. Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    So basically the yankees gave up all of those scrubs for literally 7 innings of Marte pitching lights out in the playoffs and helping to win a WS. I’ll take it…

  27. Rich in NJ August 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Damon may well be realizing that he will have to take another paycut next season, so over a two year period, the 2 year $14m contract the Yankees offered will be greater than or equal to what he will end up earning over that period because Comerica tamps down on his power numbers.

    Melancon was never shown sufficient patience in NY. I think he will do well in Houston.

  28. blake August 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    If Damon would accept a part time DH/bench role next year on a one year deal then I could see the Yanks having some interest. The ideal thing would probably be to have Montero DH and catch some but Damon could give them some insurance on that if he struggles or isn’t ready. (this post was not intended to give Erica false hope).

  29. 108 stitches August 25th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Damon chose to listen to Scott Boras rather than go where his instincts told him. Not only did he turn down Cashman’s offer of 2 years – $14M to get less money from Detroit but he has to do it all over again this winter.
    There is no room for him on the 2011 Yankees with the plans the team has going forward. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Austin Kearns back.

  30. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    What do the Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Mets, Brewers, and Rockies have in common?

    They are all third place teams at least 6 games or more out of a playoff spot on the loss side with less than 35 games remaining after today.

    In other words, worrying about these teams us a waste of valuable worry energy.

  31. pat August 25th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Is Damon a cautionary tale about booing players past and present?

    It may have been all about the front office but he made reference to the fans the past few days more than management in Boston.

    Sox weren’t in a position that they NEEDED Damon to come back but what if they were?

    The toes you step on today may be connected to the butts you have to kiss tomorrow.

  32. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    blake August 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am
    If Damon would accept a part time DH/bench role next year on a one year deal then I could see the Yanks having some interest.

    **************************
    I won’t completely rule it out because anything could happen this winter, but I really don’t see Damon on next year’s team. That ship has sailed, IMO. (Sorry Erica).

  33. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Just sipping some coffee, and read the NoMaas interview with Mark Newman. Even acknowledging that he’s going to be complementary to the players within the orgnization, it seems like there are some good players down on the farm.

    Everything I’ve read about Ross Ohlendorf suggests that he’s a real good guy. Too bad it didn’t work out for him in NY, but, looks like he’s doing about as well as can be expected in Pittsburgh. And, he appears to be someone who’s primed for a life after baseball.

    That’s one thing that reading the blog has given to me, over the years – A greater appreciation of some of the players (and not just the stars) as more than just action figures. I like it.

  34. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Blake,

    I think that’s the role Johnny sees for himself next year in NY.

    Don’t know if the Yankees are interested but, I think Johnny would love that role on the team next year if the details could be worked out.

  35. blake August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Which team has a better chance at making the post season. Detroit 9 games behind the Twins and Chisox or Boston 6 games behind the Yankees/Rays? Even though Boston is 3 games closer you could argue that both the Twins and White Sox are more likely to fall off than the 2 teams in front of Boston… Boston is closer to the wild card though…

  36. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    It’s supposed to rain more this afternoon in Boston. They’re better off pitching Felix tonight so they get 7+ innings out of him (performance pending).

  37. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Erin, that ship sank when Damon left.

  38. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Today’s Guess The Line Up is Now Open for Business.

    I will take lineups until an official lineup is posted.

    Good luck.

    :)

  39. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    pat August 25th, 2010 at 11:55 am
    Is Damon a cautionary tale about booing players past and present?
    ************

    Quite possibly.

    When Damon played in his first game in Boston as a Yankee in 2006, he was booed very loudly for a very long time.

    When Damon played in his first game in NY as a Tiger this season, he got a long standing ovation.

    Obviously, there is a huge difference in going from Boston to NY than NY to Detroit butI am sure that was part of the equation

  40. G. Love August 25th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t think Damon passed on the Red Sox because he thought it’d give him a chance to come back to NY.

    There will be no DH at bats for him here next year and he’s a horrible idea as a 4-5th OF for this team.

    I think he really disliked Boston in the end. He didn’t like how ownership didn’t step up to the plate for him when he gave them his all and he didn’t like how the fans and media turned him into a pariah rather than celebrate what he did for that franchise.

    Playing in Yankee Stadium last week let him see first hand what the Yankees and their fans thought of him.

    The supposedly tough NY media was wonderful to him. The fans celebrated him and the Yankees played a video highlight of his time with the Yankees on the big screen during the game.

    He got not such treatment like that in Boston.

    I give him credit for not going there but I don’t think it’s because he thinks the Yankees will resign him.

    However, he will have an opportunity to be part of the Yankees in the future in other areas and he’ll always be celebrated at old timer’s day.

  41. blake August 25th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    SJ,
    Should we really be so cruel as to give Erica that sliver of hope? I’d love it if he would accept that role and hed actually probably play a lot more than one might think.

  42. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    GTLU:

    LF Gardner
    SS Jeter
    1B Teixeira
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    DH Thames
    RF Kearns
    CF Granderson
    3B Pena

    Thanks Doreen :)

  43. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Erin August 25th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I won?t completely rule it out because anything could happen this winter, but I really don?t see Damon on next year?s team. That ship has sailed, IMO. (Sorry Erica).
    ************

    I really doubt it too.

    But it would make a fabulous birthday present for this milestone birthday I have coming up

  44. Rich in NJ August 25th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I think Damon will be in Tampa next season.

  45. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Ross Ohlendorf is really a class act.

    On the day of my nephew’s PC, Ross and Andrew McCutcheon were the first two guys in the clubhouse to introduce themselves to him and show him around.

    He gave him his cell number, as did McCutcheon, and told him if he needed anything to contact him anytime.

    When he got hurt, Ross called to offer encouragement and support.

    A real class act and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  46. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    There is a huge difference between Yankee and Red Sox fan bases. yankee fans are generally loyal to the product on the field. Red sox fans are loyal to the IDEA of the red sox as run by Theo and company. Its why they get so easily manipulated as the front office gears up to send people out.

    Matsui , Abreu, Sheffield, Damon, all got nice ovations.

    Meanwhile, Boston boo’s nomar, manny, damon, etc.

  47. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    “There?s nothing low leverage about being placed into a game where your job is on the line”

    He had a job. The EIG. He lost it. Of late, with rare exception, he’s been the guy they bring in when the game’s already decided. Granted, he still needs to perform in the role, but it’s a role pitching in low leverage situations by almost everyone’s measure.

  48. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Rich in NJ August 25th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    I think Damon will be in Tampa next season
    ***************

    Hmmm….
    WWJDD Part III?

  49. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    108 stitches -

    As far as this: “There is no room for him on the 2011 Yankees with the plans the team has going forward. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Austin Kearns back.”

    I couldn’t agree more. If Johnny was looking for us to show any interest even just to spike his salary a little, I don’t think he’ll get it.

  50. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Damon could be in Tampa next year.

    Or……he and Montero split AB’s at DH next year, with Johnny getting a good chunk of AB’s and a shot at a ring.

    No Crawford, Soriano and possibly Pena will make Tampa a much weaker team next year.

    It will be interesting to see what Johnny will do.

  51. blake August 25th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    There was a good article in SI a few months back on Olendorf…really intersting dude.

  52. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    the 2/14 would have been good for damon. he got 8 this year, but lets see him get 6 next year…

  53. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Damon’s next landing spot is likely to be Tampa. Close to home, good team for post season chances, turf to help get the hits to close in on 3,000.

  54. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    Damon could be in Tampa next year.

    Or??he and Montero split AB?s at DH next year, with Johnny getting a good chunk of AB?s and a shot at a ring.
    ************
    Are you expecting a Montero/Posada catching platoon?

    I was under the impression most people expect Posada to DH next season which wouldn’t leave much room for Johnny

  55. Joe S formerly of Brooklyn August 25th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Re: Tyler C (and from Chad, the bit about Alberto G)

    I live in the D.C. area. The Nationals are my 2nd team (Yankees’ fan from 1957, Nationals acquired somewhat later).

    The Nationals are horrid. The first major signs of thought by the team came this year, when (in March) they got rid of Elijah Dukes — limited talent in the field, nightmare in the clubhouse. More recently, they got something for Guzman and also for the closer, Matt Capps, who was having a great season (but seems a decent bet to revert back to something other-than-great).

    These were good signs. But that’s been it. Watching ‘em on the field can be painful. If Alberto and Tyler had something, they’ve had chances to show it.

    It’s a team with a lot of weird parts. There is Adam Dunn, who plays the field precisely like a DH. There is Zimmerman at 3B, who seems to play like a genius at times, but clearly gets tired of carrying the entire team on his back.

    Then there are 23 other guys. Tyler and Alberto are 2 of em. The group plays like something between AA + AAA.

    Oh, yeah — there was this Strasburg guy. Should have spent a year in the minors building up his arm strength, but the management here seemed to be in a hurry to get him here (and bring in fans). Now — well, who knows?

    Also, the color guy on the cable TV broadcasts is Rob Dibble. He actually makes me miss Sterling and that woman Waldman. And I really, really don’t like the two of them at all.

  56. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Matsui , Abreu, Sheffield, Damon, all got nice ovations.

    Meanwhile, Boston boo’s nomar, manny, damon, etc.

    ————

    While this is true Jerkface, it should also be mentioned that the guys for Boston left in VERY different circumstances than any of those Yankees (who we respectfully let fall off our rosters).

  57. pat August 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Jerkface

    Sad to say but I think you overestimate some of the Yankee fan base.

    David Wells was booed when he came back in a Red Sox uniform and he had a hand in helping the Yankees win a WS.

  58. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    “The toes you step on today may be connected to the butts you have to kiss tomorrow.”

    You just blew my mind!

  59. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    pat August 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Jerkface

    Sad to say but I think you overestimate some of the Yankee fan base.

    David Wells was booed when he came back in a Red Sox uniform and he had a hand in helping the Yankees win a WS.
    *************

    I forget- was that before or after he wrote the book in which he said he pitched his perfect game drunk?

  60. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Johnny Damon as a lefty DH for next year’s Yanks? I don’t know about that.

    A few reasons why –
    1. He really can’t play the OF well enough.
    2. I’m guessing the Yanks would give Colin Curtis a good, long look as the lefty bat off the bench – he’s younger, plays the OF better (all three positions, no?), has decent enough speed, and costs a lot less. His bat has improved since the AFL last year. Joe seems to have liked his ABs when he was up.

    Just my $ .02.

  61. Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Yankees have lost 4 games vs Seattle this year – 3 against Felix Hernandez and 1 against Cliff Lee

    Tampa has lost 1 game to Seattle this year (6 games played 3 yet to play) – they have yet to face Felix Hernandez but did face Cliff Lee twice (and won both with 1 game lee pitching a CG giving up 2 runs and losing) – they still have 3 more games remaining

    Boston has lost 2 games to Seattle this year and have 5 more left – they didn’t face Cliff Lee or Felix Hernandez yet (until today unless the game is postponed)

  62. blake August 25th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t think Posada will be a straight DH next season. If he’s able (hopefully he will) then I’d like to see him catch at least part time.

  63. Crawdaddy August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t remember if Cone was booed when he came back as a Red Sox?

  64. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    pat -

    If any of the fan base is like me, the last impression they had of Wells was one of a guy who boasted of not having to keep in shape and then not being available in the playoffs. Had he left right after the WS he helped win, maybe the reception would have been different.

    Anyway, I think he gets applause when he returns to the stadium these days.

  65. blake August 25th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    When Posada catches that allows two good bats in the lineup instead of one (unless Montero catches in his place).

  66. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    pat August 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    David Wells was booed when he came back in a Red Sox uniform and he had a hand in helping the Yankees win a WS.

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

    Wells is an idiot-so the booing is perfectly understandable to me. ;)

  67. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Does Cone get booed when he goes back to the Irish bar?

  68. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    The “to boo or not to boo” (Shakespeare’s first version) conversation is always funny to me.

    I cheer for players who do something good. I boo players who do something bad. Booing returning players is left to the discretion of the boo-er. The boo-ees have no say in the matter.

    I know this isnt the stance most posters on LoHud take, but its what Shame does at baseball games.

  69. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Joe S – agreed about Strasburg. I really never understood why the rush to get him to the majors. It’s not like they were going to contend and desperately needed another starter. They should have let him pitch in the minors for the year, and learn how to be a professional pitcher, while regulating his workload in a no stress environment. And I thought that back in the spring, also. There’s a ton of stories of young pitchers with great promise blowing out their arms at a too early stage in their careers.

    I wonder how nervous they are in the Nationals FO about this turn of events.

  70. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    Joe S ? agreed about Strasburg. I really never understood why the rush to get him to the majors
    *************

    Look at the attendance figures for games he started vs. the nights it was anyone else starting

  71. socalyankfan August 25th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I’m going to the Rays-Angels game this afternoon to root for the Angels, although I don’t have much hope with the way the Angels have been playing. Maybe Dan Haren will get his groove back, and the Angels will have a chance. He did limit the Rangers to 2 runs in a complete game about 3 weeks ago.

  72. Fran the original August 25th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Doreen,

    I’ll play. Here is my line-up:

    LF Gardner
    SS Derek
    1B Tex
    2B Robbie
    C Jorge
    DH Thames
    RF Kearns
    CF Granderson
    3B Pena

    Thanks :)

  73. MichiganYankee August 25th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Melancon pitched three scoreless innings (3H, 2BB, 3K) for the Astros last night in their 16-inning marathon against the Phillies.

  74. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Erica – Yes, but did that really make that big a difference in the cosmic picture? For those few games, and the buzz generated, was it worth it to risk this kid’s future? If he’s hurt, how much will that cost them? I don’t think the risk/benefit was worth it. But, I’m not the Washington Nationals.

  75. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Fran-I’m liking this. I have the same lineup as you!! :)

  76. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    Erica – Yes, but did that really make that big a difference in the cosmic picture? For those few games, and the buzz generated, was it worth it to risk this kid’s future? If he’s hurt, how much will that cost them? I don’t think the risk/benefit was worth it. But, I’m not the Washington Nationals.

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

    Two questions that need to be asked: Did the first injury lead to the second injury(arm) because of a change in his mechanics, and should he have been shut down after the first injury, regardless?

  77. Rishi August 25th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Mike (Grand Rapids)

    Hey Jerry. Question about Kerry Wood – in 11.2 innings with the Yanks, he has 15 K’s and a 0.77 ERA. Do you think it’s time Girardi tries out Wood in the key late inning situations in which guys like Joba and Robertson have been inconsistent at best?

    Jerry Crasnick (12:26 PM)

    Mike, I suspect that Joe Girardi just wanted Wood to get acclimated and get his confidence up after the Yankees acquired him. Wood’s problem in Cleveland was that he never established any consistency, between the injuries and the lack of save opportunities for a losing club. But if he gets on a roll, I have no doubt the Yanks will start throwing him into some more high-pressure situations.

  78. Rishi August 25th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Chris (Washington)

    What are King Felix’s chances at the AL Cy Young? He’s been probably the best pitcher in baseball after the all star break.

    Jerry Crasnick (12:38 PM)

    Chris, Felix’s chances are better than they were back in the day when voters would have automatically discounted a pitcher with a 9-10 record. But his numbers have to be drastically better than CC Sabathia, who’s 17-5, and I don’t see that wide a gap. One thing worth noting: Felix has pitched a whopping 40 more innings than Price this season. The Mariners might want to tailor back on his workload a bit in September. It’s not as if that team has anything to play for.

  79. Fran the original August 25th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Erin.

    Great minds think alike :)
    Hope we win. It’s been a while.

  80. upstate kate August 25th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    GTLU
    hmmm…another lefty
    don’t think I can come up w/ a guess better than Fran and Erin, but I will try

    LF GGBG
    SS Jeet
    !B Tex
    2B Robbie
    DH Thames
    C Po
    RF Kearns
    CF Granderson
    3B Pena

    thanks Doreen

  81. Joe S formerly of Brooklyn August 25th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    No question it was about the money.

    And — I know — everything is about money. Even the crappy umpiring is about $.

    But you’d hope the Nationals (or any MLB team) would handle a prospective pitcher who might have a decent future with some care. The value of a lot more $$$ in a few games in 2010 might be outweighed by the guy’s future in your uniform.

    . . . kinda the way the NYYs have tried to handle Joba and Phil, you know?

  82. Rishi August 25th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Jason (LI, NY)

    Do you think that Ivan Nova and Dustin Moseley can keep the ship afloat? It seems the Yanks have a lot of pitching woes (Pettite’s injury, Vazquez and Burnett inconsistency?

    Jerry Crasnick (12:53 PM)

    Jason, It looks as if the Yankees have enough to get through the regular season. But pretty soon you’re going to have to ask who Joe Girardi runs out there in the postseason. The Yankees need Pettitte to get healthy and Burnett to get his act together, because they don’t want to be leaning too heavily on Ivan Nova and Dustin Moseley in October.

  83. RayVT August 25th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    SS Derek Jeter
    RF Nick Swisher
    1B Mark Teixeira
    2B Robinson Cano
    DH Marcus Thames
    C Jorge Posada
    LF Austin Kearns
    CF Curtis Granderson
    3B Eduardo Nunez

  84. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    !B is my new favorite position! Thanks kate!!!

  85. RayVT August 25th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    upstate kate August 25th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I think you may have the best GTLU as I think Swish will probably sit this one out. I still think Joe G will start Nunez over Pena though. Nunez gives the Yanks a chance for a hit over Pena.

  86. Mike in Chicago August 25th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    # Crawdaddy August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t remember if Cone was booed when he came back as a Red Sox?

    ——–

    Standing ovation. I was at the game, wasn’t particularly well-attended, but as soon as he was announced or when he walked in from the bullpen, there was a very warm welcome. Like I said, most folks standing and clapping for a bit.

    It was a surreal moment looking back, a few months before 9/11. I believe it was late spring 2001. I was there with my friend from CT, who is a Red Sox fan. The NYT magazine ran a cover story with Clemens and Cone—Roger wearing the pinstripes, and Cone in a Boston uniform. The title, I believe was “A Tale of Two Pitchers.”

  87. upstate kate August 25th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    thanks Shame…it represents an exciting 1st baseman, like Tex…or maybe using the shift key too early…

  88. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Good for Johnny! He recognized class in his time in New York. He got run out the door by Boston, and he chose not to go back to the sewer state!

  89. pat August 25th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    “You just blew my mind!”

    Can’t take credit. That gem was from a former employer on how to treat all people fairly.
    I’ve got a great one about wearing a navy blue suit but it would lose something to get it through the filter. :sad:

  90. Asd August 25th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    >Also, the color guy on the cable TV broadcasts is Rob Dibble. He actually makes me miss Sterling and that woman Waldman. And I really, really don’t like the two of them at all

    ————-

    Did anyone else smile the other day when she almost got rammed in the mouth by that foul ball? I did for a second, but then immediately felt bad about it.

  91. Joe S formerly of Brooklyn August 25th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    GTLU

    Jeter 6
    Swisher 3
    Tex DH
    Cano 4
    Kearns 9
    Posada 2
    Granderson 8
    Nunez 5
    Gardner 7

  92. Asd August 25th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Really Joe? Putting swish at first a day after foul a ball hard off the knee? I don’t see it, but then again I am majorly lacking in experience with these things.

  93. hardwired7 August 25th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I guess Johnny D. won’t have to worry about his playing time in Detroit, based on this blunt assessment from Leyland:

    “Our cupboard is pretty bare,” Leyland said. “They’re all here. Instead of saying who are you going to call up Sept. 1, I say we’re going to be sending guys down.”

    http://detroitnews.com/article.....in-a-Tiger

  94. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    “I don’t see it, but then again I am majorly lacking in experience with these things.”

    Along with any first-hand knowledge of how Swisher’s leg looks and feels this afternoon.

  95. Andrew August 25th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    GTLU

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Posada C
    Kearns RF
    Granderson CF
    Nunez 3B

    Uuuughes SP

  96. Yankee Trader August 25th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Doreen- My GTLU

    Jeter SS
    Gardner LF
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Posada C
    Kearns RF
    Granderson CF
    Pena 3B

  97. pat August 25th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Cashman says “what we got is what we are going with” when asked about Kuroda.

  98. Abe Peterham August 25th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I believe the Pirates have the unique ability to turn Babe Ruth into Mario Mendoza when given the chance. so some of those stats may being viewed thru jaundiced eyes.

    Gtlu
    Jete
    Gardy
    Tex
    Cano
    Swish dh
    Kearns rf
    Grandy
    Pena 3b
    Posada

  99. Mark-Cant Touch This August 25th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    GGBG
    Jeter
    Tex
    Cano
    Posada
    Kearns
    Ganderson
    Thames
    Nunez

  100. Abe Peterham August 25th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I believe the Pirates have the unique ability to turn Babe Ruth into Mario Mendoza when given the chance. so some of those stats may being viewed thru jaundiced eyes.

    Gtlu
    Jete
    Gardy
    Tex
    Cano
    Swish dh
    Posada
    Kearns
    Grandy
    Pena 3b
    Posada

  101. champ809 August 25th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    GTLU-

    LF Gardy
    SS Jeet
    1B Texie
    2B MVP
    C Jorge
    DH Thames
    RF Kearns
    CF Grandy
    3B Nunez

    Young Master Hughes notches his 16th with 5ip/ 1run/ 7ks

  102. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Derek Jeter SS
    Nick Swisher RF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Marcus Thames DH
    Jorge Posada C
    Austin Kearns LF
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Eduardo Nunez 3B

    Thanks Doreen!

  103. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Wait— no.. I lied…. Please disregard that line up

  104. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    TBD is pitching for Scranton again tonight.

    Man that guy must have a rubber arm.

  105. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    GGBG CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Robbie Cano 2B
    Nick Swisher RF
    Marcus Thames DH
    Jorge Posada C
    Austin Kearns LF
    Eduardo Nunez 3B

    Thanks Doreen…. :-)

  106. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Granderson-CF
    Teix-1b
    Cano-2b
    Thames-lf :shock:
    Posada-dh
    Kearns-rf
    Cervelli-c
    Nunez-3B

  107. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I remember the game when Wells pitched at the stadium for BOS. He took the boos pretty hard. He was very bitter in the post game interview – I think he even said that the fans were dead to him. In fact, didn’t he change his number as well? Wasn’t he wearing #3 in honor of Babe Ruth and changed it after the game?

  108. Chuck58 August 25th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Doreen, here’s my GTLU, and I need a win!!

    [1] LF Gardy
    [2] SS Cap’n
    [3] 1B Tex the Glove Genius
    [4] 2B Robbie Erin’s PBF
    [5] C Pee-Pee Hands Posada
    [6] DH “Speedy” Thames
    [7] RF Kearnsy
    [8] CF Grandy
    [9] 3B Pesky Pena

    Thank you!
    Noted: I have utilized Fran and Erin’s lineup since the two of them combined = guaranteed win ;-)

  109. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    swisher DH
    Granderson CF
    Kearns RF
    Nunez 3B

  110. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    I remember the game when Wells pitched at the stadium for BOS. He took the boos pretty hard. He was very bitter in the post game interview ? I think he even said that the fans were dead to him. In fact, didn?t he change his number as well? Wasn?t he wearing #3 in honor of Babe Ruth and changed it after the game?
    ************

    I still think it had a lot to do with the book he wrote in 2003 BEFORE going to Boston

  111. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    To me, I don’t see how we can put Aceves on the post-season roster. We’d have to carry an extra long man in case his back goes out, a very real possibility. I’m sorry he didn’t have the surgery already because he’s going to need it eventually – we’re going to go through this next year.

    As to Andy, he’ll be fresher if he returns, but will he be as sharp? No one knows that……at most he’ll have a few starts in the regular season prior to the post-season. Is that enough to get him to where he wants to be?

    Kerry Wood looked phenomenal last night…….

    Cash says that Javy is definitely going back to the rotation, so I don’t think we can absolutely say for sure that Phil is going to start in the playoffs.

  112. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    LOL @ Peter Gammons. He just said that Damon took his departure from the Red Sox the wrong way. The Red Sox “wanted him back” and he misconstrued a letter from Lucchino saying the Sox were pulling their offer off the table.

    Also, Damon is “staying in Detroit because he feels he’ll receive a payday in the offseason” of which Gammons “doesn’t think is likely, and it’s more likely that he’ll “receive that payday from the Red Sox”

    Poor Peter ;)

  113. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    “I still think it had a lot to do with the book he wrote in 2003 BEFORE going to Boston”

    Didn’t exactly win the hearts of fans when he took himself out of Game 5 of the World Series after an inning.

  114. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    “I still think it had a lot to do with the book he wrote in 2003 BEFORE going to Boston”

    Probably. Has he done an Old Timer’s Game since then? The fans have probably forgiven him by now.

  115. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Melancon doing well in Houston wouldn’t mean he’d do well in NY; his comments about hating YS and the fans not having his back were silly.

    Blake, as to the Lee/Cohwerd thing, I think Cowherd is despicable for questioning Lee’s integrity.

  116. jacksquat August 25th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    After statements such as “The Tigers are the team I’ve always wanted to play for.”, I don’t believe anything that comes out of Damon’s mouth. So I don’t believe that BS about the rivalry/legacy. He just didn’t want to play for the Red Sox.

  117. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The following people have submitted lineups for today’s GTLU so far. Please let me know if I’ve missed your lineup.

    Erin
    Fran (the original)
    upstate kate
    RayVT
    Joe S formerly of Brooklyn
    Andrew
    Yankee Trader
    Abe Peterham
    Mark – Cant Touch This
    champ809
    Erica
    Tom in NJ
    Chuck58
    Cashmoney

  118. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Here’s a Jack Curry article about Wells on the Sox:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04.....avid_wells

  119. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Peter Gammons is a revisionist PIG ! He is a criminal of the highest order. He needs to be checked into a mental hospital.
    Ho ! westward Nava’s way here we come. Tell us Peter, will October sun burning brightly in thy Fenway.

    CR9′ed

  120. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    ?I still think it had a lot to do with the book he wrote in 2003 BEFORE going to Boston?

    Didn?t exactly win the hearts of fans when he took himself out of Game 5 of the World Series after an inning.
    ***************

    I forgot about that :evil:
    That was the moment I realized we probably weren’t winning that Series

  121. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Robertson has been inconsistent? LOL

  122. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Betsy,

    What Cash says publicly, and what they will do, are often two entirely different things.

    “Bubba Crosby is our CF” for example.

    Unless Javy has a sudden arm transformation, the chances he is in the post-season rotation is slim.

    Fact re: Damon and the Red Sox. He called Lucchino in 2005 and told him they had a higher offer than the Sox offer and Lucchino laughed in his face and made fun of him.

    The next day, Johnny took the Yankee offer.

    He never forgot that. Yesterday was payback…..again for that.

  123. RSM August 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Peter Gammons has really lost all credibility. Theo could crap on a paper plate and Gammons would say it should be in the Louvre.

  124. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    “Cash says that Javy is definitely going back to the rotation, so I don’t think we can absolutely say for sure that Phil is going to start in the playoffs.”

    Agreed.

    I’d say 99.5% sure would cover it. :-)

  125. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    “After statements such as ?The Tigers are the team I?ve always wanted to play for.?, I don?t believe anything that comes out of Damon?s mouth.”

    I hear that comment every time I listen to the ESPN Baseball Podcast. It’s too ridiculous to get upset about. He was saying that to appease the fans. The DET fans know that he was lying and they don’t hold it against him. I’m not going to hold it against him either.

  126. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Crasnick seems to be assuming Phil will be in the pen…….he might, but probably not.

  127. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Gammons is worse than any criminal occupying prison and jail cells around the world.

    /CR9d

    :lol:

  128. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    David Well and El Duque was more money than anyone during those championship runs. I think of Wells as a yankee for some reason but not Clemens. Wells really want to be a yankees , Clemens was a mercenary very much in the mode of damon, but far less likable.

  129. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Melancon threw 3 scoreless (with 5 base runners ) last night but he had a 5 ERA with the Astros going into it.

  130. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    SJ, that’s true. If Phil keeps pitching well, you can’t not start him.

    Lucchino laughed in Damon’s face? Seriously?

  131. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    ?After statements such as ?The Tigers are the team I?ve always wanted to play for.?, I don?t believe anything that comes out of Damon?s mouth.?

    I hear that comment every time I listen to the ESPN Baseball Podcast. It?s too ridiculous to get upset about. He was saying that to appease the fans. The DET fans know that he was lying and they don?t hold it against him. I?m not going to hold it against him either.
    *************

    Please.
    Was Johnny supposed to get on the podium and say “Well, I really wanted to be a Yankee but I messed everything up, so here I am in Detroit”…..

  132. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    SJ44

    How the heck do you know about that phone call? :lol: If you know, then I would guess Petey Gammons knows about it too, but looks the other way and continues licking the Sox organization!

  133. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    “Fact re: Damon and the Red Sox. He called Lucchino in 2005 and told him they had a higher offer than the Sox offer and Lucchino laughed in his face and made fun of him.”

    Don’t even think he waited til the next day, did he? Thought he agreed that night. Friends of mine in Boston were incensed at the team about the way the Damon thing went down. Bottom line is that Lucchino and Co. did not believe Damon when he told them he had the offer. Guess they really believed Bubba Crosby was going to the be the Yankees CF in 2006.

  134. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Has there ever been a free agent who has said:

    ” I don’t really want to be here, but, what are you gonna do… “

  135. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Please.
    Was Johnny supposed to get on the podium and say “Well, I really wanted to be a Yankee but I messed everything up, so here I am in Detroit”…..
    ———————————-
    very true, you have to be political in that situation. I don’t really begrudge Johnny for anything. he is a mercenary . Johnny will whisper sweetness in thy ears then stab you in the heart whilst you sleep. he is cold like that.

  136. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I see on other boards that there is a push to limit Phil to 80 pitches or 5 innings instead of skipping him. Ouch – I hate to skip him, but I think that would be worse……..Javy might be his caddy tonight, but I think that’s just if he’s struggling.

  137. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    “Please.
    Was Johnny supposed to get on the podium and say “Well, I really wanted to be a Yankee but I messed everything up, so here I am in Detroit”…..”

    I honestly don’t care either way, but…

    “A professional baseball player’s career is often unpredictable and once the Tigers made contact I immediately saw it as an opportunity to join a first class organization and be in the middle of a pennant race again. While I might not have predicted this a few weeks, now that I’m here I’m very glad I am”…

    … would have done quite nicely.

  138. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    “The reception I got tonight obviously wasn’t good,” Wells said. “It’s funny how a season changes. You got a Padre uniform, you get cheered. You got a Boston, you get booed.”

    Why is this such a hard concept to grasp?

  139. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I am just asking, not trying to start trouble or anything:

    Did Damon say the Tigers are “A” team I’ve always wanted to play for or “THE” team I’ve always wanted to play for?

  140. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    “Was Johnny supposed to get on the podium and say ?Well, I really wanted to be a Yankee but I messed everything up, so here I am in Detroit??..”

    Now, that would have been one hell of a press conference. LOL!

  141. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    SJ, that Lucchino story sounds very much like the Teixeira one. Does Lucchino hate Boras clients?

  142. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    LOL! So Gammons just blatantly lied to put the Red Sox in a positive light – for “not running Damon out the door” as they “still wanted him back and great respect for everything he did with them”

  143. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    “How the heck do you know about that phone call? If you know, then I would guess Petey Gammons knows about it too, but looks the other way and continues licking the Sox organization!”

    That call is pretty much common knowledge. Lucchino didn’t believe Damon when Damon told him he had the offer. Red Sox kind of half owned up to that after the fact. They had their offer at 4 years and $40M and nobody else was coming near him. How they could believe that the Yankees weren’t going to get involved given their CF situation at the time is rather mindboggling.

  144. upstate kate August 25th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Gammons has an artice on mlb.com today calling Hinske Mr October b/c of all of his post season appearances…something noted on this board long ago.

    perhaps the first part of Johnny D’s statement was “since I wont be playing for the Yankees” …the Tigers are the team I always wanted to play for…

  145. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    “I am just asking, not trying to start trouble or anything:

    Did Damon say the Tigers are ?A? team I?ve always wanted to play for or ?THE? team I?ve always wanted to play for?”

    Actually, he said something like “This is where I wanted to be since Day One”. I giggle every time I hear that.

  146. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    stuckey99

    Damon should hire you. :)

  147. Andrew August 25th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I think at this point even if Vazquez returns to the rotation and pitches well for the rest of the year post-skipping his turn, he isn’t in line to start a postseason game unless injuries ruin the teams’ best laid plans. Hughes has outperformed him all year long and his stuff translates so much better to the playoffs (he can throw his fastball by people, Vazquez can most certainly not). I think the only way Vazquez starts a playoff game is if Pettitte can’t come back or if another starter comes up with an injury before the season ends.

  148. Erica in NY August 25th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I honestly don?t care either way, but?

    ?A professional baseball player?s career is often unpredictable and once the Tigers made contact I immediately saw it as an opportunity to join a first class organization and be in the middle of a pennant race again. While I might not have predicted this a few weeks, now that I?m here I?m very glad I am??

    ? would have done quite nicely.
    ****************

    Have you ever seen Johnny give a statement?
    He’s not that well-spoken. He would have needed to read that off an index card and it then it wouldn’t have looked that sincere

  149. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Bill D

    I didnt know that, or that it was a well-known fact.

    I do remember – IIRC – that the Red Sox offer was for 3 years and 42 million. And the deal breaker was that Damon wanted the 4th year and extra 14 million for job security.

    However, when he got the extra year from us, Peter and the rest of the media said he bolted for the money, when in actuality, he was receiving the same annual $$$ from the Yankees as the Red Sox.

    It was the 4th year and job security that Damon wanted.

  150. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Lucchino hates Boras and doesn’t hide it.

    Its why Theo put on the gorilla suit and quit a few years ago. Lucchino kept inserting himself in deals and was driving Theo nuts.

    Even though Theo got contractual protection from that when he came back, Lucchino still blew the Teixeira with his frontal assault on Boras in that meeting in Dallas.

    He’s a great marketer and understands how to maximize business opportunities for a franchise.

    Other than that, he’s a bad guy. Not “misunderstood” as Gammons likes to say but, just a bad guy.

    He makes Randy Levine likeable. That’s how bad a guy he is.

    At least Randy is an honest guy. Can’t say the same for Lucchino.

  151. Giuseppe Franco August 25th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    At this point, there’s no way Hughes doesn’t start in the postseason. He’s been way too valuable in that role to switch him now.

    At worse, he’s the third best starter when Pettitte returns.

  152. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    i am kinda in agreement with Damon, Detriot is such wonderful city . I long to visit this Mecca of civiliization, except my GM cars keep on breaking down on my way there and gets stolen when I got close. oh well… next year.

  153. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    “SJ, that Lucchino story sounds very much like the Teixeira one. Does Lucchino hate Boras clients?”

    Aside from Lucchino’s involvement, not a lot of similarities exist. Damon would have stayed in Boston if the Red Sox bumped up their offer (Cashman knew this, which is why he exceeded Boston’s offer by 30%) while I don’t think Teixeira ever really had any real intention of playing for them. Boston’s role in that process ended up being little more than setting the baseline for what the Yankees would have to pay him.

  154. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Andrew, good points.

    Phil and Joba are up for arb this year. I thought earlier in the season that Cash would try to lock Phil up, but I don’t think so right now……..perhaps if he has a good year next year. Thoughts?

  155. Bill D August 25th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    CR9:

    I believe Boston’s offer was $40M over 4 years, which is the same deal they had just given Varitek the year before. They thought that was the market. If not for the Yankees, they were probably right, but they simply misread the landscape so far as the Yankees went, IMO.

  156. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Kevin Goldstein:

    Dellin Betances, RHP, Yakees (Double-A Tenton): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K

    On a limited pitch count in his Double-A debut, the 22-year-old righty continued his explosive return from numerous arm problems, striking out eight of the 17 batters he faced while sitting at 95 and touching 97 mph. The Yankees aren’t really going to unleash him until next spring, but he could be a only a brief time away from the big leagues when that happens.

  157. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Maybe ‘Day One’ is the day the new contract is signed.

  158. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Betsy,

    I doubt you ever see the Yanks (under Cashman) lock up an arb eligible pitcher. Their health is too unpredictable. Part of the advantage of being the Yanks is that they can go yr to yr with pitchers through that process. Wang is a perfect example.

  159. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Laura -

    I guess it’s a matter of when Damon started counting days. :lol:

  160. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Country Club, Wang was older and he had a history of inijuries. If Phil has a good year next year, I’d be surprised if the Yankees don’t try to lock him up. He’s a good kid, not prone to getting into trouble and would have proven himself by then.

  161. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    So Goldstein thinks the Yankees are going to rush that kid? I don’t think so.

  162. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I just found this quote from someone from 2005, while searching for something else.

    12. Zavo
    unpopster,

    I pretty much agree with everything you said. I would rather see the Yanks make small “boring” moves that actually might help the team, than “flashy” moves that we all know aren’t going to pan out.

    I’m just really hoping there is no Damon signing. I am fine with Bubba to start the season if that means no Damon.

    ____

    LOLOL!!

  163. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Orsillo and Remy both expressing disappointment that Damon said no to Boston.

    “He could have been a big help.”

  164. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    2005-12-19 14:46:03

    Bronx Banter site

  165. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    LOL! That’s 2 strike three’s in the other batter’s box for Beckett today already. Figgins and Kotchman.

  166. Mike_Boston August 25th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve hated Lucino since the day he came to Boston, just hearing his voice makes my skin crawl.

    SJ, I’m curious when you said “he made fun of him”, do you know exactly how he did this?

    My take on this thing is that JD was personally offended by both fans and front office in Boston and felt that he would give them all the finger by exercising his no trade. If the fans couldn’t accept the fact that he would have left 12 million off the table by signing with the sox then what else is there to say? Why do you think the sox were on his list of 10 teams that he could refuse a trade to. It has nothing to do with how much he likes his teammates the city or anything. The fact they he said they’re still in it being 10 games back is just ludicrous and everyone knows that.

  167. CR9 August 25th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Bill D

    Thanks. You are indeed correct. 4 yrs/40 million

  168. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    Country Club, Wang was older and he had a history of inijuries. If Phil has a good year next year, I’d be surprised if the Yankees don’t try to lock him up. He’s a good kid, not prone to getting into trouble and would have proven himself by then.

    —————–

    Proving himself has nothing to do with it. They don’t want to give someone 25 or 30 mil guaranteed just so he can blow his arm out the next yr. They’d rather overpay in the long run and go yr by yr until they HAVE to give them a long term deal. I’m not saying your points don’t make sense, they do. But Cashman doesn’t believe in taking the risk.

  169. SJ44 August 25th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I was told by one of the principles on the phone call.

  170. theREALkevin August 25th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Damon’s explanation was total BS

  171. Betsy August 25th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Country Club, then he’s an odd duck in a period where teams want to lock up their good young starters.

  172. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    come to think of it , 4-40 sounds like extreme fair offer to Jeter.

  173. CT23 August 25th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Posada C
    Granderson CF
    Kearns RF
    Pena 3B

  174. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Doreen, he couldn’t afford me…

    :-)

  175. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Betsy,

    Teams do that because they’re willing to roll the dice that the player stays healthy so that they get him cheaper (by buying out arb years) in the long run. The Yanks would rather not take that gamble, even if it costs them some extra money by going yr to yr. You dismissed this earlier, but look at Wang. What if they locked him up after his 2nd 19 win season? They would have signed him to a 4 or 5 yr deal. That’d be 5 – 7 mil wasted this yr…and probably next yr too.

  176. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Stuckey99

    :)

  177. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    Betsy,

    Teams do that because they’re willing to roll the dice that the player stays healthy so that they get him cheaper (by buying out arb years) in the long run. The Yanks would rather not take that gamble, even if it costs them some extra money by going yr to yr. You dismissed this earlier, but look at Wang. What if they locked him up after his 2nd 19 win season? They would have signed him to a 4 or 5 yr deal. That’d be 5 – 7 mil wasted this yr…and probably next yr too.
    —————————————————————
    that strategy has also cost the Yankees hundreds of millions in positional players.
    the two most notable ones are Bernie and Jeter. Yanks could have locked those two up with a fraction of cost.
    pitcher, on the other hand , I believe the Yanks has the right idea in going year to year, they are simply fragile creatures.

  178. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    CountryClub probably has the best reasoning for why what Cash does with our young pitchers makes sense. I don’t know that I have a problem with Cashman forcing our young guns to prove themselves for a couple years before grossly overpaying them.

  179. Mark-Cant Touch This August 25th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Yankees didnt do the wait until he is a free agent game with Cano and that saved them millions!

  180. Mark-Cant Touch This August 25th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Hitters and pitchers a different. Yankees will probably go year to year with Hughes.

  181. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    if it’s possible , I will go year to year will Mo henceforth, there has been words that he is receptive to that idea.

  182. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    anybody know if the Yanks play tonite?

  183. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Yes, mick, there are people who know.

  184. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    will it be a ballgame to remember?

  185. cs in la August 25th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    So, would it be possible at all that Damon could sign with the Yankees this year?

  186. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    hope there will be no hyper-vent-elation

  187. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    It may be memorable in some respect, but records will be kept just in case memories fade.

  188. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    that strategy has also cost the Yankees hundreds of millions in positional players.
    the two most notable ones are Bernie and Jeter. Yanks could have locked those two up with a fraction of cost.
    pitcher, on the other hand , I believe the Yanks has the right idea in going year to year, they are simply fragile creatures.

    ————

    And Posada & Mo & Pettitte. Like Mark said above, it appears they’ve changed their tune when it comes to the right position player. It’ll be interesting to see if they try to lock Gardner up. My guess is no, since his lack of power will keep his arb figure down.

  189. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    no more room for johnny on this dynasty

  190. justinxdance27 August 25th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Teixeira 1B
    Cano 2B
    Thames DH
    Posada C
    Kearns LF
    Granderson CF
    Nunez 3B

  191. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    we could take pictures or even dvr for posterity

  192. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I see David Pauley is throwing a shutout after 6 in Boston. A DH in late August, with King Felix in the nightcap – just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. Would that we could arrange one for Tampa.

    I’ll give this another go –

    brett lf
    jeter ss
    tex 1b
    cano 2b
    thames dh
    posada c
    granderson cf
    kearns rf
    nunez 3b

    phil p

  193. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i dvr every game in case something memorable happens

    i have erased every game

    what does that say about me and/or the yankees?

  194. mick August 25th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    nick?
    those jerry dolls go up or down in value?

  195. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I still have WS Game Six on my DVR.

    Godzilla!

  196. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    that strategy has also cost the Yankees hundreds of millions in positional players.
    the two most notable ones are Bernie and Jeter. Yanks could have locked those two up with a fraction of cost.
    pitcher, on the other hand , I believe the Yanks has the right idea in going year to year, they are simply fragile creatures.

    ————

    And Posada & Mo & Pettitte. Like Mark said above, it appears they’ve changed their tune when it comes to the right position player. It’ll be interesting to see if they try to lock Gardner up. My guess is no, since his lack of power will keep his arb figure down.
    ============
    i see them going year to year with Gardner.
    The biggest decisions will be how much and how long to pay for the services of Mo and Jeter.

    I would offer Mo top dollars for a year or two.
    Jeter for above market value say 4- 40 to 50 million range.

    Yankees were bidding against themselves in Arod negotiation , the same case with Jeter.

  197. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I haven’t checked the ebay prices on the Jerry bobbleheads… I would love to sell the extra I’m holding for the person who accompanied me to the game and who has no real interest in Jerry or in bobbleheads, but… alas, I can’t. Stupid sentimental value! :mad:

  198. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Mo won’t get more than 2 yrs. He may even prefer year to year like Pettitte. My guess is that Jeter will get 3 or 4 yrs at 15 mil per. I never would have thought he’d get a paycut, but I also didnt see his performance dropping as far as it has this yr. That being said, he’s still one of the 5 – 7 best SS’s in baseball.

  199. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    There is no incentive to signing Gardner to a long term contract. As good a season as he’s had, he’s wildly inconsistant in his approach to hitting and base running. That’s something that he needs to fix, or, he’ll be gone.

  200. Mark-Cant Touch This August 25th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Mo won’t get more than 2 yrs. He may even prefer year to year like Pettitte. My guess is that Jeter will get 3 or 4 yrs at 15 mil per. I never would have thought he’d get a paycut, but I also didnt see his performance dropping as far as it has this yr. That being said, he’s still one of the 5 – 7 best SS’s in baseball.
    ____

    I say Jeter makes some adjustment, I can see 360+OBP and a .290+ BA I have faith in the captain he has always been hard worker.

  201. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I have the following lineups for GTLU so far:

    Erin
    Fran (the original)
    upstate kate
    RayVT
    Joe S formerly of Brooklyn
    Andrew
    Yankee Trader
    Abe Peterham
    Mark – Cant Touch This
    champ809
    Erica
    Tom in NJ
    Chuck58
    Cashmoney
    CT23
    justinxdance27
    Joe from Long Island

    (The only thing everyone agrees on is that Cano will play 2nd and bat 4th. :) )

  202. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Nick in SF, those Pre-Russian Revolution photos I linked to yesterday are part of a larger Library of Congress exhibit:

    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

  203. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Mo won’t get more than 2 yrs. He may even prefer year to year like Pettitte. My guess is that Jeter will get 3 or 4 yrs at 15 mil per. I never would have thought he’d get a paycut, but I also didnt see his performance dropping as far as it has this yr. That being said, he’s still one of the 5 – 7 best SS’s in baseball.
    ———————————————-
    he is 36 and possibly on his downside. if Jeter was with any other org, he would not have gotten that 190 millions contract to begin with. A pay cut to me is more than logical.
    Jeter needs NY more than vice versa.

  204. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Wow-I had totally forgotten about this until I read this tweet. I think I must have blocked them out. ;)

    BloggingBombers Thankfully they went away RT @houseruthbuilt What happened to the guys dressed as umpires who followed the Blue Jays last season?

  205. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    There is no incentive to signing Gardner to a long term contract. As good a season as he’s had, he’s wildly inconsistant in his approach to hitting and base running. That’s something that he needs to fix, or, he’ll be gone.

    —————–

    The incentive would be to have a starting caliber OFer locked up to a cheap contract. And since the game is going back to D and speed, it would also increase his trade value. That being said, i agree with you that they won’t do it.

  206. Chip August 25th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Ross Ohlendorf is the Ace of the Pirates….gosh the Pirates stink.

    GTLU:

    Jeter – SS
    Swisher – RF
    Tex – 1b
    Cano – 2b
    Posada – C
    Thames – DH
    Kearns – LF
    Granderson – CF
    Nunez – 3b

  207. Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Mo won’t get more than 2 yrs. He may even prefer year to year like Pettitte. My guess is that Jeter will get 3 or 4 yrs at 15 mil per. I never would have thought he’d get a paycut, but I also didnt see his performance dropping as far as it has this yr. That being said, he’s still one of the 5 – 7 best SS’s in baseball

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

    I agree that jeter may still be in the top 7 for shortstops – but then he should get the same pay as the other 6 – (i.e. not 15 or 20 million per year)

  208. Nick in SF August 25th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks, Tom, very interesting stuff.

    (except to Jerkface, who apparently only cares about old pictures to look for hotties)

  209. Giuseppe Franco August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I like Gardner as much as the next guy, but I think he needs to be an everyday player for a couple of seasons before you even think about an extension.

    That said, I don’t think the Yanks are going to make an exception for him. He’s not exactly in Cano’s league.

  210. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    he is 36 and possibly on his downside. if Jeter was with any other org, he would not have gotten that 190 millions contract to begin with. A pay cut to me is more than logical.
    Jeter needs NY more than vice versa.

    ————-

    I’m not saying he shouldnt get a cut. As a matter of fact, in normal circumstance, I agree with your numbers as being fair. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Also, I disagree with him not getting 190 mil from another team (Don’t forget that the Yanks could have had him for much cheaper the yr before…but George backed out at the last second because he didn’t want bad press from the mega deal. Then Arod got his money and Jeter’s price shot up). He may not have gotten exactly 190, but it would have been comparable. Regardless of who needs who, he’s not going anywhere.

  211. Chip August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    There is no incentive to signing Gardner to a long term contract. As good a season as he’s had, he’s wildly inconsistant in his approach to hitting and base running. That’s something that he needs to fix, or, he’ll be gone.

    ??????

    The incentive would be to have a starting caliber OFer locked up to a cheap contract. And since the game is going back to D and speed, it would also increase his trade value. That being said, i agree with you that they won?t do it.
    ————–

    Gardner’s not even arbitration elligible yet. Makes no sesne to lock him up until he starts becoming expensive.

  212. Mark-Cant Touch This August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Well Soxs just won the game, I wonder if the M’s front office have finally figured out that you need to score runs to win.

  213. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    may be late to the game today but did anyone see the latest in umpire crappiness last night in Philly?

    What a joke!

    It is going to get so bad that players are just going to refuse to let games continue (maybe not but they should), until action is taken against some of these umps.

    It is just beyond horrible around the majors this year (not just in NY as someone here would want you to believe).

    I was almost hoping Ryan Howard would get his hands on that smug jerk at 3rd base and wipe the smile off his face.

  214. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    That can’t have a guy that spend three months out of the season afraid to swing the bat or standing glued to first base. a waste of his best asset and he clogs the bases by doing it. he stands there and hitters wait for him to run and he ends up putting the hitters in the hole. They’re constantly 0-1 and 0-2 while waiting for him to get his thumb out of his can.

  215. Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Would anyone on here trade phil hughes for zach greinke straight up?

  216. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    To be clear, I never said the Yanks SHOULD sign Gardner long term. I just wondered out loud if they would be willing to do it.

  217. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    amazing how ny gives up 6 runs in some games against the mariners, but beckett (who has been awful all year when not on the DL) is throwing a 1 hitter.

  218. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Chip,

    That’s what we were talking about…we were looking down the line.

  219. Fran the original August 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Doreen,

    Everyone agrees that Robbie is playing 2nd and batting 4th- watch Joe give Robbie the day off.

  220. Chip August 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    On Gardner…

    I know I was dead wrong about him this spring, just remember, Melky looked like an everyday player last year too…

    Let’s see him do it on a regular basis before getting out the annointing oils.

    I’m still not 100% sure that the Yankees don’t sign Carl Crawford this winter and deal Gardner.

  221. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Would anyone on here trade phil hughes for zach greinke straight up?
    __

    nope.

    hughes is ny tested. greinke has made comments about now wanting to play in ny, and has anxiety issues (not a knock on him but worrysome with the ny media)

  222. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Nick in SF -

    Oh! Forgot about those Russian pictures. I looked at those this morning. I had to go back and read where they came from. I was sure someone doctored some new pictures or something. Really unbelievable.

    And I read your post about the summer weather. Well, if it was this nice when I was there, maybe I don’t get to the ramen place, so it was meant to be. :) Although it would have been nice not to have to pack all that long underwear.

  223. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    hows that superstar first baseman seattle broke their agreement with the yankees to trade cliff lee for working out? HAHAHAHAHA

  224. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I never thought Melky looked like anything more than a 4th OFer. I know this board is 50/50 on that, but I think it’s because too many fans fall in love with homegrown players.

  225. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Nick, It is interesting. I stumbled upon them while researching the “Great Game” for a class I’m teaching this year.

  226. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    about now wanting to play in ny, and has anxiety issues (not a knock on him but worrysome with the ny media)

    __

    I meant about NOT wanting to

  227. Yank1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Now 4-0 Boston.Laptop Thief Nava with a base knock

  228. Chip August 25th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    Would anyone on here trade phil hughes for zach greinke straight up?
    ——————————-

    I would drive Phil to KC to make that happen.

  229. rodg12 August 25th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    GTLU

    Gardner – 7
    Jeter – 6
    Teixeira – 3
    Cano – 4
    Thames – DH
    Posada – 2
    Kearns – 9
    Granderson – 8
    Nunez – 5

  230. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I never thought Melky looked like anything more than a 4th OFer. I know this board is 50/50 on that, but I think it’s because too many fans fall in love with homegrown players.

    __

    We will all never agree on the Melky/Gardner issue.

    Gardner doesnt run as much as we expected, doesnt bunt for hits, essentially doesnt overly use his speed nearly as much as he should. His average is about the same as melky’s, and melky had more homeruns and rbis and a stronger arm in the OF.

    That being said, Gardner is not the problem on this team.

  231. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Chip August 25th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    Cashman needs to go August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    Would anyone on here trade phil hughes for zach greinke straight up?
    ——————————-

    I would drive Phil to KC to make that happen.

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

    You’d get run off of the road before you got within a mile of Hughes.

  232. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    “amazing how ny gives up 6 runs in some games against the mariners, but beckett (who has been awful all year when not on the DL) is throwing a 1 hitter.”

    Amazing how NY has six less losses than the Sox and they play all the same teams.

  233. Doreen August 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Fran -

    My thoughts exactly. :)

  234. Kelvin August 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I think either cano or swisher will have a day off today.

    Most likely swisher though

  235. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    “That being said, Gardner is not the problem on this team.”

    There’s a problem on this team?

  236. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    he is 36 and possibly on his downside. if Jeter was with any other org, he would not have gotten that 190 millions contract to begin with. A pay cut to me is more than logical.
    Jeter needs NY more than vice versa.

    ————-

    I’m not saying he shouldnt get a cut. As a matter of fact, in normal circumstance, I agree with your numbers as being fair. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Also, I disagree with him not getting 190 mil from another team (Don’t forget that the Yanks could have had him for much cheaper the yr before…but George backed out at the last second because he didn’t want bad press from the mega deal. Then Arod got his money and Jeter’s price shot up). He may not have gotten exactly 190, but it would have been comparable. Regardless of who needs who, he’s not going anywhere.
    ————————————————–
    that’s the reality , he is not going anywhere.

    But at this point, IMO , the Yankees can definitely win without Jeter. He is no longer , offensive or defensive , an irreplaceable cog in this machine. If i was the Yankees , i would exercise due prudence in deciding the length and dollar amount of the contract.Alex’s albatross of contract will factor in here undoubtedly. but two wrongs won’t make a right, if yankees decide to overpaid the guy (who i think has been overpaid in his entire career) because they already have grossly overpaid Arod.

    one can argue that giving Jeter another big contract hinders yankees financial flexibility down the road.

  237. Erin August 25th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Fran the original August 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Doreen,

    Everyone agrees that Robbie is playing 2nd and batting 4th- watch Joe give Robbie the day off.

    **************************
    Fran-that is a possibility. He said earlier this week he wants to give him a day off soon. LOL

  238. Tabbert August 25th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    GTLU

    Gardner-LF
    Jeter – SS
    Tex- 1B
    Cano- Dh
    Posada- C
    Kearns- RF
    Granderson- CF
    Pena- 2b
    Nunez-3B

  239. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    amazing how ny gives up 6 runs in some games against the mariners, but beckett (who has been awful all year when not on the DL) is throwing a 1 hitter.”

    Amazing how NY has six less losses than the Sox and they play all the same teams.

    __

    Yes i know we are better than the sux, i was just in amazement that Beckett is shutting them down. It was more about Beckett sucking than us.

  240. Fran the original August 25th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Erin,

    Is the weather supposed to be good this weekend for the games?

  241. Tabbert August 25th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    mariners score 3 in the 7th

  242. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Cashmoney…

    You dont think the Yankees and Jeter will work out a deal more in line with what Rivers got his last time, 3/45? Some have said $20-$25 Mil for 4 years.

    I dont see that happening and i honestly think Jeter is above that.

  243. Tabbert August 25th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    6 1/3 innings, 3 earned runs against the mariners for beckett.

  244. Tom in N.J. August 25th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Granderson’s OPS is up to .766….

  245. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    now this is the beckett we know and loathe.

  246. BJK August 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    BTW, did Girardi give any specific reason a couple of days ago for why he pulled Nova when he did?

    Was it because of the Bautista nonsense?

  247. CountryClub August 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    ac1,

    Take a look at their stats this yr. You might be be surprised to see that Gardner beats him in every offensive category (including slugging). The only thing he does worse than Melky is K. He has like 24 more than Melky in the same number of AB’s. Add to that the fact that Gardner plays in the AL east and I think it’s safe to say they made the right choice. I looked at Melky’s stats last yr too…and they were no different than this yr, although he had 13 hr’s (compared to 4 this yr) and that brought up his slugging. All his other numbers were the same.

  248. Shame Spencer August 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “one can argue that giving Jeter another big contract hinders yankees financial flexibility down the road.”

    One could certainly argue that.. if they believe that the financial flexibility of the Yankees is capable of being hindered.

  249. Jerkface August 25th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    His average is about the same as melky?s, and melky had more homeruns and rbis and a stronger arm in the OF.

    Melky’s best season[first full season]: .280/.360/.391 7 HR 75 R 50 RBI 12 SB 12 assists
    Melky last season: .274/.336/.416 13 HR 66 R 68 RBI 10 SB 3 assists

    Brett Gardner 2009: .270/.345/.379 3 HR 48 R 23 RBI 26 SB 5 Assists
    Brett Gardner 2010: .280/.378/.377 5 HR 76 R 39 RBI 35 SB 10 Assists

    (Melky this year: 7 assists, .260/.320/.369 4 HR 41 R 36 RBI 7 SB)

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  250. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

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    Alex’s numbers has been nothing short of brilliant @ SS

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  252. ac1 August 25th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

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    thats huge, because they cannot depend just on cano and tex everyday.

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    Hard to believe just how often you are right. Must make you proud.

    Perhaps jumping the gun isn’t a smart move for you.

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    Hard to believe just how often you are right. Must make you proud.

    Perhaps jumping the gun isn’t a smart move for you.

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    Didnt say i wish we had beckett or yankees suck and sox are great. I didnt say any of that.

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    I dont see that happening and i honestly think Jeter is above that.
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    if anything, how about Jeter taking a hometown discount at this point his career.

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    jeter has only slugged over 500 once in his career and broke the 900 OPS twice in his entire illustrious career. Jeter has never won a MVP. he has been a consistent good player and a clutch performer over his tenure

    Alex’s numbers has been nothing short of brilliant @ SS

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    Alex was the better player, no doubt. But Jeter is one of the 3 or 4 best SS’s of ALL time in his own right. Don’t diminish that fact. Arod got 250 mil…Jeter got 190. That’s a 60 mil difference. That’s a lot of money. And, if you believe in those sites that tell you what a player is worth, Jeter has basically earned the 190 mil over the life of the contract (I think they have his value a tad under 190 over that span).

  262. stuckey99 August 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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    One can also argue the Yankees have seen this question/issue coming down the pike for years, and will maintain a flexible budget that won’t necessarily require portions of Jeter’s eventual salary to be borrowed from other areas.

    Considering his place with the team, it’s entirely conceivable they’ll do what they have to do and make it overall budget neutral.

    I find it somewhat illogical they will pay Jeter reluctantly to maintain/enhance his legacy but knowingly compromise his chances of competing for a title in his final years, which of course are completely at odds with one another.

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    Once they start negotiations, the Yankees and Jeter will get a deal done quickly. It won’t be public and it won’t be ugly. Although, the NY media will write a ton of garbage from “sources”.

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  265. Cashmoney August 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Alex was the better player, no doubt. But Jeter is one of the 3 or 4 best SS’s of ALL time in his own right. Don’t diminish that fact. Arod got 250 mil…Jeter got 190. That’s a 60 mil difference. That’s a lot of money. And, if you believe in those sites that tell you what a player is worth, Jeter has basically earned the 190 mil over the life of the contract (I think they have his value a tad under 190 over that span).
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    no i don’t believe those player is worth, the market determines what a player is worth.
    I am diminishing Jeter by saying Alex is great.

    Jeter can very well be the 3 or 4 top SS of all time, Alex will be in the convo of 3 or 4 greatest player of all time period. if he had continue play SS for the yanks, you can made a claim he is the greatest player period this side of babe herman ruth.

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    Gardner has once again been reduced to a platoon role.
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