The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Yankees decline options on Berkman, Wood, Johnson

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As expected, the Yankees have declined the option to extend the contracts of Kerry Wood, Lance Berkman and Nick Johnson through next season. All three will become free agents.

Two days ago, Brian Cashman said to expect these moves, and given the money involved, there was never any reason to believe the Yankees would pick up any of the three options.

The Yankees did exercise the option in Andrew Brackman’s contract. That’s more of a paper move than anything, even more obvious than turning down the three veterans. When Brackman signed a Major League contract in 2007, it was a four-year deal with club options for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Barring something shocking, all three of those options will be picked up.

Comments

comments

 

Advertisement

168 Responses to “Yankees decline options on Berkman, Wood, Johnson”

  1. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I am absolutely shocked that Nick Johnson’s option was not picked up. ;)

  2. hardwired7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    confession: I, in fact, do fear the beard.

    it’s an unnatural entity, existing beyond the laws of God and man. Brian Wilson is dabbling in matters that are, quite frankly, beyond his ability to comprehend.

  3. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Brian Wilson, the Beach Boy???

  4. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    If Wood is a closer in 2011, it will be for a bad or mediocre team; does he want to close meaningless games after pitching in a pennant race and the playoffs?

  5. Zach S October 27th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’d like to see the Yankees hopefully re-sign Wood. That was the one move that worked out great.

  6. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I doubt the Yankees even make a competitive offer to Wood if they make an offer at all unless they miss out on Lee.

  7. hardwired7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Brian Wilson, this:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb-280147

    (warning: very, very frightening)

  8. upstate kate October 27th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Erin
    Brian Wilson the SF closer w/ the dyed black beard

  9. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’d love for Wood to come back, but I’m not expecting it.

  10. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    It’s good to definitively hear that the Yanks control Brackman for 3 more years.

    Betsy, even if Wood wanted to stay in NY, would you be willing to give him a 2 or more likely 3 year deal at say 6 mil per yr? Because that’s what it would take to pay him close to what he’ll get as a closer. I just don’t see the Yanks taking that risk with a guy with his injury history.

  11. Mell October 27th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    “I’d like to see the Yankees hopefully re-sign Wood.”

    That’d be good, but doesn’t seem likely. He was terrific, but the downside to that is that he probably earned himself a closing gig somewhere else because of it.

  12. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Guys- thanks, but I know Brian Wilson is the closer for the Giants. I should have put one of these ;) at the end of my post.

    LOL

  13. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Betsy, Wood will get north of $5MM AAV easy. Fitting him into the Yankee opening day payroll is a pipe dream. The Yanks aren’t going to spend money bolstering the pen.

  14. upstate kate October 27th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    sorry Erin, we should have known better :)

  15. Yankee Trader October 27th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    If Wood is a closer in 2011, it will be for a bad or mediocre team; does he want to close meaningless games after pitching in a pennant race and the playoffs?
    ————————————————————

    Betsy-

    Teams that might be looking for a closer that will be in contention are the Angels, Braves, Rays, Blue Jays, White Sox. I’m not certain that Wood would get 8+ million to close, except maybe the Angels.

  16. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    upstate kate October 27th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    sorry Erin, we should have known better

    *****************************
    LOL

    no worries :)

  17. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Wood at $6 mil a year would be no different than what NYYs paid Farnsworth and Marte.

  18. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    Ledger_Yankees Yanks pick up Brackman’s option, decline options on Wood, Berkman and Nick Johnson.

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

    bERtIN, none of that really comes as a surprise, but, hopefully they’ll be able to make a deal with Wood and put Brackman in the bullpen to replace Gaudin or Mitre. Brackman would be ideal and having him spend his first season in the pen is the best way to start. Same with bringing up another youngster like Betances or Phelps, though Phelps has compiled a lot of innings over the last year. all depends on Lee and Pettitte.

  19. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I guess you guys are right, but that’s too bad. We really need to improve our pen……..outside of Mo, who should I have faith in?

  20. Mell October 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    “If Wood is a closer in 2011, it will be for a bad or mediocre team; does he want to close meaningless games after pitching in a pennant race and the playoffs?”

    It’ll be about the money. He’s likely to get more to close than he is to set up. After Soriano’s off the board, Wood’s likely to be the next name in the free agent closer hit parade.

  21. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    And how did Farns and Marte work out?

    The Yankees don’t have the payroll for Wood unless they don’t get Lee and decide to bolster the pen to compenste for a weaker rotation.

  22. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    bERtIN

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

    :D

    I have to say, I love this.

  23. Tom in N.J. October 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Erin may be right though. The original Brian Wilson had a pretty awful beard too:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-WIH.....+beard.jpg

    Is there some sort of rule that if your name is Brian Wilson you have to grow an epic beard?

  24. Tom in N.J. October 27th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Steve Karsay…

  25. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Wood at $6 mil a year would be no different than what NYYs paid Farnsworth and Marte

    ——————–

    Absolutely, which is why they won’t do it again for an older guy with a bad health history.

  26. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    bERtIN

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

    I have to say, I love this.

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

    I figured that you and Ernica needed new names.

  27. upstate kate October 27th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    D-rob, Joba, Logan will all have another year of experience…maybe Aceves will return

  28. Yankee Trader October 27th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Actually Marte had a 6M 2009 club option that was bought out:

    3 years/$12M (2009-11), plus 2012 club option

    3 years/$12M (2009-11), plus 2012 club option

    re-signed by Yankees as a free agent 11/12/08
    09:$3.75M, 10:$4M, 11:$4M, 12:$4M club option ($0.25M buyout)

    2 years/$4.7M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option

    signed extension with Pittsburgh 11/06, replacing $3M 2007 option
    07:$2.45M, 08:$2M, 09:$6M club option ($0.25M buyout)

    Nevertheless he and Farnsworth were overpaid, and Brackman and other low cost options make sense if the Yankees sign Lee.

  29. Mell October 27th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Joaquin Benoit will be an interesting name this winter. Tremendous season. Don’t know if one such season is enough for teams to view him as closer material. Wouldn’t mind having him work the 8th next year.

  30. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    The Yanks won’t be paying out $5.5 Mil for Johnson, or, $1.5 mil for Wynn, either. That’s where part of the Wood contract will come from.

  31. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    GB7,

    I don’t think the Yanks are going to do that with Brackman yet. Assuming they think of him as a starter long term, I think they’ll let him pitch as many innings as possible next yr in the minors. Remember, he more than anybody, needs to build up innings because of his past history. Maybe he gets called up in the 2nd half of the yr for the pen (or even as a 5th starter). But I don’t think there’s any way they break camp with him in the pen.

  32. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Tom in N.J. October 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Is there some sort of rule that if your name is Brian Wilson you have to grow an epic beard?

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

    :lol:

    There’s just something about that name

  33. Mike in Harrisburg October 27th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I think having the same name as a Beach Boy has instilled a massive inferiority complex in the Giants’ closer. Thus the beard, ink, ripped undershirt, etc.

  34. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    The lesser money coming off the books like Johnson will be entirely eaten and then some by raises and arbitration for Hughes Joba and Logan.

  35. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    NYYs have at least 5 young starters in the system that will arrive within 2 years and not a place for all of them. Brackman had much more success as a bullpenner than as a starter. every year, he starts slow and seldom if ever gets past 6 innings. he was deadly coming out of the bullpen in the last half of 2009.

  36. Jacques Strappe October 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    CountryClub

    If he could perform like he did in his almost half season here, I’d take Wood over Farnsworth or Marte any day.

    Sure, he’ll never be a starter again. But if he’s not over used and can stay away from the DL, he can be a fairly solid late game reliever or closer.

    Seems to be fairly reliable that way.

  37. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    GreenBeret7,

    The problem with bringing back Kerry Wood is that someone might offer him a chance to close.

    Also – when you say “Paying Kerry Wood 6 mil is no different than what they paid Farnsworth or Marte” you are endorsing two awful contracts.

    Marte missed almost all of the 2009 season and most of last season as well – had it not been for a spectacular performance in the 2009 post season we would all agree that is one of the worst contracts Cashman has handed out.

  38. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    If Pettitte resigns, both he and Rivera will get about the same contracts as they had this past season and Jeter’s should come in at about $3-4 mil less a year.

  39. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Wood is not happening, Lee or no Lee.

    The Yanks will be looking to save money in the pen and on the bench, not spend it.

  40. Joe from Long Island October 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I think whether the Yanks pursue Wood will be interesting, it might indicate whether the Yanks feel a little nervous about their endgame. I know the Yanks have gotten burned the past few years – Karsay, Quantrill, Farnsy, Park, Marte (although he helped deliver last year’s WS). But, I don’t know that that’s a reason not to look at veterans for the pen.

  41. hardwired7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    it’s a good time to be Bengie Molina — no matter who wins the Series, he gets a ring.

  42. Yankee Trader October 27th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Chip- If I remember correctly Marte only performed well during the WS in 2009.

  43. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Jacques Strappe October 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    CountryClub

    If he could perform like he did in his almost half season here, I’d take Wood over Farnsworth or Marte any day.

    Sure, he’ll never be a starter again. But if he’s not over used and can stay away from the DL, he can be a fairly solid late game reliever or closer.

    Seems to be fairly reliable that way.

    ————–

    Oh, I agree about choosing him over the 2 you mentioned. But your point about him staying off the DL is the problem…he just doesn’t do it. If they could sign him for 3 mil a yr, I’d say take the chance. But not for what he’s going to command on the market.

  44. Nick in SF October 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    They drop the Nick Johnson bombshell just before the first game of the World Lee-ries?

    Interesting.

  45. Yankee Trader October 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    A computer sim game has Texas winning tonight, 3-1, scoring 2 runs in the 1st, with Lee pitching a complete game.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports.....me1box.htm

  46. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Francesa is completely lost –

    This is his Yankee plan:

    Move A-Rod to DH
    Move Jeter to 3b
    Bring in a dynamic young SS
    trade Nick Swisher
    Sign Jayson Werth

    So he’s going to try and improve the SS spot…do nothing about the more glaring hole behind the plate and hope that Derek Jeter is capable of playing 3b.

    The only part of that I even sort of agree with is the Werth part. I think Swisher is a tradeable asset and if they find a team willing to give up high end pitching talent for him I think you do the deal and bring in Werth to replace him. But I don’t just deal Swisher for the sake of signing Jayson Werth.

  47. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    If Lee signs, that eats up all the budget……….If Lee signs, Hal is not going to ok another big expenditure, so that means Cash will have to get creative. This is partly why I hope Lee (if he’s here) is the last big FA pitching signing; these contracts, with Hal’s budgets, are unwieldy and they don’t leave us much room to improve the team in places it needs improving.

  48. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    NYYs have at least 5 young starters in the system that will arrive within 2 years and not a place for all of them. Brackman had much more success as a bullpenner than as a starter. every year, he starts slow and seldom if ever gets past 6 innings. he was deadly coming out of the bullpen in the last half of 2009.

    —————-

    I follow and love prospects as much as anyone. Yes, they have a ton of high end pitching depth. But you know that none of them offer any guarantees. You take them one at a time and you develop them as starters until they prove they can’t start. He’s the first of the real high risk / high reward guys that will be coming through the system, so I expect him to get every chance to stick.

  49. Mell October 27th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    “I think Swisher is a tradeable asset and if they find a team willing to give up high end pitching talent”

    Can’t see Swisher as being worth high end pitching talent. Good player and everything, but not the type you part with good young pitching for.

  50. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    The Yankee bench, at least at the start should look something like Cervelli, Laird, Nunez and Thames. With Montero and Posada sharing the majority of the catching/DH duties. That leaves a pitching staff of 12.

  51. Nick in SF October 27th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    No computer can simulate the kind of fury that Cody Ross will be unleashing tonight.

  52. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    GB, that’s an awfully weak bench……….except for Thames

  53. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    The only part of that I even sort of agree with is the Werth part. I think Swisher is a tradeable asset and if they find a team willing to give up high end pitching talent for him I think you do the deal and bring in Werth to replace him. But I don’t just deal Swisher for the sake of signing Jayson Werth.

    ——————-

    There’s no way the yanks make that swap. There’s very little difference between the two players. Werth is older and will be much more expensive. His OBP is better, but he K’s at an enormous rate. His D is better too. But the differences arent enough to justify the jump in salary. Despite the lack of big names, the yanks outfield performed very well last yr. I’d be surprised to see them make any changes. Crawford has a slim chance to come here, but I don’t think they have any interest in Werth.

  54. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    “The Yankee bench, at least at the start should look something like Cervelli, Laird, Nunez and Thames.”

    Laird will make it to the majors sometime in 2011, but I don’t see him on the opening day roster.

    Thames will get a nice increase in salary off of his 2010 season but it will be too rich for the Yanks, he’ll be somewhere else.

    I agree about Cervelli and Nunez, except IMO Nunez is prime off-season trade material.

  55. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg October 27th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
    I think having the same name as a Beach Boy has instilled a massive inferiority complex in the Giants? closer. Thus the beard, ink, ripped undershirt, etc.

    ************************************
    if he warms up to “Good Vibrations”, you may be onto something. ;)

  56. Joe from Long Island October 27th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Hi GB – Yeah, that’s kind of how I see things shaping up. Things could be a bit different, of course, but I don’t see them get a quality veteran FA. Any trade would likely involve picking up a sizable contract, and given how much the starters are likely to play, I don’t know that that’s a wise use of dollars. Unless they don’t have faith in Nunez and Laird, but it looks from their pathways so far that they will get every chance to show they can do the job.

  57. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    NYYs have at least 5 young starters in the system that will arrive within 2 years and not a place for all of them. Brackman had much more success as a bullpenner than as a starter. every year, he starts slow and seldom if ever gets past 6 innings. he was deadly coming out of the bullpen in the last half of 2009.
    —————————–

    I don’t follow the minors as much as you do – but 3 of those 5 guys (Betances, Brackman, Banuelos) have had injury issues in the past right?

    Again, I only know the extent of Brackman’s since it was the most public of them – but whenever I hear people predicting that X number of minor leaguers will all hit the majors at the same time I get nervous. Injuries and the sheer number of prospects who don’t hit the majors in general usually put a wrench in those plans.

    We’re only a couple of years removed from the days when lots of folks were thinking that the future of the Yankee rotation was going to be Hughes, Kennedy and Joba – with Christian Garcia as the dark horse and Mark Melancon as the heir to Rivera.

  58. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I think there’s a good chance Laird gets dealt. Unless the yanks are confident that he’ll be a regular in the majors, I think they’ll move him while his value is high.

  59. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with Six pound, eight ounce Baby Joba on Werth. He DOES sound like one of those players that just wouldn’t handle NY well: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c...../index.htm

  60. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    My Yankee bench:

    Cervelli, Eric Hinske, Thames and Nunez

    I’m sure Brandon Laird is a fine young player but I can’t see the Yankees going forward with only one veteran bat on their bench.

    Essentially the Yankees are hopeful that Laird can turn into what Hinske is now, a professional hitter who can serve as a back up at the four corners.

  61. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t follow the minors as much as you do – but 3 of those 5 guys (Betances, Brackman, Banuelos) have had injury issues in the past right?

    —————

    Banuelos hasn’t had any problems related to pitching. He had his appendix taken out last yr, caused him to miss a few months. Brackman has TJ surgery, but he’s been healthy other wise. In other words, he hasnt had a lot of nagging injuries; it was the one big one. Betances is the one that hasn’t made it through a full season.

  62. G. Love October 27th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    It’s not given that Wood is only going to get offers to close for bad teams.

    Tampa Bay could easily sign him rather than pay Soriano 10 million plus per year. They need a closer. The Braves clearly need a closer with Wagner retiring. Cardinals need a closer. If the White Sox part with Jenks as rumored they will need a closer. Those are not bad teams.

    I also think Boston is going to overspend on the bullpen and could just give Wood and Downs ridiculous money to be set up men. Their front office has fed the media the line that it was the bullpen that killed their season. It’s cheaper to go out and sign bullpen guys than it marquee starting pitching and hitting.

    I would not put it past them to try to sell overspending on the pen with free agents as their proof to fans that they are fixed. They just raised their ticket prices again in Boston. I expect them to spend like drunken sailors to appease the fanbase.

    Wood will get offers to be a closer though.

    I don’t see him coming back here because I don’t see Cashman giving out a 3 year 18 million dollar deal to a reliever. Almost every long term deal he makes with a reliever (save Mo) has blown up in his face.

    He’ll be missed, but I do agree with the idea that overspending on a bullpen is not the way to go if it restricts you in other areas financially.

    Relievers are rarely consistent from year to year and once they’ve reached that point of throwing too many pitches they are toast.

  63. Nobody Is Perfect October 27th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Rumor has it that Eiland didn’t just get fired for cheating on his wife. According to Seth Everett, Eiland and AJ were having problems. Maybe he’s the one that gave AJ the black eye.

  64. JobaTipsHisCap October 27th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    In Javy we trust

  65. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Yep – we can’t assume any or all of the killer B’s are going to make it…….

  66. Shame Spencer October 27th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Remember when Swisher was supposed to be our bench player??

    Also, I just have to say this and I swear I’ll shut up about it: Antler hand signals and an enhanced beard controversy are both major storylines in this World Series. The next person that tries to convince me the Yankees are bad for baseball are getting clocked in the mouth.

  67. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Country Club –

    I also believe that there’s a good chance Laird is this year’s prospect most likely to be moved.

    He has no natural position to fill on this club anytime soon.

    That being said, I know Cashman views him (and to a certain extent Eduardo Nunez) sort of as a Ben Zobrist/Martin Prado type – that if he gets to the majors he won’t have a set position but at the end of the year you’ll look up and he’ll somehow have gotten 400-500 at bats.

  68. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Betsy

    Hals budget is over 200 million. I really don’t know what people want from the guy.

    No matter what he does Yankee fans will always say we could use a few more million to improve this or that.

    Hal spends an incedible and unconscionable amount of money on this team.
    It is amazing he is even approving Cashman to go out there and hand out a monster contract to Lee with how much money he has already invested in the rotation the past couple years.

    Hals budget is the least of the Yankees worries when building a team every winter.

    I really don’t get what people expect from him. Unlimited spending?

  69. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    GLove, how do you propose to fix the pen?

    As to the Sox, what they have to hope for is that Buchholz continues his ascendency or, at least, stays the same and that Beckett and Lackey improve. I think they will, but on the other hand, I don’t think it’s necessarily a given.

  70. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    This is MY Yankee plan:

    Sign Lee
    Re-sign Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera
    Have Posada and Montero platoon at C and DH, carry a 3rd catcher
    Look into trading for a young, high upside outfielder.

    Done.

  71. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    I don’t follow the minors as much as you do – but 3 of those 5 guys (Betances, Brackman, Banuelos) have had injury issues in the past right?

    —————

    Banuelos hasn’t had any problems related to pitching. He had his appendix taken out last yr, caused him to miss a few months. Brackman has TJ surgery, but he’s been healthy other wise. In other words, he hasnt had a lot of nagging injuries; it was the one big one. Betances is the one that hasn’t made it through a full season
    ———-

    Thanks for the clarification.

  72. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I’d say people who say the Yankees are bad for baseball are just saying it because they hate the Yankees, but in reality, they’re just saying it because they hate baseball.

  73. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    LGY, please – you didn’t read my post and if you want to read negativity into it, that’s on you. Hal has a budget – I’m not complaining, ok? However, he has a budget and that is that – you can’t deny it. IF Lee is signed and then you take into account the arbitration and raises that YOU mentioned, then where is all this $$$ coming ? I didn’t say the Yankees couldn’t make improvements, I said that Cash would have to be creative. Why do you think we had Cervelli as the BUC? Because Cash only had $2 million to work with last year and he chose to fix the OF instead re-signing Molina. That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.

  74. Shame Spencer October 27th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Patrick – you should apply for a job with the team!

  75. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    The Yankees have enough young arms that picking the 6 best in spring training is fine. There is no need to go look for relievers unless Mo retires.

    The bench is easy too. It doesn’t matter who is on the bench for the first 3 months of the season. Once the trade market heats up is when Cashman usually fills out his bench.

  76. CompassRosy October 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    For those wanting to track the Yankee kids playing in the AFL today.
    ****

    Thanks for the link, GB.
    And Dustin with ANOTHER walk ;)
    (pretty nice OBP he’s sporting in the AFL)
    Excited to see if he’ll be headed north this April….

  77. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 27th, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    Hi GB – Yeah, that’s kind of how I see things shaping up. Things could be a bit different, of course, but I don’t see them get a quality veteran FA. Any trade would likely involve picking up a sizable contract, and given how much the starters are likely to play, I don’t know that that’s a wise use of dollars. Unless they don’t have faith in Nunez and Laird, but it looks from their pathways so far that they will get every chance to show they can do the job.

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

    Hey, Joe. Hope all is well at Doc Joe’s Long Island BBQ Joint.

    Laird was outstanding this year and if you count his games in the AFL so far, he’s hitting about /290 with 27 homers and 111 RBI in 570 at bats at 3 levels. That’s not bad. Montero’s going to hit and the defense may not improve on the team, but, it certainly won’t be worse. The only issue with the names I have is that they’re right handed. I just see NYYs buying a big left handed bat for a ton of money and clog up the DH slot. Those names can all hit and except for Thames can play good to acceptable defense. Cervelli might get moved as part of a deal, however. If the system has a weakness, it’s that it’s a predominantly right handed hitting group. Not a lot of big left handed bats out there that would be willing to ride the bench or cost a lot of money.

  78. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Patrick, agreed……………who are you unhappy with in the OF?

  79. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Why do the Yankees need to fix the pen?

    Mo Robertson Joba and Logan is a very strong group to build around.
    Also like Wave said Thames won’t be back. Too expensive and no role on this team next year.

  80. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Patrick – you should apply for a job with the team!

    I know right!?

  81. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Patrick –

    trying to help you get that young, high upside OF:

    Swisher and Joba to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp?

  82. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Patrick, you really think all these young arms are going to be successful in the pen and in the majors right away?

  83. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Laird has been playing in the OF in Arizona and he’s supposedly been pretty good out there. Reports have said his arm is plenty strong enough. If he can serviceably play all 4 corners, and he continues to hit like he has, then he has real value.

    I guess the Yanks could keep him as a super sub type player. But if another teams thinks he can be a FT regular, they should deal him.

  84. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    LGY, if I answer it I’m just going to get lectured for being too negative, so I won’t except to say that I’m not as high on those guys as you – Mo obviously excepted.

  85. Bring in the Goose October 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Betsy says:
    October 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    GLove, how do you propose to fix the pen?

    As to the Sox, what they have to hope for is that Buchholz continues his ascendency or, at least, stays the same and that Beckett and Lackey improve. I think they will, but on the other hand, I don’t think it’s necessarily a given.

    ———-

    In your last sentence, you’re saying the same thing twice. Thinking something will happen never means it’s going to.

    Have faith and be patient.

  86. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Assuming the Yanks sign a top FA, there is no payroll space for these relievers and veteran bench guys you folks want.

    Starting with the $144.6MM for 2011 already committed to ARod, CC, Tex, Jorge, Cano, Swisher, Granderson and AJ.

    Figure around another $6MM for Gardner, Hughes, Joba, Robertson, Aceves (or plug in your minimum price reliever of choice here), Cervelli and Logan.

    Figure around another $66MM for Lee, Jeter, Mo and Andy.

    That’s $216.5MM right there. With the new CBA negotiations and a possible change in the luxury tax structure coming up, the Yanks just aren’t going to spend much more to fill out the remaining six spots on the roster. $6MM for Wood, $3MM for Thames, $2MM+ for a “proven” back-uop catcher, just isn’t in the cards, IMO.

  87. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    The Yankees have enough young arms that picking the 6 best in spring training is fine. There is no need to go look for relievers unless Mo retires.
    —————

    I disagree here –

    With Marte out I would like to have at least one more lefty and if Wood doesn’t return I would want another veteran out there besides Mo.

    Give me Scott Downs for certain and either Choate from the left side or Jesse Crain or Matt Guierrer from the right.

    Pen would structure this way:

    LHP: Logan, Choate and Downs (Downs and Choate have both had success in the AL East – no small feat)
    RHP: Mo, Joba, Robertson, Mosley

  88. 108 stitches October 27th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    No denying that Kerry Wood was stellar from August 1st to the end and it showed that he enjoyed his time as a Yankee.
    If the money is not there, Cashman could go the cheaper route and sign Joaquin Benoit.
    Chamberlain has lost his trust as the EIG.

  89. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The Yankees knew that Betances had elbow issues when he was signed. They didn’t think that he would last as long as he did before the surgery. He was sensational this year and had no new issues. He’s as clean as any pitcher in the system.

  90. Nobody Is Perfect October 27th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    **Figure around another $66MM for Lee, Jeter, Mo and Andy.**

    That seems high. This should be closer to $55M. It’s only $66M if Jeter acts like a prima donna and asks for $20M.

  91. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Patrick, you really think all these young arms are going to be successful in the pen and in the majors right away?

    Considering that this is how the Yankees have built their pen for the last 3+ years, yes I do.

  92. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Betsy

    You are misunderstanding the budget.

    There is not a seperate budget for the starters and bench players. It is all coming from one pot.

    Cashman is the one who DECIDED to allocate only 2 million or so to the bench.

    He did that because on a team full of stars the bench is not of least priority.

    He gave Cash 200 plus million to spend it anyway that he chose.

    To spin that amount of money into some type of slight on Hal is pretty crazy given how ridiculously high the number is set at.

  93. Tom in N.J. October 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Never underestimate the pen

    /Edward Bulwer-Lytton’d

  94. Shame Spencer October 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    “he has a budget and that is that – you can’t deny it.”

    Betsy – don’t mean to harp on this, but while others can’t deny he has a budget no one on this board knows what that magic number is. You’re point about the bench this past season makes perfect sense. Then again, Jose Molina could have been our back up catcher this year, I think he makes less than a $1 million, so its likely Cervelli was catching not because we couldn’t afford another back up but because we actually wanted Cervelli catching.

    I don’t really know how many benches/complementary players win a World Series. We also don’t know if they have any midseason pick ups targeted before entering a season, which they likely will have/do have. And my assumption regarding the budget would be that its more of a general range than a hard number. Fixating on the budget with this team is just a lot of guess work and not something to focus on. I think the formula is pretty straight forward: There is no cap on a salary for an elite player/athlete. For everyone else/every other position we fill holes from within or through cheap/short term signings.

  95. Cashmoney October 27th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Starting with the $144.6MM for 2011 already committed to ARod, CC, Tex, Jorge, Cano, Swisher, Granderson and AJ.
    —————
    overpaid…

  96. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Patrick –

    trying to help you get that young, high upside OF:

    Swisher and Joba to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp?

    I make that deal in an instant but I doubt the Dodgers would do it.

  97. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Nobody is Perfect-

    I was thinking $15MM for Mo, $15MM for Jeter, $25MM for Lee and $11MM for Andy. You can say $17MM for Jeter and $23MM for Lee if you like.

    I think those numbers are pretty realistic.

  98. Shame Spencer October 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I would love to think we could move Swish and Joba for Kemp but that’s a reach for a so-so reliever and a streaky outfielder, isnt it?

  99. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I know how to fix this team…

    It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right.

  100. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    JackCurryYES Fans wielding “Fear the Beard” and “Fear the Freak” placards outside AT and T Park. Never seen so much orange

    BloggingBombers John Legend will sing the National Anthem tonight and Tony Bennett will sing God Bless America. Willie Mays will throw out the first pitch.

  101. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Betsy

    Why do these conversations have to turn so contentious when someone challenges something you say?

    No one is lecturing you. They are challenging your statement.

    If you believe what you say come right back with something supporting your point.
    This is a discussion not a fight.

  102. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I would love to think we could move Swish and Joba for Kemp but that’s a reach for a so-so reliever and a streaky outfielder, isnt it?

    Yes but it’s not reach for a guy with ace potential and an allstar RF in his prime.

  103. Nobody Is Perfect October 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    **I was thinking $15MM for Mo, $15MM for Jeter, $25MM for Lee and $11MM for Andy. You can say $17MM for Jeter and $23MM for Lee if you like. **

    That’s what I was thinking re: 23M for Lee. I’m not convinced they will give Lee more money than CC.

  104. Betsy October 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    LGY, that’s your interpretation that I was trying to criticize Hal.

  105. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    “Yes but it’s not reach for a guy with ace potential and an allstar RF in his prime.”

    Quoted for truth. “Streaky” Phhtph.

  106. Dylan October 27th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Our bullpen is the least of my worries. I really think that someone will step up, and if not we will make a trade for another reliever. Last year Hughes was our 8th inning guy, this year it was Wood, and a few years back it was Joba. I think that someone will step up whether its Robertson, Joba, Nova, or Brackman. Hopefully our new pitching coach can help those guys.

  107. Nick in SF October 27th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    ******BREAKING NEWS******

    Kristin Lee is reportedly unimpressed with Hal’s budget.

    Developing story…

    ###

  108. Shame Spencer October 27th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Patrick – perhaps the Yankees need some PR people?

  109. CountryClub October 27th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Lee and Jeter will get 20 mil per (give or take a mil). Mo will get 15 mil and Andy 12 or 13.

  110. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    “That’s what I was thinking re: 23M for Lee. I’m not convinced they will give Lee more money than CC.”

    At any rate that leaves no money for a bench or a pen, the Yanks will be at $220MM with minimum salary guys filling out the roster.

    Of course, one of those minimum salary guys should be Montero.

  111. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    On Kerry Wood.

    First of all – I do think he’s going to get offers to close. Just off the top of my head: Atlanta, LAA, St. Louis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Tampa, Washington, and Baltimore all have a glaring need at closer. The Angels will probably get Soriano.

    Second – I would be very careful with him. The Yankees caught lightning in a bottle with Wood this year – not in terms of his production, but in terms of him being healthy during his time here.

    The Yankees already have a $6 mil relief pitcher who doesn’t pitch for them (Marte)

  112. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Nova’s a better bet to get traded than Chamberlain is. Besides they have the same kind of pitcher right behind Nova in Noesi, who is a better pitcher.

  113. LGY October 27th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Betsy

    You said his budgets are unwieldy and don’t leave the team with much room to improve where it needs improvement.

    That sounds critical to me but if I interpreted it wrong I apologize.

    What did you mean by those statements?

  114. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Shame,

    If you’re going to make fun of me, you need to work on your sick-nasty burns

  115. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Tampa and Baltimore already have their closers in place for a lot less than Wood will cost them. Tampa also isn’t going to spend 20% of their budget on a closer.

  116. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    If I was as injury prone as Wood once was, I wouldn’t get anywhere near the Washington Nationals.

  117. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Kristin Lee isn’t impressed by much, is she? LOL

  118. Cashman needs to go October 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    if the luxury tax for 2011 is 40% for anything over 178 million then a payroll of lets say 230 million has a luxury tax of $22.3 million….

    22.3 million or roughly 5 million dollars LESS than what they paid vazquez and burnett this year….

    the yankees can make 22 million dollars during a 4 game weekend series versus the redsox…

    and the next year you’ll have 15 million chopped off for posada, possibly another 15 for rivera (if he retires) another 11 million for pettite (if he retires)….

    so for 22 million luxury tax dollars the yankees could have cliff lee, crawford and possibly another #3 pitcher to help them make even more money when they win the world series….

  119. Bring in the Goose October 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s remember that Cashman did not re-sign Arod at the known amount.

    Hank did. And likely, forced the extra year on Posadas deal.

    Cashman no doubt has his work cut out for him. Budget limitations are not all his doing.

  120. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    >Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Kristin Lee isn’t impressed by much, is she? LOL

    Cliff Lee is married to Shania Twain?

  121. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s be honest when talking about the Yankee budget – it is a soft cap.

    By that I mean that if the Yankees are at $210 mil (for the sake of roundish numbers) they will not go out and bring in another guy at $20 mil. But, if it’s a player that makes sense for the club they’ll be willing to go up a million or two.

    So let’s say the Yankees are at that $210 mil level and they can either sign Hinske for 1 year 1 mil(his contract last year with Atlanta) or go with Colin Curtis; odds are they will be willing to go the extra mil.

  122. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my god, what is with you and Hinske?

  123. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    Tampa and Baltimore already have their closers in place for a lot less than Wood will cost them. Tampa also isn’t going to spend 20% of their budget on a closer.
    ——————

    Who is Tampa’s closer?

    Soriano, Benoit, Balfour, Wheeler, Choate are all free agents…that’s pretty much every important relief pitcher they had this year.

  124. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    >Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Kristin Lee isn’t impressed by much, is she? LOL

    Cliff Lee is married to Shania Twain?

    *****************************
    LMAO

    And thank you very much for getting that song stuck in my head. ;)

  125. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    And you’re right – I forgot that the O’s signed Mike Gonzalez last year to be their closer.

  126. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    If I was as injury prone as Wood once was, I wouldn’t get anywhere near the Washington Nationals.
    ————————

    Why not? Because of Strausberg? That has more to do with how he was handled in college than anything the Nats did to them.

  127. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    “So let’s say the Yankees are at that $210 mil level and they can either sign Hinske for 1 year 1 mil(his contract last year with Atlanta) or go with Colin Curtis; odds are they will be willing to go the extra mil.”

    Chip-

    The point is if the Yanks sign Lee, and don’t make any major deals, they will almost certainly already be beyond $210MM before they start thinking about DH, the bench or the pen.

    It will be like last year. They won’t go get a Hinske, a Hairston Jr., a Wood. They will be looking to economize.

  128. Bring in the Goose October 27th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Can Hinske pitch?

  129. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Chip, Im not disagreeing with you there, but there were warning signs about what was to happen, and the Nats ignored them, and now will pay the consequences.

  130. Bring in the Goose October 27th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Kidding, btw

  131. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:43 pm
    Oh my god, what is with you and Hinske?
    ———————–

    Professional hitter (114 OPS+ last year) who can play multiple positions with experience coming off the bench.

    Don’t disregard that last part – we’ve seen it with a lot of guys who put up big numbers in the minors and are then asked to fill bench roles and can’t do it because they’re not used to playing only a couple of times a week.

  132. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    RiverAveBlues Tremendous. RT @Joshua_Nubz: For all the NYY/NYG Fans out there.

    http://twitpic.com/31drt1

  133. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    “So let’s say the Yankees are at that $210 mil level and they can either sign Hinske for 1 year 1 mil(his contract last year with Atlanta) or go with Colin Curtis; odds are they will be willing to go the extra mil.”

    Chip-

    The point is if the Yanks sign Lee, and don’t make any major deals, they will almost certainly already be beyond $210MM before they start thinking about DH, the bench or the pen.

    It will be like last year. They won’t go get a Hinske, a Hairston Jr., a Wood. They will be looking to economize.
    —————————–

    Wave –

    Even after adding big ticket items last year (Vazquez, Granderson – even Nick Johnson) the Yankees still found room in their budget for Marcus Thames and Randy Winn.

    And had Matsui not jumped to the Angels early he probably would have been brought back and the Yankees were still willing to talk with Damon but his demands were too high so they used his money on Johnson and Winn.

    Then they also found room for Berkman, Kearns and Wood at the trade deadline.

  134. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    The Yankees are not going to sign Eric Hinske. He can’t field and he hits lefty, no thanks.

  135. D-Man October 27th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Feinsand said last off-season that Hinske was not happy with his playing time down the stretch with us in 2009.

    Guys like him look for either full-time gigs or NL teams where they get ABs everyday. Hinske could start on a lot of teams… don’t know why he would come here to play once a week. It’s not like we have the funds to make him a massive offer anyway. He can go elsewhere for comparable money and play much more. A utility DH/OF/1B type isin’t a need for us, especially one who bats lefty. A guy like Francouer would make more sense.

    I think we would actually have an easier time getting a good utility INF to sign here, with the explanation that Jeter/ARod are old and they would get plenty of playing time.

  136. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    Chip, Im not disagreeing with you there, but there were warning signs about what was to happen, and the Nats ignored them, and now will pay the consequences.
    ————————

    Frankly I think that every pitcher who is drafted out of college should be forced to sit for a year before picking up a baseball as a professional. College coaches abuse these kids (which is why I wouldn’t touch Gerrit Cole this time around)

    The Nats protected him as much as they could but you can’t bubble wrap the guys.

  137. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    There is another problem with getting Lee. His ability to pitch in this rotation depends solely on whether Andy Pettitte retires or not. You see, Pitching Rotations are like Boy bands. They work the best when each part is filled. Right now You have:

    C.C. : The Talent
    Andy : The Good Looking One
    AJ : The Bad Boy
    Hughes : The Boy Next Door
    Javy/Moseley/Whoever: The Guy Everyones rooting for

    The problem here is that Cliff Lee is a pretty Good Looking, meaning the only person he can replace is Andy, for Lee to be successful, we need Andy gone.

    ____________________________

    Okay, I’m not serious, but come on, would anyone be surprised to find this comment for real on this blog?

  138. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Patrick -

    Since when has hitting lefty in Yankee Stadium been a bad thing.

    D-Man –

    Eduardo Nunez will be the utility infielder.

  139. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Tampa can sign Benoit to close for a lot less than any other potential closer on the market.

  140. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    D-Man –

    Jeff Francouer makes no sense for any team.

  141. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    >Frankly I think that every pitcher who is drafted out of college should be forced to sit for a year before picking up a baseball as a professional. College coaches abuse these kids (which is why I wouldn’t touch Gerrit Cole this time around)

    The Nats protected him as much as they could but you can’t bubble wrap the guys.

    Okay, this is not at all a response to the warning sign comment. But I see your point regardless.

  142. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Uehara is Baltimore’s closer.

  143. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    Tampa can sign Benoit to close for a lot less than any other potential closer on the market.
    —————-

    Why would Benoit – coming off a career year – look to give any discounts?

  144. G. Love October 27th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Betsy,

    I wouldn’t do anything to the pen. I would do exactly what Cashman did last season. Go with the young guys you have and see if something falls into your lap.

    I’d rather trade for a bullpen arm like Wood at the deadline and give up guys the organization is ready to move on from in the minors than sign a middle reliever long term.

    We’re already paying Marte not to pitch for basically 2 seasons of his 3 year deal.

    I know it’s frustrating as fans for us to see the pen not be addressed with a big trade and/or signing, but I think it’s the last thing they should obsess about.

    If we get Lee and add him to CC and Hughes (who will be off his pitch limits) we’ll have 3 starters who can go deep into games.

    If the pen isn’t overused early, it’s always less of a problem.

    I resign Mo and hope Aceves can come back and contribute and pick up a one year 2-3 million type of arm to add to the mix.

    That said, if Kerry would come back here for 2 years and 10 million I would sign him.

    But I honestly think he’s going to get more years and money than that not to mention a closers job.

    Giving Wood 3 years is foolish in my estimation. He’s such a major injury risk.

  145. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    What? How did Jeff Francouer enter this discussion? Is this the “three steps back” part?

  146. Chip October 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    Tampa can sign Benoit to close for a lot less than any other potential closer on the market.
    —————-

    And, more to the point, why would Tampa want to put all their eggs in that basket considering his past and the fact that he’s never been a closer?

  147. Patrick October 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Chip,

    Hinske would be a player off the bench for us. Considering the make-up of our current starting 3 outfielders, a guy that can’t field and can only hit righties is almost 100% useless.

  148. Erin October 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Asd-love your list :lol:

    And to answer your question at the bottom, no.

    IMO, Andy is much, much better looking than Lee. Lee seems like a very quiet guy-therefore, he’s The Quiet One.

  149. Jason Voorhees October 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    And you’re right – I forgot that the O’s signed Mike Gonzalez last year to be their closer.
    ————————-

    That is true, although they used Uehara as their closer down the stretch. I’m not sure what their plans for Uehara are as he was a starter in 2009.

  150. Eroc October 27th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hinske will get almost no playing time here. Who is he taking ABs away from? He is a lefty so he can’t be apart of an OF platoon.

    Francouer? Another guy overrated because of his personality, a la Eric Byrnes.

  151. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Because nobody is going to pay Benoit closer money, so he may as well close for /Tampa for one year to build his numbers for 2012.

  152. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Chip, the Yanks signed the guys you mentioned but they kept their opening day payroll around $210MM. The other guys you mentioned were picked up in season when they seem to bend the budget some.

    But the Yanks will be hard pressed to keep the budget below $220MM next year, not $210MM (unless they don’t sign Lee or someone like that or they trade Swisher or Granderson), and the guys you are arguing for will send the payroll north of $220MM on opening day.

    Not happening, IMO.

  153. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    >IMO, Andy is much, much better looking than Lee.

    Not to sound gay here, but wrong. Pettitte is a really good looking guy and all, but Lee’s face shape is clearly superior. (Well, there goes the “not sounding gay” part)

    Also, this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb_xnCBJoKI is fantastic.

  154. CompassRosy October 27th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    First of all – I do think he’s going to get offers to close. Just off the top of my head: Atlanta, LAA, St. Louis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Tampa, Washington, and Baltimore all have a glaring need at closer.
    ***********

    Pretty amazing that, despite his off year in terms of ERA, Aardsma was able to save 31 games (more than half the M’s win total) not an easy task on THAT team. I’d think Wood would be a bit pricey for the whole rebuilding thing – especially given the arms down on the farm…

    A

  155. West Coast Yankee Fan October 27th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I love the fantasy blockbuster deals here, what great fun.

    What about a three-way, multi-player deal with the “basic guts of it” being King Felix going to the Yankees – Cano, Hughes and prospects going to the Mariners with Cincinnati the conduit sending Brandon Phillips to the Yankees and getting Ichiro from Seattle?

  156. RayVT October 27th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    There are some raises missed by the estimated salaries for 2011. (Swish & Grandy to name 2)

    TOTAL Pos’n 2010 2011 EST
    1 Posada, Jorge c $13,100,000 $13.10
    2 Cervelli, Francisco c $410,800 $0.41
    3 Teixeira, Mark 1b $20,625,000 $23.13
    4 Cano, Robinson 2b $9,000,000 $10.00
    5 Rodriguez, Alex 3b $33,000,000 $32.00
    6 Jeter, Derek ss $22,600,000 $20.00
    7 Gardner, Brett of $452,500 $0.45
    8 Granderson, Curtis cf $5,500,000 $8.25
    9 Swisher, Nick lf-rf $6,850,000 $9.10
    10 Sabathia, CC lhp-s $24,286,714 $24.29
    11 Hughes, Phil rhp-s $447,000 $4.50
    12 Pettitte, Andy lhp-s $11,750,000 $12.00
    13 Burnett, A.J. rhp-s $16,500,000 $16.50
    14 Brackman, Andrew rhp $1,237,500 $1.24
    15 Noesi, Hector rhp $0.40
    16 Nova, Ivan rhp $0.40
    17 Rivera, Mariano rhp $15,000,000 $15.00
    18 Aceves, Alfredo rhp $435,650 $0.44
    19 Chamberlain, Joba rhp-s $487,975 $1.50
    20 Logan, Boone lhp $0.75
    21 Marte, Damaso lhp $4,000,000 $4.00
    22 Robertson, David rhp $426,650 $0.43
    23 Sanchez, Romulo rhp $0.40
    24 Nunez, Eduardo ss $0.40
    25 Pena, Ramiro inf $412,100 $0.41
    26 Golson, Greg cf $15,000 $0.40
    27 Albaladejo, Jonathan rhp $0.40
    28 Corona, Reegie inf $0.40
    29 De La Rosa, Wilkin lhp $0.40
    30 Igawa, Kei $4,000,000 $4.00
    31 Mitre, Sergio rhp $850,000 $0.85
    32 Russo, Kevin 2b $0.40
    33 Thames, Marcus dh-of $900,000 $0.90
    34 Cliff Lee SP1 $22.00
    35 83 Jesus Montero C $0.45
    36 84 Austin Romine C $0.45
    37 $0.45
    38 $0.45
    39 $0.45
    40 $0.45

    TOTAL 40 Man 2010 = $213,359,389

    TOTAL 40 Man 2011 = $256,237,200 Projected above

  157. Jason Voorhees October 27th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Milwaukee has Axford. Nationals, Atlanta, and the Angels definitely need one. St. Louis might if Franklin signs elsewhere (I think he’s a FA).

  158. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    RayVT-

    Are those your estimates?

  159. pat October 27th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    BloggingBombers Josh Hamilton was named the AL’s Outstanding Player in the 2010 Players Choice Awards. Robinson Cano was not a finalist (Bautista/Cabrera).

    :evil:

  160. GreenBeret7 October 27th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Cano is one of the top 3 position players in the league this year and he doesn’t get a mention? Something is rotten in MLBs front office.

  161. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    It’s Cano’s fault, for not overcoming a drug problem. He’s simply not “feel-good” enough.

    Though I’m sure his girlfriend would beg to differ. Whoa!!!

  162. Tom in N.J. October 27th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Maybe there’s another award in Cano’s future and this was a way to recognize the others?

  163. Asd October 27th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    New Thread up.

  164. pat October 27th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    GB

    Players Choice award so it’s on the players not MLB office.

    Same guys who vote Derek and Alex most overrated every year?

  165. upstate kate October 27th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    hmmmm…what is up w/ that?
    Even the elf, who plays the same position for the Yankees bitter rival, says Robbie should get the MVP

  166. RayVT October 27th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I used Cotts. I only estimated Hughes +$4M, Logan +$160K, Jeter -$2.6M, & Cliff Lee +$22M

    Of course others are getting raises on 40-Man:
    Tex +$3M, Cano +$1M, Grandy +$2.7M, Swish +$2.3M, Golson +$400K

    Should be $231.54M instead of $250M as I added Cliff twice!!

  167. Wave Your Hat October 27th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    RayVT-

    But they won’t pay the full salary on a number of those guys when they aren’t on the 25 man roster, so it will be less than $231MM by some amount I didn’t calculate,

  168. crorkz links August 27th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    RIt6x4 My brother suggested I may like this website. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t consider simply how so much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581