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Talking prospects over at mlb.com

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Want to talk prospects this afternoon? Yesterday, mlb.com and MLB Network announced their Top 50 prospects, with three Yankees making the cut. This afternoon at 2 ET, minor league guru Jonathan Mayo will chat about the list and about prospects in general.

For those of you only interested in the Yankees who made the cut, the Yankees were one of eight teams to have three different players in the top 50, and one of only four teams to place three players in the top 35. These are the Yankees who made the list.

No. 9: Jesus Montero
The Yankees top prospect landed in the top 10 on the strength of, “a bat that should be penciled into the middle of the big league lineup for years to come.” Predictably, mlb.com mentioned Montero’s defensive future as the only remaining question, but the site also noted that Montero has “more than enough bat” to be a designated hitter or first baseman.

No. 32: Gary Sanchez
Even in an organization with remarkable catching depth, mlb.com note that Sanchez, “just might end up being better than all of them.” He’s very young, which is why he’s only in the middle of this list, but Sanchez has “plenty” of power and ability to hit for average — similar to Montero — and he has “better defensive tools” than Austin Romine. The question with him is development. He still has a long way to go.

No. 35: Manny Banuelos
It’s been mentioned several times that Banuelos came back from appendectomy and showed better fitness and stuff. He gained velocity to show a mid-90s fastball, and mlb.com noted that he’s shown “glimpses of above average or better” secondary pitches. If his development continues, Banuelos could have  “front-of-a-rotation stuff,” and he doesn’t have far to go before he’s ready for New York.

No. 53: Dellin Betances
In addition to the Top 50, mlb.com listed the 10 players who just missed the cut, including the top right-handed pitcher in the Yankees farm system. Betances was actually ranked ahead of Banuelos by Baseball America. With a list like this, the difference between No. 35 and No. 53 is pretty small.

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122 Responses to “Talking prospects over at mlb.com”

  1. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    kd January 26th, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    serious question here: if saltalamaccia plays like he has in the past few years, aka not ml level, who is going to catch 130 games for the sox. as much as people like to give posada a hard time, he’s much better behind the dish right now than varitek.

    they have some issues in boston. they seem to get a free pass for them. paging mr. law…..

    ——————–

    It’s a fair question.

    They lost Max Ramirez off waivers.

    My guess is that Theo will take a look to see who shakes loose from a team during spring training to give his team some added depth at the spot. But I think Boston’s catching situation is easily as big a problem as the back of the Yankee rotation.

  2. rodg12 January 26th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Had it all lined up to go with a couple college roommates to see the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Mike Trout play last summer but the game got rained out. Bummed that I ended up missing out on seeing him play there.

  3. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    bengie molina is still out there.

  4. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Cone returning to YES

    Clemens to be honored by Yogi Berra charity at Mohegan Sun (that Francesa covers) but won’t do the show because of the legal issues.

  5. 4time January 26th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    If you heard Francesa earlier, he said that the opt out (for Soriano) was Cashman’s recommendation. Said he even joked about it with the fans yesterday.

  6. tyanksfan36 January 26th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Man, if I didn’t have school right now I wouldve gone up to the baseball field to see Jeter workout.

  7. Crawdaddy January 26th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Then that’s conflicted with what was said earlier in which Cashman stated he had nothing to do with that negotiated contract.

  8. 4time January 26th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Craw,

    He didn’t say Cashman was involved in the negotiation, only that he recommended the opt out. Might be semantics though.

  9. Carlo January 26th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Does anyone remember the last team that we spoke about a lot on this board when they added a bunch of “low risk/high reward” starters?

    Given who that team is, how they fared, and how we all mocked it…..its not surprising folks wouldnt be all that impressed with signings like colon and prior.

  10. Yank 97 January 26th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    “If you heard Francesa earlier, he said that the opt out (for Soriano) was Cashman’s recommendation. Said he even joked about it with the fans yesterday.”

    Yeah I heard that too.

    Makes sense though – if he has a good year, Cash gets the 2 picks he wanted to begin with. If he has a bad year, they are stuck anyway, opt out or not.

  11. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    SJ…..I see that your guy Manny B. who you started to promote a few years ago made the top 50……A few of the scouts that I spoke with have him as a top 3 lefthand prospect……

  12. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    “Does anyone remember the last team that we spoke about a lot on this board when they added a bunch of “low risk/high reward” starters?”

    This is a little different in that the Yankees aren’t putting real money into these guys. Minor league contracts w/ six figure salaries IF they make the bigs is relatively small change. Boston’s experiment of a couple seasons ago actually cost them around $10M.

  13. Carlo January 26th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    # Yank 97 January 26th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    “If you heard Francesa earlier, he said that the opt out (for Soriano) was Cashman’s recommendation. Said he even joked about it with the fans yesterday.”

    Yeah I heard that too.

    Makes sense though – if he has a good year, Cash gets the 2 picks he wanted to begin with. If he has a bad year, they are stuck anyway, opt out or not.

    ———————

    Assumes Cashman is back next year. My belief is he will not be and I am not saying that because I think he will get fired.

  14. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Carlo -

    No one’s asking anyone to be impressed by the Colon deal, but some people are treating it as if Cashman is slapping his young pitchers in the face. As if the Colon deal will block some stud prospect from developing.

    We’re all smart enough to know that’s not true.

    There are plenty of innings to go around this spring and if a kid is ready to roll and Colon’s not, the Yankees aren’t going to force-feed Colon to the roster.

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan January 26th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Don’t change the subject Crawdaddy. Why did you say and I quote you, “RAB is trying to defend Keith Law’s farm system rankings”.

    They did no such thing, they did not say one word defending or endorsing Law’s rankings. They only reported that he released them. You made that up.

  16. Carlo January 26th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    # Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    “Does anyone remember the last team that we spoke about a lot on this board when they added a bunch of “low risk/high reward” starters?”

    This is a little different in that the Yankees aren’t putting real money into these guys. Minor league contracts w/ six figure salaries IF they make the bigs is relatively small change. Boston’s experiment of a couple seasons ago actually cost them around $10M.

    ————————-

    I can argue that the upside attached to a Smoltz for example was significantly higher than that of a Colon…..on an apples to apples basis. And recall, those contracts were all incentive laden.

  17. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Carlo January 26th, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    # Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    “Does anyone remember the last team that we spoke about a lot on this board when they added a bunch of “low risk/high reward” starters?”

    This is a little different in that the Yankees aren’t putting real money into these guys. Minor league contracts w/ six figure salaries IF they make the bigs is relatively small change. Boston’s experiment of a couple seasons ago actually cost them around $10M.

    ————————-

    I can argue that the upside attached to a Smoltz for example was significantly higher than that of a Colon…..on an apples to apples basis. And recall, those contracts were all incentive laden.

    ——————

    But they were also major league deals. Colon and Prior are both on minor league deals.

  18. AZ88 January 26th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    “Given who that team is, how they fared, and how we all mocked it…..its not surprising folks wouldnt be all that impressed with signings like colon and prior.”

    And at least the guys Boston signed had high upsides – Penny had a couple good years in LA, threw hard, and was a good pitcher when he stayed healthy. Smoltz had a low 3 ERA in Atlanta, if he was healthy, you would think he is the type of savvy veteran who could adjust to the AL. Saito was an elite closer in the NL with the Dodgers. Baldelli was a good player when healthy, but probably a wasted signing like Prior for us.

    Colon isin’t a good pitcher. Prior hasn’t even pitched in the majors for 5 years. Our equivalent to the Boston reclamation projects would be signing a guy like Duchescher – brittle, but a history of recent effectiveness.

  19. blake January 26th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    SI_JonHeyman someone close to pettitte swore his delay has nothing to do with the clemens trial, as has been rumored.

    SI_JonHeyman some baseball people believe pettitte will play. “Why would he be working out if he’s not playing?” one said.

  20. Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    The difference is that the media and fans lauded Theo as a genius for making those signings. That isn’t what is happening here…

  21. Crawdaddy January 26th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    “Don’t change the subject Crawdaddy”

    WCYF,

    Read that thread, sonny!

  22. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Carlo:

    Smoltz’s deal was $5.5M base with another $5M in incentives
    Penny’s deal was a $5M base with another $3M in incentives.

    Both were gone by September. No incentives were earned.

  23. blake January 26th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Red Sox strategy

    2009: high risk high reward
    2010: run prevention
    2011: screw it let’s spend some cash

  24. heyman_sux January 26th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    But they were also major league deals. Colon and Prior are both on minor league deals.
    ____

    Actually, I believe Chad mentioned that its not even a minor league deal for Colon. If he doesn’t break camp with the team, there is no contract (could be wrong tho).

    Also, I don’t think these moves are going to be praised on espn the way the Smoltz/Penny signings were. I get the comparison, but this isn’t exactly the same – though I agree they’re not particularly impressive. Still smart tho

  25. Doreen January 26th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    difference is boston expected those guys to actually contribute.

    the Yankees are taking a flyer – very low risk.

    No one is “impressed” with those signings. At least not that I’ve seen here. so don’t exaggerate. discussing that they occurred and acknowledging that the risk is low is not being impressed.

    I would say that those here with a more reasonable bent towards things view this as a net neutral move at this time.

    ***

    I notice the same bickering here between and among the same few every day about the same subject/s.

    Pitchers and Catchers can’t report soon enough.

  26. raymagnetic January 26th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Cashman didn’t get fired the last time the Yankees missed the playoffs. He won’t be fired if they miss the playoffs again, which they won’t anyway so it’s a moo point.

  27. heyman_sux January 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Chad Jennings January 26th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Just to update in case you don?t see the update at the top: I was just told there?s no chance Colon will go to Scranton. He?s coming to camp to try to make the rotation. If he doesn?t show enough in spring training, he?ll be released or traded. It?s an incredibly low risk signing of a guy who pitched well in the DR this winter.

  28. Yank 97 January 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    “SI_JonHeyman some baseball people believe pettitte will play. “Why would he be working out if he’s not playing?” one said.”

    This is the type of analysis that makes Heyman useless at times. He did the same thing during the Cliff Lee negotiations – “baseball people think in the end, Lee can’t turn down the Yankee money”. It doesn’t add any insight, just speculation that is obvious.

    His above tweet about how a friend says the trial isin’t the issue, that adds insight from someone close to him.

  29. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    The Red Sox guaranteed Smoltz 5 million and Penny 3 million.

    Prior, who is not being brought into start (strictly a relief pitcher at this point in his career) and Colon, if both make the team, will be paid a total of 2 million.

    Big difference.

  30. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    “SI_JonHeyman some baseball people believe pettitte will play. “Why would he be working out if he’s not playing?” one said”

    Good point. Then again, if he’s playing, why won’t he say he’s playing?

  31. Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    ray,

    Friends reference or typo?

  32. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    RiverAveBlues This just in. Derek Jeter is working in a batting cage.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6061313

  33. Doreen January 26th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    If Smoltz/Penny had worked out, Boston would have deserved the praise; the praise was simply premature.

  34. ChokeXOnXFailure January 26th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I will be incredibly disappointed if the Colon signing takes the Yankees out of any kind of running for Duchscherer.

    Sure, they guy has lost a couple seasons to injury, but all accounts say he’s finally healthy. When he pitches, the guy is VERY good, and given the state of their rotation, I can’t see why they wouldn’t at least take a chance on the guy.

    Best case scenario, if you sign him and both he and Colon pitch well in the spring, you move Nova to middle relief, and create more diversity for your team, and a safety net just in case Duchscherer gets injured, Colon sucks, or something else terrible happens. If this is the case, then great, no harm in giving Colon a shot.

    But if signing Colon means they have every intention (and hope) of going in to the season with a rotation of CC/Hughes/AJ/Nova/Colon…well…I don’t see how we’re all that much better off.

  35. blake January 26th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I think Pettite just doesn’t want to comitt either way until he’s 100% sure….you don’t prepare for a season for fun though.

  36. raymagnetic January 26th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Patrick,

    Friends reference for sure. :)

  37. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    How can a signing, in which ZERO guaranteed money is changing hands, take them out of the running for anybody?

    One has nothing to do with the other.

  38. Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    all of this talk, debating, discussion over prospects is for the birds.
    i will no longer get excited over a prospect in the Yankees system.
    of course i want all of them to succeed, eventually make the big club and help the Yankees
    win more and more championships.
    reality is the majority of them will not reach the high expectations placed on them by the media and/or Yankees talent evaluators.

  39. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Santa Ana Winds are a blowin and temps are in the low 80′s…….My pool will need cleaning tomorrow, can’t wait

  40. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Gossip Break time!!

    http://oork.com/lbnj6

  41. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    How can a signing, in which ZERO guaranteed money is changing hands, take them out of the running for anybody?

    One has nothing to do with the other.

    ———————–

    and quite frankly I don’t get why everyone is so hot and heavy over a guy who has thrown 28 pitches in two years.

  42. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    all of this talk, debating, discussion over prospects is for the birds.
    i will no longer get excited over a prospect in the Yankees system.
    of course i want all of them to succeed, eventually make the big club and help the Yankees
    win more and more championships.
    reality is the majority of them will not reach the high expectations placed on them by the media and/or Yankees talent evaluators.

    ———————

    Could be said of every highly touted prospect for every team in the sport.

  43. pat January 26th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Slooooow news day when Jeter working in a batting cage is AP and ESPN news.

  44. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    “all of this talk, debating, discussion over prospects is for the birds.
    i will no longer get excited over a prospect in the Yankees system”

    I half agree with you. Still will look forward to hearing about and discussing Yankee prospects, but don’t see the value in getting emotional over where the Yankees or any other system rank in the grand scheme. 99.64% of us aren’t qualified to intelligently discuss systems beyond the Yankees anyway. For all the fuming about Boston being ranked 11th, I’ve yet to here anyone present a rational argument for where they actually should rank and why? Or who should be above them and why?

  45. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Santa Ana Winds are a blowin and temps are in the low 80??s?c?c.My pool will need cleaning tomorrow, can?ft wait

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

    :x

  46. Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I love talking about minor leaguers, rankings, all that crap. You can’t put any real stock in it but it’s still a ton of fun to follow and discuss

  47. mick January 26th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    # mick January 26th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Mick, I don’t see how you conclude from this Pettitte is returning. Arguably, it could suggest the opposite. Practically, it says neither. They have two open rotation spots.
    =======================
    A. Mac

    Using reverse psychology on Andy he might see Colon as a threat and in a fit of jealousy decide to return. I don’t see him leaving money on the table, he has mouths to feed and wouldn’t risk losing it or 1/2 of it to return midseason.

  48. Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah Pat M., that was cruel :(

  49. Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Chip-I think everybody would agree with your point.

    Prospects are just that-prospects that may or may not live up to high expections.
    These kids may or may not start their big league career as a Yankee. Imagine getting all hyped for Montero, only to see he has been traded to another team.

    Plus, remember Brien Taylor or Eric Duncan!!!

  50. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    “Santa Ana Winds are a blowin and temps are in the low 80?s…….My pool will need cleaning tomorrow, can’t wait”

    You’ll find my response at nobodylikesasmartass.com :)

  51. Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Plus, remember Brien Taylor or Eric Duncan!!!

    Good examples…

    One guy never made it due to something nobody could ever predict, the other guy just wasn’t as good as scouts thought he was. Just goes to show you, any prospect could be a bust for many many reasons. It’s still fun to watch them and follow their progress :)

  52. Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I also meant to include Drew Henson.
    How often was he tagged as the next great Yankees
    3rd baseman?

  53. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Santa Ana Winds are a blowin and temps are in the low 80?s…….My pool will need cleaning tomorrow, can’t wait

    ——————————————————————————————————

    Only an earthquake can do this statement justice. :wink:

  54. pat January 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    AndrewMarchand OK, Yankee fans, let’s play over-under. Jeter hit a career low .270 last year so I’m putting the number at .300 this year. Over or under? Y?

  55. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Patrick January 26th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Plus, remember Brien Taylor or Eric Duncan!!!

    Good examples…

    One guy never made it due to something nobody could ever predict, the other guy just wasn’t as good as scouts thought he was. Just goes to show you, any prospect could be a bust for many many reasons. It’s still fun to watch them and follow their progress

    —————-

    Drew Henson
    Jackson Melian
    Ed Yarnell
    Dioner Navaro
    Christian Guzman
    Joaquin Arias

  56. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    I also meant to include Drew Henson.
    How often was he tagged as the next great Yankees
    3rd baseman?

    ————–

    Often enough that they unloaded a “lesser prospect” who was blocking his path in Mike Lowell.

  57. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Jeers…….Not quite bake & shake weather, but my delight is that I get to see my new pool service personal again……And that’s a good thing…….

  58. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 January 26th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    pat January 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    AndrewMarchand OK, Yankee fans, let’s play over-under. Jeter hit a career low .270 last year so I’m putting the number at .300 this year. Over or under? Y?

    ______________________________________
    Good to see that the beat writers are just as bored as the rest of us….

  59. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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  60. Warning Track Power January 26th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I predict Jeter will have a comeback year in 2011.

    He will hit around .303.

    A huge improvement over last year, but not quite
    as terrific as the 2009 season

  61. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Patrick -

    Not saying it is wrong to follow prospects but I think there needs to be a line between following them and obsessing over them to the point that you’re unwilling to see any of them traded.

    Not saying you do that – just making a generalization.

  62. SAS January 26th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I made a negative comment about signing Colon. I should have waited to find out if this signing could be negative for the Yankees. It is now apparent that I was wrong and only good can come of it.

    I still think the Yankees need to sign a #4 pitcher if Andy isn’t returning.

  63. ChokeXOnXFailure January 26th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    # SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    How can a signing, in which ZERO guaranteed money is changing hands, take them out of the running for anybody?

    One has nothing to do with the other.
    ——————————————————

    Perhaps I did not verbalize that properly.

    I guess a better way to say it would’ve been, “If this means that they are choosing to go this route, and it’s an indication that they have no interest in Duchscherer”.

    It’s clear that none of the free agent pitchers (including Duchscherer) are entirely ideal fits for the Yankees. Also, they seem to really like Nova, and I was under the impression (perhaps mistakenly?) that they intended to make him part of the rotation if Lee didn’t sign, and/or Pettitte didn’t return.

    With Chad’s statement that they have no plans of using him at AAA, I took that to mean that he’ll either be part of the rotation, or released. They clearly think he’s got something left, or they wouldn’t have even given him a chance.

    All I was saying was that if THIS was the reclamation project they chose to give a chance, rather than Duchscherer, before going to Mitre or internal options as a fifth starter, then I’m not a fan. I am not at all discounting the idea that they might be giving a chance to BOTH.

  64. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Pat M,

    Gotcha.

    Given the amount of clothing/coats/hats/scarves etc. that people are currently wearing around here I’m lucky if I can decipher the gender of the people around me.

    There could be hotties left and right…..just have to give it a few months to find out.

  65. Joe from Long Island January 26th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Pat M. – It’s snowing in NY, that’s unfair!

  66. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Blake-

    Red Sox strategy

    2009: high risk high reward
    2010: run prevention
    2011: screw it let’s spend some cash, and empty the farm

    There. I fixed it for ya’.

    :)

  67. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Pat M.-

    I would count my bikini’s before they’re worn.

    Didn’t you say the young femme fatale was a fill-in ?

    :)

  68. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    edit; “wouldn’t”. duh. sorry.

  69. SAS January 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    My son just told me over the phone that they have up the snow amount around us to 9+. AZ is lovely today as it has been all of January.

  70. SAS January 26th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    upped*

  71. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    SAS-

    Same here. Nothing but blue skies for quite some time now.

    Projected to continue.

    Once mid-feb rolls around we’re usually home free.

    :)

  72. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    MTU…….No the Female College pool assistants wear white shorts and a bikini fluorescent colored top…..Their just trying to earn a few dollars to help them navigate the fianancial hardships that come being a college student…….Gotta have a heart if you know what I mean

  73. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Pat M.-

    I’m sure you’re all heart.

    By the way, this is what happens if you don’t behave.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....nkluud3wE#

    :)

  74. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Joe from Long Island….A weather historian from the NY Times wrote a piece a few days ago indicating that when the NYC area has 10 inches or more in December, NYC will receiver at least that amount if not more in February…..This complied data goes back to 1849 ( ? ) and includes 49 such Decembers and only one time I believe that February failed to match that total……..Good read…I might be off on a few minor items…..

  75. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    All of you warm weather people-stop telling us how warm and sunny it is!!!!!! :x

  76. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    MTU……Just because I’ve been on a 22 year diet that doesn’t mean I can’t look at the menu….

  77. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Pat M.-

    I’d worry about you if you didn’t.

    You are surrounded by temptation.

    Try to stay strong.

    :)

  78. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Gotta have a heart if you know what I mean.

    ————————————————————————————————————

    Just keep those nitro pills handy.

    And 10″ of snow is like a light dusting these days in NYC. :wink:

  79. YankeesNmore January 26th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Just got a call from Brian Cashman. He wanted to know if it was 2003 again yet?

  80. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    And Pat.

    Try not to trip.

    ;)

  81. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    YankeesNmore January 26th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Just got a call from Brian Cashman. He wanted to know if it was 2003 again yet?

    ___

    God this joke is lame and has been so overused in the last few weeks, between us and the Rays.

  82. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    “Pettitte iffy on returning” – I guess it is 2007 HAR HAR HAR.

    Jeter at SS? Guess it is 1996.

    It is just dumb.

  83. hardwired7 January 26th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Snow is awesome. It’s like Nature’s styrofoam.

  84. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    ac1,

    Cant expect stalkers to be original. That’s why they are stalkers.

    What’s funny to me is how someone can lose it over a non-issue.

  85. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The farm rankings may change once something like 21 first round/sandwich draft picks are divided up among Boston, Tampa and Toronto this year.

  86. Joe from Long Island January 26th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Pat M. – thanks for the long range forecast. Makes my day……

  87. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    SJ44. I agree. Besides Jones, who may actually help, Prior and Colon are minor league signings, and Pettitte is still likely to come back.

    You would think the Yankees were the 1997 Devil Rays by reading people’s concerns and reactions here.

  88. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Snow is awesome. It’s like Nature’s styrofoam.

    ———————————————————————————————–

    Yeah. When you’re 10 years old.

    Now it’s just one more thing for me to bust my ass on. And I need more than styrofoam break my fall.

  89. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Pat M-

    I saw that. I wonder whether if it gets to 75 degrees in Santa Monica in December that means it will get to 75 there in February?

  90. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah. When you?re 10 years old.

    Now it?s just one more thing for me to bust my ass on. And I need more than styrofoam break my fall.

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

    :lol:

  91. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    YankeesNmore January 26th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Just got a call from Brian Cashman. He wanted to know if it was 2003 again yet?

    —————–

    How many times do you intend to steal the comments of people funnier and more original than you?

  92. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    WYH-

    Pat isn’t gonna care as long as the pool girl keeps showing up.

    ;)

  93. pat January 26th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    craigcalcaterra Source: ?very strong possibility? that Andy Pettitte pitches in 2011 http://t.co/jBCKcvg #hbt

  94. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hat….As long as Cashman keeps building upon pitchers and catchers the organization will be ahead of the curve for awhile…….The Hughes, Chamberlain & Kennedy class is gone and here comes the next wave of underclassmen……Pitchers and catchers are the most valuable players on the field and have been targeted as the clubs foundation…..This situation today is a direct result of Wang being lost……

  95. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    MTU……Just because I’ve been on a 22 year diet that doesn’t mean I can’t look at the menu….

    ——————-

    You’re fine so long as you don’t grab a piece of pie while no one’s looking.

  96. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Wave….I think 75 is likely……Flowers are blooming because of the early rains in October and no fire season ……Rainy season is through Early March …….SJ, who reps Manny B. ????

  97. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I don’t know what’s more amusing, YankeesNMore’s troll like visage barfing out rehashed jokes in an attempt to be funny or WCYF defending RAB who make it their mission to trash Heyman 24/7

    Strange days!

  98. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    In re: Montero Super 2 Status

    EVen though the Yankees should give no flips about super 2 status from a money stand point, I am 100% for leaving Montero in the minors until May 21 or whenever the day is because it means the Yankees gain an extra year of control.

    I am all about that extra year.

  99. SAS January 26th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Erin,

    Sorry to annoy you…..however, I spent 60 winters in the NYC area. Please don’t begrudge me the good winters now. I loved snow until the last few years in NY when it began to keep my from my appointed rounds. When you are my age, I wish you warm winters.

  100. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 January 26th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......s-in-2011/

    I choose to only read the articles that say he’s coming back…. ;)

  101. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 January 26th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    oo sorry Pat, you beat me to it!

  102. blake January 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    MTU,

    Thanks. That’s true. :)

    Jeter : .308 in 2011.

  103. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    SAS-OK, I’ll forgive you. :)

  104. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Also think A-Rod will have a typical odd year production line. I’m going .290/43/135

  105. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Jerkface,

    You left one other option out…

    YankeesNMore stealing Joel Sherman’s Tweets/jokes and trying to pass them off as his own.

    Wave,

    It’s going to be interesting to see how many of these picks, especially by the Rays, will get signed.

    You know agents are going to be looking for a lot of overslot money for these picks.

    Tampa didn’t sign their first round pick in ’09.

    It’s going to be interedting to see how many of these picks they sign this time around.

  106. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    “EVen though the Yankees should give no flips about super 2 status from a money stand point…”

    I don’t know, Face, if I’m a Steinbrenner a million saved is an extra million in on field performance or an extra million in my bank account.

  107. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    SJ44-

    I agree. Perhaps Tampa will devote some of their payroll savings to signing picks, or, hopefully, not.

  108. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Pat,

    I don’t know who is felling Manny now.

    I had heard with CAA. I don’t know if he is still with them.

    I do know he’s not a Boras or Ace’s client.

  109. randy l. January 26th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    “I choose to only read the articles that say he’s coming back…”

    if pettitte does come back, that would change things for the positive considerably.

    having or not having a #2 or #3 pitcher is a big tipping point.

  110. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    Jerkface,

    You left one other option out…

    YankeesNMore stealing Joel Sherman’s Tweets/jokes and trying to pass them off as his own.

    Wave,

    It’s going to be interesting to see how many of these picks, especially by the Rays, will get signed.

    You know agents are going to be looking for a lot of overslot money for these picks.

    Tampa didn’t sign their first round pick in ’09.

    It’s going to be interedting to see how many of these picks they sign this time around.

    ————————–

    Yet another reason teams should be able to trade picks.

    I don’t follow draft stuff enough to know if there’s a solid #1 pick like there was with Stras or the kid last year (blanking on the name)

    But signing that kid is going to put a team at the top of the draft in a position where they have to rush him because of the money invested.

    Instead they could take that 1 and trade it to Tampa or Boston for multiple first/supplementary round picks and help themselves a great deal more than any one player would.

  111. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Manny was a Boras client at least as of December 27, 2010:

    http://sportifi.com/news/Possi.....04073.html

  112. Chip January 26th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    SJ -

    I seem to remember reading right after he signed with the Rays that Boras represented both Damon and Manny.

  113. Wave Your Hat January 26th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Oops, my bad. Manny B, not Manny R.

  114. randy l. January 26th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “I don’t know who is felling Manny now.

    I had heard with CAA. I don’t know if he is still with them.”

    sj44-

    i think Planned Parenthood is his new agent. they have the most experience with HGG.

  115. ac1 January 26th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    If AJ at least gets back to 2009 levels, a foursome of CC/Hughes/Pettitte/AJ would make everyone a lot more comfortable.

  116. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Chip
    Bryce Harper?

  117. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Chip,

    We were talking Manny Banuelos and not Manny Ramirez.

  118. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    New Post: Jeter begins early work in Tampa

    :arrow:

  119. Nick in SF January 26th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    “…if I’m a Steinbrenner a million saved is an extra million in on field performance or an extra million in my bank account.”

    Sure, but you never know if a few early-season Montero bombs could be the difference between manking the post-season or not, and then how much money have they lost/gained.

    Not having Montero up on the big club earlier means delaying his development vs. big league pitching — which he may need more MiL time to prepare for anyway.

    Super Two is just one financial factor to consider.

  120. randy l. January 26th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    “If AJ at least gets back to 2009 levels, a foursome of CC/Hughes/Pettitte/AJ would make everyone a lot more comfortable.”

    it’s not like aj was injured like beckett. he made almost all his starts and has for the past two years.
    being healthy is a plus.

    the question is whether rothschild can make a difference. i suspect he can. i’d say it’s 60/40 that burnett gets back to normal.

  121. hardwired7 January 26th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Couldn’t find more positive Pettitte news from Calcaterra’s twitter page, but he did tweet this:

    “Eh, mine is “Will It Go Round in Circles” by Billy Preston.”

    +1. That is a great song.

  122. hardwired7 January 26th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Warner Madrigal can only look on in awe at Billy Preston’s hair:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un63LEAN22E

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