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Spring decision: Opening Day roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s one thing to list the Yankees decisions heading into spring training. It’s another to predict which decisions might present themselves in the next month and a half. Someone could be injured. Someone could become available on the trade market. Someone could emerge as a surprising candidate who forces new decisions and hard choices.

We go into spring training with expectations. And we accept that unexpected situations might change everything.

Ultimately, the Yankees most significant task this spring is to prepare itself for the regular season. That means keeping players healthy, getting everyone in game shape and putting together an Opening Day roster.

One day before camp opens, here’s my guess at the 25 players who will break camp heading for New York.

Lineup
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

No surprises among the names listed. The most significant lineup decision is whether to keep Jeter in the leadoff spot, and I’ll guess that The Captain will show enough in spring training to earn the benefit of the doubt and the chance to prove last season was a fluke. Not certain it will stay this way — a leadoff platoon between Jeter and Gardner wouldn’t surprise me — but I think the Yankees will open this way.

Bench
Francisco Cervelli C
Andruw Jones OF
Eric Chavez 3B/1B
Ramiro Pena SS/2B

If he shows anything in camp, I think Chavez — because he’s a left-handed hitter and because he’s insurance at third base — will be given a chance to open the season with the team. It could be a Morgan Ensberg situation that doesn’t last, but a healthy and productive Chavez fits very well on this roster.

If Chavez is backing up at third base, the Yankees might as well carry the defensive-minded Pena instead of the prospect Eduardo Nunez to get very occasional starts at shortstop. My guess is that player development will be a determining factor in the backup catcher competition. The Yankees will prefer to have Jesus Montero and Austin Romine playing everyday in the minors rather than coming off the bench in New York.

Rotation
CC Sabathia
A.J. Burnett
Phil Hughes
Freddy Garcia
Ivan Nova

I really wanted to shake up the system here and predict either Hector Noesi making the rotation or the Yankees pulling off a late-spring trade for a fourth starter.

In the end, I decided to go with conventional thinking. I do think Noesi could make a serious run at a rotation spot, and I don’t think a trade is out of the question, but these five are the most logical choices given the current situation. At best, I’m 20 percent confident that this will actually be the Yankees rotation on March 30.

Bullpen
Mariano Rivera
Rafael Soriano
Dave Robertson
Joba Chamberlain
Pedro Feliciano
Boone Logan
Sergio Mitre
– Romulo Sanchez —

Assuming they’re all healthy, I can’t think of a logical reason any of the first seven pitchers listed would be left out of the Opening Day bullpen. The top six are natural choices, and Mitre is the best fit as the long man (assuming the rotation that I’ve predicted). But I also think a nagging injury could present itself, and given this bullpen depth, the Yankees could convince themselves to be extra cautious. No sense risking anything when there are this many good arms ready to fill a short-term void. That’s why I think Sanchez might sneak into the Opening Day mix if any of the above is even slightly less than 100 percent.

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190 Responses to “Spring decision: Opening Day roster”

  1. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I agree 100% with you list.

  2. blake February 13th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I would rather have Nunez on the roster but Chad does make a good point about keeping him at AAA if he would mainly be used as an occasional spot starter…..playing every day at Scranton would keep his value higher than being a backup in NY.

  3. Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Very logical, Chad.

    I think Nunez will get a lot of play at SS. If he can handle the 2B and SS spots, he could beat out Pena. Other than that, I think the roster will likely be this – barring the unpredictable, of course.

  4. m February 13th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Let’s break camp already! I absolutely love that picture of Harkey and the pitchers. Whars the context? I’m imagining something about aliens and Central Park.

  5. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Caption”
    Harkey: “Hey guys…does anyone else see what Cameron is doing to ARod in the bleachers?”

  6. m February 13th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    “Hey! They’re showing Melky’s home videos.”

  7. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    From the other thread…..

    Bullpen catchers have the most thankless job among uniform personnel.

    I don’t any of them who don’t do it for the pure love of the game.

  8. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Not sure why so many think that Romine will figure into the equation before September. I’ve see other writers and media mention him, too.

  9. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    From the other thread…..

    Bullpen catchers have the most thankless job among uniform personnel.

    I don’t any of them who don’t do it for the pure love of the game.

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

    I thank Randy for doing that job.

    Imagine the state of golf if both he and I played on the same course. Ugly wouldn’t be enough.

  10. m February 13th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I think that’s a reflection of what they think of Montero’s defense.

    We’ll see.

  11. Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Chad – how about a contest to come up with the best caption for that photo? We’ve got a couple of pretty good ones here……

  12. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    # GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    GF, it always surprised me how much Sean Casey drools all over the Red Sox after just a half a season and then getting dumped by them.

    ————

    I forgot about Casey. There are others like Magrane who doesn’t seem to hide his allegiance with TB.

    Then again, the Yanks have one of their own in Leiter (who I’ve always liked, whether in the YES booth or on MLBN).

  13. Chad Jennings February 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    GB -

    I agree with you. I find it hard to believe Romine will put himself in that mix, but it’s hard to leave him out of the conversation when Cashman and Girardi have used his name so often this winter. I kind of feel the same way about Adam Warren in the rotation competition. Based on his limited Double-A experience, it’s hard to imagine Warren jumping all the talented pitchers ahead of him, but as long as the Yankees keep mentioning his name, I certainly can’t rule him out.

  14. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Montero is a better defensive C than Romine at this time.

    Romine took a step back defensively last year.

  15. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    From Joe In LI

    I can easily see Mauer being moved to 1B/DH over the next year or so. From a team perspective, those two events – Morneau not being able to play, and Mauer being moved off C – will take a toll on the Twins, but I don’t know what they can do about it.

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    Joe,

    The thing that really hurts them is that they traded off their best young minor league catcher for Capps. Their best now is Butera. That’s why I think any trade for a Liriano would include someone like Romine plus a young pitcher as starters.

  16. RS February 13th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I agree with this roster. Barring injuries, I think the Yankees will go with experienced vets over rookies to give the young guys a chance to settle in and get more playing time in the minors. Laird, Curtis, Noesi, Montero, Romine, Brackman, etc. should all get called up eventually, but not right away.

  17. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Montero is a better defensive C than Romine at this time.

    Romine took a step back defensively last year.
    __________________
    That’s a little hard to believe. I heard about Romine’s troubles catching fastballs on the corners, but there is a lot more to catching than just that. His pop times and throws to 2B, his blocking of pitches, his game-calling, his working with pitchers….

    Do you have any sources for that conclusion?

  18. Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    GB – ditto. If Mauer goes on the DL again this year, they might feel more compelled to deal for a young catcher, and put that Mauer-to-1B/DH plan in action.

  19. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I think Chad is on the right track and injuries, new additions, and other surprises are certainly going to factor in the 25 man roster going north.

    I wouldn’t doubt Pena making the team and Nunez going to Scranton to play everyday even though we all know that Nunez is the better player. Then again, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see both make the team with Chavez finding the injury bug again. I’d keep both youngsters for that reason.

    It’s tough to put any kind of real faith in Chavez playing the entire season given his obvious injury history.

  20. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I think GB7 raised the point about trading Romine and a young arm or 2 for Liriano…makes sense from Twins perspective if Morneau can’t play and they have to move Mauer to 1B. Could be the starting point for a conversation.

  21. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Chad, completely agree about Warren, though, pitchers of his quality and college background wouldn’t totally shock me. Makes me think that Romine might be getting set up for a trade. He’s more attractive to others if he’s a catching finalist. Warren is a favorite of mine. Not so much in style, but in quality of pitches, he reminds me of Mussina. he’s a tough choice for me in chosing between him and Phelps.

  22. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    ++++++++++++
    I for one am going to be pulling for Chavez. I always hoped he would be a Yankee back in the early 2000s, and he would be the best player to sub for ARod if he is healthy. An excellent glove when healthy, plus a power LH bat with a swing made for YS.

  23. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    A lot of Romine’s defensive problems are a lot of defensive interference calls and just catching the ball. He gets it in his glove, but, the ball always seems to pop out on the ground. A lot of steals because of this and disrupts the rhythm of the pitcher.

  24. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    A lot of Romine’s defensive problems are a lot of defensive interference calls and just catching the ball. He gets it in his glove, but, the ball always seems to pop out on the ground. A lot of steals because of this and disrupts the rhythm of the pitcher.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    That seems to be something easily fixable…perhaps practice…

  25. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Scouts who saw him last year in the minors and the AFL and my own eyes.

    He’s not as good a defensive catcher as he can and it showed last year.

    He has trouble receiving and blocking balls consistently.

    He has a strong arm. As does Montero.

    His overall defensive skills last year took a step back.

    Most people who criticize Montero’s defensive play either haven’t seen him play, or don’t understand the context of the criticism.

    By that I mean, his bat is so superior, his ceiling defensively is lower than other catchers.

    Romine’s bat will never as good as Montero’s. That means he has to be a much better defender in order to overtake Montero.

    He wasn’t last year.

  26. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Bojo,

    Agreed. Chavez is obviously the most talented of the three and fits what the Yanks want to do.

    But as far as I’m concerned, any production they get from Chavez this season is gravy simply because he’s had such a hard time seeing the field with any regularity.

  27. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    SJ44–

    SPECIFICALLY, do you have any reports that put Montero ahead of Romine defensively? I would be very surprised if you do–even given all the points you made.

    Forget the offensive points….I am just concerned with defensive catching abilities.

  28. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    A lot of Romine’s defensive problems are a lot of defensive interference calls and just catching the ball. He gets it in his glove, but, the ball always seems to pop out on the ground. A lot of steals because of this and disrupts the rhythm of the pitcher.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    That seems to be something easily fixable…perhaps practice…

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

    Randy/SJ/Pat M. could answer the cause of that a lot better than I can and how to fix it. he was like that in Charleston and really hasn’t changed in Tampa or trenton so far.

  29. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    GF–I remember what an incredible defensive player Chavez was. It would be a real shame if he didn’t get a second wind.

  30. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    If healthy Chavez (might) make the team otherwise the versatility of Nunez gets him on the 25-man roster.
    Romulo Sanchez would have the make the team otherwise he’s out of options.
    If Cashman sees the need to solidify the rotation around the 3rd week of March by getting (for example) Liriano, then Sanchez will be among the pieces going to the Twins. Romine could also go in the deal pending the concussion health of Justin Morneau and Mauer getting more time at 1st base.
    I’ve learned my lesson from too many times in trying to predict the exact roster leaving Tampa that to always allow for a surprise.

  31. RS February 13th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I would offer Betances, Romine+ for Liriano. Even if the Twins have no need for Romine, they can always flip him to another team who needs catching.

    I think if the Yankees can get Liriano without giving up Banuelos, Montero, or Sanchez, they have to do it. The question is whether the Twins accept not getting back one of the Yankees top 3 prospects.

  32. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Just for the memories

    http://vimeo.com/5099484

  33. timmyb72 February 13th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Don’t agree with the last 2 spots on the bench, Pena has a wet noodle for a bat, am going with Nunez, better runner, better power, actually uses a wood bat when he swings and not a wet noodle and is a good defender. and Montero HAS to get the starting/reserve C spot for the reason that he is an actual threat at the plate over Cervelli. I just don’t get that the media plays into the notion that the kids can’t play at this level. Come On!!!! Give this kid and the Killer B’s a chance for God’s Sake!

  34. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I would hope that Cervelli won’t make the team.

  35. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Betances has the ability of a #1 or a very good #2 type pitcher in the making. No way would I include him with Romine and others for a pitcher of Liriano’s history of injuries/inconsistant career.

  36. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I just gave you specific examples.

    He blocks balls and receives pitches better than Romine did last year.

    His arm is as strong, but his release is slower than

    Frankie Piliere has said the same thing. Keith Law has similar viewpoints on Romine’s defensive skills.

    Do I think Romine catch in the majors one day? Yes.

    However, I doubt it will be this year unless he has a much better year defensively than he did last year. He’s not ready yet, IMO.

  37. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Betances for Liriano either.

  38. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    There is no way I would trade Montero, Betances, Banuelos or Sanchez for Liriano.

    Too many health concerns for my tastes.

  39. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    The caption in the pic of Harkey, Hughes, C.C., and Chamberlain seems like they’re looking up in the radio broadcast booth at Suzyn Waldman.

  40. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t see Montero taking Cervelli’s place. He needs to play every day so if he goes north with the Yanks then it’ll be because he gave them no other choice than to find a spot for him in the lineup.

  41. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    the best thing for NYYs is for Cervelli to come out smoking with the bat and getting his defense back to 2009 level, and then trade him instead of hoping he fails. Never understood the reasoning for that idea.

  42. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I would include Brackman for Liriano because of his age and concerns on whether he can remain a starter but I agree…..no Montero, Banuelos, Betances, or Sanchez.

  43. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Why does Montero need to play everyday? He can catch 60 games , DH some, and have the benefit of Pena’s tutelage by being in NY.

  44. Carl February 13th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    # SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    There is no way I would trade Montero, Betances, Banuelos or Sanchez for Liriano.

    Too many health concerns for my tastes.

    That’s a Felix Hernandez package imo.

  45. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Why does Liriano get dinged for his injury history, but not Betances when talking about a trade?

  46. Carl February 13th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    # Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Why does Montero need to play everyday? He can catch 60 games , DH some, and have the benefit of Pena’s tutelage by being in NY.

    Pena/Posada/Martin/Girardi

    I would wait to bring him up so we can save a year of service time on him though.

  47. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    brackman’s age should be no issue. He’d be the same age as Guidry and Rivera were when they finally stuck with NY.

  48. MG February 13th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t read the blog much in the offseason but after skimming through the past couple of threads it’s pretty clear that ‘West Coast Yankees Fan’, the legendary troll of the Daily News Yankees blog with about 30 banned screen names, is about as well loved on this blog as Spaceman Bill Lee would be at a Yankees old timers day if he dusted of Graig Nettles just for the hell of it.

  49. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry to belabor this, but specifically, are you saying this?

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Montero is a better defensive C than Romine at this time.
    __________________________________
    If so, I would love to see the reports saying that. Forget about any improvements or steps back by either…looking fo r a direct comparison stating the above.

  50. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Rich,

    Depends on how many ABs he can get with the Yankees. If he’s not ready to catch then he needs to work on his deficiencies so he is ready. What I meant is that I don’t see him coming to the big leagues and filling Cervellis back up role and playing once a week.

  51. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    LGY February 13th, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    Why does Liriano get dinged for his injury history, but not Betances when talking about a trade?

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    Liriano’s had 2 injuries and the last one took him 3 years to recover.

  52. Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Talking up players, in anticipation of a trade, is something that I think many fans do not appreciate/understand. GMs, when speaking publicly, realize that they have several audiences. Kind of like when politicians speak on the record.

    It would not surprise me if Romine and Adam Warren are being talked as part of a deal. We’ll only know if it actually comes to happen.

  53. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    “Liriano’s had 2 injuries and the last one took him 3 years to recover.”

    ————-

    What two injuries?

    He had TJ surgery.

  54. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Gb,

    He’s not old per se but he is older than the ideal for where he is currently. Im not trying to ship him out of town or anything but I would consider him in a trade for Liriano because Im not sure he can stick as a starter more than anything….

  55. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Montero needs to play everyday because he still needs reps behind the plate and everyday AB’s.

    Once he gets to the majors, he needs to be more of a finished product because Pena can’t work with him everyday. His bench coach responsibilities out weigh his catching coaches duties.

    I think if the Yankees felt Montero could catch 60-80 games right now, they would not have signed Martin.

    Montero is better served with more everyday work in the minors.

  56. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I wouldn’t trade for Liriano because I don’t get why the Twins would trade him if not for injury concerns. If I were interested, I would trade Brackman, but definitely not Betances or Banuelos

  57. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    the best thing for NYYs is for Cervelli to come out smoking with the bat and getting his defense back to 2009 level, and then trade him instead of hoping he fails. Never understood the reasoning for that idea.
    ______________
    Agreed 100%. The timing could be perfect too. Cervelli starts well, and is traded around ASB just when Montero is ready to play bigger role (and save a year arb as well). I could definitely seeing Cervelli going to Mets with some others to get Santana back if we need him.

  58. m February 13th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    A young player taking a step back defensively is a lot different from an older player like Pudge or Posada taking a step back defensively. If Romine had it once, I don’t think he’s lost it forever.

  59. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    Talking up players, in anticipation of a trade, is something that I think many fans do not appreciate/understand. GMs, when speaking publicly, realize that they have several audiences. Kind of like when politicians speak on the record.

    It would not surprise me if Romine and Adam Warren are being talked as part of a deal. We’ll only know if it actually comes to happen.

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    I’d guess Romine, one of Warren/Phelps/DJ Mitchell along with a player like Adams or Joseph is about as high as I would go. If they want to substitute the pitcher for Chamberlain or Robertson, then ok.

  60. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Chad -

    That’s my opening day lineup, too. I never play GTLU, but sometimes I’ll in my spreadsheets I’ll put a dummy lineup for Girardi and I’ve already set up my opening day GTLU, with that lineup. :)

    I agree with the thinking on Chavez/Pena/Nunez, but it will be interesting to see what he (Chavez) can actually do.

    I’m thinking Romine will have a good spring, but that he’ll leave in a trade.

    As for the rotation, I do hope Garcia shows well and gets that 4th spot.

  61. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Liriano had TJ surgery in the minors and a few years ago.

    He hasn’t been a consistent top of the rotation starter.

    Last year was solid. However, can he back it up with another good year?

    When you give up a young arm like Betances, it has to be for a more consistent top of the rotation starter with less of an injury history, IMO.

  62. Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I sure hope the Yanks don’t need Santana. He’s another one I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

    The Mets would also have to kick in a ton of money. Not sure how realistic that scenario is.

  63. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Pat M. saw Romine in high school and mentioned him as a corner outfielder and or corner infielder. He’s got the speed and arm to do so. Very much a Brandon Inge type of player…very athletic. And, yes, he can certainly be an MLB catcher.

  64. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Brackman has an outstanding fastball and killer curve, and is learning the chnage-up. He has already had TJ surgery and is stronger than ever. He is a very good athlete with stregth and endurance. He could be a top of rotation guy or bullpen closer. No way I give up on him so soon.

  65. Joe from Long Island February 13th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Well, I’d hate to see Robertson dealt, I’ve grown to kind of like him on the team, but with Soriano in the fold, he is more expendable. Depends on the deal. For Liriano – yes.

    Guys, I’ve got to run soon – we’re having company for dinner and I’ve got to go a make nice. Catch you all later.

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I agree with the 25-man also!

    The one player I was ready to argue for, if you didn’t have him listed, was Freddy Garcia. Just a gut feeling but I think Garcia is going to be lights out for the Yankee rotation.

  67. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Brackman has an outstanding fastball and killer curve, and is learning the chnage-up. He has already had TJ surgery and is stronger than ever. He is a very good athlete with stregth and endurance. He could be a top of rotation guy or bullpen closer. No way I give up on him so soon.”

    Considering trading him for something you need isn’t giving up on him. Id be perfectly fine having him vie for a rotation spot or role in the bullpen later in the season.

  68. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    SJ,

    Liriano has had 2 TJ surgeries?

    Are you sure?

  69. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Doreen, you mentioned Garcia and I was wondering if Christian garcia wa back. forgot that it was Freddy Garcia. Would love to see Christian garcia come back and shake of the injury jinx. Lord, what an arm.

  70. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I just don’t like Brackman as much as I do Betances or Banuelos……I wouldn’t be trading him for garbage. In any case, I’m leery of Lirano so I wouldn’t trade anyone – just saying I’d trade Brackman before the other B’s, regardless of the deal we’re talking about.

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve already decided to get tickets for all of the games that Trenton plays at PAW-tucket. I’m psyched about seeing our youngins’!

    :)

  72. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 13th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I sure hope the Yanks don’t need Santana. He’s another one I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

    The Mets would also have to kick in a ton of money. Not sure how realistic that scenario is.
    ________________
    Of course the Mets will have to kick in money….but if he is healthy ater ASB (and reports about the surgery indicate he should be stronger then 2 years ago), then his contract for next 3 years would be a bargain even at $25M per. He is still a gutsy left-handed ace who is one of top pitchers in game.

    Let me be more specific…the surgery to his shoulder is like TJ surgery in that they are putting a stronger ligamnet (?) from another part of his body to repair a frayed one. The doctor reports I read say that it should fix the diminished fastball he has had and also allow him to get back to the fastball/change differential he used to have.

    That’s Cy Young level quality if healthy and recovered.

  73. blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I like Brackman. The guy I saw pitch at NC state looked like a monster out on the mound…..

  74. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    All I am asking for is a fair and objective competition in ST.

    If Martin and Cervellli win, fine.

    If Montero wins, play him in NY.

  75. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Liriano had elbow surgery when he was in the Giants system.

    Now that I think of it…..it may have been ligament strengthening (like Mo had in the minors) rather than ligament replacement (TJ) surgery.

    Either way, 2 elbow surgeries, and shoulder issues give me pause when considering Liriano.

    I’d trade for him if I could keep the Top Four prospects out of the deal.

  76. UnKnown February 13th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    In Reference to the Guest Post this Morning:

    James living in Minnesota myself and going to see the Yankees whenever they are here, I can definitely agree with your take about how much the people in Minnesota hate and I mean with a passion HATE the Yankees.

    Makes it that much sweeter whenever the Yankees beat up on them. Which as we know is ALWAYS, haha. Love it.

  77. m February 13th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Garcia is projected #4. I know there’s uncertainty with AJ & Hughes, but you could really do worse than Freddie & Nova at the back end of your rotation. Individually the staff has their merits, though I can see how people would worry about it collectively.

  78. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Liriano has only had 1 TJ surgery…but had elbow problems that had him on DL before his surgery…

    Sort of the same problem but only fixed once.

    My concern with him would be that he continues to throw the slider over 33% of time, and it can hurt his arm.

  79. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Rich,

    Id like that as well but the sample sizes and competition levels in ST just often aren’t enough to evaluate those sort of things. I would have accepted the struggles with Montero if they had just thrown him into the fire but apparently the Yanks want to be able to ease him into it…..and that’s fine I guess. What I really want to see is that if he’s destroying AAA and is clearly ready after the season starts that they get him to NY as soon as they can.

  80. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Liriano

    Doesn’t mention surgery with Giants…source?

  81. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    The Mets don’t have money to kick in a deal.

    If they did, I’m sure they would kick it in to keep from ever trading Santana to the Yankees.

    That would be a PR nightmare for them.

    From the Yankees perspective, it’s also risky.

    Paying a guy that much money who has finished the last two years on the operating table is risky business.

  82. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Wonder if Chad has heard any updates on Christian Garcia. Other than being right handed, his career is starting out looking like Al Leiter’s. all of that talent/stuff and all of those injuries.

  83. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Re Santana:

    If think its really unlikely but if he comes back pitching well and the Mets will kick in money then I wouldn’t dismiss it. Hopefully they wont need him anyway by then.

  84. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    GB7 -

    C. Garcia was humming along last year, wasn’t he, before another injury? Did he call it a career, or is he still going to try for it? I don’t recall.

  85. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Minnesota would likely ask for one of David Adams or Corban Joseph in a Liriano deal. They need middle infield strength. Cashman won’t be thrilled but he’d have to part with one of Noesi, Warren, or Mitchell to get a deal done.
    Liriano would become the LH replacement for Pettitte and keep things warm for Banuelos in 2012 or 2013.

  86. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Realistically, over the next two seasons I can’t think of a better pitcher than Liriano that will be available to the Yankees.

    Unless Felix or Josh Johnson is made available, which to me I don’t see as realistic, what other under 30 pitcher can the Yankees end to this rotation if they seek a trade? Even if Felix or Johnson are made available that would mean basically gutting the farm system, trading multiple high end pitchers AND Montero.

    Maybe Marcum or Greinke if the Brewers struggle, but they have their own issues and I don’t think they are better than Liriano. Also, you don’t get these players for the whole season. Trading for Liriano now would give you 2 full years.

    Liriano would really change the complexion of this team. I think you can make the argument that they would have the best overall pitching in the AL with Liriano slotting behind CC.

    It would hurt to trade Betances, but I would do it because I see this as the best realistic opportunity to improve the pitching on this team in a dramatic fashion. Especially, considering Betances has a checkered injury past of his own.

  87. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    If Brackman has another leap in the improvement curve in 2011 as he did in 2010, he’ll be pitching in the bigs somewhere his summer….I just don’t understand why some have such low regard for him, especially without ever seeing him throw…….Scouts certainly like him

  88. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Liriano had some early career shoulder issues

    http://www.minorleagueball.com.....co-liriano

  89. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    _____________
    I’m not trying to be argumentative today and I respect your POV a lot, but I disagree about Mets trading Santana. THis has been discussed here before, so I’ll sum it up quickly.

    1. Mets will be looking to get out of the remaining contract of $25M per year for 2-3 years (can’t recall length)
    2. As with big salary dumps of this kind, they can either Alex Rios him and give him away for nothing, or eat some salary and get prospects back
    3. Alderson will want to get a few prospects back tp appease Mets fans, so they will have to eat some money

  90. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    blake

    I think Martin (and of course, Cervelli) has a lot to prove as well, so I think there’s a chance that Monero makes the team.

    LGY

    I would rather save their trade chips and see if a better/more durable pitcher becomes available. I think Liriano has too many questions, for example, his HR/FB rate, as well as health issues.

  91. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Pat M -

    That’s what I can’t figure. Most here haven’t seen any of the three B’s pitch, at least not very much. To be sure, some have. But the certainty some have about who to keep and who to trade, I don’t understand.

  92. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I have <0 interest in Santana, given his contract, his health, his already declining FB, and I don't want to see former Yankee prospects succeed on the Mets.

  93. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Pat M,

    I don’t have a low regard for him….I love having him and think if he stays he could be a big piece for the Yanks one day…..that said I would think.about dealing him for the chance at a real upgrade to the current rotation.

  94. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I’m not interested in Santana for the same reasons as Rich in NJ.

    It’s too bad, really.

  95. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    blake February 13th, 2011 at 4:57 pm
    I like Brackman. The guy I saw pitch at NC state looked like a monster out on the mound…..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    True, and at 6″ – 10″ and 230 lbs., he’s real close to the hitter when he finishes his pitches and his plant foot hits the ground. Somewhat like Randy Johnson minus the snarl.

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    “Garcia is projected #4. I know there’s uncertainty with AJ & Hughes, but you could really do worse than Freddie & Nova at the back end of your rotation.”

    Absolutely. Whether Nova or Mitre ends up in the 5th spot, I would love to see the other as our long reliever, spot starter. I think we have the makings of something very good going on, especially with the pen we have to shore up the rotation. I think it is a total mistake for a team to break ST without a bona fide long reliever. It looks like we’ll definitely have ours when it’s time to go north.

    I’ve already gone on record as predicting number 28 for the Yanks.

    :D

  97. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Rich,

    Just looking over the pitchers around the league, I just don’t see who they would save the chips for.

    Maybe the Giants make Cain available as he gets closer to FA and if they fall in the standings?

  98. MG February 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Sandy Alderson is one of the smartest GMs in baseball, he isn’t going to give away Santana if he can still pitch. And, if he can still pitch, he would want a combination of prospects that won’t be a good fit for the Yankees.

  99. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    GB7 -

    C. Garcia was humming along last year, wasn’t he, before another injury? Did he call it a career, or is he still going to try for it? I don’t recall.

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

    Doreen, he had a second TJ surgery in late April or early May last year, so, he may be rehabbing now. If so, I hope the Yanks take another crack at him. He’s got great stuff and a nice, very unassuming young guy. He said that he understood getting released last May, but, he still wanted to try again. he was outstanding in his first game last year. On pitch 370, it tore. He saud that he felt a pinch in the elbow a few pitches before that, but, kept pitching until he just couldn’t. 5.2 innings, 2 singles, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

  100. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Rich,

    I wouldn’t mind it if Montero did. On Sanata a lot of unlikely events would have to occur before I had interst…..he’d have to be healthy, the Mets would have to eat salary and accept non impact prospects, and the Yankees would have to really need him……unlikely but I like to keep options open.

  101. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    The Mets won’t be able to do anything, in terms of kicking in money they resolve their legal issues.

    Every financial move they make is going to be scrutinized by the Trustee lawyer suing them.

    Especially since he is contending the Wilpons unjustly enriched themselves, and used team money, to invest with Madoff.

    Assuming they got out from under, or settled, the lawsuit, if they can kick money into the deal, why would they help the Yankees? It would be as dumb a move as investing in Madoff was for the Wilpons.

    Making the Yankees better hurts the Mets.

    They would sell the franchise before they do that.

  102. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    It would be cool if the Angels continued to suck and they made Weaver and/or Haren available.

  103. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    MG February 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Sandy Alderson is one of the smartest GMs in baseball, he isn’t going to give away Santana if he can still pitch. And, if he can still pitch, he would want a combination of prospects that won’t be a good fit for the Yankees.
    __________
    Alderson has gutted teams before due to payroll issues, and if the Mets are in a cash crunch, he’ll do it again.

  104. upstate kate February 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    outside the lines on espn this am had a segment on the mets’, well actually the Wilpons’ financial woes…what a mess

    I am watching the ’00 subway series while cooking dinner, and I have to say I feel bad for Al Leiter. He is pitching so well and I just know he isn’t going to win!

  105. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Johan Santana. Yet another case that falls under the heading of, some of the best deals you make are the ones you don’t make.
    Not wishing Cliff Lee bad health but he could one day be in the Santana catagory.

  106. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    LGY,

    It would be even cooler if the Mariners continued to really suck and.made Felix available.

  107. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    __________________
    Alderson moves Santana for the best package he can get…he’ll care more about positioning the team to survive and improve than whether he helps the Yankees. He is a smart guy and will realize that he can restock Mets farm with deals for Santana, KRod, Reyes, and Beltran, and he won;t care who he deals with IMO.

    I really see his boss being Selig rather than Wilpons, and his marching orders are to fix the franchise for long-term health and eventual potential sale.

  108. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    all of the media that attended are making the Kay wedding sound like the Rainier and Grace Kelly wedding

  109. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Rich in NJ February 13th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I have <0 interest in Santana, given his contract, his health, his already declining FB, and I don't want to see former Yankee prospects succeed on the Mets.
    _________________
    If the doctors' reports are correct, he'll come back with a better fastball and stronger shoulder than he had a few years ago.

    As for his contract, it is a better deal then the Lee deal. 3 years not 6…

  110. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    upstate kate February 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    outside the lines on espn this am had a segment on the mets’, well actually the Wilpons’ financial woes…what a mess

    I am watching the ’00 subway series while cooking dinner, and I have to say I feel bad for Al Leiter. He is pitching so well and I just know he isn’t going to win!

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

    Thank you, Kate. you just spoiled the ending for me.

  111. upstate kate February 13th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    haha, sorry GB. You should have figured out by now that the Yankees win all the Yankees classics :)

  112. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    blake,

    It would and obviously people see the Felix situation differently. Some think he could be made available. Personally, I don’t think so.

    But in any event, even if he were to be made available do you really want to completely gut the farm system for 1 player? Montero plus a couple of the B’s and maybe more?

  113. Yankeeclipper February 13th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    No one mentioned Prior? Does he start in minors and is insurance for a call up later in season if we need BP help? I think he could give us some depth in the pen and if healthy could allow us to trade Joba.

    It is possible tha Montero can win the starting catching slot and Martin is the back up. Jorge will catch a bit when we want to have more lefties in the line up — that means Chavez can DH when Jorge catches.

    I prefer Nunez over Pena but understand Yankee thinking that he needs to play and not sit on the pine.

    For all of you who think Yanks have pitching weaknesses –you need to realize that we have a lot of arms in the system that will get the call if Garcia, Nova Mitre or Colon fail. we have at least 6-8 arms in AA/AAA that will get the audition. In many respects this is the deepest the pitching has been in years.

    I like our depth better than that of the Sox.

    I am liking the Chavez move. He can really help and will like the short porch in right. I see him playing 3B/1B with a little DHing duty.

  114. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    upstate kate February 13th, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    haha, sorry GB. You should have figured out by now that the Yankees win all the Yankees classics

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

    Yeah, although I’m not as old at Randy and Pat M., my memory drifts at times. this could have been a big surprise ending.

    Hey!!! Jeter just homered off of Lieter.

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    On my way to my sister’s second annual Unvalentine Party. She holds it for a group of us who are CWP – currently without partners. :) I have to admit to being deleriously happily single, though that is not to demean the unsingle state, since I’m sure I had more years of that than the other. However, the last go-round is definitely the one that got me to the “deleriously happily single” state. I decided that I should no longer be babysitting free…

    :)

    Great night y’all.

  116. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    No he won’t. He will do what the Wilpons tell him to and Sandy himself knows it’s bad business to deal one of your best players to you in city rival.

    The Yankees also won’t touch him because it’s also a bad move for them for a variety of reasons.

    It’s a trade that will never take place.

    Isn’t Jared Weaver a FA at the end of next season?

  117. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Prior says that he’s strictly a reliever now, because he doesn’t think he could hold up starting. Much like Kerry Wood’s problem.

  118. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    LGY,

    I wouldn’t gut it…..I would have limits but would pay a big price to bring Felix on board. He’s the best pitcher in baseball and isnt 25 yet. I do think he will be made available at some point…..whether its this year or not I have no idea but if they are historically awful again in 2011 it wouldn’t shock me if they entertained what they could get for him.

  119. jackamir February 13th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Anybody hear anything about Michael Kay’s wedding? I heard they seved chicken fingers with no dips.

  120. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    SJ,

    Yeah. After the 2012 season he is a FA.

  121. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    yeah, Weaver’s a FA. That should be interesting between Moreno and Boras, given the issues between them. surely, he wouldn’t let spite and dislike for Boras to cloud his business sense.

  122. Tom in N.J. February 13th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I’d Imagine Santana would have to be, at the very least, a year removed from surgery before any team would trade for him. I don’t see him being traded this year.

    He’s 32 and comming off of major surgery on his throwing shoulder…

  123. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    No doctor can predict whether anybody will have a stronger FB coming off surgery.

    That’s wishful thinking.

    Joba had a less serious injury than Santana, no surgery, and he hasn’t recouped his FB.

    It’s folly for any Dr. to predict what Santana will be post-surgery.

  124. m February 13th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I thought Felix signed an extension with Seattle? I may be wrong because I still see people trying to pry him out if Seattle’s grubby liitle hands. :P

  125. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    No, my error. FA in 2013

  126. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve never been an anti-Met guy as I’ve always rooted for all NY Teams to different degrees, however I do take delight in the Mets woos ever since they jobbed Willie Randolph, and they’ve been in a free fall ever since…….I agree with the premise that Sandy will do what ever he can to improve the organization other than trading their corner infielders………GB, cheap shot on the age issue……..For a guy who loved Betty Grable during the WW II years you should be laying off Tin Cup and myself…….

  127. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Weaver was held back just long enough in his first season to keep him tied to the Angels through 2013

  128. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Felix did sign an extension with Seattle but last winter when he did everone thought they were going to compete……instead they had one of the worst offenses in history. Im not saying they’ll trade him now……just saying that paying 20 million for one player when you’re awful isn’t very efficient and unless they improve that will be the case starting in 2012.

  129. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    I’ve never been an anti-Met guy as I’ve always rooted for all NY Teams to different degrees, however I do take delight in the Mets woos ever since they jobbed Willie Randolph, and they’ve been in a free fall ever since…….I agree with the premise that Sandy will do what ever he can to improve the organization other than trading their corner infielders………GB, cheap shot on the age issue……..For a guy who loved Betty Grable during the WW II years you should be laying off Tin Cup and myself…….

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

    Yes, but I knew the difference between Grable and gable. Not sure that you two can remember.

  130. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    GB……I watched Gome With The Wind the other night, weren’t you an extra in that movie ????

  131. joeman February 13th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    catching position is something that may change, Martin has to prove he’s 100 % healthy

  132. Cashmoney February 13th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    kuroda is a good trade target and a realistic imo.

  133. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    LMAO. Yeah, I was one of the Tarlton twins, the one not played by George Reeves.

  134. m February 13th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    More like Gomer Pyle. :)

    I think they should hold off on a trade for a pitcher. At least for the first couple of months. We really need to look at what we got because the external options are downright ugly.

  135. Ruby Tuesday February 13th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Mike Harkey, February 13, 2011 :

    ” I can’t believe we will be going into the 2011 season with this craptastic starting rotation ! “

  136. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    m….Lakers are downright ugly today ….

  137. PhiltheThrill February 13th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Montero’s gonna beat out Martin.

  138. m February 13th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Watching the end of the train wreck right now. The miles might be adding up because the played very well since the close loss to SA.

  139. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    anybody starting to notice the same phrases and amount of stupidity between Ruby and YNM? Either twins sharing a brain cell or just the same person.

  140. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    No he won’t. He will do what the Wilpons tell him to and Sandy himself knows it’s bad business to deal one of your best players to you in city rival.

    The Yankees also won’t touch him because it’s also a bad move for them for a variety of reasons.

    It’s a trade that will never take place.
    +++++++++++
    Time will tell.

  141. blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    GB,

    Me thinks same person.

  142. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    BryanHoch Bryan Hoch
    Yankees pitchers and catchers officially report tomorrow. Joe Girardi meets the media at Steinbrenner Field at 11 a.m. ET.

  143. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    GB,

    Me thinks same person.

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

    I’m thinking the same thing, Blake. Two different people can’t possibly that annoying and that stupid.

  144. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Norman has his own web site…indicating a desire to get recognition…whereas Ruby is fairly anonymous…I think 2 different people.

  145. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    But obviously they share 1 brain cell

  146. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Stated watching GWTW last night, but hubby preferred The Pink Panther, so I switched off.

    :)

  147. joeman February 13th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    blake February 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    GB,

    Me thinks same person.
    —————————-
    you talking about me

  148. joeman February 13th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    # PhiltheThrill February 13th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Montero’s gonna beat out Martin.
    ——————————————
    that was one of my ST surprises other was Laird

  149. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    There are a ton of FA pitchers set to hit FA after 2012

    LHP:

    Liriano
    Danks
    Hamels
    J Sanchez

    RHP:

    Weaver
    Cain
    Billingsley
    Marcum
    Greinke
    A Sancez

    Not sure if I am missing anyone important.

  150. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Doreen, little known fact, but The Pink Panther is the French version of GWTW. Quality acting om serious subjects. The French version may have lost a little in translation, though.

  151. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    LGY February 13th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    There are a ton of FA pitchers set to hit FA after 2012
    _____________________
    Hopefully by then, the Yankees won’t need to sign any of them, as their own prospects will have matured enough.

  152. 108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    CitiField will see a serious lag in attendance unless the Wilpons have a lot of promotions to put fans in seats.
    They’ll be a stark difference in the B-D-4 trains opposed to the No. 7 train for ballgame passengers.
    The Subway Series will be the big event of the year for Met fans.

  153. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    O/T Is anybody watching the Grammy Awards Red Carpet show? Where do they get some of these get-ups from?

  154. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    108 stitches February 13th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    CitiField will see a serious lag in attendance unless the Wilpons have a lot of promotions to put fans in seats.
    They’ll be a stark difference in the B-D-4 trains opposed to the No. 7 train for ballgame passengers.
    The Subway Series will be the big event of the year for Met fans.
    _____________________
    That and the planned crucifixion of Minaya. Should be a big draw.

  155. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    O/T Is anybody watching the Grammy Awards Red Carpet show? Where do they get some of these get-ups from?

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    Ru-Paul’s closet? Not sure where the women get theirs from. though.

  156. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    BTW–I am convinced one ot the main reasons Alderson was hired to be Mets GM was because he has twice before been able to gut a roster for prospects (As and San Diego), and has plans to do so again.

    We will see.

  157. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    GB, I don’t even think RuPaul has anything this outragious in his closet.

  158. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Fran, you were never subjected to watching the Grand Ol Opery shows from the 50s and early 60s, but that was close to this stuff nowadays.

  159. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    GB, really? I thought country music performers wore plain western garb back then. I have to look it up on the internet.

  160. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Chad’s lineup is exactly what I think Girardi will do, at least out of the gate. I’m definitely in the camp that thinks Swisher should hit second and not Granderson. Jeter will need to bounce back to stay in the lead off position and Teixeira hopefully will not be impersonating a dead person in May.

  161. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Lady Gaga in an egg ????

  162. Jackson February 13th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Doreen, you did a really nice job with your GTLU site.

  163. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Pat M,

    She’s incubating. That was too much.

  164. m February 13th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I didn’t even pay attention to the lineup order.

    I prefer the Gardner/Jeter tandem to the Jeter/Swishanderson tandem.

    But if I had to choose, I’d probably put Granderson 2, and Nick’s stick deeper in the lineup. I didn’t like the idea of Granderson in the 2-hole last season, but iirc he responded well there.

  165. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Fran, this is one of the more understated outfits.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/wat.....FORM=VIRE1

  166. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Here’s a Webb Pierce suit that would go over well today. Take a peek at the announcer’s coat. Looks like it was made from Dolly Parton’s bedspread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qIjHkHdM2w

  167. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    OMG – the brownies I made are OMG – if I may say so myself!

  168. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....asons-left good article on hof shortstops.

  169. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    GB, those jackets are quite bedazzled. Never knew they dressed like that.

  170. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Jackson -

    Thanks!

    ***

    GB7 -

    the Pink Panther that we watched was the one with Steve Martin. You can’t help but laugh. It’s so silly.

    GWTW, well, now when I watch it, I see it differently than I did years ago. And I don’t like the romanticism of the plantation life, so to speak.

    I do still love the Rhett/Scarlett relationship though, and Clark Gable was phenomenal in that role, and that, to me, is the draw of that movie. The cinematography is incredible. But I’m Yankee through and through, I guess.

    My sister-in-law is born and bred Mississippian. She couldn’t get out of the north fast enough.

  171. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Bleacher report will never create a good article.

  172. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Doreen, I guess I don’t get why it’s a big deal that maybe some hold Banuelos or Betances in higher regard than Brackman – unless the implication (which I don’t think you’re making) is that all prospects are created equal. It’s also ridiculous (not directed to you) for there to be the suggestion that if you don’t love a prospect/player it means you hate them and think they stink.

  173. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Jerkface, it really does suck and it’s also user-unfriendly.

  174. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    not a big fan of bleacher either but, still a good comparison.

  175. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Fran, the women were worse.

    If you like John Fogerty music, click on this. For a guy from Berkley, California, he’s as country as it gets,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  176. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Doreen, I can’t imagine 2 people more suited for the roles of Rhett and Scarlett than Gable and Leigh. Errol Flynn maybe. After Hedy Lamar, Vivian Leigh may have been the most perfect looking woman in Hollywood at any time.

  177. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Face,

    Was thinking about Cano in the 2 hole and noticed something interesting about 09.

    Damon and Tex basically spent the entire season in the 2 and 3 hole respectively.

    Tex had 222 PA with RISP and 371 PA with men on.

    Damon had 177 PA with RISP and 323 PA with men on.

  178. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Betsy -

    Not a big deal at all. :) I just wonder, is all. I know not all prospects are equal – some are more likely to succeed than others. I just always wonder what some people base their strong opinions on. Maybe they read more, maybe they’ve seen more. That’s all valid.

    But sometimes the prospects surprise you – the “can’t miss” guy misses, and the guy destined for the trash heap makes good.

    I just don’t understand the VERY strong feelings people have. Like I said, based on the little I know, Banuelos seems to be the keeper, but I don’t feel strongly about ANY prospect. I like to watch them, I like to root for them, I hope they all stay and make good. But realistically, I understand that some will stay and some will go.

  179. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    GB7 -

    I have to agree with you. Vivien Leigh was so perfectly cast. Her face – the raise of an eyebrow – so perfect.

    It’s like they were born to play those roles.

    I don’t know much about Hedy Lamar. I read something recently about her – that she was more well-rounded but always kind of pigeon holed into roles. Errol Flynn might have made Rhett work. But even when I read the book, Gable fits perfectly!

  180. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Damon played less games than Tex. 128 in the 2 hole vs Tex’s 154. I’d really want to look at the overall team picture if we had that data, but I wonder if the generally high quality batters that populate the Yankee lineup would shift the dynamic.

  181. Fran the original February 13th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    GB, thanks for the links.

  182. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Lamar was gorgeous but, extremely intelligent. She and a friend invented a devise that scrambled the radio signals (frequency hopping) that were eventually used on topedos, back during the WWII. It was finally used on the subs used during the Cuban blockade of 1962.

  183. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Gable definately had Butler down pat. He was the first King Of Snark.

  184. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My pleasure, Fran.

  185. SAS February 13th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Gone With the Wind is my favorite book and movie ever I think. There are others that come close, but the book itself was so awesome. I read it when I was in 7th grade and home with a bad flu. My mother handed it to me, and that was the last she heard of me until I finished it. I am a slow word for word reader, too.

  186. SAS February 13th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    GB,

    Spelling lesson: definitely.

  187. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Doreen, I promised myself I won’t ever get attached to another prospect again – and I won’t. Banuelos is my favorite of these kids, but I’m not going to go gaga like I’ve done before with players – it’s just not good for me, lol

  188. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    :arrow:

  189. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    SAS, spelling was never my forte. Of course, neither was speaking properly. It still embarrasses me, but, it could be wore, I suppose. I could be in the room next to Randy at “The Home”.

  190. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Ya, it could be wore


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