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Expecting the unexpected

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The trade deadline is on Sunday, and as we keep inching closer, I keep thinking of three names: Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns.

Were we hearing about those three at this time last year?

Truth is, the Yankees are usually pretty good at playing things close to the vest. Talking to a team source last week, I asked how often the Yankees are connected to a player who they’re not remotely going after, and he laughed at me. Happens all the time, he said, but the Yankees can’t deny every false report because then every “no comment” would be the same as a confirmation.

So here we sit, days from the deadline, knowing a lot while also knowing absolutely nothing. Where the Yankees might improve seems as valid a place to start as anything.

Starting pitcher
Never would have said this in spring training, but the Yankees rotation depth is actually pretty good right now. What’s uncertain is whether they have a go-to No. 2 starter behind CC Sabathia, and whether they trust their veterans to hold up for another two-plus months. Good depth in late-July could certianly turn into a shortage by mid-September, and having a bunch of No. 3 starters doesn’t mean much when it’s Game 2 of the ALCS and the Yankees need a win. The Yankees don’t have to acquire a starter, but it’s never a bad idea. It wasn’t so long ago that Brian Gordon was in the rotation.

Relief pitcher
Some reports indicate that the Yankees are actually more focused on relievers than starters, but that might very well depend on who you talk to at any given moment. It might also be because an impact reliever is easier to add than an impact starter. Rafael Soriano’s return certainly eases the need here — and Luis Ayala, Cory Wade and Hector Noesi have emerged as legitimate middle-inning options — but the Yankees remarkable spring training bullpen has been picked apart by injuries. One thing to remember: Wood wasn’t exactly a high-profile addition last season, and he became a huge boost down the stretch.

Designated hitter
Russell Martin is making a case for the Gold Glove, all three Yankees outfielders have become productive hitters, Alex Rodriguez is expected back next month, and Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter aren’t going anywhere. If the Yankees are going to upgrade their everyday lineup, the most obvious spot is designated hitter, which obviously leaves the field wide open. Any legitimate bat on the market could help, which unfortunately means no rumor is too outlandish.

Bench players
The bench is always fair game depending on the price and the player. How much is it worth to upgrade the fourth outfielder when none of the Yankees starters really need a platoon partner? Is an infield upgrade worthwhile now that Eric Chavez is back and Eduardo Nunez is about to become a true utility man? Francisco Cervelli doesn’t hit much, but he and Sabathia seem to be on the same page. Is that roster spot worth changing? The answers will vary from person to person, and inevitably depend on the price and the player.

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125 Responses to “Expecting the unexpected”

  1. Mike Ri July 28th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Uncomfortable with the price tag of Ubaldo Jimenez, as well as concerned about their current rotation, the Yankees are in regular contact with the Dodgers about Kuroda, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
    ————–

    ughhhh

  2. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Good summary Chad.

    Thanks for all the hard work.

  3. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    The trade deadline is on Sunday, and as we keep inching closer, I keep thinking of three names: Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns.

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

    Austin Kearns….bad memories. ;)

  4. 108 stitches July 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    re-post

    If Kenny Williams insisted on taking Matt Thornton along with John Danks it would require no arm twisting. Cashman has the pieces to expand the deal.
    I do the deal for Hughes, Romine, Warren, and either of Adams or Joseph. If Nova or Noesi become a deal maker it’s Cashman’s decision.

  5. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Erin July 28th, 2011 at 8:54 am
    MaineYankee- so sorry to break up the endless trade talks. Sometimes a girl just needs a break, you know?

    ————————————————————————————————–
    Many times this blog needs a break from it as well.

    Carry on.

  6. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Repost:

    Here’s my position.

    IMO the Yanks should do one of 3 things:

    1) really go for it and try to upgrade the Rotation and add a quality bat.

    2) Just tweak it. LH for the pen. Upgrade @ DH.

    3) Stand pat and just wait for the Harvest to come in.

    What they shouldn’t do IMO is to add mediocrity at the cost of prospects.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    I do like pleasant surprises though.

    :)

  7. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Blake-

    Agree. Rockies will want at least one ML ready pitcher and we both think Noesi, a slightly better clone of Nova, would be better to keep. I’m on board if Montero is kept out of the deal.
    Regarding Kuroda from MLBTR’s:

    Four factors limiting Kuroda’s trade value: since his signing bonus is yet to be paid, he’s owed almost $6.8MM of his $12MM contract still. Second, as a player with less than six years service time he’s not eligible for draft pick compensation. Third, he possesses leverage with a full no-trade clause, which I think may require additional compensation to waive. Fourth, he’s never pitched in the American League.

  8. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Russell Martin is making a case for a Gold Glove? Seriously?

    Maybe they let him deliver it to Wieter’s house, but that would be about it.

  9. rr212 July 28th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I’d rather they stay put rather than acquire Kuroda. Can’t see him being successful in pinstripes.

  10. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Cashman playing close to his vest reminds me of this line from
    Bill Shakespeare :

    “They are the Lords and Masters of their faces.

    Others but stewards of their excellence”.

    :)

  11. blake July 28th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    If they could get Danks somehow and keep Montero, Banuelos, Betances then Id much prefer that to Ubaldo who almost certainly would cost at least one of those players.

  12. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Blake-

    Works for me.

    I’ll consider more while out on the trail in the high country today.

    :)

  13. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Chad-

    Ditto-Good summary. If the Yankees add a DH are they prepared to tell Posada his role will now mainly be limited to pinch hitting, once A-Rod returns with Chavez now the backup 1st baseman, a role Posada was also filling?

    if Montero doesn’t get traded by 4PM Sunday will they finally free him and let him catch, before Martin collapses from overuse, and DH?

  14. 108 stitches July 28th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    The DH role is solved internally provided Chavez remains healthy. When Alex returns, he’ll get a fair amount of DH at bats until he gives the green light that his knee is 100%.
    Swisher can be in the DH mix. When rosters are expanded in September, Montero can be a RH – DH and catch some.

  15. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Exhibit A why Yankee fans should not expect Dellin or Manny in the rotation anytime soon.

    Instead of trusting Nova as the insurance to their rotation, they are targeting Kuroda.

  16. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Kuroda is pretty good pitcher. He is not exciting, but he is far more a sure thing than Hughes or Nova. He is also far more likely to make it through then season than Colon. One could start him in a playoff game and feel pretty good about it.

    He is a rental only, and I much prefer aitcher who could help next year as well.

    The pick ups last year were clealy not the boost to put the team over ten top. Kearns was awful, Wood was generally effective but wild, and Berkmann did little until the playoffs. I hope for a real upgrade this year.

  17. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    If Monstero is not traded he should be brought up right after the TD passes.

  18. blake July 28th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Kurkda isnt needed to make the playoffs and he isn’t a difference maker in a short series…..pass unless he’s close to free on the prospect front.

  19. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Today’s trade predictions:

    Hiroki Kuroda traded to Tigers
    Carlos Quentin traded to the Phillies
    Heath Bell traded to the Rangers

    Rumors will intensify that the Reds are backing off from trading for Jimenez and the Yankees are closing in on an agreement. Will the names be leaked?

  20. brownies July 28th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Boston has pretty much locked up the division. They have a short road trip and then are right back in boston where they tear the.cover off the ball. They ripped king felix and their lineups consistency is ridiculous. If the yanks stand pat they will hammer colon and garcia. So Cashman needs a legit #2 and a bat and needs to be active trying to get better and younger (DH) at the deadline. He needs to look to the future. Garcia and colon are not the yankees future in the rotation.

  21. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Rumors will intensify that the Reds are backing off from trading for Jimenez and the Yankees are closing in on an agreement. Will the names be leaked?

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

    Why do I get the feeling that today is going to be a LoHud version of All the President’s Men?

  22. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Garcia and colon are not the yankees future in the rotation.
    ————————————————–

    I don’t think you’ll get an argument from anyone on that, but they sure provide a very nice “present” [not the gift, although that too].

  23. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Blake,

    Kuruda’s stats look better than given credit for. He has been very consistent. His average fastball is 92 so he is not a soft tosser. I would certainly give up secondary pieces for him. I have this image of him beating the Yankees in the playoffs for the Red Sox.

    If Danks or Jimenez can be reasonably required I am for that, but if not I believe Kuruda would look better in the playoffs than Garcia, Nova, Hughes and Burnett. So, I must disagree he wouldn’t help.

  24. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    jimbaumbach Tomorrow’s the deadline for Roger Clemens’ attorney, Rusty Hardin, to explain in writing to court why there shouldn’t be another trial.

  25. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Brian Cashman is nothing if not patient.

    He’s got to be a “Stones” fan.

    “Time is on my side. Yes it is. They’ll come runnin’ back. To me.”

    :)

  26. Chambliss July 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Does anyone know what Andy Pettitte is up to these days? I am not excited about Ubaldo for the price that has been mentioned.

  27. Irreverent Discourse July 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    A source told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Red Sox are “very concerned” that Clay Buchholz is dealing with a structural issue in his back.
    Jul 28, 9:25 AM
    Source: WEEI.com

  28. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Why do I get the feeling that today is going to be a LoHud version of All the President’s Men?

    ========================================

    I volunteer Blake as the guy who has to change cabs a couple times enroute to his secret meeting with Hal Holbrook to get the skinny.

  29. Yankee Trader July 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Why do I get the feeling that today is going to be a LoHud version of All the President’s Men?
    ———————————
    Erin-

    On Yankee off days, rumors swirl, and there is a lot of leaking………………….of information!

    Gotta go. Everyone have a great day and brownies “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”

  30. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Chambliss July 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am
    Does anyone know what Andy Pettitte is up to these days? I am not excited about Ubaldo for the price that has been mentioned.

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

    Pitching for his church’s softball team. ;)

  31. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Mell July 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    Why do I get the feeling that today is going to be a LoHud version of All the President’s Men?

    ========================================

    I volunteer Blake as the guy who has to change cabs a couple times enroute to his secret meeting with Hal Holbrook to get the skinny.

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

    :lol:

    Yes, that’s a good job for Blake.

  32. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I do not understand the Kuroda love. I’m hoping that the reason they’re putting it out there is because Boston is interested and they want to try and get the Sox to overpay.

    I admit, I got a little carried away the last couple of days with visions of Colby Rasmus playing RF for the next ten years dancing in my head – but I’m back to where I was before all of this started. I think it’s going to be a quiet deadline for the Yankees.

    Maybe they add a guy like Jason Kubel or Jim Thome to give some punch to the DH spot. Maybe they pick up another lefty – Trevor Miller now with the Jays or someone along those lines. But really I think that’s it.

    Keeping that in mind I will suggest the following – because I just can’t help myself:

    The Astros are trying to clear the salaries of Myers and Wandy…I say we help them out with that if they’re willing to include Hunter Pence.

    Hughes, Nunez, Dickerson and Romine and PTBNL to the Astros for Myers, Wandy, Pence and Clint Barmes (to replace Nunez)

  33. RadioKev July 28th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Buster Olney states the obvious.

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    NYY’s greatest concern about Jimenez is asking price–and if they would give up 2/3 high-end prospects, they would want near-certain return.

  34. RadioKev July 28th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    The Astros are trying to clear the salaries of Myers and Wandy…I say we help them out with that if they’re willing to include Hunter Pence.
    ———

    They’re asking for prospects for both of them, bigger packages, not just a salary jump. Landing both of them would cost as much as Jimenez it seems.

  35. blake July 28th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Mell,

    I accept…..and ill even bring coffee and bagels on the way back :)

    Austin,

    He’s a marginal upgrade over what they have IMO…..is he better than AJ or Hughes (right now)…..probably…..I just wouldn’t give up a lot to get him because he’s a rental and one you can’t get any picks for

  36. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Chip,

    Myers is awful. Compare his stats to Kuruda. Wandy is decent, but very expensive. Pence is a good player, but what you see is the most you will get. That is, a pretty good average and defensive player with not much power for a corner outfielder.

    How can you think Kuruda isn’t better than, at least, Nova, Hughes and Burnett. Personally, I would prefer to see his stuff against the Rangers and Sox than Garcia. The Sox will layoff the splitters off the plate. If hitters only swing at strikes from Garcia, problems result.

  37. RadioKev July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Kuroda would be a solid addition depending on the price. He’d be a reliable starter in the mix, more so than Hughes or Nova.

  38. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Cashman gets a trade done with the Dodgers, but Kuroda blocks the deal.

    Head GM Levine steps in and gets Ubaldo.

    Yankee fans rejoice.

  39. Niblick July 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    No No. 2 starter? The Yankees actually have two No. 2′s: Garcia and Colon, neither of whom is showing any signs of decay. They are ranked 15 and 19, respectively, in ERA in the league. Only Texas has 3 pitchers higher than 19.

  40. heyman_sux July 28th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Does the E-Jax trade eliminate the possibility of a Danks trade?

  41. Mike Ri July 28th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Cashman gets a trade done with the Dodgers, but Kuroda blocks the deal.

    Head GM Levine steps in and gets Ubaldo.

    Yankee fans rejoice.

    ——-

    LOL .. . it could happen ! Lets go Levine !!

  42. heyman_sux July 28th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    No No. 2 starter? The Yankees actually have two No. 2??s: Garcia and Colon, neither of whom is showing any signs of decay. They are ranked 15 and 19, respectively, in ERA in the league. Only Texas has 3 pitchers higher than 19.
    _____________

    The concern is with durability. Colon has been an extremely pleasant surprise and to this point, a definite #2. In fact, if CC wasn’t pitching soo lights out, he’d basically be #1a. However, he’s already pitched more innings than in the past several seasons combined

    The say Garcia is a legitimate #2 in the playoffs is a fallacy

  43. blake July 28th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Red Sox.will add either Kuroda or Wandy. They have concerns at the back end even if Bucholtz is ok…..if Bucholtz can’t come back then they’ll need another starter…….you can’t start Lackey in game 3 of a playoff series…….though id love for them to.

  44. Niblick July 28th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    How can you win the Gold Glove when only 1 catcher in the entire league has more errors? Errors obviously aren’t everything, but let’s get real here.

  45. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    With Montero out in Colorado, the Yankees sign Beltran in the offseason and move Swish to DH.

    More rejoicing from Yankee fans.

  46. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Blake,

    I agree with your Sox forecast.

  47. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 9:44 am
    Chip,

    Myers is awful. Compare his stats to Kuruda. Wandy is decent, but very expensive. Pence is a good player, but what you see is the most you will get. That is, a pretty good average and defensive player with not much power for a corner outfielder.

    How can you think Kuruda isn’t better than, at least, Nova, Hughes and Burnett. Personally, I would prefer to see his stuff against the Rangers and Sox than Garcia. The Sox will layoff the splitters off the plate. If hitters only swing at strikes from Garcia, problems result.
    ———————-

    Well I don’t actually think it would happen.

    And frankly I don’t want Kuroda either.

  48. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    IMO, Cashman will do like he did last year and simply pick up contracts other temas wish to unload, and not give up top prospects.

    That means no Ubaldo or Danks, but it does mean Thornton for bullpen and Matsui for DH. As I said a few days ago, Beltran and Melky would be my #1 and #2 targets for DH bat, but Matsui would also be a great pick-up. I think though that Cash won’t pay KC what they might want for the Melkster.

  49. JobaTipsHisCap July 28th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Sux series in first weekend of Aug is a good test for yanks.
    Hopefully they won’t be swept again.

  50. randy l. July 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    “How can you win the Gold Glove when only 1 catcher in the entire league has more errors?”

    niblick-

    chad has been hanging around brian so much he’s starting to talk like him.

    i see your confusion when chad said ,”Russell Martin is making a case for the Gold Glove”.

    what chad really meant was that martin has taking up woodworking and is making a beautiful oak case for whoever does win the gold glove.

    you have to read between the lines at the trading deadline.

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan July 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Good post Chad. The need for a number two in October is something I have been saying for months. Colon and Garcia are shaky bets to remain healthy and effective.

  52. blake July 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Mets fans have to be feeling better these days now that they have somebody that actually has a clue what they are doing making the baseball decisions. Sandy did a great job finding a taker for KRod and then got a much better player in return for Beltran than I thought he would. Nice job so far by him.

  53. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Niblick July 28th, 2011 at 9:56 am
    How can you win the Gold Glove when only 1 catcher in the entire league has more errors? Errors obviously aren’t everything, but let’s get real here.
    ___
    It’s a popularity contest vote, and he got rid of the mustache.

    He’ll get credit for game calling, blocking AJ’s pitches, framing pitches, throwing out base runners, blocking the plate on plays at home, and of course, great tweeting ability.

  54. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    (repost from last night)

    2008-2010

    Ubaldo: 638.1 IP, 3.43, 137 ERA+

    Lester: 621.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 138 ERA+
    Lee: 667.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 142 ERA+
    Hamels: 629.2 IP, 3.46 ERA, 122 ERA+
    Verlander: 665.1 IP, 3.84 ERA, 114 ERA+
    Weaver: 612 IP, 3.65 ERA, 117 ERA+
    Haren: 680.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 127 ERA+
    Cain: 658.2 IP, 3.27 ERA, 129 ERA+
    Greinke: 651.2 IP, 3.25 ERA, 133 ERA+
    Danks: 608.1 IP, 3.61 ERA, 125 ERA+

  55. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    blake July 28th, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Mets fans have to be feeling better these days now that they have somebody that actually has a clue what they are doing making the baseball decisions. Sandy did a great job finding a taker for KRod and then got a much better player in return for Beltran than I thought he would. Nice job so far by him.
    ___
    Is Reyes the next shoe to fall?

  56. 86w183 July 28th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I would expect the Yanks to make their last, best offer for Jimenez today. My guess is it includes Montero, Noesi/Nova, Warren, Brackman or a lower level arm.

    I dunno if Colorado accepts that, but I don’t see Cash including Nova and Noesi and Montero. Maybe Colorado takes four arms instead.

    Kuroda is an upgrade, but not enough of one to justify paying a high price. Jimenez is definitely a potential star — high risk/high reward — but that’s what the best trades usually are. The “risk” being the cost in prospects.

    Should be an interesting next few days

  57. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The Yankees went to the TD last year with their pitching intact.

    After that is when it started to have problems.

    This year they have ? marks enough that they need to get a pitcher.

    Colon and Garcia have done well but due to their injury history they are a gamble.

    If healthy Colon has pitched well enough to slot behind CC in the playoffs.

    Hughs has struggled enough that you don’t know what they will get from him.

    Nova doesn’t have enough of a track record to know what to expect going forward.

  58. 108 stitches July 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    No on Kuroda unless it was a straight cash deal / no prospects involved. He’s a rental and not AL battle tested.
    Cashman just doing due diligence to use as a wedge with talks.

  59. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Bojo,

    I don’t think Thornton goes from untouchable last year to a salary dump this year. Salary dumps would bring far less, IMO. Teams are not as financially desperate these days.

  60. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    YankeesPR Special thanks to @graylinenewyork for last night’s event! Off to Staten Island today #Hopeweek http://yfrog.com/kj9ezvjj

  61. JobaTipsHisCap July 28th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hughs in playoff = yanks lose

    100%, no matter he’s healthy or not.

  62. austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    LGY,

    Interesting stats. If Jimenez is still that same pitcher, health wise, he has great value.

  63. Mike Ri July 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    The Indians are in serious talks for Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is “very close to happening,” tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

  64. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    randy

    The GG will be a co-award this year.

    It will go to Varitek and Salty.

  65. upstate kate July 28th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    is everyone forgetting we still have AJ?

  66. JobaTipsHisCap July 28th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    AJ is the most overrated No.2 starter right now.

  67. Hassey July 28th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Has anyone found any recent articles about how inefficient and “unclutch” the Yankees DEFENSE has been this year? We seem to have allowed more infield hits this year, but nothing you can do about that. On the other hand, strategically placed grounders that could lead to one or even two outs seem to have plagued us all season. In the outfield, to the naked eye it seems like they’ve been above average, except for a few Swisher lollipop throws that have allowed extra bases or runs that would have been cut down by the likes of Markakis, Ichiro or even Melky. Grandy has has a tough time recently, and they mistakes have been costly, but overall good. Nuff said about oru cathers’ throwing, but not enough said about our pitchers’ D. Bad throws, missed grounders, and misplays..

  68. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman
    RT @alexspeier Source: #redsox concerned Buchholz has structural, not muscular, issue in back

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

    I wonder how he got this scoop without Boras not being involved?

  69. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    JobaTipsHisCap July 28th, 2011 at 10:17 am
    AJ is the most overrated No.2 starter right now.
    ___
    Sometimes he looks like #2 when he pitches…if you know what I mean.

  70. upstate kate July 28th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    silly GB
    it is b/c he is a great journalist

  71. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:21 am
    SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman
    RT @alexspeier Source: #redsox concerned Buchholz has structural, not muscular, issue in back

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

    I wonder how he got this scoop without Boras not being involved?
    ______
    Did x-rays show he has a spine? That might concern RS mgmt.

  72. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    If Buchholz has a spine, 10:1 he stole it.

  73. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    austinmac July 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am
    Bojo,

    I don’t think Thornton goes from untouchable last year to a salary dump this year. Salary dumps would bring far less, IMO. Teams are not as financially desperate these days.
    ____
    Not sure I agree. I think Sox would have to eat some of the salary and get back some B level prospects like Warren and Phelps…but it seems to me that Williams has been clearing space and budget for off-season moves, and may want to move a 35 year old reliever while he can.

  74. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    That would be interesting if structural…almost would believe he might be out for season…

    Boston probably steps up efforts to land pitcher now.

  75. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    upstate kate July 28th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    is everyone forgetting we still have AJ?

    ————————————————————————————–

    Sometimes I’d like to.

  76. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    If Buchholz has a spine, 10:1 he stole it.

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

    :lol:

  77. West Coast Yankee Fan July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman
    RT @alexspeier Source: #redsox concerned Buchholz has structural, not muscular, issue in back

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

    I wonder how he got this scoop without Boras not being involved?

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

    Probably because he is a great reporter who is as connected as anyone in baseball. You know, the polar opposite of you.

  78. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    How many autographed Theo Epstein posters will it take for them to land Ubaldo?

  79. Jerkface July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Its a re-tweet so he got it from Alex Speirer

  80. mainesoxfan July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    good Morning Folks, Another great article by Chad – I really enjoying reading his work. Anybody interesting in trading him for Nick Cafardo and cash considerations?

  81. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am
    IMO, Cashman will do like he did last year and simply pick up contracts other temas wish to unload, and not give up top prospects.

    That means no Ubaldo or Danks, but it does mean Thornton for bullpen and Matsui for DH. As I said a few days ago, Beltran and Melky would be my #1 and #2 targets for DH bat, but Matsui would also be a great pick-up. I think though that Cash won’t pay KC what they might want for the Melkster.

    —————

    Agree wholeheartedly.

    He’ll wait until about 2pm on Saturday then see what teams are calling around trying to dump contracts and grab a couple up.

  82. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    AJ is the most overrated No.2 starter right now

    ========================

    More that he’s miscast as a #2 starter than it is that he’s overrated. Nobody’s overrating him right now.

  83. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    If Buchholz has a spine, 10:1 he stole it.

    ————–
    jack@$$

  84. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Mell July 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am
    AJ is the most overrated No.2 starter right now

    ========================

    More that he’s miscast as a #2 starter than it is that he’s overrated. Nobody’s overrating him right now.

    ————

    Agree – it’s more like he’s the most overpaid #3 starter right now.

  85. Hassey July 28th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I don’t think Boston has to or will do a thing to cover for Buchholz. Boston’s already been on an extended tear even w/o him. They can stick OUR guys Aceves in his place and hold enough teams to 4 or fewer runs that they’d win 90% of those starts also. We need to come to grips with the fact that their offense may be one of the best ever this year. Could still lose to Gints or Phils in pitching duels, but I’m not sure we’d be able to outduel them, even Aceves

  86. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Probably because he is a great reporter who is as connected as anyone in baseball. You know, the polar opposite of you.

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

    His only connection is his lips to Boras’ ass.

  87. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Oh, no. Another legendary outfielder is off the boards. Fukudome to the Indians.

  88. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Who would you trust in game 3 of the playoffs?

    AJ or Lackey.

  89. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am
    Oh, no. Another legendary outfielder is off the boards. Fukudome to the Indians.

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

    Uh oh. I better warn my mom. Fukodome is her favorite Cub.

  90. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Burnett

  91. upstate kate July 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    AJ no doubt

  92. Chip July 28th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Who would you trust in game 3 of the playoffs?

    AJ or Lackey.

    ——————

    AJ.

  93. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Who would you trust in game 3 of the playoffs?

    AJ or Lackey.

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

    AJ

  94. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Burnett

    ————————————————-

    I agree but not by much.

    You can’t trust either one.

  95. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Who would you trust in game 3 of the playoffs?

    AJ or Lackey.

    ======================

    Wouldn’t trust either of ‘em, but Burnett is a less stomach churning proposition.

  96. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Erin. my condolences to your mom. He’s not really terrible, but, makes a few too many outfield mistakes. He just wasn’t what the Cubs thought they were signing.

    Was she a Ron Santo, Ernie Banks and Billy Williams fan, too? For years, that’s what Cubbies had to show pride in. Santo was shafted by HOF voters for 35 years.

  97. Irreverent Discourse July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    You can trust that both of them… Lackey and Burnett… will go out there and battle their butts off for 6-7 innings.

    Sometimes that’s enough.

  98. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I don’t think the Yankees and Sox want AJ or Lackey starting any playoff games.

  99. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Agree –it’s more like he’s the most overpaid #3 starter right now.

    ——–

    I’m thinking #4/5.

  100. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Burnett

    ————————————————-

    I agree but not by much.

    You can’t trust either one.

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

    As long as he does the same job as he did in 2009 in the post season, I’m happy.

  101. West Coast Yankee Fan July 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hassey July 28th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    “….We need to come to grips with the fact that their offense may be one of the best ever this year.”

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

    In their last ten games they have scored more than 12 runs – 4 times.

    Red Sux:

    Runs – 1st
    BA – 1st
    OBP – 1st
    SLG – 1st

    Yankees:

    Runs – 3rd
    BA – 9th
    OBP – 2nd
    SLG – 3rd

  102. Hassey July 28th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    That was the most inspring thing I’ve ever heard ID say…I’m ready to charge out of Delta house after Neidermayer

  103. blake July 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    AJ at least had the stuff.to throw a good game……Lackey doesn’t anymore.

  104. lounge lizard July 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Cashman thinks rather robotically in terms of replacements.

    Last year, Nick Johnson got hurt, so Berkman was his replacement.

    Randy Winn had been DFA’d as the veteran fourth OF , so Kearns was his replacement.

    There’s nothing comparable this year for a non-pitcher addition to the roster. There’s no room for another bat unless a hard decision is made on a DFA and eating contract. Cashman doesn’t like to do that.

    Pitching, sure, Feliciano got hurt, and the big SP signing didn’t get done in the offseason, so those spots are open.

  105. BoJo July 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Later folks–going out to run some chores.

  106. blake July 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I bet Cashman is trying to fleece Kenny Williams as we speak.

  107. MTU July 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Time to hit the trail.

    Have a good day.

    Catch you all later.

    :)

  108. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    You can trust that both of them… Lackey and Burnett… will go out there and battle their butts off for 6-7 innings.

    ===========================

    This is true, but Burnett is less likely to be of the “bringing a knife to a gunfight” ilk. Better stuff than Lackey.

  109. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You can trust that both of them… Lackey and Burnett… will go out there and battle their butts off for 6-7 innings.

    ——————–

    Burnett hasn’t completed 6 innings 9 times this season.

  110. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    GB7

    As long as he does the same job as he did in 2009 in the post season, I’m happy.

    ————————————————————————————————

    Do you think he can repeat that?

  111. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    YankeesPR Brian Cashman and the Yanks surprised Megan this morning w/Scooter #Hopeweek @siyanks http://yfrog.com/kkr43lsj

  112. blake July 28th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The Yankee rotation will be in good shape when AJ is the #4 both in performance and in title …..I like the guy and he takes the ball every 5 days and tries….but he’s just not that good anymore and he never really has adapted his approach to fit his diminishing velocity….he’s better than Lackey though in most all ways.

  113. pat July 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    No trades happening for at least a few hours……. and I want photos!

    “At #Yankees HOPE Week event on Staten Island. Brian Cashman actually had to sign a waiver to go into the dunk tank.”

  114. LGY July 28th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “We need to come to grips with the fact that their offense may be one of the best ever this year”

    ———————–

    I think you’re forgetting the steroid era.

  115. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Yankees Yankees fan and @MLBFanCave man @mikeyoh21 weighs in on the Cano-Pedroia debate … http://atmlb.com/r0kXMx

    What debate?? Cano, Cano, Cano. :)

  116. yanks 27 July 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Have to have a very short leash with Burnett because of his propensity to blow leads and give back runs.

    He has settled in nicely as a $4 ish starter. Still capable of the dominant game, but throws it much less frequently than in the past, but also seems to not give up 7+ runs as often either. He has been thoroughly mediocre.

  117. Erin July 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    New Post: HOPE Weeks sets up shop on Staten Island

    :arrow:

  118. pat July 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    EricFisherSBJ #Yankees PR chief Jason Zillo misses on seven attempts to sink Cashman in dunk tank, gives up and hits the lever.

  119. MaineYankee July 28th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    blake

    Is it diminished skills that is his problem or inability to stay focused?

  120. blake July 28th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    AJ is a good back of the rotation starter if you forget about his contract.

  121. blake July 28th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Maine,

    Its both …..but now the diminished stuff doesn’t allow as many mistakes as he used to get away with. He’s basically the same pitcher he’s always been…..he just doesn’t have the stuff to erase mistakes like he used to.

  122. Mell July 28th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Do you think he can repeat that?

    ========================

    You mean schizophrenically alternating good starts and horrible ones while posting an ERA around 5?

    Yeah, I’d say he can repeat that.

  123. 86w183 July 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    He’s been much more consistent this year, but since he lives around 92 MPH instead of 95 Blake is right, he doesn’t get away with what he used to get away with.

    Since the organization is weak on hitting prospects I’d rather they trade Banuelos or Betances than Montero…. but I’d prefer to keep them all in the organization. Just don’t think they can get Jimenez without at least and maybe two of them in the deal.

  124. Vineyard Yankee July 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Interesting in Chad’s article / post under ‘bench players’ that there was no mention of Andruw Jones ? That imo is a spot that could use an upgrade. Or is he like Mitre now, adjoined with Girardi at the hip ?

  125. 4 NYY July 28th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    # Vineyard Yankee July 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Interesting in Chad’s article / post under ‘bench players’ that there was no mention of Andruw Jones ? That imo is a spot that could use an upgrade. Or is he like Mitre now, adjoined with Girardi at the hip ?
    ============================================

    Let’s hope not !!!

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