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Spring decision: The eighth inning

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Based on last season, the choice is obvious.

Dave Robertson wasn’t only the Yankees best setup man last season, he was one of the best setup men in all of baseball. Truth be told, you could throw closers into the discussion and Robertson would still have ranked near the top. You could argue he was the best relief pitcher in New York last season, and that’s including Mariano Rivera.

Point is, Robertson was incredible last year, and he did absolutely nothing to suggest he should lose his grip on the eighth inning. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a decision to be made.

Rafael Soriano didn’t win over many Yankees fans last year. He wasn’t particularly personable, he got off to a terrible start and a stint on the disabled list limited him to fewer than 40 innings. At times, he simply wasn’t very good. In the second half, though, Soriano pitched well. He was never as good as Robertson, but he cut down on the walks, had more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings in the final month, and let opponents hit just .205 after the all-star break.

Yes, Soriano has the big contract, but he had that same contract last season and Girardi was willing to bump him to the seventh inning then. More than money, what Soriano has in his favor is a track record. From 2006 through 2010, Soriano was consistently one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. When he came to the American League East two years ago, he became one of the truly elite relievers in the game as the Rays closer.

Let there be no doubt, I believe in Robertson. After what he did last season, it’s hard to argue against him as the Yankees primary setup man. But at this time last year, it was impossible to argue against Soriano in that role. These are the “decisions” that face a bullpen as deep as the Yankees.

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103 Responses to “Spring decision: The eighth inning”

  1. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    What a BP we are gonna have.

    :)

  2. Bret The Hitman February 15th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    If they can salary dump Burnett they can certainly find a taker for a closer at the trade deadline. If the Yankees auction off R. Soriano in the heat of the pennant race, some team will surely grab him. At that point he will only have a little over a year left on his contract. R. Soriano could be the top reliever on the market this summer. With an extra wild card team in the mix, the market for him should be pretty strong.

  3. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Bret-

    When it comes to Pitching the Yankees have lots of options.

    ;)

  4. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    AJ for the 8th. It’s almost like a political slogan.

  5. Tom in N.J. February 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!

  6. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    MTU -

    The 2012 BP could easily shorten games to 6 innings, they’re that good. If Joba makes a strong come back, which I believe he will, the BP will not only be good, but well rested as well.

  7. 4 NYY February 15th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Remember the Alamo !

  8. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Tom in N.J. February 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!

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    Sink Maine!!

  9. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Al-

    This season Pitching will be our greatest strength.

    Deep in all aspects.

    Power arms everywhere. It should be quite a spectacle.

    :)

  10. 4 NYY February 15th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    You can never have too much pitching, long hard season. Today’s players, with all the $$$ involved, either won’t play, or be allowed to, with a hangnail

    But, I am hoping AJ is gone by weekend. ( eats innings all right, destructive ones )

  11. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Al-

    Larry Rothschild is a lucky Man !

    ;)

  12. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    As far as the bench is concerned, I’d rather give those on the 40 man a shot as the 4th OF position, and not spend money or prospects on an over-the-hill DH.

  13. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm
    Al-

    This season Pitching will be our greatest strength.

    Deep in all aspects.

    Power arms everywhere. It should be quite a spectacle.

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

    I wouldn’t go to sleep or go to the fridge for a beer on the Yankee offense, either. It still has a good chance to be outstanding.

  14. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    MTU -

    Even a great chef, with all the right ingredients, needs to put them all together in proper fashion, to create a winning dish. :)

  15. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    GB-

    Absolutely. But I think the Pitching will be spectacular.

    And I’ll be goin’ to the fridge for a beer no matter what happens.

    ;)

  16. Tom in N.J. February 15th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Don’t Switch Dicks in the Middle of a Screw, Vote Nixon in ’72!

  17. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    That doesn’t sound very ’70s, Tom…

  18. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    GB7 -

    If the current offense gets anywhere near its potential, this team goes all the way to #28.

    I’d like to see Cano in the 3 slot, Tex at #5. Less pressure on Tex may help him relax, and get his production back to 2009 numbers.

  19. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Al-

    With all that talent YOU could cook up a banquet fit for a King.

    ;)

  20. jacksquat February 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I hate hard slots for relievers, so stupid.

  21. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Mike -

    Thanks for that vote of confidence, I think.

  22. Bronx Jeers February 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Me and my bud used to watch the games and drink wine.

    Not very manly but it does cut down on the trips to the fridge.

  23. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Tom in N.J. February 15th, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    Don’t Switch Dicks in the Middle of a Screw, Vote Nixon in ’72!

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    I wasn’t around for that slogan. I was in VN when The Big Dick was in the White House. I seem to have missed all of the good stuff back then.

  24. 4 NYY February 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Some Days you’re the Bug and some Days you’re the Windshield…..

  25. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Jeers -

    C’mon. Be a little more creative next time.

    Just keep your cooler right next to the recliner.

    Al-

    When it comes to Pitching the Yankees live in Studville U.S.A.

  26. Joe from Long Island February 15th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    i see that garret jones had his arbitration hearing today. could this be a factor in the perceived delay aj-to-pittsburgh deal?

  27. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    GB7 -

    Now you see where Tom got his artistic talent from.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/j.....136204707/

  28. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Joe-

    UFO’s have been sighted in the Pittsburgh area.

    Maybe that’s the delay.

    Who frickin’ knows anymore.

    :)

  29. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Al-

    When it comes to Pitching the Yankees live in Studville U.S.A.

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

    So Cashman wanted to be a pitcher, ha, ha. I guess its better than being a “Catcher”.

  30. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Al-

    He did mean well.

    :)

  31. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    GB7 -

    If the current offense gets anywhere near its potential, this team goes all the way to #28.

    I’d like to see Cano in the 3 slot, Tex at #5. Less pressure on Tex may help him relax, and get his production back to 2009 numbers.

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

    NY was pretty good with Rodriguez missing more than a third of the season (only healthy for half of it), Jeter was off his feed for half a season and Posada was only decent for half a season. The bench was damned good. Even Chavez was hitting over .300 before he got hurt, and martin has been better than a .240 hitter. I think he’ll be fine with more rest this year. By the end of April, he was cooked. 23 games in the month is a tough schedule.

  32. Nick in SF February 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Good thinking, Joe. If Jones’ arb rep argues that the Steinbrenners can afford to give a little more, we will have our answer.

  33. 4 NYY February 15th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Soler is still free

  34. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I propose we filet Soler and put on a Yankee’s plate as a meal.

    ;)

  35. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    GB7 -

    Unlike some here, I have great faith in this years team offense. I guess if the lead MLB in HR’s, Runs Scored etc, it’ll still not be enough for some, but the botton line, come PS, SP and “D” will be the deciding factor, IMO.

  36. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    edit: “put him”

    Don’t forget the lemon and the spices too.

    ;)

  37. 4 NYY February 15th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I propose we filet Soler and put on a Yankee’s plate as a meal.

    ————————————————————————————————-

    May have to freeze him for a bit.

  38. Joe from Long Island February 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    i tell ya, jeremy lin has some good basketball sense.

  39. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Al-

    I’m with you. I think the Yankees are gonna have more than enough O to go with the level of P and D they are gonna present.

    ;)

  40. BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Y’all have a great night, later folks.

  41. Nick in SF February 15th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I liked this tweet from last night:

    eboland11 Reached for comment, Gisele said “Jeremy can’t play defense for his teammates too.”

  42. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    BIG AL February 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    GB7 -

    Unlike some here, I have great faith in this years team offense. I guess if the lead MLB in HR’s, Runs Scored etc, it’ll still not be enough for some, but the botton line, come PS, SP and “D” will be the deciding factor, IMO.

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

    NYYs do have a couple of players that need to make a few adjustments, but, they can make them. It’ll at least give a few people somebody new to whine about. They’re fast running out of new names.

  43. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    I propose we filet Soler and put on a Yankee’s plate as a meal.

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

    I’m curious as how fast he can heat up and shine playing American baseball.

  44. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Al-

    He would probably start at high A at best.

    He is only 19.

    He might be right up there with Williams, Santana, and Heathcott.

    A Marlin’s guy was quoted by Rosenthal as saying that Soler has the same type of power as Stanton.

    Wow. Let’s hope we get him if that’s true.

    :)

  45. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Four of the five AL East teams — the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles — appear to have some interest in Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler. Here are the latest links from the division…

    Players out of options in 2012…from MLBTR

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-2012.html

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Lots of assists by Jeremy.

    LINSANITY!!!! GO KNICKS!!!!

  47. 108 stitches February 15th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    What MLB pitching coach wouldn’t be envious of Larry Rothschild ?
    Assuming Freddy Garcia and Hiroki Kuroda won’t return in 2013, Adam Warren, David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell, Manny Banuelos, Delin Betances, Graham Stoneburner, Brett Marshall, Jose Campos, Jairo Heredia, and Nik Turley are rising not to mention Low A Charleston and the short leagues having pitching talent. If Tim Norton gets healthy, he’s a serious bullpen candidate.
    All the farm system needs is to get more positional players and more special instructional coaches at lower levels to teach.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    OMG Jeremy Lin!!!!!

    Dat’s all.

    :)

  49. GreenBeret7 February 15th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Daniel Burawa will be in NY beforeNorton gets healthy with Tom Kahnle and Mark Montgomery are shortly behind Burawa.

  50. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Bill Walker had a very good half, and I really like the chemistry developing between Chandler and Lin.

  51. Best To Ever Do It February 15th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    What MLB pitching coach wouldn’t be envious of Larry Rothschild ?

    ———–

    The pitching coach for the Rays.

  52. Stoneburner February 15th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    7:57pm: The Yankees and Phillies are in hardest on Soler now, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweets.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    After last night’s game, someone interviewing Lin described him as having icewater in his veins.

    Although I am apparently not comparing him to Mo in terms of matching abilities (at least not yet), I have said he reminds me of Mo from the beginning of his emergence. They really have a lot in common.

    **********
    rich – is Stoudemire the kind of player who will celebrate Lin or secretly be envious of him?

  54. LGY February 15th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Who thought it was a good idea to interview Mike Tyson on live TV?

  55. austinmac February 15th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    MLBTR says the Yanks and Phils hottest on Soler. I’m not sure what that means if they can’t negotiate yet. Is it something like “If you were a hypothetical Cuban player and I represented a hypothetical team how would $15M sound?”

  56. Best To Ever Do It February 15th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Amare will celebrate Lin

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    :)

    Hey, maybe the Knicks make the playoffs?

  58. m1kew February 15th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Yankees ‘optimistic’ on A.J. deal
    February, 15, 2012
    Feb 157:22PM ETEmailPrintComments6By Wallace MatthewsI don’t know if this qualifies as an update or not, but that Proverbial Source With Knowledge just told me the Yankees are “optimistic” that a deal to send A.J. Burnett somewhere — anywhere? — will get done this week, although it may not be with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all.

  59. Nick in SF February 15th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Watch out, Mayweather; LINstant Karma’s gonna get you!

  60. m February 15th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I haven’t clicked the links, but there are two at espn.com:

    Rangers’ Hamilton: I’m undergoing ‘makeover’

    Bobby V on Sox Regimen: No one likes change

    Trouble in Ft Myers? :)

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    For anyone who can’t get sporting events on television, Antisocial Scrooge gave me the link to a great online site that is absolutely free. Just don’t fall for any of the downloads they try to make you think you need, it’s all advertising. All you have to do once you have the game up and running is shut anything that appears on the screen blocking out the game. Do not go for any that tells you you “need” to download anything in order to be able to watch the game. Again, it’s all advertising.

    http://www.firstrowsports.eu/

  62. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    If you’re legitimately saying you’d be cool with a potential rotation of CC, Nova, Hughes, Burnett and one of the AAA guys, along with Garcia perhaps signing with the Red Sox or Angels or Texas, if Kuroda and/or Pineda didn’t work out, then that’s fine, I’ll take you at your word.

    Seems like something of an assumption Kuroda was a certain thing considering how long it took, but okay.

    btw – when did the Yankees advocate for the record this “defensive DH” thing?

    So bottom line JF, did you agree the criticism Cashman seems to be executing a series of tactics rather than orchestrating a series of moves is a legitimate one?

    Sorry, went to eat. Yes I would have been fine with it. Teams should not sign a bunch of low tier guys early in the offseason and then sign better players on top of them its a waste of money, which we agree is limited, and that limits future moves. That speaks to not knowing whats out there and who you’re planning to go after. If I were Cashman and was cooking up a trade of Montero to the Mariners, one where Jack Z specifically called to ask for him in november, I’d bet on getting 1 starter back and thus not sign Garcia. They knew Kuroda would consider east coast teams as early as december 6th. At that point, the Yankees knew a player they coveted and whom knew was coveted by them would be willing to pitch on the east coast. Thats now down to simply money and options. And remind that at the time we still had Noesi, who would be a more than capable 5th starter.

    If I planned to: Trade Montero for pitching, & Go after Kuroda (again, they liked Kuroda a heckuva lot so this is kind of a no brainer) I would not sign Garcia. At that point he is not needed in terms of future planning and represents a 5 million dollar black hole.

    The yankees, according to Buster Olney & others, want the last DH person to play defense. Its all over twitter so I’m assuming there is some kind of truth in it. We could have had Thome for 1 million early in the offseason if they didn’t care about defense.

    Your last question is muddled. Executing a series of moves vs executing a series of tactics? It seems like the same thing.

    Tactics: Signing Garcia, Signing Kuroda, Trading for Pineda

    These tactics make sense. As an overall strategy it makes less sense. Like I said, it is either incoherent from a strategic point or inefficient. I think pretty much every move they made this offseason is pretty good on the small scale tactical sense, but not so great as an overarching offseason strategy given other moves they could have made.

  63. blake February 15th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Jeff Passan JeffPassan

    @

    No surprise, but the two teams in hardest on Jorge Soler right now are the Yankees and Phillies, two sources say. This will get expensive.

    Hooray

  64. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/...../image.jpg

    Joba looks rotund

  65. blake February 15th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Wow Joba

  66. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I like the Passan tweet, but I really don’t see the Yankees matching the cubs theoretical agreed price so I don’t know what ‘hardest on’ means in that regard.

    Maybe they will surprise us and give him a major league deal, but it would be a huge gamble and they haven’t shown a desire to make those kinds of moves.

  67. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    If the Yankees are this close, they need to close.

  68. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Does Joba follow everyone on the Food Network too?

  69. MTU February 15th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    A Marlin’s guy said Soler has 80 power.

    ;)

  70. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    A Marlin’s guy said Soler has 80 power.

    Ben Badler said 65-70, but close enough. He has a lot of upside, and a lot of risk at the numbers being bandied about.

  71. 4time February 15th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    JeffPassan The Jeremy Lin-for-All-Star campaign is exactly like Stephen Strasburg two years ago: greatness+fan interest should make him a shoo-in.

  72. BD (Boston Dave) February 15th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    “Maybe they will surprise us and give him a major league deal, but it would be a huge gamble and they haven’t shown a desire to make those kinds of moves.”

    ———–

    I don’t see it (the major league deal.) They’re nickel and diming right now to keep the luxury tax hit as low as possible.

    They may offer him a nice chunk of change though if they really like the guy. And it may make even more sense than if they’d been in on Cespedes.

    I think adding a prospect who won’t be ready for 3-4+ years is more favorable than a guy who needs to earn his contract immediately.

    We’ll see – I won’t be disappointed if they open the wallet for the guy but with the number of teams in on him, it could get pricy.

  73. Yankee Trader February 15th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Phil’s trying to sign Hamels to an extension that might preclude them from shelling out money for Soler.

    Burnett wants trade to be settled by this Saturday.

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    So the Giants win the SB, the Knicks are suddenly looking unbeatable, and the Yanks are showing up with the rotation to beat.

    It definitely looks like a NY state of mind!

    :)

  75. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    “Burnett wants trade to be settled by this Saturday.”

    Then he should go to LA.

  76. blake February 15th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    ike the Passan tweet, but I really don’t see the Yankees matching the cubs theoretical agreed price so I don’t know what ‘hardest on’ means in that regard.”

    Maybe the Cubs report is inaccurate.

  77. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Maybe the Cubs report is inaccurate.

    All the cubs beat writers thought it was accurate, and the CSN Chicago guy said the only inaccuracy was the number of years? Rizzo said he will get more than the 15 million dollar major league deal that Leonys Martin got. And with the amount of interest I think we can rule out a minor league deal.

  78. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    “the Knicks are suddenly looking unbeatable”

    They have had a very easy schedule. They will be tested very soon.

    The Rangers are the best team in NY right now.

  79. 4time February 15th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    “So the Giants win the SB, the Knicks are suddenly looking unbeatable, and the Yanks are showing up with the rotation to beat.”

    And the Rangers have the best record in the NHL (and they just beat the Bruins in Boston last night :D)

    Honestly never seen anything like this before in NY where all the the teams are dominant. One already won a title (Giants). 2 are legit title contenders (Rangers/Yankees).

    Knicks are playing the best ball in years… I would love their chances at a run in the playoffs if they could get the 6 seed or better. Don’t like having to match up with MIA or CHI in round 1.

  80. BD (Boston Dave) February 15th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    “Maybe the Cubs report is inaccurate.”

    ————-

    6years/$27.5M seems at least possible and with enough competition some team may crack and pay that.

    I believe the report was 4/$27.5?

    We’ll see… Yanks last chance to make a splash with the cash.

  81. BD (Boston Dave) February 15th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    “And with the amount of interest I think we can rule out a minor league deal.”

    ———–

    probably right, which would really hurt the Yanks chances IMO

  82. jacksquat February 15th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    If Soler has to be a major league contract, then I don’t see how the Yankees sign him if they are really trying to get under the luxury tax threshold by 2014. They can’t have that kind of money going to a guy who is not playing for them in the majors yet.

  83. RMS February 15th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Joba looks rotund

    —————————————————————
    He sure does, huge.

  84. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Ben Badler @BenBadler

    Lots of teams being reported in rumors about Jorge Soler. One won’t go near those prices, another doesn’t like him at all.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    “They have had a very easy schedule. They will be tested very soon.”

    I wouldn’t call Chicago or the Lakers very easy.

    Maybe equally “impressive” is that their long losing streak also saw them in parts of a “very easy schedule.”

    I prefer to look at it like a glass 3/4 full rather than a glass 3/4 empty.

    I think I’m right, by cracky!

    :)

  86. blake February 15th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    “All the cubs beat writers thought it was accurate, and the CSN Chicago guy said the only inaccuracy was the number of years?”

    Surely….but basically everyone thought Cespedes was going g to the Marlins too…..its not been exactly a banner offseason for the accuracy of information.

  87. blake February 15th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Yea I can’t see the yanks doing a big league deal either unless the money per year is less than 5 million…..and even then I don’t know……their best shot might be to offer a bunch up front and try to persuade him to do a minor league deal.

  88. Best To Ever Do It February 15th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The haven’t played the Bulls yet and the Lakers team is not as good as they used to be. The run is still a good one though.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “Honestly never seen anything like this before in NY where all the the teams are dominant. One already won a title (Giants). 2 are legit title contenders (Rangers/Yankees).

    Knicks are playing the best ball in years… I would love their chances at a run in the playoffs if they could get the 6 seed or better. Don’t like having to match up with MIA or CHI in round 1.”

    All good karma. When you belicheat your way through seasons, karma has a way of biting you in the butt. When you spend your time powdering the butts of recalcitrant little whiners who spend their time drinking beer and eating chicken wings, karma has a way of catching up with you.

    GO NY TEAMS!!!

    :)

  90. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    “I wouldn’t call Chicago or the Lakers very easy.”

    They lost to the Bulls on 2/1, the last time they played them.

    Dallas and Miami coming up. Let’s see how they do.

    There really only has been a glass to look at for about a week. I’m hopeful, but I need to see more.

  91. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Surely….but basically everyone thought Cespedes was going g to the Marlins too…..its not been exactly a banner offseason for the accuracy of information.

    Except for the reports that he didn’t want to play there :) And then the contract ended up being pretty good overall for Cespedes. So Soler becomes a Yankee despite reports of the Cubs being heavy on him and verbally agreeing to a deal, cool, but its not going to be for a GREAT DEAL for the Yankees, surely? Cespedes went to the A’s, but he got a FA clause and the same amount of money the marlins were offering for 2 less years. So Soler goes to the Yankees its for a major league deal north of 28 million?

  92. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Atlanta will also be a good test.

  93. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    And Cespedes didn’t have tweets saying he agreed to anything with Miami or an agent with a history of signing his clients before FA :)

  94. Yankee Trader February 15th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Blake and Jerkface-

    Have either of you seen any photos of Jorge Soler or his stats?

    Bleacher report listed reasons why the Cubs shouldn’t sign him and found one photo.

    Does anyone really know if this guy is really the second coming of Mike Stanton?

  95. Benny Blanco February 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    SJ44 update:

    #yankee fans still in a panic over trading Jesus Montero and waiting out trading AJ Burnett, take a look at the redsox. It could be worse.. 3 hours ago

    Trading montero was tough. Didnt exactly get chopped liver in return. Michael Pineda is one of the best 23 and under SP in MLB.. 3hours ago

    …As you were. :)

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Sorry, I was looking at the schedule and saw the Bulls but it was a loss and before they went on their run. Also, I looked at the standings by conference and the Lakers were 2nd in the pacific conference.

    But the point remains that they were on a huge losing streak and a lot of those were easy teams too. I prefer to look at this as a turn-around. They are winning, and that’s what counts. Winning is infectious.

    But okay, I’ll wait to see how they play some of the better teams, but I’m thinking they will play them equally tough, especially since Anthony should be returning to the team on Saturday.

  97. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Panic must have a different definition to some than the dictionary definition.

  98. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Panic must have a different definition to some than the dictionary definition.

    Bret the Hitman’s definition of panic was my favorite. As it was used to mean that Cashman doesnt do anything :twisted:

  99. Yankee Trader February 15th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Burnett trade to be accomplished before Saturday:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/

  100. Best To Ever Do It February 15th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    @ Trisha fair enough

  101. Jerkface February 15th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    I’ve only read the scouting reports. Unlike Cespedes I’ve not seen much information on his cuban league slash lines. As he defected before he was 19 I’m not sure he got much time to play in the cuban national league. He did well in a junior tournament.

  102. Yankee Trader February 15th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    New Post—->

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    They play Atlanta and Miami back to back. That should be interesting.

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