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Friday notes: “Hopefully they all go as smoothly as today”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

What do you make of a game like today? The Yankees scored 11 runs, but their big league regulars accounted for exactly two hits. They shutout South Florida, but that was a college lineup facing a pitching staff of up-and-coming professionals.

“I’m really happy with all of the strikes that we threw from our young kids,” Joe Girardi said. “(Zoilo) Almonte really swung the ball well. David Adams really swung the bat well today. I thought we executed well offensively. We did the things we were supposed to. Guys moved runners when they had to. Look at the at-bat that (Jorge) Vazquez had with a runner at second and nobody out. Just good fundamental baseball.”

Girardi said he was happy to have so many young guys get their first at-bats under their belts. It takes away some of the tension that comes with being in big league camp. Ultimately, though, this was clearly a teaser before tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies.

“We’ve been through our work and I think we’re ready to start playing games and start getting guys in shape and start evaluating some guys,” Girardi said. “Hopefully they all go as smoothly as today.”

• Ivan Nova is scheduled for two innings or 35 pitches tomorrow. Pretty standard for a first spring training start.

• Pitching after Nova in tomorrow’s game: David Phelps, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral and Michael O’Connor. At least two of those guys will pitch more than one inning, but Girardi wasn’t sure which ones.

• The plan is still to have Robinson Cano play for the first time on Sunday. The outfielders and Russell Martin will make tomorrow’s trip to Clearwater. The infielders will play on Sunday. Girardi said he expects the regulars to play about five innings tomorrow.

• The star of today’s show was Almonte, who went 2-for-2 with four RBI. He was one of three Yankees to triple in the game, joining Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez. Pena, Doug Bernier and Colin Curtis also had two hits. Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez were the Yankees regulars who had hits. Both singled.

• The Yankees pitching staff finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks. They allowed four hits, one off each of the first four pitchers. Graham Stoneburner, Ryan Pope and Kevin Whelan finished the game with a hitless inning apiece. Pope did hit a guy.

• Quick injury updates:

George Kontos: Played catch today. Still not off a mound yet. He’s out with a sore oblique.
Manny Delcarmen: Will be reevaluated after a week to see if he’s ready to play catch. He’s out with a strained lat.
Austin Romine: Still out with a sore back. When will he be back? “Not for a while,” Girardi said.
Russell Branyan: According to Girardi he’s still “day-to-day” with a sore back.
Kyle Higashioka: Caught today and can swing on Monday. He’s been out with a sore shoulder.

• Girardi on Hal Steinbrenner’s comments about the payroll: “I know Hal talked about a number. It’s not like that number is a low number. What manager wouldn’t like to have a payroll of that? He talked about getting away from the luxury tax, and that’s fine with me. I’m still really blessed to have the payroll we have.”

• For whatever it’s worth, the Yankees have five players individually making more money this season than the entire team payroll of that Marlins team Girardi managed in 2006.

• Brian Cashman denied a report that the Yankees have made an offer to Cuban utility man Adonis Garcia. “That’s not true,” Cashman said. “We have not done that. There’s a $16 million number that we made an offer to somebody. We haven’t made an offer.”

• Without getting into specifics, Girardi called Mark Teixeira’s performance during yesterday’s improv outing “priceless” and said it was exactly the kind of thing he was hoping to see. “If you’re a young player, maybe if you don’t see Tex do something like that, the older guys might be a little harder to approach,” Giradi said. “But when you see them and they’re on the same level, you might ask him a question about hitting or playing first because you saw a different side of him, a side that’s a lot more inviting.”

Bad news on former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor. He was arrested for drug trafficking in North Carolina.

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67 Responses to “Friday notes: “Hopefully they all go as smoothly as today””

  1. m March 2nd, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks, Chad!

  2. Jerkface March 2nd, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Austin Romine: Still out with a sore back. When will he be back? “Not for a while,” Girardi said.

    -

    :roll:

    I’ll be at the games tomorrow and sunday, hope to see Manny, Betances, Phelps, Pineda, and some of the other guys do well.

  3. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    CB,

    Hello everyone, About your argument, i think you are right. Back in the 80?s the Leones del Caracas team ( Venezuela’s Yankees ) was owned by two people, eventually they died…..ten years later they sold the team….the reason….. too many relatives, some interested in the team some not so much, but all of them wanted money.

    You are spot on, they no longer want their equity in the team, they need profits to keep the different brothers and systers happy…. Pat M maybe right, there might a sell of the team by the end of this decade.

  4. stuckey March 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    “That’s not what CB was talking about with his winning the business side comment.

    “He’s talking about those fans that have become obsessed with with winning with a lower payroll or making “savy” signings like John Smoltz and Brad Penny.”

    LGY, how is that in principle different than fans “obsessed” with winning with a higher payroll and making superior resources, 50% taxation every dollar singing guys like Hamels?

  5. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    JF,

    You are very lucky!!. I hope that you share your impressions as soon as you can

  6. ron March 2nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    After 2017,nobody is under contract for the yankees,and after 2016,only arod is left.

    Salaries are coming down,except for the elite players.
    The yankees will still outspend every team,and pay players less,while using the lt as the excuse.
    The yankees are just going to get better bargains for players because other teams are not going to pay either,and the yankees will say they have to stay competitive.
    Matter of fact,i bet cano,and granderson give the yankees some kind of discount,or it will cost the yankeesa little less,if they sign them,because of the new rules.

    No team,except for 1 or 2 comes near 189 million anyways,so the yankees still have an advantage.
    The difference between 189 million,and 225 million is only 36 million.

    Take away all the yankees wasted money,and it’s business as usual,for the most part

  7. ron March 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Bad news on former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor. He was arrested for drug trafficking in North Carolina.

  8. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    they no longer want their equity in the team, they need profits to keep the different brothers and systers happy

    Looking for reasons outside of “the CBA changed and the new luxury tax is severely debilitating” is just trying way too hard. Do people really need to be that convinced that the Yankees aren’t going to burn their checkbook?

    How do people get through the normal trials an tribulations of life if something as menial as this becomes such a wedge in your day?

  9. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Isn’t the Brien Taylor story… good news?

    Isn’t it a good thing that this scumbag is no longer selling drugs?

    I understand he’s a former yankees prospect, but that doesn’t earn you a thousand degrees of levity. He was doing something extremely bad, and it is GOOD news that he is no longer doing it. Unfortunate for him? Yeah… obviously… but bad news?

  10. blake March 2nd, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    “Isn’t the Brien Taylor story… good news?”

    I think anytime someones life

  11. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    blake – I know it’s unfortunate for him as a person… but someone being arrested for doing something illegal is hardly bad news. Unfortunate is the word I would use, if not good or justified.

  12. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I think you didn’t understand me…..I was just reading the previous thread, and started to think about the story i wrote before, and makes sense. I’m not whining, just pointing out that it’s a logical progression for the Stein’s.

    I am not passing judgement, it’s their prerrogative, just as is CB’s prerrogative not to like the spining as a fan.

    Still, i think it was a very interesting discussion.

  13. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I just looked this guy up too…

    Prospect Ratings by Baseball America:
    Pre-1992: Rated #1 Prospect
    Pre-1993: Rated #2 Prospect
    Pre-1994: Rated #18 Prospect

    What happened to this guy in the minors? I’ve never seen someone with multiple seasons of a WHIP over 2…

  14. Bronx Jeers March 2nd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I think anytime perfectly good drugs fall into the hands of cops, it’s bad news. :wink:

  15. blake March 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I got cut off……I think any time someones life devolves into something like drug trafficking its sad……that said…..yea its good that he got caught and hopefully he gets straightened out.

  16. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    ID,

    He got mixed up in some brawl, and hurt himself, couldnt play ball anymore

  17. DONNYBROOK March 2nd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Nunez bears Very close watching. He may just out-hit Jones in ST, and become the RH side of a platoon DH with Ibanez. I also like the speed Nunez would bring as a platoon DH. Nunez’s demeanor as 2011 came to a close, showed he was rapidly gaining confidence in his abilities. It’s no surprise that a lotta teams inquired as to his availability during the offseason.

  18. Cashmoney March 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    What happened to this guy in the minors? I’ve never seen someone with multiple seasons of a WHIP over 2…
    ——
    broke his arm in a bar fight, I.D, if it’s Taylor u were looking up…never the same after I guess.

  19. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    luis – That’s fine, and I didn’t aim the post your way purposely because a lot of people are doing the same thing and everyone gets swept up in groupthink from time to time. It was certainly interesting, just seemingly overblown from my standpoint. There are obvious reasons that these changes are being made, and then there are the conjectured reasons. The CBA is real, not much else is.

  20. DONNYBROOK March 2nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hal started this firestorm. Yankee Universe will not tolerate George’s offspring taking the team in a direction that is contrary to the way Geroge did business. People forget about the lean years under George, and the applause\standing ovation in Yankee Stadium when George’s suspension was posted\announced.

  21. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    ID,

    No problem ;) . You are right the only thing for real is the CBA, the rest is especulation.

  22. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    donnybrook – **Hal started this firestorm.**

    Maybe, but the crazies with no perspective have taken it and poured gasoline on it.

    **Yankee Universe will not tolerate George’s offspring taking the team in a direction that is contrary to the way Geroge did business.**

    Thankfully the Yankee’s have been spared their fans making decisions in the past, and that is not likely to change.

    ** People forget about the lean years under George, and the applause\standing ovation in Yankee Stadium when George’s suspension was posted\announced. **

    No one has ever accused of large groups of people of being rational and intelligent.

  23. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Donnybrook,

    He is not here anymore… The problem the Yankees have now are the long term contracts that are hindering their ability and flexibility to operate. As soon as those contracts come out of the books, the yankees should be fine as long as they keep a good farm. On the posibilty that they might sell the team….Who knows?, but it’s logical

  24. Cashmoney March 2nd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Nunez bears Very close watching. He may just out-hit Jeter.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Taylor wasn’t in a “bar fight”. It was a fight between Taylor’s brother and the brother’s girl friend’s “acquaintance”. Brien Taylor got involved to keep his brother from shooting the other guy. In the scuffle, they fell on Brien Taylor’s shoulder and tore everything loose. It happened, not in a bar but closer to his own home than the bar (they were on the same road”. Sad part is that his family most of his money. House for his mother, bought into a small business so his brother could have a job, was the main support for a family of about 12. He got a 1991 Mustang.

  26. Irreverent Discourse March 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    GB7 – Thank you for that.

    It doesn’t really change how I feel about today’s news, but that definitely sucks.

    Let’s hope Pineda doesn’t have any brothers girlfriends acquaintances…

  27. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    GB7,

    You mean that his family spended most of his money?, very sad story in deed

  28. stuckey March 2nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    “Because one principle is about wanting to see your team win baseball games. The other is wanting your team to be perceived a certain way.”

    LGY, I’m not sure who the latter profile describes. I guess maybe he did mean that as you explain it, didn’t occur to me because doesn’t seem like its in response to the context of the discussion he joined.

    Me? i could give a crap how the media or fandom perceives how the Yankees win.

    I just think it would be very, very interesting to see the Yankees out-strategize other teams with a relatively like pool of resources for no other reason that would entertain me.

    I think it would make the off-seasons SOO much more fun.

  29. Cashmoney March 2nd, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    aye, gb… sad indeed.

  30. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    That family was trouble from day one after his mother brought Scott Boras in as a “consultant”. The father left the home years before. The whole thing was a mess. Not sure if Beien Taylor ever got married, but, he did have 5 or 6 kids of his own. The last few years, he was a brick layer.

  31. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Sad, because he was the goods. Lightening cast with a change-up and nasty slider. Guidry said he had the most electric arm he ever saw outside of Gil Patterson. Never saw him as a pro, but, saw him pitch when his high school team came to Ft Bragg to play the local high school team.

  32. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    ***Lightening cast*** with a change-up and nasty slider

    Lightening fast

  33. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    gb i think i remember that taylor averaged right around 2K/IP in HS!

  34. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    GB,

    Excuse my ignorance, but who is Gil Patterson?

  35. LGY March 2nd, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Trailer-park tragedy

    It’s 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, but Ron Wilson isn’t going out. He’s on parole, and a curfew goes with it. He’s watching TV in his trailer on Laurel Road, trying to calm down after fighting earlier with Brenden Taylor, Brien’s older brother. Wilson’s mother, Patricia, had been involved in a heated argument with Brenden, whose longtime girlfriend, Anna Wilson, is Patricia’s sister.

    There was pushing and shoving. Ron Wilson says Brenden knocked his mother to the ground. Ron punched Brenden hard in the face. Brenden fell and hit his head on a rock. He got up with the rock in his hand, and Wilson punched him again. Brenden and Anna drove off. Ron didn’t know where they were going.

    Minutes later, someone is pounding and cursing outside Wilson’s door. Ron looks out and sees Brien. Wilson can’t believe it. He and Brien have been tight for years. “Practically family,” Wilson says. Brien was told that Wilson and another man had jumped Brenden, cheap-shotted him. Brien is enraged.

    “C’mon out,” he screams at Wilson.

    “I don’t want to fight you, Brien,” Wilson says. “You and me, we don’t have no problem.”

    Brien – accompanied by his cousin, Donnell Johnson – doesn’t seem to hear anything Wilson says. Wilson keeps urging him to come in, calm down. Taylor demands Wilson come out and fight.

    “It was like he couldn’t even think,” Wilson says.

    Jamie Morris, a cousin of Wilson’s, hears the ruckus and tells Taylor and Johnson to leave Wilson alone. Johnson rushes him and gets Morris in a full nelson. Taylor, getting angrier by the moment, balls up his left fist – his throwing fist. For years, accounts of this night have varied wildly, talking about barroom brawls and Taylor getting jumped from behind and the prodigy falling backward and wrecking his shoulder on an oil drum. This is what really happened, Wilson says.

    Taylor draws back his left arm and brings it forward, hard and fast, with all his immense power, aiming for Jamie Morris.

    Morris manages to arch backward. Taylor’s punch misses everything. An instant later, the most prized left arm in baseball is dangling by his side. Everything is a blur now. A scuffle breaks out and Wilson tries to grab Taylor and Taylor screams, “Let me go, my arm hurts.” He curses at Wilson and threatens to pay someone to kill him. Deputy Sheriff Sonny Rose pulls up in an unmarked Crown Victoria. Taylor is already in an EMS vehicle, on his way to the hospital. Wilson has already fled, terrified he’d blown his parole.

    http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2.....en_taylor/

  36. Cashmoney March 2nd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    gb. I have never seen brien pitched live. I just remember the whispers of a certain great young gunslinger who is lefty to boot getting louder when he got injured. Yanks were pretty lousy then as I was growing up… watching the lights of Lapointe, Eiland, Hawkins and other greats pitching on the daily basis made u wish Taylor need to come sooner than later… but it was not meant to be in the cards I guess.

  37. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Ys, have no idea what his school numbers were, but he was good. What could he have been? who knows.

    Luis, Gil Patterson was an outstabding pitching prospect for the Yanks back in the late 70s and expected to pair up with Guidry. Had all of the pitches , control…everything. He hurt his arm early in NY and was pretty much finished. George steinbrenner saw him parking cars at a restaurant and went up to him, shook his hand and offered him a job. He stayed in the minors coaching to be close to his son who had some mental/physical issues. Later, he was a pitching coach for Toeonto and Oakland and rejoined the Yanks a few years ago. Not sure where he is now, but he coaching.

  38. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    LGY,

    You mean that he dislodged his arm for missing a punch?

  39. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    The info I had on Taylor came from one report, so what I had may or may not be right. I know it was a big thing in that area because of who he had signed with. apparently there were several versions of what happened and possibly more than one police report.

  40. luis March 2nd, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks GB, in the 70′s i was just a kid of about 10-12, plus access to info those days was very bad….If Guidry thought so highly of him, he must have been something very especial. No wonder is so hard to make it to the big leagues, for everyone who makes it 20 don’t

  41. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Whatever Taylor was supposed to be, and Guidry said he was as good as they get, he still liked Patterson’s arm more. Imagine that 3 in the rotation with a young Dave Righetti. Righetti’s dad was Yankee farm player also and his brother was a farm arm with texas.

  42. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    fangraphs had readers rate the broadcasters for each team. they published the tv broadcaster ratings and the yankees came in 16th! Ouch! They will start balloting for the radio broadcasters next week, i’ll bet john and suzyn come in as low or lower than Kay and the YES crew did…

  43. jr1212 March 2nd, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I think the most interesting part of what Cashman said was that there is a 16 million dollar offer out there for someone…Can it be Soler???

  44. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    met’s tv crew deservedly came in 2nd only behind scully.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock March 2nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    “I’m really happy with all of the strikes that we threw from our young kids,” Joe Girardi said. “(Zoilo) Almonte really swung the ball well. David Adams really swung the bat well today. I thought we executed well offensively. We did the things we were supposed to. Guys moved runners when they had to. Look at the at-bat that (Jorge) Vazquez had with a runner at second and nobody out. Just good fundamental baseball.”
    ///

    This is the guy who may be a darkhorse OF for us, if he can close up his stance a bit and tighten up in the outfield. Zoilo Almonte does have power and is a switch-hitting OF with a good arm.

    He could be a Melky type with a little more power, although he’s a far cry from hitting .300 in the majors from both sides of the plate, sitting down in Trenton as he is. Still, he appears to be the best option we have as an OF close to the majors, unless Melky Mesa suddenly gets it.

    Abe Almonte is another interesting guy. He was flying and then he got hurt. I wish TYYanks would come back – she’s seen a lot of him down in Tampa. TY, if you’re reading, remind me again about Abe Almonte. I’m getting him in Trenton this season.

  46. NYYanksFan March 2nd, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Alex Rodriguez inspires Yankees with pregame speech
    ?
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....ech_030212

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock March 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Not sure if Beien Taylor ever got married, but, he did have 5 or 6 kids of his own. The last few years, he was a brick layer.
    ///

    Five daughters, unfortunately.

  48. mick March 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    People forget about the lean years under George, and the applause\standing ovation in Yankee Stadium when George’s suspension was posted\announced.
    =================================
    Not that they forget, most were not born yet.

  49. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    very interesting that arod apparently made a stirring ‘all in’ speach to the team today and not a mention of it here on the lohud blog…

  50. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    btw, i never forgot that GMS won all of 2 WS in the 26 seasons he ran the team ‘his way.’

    i was one of those cheering when the suspension was announced…

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock March 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’ll be at the games tomorrow and sunday, hope to see Manny, Betances, Phelps, Pineda, and some of the other guys do well.
    //
    I’m envious, but at least they’re airing this one. You’ll also get to see Sanchez, and I think, JR, too. DJ Mitchell, also. You’re getting a good cast – enjoy.

  52. GreenBeret7 March 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    MLB Network shows Yankee Hi-Lites

    some of the hits and pitching and a lot of that no talent, no range shortstop of theirs.

    Really nice plays up the middle. Will he ever quiet the critics? Doubtful

  53. Benny Blanco March 2nd, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Best thing about tomorrow game? Manny Banuelos

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock March 2nd, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    George did some stupid things, but Gene Michael kept him from doing two tragic things.

    Too bad no one stoppled Cashman from trading Montero, to speak of tragedy.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 2nd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    And in something that really matters in life, two Indiana towns were destroyed by a tornado earlier today.

    “Marysville is completely gone,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams.

    People have no homes, children have no schools. They no longer have a town.

    Do people really have difficulties with the concept of the Yankees doing what they want with their own money?

    Is there anyone, other than I, who feels that it’s actually better for certain teams not to be spending the highest amounts possible while some other teams don’t have the same kind of revenues?

    I love the Yankees like no other. But I also value the competition aspect and not always seeing my team get to the highest levels because they have the most to spend. It kind of offends me, actually.

    JMO

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock March 2nd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I doubt Jeter cares what 14-year old fanboys think.

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Oh goody. The new wild card went into effect. I don’t listen to FAN so I don’t know what NY fans/callers have to say about it but I can tell you that on EEI, to a person they see it as ridiculous.

  58. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    george didn’t know squat about baseball. what he saw was the ‘brand value’ of the yankees before anyone knew what that was. and he knew that publicity, pretty much any publicity about the yankees added to the brand. unfortunately, he thought he knew something about how to run a winning team and he really didn’t.

    thank goodness we have cashman (a disciple of gene michael) and he made the trade for pineda!

  59. Jerkface March 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Goldstein, Goldman, and Ferrin were just asked on MLB XM about the bountiful pitching in the game right now and were asked if it was an illusion. Their response was no, its not an illusion, and that pitching happens to be extremely dominant right now in the majors and minors in terms of talent while the OF & Left side of the infield is quite thin.

    Ferrin’s take is that more of the 2 way players in highschool & college were pushed towards pitching due to the offensive era we are leaving, so the guys with the great talent were prodded towards the mound.

    Goldstein said its just a kind of thing that happens.

  60. Jerkface March 2nd, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    @DanielKimW

    Pretty sick news out of Korea. HJ Park (LG Twins) admits to ‘intentionally’ giving walks. His walks were bet on at illegal gambling sites.

  61. blake March 2nd, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Yankeesource ? @YankeeSource

    The Latin American scout who said that the offer was “fiction” also said “they might still be players for Jorge Soler.”

  62. blake March 2nd, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    “Goldstein, Goldman, and Ferrin were just asked on MLB XM about the bountiful pitching in the game right now and were asked if it was an illusion. ”

    I thought good pitching was hard to find…..

  63. Ys Guy March 2nd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    very interesting how cashman threw it out that they had a $16M offer out there on someone, that had to have a purpose, i don’t buy that it just slipped out in answer to a question about something else…cashman has something in mind there…

  64. blake March 2nd, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Can’t imagine who else it would be if it’s not Soler…….

  65. Jerkface March 2nd, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I think thats just a weird phrasing, it sounds like Cashman is saying they do not have any 16 million dollar offer out there.

  66. Jerkface March 2nd, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    “We have not done that. There’s a $16 million number that we made an offer to somebody. We haven’t made an offer.”

    Parsing this, as the question is ‘Did you make an offer to Adonis Garcia?’ , Cashman says “We have not done that.” then Repeats the rumor, that they made a 16 million offer to somebody. Then says “we haven’t made an offer.”

    Its just a really weird sentence, but Cashman usually does not divulge anything about offers or contracts like that.

  67. Nick in SF March 2nd, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I always took the over on Park walks. :twisted:

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