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Week in review: Mo’s decision, CC’s surgery, A-Rod’s role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Seems a little harder to keep up with day-to-day news in the offseason, so every Sunday I’ll try to offer a week-in-review post to help everyone catch up on the key bits of information. At this point, the news is fairly thin, but here are the basics of what you missed the past seven days.

• Mariano Rivera told Brian Cashman that he’s still not certain whether he’ll play next season. Rivera initially said he would absolutely be back after tearing his ACL, but he now seems to be having second thoughts (I’m still getting the sense that the Yankees believe he’ll ultimately return).

• CC Sabathia had a bone spur removed from his left elbow. The surgery was relatively minor and Sabathia is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

• Manager Joe Girardi did his annual end-of-the-season press conference, but he didn’t drop any real news. The most significant thing Girardi said might have been his insistence that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the Yankees everyday third baseman next year.

• Cashman said on a radio show that Michael Pineda isn’t likely to be available until the middle of next season at the earliest. Shoot for June and set expectations from there.

• In the same interview, Cashman once again said he doesn’t expect Eduardo Nunez to play anywhere but shortstop next season. There are no plans of having Nunez change positions to fit him into the lineup next season.

• Joel Sherman cited a friend of Ichiro Suzuki’s who said Ichiro would like to return to the Yankees next season and money shouldn’t be a problem. I can’t help wondering whether contract length — and faith that Ichiro can repeat his second-half results — might be a problem.

• Mark Teixeira won a Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive first baseman in baseball.

• Japanese phenom Shohei Otani was drafted in Japan, but that’s not likely to stop him from ultimately signing with a Major League team. He’ll likely be the biggest name on the international market this winter.

• The Yankees re-signed four minor league free agents, including left-handed reliever Juan Cedeno and speedy outfielder Abe Almonte, who could get at least an invitation to big league camp this spring. Not bad depth pieces.

• Game 4 of the World Series is tonight in Detroit. The Giants have the early advantage.

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184 Responses to “Week in review: Mo’s decision, CC’s surgery, A-Rod’s role”

  1. blake October 28th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Id bring Ichiro back….he can play all 3 outfield positions and I believe what we saw after the trade was at least somewhat real….his bat speed looks fine….he still plays good defense….he’s a nice guy to have around….also if they move either Gardner or Granderson you kinda need Ichiro to be the back up CFer

  2. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    ” The Giants have the early advantage”.

    Talk about an an understatement !

    That metal object sticking out of the Tigers back is a great, big Fork.

    They are done. Finished. Over. Kaput.

    Just a matter of how long it will take to administer the Coup de Gras.

    Pathetic performance.

  3. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Cain vs. Scherzer-Giants sweep, let the hot stove begin tomorrow.
    .
    Sabathia-minor ellbow procedure. No problem

    Rivera-If he wants to come back is it an incentive laden contract or another 15M?

    Ichiro-On the fence. He did hit righties and lefties equally well.

    Nunez-Earlier I was hoping Nunez could become a super utility type, but he needs to concentrate on one position, especially now, not knowing when Jeter will be able to play at 100%

    Otani-Would love some, but when the Ham Fighters decide not to put up a fuss and free him up soon, the Dodgers are reported to be favorites. How much $$$ to they have left to sign IFA’s?

  4. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Things that make you go Hmmmm.

    CC w the op to remove a bone spur.

    The CIA has nothing on the Yankees.

    A total cloak of secrecy during the reg. season.

    Now we know where the inflammation came from.

    Bet the Yankees knew all along.

    ;)

  5. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m sure Ichiro would like to return and I’m equally sure money won’t be a problem.

    The Yanks just need to give him what he wants — thus, no problem.

    It’s amazing how just about everyone wants to keep just about everyone, sign Torii Hunter who’s 37 next season AND get younger and more athletic. It doesn’t add up.

    Hunter is a very good player, but the Yanks don’t need to shell out major $$$ for 37-year-old OF help. Hunter will cost as much as Swisher, though likely for fewer years.

  6. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    YT-

    The Dodgers are schmucks.

    They proved that last season.

    Guess they think money gows on citrus trees.

    By the way, the Hot Stove season has been underway for quite sone time here on LoHud.

    Everybody else will be playing catch up.

    :)

  7. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    P.S. Hunter actually turns 38 in July.

  8. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Blake-

    Ichiro made 18M last year. He puts fans in the seats. Will he take a lot less, and will he accept a part time role, or might you be willing to include Gardner in a trade for another bat?

    Of course ichiro could make up the difference in endorsements he’d get, playing in NY.

    Sign ichiro and this could be the OF- Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Ichiro RF

  9. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    What happened to Hamilton ?

    I thought you guys decided we were getting him.

    :)

  10. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I wonder if the Dodgers would be interested in moving Yasiel Puig. He’s gonna cost a lot of money the next few years and the Dodgers OF is locked up contractually for five years.

  11. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Sign ichiro and this could be the OF- Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Ichiro RF

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

    Could happen, but hope it doesn’t. If it does, leave to the Yankees to put the worst OF of the three in CF. Ichiro no longer has an adequate RF arm any more either.

  12. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Keep Swisher.

    Trade for Gordon.

    Install GGBG in CF.

    Make Suzuki your 4th OF’er.

    Shop Granderson.

    Younger w. better balance.

    You Like ?

  13. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Bring back Nix and Ibanez.

  14. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    86w183-

    The Yankees looking to get younger? You are right, it doesn’t add up. Resign Pettitte, Kuroda and hope for 43 yo Rivera to come back for his swan song? oesn’t make sense.

    No Ichiro, No Hunter, No Ibanez.

    Is it time to just play Dickerson, Mesa, Almonte, full time? Put Phelps in rotation with CC, Nova, Hughes and find a cheap 5th starter-Warren? Let Robertson close with Montgomery as set up?

    Or do you try and bring in an older but still productive FA bat on a 1-2 year contract to hold the fort at a corner OF spot until the best Yankee minor league prospect bats are ready?

  15. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Elevate MM to AAA and get him ready by mid-season.

    Same w Romine. He needs to be our BUC by the ASB.

  16. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Challenge Tyler Austin.

    Kid can hit.

    Give Adams a shot at 3B.

  17. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Let Nix and Adams compete in ST for the 2b/3b fill in.

    Nunez is the BU SS.

  18. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Upgrade Martin.

  19. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Chew on that.

    Dog walk time.

    :)

  20. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    If Hal tells Cashman he wants to shoot for a 40 man opening day payroll of 185M and will allow for 5-6M more for inseason deals, how can you make the necessary cuts and field a good team?

    Opening day payroll this year nearly 210M per Cot’s.
    LT 42.5% on everything over 178M threshold.
    ARod AAV 27.5M, makes 28M in 2013 and gets 6M more in marketing bonus when he passes Mays.

  21. andrewmelillo October 28th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Let Martin free swiñging go I STICK WITH CERVELLI AN ROMINE AN STEWART

  22. andrewmelillo October 28th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Why is everyone worried about 185 mil payroll girardi needs to get fired if they cant win still with the highest payroll

  23. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Paychecks don’t win games…. or playoff series.

    The Yanks’ 1996-2001 dynasty was built with none of the highest paid players in the game, but about 12 of the top 30.

    Don’t forget that $ 189 M is a TON of money. If Mariano retires and Soriano opts out, the Yanks are already down to $ 180 M.

    If Swisher, Martin, Garcia and Feliciano walk that’s another $ 25 M plus.

  24. blake October 28th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “Sign ichiro and this could be the OF- Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Ichiro RF”

    That outfield is very left handed…..also pretty risky if Gardner can’t stay healthy….and Ichiro regressed

  25. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    “MTU says:
    October 28, 2012 at 9:21 am
    What happened to Hamilton ?

    I thought you guys decided we were getting him.

    That was just me…..the consensus is that I’m crazy though

  26. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I think the Yanks can find an inexpensive RH bat to join Dickerson as the #4 and # 5 OF Or to share LF or RF with Ichiro.

    I’d like to see Granderson is a deal for a starter… Gardner might be a key element to pursue a deal for Upton/Cargo/Headley.

    IF the Yanks let the majority of guys walk they will have financial flexibility to take on a contract in order to facilitate a deal.

  27. mick October 28th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Huge NBA trade…

  28. Ken Phelps October 28th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Swisher must go. Period. He must be gone. They will pick-up the graderson option just because…..Sign Ichiro to one year. Why Not? Let soriano go also when he opts out. Unless we are talking about mo rivera you don’t give relief pitchers 13 million dollars a year. Assume rivera comes back put roberston in the the 8th inning and jobs/etc in the 7th….not a bad bullpen.

  29. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    “I’d like to see Granderson is a deal for a starter… Gardner might be a key element to pursue a deal for Upton/Cargo/Headley.”

    Braves need outfielders …they also have young pitching to spare

  30. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Granderson and Warren for Kris Medlen? Does that work?

  31. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Just off the Press from RAB’s. You’ll enjoy the read. Busy offseason for the Yankees:

    Pending Free Agents ($76.14M): Mariano Rivera ($15M), Rafael Soriano ($14M), Nick Swisher ($10.25M), Hiroki Kuroda ($10M), Russell Martin ($7.5M), Freddy Garcia ($4M), Pedro Feliciano ($3.75M), Andruw Jones ($2.54M), Andy Pettitte ($2.5M), Raul Ibanez ($2.5M), Ichiro Suzuki ($2.25M), Eric Chavez ($1.85M)

    Scheduled Raises ($9M): Curtis Granderson (+$5M), A.J. Burnett (+$3M), Robinson Cano (+$1M), Derek Jeter ($+1M), Alex Rodriguez (-$1M)

    Buyouts ($0.50k): Feliciano ($0.50k)

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....one-78296/

  32. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Here is a question…..if the Yanks could find deals that make sense for both Granderson and Gardner could Ichiro hold down CF for the short term?

    What if Gardner went in a deal for Upton….nova went in a deal for Gordon…..and they dealt Granderson to the braves for a Delgado or Teheran…..

    A Gordon, Ichiro, Upton outfield would be cool…..

    Ok back to reality

  33. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    86w183 says:
    October 28, 2012 at 10:32 am
    Granderson and Warren for Kris Medlen? Does that work?

    I’m not sure they’d trade Medlen…..I wouldn’t….they offered Delgado for 3 months of Ryan Dempster….so id target eithe him or Teheran….both of whom aren’t currently in their rotation and both of whom have pretty good upside

  34. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Minor is the guy of really want but I don’t think they’d trade him

  35. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    The Braves probably need Medlen 10-1 this season, ERA 1.57. Too much pitching uncertainty with Maholm, Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens amd Beachy.

  36. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Blake-

    That OF would be great, but Diamondbacks already have a Gardner-Gerardo Parra
    You might get back a Jason Kubel for Phelps, Nunez and a minor leaguer.

  37. blake October 28th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Gardner, Austin, Phelps for Justin Upton
    Ivan nova for Alex Gordon
    Granderson for Teheran

    Sign Ichiro
    Sign Kuroda
    Sign Hughes 4/32
    Sign Pettite

    Jeter SS
    Gordon LF
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Upton RF
    Arod 3B
    Ibanez/RH DH x
    Martin C
    Ichiro CF

    Sabathia
    Kuroda
    Pettite
    Hughes
    Teheran/Pineda

    That teams clears 189 easy and is good!

  38. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    After you read the RAB’s article can you find a catcher, a right fielder, a DH, a late-inning reliever, at least one starting pitcher (preferably two), a bench, and miscellaneous depth players?

    Can you do it and shave off another 20M and start around an opening day payroll of 190M for all 40 on the roster[down from nearly 210M opening day 2012 payroll].?

  39. Madrugador October 28th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    The Yankees were to the Detroit Tigers as the Detroit Tigers are to the San Francisco Giants? Three runs in three games looks about as feckless.
    I see a lot of names being tossed around. Some of them are just more of the same, power hitting all or nothing kind of players.
    Hitting homeruns is not always the answer. It was in 2009 and 1961 but not in 2003 or 2004. Give me the situational hitter who has enough plate discipline to move the runner with a properly placed ground ball.

  40. austinmac October 28th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Blake,

    My professional assessment is you’re not crazy. My amateur assessment is Hamilton would be great.

  41. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Blake-

    Clears 189M easy?

    Show me the MONEY!! :)

  42. Benny Blanco October 28th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Anyone know what torii hunters splits were this season?

  43. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    CC-23M
    Kuroda 13.3M
    Pettitte-10M
    Hughes 8M

    Blake-Just for “starters” you have budgeted 54.3M and you don’t have a bullpen yet!

    Now add up the offense.

  44. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    “Show me the MONEY!! ”

    Well maybe not easy….would depend on cano and if Mason is ready for CF in 2014 or not…..but possible! ;)

  45. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Benny- Hunter’s BA splits were .340 vs lefties and .303 vs righties. Don’r have full splits in front of me. Will look and attach.

  46. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    You’d have Gordon and Upton for a combined 18 million AAV

    Tex 23
    Alex 27.5
    CC 23
    Jeter 14 (I think)
    Cano 22
    Upton 8
    Gordon 10
    Hughes 8

    That’s about 114 million in AAV for 2014…..but it’s also a big chunk of the team an youd have Pineda and Teheran cost controlled with big upside to go with Sabathia and Hughes….. You’d have about 65 million to fill out the rest of the roster

  47. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Blake-

    I like your optimism. Get me Justin Upton, Alex Gordon in trades and I’ll never question your trades again! :)

  48. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Blake for pretend GM.

    :)

  49. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Report: Yankees close to trading for Cliff Lee | The Lohud Yankees Blog
    2 people recommended this.

    stay tuned for further details.

  50. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My source tells me that Montero could be going to the Philly.

  51. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    For my plan to work either Mason or Heathcott would have to become a big league CFer and be young pitching would have to pan out……also of course the royals and Dbacks and braves would have to say he’s which it’s highly doubtful they all would if even one of them would ;)

    So the easy path is sign Hamilton and keep all the prospects

  52. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    We all know the Yankees are just gonna be conservative this OS.

    Nothing fancy.

    :(

  53. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Probably so :(

  54. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Actually the Tigers performance is going to give the Yanks even more cover when they try to spin their performance as sample size……

    We made the playoffs…..look what happened to the tigers….the offense is fine…. We hate the prices…..everything is great

  55. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    MTU, Yankee Dreamiin on such a winter’s day…

  56. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    MTU-

    Blake can at least be co-chair with Shame for Team Greedy.

    Now for Team Reality.

    Opening day OF-Gardner, Granderson, Dickerson/Mesa
    Bench-Nunez, Nix, Romero, Adams

    No Rivera-retires, no Kuroda-goes to LA, no to Soriano[signs with Angels]

    I hope I’m wrong about this.

  57. Madrugador October 28th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Curious spin on the Tigers performance Blake.
    Money is clearly the priority for the Hal York Yankees but “Steinbrenner” clearly has certain goals that he believes makes him money. Is it simply playing better than the Red Sox? Does the team need to be competitive but not necessarily win the division. Will they make enough money if the team gets to the playoffs as a Wild Card or do they have to win the division?
    You have to wonder, with recent performance what beyond the money drives the decisions in this company?

  58. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Trader,

    Team reality sucks :(

  59. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    YT-

    Did anyone ever tell you you’re a real downer.

    :(

    Cash-

    You’ve got plenty of Winter coming your way.

    Scary storm.

    Better stop dreaming and hunker down.

    ;)

  60. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Read the RAB’s article and have a great day everyone.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....one-78296/

    Stay safe with Hurricaane Sandy.

    Hope Giants sweep so we can be closer to Cashmoney’s Yankee Dreaming.

    Take care. :)

  61. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related
    —–
    MTU, I will counter it with Denny Doherty’s hairdo… that thing could survive a nuclear onslaught, least alone a bit of cold in Gotham.

  62. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    MTU-

    Not a downer-just today maybe. I’m a liberal some days, a conservative others, a pragmatist too, and a moderate.

    I see the glass half full and half empty.

    Anyway, a clear conscience is a sign of a fuzzy memory! :)

  63. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    No way on earth they should guarantee Pettitte $ 10 M. He’s made 12 starts in two years.

    Maybe $ 5 M plus $ 1 M for starts 15, 20, 25, 30 ??

  64. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Here is my team realistic

    Jeter SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Arod 3b
    Granderson LF
    Martin C
    Ibanez DH
    Gardner CF

    Sabathia
    Kuroda
    Pettite
    Hughes
    Nova/Phelps (Pineda later)

    I think Rivera comes back….Soriano leaves and they fill the rest of the pen in house

    This team would be ok….they could make the playoffs or even win the whole thing……but it could also totally fall apart with age and injury related risk piling up and could miss the playoffs all together.

    I hope this isn’t the opening day roster…..but if I were betting on it id say it’ll be close to this unfortunately.

  65. Yankee Trader October 28th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Blake-

    I’ll be wishing/hoping for your earlier trade to get Upton and Gordon.

    OK everyone, now I’ve got to get a few things done this morning.

    Till later.

  66. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Blake-

    That’s the “team boring” roster.

    That’s what 189 buys you.

    We can and should do better IMO.

    ;)

  67. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    MTU,

    It’s certainly team boring….I almost fell asleep writing that post

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I didn’t make it up, I just read it. So if the Tigers didn’t pitch “backwards” to the Yanks, do the Yanks take the ALCS? (Obviously no way of knowing for certain, but is the possibility there?) My mind is usually more inquiring than the average bear’s (yes I’m leaving myself open for a lot of “humor” there but I don’t have the energy to worry about it; too much time spent watching the Weather Channel, following the “perfect storm” that wasn’t…).

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

    I’ll tell you one thing I’ve tired of over the years – the Yankees picking up prime real estate once it’s past it’s prime. Randy Johnson comes to mind; calls for Torii Hunter brings it full circle).

    Yet I do want Ichiro back.

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

    Teach your children well,
    Their father’s hell did slowly go by

    Is there any good reason why all Yankee players can’t be schooled in the fundamentals of hitting – bunting, moving players over, learning to hit singles as well as homers? Can you imagine what a force the Yanks would be if that were in their arsenal?

  69. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Just wait till 2016 arrives !

    ;)

  70. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Trisha-

    Nope.

  71. jr1212 October 28th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I really believe Cashman will trade for an OF. Granderson will stay and either Gardner or Ichiro will fill the other spot. Dont like both Gardner and Ichiro in the same OF ( no power).

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Well dammit, that’s the thing that drives me crazy then. It would seem to me that we have everything we need right at our fingertips – except the inner-sanctum desire to do it.

    GRRR!!!!!

  73. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    that’s a realistic lineup Blake, team boring is how i look at it as well. I think maybe you get a mustelier, adams or murphy at some point to inject some flavors into it. but the, we will just have to wait and see, don’t we.

  74. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Team realistic/boring/unimaginative sucks. Boooooooo.

  75. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    “that’s a realistic lineup Blake, team boring is how i look at it as well. I think maybe you get a mustelier, adams or murphy at some point to inject some flavors into it. but the, we will just have to wait and see, don’t we.”

    Nope…. We don’t wanna get younger if we don’t get better! Old guys are battle tested!

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    MTU – too many inside-the-box thinkers, here and as part of the Yankee staff.

    Everyone’s scouring rosters trying to come up with the “perfect mix” when we have the answers sitting there.

  77. blake October 28th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Team Hals bank account will rule the day of course

  78. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Teixeira acknowledged that he worked hard bunting against the machine, which delivers the ball with a mechanical arm instead of two wheels, to give him another way to combat the dreaded infield switch. Teixeira, a slugger with an alarming decline in his batting average the past two years, said he needed the practice because the last time he bunted was during Bill Clinton’s first term as president.

  79. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Those of you along the Eastern seaboard should be preparing for what could be an “epic” storm.

    One of those 1 in 100 yr. jobs.

    People along the southern shores of Jersey and those inland must take all precautions.

    Be prepared. Be safe. Don’t take this lightly.

    I wish you well.

  80. Bo knows October 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Hitting singles is all very well. With the Yankees speed and SO proclivities – three singles gives you bases loaded and two outs. Now comes the aargh factor. Station to station baseball and no Risphits.

  81. Against All Odds October 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    mick October 28th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Huge NBA trade…

    ————

    Risky move for the Thunder.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    NY subways and public transportation shut down.

    Sounds like “no work” to me!

  83. mick October 28th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Bunting is not happening with this team as it stands now.
    Neither is hit and running, situational hitting and the like.
    There needs to be a culture change and that would entail bringing in new players who can do these things which is why I mentioned Scutaro and players like him.

    Overachievers, not underachievers.

  84. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Trisha, pretty sure NYer would vote for frankenstorm 5 out of 7 days… you be careful out by the sea though… at least i think you rather close to it.

  85. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    They can stay within a budget and change the team in a postive manner, even without losing young guys in trades. But I bet stuff like trading Granderson, trading Hughes, Greinke, Melky, etc. is not even on their radar.

  86. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    The risks of severe flooding and power outages are very great.

    Have extra food and water on hand along with flashlights/candles.

    A portable radio would be a good get too.

    Depend on yourselves and your neighbors.

    I hope Lady Luck is on your side.

  87. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    jack-

    You are to be commended for your plan.

    Lot’s of thinking went into it. It’s creative.

    Now if you can just convince Cashman.

    ;)

  88. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    MTU, all we need is Godzilla to make this a perfect mini apocalyptic weekend! please don’t forget your cannibis as well.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    MTU, for the first time I went all out because my SIL who has a real scientific bent and pays close attention to these things (who would choose to teach science??? :) ) has been hyped up about this storm all week. I also saved all of my receipts because I have a sneaking suspicion some of the stuff will end up going back.

    Here’s something I learned about phone usage. If it sounds elementary, it might be. But I never figured it out. If you lose power, you will maintain phone service if you have a phone that plugs right into a jack. Mine are all cordless, so I went out and bought a very basic plug in phone. Not a bad idea.

    I also bought a portable radio that takes batteries. Ice. Nonperishables.

    And now I wait.

  90. mick October 28th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Risky move for the Thunder.
    =================
    2 1st Rd draft pick and Martin and Lamb?

    Martin can shoot.

  91. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Cash-

    We here in the Utah desert have offered our assistance by agreeing to accept whatever excess H2O you get from this Storm.

    The land is hungry for water. Our reservoirs are low.

    I’ve done my part. It’s a generous offer. Good for both sides.

    :)

  92. blake October 28th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Sherman said in his column that Most Executives see Melky getting a one year 2-5 million dollar deal…..how would that be a risk?

  93. mick October 28th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    trisha lives high up on a hill so she needn’t worry ;)

  94. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Don’t forget the shotgun for the zombie apocalypse that will follow.

  95. Against All Odds October 28th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I hope this isn’t the opening day roster…..but if I were betting on it id say it’ll be close to this unfortunately.

    ————————–

    Yes it will be the roster unfortunately. All of our trade scenarios are for nothing :( unless Cash pulls off a surprise.

  96. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Trisha-

    Extra bottled water. Canned goods. Warm blankets or sleeping bag.

    Flashlights and candles.

    Think like a “camper”.

    Or just grab a plane now and head out West while you can.

    :)

  97. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    MTU, I will be leaving NY for Vegas in a week… I will Join ya for some of em dry heat.

  98. Against All Odds October 28th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    mick October 28th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Risky move for the Thunder.
    =================
    2 1st Rd draft pick and Martin and Lamb?

    Martin can shoot.

    ——————–

    Martin could shoot but isn’t as good as Harden. Lamb has talent and many ppl are high on him but he’s still a rookie.

    I’m not sure but the picks might be protected.

  99. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    blake October 28th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Sherman said in his column that Most Executives see Melky getting a one year 2-5 million dollar deal…..how would that be a risk?

    From the Yankee perspective? He might go back to the old Melky we had! He might get caught taking roids again! He might crotch chop! He might get Cano bombed every night!

  100. Against All Odds October 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    2013 first round draft pick from Dallas
    Dallas’ own 2013 first round draft pick to Houston via the L.A. Lakers ( top 20 protected in 2013, top 20 protected in 2014, top 20 protected in 2015, top 20 protected in 2016, top 20 protected in 2017 and unprotected in the 2018 Draft). [Dallas - L.A. Lakers, 12/11/2011 and then Houston-L.A. Lakers 3/15/2012]

    2013 first round draft pick from Toronto
    Toronto’s own 2013 1st round pick to Houston (Top-3 Protected and 15-30 Protected in the 2013 Draft, top-2 protected and 15-30 protected in 2014, top-2 protected and 15-30 protected in 2015, top-1 Protected and 15-30 protected in 2016, top-1 protected and 15-30 Protected in 2017 and unprotected in the 2018 Draft. [Houston-Toronto, 7/11/2012]

  101. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Jack, I got my inflatable raft docked by the Hudson, Zombie can’t swim! though Godzilla might get me.

  102. blake October 28th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    From the Yankee perspective? He might go back to the old Melky we had! He might get caught taking roids again! He might crotch chop! He might get Cano bombed every night!”

    Hey mayb that’s help Cano get a hit with RISP!

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Cashmoney, thankfully I am far enough away from the coast that I don’t have to worry about it. And any water that could threaten where I am was taken care of after hurricane Carol – a real baddy from what I have heard and read. They built a hurricane barrier right after that, so we’re all protected from the Providence River.

    My ex always wanted to eventually move to Nags Head. I’m not a huge water person to begin with, so that wasn’t my idea of fun. But add to it the fact that it’s a prime hurricane target, it never would have been my thing. Give me land and lots of it, any time!

    ;)

  104. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Cash-

    Weather in Vegas is really nice about now.

    If you want to get away from the craziness of the City.

    Head out to Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, or Valley of Fire.

    All relatively close to town.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  105. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    good to know Trish, i figure you be prepare. stay safe.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    “trisha lives high up on a hill so she needn’t worry ;)

    Smart of me!

    :)

  107. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I might just do that this time around. Thanks for the tips, I hardly venture outside of Vegas proper but i need to do that this time around. btw, those pictures you took… god’s country or whatever you want to call it… sure makes a man contemplate sometimes.

  108. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Cashmoney, thank you!

    I hope you’re in a safe place. I keep hearing worries about NY. Hopefully you’re nowhere near Long Island Sound (that keeps getting mentioned). You either mick.

  109. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I was even more clever.

    I moved out West.

    No Hurricanes. No Earthquakes. No Tornadoes.

    You just get nicely baked in a huge oven and have to love sand.

    :)

  110. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    i be digging holes in the ground by now Trish, if I love close by the sound. Just your typical high rise here. I stockpiled some food and water so it’s all good unless the zombies corner my building!

  111. Cashmoney October 28th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    *live

  112. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks Cash.

    I do not go to church, synagogue, mosque, or temple.

    But I am often in attendance in my Cathedral. And I feel God’s presence frequently.

    As I have said before I feel humbled and very lucky. And I try my best to share my joy.

    You owe that to yourself at least once. To get out and breathe some fresh air and see God’s Kingdom.

    :)

    :)

  113. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Mark Teixeira won a Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive first baseman in baseball.

    They need to get Tex a copy of the Hitting Bible.

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    “They need to get Tex a copy of the Hitting Bible.”

    :D

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    “I stockpiled some food and water so it’s all good unless the zombies corner my building!”

    :lol:

    I have a good feeling that you’ll be safe then. That’s good to know.

    I’m wondering if all of my Halloween candy will end up going back. No idea whether or not Halloween will go off as planned!

  116. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    When that Storm blows thru just think like this:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/CoralPinkSandDunesSP?authkey=Gv1sRgCOO_pLyRrt_PowE#

    Think “dry” thoughts.

    :)

  117. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 28th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    How absolutely beautiful. I don’t know if I’ve asked you this, but have you ever gone to a Christmas concert at the Mormon Tabernacle? I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, that would be on it!

  118. 86w183 October 28th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I am absolutely 100 % in favor of signing Melky. VERY low risk, potential high reward.

    Give him $ 3 M, plus $ 250 K for every 50 plate appearances and get an club option year at the amount of money he earns in 2013.

  119. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Trisha-

    Thanks. Kinda stark. But the desert has it’s own special beauty.

    I haven’t. I believe that’s up North in the Frozen zone.

    But yeah I’ve heard it’s amazing.

    I’m too busy running around in my own Cathedral down south.

    Maybe someday.

  120. MTU October 28th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Gotta run.

    Catch up with you all later.

  121. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Watching the Falcons dismember the Iggles. Making it look easy so far.

  122. CompassRosy October 28th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Stay safe, East Coasters!

    http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/

  123. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Rosy,
    That’s the scariest weather report for the most folks that I’ve ever read. I dread tornado warnings, but they’re typically more local. You Yankees, take this one seriously. I’ve got two daughters in D.C. who I’ve made sure are battened down. One of them is prepared for a keg party with candlelight and an old fashioned boombox. Raised her well.

  124. luis October 28th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    Heading stateside myself. All of you in the path of the storm, stay safe. Hurricanes are not fun to be around, especially one this big. Take all precautions and don’t take it for granted. I was in Miami when Andrew hit.. I don’t want to ever go through that experience again.

    Good luck to everyone

  125. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    luis,
    They’re talking about this one staying around for a few days. Where are you going?

  126. luis October 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Tom,

    I am at the airport, I am going to Miami for a few days. To a wedding

  127. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    luis,
    Have a good time!

  128. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Luis (and everyone else!), be safe. The wind here in NJ is already increasing by the minute. Where to and when are you flying?

  129. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Ah, good that you are not heading north of there.

  130. luis October 28th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Tom,

    I will! It’s good to get away from here for a while.

    YF,

    Thanks! But it’s you that should stay safe and away from the shore lines. Stay in land as much as you can. Believe me, is not fun.

  131. jmills October 28th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Safe driving, safe everything, people.

  132. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I’m about an hour in land, so we should be fine unless trees knock down wires like last October when we were without power for 8 days. I’m hoping for the best. Enjoy your visit to Miami, Luis.

  133. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks, jmills! Fingers crossed.

  134. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    luis,
    I rode out a category 2 hurricane once a 50′ yacht that its owner had hired me to keep safe. I took it to a sheltered cove, put out four anchors with double lines, kept the engines running all night, and was still dragged 75 yards. Generator kept running, so I was warm and dry (except for resetting the anchors every once in a while). Don’t recommend it as recreation.

    Stay safe, everybody. Those of you inland, watch for flash floods, way, way worse than wind.

  135. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Quite a story, Tom! I live across the street from a river but our biggest concern is the potential for prolonged power outages.

  136. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    yankeefem,
    I used to live in Somerset County, North Plainfield, to be exact. The little tiny tame creeks like Stoney Brook and Bound Brook became literal killers in a situation like this one is shaping up to be. Good luck to you, but be ready to move.

  137. luis October 28th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Tom,

    I had a vacation home in Key Biscaine when Andrew struck. Since I have never experience a hurricane I was one of the last to evacuate, so I had to stay in a hotel near the airport. Those were the worst 24 hours I have ever experienced in my life. I still remember with horror how the glass bend inward by the force of the winds, and the roaring of it was deafening. I was a sitting duck with two little girls then. I couldn’t believe how dumb I was by taking for granted what everyone told me before it hit. When I lived in Boston, I had to go through another one, but it was nothing in comparison, that’s why I didn’t take it seriously. From now on, I stay as faraway as I can from one.

    YF,

    Good to hear that you are inland. As Tom says, watch for flash floods. Those are very dangerous.

  138. luis October 28th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Tom,

    You have nerves of steel… Can’t be very fun to be in a boat in the middle of that.

  139. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    luis,
    Better than being in the water.

  140. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Tom, one of our offices is in Scotch Plains. Bound Brook is low land. It always floods. We never flood. Im across from a river but on a little hill, thankfully; but because of the big trees are prone to power outages. That is the biggest fear. We had live wires down last year, some on fire, which was scary.

  141. luis October 28th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Well guys… Got to go, boarding time… See you stateside.. Stay safe

  142. yankeefeminista October 28th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Luis, you too!

  143. jmills October 28th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Safe and fanciful flights, Luis. If any of you float in wayward fashion up here; my honour to build you a fire and feed you.

  144. jacksquat October 28th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The Yankees? Well, they did offer Cabrera a minor league pact after he was released by the Braves following the 2010 season. They will be looking to replace Andruw Jones as an outfielder who specializes in hitting southpaws. Yankees officials never viewed Cabrera as a negative influence on Robinson Cano, as some outside the organization did. Still, Cano ended up being smeared with allegations this season because of the association, so the Yankees might be hesitant to reunite the pair. Plus, Cabrera might not see the certainty of playing time with the Yankees that he needs to rebuild his value.

    Melky would get plenty of playing time because they are letting Swisher go (they better be).

  145. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Go, Gints!

  146. Jerkface October 28th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    If Melky can be had for 1 year ~5 million it would be criminal for the Yankees to not return him. Getting a batting champion for a sweetheart deal due to a scandal is like the ultimate buy low strategy.

  147. austinmac October 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Good luck to everyone in the storm’s path. We hope you keep safe and have electricity. It would be dull without you.

  148. FreeAgentSignee October 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Get well Mariano!
    Do not retire injured.
    Get a deal Mariano, Yankees!
    Get well CC!

  149. blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Jerkface says:
    October 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    If Melky can be had for 1 year ~5 million it would be criminal for the Yankees to not return him. Getting a batting champion for a sweetheart deal due to a scandal is like the ultimate buy low strategy.

    Yea but Cashman thinks he’s a 4th outfielder without the juice and they’ll be afraid that the minute they sign him Cano will go hit the ABC store and put on his party hat or some nonsense

  150. blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Yes to everyone in the path of Frankenstorm please be safe and good luck to you all

  151. The Return of Stoneburner October 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Be safe w/ the storm – - – -

  152. blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I say we sign Melky and Hamilton and put the NY corruption narrative to the ultimate test

  153. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    blake,
    Do you think anybody but us knows what an abc store in NC, or a red ball store down here is?

  154. blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    October 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    blake,
    Do you think anybody but us knows what an abc store in NC, or a red ball store down here is?

    That’s a good point…probably not :)

  155. GregD October 28th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    it would be a better night if the Yanks were playing……….

  156. blake October 28th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Go Giants! I want the Yankee’s big offseason to get started (or the boring one )

  157. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    get hit with the storm blake?

  158. blake October 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Nah just rain here

  159. Against All Odds October 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    (or the boring one )

    —————

    It will be that one you can bet everything on that

  160. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    heavy?

  161. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    they can make 5-6 moves and it will be called boring if they don’t a big name.

  162. JobaTipsHisCap October 28th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Mo should tell his decision before year ends.

  163. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    mo will know what soriano did by then and have leverage or not.

  164. JobaTipsHisCap October 28th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This hurricane will be nothing.
    We all remember how disappointed CNN was when Irene was a joke last year.

  165. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    no storm has been projected to make a left hand turn like this one.

  166. Shame Spencer October 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I say we sign Melky and Hamilton and put the NY corruption narrative to the ultimate test

    —————–

    You know somehow it’ll still be Arod’s fault..

  167. mick October 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    All new Yankees will be required to be, at least, honorary Boy Scouts in Hal’s image.

  168. J. Alfred Prufrock October 28th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    blake October 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I say we sign Melky and Hamilton and put the NY corruption narrative to the ultimate test
    ///

    Yep. Offense solved.

  169. J. Alfred Prufrock October 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap October 28th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This hurricane will be nothing.
    We all remember how disappointed CNN was when Irene was a joke last year.
    ///

    Hope you’re right, but my billion-year old evergreens are really bending right now, and evergreens never bend.

  170. JobaTipsHisCap October 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    NYG chokes well.

  171. J. Alfred Prufrock October 28th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Cashmoney, where’d you get that rumor/scoop of Montero to Philly? I assume you mean our Montero, and not ‘zona’s? Thanks.

  172. JobaTipsHisCap October 28th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t think hurricane can be such big deal.
    If you don’t live in coast area, don’t go out, have enough water and food, why do u have to worry?

  173. J. Alfred Prufrock October 28th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Yep, all you can do is prepare and then hope it’s overblown. Not worried about it, but prepared to bolt if necessary. We do get floods down here from time to time. Last year, we had a bit of that.

    Well, folks, stay warm and safe, y’all. luis, I hope, is safely landed by now.

  174. J. Alfred Prufrock October 28th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    ….and how about jmills inviting the blog into his home for fireside warmth and a cooked meal?

    You’re awesome, Jmills.

    Later, folks.

  175. blake October 28th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    JAP,

    You and everyone else stay safe….stay inside….hope your power holds up

  176. Shame Spencer October 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    @SherryDarlingNJ

    First power outage reported in Dallas, of all places. Can’t blame Sandy for this one, #NyGiants.

    ——————

    Freakin’ love Sherry Ross, that sassy sassy woman.

  177. blake October 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    @judybattista: RT @Kristieackert: Starbucks has closed all of its NYC stores. Now this is getting serious.

    Man….

  178. blake October 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m wondering what NYC would do if the power goes out and they have no twitter?

  179. Shame Spencer October 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    blake October 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m wondering what NYC would do if the power goes out and they have no twitter?

    ————————

    We’d keep showing up to stores assuming they’re still open!

  180. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Ah, the country life.

  181. tomingeorgia October 28th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Jeez, Giants. Pray for the replay.

  182. 98NYY October 29th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Glad it’s over quickly so we can begin the off season. Detroit showed their real self in series.

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