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A few mid-day notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just a few things floating out there and worth knowing…

• Randy Levine has said Yankee Stadium survived yesterday’s storm with minimal damage. There are some broken windows, no flooding, and the electricity is working.

• Joel Sherman offers five players the Yankees should look into this offseason: Carlos Beltran, Torii Hunter, Jeff Keppinger, A.J. Pierzynski and Scott Hairston. All five make some sense, but I tend to think Hunter is the best fit if only because he wouldn’t cost anything in terms of young players and would probably be open to a fairly short-term deal. Beltran is the best of the bunch, but if the Yankees are trying to get younger and cheaper going forward, dealing for one year of a 36-year-old with bad knees seems risky. The short-term upside is big, but such a deal would obviously depend on the cost.

• The Dodgers are reportedly willing to discuss trades for Andre Ethier. With the Yankees in obvious need of a right fielder — and with a left-handed bat fitting so well at Yankee Stadium — it’s easy to make the connection between the Dodgers and Yankees as possible trade partners. Of course, Ethier is also signed through 2017 (with a vesting option for 2018) so that’s a big-time commitment if the Yankees were to get involved. Hard to ignore the fact his splits vs. lefties are horrible.

The Pirates outrighted three players off their roster, including former Yankees minor leaguers Dan McCutchen (part of the Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte trade) and Eric Fryer (part of the Eric Hinske trade).

• Jim Leyland is coming back to Detroit to manage one more year.

 
 

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82 Responses to “A few mid-day notes and links”

  1. jacksquat October 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Fake NYY fan Fake Girl, I hope you have an extra $50 mil lying around every year to give to the Yankees for your lineup. Easy to construct a $250 mil team.

    And I really don’t care that you feel compelled to express your hate for Melky every time he is mentioned.

    Go to the ESPN boards, your type fits in better there.

  2. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    McCann’s option picked up :(

  3. vitus October 30th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    prayers to you folks @east coast. Hope all your love ones and yourself are all safe and sound.

  4. DONNYBROOK October 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    How long is McCann supposed to be outta action???

  5. jacksquat October 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I read somewhere that Kuroda’s father-in-law is a billionaire, so money may not be all that important to him. It’s probably more about location.

  6. Zach S October 30th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    No on those 5 players please.

  7. jacksquat October 30th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Why is Torii Hunter at age 37 for possibly 2 years and more money and less performance a better fit than Beltran at age 36 for one year at 13 mil? I mean other than having to trade something for Beltran.

  8. blake October 30th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t see why the Cards would trade Beltran unless somebody overpaid pretty big…..they will compete next year.

  9. DONNYBROOK October 30th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Beltran had a sub-par 2nd half, and that was when they could get him on the field. He said he was exhausted after the All Star Game.

  10. jacksquat October 30th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    They don’t really need Beltran or Hunter.

  11. MTU October 30th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Keppinger and AJ P.- Yes.

    And I’ll take Gordon too.

    ;)

  12. blake October 30th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I just can’t see the braves trading the local boy Mcann…..

  13. Barry October 30th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    No to Beltran. A good player and by all appearances a fine person. But, BAD KNEES.

  14. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    No to Beltran. A good player and by all appearances a fine person. But, BAD KNEES.

    So bad he played 151 games in the NL.

  15. blake October 30th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Beltran is gettin older but the injury prone label is kinda a myth with him….he’s played 140 games like 10 of the last 12 years

  16. blake October 30th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #angels were still eyeing trades for haren & santana as of this morn. option calls are wednesday. http://t.co/YQBkWAq4

  17. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    McCann had a larger than expected labral tear fixed 10/16.

    McCann should be able to begin hitting off a tee and completing other light baseball activities in four months. If all goes well with the rehab process, he should be able to return to full baseball activity in six months.

    This timetable would allow McCann to begin light baseball-related workouts around the start of Spring Training. If he needs a full six months to complete his rehab, he would not be cleared to begin playing until mid-April, or approximately two weeks after Opening Day

  18. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I looked at Pierzynski’s hit chart at Cellular Field. Looks like another lefty pull hitter.

    Could we possibly outbid the Braves and get David Ross and use Romine as his backup with a 3rd catcher from the awful FA market signed to a minor AAA contract?.

    Then use the money saved to address the need for a power corner OF bat.

  19. Yankee Trader October 30th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Blake-

    Haven’t watched Santana, but is there any reason to think that 2012 was an outlier.

    MLBTRs:

    Angels aren’t expected to exercise Santana’s $13MM option, and they haven’t ruled out the possibility of trading Santana to another team. The 29-year-old posted a 5.16 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 178 innings this past season. He had completed at least 220 innings with ERAs below 4.00 in 2010 and 2011, however
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#SGXi7PGJfIokIddo.99

  20. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    BA has their top 10 Yankee prospect list now….a bit interesting
    1. mason Williams
    2. slade Heathcott
    3. Gary Sanchez
    4. Tyler Austin
    5. Jose campos
    6 . Brett Marshall
    7. Angelo Gurkha
    8. Manny handhelds
    9. Ty Hensley
    10. Rafael Depaula

    Interesting that Heattcott has jumped to # 2 but most evaluators rave about his energy and tools…..the Yanks have 3 legit outfield prospects now knocking on AA’s door…..

  21. Barry October 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The strongest people break down and Beltran is too close to fragility to be tempting. As for Andre Ethier, Swisher is a much better fit. Melky is a thief…which is exactly what cheaters are. Stealing money from ownership and opportunity from his colleagues. That there are other such is irrelevent. We know about this guy, how he mishandled himself and what he was prior to PED usage. The American way may be to forgive simultaneous to the trangression but a reward seems inapropriate. And besides, whatever happened to ethics, sportsmanship, and honor.

  22. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    No Montgomery, interesting. I would have expected him around 8-10. First time in a while no pitchers in the top 4.

  23. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    @BretBaier: Disney paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., It’s also making a seventh movie in the “Star Wars” series…good idea or bad idea?

    More Star Wars? Sabermetricians rejoice!

  24. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Jerkface says:
    October 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    No Montgomery, interesting. I would have expected him around 8-10. First time in a while no pitchers in the top 4.

    Dinged for being a reliever I assume….they described Depaula as being the biggest X factor in the Yankee system….,I love that the top 4 guys are hitters!

  25. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Also said Depaula should start at Tampa next year

  26. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Obviously it’s Gumbs and Banuelos in the list…..”Manny Handhelds”….nice one iphone

  27. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I guess its a testament to the high upside guys we have in the system. There was a time when Melancon was in the top 10, and I think Montgomery is a better prospect.

  28. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    There will be an episode 7 starwars and probably more….

  29. Nick in SF October 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I used to have a Ghurka wallet, I loved that thing. I guess I still have it, technically. But I digress.

  30. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Yes….it’s a good sign if no relievers are in the top 10….especially when you have one as good as Montgomery…

  31. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    There will be an episode 7 starwars and probably more….

    ******

    Plan is to release one every 2-3 years beginning in 2015 – - – -

  32. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    realistically, i think some of these guys (the outfielders) arrives late 14 or 15 .. which makes some rational sense to use 14 to retool. but we see.

  33. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Might have though Ramirez might have sneaked into the top 10 – but oh well – - – -

  34. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Can’t say a Star Wars movie could be worse under Disney than under Jorge, bring the magic back please.

  35. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I once told the new Anakin Skywalker his performance sucked in the new starwars, he took it rather well. not a civil thing to of course, but i was drunk! en vino veritas.

  36. blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Ramirez had “best fastball” in the best tools section

  37. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    oh yeah, he was sitting next to me in a bar… Hayden that is.

  38. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    2015 will be a big year for geekdom – Avengers parg deux, Justice League, Star Wars – - – -

  39. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    Ramirez had “best fastball” in the best tools section

    ******

    Who has best power – Sanchez, Austin???

  40. Jerkface October 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Blake have a link? Says its not supposed to be up until Nov 2

  41. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Justice League,

    —————–

    That’s the one I want to see especially if they do a good job with the Superman movie.

  42. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Apologies if already posted:

    Via Nick Cafardo: Hiroki Kuroda is “content” with signing another one-year contract this offseason. The right-hander wants to retain some flexibility in case he decides to return to Japan down the road.

  43. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Justice League,

    —————–

    That’s the one I want to see especially if they do a good job with the Superman movie.

    *****

    Yeah – I liked the animated show – holds well for kids and adults – - – -

  44. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Jerkface says:
    October 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Blake have a link? Says its not supposed to be up until Nov 2″

    I bought the BA app and it’s on there early I guess….

    Sanchez best power

  45. Nick in SF October 30th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Which is more likely: Michael Pineda wins any games for the Yankees in 2013 or Star Wars Episode VII is watchable?

  46. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I get the feeling the only reasons kuroda is still pitching is out of duty to his talents and to represent his country in the highest competition.

  47. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Sanchez best power

    ******

    Thanks. How does the future projected lineup and pitching rotation look – in your opinion – - – -

  48. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I really hope the new superman doesn’t suck….. I’m cautiously optimistic

  49. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks. How does the future projected lineup and pitching rotation look – in your opinion – – – -”

    Well that is pretty useless for the yanks cause it’s all prospects and guys they have now…. They have Cano at 3B and Granderson in LF for 2016

    Sabathia
    Hughes
    Nova
    Campos
    Marshall

    Is the 2016 rotation

  50. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    there is new twist blake, I think clark will be a dentist in this one. he needs no drills! but ultimately Luther recruit him to the dark side with fishbowl of gold stars!

  51. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Justice League,

    —————–

    That’s the one I want to see especially if they do a good job with the Superman movie.

    *****

    Yeah – I liked the animated show – holds well for kids and adults – – – -

    —————

    Are you talking about the old one or new one? Or are you just being sarcastic?

  52. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Are you talking about the old one or new one? Or are you just being sarcastic?

    *****

    No not being sarcastic – I thought unlimited series was pretty good – for what it is was worth – - – -

  53. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I did hear Clark wouldn’t be a reporter in the new one?

  54. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    I did hear Clark wouldn’t be a reporter in the new one?

    ******

    Don’t know – but it appears he starts out in a fishing community rather than a farm – - – -

  55. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Crash Davis as Jonathon kent is def a good call

  56. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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

    That’s the teaser, a reluctant hero i believe.

  57. The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Crash Davis as Jonathon kent is def a good call

    ******

    Well he does still hold the career homerun record for the minors – - – -

  58. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I saw that clip awhile back…..it’s good

  59. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I really hope the new superman doesn’t suck….. I’m cautiously optimistic

    ————————

    Nolan is the executive producer on the project. Unfortunately he’s not directing it though.

  60. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “Nolan is the executive producer on the project. Unfortunately he’s not directing it though.”

    Yea but you can tell from that clip that his hands are gonna be all over it

  61. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Are you talking about the old one or new one? Or are you just being sarcastic?

    *****

    No not being sarcastic – I thought unlimited series was pretty good – for what it is was worth – -

    ———-

    I only caught a few episodes but from the ones I saw they were done well.

  62. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “Nolan is the executive producer on the project. Unfortunately he’s not directing it though.”

    Yea but you can tell from that clip that his hands are gonna be all over it

    ———————

    It better be because the man is an artist in every sense of the word.

  63. luis October 30th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    I hope that everyone is safe and sound, as well as your respective families. I actually don’t like a new Star Wars movie. They risk taking it to the realm of banality. I mean the prequels already hurt the overall story, especially the first one. Maybe if they try to make up for those. Maybe I feel that way since I was a kid when the first series of movies came out and an adult when the second wave hit the screening rooms.

  64. UnKnown October 30th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Pagan’s stolen base free taco was very good today. Thanks Angel.

  65. austinmac October 30th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The Superman trailer looked good. I remember being unhappy when the Action Comics went from 10 cents to 12 cents.

    Can he play right?

  66. GregD October 30th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    it says a lot about how strong our system is if Montgomery is not in the top 10…..he is the real deal

  67. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Can he play right?

    ——————–

    Of course and he can mash at a high level.

  68. luis October 30th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I didn’t like return of the Jedi either. He had to lose in order to win? That’s a lame line of argument. I would have rather seen Skywalker kick the emperor’s rear and win his father back.

  69. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Superman isn’t hairy enough for Cashman

  70. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Heathcott is really interesting to me…..the yanks need a young high energy player with some edge so badly

  71. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    luis October 30th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I didn’t like return of the Jedi either. He had to lose in order to win? That’s a lame line of argument. I would have rather seen Skywalker kick the emperor’s rear and win his father back.

    —————–

    During the winter when days we slow we should have Siskel and Ebert moment on the blog.

  72. Against All Odds October 30th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Heathcott is really interesting to me…..the yanks need a young high energy player with some edge so badly

    ———————–

    I hope the kid makes it because his energy is off the charts. It might rub some ppl the wrong way but I like seeing that attitude in a young player.

  73. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    “During the winter when days we slow we should have Siskel and Ebert moment on the blog.”

    I agree .

  74. austinmac October 30th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    In a timely fashion, Heathcott is 4-5 with two triples, a double and five RBIs today.

  75. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    More from BA

    Best hitter for Average: Tyler Austin
    Best athlete: Mason
    Fastest runner : Mason
    Best outfielder : Mason
    Best outfield arm: Heathcott
    Best infield defense : culver
    Best infield arm: culver
    Best defensive catcher: Romine

  76. blake October 30th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    If Hearhcott can stay healthy then he Mason and Austin could really give them some options in 2014 ….. If they arent traded for pitchers of course

  77. LGY October 30th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    @SladeHeathcott: @BarackObama already voted and not for you….

  78. austinmac October 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I have never seen Heatcott play, but have watched his numbers, and they have looked good this year. His strike out rate is bit high, but his numbers indicate the tools of a first round pick. BA saying he has the best arm is interesting? Wasn’t it his throwing shoulder that was hurt? The best news is he is still young.

  79. blake October 30th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    @DanHayesCSN: Baseball source: Jake Peavy has signed a two-year deal with the #WhiteSox. Details to come at http://t.co/rdhIBHcW

    Duh is devastated

  80. blake October 30th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    @whitesox: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a two-year, $29-million contract extension with an option for 2015 with @JakePeavy_44

  81. Cashmoney October 30th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    duh III will be coming to blogs near you soon. I believe duh II might not be able to handle this.

  82. Nick in SF October 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Future Star Wars Episode AA: :arrow:


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