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Baseball mourns the passing of Lee MacPhail

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We’ll wrap up with today’s sad news that Lee MacPhail has died. The former Yankees general manager was 95 years old. Here’s the AP…

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Lee MacPhail, the longtime baseball executive who ruled in the celebrated Pine Tar case and later became part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing, has died. He was 95.

He was the oldest Hall of Famer, and he died Thursday night at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., the shrine said Friday.

“There’s not much I haven’t done off the field other than commissioner,” he said during a 1985 interview with The Associated Press when he retired after 4 1/2 decades in the sport.

In the second generation of one of baseball’s most prominent families — his son, Andy, also was in the front office for several teams — MacPhail’s most well-known moment in baseball came in 1983. He upheld Kansas City’s protest in the Pine Tar Game against the New York Yankees, restoring a ninth-inning home run to Royals slugger George Brett — also a future Hall of Famer.

“Lee MacPhail was one of the great executives in baseball history and a Hall of Famer in every sense, both personally and professionally,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “His hallmarks were dignity, common sense and humility. He was not only a remarkable league executive, but was a true baseball man.”

With MacPhail’s death, Bobby Doerr at 94 becomes the oldest living Hall of Famer.

“Baseball history has lost a great figure in Lee MacPhail, whose significant impact on the game spanned five decades,” Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said. “He will always be remembered in Cooperstown as a man of exemplary kindness and a man who always looked after the best interests of the game.”

Lee MacPhail was the son of Larry MacPhail, a top executive with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.

“Over his lifetime in baseball, Lee made many significant contributions that helped to make the game what it is today,” former players’ union head Don Fehr said.

Said union founding executive director Marvin Miller: “Lee was a good man, trustworthy and honest, and I had a decent relationship with him over the years.”

Born Leland Stanford MacPhail Jr. in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 25, 1917, he was general manager at minor league Reading, went on to work for the Yankees in 1949 and spent a decade as farm director and player personnel director, with players he developed winning seven World Series titles.

He moved to the Baltimore Orioles as general manager in 1959 and six years later returned to New York as chief administrative assistant for new baseball Commissioner Spike Eckert. He returned to the Yankees as general manager from 1967-73, and left after George Steinbrenner bought the team to become AL president in 1974.

A member of management’s labor negotiating team along with NL President Chub Feeney during the 1981 midseason strike, he also headed the AL when it added the designated hitter for the 1973 season and expanded to Seattle and Toronto for 1977.

After he stepped down as league president following the 1983 season, he served two years as president of the owners’ Player Relations Committee, overseeing bargaining during a two-day strike in 1985. He was elected to the Hall as an executive in 1998, 20 years after his father.

In the famed Pine Tar case, MacPhail overruled plate umpire Tim McClelland and crew chief Joe Brinkman and restored a home run to Brett. After Yankees manager Billy Martin argued that Brett’s bat had excessive pine tar when he hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer at Yankees Stadium on July 24, McClelland called Brett out, the final out in a 4-3 New York victory.

Brett stormed out of the dugout, eyes bulging, in one of baseball’s most replayed arguments. Four days later, MacPhail upheld a protest for the first time as league president, said the home run counted and ordered the game to continue from that point. When the game was completed Aug. 18, the Royals held on to win 5-4.

While the pine tar extended more than 18 inches past the handle, the limit set by baseball’s rules, MacPhail said taking away the home run was improper.

“The umpires’ interpretation, while technically defensible, is not in accord with the intent or spirit of the rules and that the rules do not provide that a hitter be called out for excessive use of pine tar. The rules provide instead that the bat be removed from the game,” he wrote. “Although manager Martin and his staff should be commended for their alertness, it is the strong conviction of the league that games should be won and lost on the playing field — not through technicalities of the rules.”

He retired at the end of that season.

Son Andy became GM of the Minnesota Twins, president of the Chicago Cubs and president of baseball operations of the Orioles. From the next generation, Andy MacPhail IV worked for the Cleveland Indians and is a scout for the Orioles.

The Hall said no services are planned and a memorial will be held later.

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86 Responses to “Baseball mourns the passing of Lee MacPhail”

  1. rm November 9th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Very bad call overturning the Pine Tar HR. He should have suspended Brett for assaulting the Umpire instead.

    It is a shame that he will is remebered most ofr that poor decision.

  2. Jerkface November 9th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    JF or anybody who knows….how good is this Ryu dude?

    Ryu is the best pitcher in the KBO, but I think he is a back end kind of guy. Without seeing how he pitches against Americans it is hard to put a ceiling on him. Unlike Darvish, he is in a worse league that isn’t highly televised so I don’t have a good feel for his stuff. He can reach the mid 90s with his fastball, for a lefty that is great, but his average fastball is 89-90. That is less great. I’ve seen him pitch in the Asia games on streams, and the video that is around. He is like Kei Igawa. There was nothing really wrong with Kei Igawa from a stuff perspective, but he simply couldn’t make the adjustments and the Yankees paid way too much for him.

    I think 25 million is an incredibly aggressive bid for a guy coming from a league worse than the NPB. KBO is like A ball or a little better.

  3. Joe from Long Island November 9th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    m – I have always thought the exact same thing. The rules are the rules.

    I remember when lee macphail was named gm. he was a good, and solid, baseball man. may he rest in peace.

  4. tucker November 9th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Very bad call overturning the Pine Tar HR. He should have suspended Brett for assaulting the Umpire instead.”

    Just remember Billy Martin put Donnie Baseball at 2b when they played the post-protest balance of the game. Must have been Mattingly’s only game at 2B.

  5. Pat M. November 9th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I remember Mr. MacPhail, he was a fine man and made all the young guys feel comfortable when he made his tours throughout the system…….Hello Doc Joe and I hope the storms were not too harsh on you…..

  6. Jerkface November 9th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    http://www.chadmoriyama.com/20.....7-million/

    Dodgers win the rights to Ryu, holy balls they are going all out.

  7. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Donnie played 1/3 of an inning at 2B when the game resumed in the top of the 9th with two outs. Guidry was in CF. The one out was a strikeout.

  8. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    And I just got a little sad looking at Donnie’s stats. :(

  9. I Am Winning November 9th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Take AROD! Take AROD! Take AROD! 50% off, just for the Dodgers!

    The Dodgers are no joke. These owners are serious about their team. I’m not even sure the Yankees have that type of financial power with Hal leading the way. If it were George’s team, we would be up to $250m a year in payroll.

  10. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    George would have signed Hamilton and Greinke already.

  11. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Hamilton may not get more than four years.

  12. I Am Winning November 9th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    George’s motto was: get me the best player at any position, and give them what they want. Period.

    Sounds like a good team motto, but a bad business motto. Hal doesn’t seem to be doing as well as his pops though, even though he is “saving” cash.

  13. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Looks at that, the Dodgers are going to make tons of money and are going to spend appropriately. What a concept.

  14. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Spend money to make money? What a concept.

  15. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Cash should get on the horn and tell the Dodgers they will give them Cano if they take Arod (100%). Really the only relatively weak positions they have left is 2B and 3B. They took Crawford and Beckett to get AGon…

  16. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Of course AGon already had a contract, but they shouldn’t have a problem paying Cano. ;)

  17. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Carl Crawford
    Hanley Ramirez
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Matt Kemp
    Robinson Cano
    Alex Rodriguez
    Andre Ethier
    AJ Ellis
    P

    Go for it Dodgers!

  18. G. Love November 10th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I just read that the Dodgers are in on Tori Hunter and if they sign him they have to move an OF.

    All the reports seem to be focusing on them moving Ethier.

    I’ll go out on a limb and say if they do sign Hunter, I wonder if they trade us Crawford for Arod. The money is close. Arod fills a need for them at 3b and we need an OF.

    Would you take Crawford for what’s left of Arod?

    I think I would.

    I know Crawford has that ridiculous clause in his contract that he can’t be moved to the Yankees, but even when that was inserted into the deal he signed with Boston people questioned the validity of it. Considering Boston put him through waivers and he cleared (in order to be traded to Dodgers after deadline that had to have happened) that clause is probably moot.

    Just something to watch.

  19. jacksquat November 10th, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Yeah, I would definitely take Crawford’s contract for Arod. They both have 5 years left, but Crawford’s contract goes only through his age 35 season. I don’t think the Dodgers would do that though.

  20. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    The Dodgers are crazy. Good luck to them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole operation crashes and burns. They’re looking overly aggressive/stupid.

  21. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    “The Dodgers are no joke. These owners are serious about their team.”

    Well, I would dispute that. Did that megatrade last year make them any better?

    Spending more money does not make you a better team. This is a fact. How about The Giants? They spent less than $130m last season.

  22. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Spending money on better players than you previously had makes for a better team. Spending money foolishly is well, foolish. Not spending when you have gaping holes is risky for a very valuable franchise.

    The sole reason the Yankees make an enormous amount of money is winning. They put that income production at risk dependent upon their abilities to replace a third of their 25 man roster with something other than one year aging players.

  23. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    The Dodgers are spending money like the Yankees in the mid 2000s when they just waved it around and spent on every player they saw…..

    Nobody wants that….because it doesn’t really help anything….

    The Yankees are most likely going to be the 2nd highest payroll team in 2013 for the first time in years

  24. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The Dodger ownership has plenty of money. Their spending will pack the stadium. It was the Yankee way for years. It sure paid off since 1995.

    Only time wil tell of the new frugality can work. No one should doubt they are taking great risks.

  25. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    As far as the Arod for Crawford thing….I dunno…..I don’t see Crawford ever being what he was in Tampa again and he just gives you another guy that can’t hit lefties in the lineup…..plus no 3B….Id think about it but unless the dodgers took some money a that they yanks saved some then I’m not sure that actually makes the Yanks any better

  26. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I was really hoping the Dodgers would transform into a respectable franchise again, but I dunno…

    Spending $189m is hardly being frugale, come on. The real issue is transitioning the current roster to that budget. The rules of the game changed, when the Yankees were comfortable going over the cap. Now the organization is trying to adapt to a new cap, and has to do it in a hurry.

  27. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I do miss that feeling of knowing the Yankees will do whatever they can to improve the team though…..don’t really get that these days.

    I think Cashman is going to try to make a big trade….,I just hope he doesn’t get taken to the cleaners

  28. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I agree w Kev.

    Think the Men in blue are nuts.

    They are being careless with their money.

    Taking on guys like Beckett and cc to get Adrian is folly.

    Over spending for marginal prospects. Same thing.

    That’s not where I want the Yankees to go either.

  29. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    “Spending $189m is hardly being frugale, come on. The real issue is transitioning the current roster to that budget”

    That is absolutely it….189 million is a lot of money …..but the issue is that they have less than half of that to actually spend because they have so much in the books already……

  30. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    If the Dodgers do sign Hunter then you do have to figure they will look to trade either Ethier or Crawford….,

  31. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Blake-

    Me too. I miss that financial edge.

    There are guys much more clever out there than Cashman.

    i.e., Friedman

    The Yankees are making a big bet on the Farm right now.

    They better hope they’ve got it right.

  32. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    It was good to see Pat M. and Dr. Joe around last night.

    I thought they had given up on LoHud.

    Good to know they’re still out there.

    :)

  33. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Morning MTU.. How are ya

  34. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Blake-

    Getting used to Team Thrifty.

    You ?

    :)

  35. ron November 10th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    The same thing will happen to the dodgers that happen to every other team that gobbles up great players at 28-32 yrs old,then they stop producing and get beat by the giants,cardinals,etc…
    You have to keep turning over a lineup,and trading,letting players go at the right time.
    Unless the dodgers are smart with the contracts that they take,they will be a maxed out financial team going nowhere.
    Cano,kemp,ramirez,agone are all scary on paper,but once they hit 32,33,34 years old,it’s over.

    This is why i think the yankees should trade cano now,and granderson.

  36. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Alright, mind if I crowd source this?

    If I see a movie this weekend what should it be? Argo, Skyfall or Lincoln?

  37. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’m good….probably never get used to team thrifty though….

  38. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I’ve heard Skyfall is awesome….but I want to see all 3 of those

  39. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Blake-

    Right now we have no choice but to hope for the best and adjust.

    But I know what you mean.

  40. RadioKev November 10th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Yeah, I guess I can’t lose. I just have to make sure I see them all. A lot of heavy hitters this fall. Life of Pi and The Hobbit on the way too.

  41. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Sky fall sure has gotten good reviews. Lincoln looks great. Give us a review Kev.

  42. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    It’s not in the theaters right now but if you dig Sci-Fi check out “Prometheus”.

    It was the Prequel to “Alien”.

  43. blake November 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I really wanna see Lincoln …it looks extremely well done

  44. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Blake-

    Most anything DDL does is excellent.

    Great actor.

    :)

  45. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Here’s my OS so far.

    We fill out our Rotation w Kuroda and AP.

    We trade one of Hughes, Nova, or Phelps plus to the Royals for Gordon.

    We aquire Keppinger to upgrade Nix.

    We inquire on Soria also.

    We sign Ichiro on an inexpensive 1 yr deal to be our 4th OF’er.

  46. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    We shop Grandy. We shop Cano if we think we can’t sign him again.

    We try our best to get rid of A-Rod.

    We look for a reasonable upgrade at C.

  47. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    We move away from the big, hairy Monster approach by removing Long and replacing him w someone like Jaramillo.

    We look to infuse the team with youth, athleticism, and speed.

    We play multi-dimensional ball instead of just Monster ball.

    :)

  48. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Sound good ?

    :)

  49. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Sounds good….. However I’m afraid Cashman has been smoking the denial pipe with regards to this team the last couple of years

  50. Tar November 10th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good Morning

    I think the Dodgers are more about trying to appeal to their fans than they are about making financially smart baseball moves. Taking on Crawford and Beckett was all about Gonzalez and his appeal to the local community. I think this bid on Ryu is the same thing. They have that huge TV contract coming in and they want to generate excitement.

    Seems like Alex and his HR chase would fit the bill for them.

  51. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I promise if Cashman does all that I’ll give the Yankee’s a tribute.

    We can do it cheaper and smarter but we have to stop living in the past.

    And as JF pointed get us the team that truly has that old winning Yankee formula. Not the pretend one we have now.

    Let’s get rid of some of the IBM in this team and and replace it with
    some fire.

    We’re running out of Geritol anyway.

    ;)

  52. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Sounds like the RF plan is Ibanez and Scott Hairston. Don’t be deceived by Hairston last year. He is a career .247 hitter with far less power than Swisher. Better? No. Cheaper? Of course.

  53. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    You guys inspired me. I just bought tickets to Skyfall.

  54. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I think Ethier is the guy LA would want to move if they signed Hunter….. He and the FO have never seemed to see eye to eye ……

  55. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Have fun Mac….tell us how it is….it’s supposed to be good

  56. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I think the outfield is most likely to be Granderson , Gardner, Ichiro…..I don’t like it but I think that’s where the odds are right now

  57. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    MTU,

    If Cashman follows your plan I will come hike with you.

  58. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    The Yankees would certainly not be in on Ethier and his five year contract. Swisher would have been cheaper. I read Swisher’s prospective cost may end up at about $40 M for three years.

  59. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    Yup. That’s the standard Team Thrifty approach.

    It’s competitive but not top of the line.

    That’s likely to be the approach until the floodgates open again.

    IF they ever do.

    Yankees are moving into somewhat uncharted waters here.

    Let see if it works ?

  60. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Mac-

    You can do it either way.

    Or we can meet at Wells-Gray, or RMNP.

    :)

  61. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wells-Gray does look amazing, doesn’t it?

  62. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: Free-agent catcher David Ross agrees to two-year deal with #RedSox, pending physical.

    Errrrr

  63. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good morning-

    Skyfall. Listed at 163 minutes long. You’ll be getting your monies worth.

    Looks like the Mets and Yankees will be looking at the same free agents-the cheap ones.

    In addition to the Rangers and Mariners, the Orioles, Phillies, Giants, Braves, and Nationals all have some level of interest in Swisher, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Several clubs are willing to offer three years, and Heyman estimates an annual salary in the $11-13MM range.
    That is a far cry from a Jason Werth contract for Swisher

  64. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Mac-

    Yup. A real eye-popper.

    Wish I had the dough to go.

    Maybe sometime.

    You should scout it out for me.

    Take Bo w you.

    ;)

  65. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    “The Yankees would certainly not be in on Ethier and his five year contract. Swisher would have been cheaper. I read Swisher’s prospective cost may end up at about $40 M for three years.”

    Unless the Dodgers took Arod

  66. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I hope the Ross contract isn’t real cheap…..I would have loved a Ross/Romine tandem at the right price

  67. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Blake-

    Really surprised that David Ross is not staying with the Braves. Would have been a better defensive catcher than Martin, who has some pop.

  68. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Unlike the Yankees the Sux have money to spend this OS.

    Yankees need to make hay thru trades.

    ;)

  69. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    A salty /Ross platoon for Boston is pretty good

  70. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Blake-

    They’d better not steal Kuroda or I’ll be pissed.

    ;)

  71. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I think the outfield is most likely to be Granderson , Gardner, Ichiro…..I don’t like it but I think that’s where the odds are right now.
    —————————————-
    Blake-

    I think you are right. That will be the Yankees opening day outfield. Granderson and probably Ichiro will gone when the Team Cheap Yankees fall out of the race. GRRR!

  72. blake November 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I don’t think Kuroda would go to Boston…..instill think he comes back to the Yanks….I bet he wants a no trade clause….probably signs with the Yanks for like 14 million with a full no trade (at least I hope )

  73. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    It’s amazing to me that the Yankees are not players for JU.

    Or are they ?

    How often does a guy like that come on the market.

    Get real Brian.

    We’re still a good match with the Royals as well.

    :(

  74. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    The problem with trades is good players is they have contracts the Yankees don’t want to take on. Young players with low contracts rarely get moved.

    AROD for Ethier? Sign me up.

    Somehow, someway they must start getting younger.

  75. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Blake-

    I’m not as sure as you or Nick but I hope both of you are right.

    ;)

  76. yankee21 November 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    For Brian Creative Cashman it is too early in the process to make moves just the time to talk and set the table so to speak at the GM meetings.

    For every other team in baseball it doesn’t seem too early to make moves.

    The Yankees just lost 25HR/90RBI, 40+ saves, and possibly their 2nd starter. They also had a 38 starting SS that went down with a severe injury requiring surgery. And their 42 yr old returning closer is coming off an injury that most guys would pack it in from.

    They have a CF who hits in the .220s and is aging before our eyes and a 2B who thinks he is the best player in the game worthy of 200 million. Both these guys are gone after next year and if nothing is done both will walk for single draft picks.

    When will it not be too early for Cashman to begin making moves?

  77. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Mac-

    That is why the Yankees should be all over Upton.

    ;)

  78. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Cherington has been impressing me so far. Getting rid of all the contracts and adding Ross reasonably. While our GM seems intent with letting them all expire.

    Draft picks are great, but the chance of a supplemental player making the majors, much less being productive, is probably what? 30%? 20%?

  79. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    On Kuuroda if not resigned:

    ” There are always alternatives and we’ll be forced to consider them.” -Cashman

    Yeh! Trading for a pitcher with one year left on their contract? Bringing in Garcia or similar?

  80. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    21-

    Cashman is waiting for someone to hand him a diamond, or for a gold bar to fall into his lap.

    Don’t you get it ?

    :)

  81. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Mac-

    The success rate is way lower than that.

    That’s why counting on prospects can be fool’s gold.

  82. austinmac November 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Yankee21,

    Nice summary. Tell me why this doesn’t have disaster written all over it.

    Brian is patient. Old guys are always available. February is the new shopping month.

  83. MTU November 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    The Mops are gnawing at my ankles.

    Be back later.

    Play nice.

    ;)

  84. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Don’t get me started on draft picks.

    #29 if the Yankees don’t sign one of the other players who declined their QO
    Then after the 6 competitive balance picks they choose as low as #38.
    Then, via the current Yankee minor league system, maybe you’ll see one or two with the Yankees in 2020, during the new CBA. :(

  85. Yankee Trader November 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    New Post———–>

  86. yankee21 November 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Cashman cannot let Kuroda walk over money. He is a proven #2 starter. They are fools is they let him walk.

    They also cannot let Cano and Granderson walk next year for draft picks. Either make up your collective damn minds about re-signing them or trade them to get useful pieces, preferably a near ML ready SS and 3B. Do not use the Reyes method of letting high end talent walk.

    Get a decision from the indecisive Andy for crying out loud. You have to know what your options are.

    Find a taker for Arod and go to Tex about agreeing to waive his NTC.

    That should just about do it.

    Oh one other thing Cashman, do not re-sign Martin for more than 1 year.

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