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Are the Yankees still better than the Blue Jays?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Blue Jays are rebuilt. The Yankees are still waiting to make their move.

Honestly, it’s far too early to compare these two rosters. The Blue Jays have made their splash, while the Yankees still have little choice but to add at least two starting pitchers, a catcher and a right fielder. The Yankees aren’t going to sit still all winter, and at this point, the pitching staffs are especially hard to compare because the Blue Jays have five legitimate options while the Yankees have two, maybe three. It’s also worth noting that the Yankees won 22 games more than the Blue Jays this season, which means Toronto had significant ground to make up in the first place.

But clearly the Blue Jays are making their move. They’ve answered a lot of their internal questions, but not nearly all of them. How much have the Blue Jays closed the gap, and what do the Yankees have to do to maintain their advantage?

LINEUP

Catcher
???? vs. J.P. Arencibia
I happen to like Arencibia, but he’s a low-average, high-power guy just like Russell Martin. In fact, of those two, Martin had a better OPS this year. If the Yankees can re-sign Martin, I’d give them the advantage at the position because of Martin’s defense. At the very least it would be considered a push, with Arencibia getting bonus points for his age.

First base
Mark Teixeira vs. Adam Lind
Say what you will about Teixiera’s diminished batting average, but at least he’s not Lind. The Blue Jays thought they really had something when Lind had that big 2009 season, but he’s been brutal ever since. If Toronto shuffles some things around and puts Edwin Encarnacion at first, then this is a worth debate — Encarnacion repeating his breakout season or Teixeira bouncing back — but with Lind at first, the Yankees are much better at the position.

Second base
Robinson Cano vs. Maicer Izturis
Not sure what the Yankees are going to do beyond this season — and no telling how much it would take to sign Cano long term — but in terms of raw talent, this one is a landslide. Cano is better than anyone in the Blue Jays infield.

Third base
Alex Rodriguez vs. Brett Lawrie
Believe it or not, Rodriguez had a better OPS this season than Lawrie (by quite a bit). The worst power output of Rodriguez’s career still resulting in a better slugging percentage than Lawrie had in his second big league season. Lawrie is still extremely young, and there’s no question the Yankees would rather have him than Rodriguez going forward, but here and now, there’s absolutely no guarantee that one team or the other has the advantage at third base. If Rodriguez bounces back at all, he could easily outproduce Lawrie.

Shortstop
Derek Jeter vs. Jose Reyes
In his first year outside of New York, Reyes had a down year in most categories. But even that down year included a .347 on-base percentage with 40 stolen bases. Basically Reyes played to his career slash line. Jeter’s offensive season was better, but he’s also going to have to come back from a broken ankle next year, and he’s almost 10 years older than Reyes. There’s risk associated with each player, and which you prefer is probably a matter of personal preference. I’d rather have Reyes.

Left field
Curtis Granderson vs. Melky Cabrera
Let’s assume the Yankees are going to do the right thing and shift Granderson to left field. Let’s also assume the Blue Jays are going to keep Bautista in right. Creates a fascinating matchup between two guys with a lot to prove. If Granderson can return to his 2011 form, he’ll certainly be a better option. If both players repeat their 2012 results, it will be Cabrera in a landslide. So which is more likely, Cabrera repeating without the PEDs or Granderson’s getting his batting average up without losing the home runs?

Center field
Brett Gardner vs. Colby Rasmus
I happen to really like both players, but Rasmus is coming off a surprisingly bad year — the guy hit 23 homers but still managed to OPS below .700 — and Gardner has always been a suspect player who’s now coming off a season lost to elbow surgery. Like catcher and third base, this is a position where the Blue Jays clearly have the greater long-term upside, but they also have greater questions about the player’s ability to live up to those expectations.

Right field
???? vs. Jose Bautista
In one way, this one is impossible to predict. Clearly the Yankees aren’t going to hand right field to Chris Dickerson, and who they add will greatly change their outfield dynamic. But in another way, this one is perfectly predictable because it’s nearly impossible for the Yankees to land a right fielder who’s better than Bautista. The Blue Jays are going to have the advantage in right field, the question is by how much.

Designated hitter
???? vs. Edwin Encarnacion
One viewed as a failed prospect, Encarnacion was outstanding this season while playing both infield corners and a little bit of left field. He’s been solid for a few years now, but this season was a monster with 42 homers and 110 RBI. Chances are slim tha thte Yankees will sign a full-time designated hitter, and chances are also slim that they can find a platoon-type situation that will produce numbers like Encarnacion put up this season. That said, chances might be just as slim that Encarnacion can repeat his standout season. Advantage clearly goes to the Blue Jays, but like right field, it’s very unclear just how large that gap will be.

ROTATION

Top of the rotation
CC Sabathia vs. Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle
We don’t know who the Yankees No. 2 starter will be, but I have a hard time believing it will be Phil Hughes (the guy who currently slots in behind Sabathia). The Blue Jays have added a moderate risk/huge reward ace in Johnson, and they’ve added a reliable veteran in Buehrle. It’s a good mix. In a lot of ways, the Yankees have the best of both worlds in Sabathia, but how the Yankees matchup will depend on who they add. If Hiroki Kuroda comes back, a matchup of Sabathia/Johnson and Kuroda/Buehrle would be pretty even, with fewer concerns on the Yankees end.

Middle of the rotation
Phil Hughes vs. Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow
I tend to think of these three pitchers along the same lines. All three are roughly the same age with significant potential and a lack of consistency. Romero was terrible this year, Morrow was terrific and Hughes was somewhere inbetween. Again, it’s a fairly even matchup depending on who the Yankees slot into the middle of the rotation alongside Hughes. If it’s Andy Pettitte, that’s a bit of experience and reliability that the Blue Jays can’t match.

Back of the rotation
Ivan Nova and David Phelps vs. J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek
Fifth starters often come with this sort of uncertainty. Nova and Happ have had much better seasons than they had in 2012. Phelps and Drabek are still trying to establish themselves (Drabek comes with much more prospect hype but much worse big league results). In terms of finding wild card types to round out the rotation, both the Blue Jays and Yankees have some potential that comes with significant questions.

BULLPEN

He’s not signed just yet, but this point, we all know Mariano Rivera is coming back.

In terms of big names, it’s hard to top the Yankees foursome of Rivera, Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and David Aardsma. Even without Rafeal Soriano, that group has significant potential, especially when they’re surrounded by bullpen role players like Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley. It’s not a bad group that the Yankees have in place.

In Toronto, Sergio Santos and Casey Janssen give the Blue Jays two closer options, but they’ve lost Carlos Villanueva and Jason Frasor to free agency.

The Blue Jays bullpen has more holes than the Yankees, and although many of the Yankees go-to relievers — especially Rivera and Aardsma — come with uncertainty, it’s still a stronger group than the one in Toronto.

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56 Responses to “Are the Yankees still better than the Blue Jays?”

  1. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Repost:

    Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t even like Sherman.

    One thing I will not be able to forgive the Yankees for is making me root for guys like Sherman and RANDY LEVINE.

    Maybe this is what Rihanna meant when she was singing about finding love in a hopeless place…

  2. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Guys.. let’s just ignore everything Chad posts for the next few days and get our Thanksgiving menu’s in order. Let’s find our own way to be great, since the Yankees are so determined to not let us be great!

  3. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Joba wouldn’t be able to last a season as a starter, which isn’t really a good solution

    —————————–

    True which is why the plug should have never been pulled on him but Cashman is narrow minded. The Bs have taken a step back, Hughes is a FA next yr, Nova is going through normal growing pains, and the Yankees are waiting on two middle aged pitchers because they literally have no where else to turn to.

  4. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The Yankees could be better than the Jays if they would add quality players. It always gets back to, how can they do that if they don’t want to give more than one year?

    Chad, please ask Cashman this question. Of course, he will ramble on about the process in response.

  5. RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Yeah Against All Odds, “it is what it is.” I think Cashman is learning from that Joba mess, but it leaves us with an alternative universe to think about.

    Joba does have value in the pen, and taking him out at this point might not be worth it.

  6. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’m working on an apple pie recipe this weekend.. last year I wanted to make one that had an oatmeal raisin cookie as the top. This year, I’m trying to figure out how to make an apple pie with a cinnamon bun top. Not sure if I should cook the pie for a bit topless and then bake the cinnamon roles on top….

  7. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    If Kuroda or Pettitte don’t return, my prediction is Liriano.

  8. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I have to make the turkey this year for the fam.. my mother is insisting on wrapping the thing in bacon because she doesn’t trust me to baste it. Mistrustful biOtch. (Who totally knows what she’s talking about.)

  9. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Mac, we’ll see if Melky posts those numbers .280 and 15 HRs.

    In the 90s, drug use was prevalent in the game, but it was especially widespread among older players seeking to sustain playing levels (and contracts) into their late 30s. Sort of telling that a player needs one of the most powerful steroids to help performance during their peak years (late 20s). Could be a sign the player is attempting to expand the limits of his own mediocrity in the name of money.

  10. RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Chad, please ask Cashman this question. Of course, he will ramble on about the process in response.
    ——

    So you’re basically not interested in the answer?

  11. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Shame,

    Apple pie sounds far better if not served on the hot stove this year.

  12. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Yeah Against All Odds, “it is what it is.” I think Cashman is learning from that Joba mess, but it leaves us with an alternative universe to think about.

    Joba does have value in the pen, and taking him out at this point might not be worth it.

    ———————————

    How much did he learn exactly. Phelps was bounced up snd down like a rag doll this yr. If Andy and Kuroda leave and Phelps is put into the rotation would anyone be surprised if his velocity decreases or he has trouble going deep into games.

    Joba’s value in the pen is minimal. He’s a spare part imo.

  13. Tar November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Nice post Chad. Thanks

  14. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Chad, please ask Cashman this question. Of course, he will ramble on about the process in response.
    ——

    So you’re basically not interested in the answer?

    ———————————-

    We already know the answer :D

  15. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I would love to know the answer. He wouldn’t be responsive. He never is.

  16. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Melky has bona fide bat speed, and is a very good hitter. Recovery may be helped by PEDS but Cabrera, for anyone who has watched him, has always had the offense/evolving offense.

  17. I Am Winning November 17th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    If Kuroda goes to the Dodgers at least that’s $15m extra that the Yankeea have to spend elsewhere, right? Or is it just a way for Hal to save more money?

  18. Jerkface November 17th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    It is time the Yanks look to signing Jake Peavy. The Chicago White Sox will not pick up Peavy’s $22M option for 2013. They will buy him out for $4M. ‘

    Peavy has already been extended by the White Sox

  19. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    YF, yes, McCarthy was cleared. He has never pitched a full season, but he was pitching well last year until he got hit in the head. The previous year he made 25 starts, 170 innings. They could even sign him to two years… I would prefer him to Haren.

  20. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    mac – Anything to help the morale around here. Apple pie is a great place to start, IMO.

    AAO – The Phelps situation is worrisome. I do hope they commit to him starting this year at any level. If I see that kid sitting out in the pen for 10 straight days, only giving us sporadic innings, I will flip the f*ck out.

  21. RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Well Against All Odds, I think it’s likely Phelps will struggle a bit as a starter anyway. That’s just the way with a lot of young pitchers. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad way to handle young pitchers, to get their feet wet in the pen. Hughes seems to have benefited from it, or so he attributes it to some of his success as a starter.

    I dunno, Joba could serve a larger role this season. With Rivera back after surgery there’s some uncertainty in the pen. And moving forward, without Rivera, he could be a closer option. That’s not nothing. Not as great as a #1 or #2 starter, but we don’t actually know if that’s what Joba was. He should have been given a longer look.

  22. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    AAO – The Phelps situation is worrisome. I do hope they commit to him starting this year at any level. If I see that kid sitting out in the pen for 10 straight days, only giving us sporadic innings, I will flip the f*ck out.

    ———————–

    Phelps as a swing guy isn’t bad when he’s not vital to the rotation. But there is so much in the air in terms of the rotation that he plays an important role.

  23. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hughes seems to have benefited from it, or so he attributes it to some of his success as a starter.

    I dunno, Joba could serve a larger role this season. With Rivera back after surgery there’s some uncertainty in the pen. And moving forward, without Rivera, he could be a closer option. That’s not nothing

    —————————–

    Hughes lost a yr starting, saw his secondary pitchers take a step back, and became cutter happy after being a reliever

    True it’s not nothing but I don’t see him making or breaking the pen. His role can be replaced by a guy like Aardsma or even Soria if they decide to pick him up.

  24. MTU November 17th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Yes. there is money to spend but on 1 yr deals only.

    Hard to get quality guys to sign with you for 1 yr.

    Not impossible but difficult. And it also takes an element you can’t control- Luck.

    JAP-

    I may have vaguely heard of the DP.

    Mac-

    My answer last thread re: Cash was sorta’ tongue-in-cheek.

    I’m off. I’ll check back later if I can.

    Good one All.

    :)

  25. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    The thing that bothers me about how Phelps was handled last season is his innings… and that they clearly needed another starter for 2013.

    Cheap, of course.

    So it lends itself to the idea that they are having some difficulty in the ‘long term planning’ department.

  26. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Maybe the ‘long term planning’ department was the first thing cut.

  27. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    So it lends itself to the idea that they are having some difficulty in the ‘long term planning’ department.

    ———————-

    It always does

    07 with Joba in the pen
    09 with Hughes in the pen

    And then when the pitchers struggle it’s a bunch of confused looks and weird expressions.

  28. RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    With the landscape right now, it makes sense to keep Phelps as a starter no matter what. Whether he’s in the big leagues or the minors we need guys ready to start.

    I think Cashman will find more arms because we’ve seen some pretty good results from hoarding starters. It’s a formula that has worked these past two seasons.

  29. Shame Spencer November 17th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    But Kev, having 7 starting options for a season isn’t some strategical model the Yanks developed. I feel like more starters = better, is pretty obvious. Right now we have 4, one who is awesome (CC), one who should be awesome (Hughes), one who is still finding his footing (Nova), and one who didn’t even get 150 innings of work last year (Phelps).

    If Andy comes back that makes 5 and helps us out for (hopefully) 100 more innings for the regular season. But you still need two more, to say nothing of what you need next year. And you can dumpster dive your way through the regular season, I have no doubt about it as long as you can hit.. but are you cool with CC, Hughes and Nova as your top three in the playoffs?? Because if Andy gets injured at the wrong time of the year, that’s your top three as of this moment.

  30. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Shame,

    Apple pie can always distract me. Good plan.

  31. blake November 17th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    On paper the Yanks aren’t as good as the Jays , the Rays , or the Orioles at the moment…..hopefully that’ll change before opening day.

    We all know games aren’t win on paper…..but the current Yankee roster isn’t a playoff team

  32. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    They Yanks have more holes to fill and haven’t made any moves yet, so naturally, missing two starting pitchers, RF, C and DH they can’t really be evaluated.

  33. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thing is, the Yanks offseason approach will be wait ’till the music stops in this game of free agent musical chairs and see what’s left. It’s the leftovers who are willing to sign for one year.

    Barring a trade of prospects for position players, that appears to be the Yanks’ approach. Which makes for another boring year.

    I’d prefer the blow-it-up approach if they are unable to sign Kuroda. Trade Grandy and Cano, give guys like Adams and Dickerson a legit shot. Attendance may dip, but you have a better shot at success in the world of 189.

    This muddle-in-the-middle approach is yawning.

  34. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Better chance at success 2-3 years from now, that is …Just would hate to see them trade away the Williams’ andnHeathcott’s in the name of a stop gap solution. That just ensures sustained competitive mediocrity, not a championship team.

  35. blake November 17th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    jacksquat says:
    November 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    They Yanks have more holes to fill and haven’t made any moves yet, so naturally, missing two starting pitchers, RF, C and DH they can’t really be evaluated.

    Nope…..but as opposed to others years when they have has holes its a little tougher to see how they are going to fill them and get better when they won’t spend money

  36. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    The Reds are looking for a leadoff hitting outfielder, and maybe a closer if they move Chapman to starter.

    Gardner or Robertson for Hanigan (C)? Seems a little heavy on the Yankee side, so maybe something else from the Reds in addition.

  37. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    If I was the Reds, I’d give Billy Hamilton a shot before I’d trade for Gardner.

  38. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Well, I would too, but recent reports say they are looking for a leadoff hitting outfielder, so they apparently are not inclined to bring up Hamilton yet, or don’t want to throw him into the leadoff spot. Plus, while he is being converted from SS to CF, I don’t see any record of him having played a single game in the OF in the minors yet.

  39. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Just the AFL.

  40. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    He looked good in the AFL in center, but I get your point. He probably needs at least to start the season in the minors, but he probably has more upside than Gardner.

  41. The Return of Stoneburner November 17th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Nodding my head:

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Yankees are being accused of being cheap now. Never thought I’d see that day.

    16h Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    There is a growing % of spoiled fans. I think the twitter fans that I’ve talked to are much more sensible. RT @SMcEwen_eh spoiled fans

  42. joeman November 17th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Gardner starting CF for the Yankees is a joke…go get a LFer and RFer and use this AAA player as a 4th OFer

  43. joeman November 17th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    blake November 17th, 2012 at 1:23 pm
    On paper the Yanks aren’t as good as the Jays , the Rays , or the Orioles at the moment…..hopefully that’ll change before opening day.

    We all know games aren’t win on paper…..but the current Yankee roster isn’t a playoff team——————————
    let me pass out

  44. RadioKev November 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    “Hughes lost a yr starting, saw his secondary pitchers take a step back, and became cutter happy after being a reliever”

    Against All Odds, well, Hughes ‘losing’ a year starting doesn’t really matter. He was great in the pen and did his part for the team. He then became a full time starter at the still young age of 24. His down year in 2011 can be attributed to many things (workload increase, out of shape, bad mechanics, whatever else), but I don’t know if it’s a direct connection to his work in the pen. Even if it was workload increase, they should have managed that increase better. His secondary pitches stepping back wasn’t a product of being put in the bullpen, as far as I can tell. They weren’t great after he hurt his hamstring. I don’t remember when he developed the cutter, but blegh. Thank god it’s gone.

    “are you cool with CC, Hughes and Nova as your top three in the playoffs?? Because if Andy gets injured at the wrong time of the year, that’s your top three as of this moment.”

    Well, that depends haha. Do Hughes and Nova continue to develop and get better? If so, that’s not too bad at all. As far as Andy getting injured, well, that goes for anyone one of their pitchers. Andy’s broken leg was totally random. Still, they definitely need to acquire more arms, and not just filler.

  45. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Ppl have it wrong it’s not about being cheap or the fans being spoiled. The fact is the team is reducing spending and they aren’t set up to properly to withstand it.

  46. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Against All Odds, well, Hughes ‘losing’ a year starting doesn’t really matter. He was great in the pen and did his part for the team. He then became a full time starter at the still young age of 24. His down year in 2011 can be attributed to many things (workload increase, out of shape, bad mechanics, whatever else), but I don’t know if it’s a direct connection to his work in the pen. Even if it was workload increase, they should have managed that increase better. His secondary pitches stepping back wasn’t a product of being put in the bullpen, as far as I can tell. They weren’t great after he hurt his hamstring. I don’t remember when he developed the cutter, but blegh. Thank god it’s gone.

    ————————-

    It properly wasn’t the only reason but I think a lot could be attributed to that stint in the pen. I never liked Cashman’s we have starters that can relieve quote. If you have a plus starters like that why even toy with it. Not just the Yankees but teams in general.

    He developed it when he sat next to Mo in 09.

  47. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    **probably**

  48. austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    The good old days–discussion about Joba and Hughes’ development.

  49. joeman November 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    as of right now just in their division the Yankees have three teams that are as good as them if not better ..right now they don’t have a RFer,Catcher, Closer, enough SPing or a MLB player in LF…and who knows how Jeter comes back from that bad injury that will suck speed out of him, but they do have a budget…..

  50. Against All Odds November 17th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    austinmac November 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    The good old days–discussion about Joba and Hughes’ development.

    —————–

    And we’re still discussing how they have to continue to develop lol crazy huh

  51. Tar November 17th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I still say Phil Hughes biggest “development” problem was the fact that he was tipping his pitches, and it took too damn long for the Yankees to figure it out. No telling how long it was going on, but I bet certain teams were on to him for quite some time. I’m not that good at summing numbers but i’ll try.

    first 10 games .564 ERA .536SLG .870 OPS and .319 BaBIP

    Then the story broke with Andy talking about Phil “hiding the ball better” (spy talk for tipping)

    last 22 games .370 ERA .429SLG .722 OPS and .274 BaBip.

    I cant figure out how to do HR/9 and such but I bet those were better also.

  52. Tar November 17th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The Angels had a .442 BA and a BaBIP of .500 in 47 PA over 2 games in 2012 vs Hughes!

    That just screams at me that they knew what was coming and hammered the ball.

  53. Nick in SF November 17th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    posted by someone in previous thread:

    LordD99 says: November 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Inside information from unnamed “friends” of MLB players is about as sketchy as it gets. This feels more like a negotiating tactic to get the most money from the Yankees, especially if he really is interested in just a one-year deal. Yes, he might prefer California, yet if that’s the case, the last think he would do is leak that. He would go the opposite route. Have his “friends” leak that he really wants to play for the Yankees to force the Angels and the Dodgers to up their price. In other words, use the team you don’t want to play for to drive up the price from the team you don’t want to play for. Remember when CC wanted to play in California? Apparently not. Expect Kuroda back on the Yankees.

  54. jacksquat November 17th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t buy it, Kuroda could name his price with the Dodgers. He doesn’t need a negotiating tactic. He’s an excellent pitcher only looking for a one year deal.

  55. Nick in SF November 17th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    If he takes a big offer from the Dodgers, I will say that you were correct.

  56. rogyanks November 18th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’m glad it’s to early to compare rosters.


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