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Monday night notes and links: A few leftovers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 26, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few smaller moves and notes that might have escaped notice last week…

Another fringy reliever
It worked with Cody Eppley, and the Yankees keep adding some fringy bullpen arms. Right-hander Mickey Storey is the third relief pitcher the Yankees have claimed off waivers this winter. He made 26 appearances with the Astros last season and held opponents to a .237 average while getting more than a strikeout per inning pitched. Several of those appearances lasted two innings, and he made two starts in Triple-A, suggesting there’s some multi-inning ability if necessary. Just another arm to look at in spring training.

Gone and back again
Speaking of those fringy relievers, the Yankees lost and then re-signed one of them last week. David Herndon, a right-hander who had been claimed off waivers earlier this winter, was outrighted off the 40-man roster and immediately re-signed to a minor league contract worth $750,000 if he gets back to the big leagues ($180,000 while he’s in the minors). Herndon is coming off Tommy John surgery and I previously talked to one Yankees source who said the team legitimately believes he could help them in the second half next year. The Yankees like his arm.

Minor leaguers signing elsewhere
Baseball America’s latest round of minor league transactions included some familiar names, none of which have re-signed with the Yankees. RHP Eric Hacker (who was traded for Romulo Sanchez back in 2009) signed a minor league deal with the Giants. LHP Justin Thomas (who got some big league time at the end of this season) signed with Oakland. OF Jamie Hoffmann (the former Rule 5 pick who didn’t stick) signed with the Mets. OF Matt Carson (who wound up getting to the big leagues with Oakland and Cleveland) signed with the Indians. SS Alberto Gonzalez (the defense-first utility man) signed with the Cubs. RHP Dan McCutchen (part of the Nady/Marte trade in 2008) signed with the Orioles.

And a few smaller notes that popped up today…

Team USA coaching staff named
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre is going to manage Team USA at this year’s World Baseball Classic, and the rest of his coaching staff will including some other former Yankees. Major League Baseball today announced Torre’s staff: Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first-base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third-base coach).

Postseason shares announced
There’s plenty of money in baseball. So much that teams are rewarded — significantly — for simply making the playoffs. Postseason shares were announced today, and a full share for the Giants was a record $377,002.64. A full share for the Tigers totaled $284,274.50. As for the Yankees, their share of the total players’ pool was $7,843,616.31, and the value of each of full share was $115,065.28. The Yankees awarded 58 full shares and 10.17 partial shares. For simply playing in the wild card game, the Rangers awarded 44 full shares worth $16,999.09 each. Back in Scranton, I was named Employee of the Month once and I believe I got a $20 gift card to Applebees or something. I’m just saying, Major League Baseball is different.

Opportunity to meet Wade Boggs
The Charleston RiverDogs announced they will hold an online auction for the opportunity to meet Wade Boggs during a private meet and greet opportunity. Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on February 1. The online auction for the meet and greet is currently open for bidding at www.riverdogs.com and will continue through noon Jan. 31. Fans can bid all week (every week) with the bidding closing at noon on each Friday. Each week there will be two winners.

 
 

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137 Responses to “Monday night notes and links: A few leftovers”

  1. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 9:48 pm
    Brian Wilson has saved 171 games for the Giants dating back to 2006, but now, following his Tommy John surgery earlier this year, it appears likely that he’ll be non-tendered, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#p4Zwy1RyLH7d8PBt.99

  2. blake November 26th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    They should take a look at Wilson if he’s non tendered….also should look at Soria

  3. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    8:51pm: A Red Sox source confirmed to WEEI’s Rob Bradford that the two teams have indeed discusseda trade that would center around Lester and Myers. According to Bradford, the talks also included the possibility of Boston sending outfield help to Kansas City with some pitching heading back to the Red Sox. He echoes that nothing is close.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#42c8MujZFcw3VqPC.99

  4. blake November 26th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    @PeteAbe: Just to clear: All the #RedSox did was talk briefly to the Royals. Nothing is happening. All is well, return to your homes.

  5. kd November 26th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    if they trade lester, laptops is their ace.

    we gotta hope they do. lester has gained a lot of weight in the last few years. if he recommits himself to conditioning, he may return to form

  6. kd November 26th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    what does soria want in terms of a deal?

  7. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Yea if they dealt Lester then their rotation is terrible…. But it would suck for them to get their hands on a cost controlled bat like Myers

  8. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Lester + Farrell reunited again does worry me – - – -

  9. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Farrell didn’t exactly work wonders with the pitchers in Toronto

  10. LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I really want to like Raymond Felton but he’s just awful.

  11. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:03 pm
    Farrell didn’t exactly work wonders with the pitchers in Toronto

    ******

    He has worked wonders with Lester – and right now that is the only one I am worried about – - – -

  12. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Its about time everybody took this international baseball thing seriously to the death like Bobby Orr giving his last hockey for free just to play the Russians in’76. You guys have to kick some mega as#!

  13. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Farrell is one screwed up dolt; I wouldn’t worry about him.

  14. kd November 26th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    i agree blake, myers to the red sox is not ideal. but he’s a prospect. he may bust.

    the sox have a lot of money to spend. i hope they spend a lot, but not well. swisher going there for 5/75 would make me happy

    as i see it, they have two starters. a few top shelf prospects. who will pitch for them?

    maybe they can sign carl pavano….

  15. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    its up to lester i dont think the pitching coach or manager has much to do with it. if he wants to get back in shape and get motivated he will. i just hope it’s in kc or better yet, milwaukee or somewhere and not in boston if he does.

  16. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    ******

    He has worked wonders with Lester – and right now that is the only one I am worried about – – – -

    Meh….we’ll see….I think Lester could be good again ….but even if he is the rest of their rotation still kinda sucks

  17. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Something just to think about – Texas League and PCL are not always what they are to be – just look at Brandon Wood – - – -

  18. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    oh well, melo got his shot to win it and missed…good game and big win for brooklyn.

  19. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    ******

    He has worked wonders with Lester – and right now that is the only one I am worried about – – – -

    Meh….we’ll see….I think Lester could be good again ….but even if he is the rest of their rotation still kinda sucks

    ******

    It is a bigger deal – especially when Lester appears to be happy to have Farrell back – - – -

    http://nesn.com/2012/10/jon-le.....d-answers/

  20. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Knicks have some problems – rebounding and points in the paint – - – -

  21. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Farrell can’t pitch for him…..

  22. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    This world baseball thing has to be spent mid season – everyone shuts down for 2 weeks and the best blow their right tibias out.

  23. LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    oh well, melo got his shot to win it and missed…good game and big win for brooklyn.

    ——–

    Stupid shot and playcall considering the Nets can’t defend the pick n roll to save their life

  24. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Farrell can’t pitch for him…..

    *******

    But he can help him – as is his former pitching coach when he had his good seasons – - — it is not something to easily dismiss with a “meh”

  25. LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    The Red Sox are going to be terrible next year. Why are we worried about Lester?

  26. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    More Farrell and Lester – - – -

    http://nesn.com/2012/10/john-f.....m-back-to/

  27. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Hey Farrell!, your over the Herman Munster site depends upon base profanity – have a good time there.

  28. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Cuase you face the Red Sox 18 times – could include Lester – and in a tight race with the Jays, Rays, and O’s – every game is going to count – - – -

  29. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    “But he can help him – as is his former pitching coach when he had his good seasons – – — it is not something to easily dismiss with a “meh””

    Meh

  30. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    “But he can help him – as is his former pitching coach when he had his good seasons – – — it is not something to easily dismiss with a “meh””

    Meh

    *****

    I guess if that’s the best you can do – that’s all you can do – - – -

  31. LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    So we are worried that John Farrell is the key to Lester’s success because the Yanks will likely face him 3-4 times next year??

    Like Blake said MEH

  32. jacksquat November 26th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Victorino hits very well vs lhp, both career and last year, despite the down year, but I would guess he’d be too expensive for a vs lhp guy.

  33. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    “I guess if that’s the best you can do – that’s all you can do – – – -”

    So you’re worried that John Farrell is going to turn Lester into David Price magically and that’s going to cost the Yankees? Ok….Lester will probably bounce back either way because he’s better than the way he pitched last year and he’s not old…..but the rest of Boston’s rotation is t very good and the Yankees have bigger problems to worry about…..like their own team

  34. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    So Jose Reyes and Adeiny Hechavarria, both young players or in their prime, are traded – - – - both lohud tells me that these players are less likely to be traded – - – -

  35. jacksquat November 26th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    And if they are going to consider Soria, they should consider Uehara.

  36. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    jacksquat says:
    November 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm
    Victorino hits very well vs lhp, both career and last year, despite the down year, but I would guess he’d be too expensive for a vs lhp guy.

    Probably….he does hit lefties well but he was close to useless vs RHP last year

  37. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    It is still a concern – and the offseason is not even done yet – let’s put it this way – it is not a positive that Farrell is back with Lester – - – -and that is a concern – - – -

  38. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:21 pm
    So we are worried that John Farrell is the key to Lester’s success because the Yanks will likely face him 3-4 times next year??

    Like Blake said MEH

    *******

    Yeah, tell that to the Rangers – - – -

  39. LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    So Jose Reyes and Adeiny Hechavarria, both young players or in their prime, are traded – – – – both lohud tells me that these players are less likely to be traded – – – -

    Please tell me this is an attempt at humor.

  40. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner says:
    November 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm
    So Jose Reyes and Adeiny Hechavarria, both young players or in their prime, are traded – – – – both lohud tells me that these players are less likely to be traded – – – -

    You just can’t grasp this concept can you…..

  41. Nick in SF November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Maybe Super Lester will pitch against the Jays, Rays, and O’s too. :neutral:

  42. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    To think I’ve won as many tmes as John’s compilation since ’18 – geesh….

  43. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    LGY November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    So Jose Reyes and Adeiny Hechavarria, both young players or in their prime, are traded – – – – both lohud tells me that these players are less likely to be traded – – – -

    Please tell me this is an attempt at humor.

    ******

    It is – especially when you consider the outrageous concept that young positional players are not available compared to pitchers – which is laughable on its face – - – -

  44. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Hopefully Farrell will do as good with Lester as he did with Romero last year

  45. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    The Return of Stoneburner says:
    November 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm
    So Jose Reyes and Adeiny Hechavarria, both young players or in their prime, are traded – – – – both lohud tells me that these players are less likely to be traded – – – -

    You just can’t grasp this concept can you…..

    ******

    The fact that you even posted about being worried about Myers being traded for a pitcher just says it all – the possibility of 6 years of control for a position player being traded for 2 years of control for a pitcher – just undermines it all right there – - – -

  46. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:29 pm
    Hopefully Farrell will do as good with Lester as he did with Romero last year

    ******

    Or Romero in 2011 or Brandon Morrow in 2012 – nice try – - – -

  47. The Return of Stoneburner November 26th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I leave on this note – do not entirely believe Wil Meyers until he does it in the major leagues – especially with his stats coming from the PCL or Texas League

    “Pacific Coast League stats, for example, are notoriously inflated.” See http://www.johnbenson.com/stars.html.

    (as a side note – there are reoccurring Bond villains)

  48. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    My classical prof neighbour 2 doors over just loaned me an original 2 LP set of Benny Goodman at Carnegie hall 1938 – Farrell, no playing for you!

  49. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    “The fact that you even posted about being worried about Myers being traded for a pitcher just says it all – the possibility of 6 years of control for a position player being traded for 2 years of control for a pitcher – just undermines it all right there – – – -”

    No….it just shows again what we are talking about. Who are the Royals rumored to be willing to trade? An unproven prospect…..not Gordon or moustakis or butler……

    You are having a hard time distinguishing between the type players we are talking and the ones that are still sometimes traded (prospects, injury risks , bad contracts etc)

  50. G. Love November 26th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    PCL league made that Kila Kahuna guy look like Manny Ramirez. He just got released by Oakland. I wouldn’t bank on those numbers replicating in the majors either.

    I’d love to see Boston deal Lester. They’d be more of a shell of team of what they once were than ever.

  51. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Morrow was hurt half the year…..torontos pitchers basically all either were hurt or underperformed last year

  52. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    the royals have alot of experience with prospects and they have apparently come to the conclusion that meyers is worth giving up for lester.

    they are bringing hosmer and moustakis along now and have alex gordon, they always have great draft position. there is something in meyers that makes them think that he’s worth giving up for 2 years of lester.

    id be wary if i were the socks but their problem is that its just possible that lester has had his fill of beantown and a change of scenery is what he needs to get back to pitching like he can.

    as for bringing back his old pitching coach (no longer to be his pitching coach btw) i agree…meh. i think the bad blood in boston runs much deeper than who the coaches are.

  53. tucker November 26th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Lester is a decent No. 2 or 3, and no amount of Sam Adams magic dust will turn him into an ace.

    If he does improve next year, it may have as much to do with getting away from Josh Beckett as it will Farrell.

  54. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Myers has hit at every level not just the PCL….I’d take him

  55. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    “there is something in meyers that makes them think that he’s worth giving up for 2 years of lester.”

    We don’t know that…. It’s just a rumor and for all we know the Sox asked and the Royals said no

  56. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Before KC trades Will Myers to RedSox for Lester they should make sure to MRI shoulder & elbow & be concerned about decline of rates & velo

    Or they could just get Farrell to lay hands on him

  57. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    in a 3 year span, lester went 50-23 with a 3.25 era and a 1.22 whip. that would be the ace on most mlb teams. he is no ace now but the potential is there, he’s only 28.

  58. G. Love November 26th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Wow, Bowden just took a giant dump on Lester. I’m sure Cherington is thrilled he just tweeted that.

  59. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Wonder what Victorino would take to sign….I wouldn’t want him as a starter but I would as a 4th outfielder because as mentioned earlier he does hit LHP very well and can play defense and run a bit….. Doubt he’d sign up for that role though

  60. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Bowden has said that he wouldn’t do a trade for a pitcher without at least asking for a contrast dye MRI

  61. G. Love November 26th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    “blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
    Bowden has said that he wouldn’t do a trade for a pitcher without at least asking for a contrast dye MRI”

    Can Bowden please replace Cashman?

  62. blake November 26th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    “Can Bowden please replace Cashman?”

    Nah….he doesn’t understand why the Yankees are on a budget so Hal wouldnt go for that

  63. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    victorino is 31, there is no way he’s signing up to be a 4th OF. the ichiro signing, if it’s true puts the yankees out on the victorino sweepsteaks, although i dont think they were ever really in it. he wont even consider it unless granderson gets moved for a non OF.

    on top of that, theres no way the yankees are going to pay what victorino is going to get for a 4th OF or even pay what ichiro is getting for a 4th OF if you consider victorino the sterter and ichiro the 4th. its not gonna happen.

  64. blake November 26th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    “victorino is 31, there is no way he’s signing up to be a 4th OF”

    Probably not because of his age and because he was good in 2011….but if he has another year like 2012 in 2013 then he may have no choice but to accept that role soon…. He was pretty terrible last year …..I do think he will bounce back a bit though

  65. blake November 26th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Night all

  66. chicken little November 26th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Little known fact about Bowden. He worked for the Yanks in the 1980s and when he was canned, George was convinced Bowden would steal inside information so he had Bowden escorted out by security …

  67. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Dear John;

    I really understand serving that sentance in Toronto was just too much. Now that you’ve got a real team, I’m sure thangs will be so much for the bettah’.

    When you have some time, give simple Orr a chance and then maybe you’ll hold the synapsis that consideration was worthwhile up here.

    To see you, can’t wait!

  68. UnKnown November 26th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Wilson to the Yanks would be something. He would have to get rid of that animal on his face. LOL

  69. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    2012 was victorino’s worst as a pro, the ‘anti-career year’. he will be better next year barring injury.

  70. Ys Guy November 26th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    id like to see the yankees pick up someone with some closing experience just in case mo can’t go 2 or 3 games in a row regularly at his age.

  71. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    YS, LOL. I’m in a good mood Mo month. Duane ward is the ultimate setup guy and awaits under that drying, shedding tree you just can’t wait to extract.

  72. jacksquat November 26th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    If Ichiro is willing to take 5 mil the Yankees are going to do that deal for sure.

  73. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Seriously, I think Molitar is still worth it.

  74. Brian Cashman GMGMGM November 26th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    The New York Yankees and Nick Swisher have PARTED WAYS!!!

    (trial balloon)

  75. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’m not worried about the manager thing. Farrell is an idiot and Gibbons is a fine for here.

  76. jmills November 26th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The preservation of life on the Hindenburg was impressive to my childhood mind.

  77. Jerkface November 27th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Hechavarria has no bat in the minors, hit .254 .280 .365 .645 in the majors, and he is proof that teams are trading very good position players. LOL.

    Jose Reyes and the bazillion dollars he is owed is also not the proof.

  78. blake November 27th, 2012 at 6:59 am

    @mlbtraderumors: Pirates, Mariners Interested In Russell Martin http://t.co/NrdEESfT #mlb

    Martin and Jaso would make quite the platoon

  79. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: Ryan Madson is close to a deal with the LA #angels. he is likely to be their closer.

    @JonHeymanCBS: Madson deal with #angels will be for 1 year. it will likely allow them to use ernesto frieri as set-up man.

  80. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Yanks need to get Soria on a one year deal

  81. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: Madson deal with #angels will be for 1 year. it will likely allow them to use ernesto frieri as set-up man.

  82. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    @Buster_ESPN: Three teams that had been aggressive on Jeff Keppinger before he broke his leg were the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Rays.

  83. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Soriano may get left high and dry this off season. I hope the Yankees don’t spend their precious money on him.

    It looks like Martin will require three years. I wonder how many Pierzynski would take. This budget plan is not going to work. If Martin signs for $8-10 M and Cano signs for $22M, that would leave about $60-65M for the remaining 35 roster spots in 2014. Good luck with fielding a remotely competitive team.

  84. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Don’t tell me the Yankees weren’t aggressive on Keppinger. Or anyone else.

    The winter meetings are going to be a non-Yankee event unless they trade Granderson. Their work is some months away, I fear.

  85. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    @Buster_ESPN: Sources: Andy Pettitte is close to formally announcing he’s coming back, and he’s close to finishing a new deal with the Yankees.

  86. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: #Mets make Wright an offer that he is certain to refuse. Details: http://t.co/ncCZ7cFZ

    If the mets don’t want Wright I’ll take him

  87. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    If the mets Trade D wright then the Yanks have to be in on that…..

  88. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Glad Andy is coming back….that pretty much sets the rotation so now Cashman can focus on the offense

  89. 86w183 November 27th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Would be stunned if the Mets even considered trading Wright…. especially across town.

    But if they would, just for grins, what’s the Yanks’ offer?

    If I’m the Mets and decide I can’t sign Wright long term I pull a Marlins move and package him with Johann Santana.

  90. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    “But if they would, just for grins, what’s the Yanks’ offer?”

    It’d be a rental so you have to limit a bit….but Id trade Nova plus a good prospect….Wright is good and he’d help their lineup a lot….power numbers should improve with that opo shroke at YS

  91. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Even if the Mets would trade Wright to the Yankees, they wouldn’t extend him so he would be short term only. We must never forget the new reality. Others who would extend him, would obviously give more.

  92. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    “Others who would extend him, would obviously give more.”

    Probably not unless they were given an extension window before the trade….

  93. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Report is that the mets have offered Wright 6/100 and he’s rejected it …..so you’re looking at north of that to sign him at 30. There are a few teams that would play there….namely the Angels Id say….

  94. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Like I’ve said.

    Let’s get AP and Mo this week.

    :)

  95. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    If I had an expectation I could sign Wright, I would give more than the Yankees who definitely would not extend him.

    Put this is the pipe dream along with Hamilton, Upton, Headley and all the rest. Ichiro, Ibanez and maybe Hairston is the best that will be under the tree this year.

    Believe me, I wish it were otherwise.

  96. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    With AP and Kuroda back in the fold the Yankees will have trade options if they care to use them.

    I said all along that for now trading is the way forward.

  97. blake November 27th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    “Put this is the pipe dream along with Hamilton, Upton, Headley and all the rest. Ichiro, Ibanez and maybe Hairston is the best that will be under the tree this year.”

    The denial pipe!

  98. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Yankees should get Keppinger and Soria.

    And then they should trade for a youngish OF’er, or 3B.

    I still say a guy like Gordon would be an excellent fit.

    The Mantra should be younger, faster, more athletic, and higher contact/BA.

    Ditch Martin if he requires 3 years.

    :)

  99. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Move away from big, hairy monsters.

    Move towards lions, tigers,leopards,pumas, and jaguars.

    Throw in a few wolves and coyotes.

    ;)

  100. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    “The Yankees have hired former Major League manager and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin as a scout.”

    Good. Keep beefing up that scouting dep’t.

    :)

  101. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Move Hal to Washington State, switch pipes and our options increase.

  102. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Holy mackrel.

    Keppinger does a “Robertson”.

    Only Kepp breaks a leg.

    :(

  103. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I’m a little more optimistic about a trade going down now that AP and Kuroda are inked.

  104. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    “Yankees should get Keppinger and Soria.

    And then they should trade for a youngish OF’er, or 3B.

    I like the plan….now for the how and the who?

  105. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I’d be looking into Haren as well.

    Might be able to get him on a 1 yr. pillow contract.

    Extra depth on the cheap ?

  106. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    “I’m a little more optimistic about a trade going down now that AP and Kuroda are inked.”

    I hope….we shall see. Cashman does have some options……hopefully he won’t choose the do nothing option

  107. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Blake-

    Easy.

    Plenty of who’s.

    Plenty of trade chips.

    Like the auto mechanic said when the car didn’t start “Got spark ?”

    ;)

  108. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Keppinger, Soria, and Haren adds needed depth.

    Then bust a move for an Of’er or 3B type. A good one.

    Delete Martin.

    Lot’s of expendables for trade. I wouldn’t underestimate their value, or the potential for something to happen.

  109. 86w183 November 27th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I don’t see Haren on the cheap for anyone. He’s 32 years old and while he had a pretty bad year, his last eight starts were pretty damn good (2.81 ERA).

    I’m not opposed to signing him, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get at least $ 10-12 M.

  110. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I hope Cashman does not chose the Dullsville route either.

  111. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    MTU,

    Yea but when you start trying to find matches for particular players it gets harder….Id really like to get one of the Royals guys (Myers, Gordon, Moustakis) ….but the Yankees don’t have the front of the rotation guy to give that other teams do…..I guess if Boston won’t give Lester and Tampa won’t give Shields then maybe they would look at Hughes but I dunno.

    Personally I think the simplest way to fix the offense is to try to sign Hamilton to a 4 year deal and then attempt to get one of Victorino/Ross to do a one year deal and maybe sign Keppinger to help vs lefties…..you keep all the prospects and players this way and drastically improve the lineup

  112. 86w183 November 27th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Off to a meeting… have a day gang, back later.

    Meetings are the managerial equivalent of hanging around the water cooler.

  113. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    86-

    Check back at MLBTR.

    He has multiple injury concerns. None of which is fatal but both are troubling.

    That should reduce his appeal.

    Yankees can afford to take a 1 yr. risk for depth.

    ;)

  114. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Id like to gamble in Haren but I think the comes in to play is if they trade a starter…..you can never have too much pitching but right now they are pretty deep and have more pressing needs

  115. AAA November 27th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Ichiro is back for $5m plus incentives. Think that pretty much sets the everyday OF.

  116. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Blake-

    That is one possible path.

    I have outlined another.

    I do not believe the Yankees are signing Hamilton.

    Don’t think Ross would do a 1 yr.

    I also believe you are underestimating what we have to offer in trade to teams.

    The Royals are not getting a frontline starter for Myers alone.

    Not a prayer.

    Same w. Shane.

  117. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Blake-

    You appear to be touching only a part of the elephant and missing the whole animal standing there in front of you.

    Yes. We need O but the how we get it is the question. And the who.

    ;)

  118. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    You think Ichiro, GGBG, and Grandy is the best we can do ?

    I don’t.

  119. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    The way forward.

    Strategic trades, FA’s, and the Farm.

    Not one or the other but all of them. In combination.

    ;)

  120. AAA November 27th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    You think Ichiro, GGBG, and Grandy is the best we can do ?

    ================================

    Appears to be what they’re doing. Is it the best? Don’t know. There’s a premium on one year contract guys with this team right now. Unless the Yankees are willing to part with 1-2 of their Big 4 prospects, there is probably not a young bat forthcoming. As it appears Martin is going to be part of the $189M program for 2014 and Cano will likely be extended, I think we’re looking at something like Ibanez/Hairston as platoon partners at DH, with occasional outfield appearances when Arod or Jeter DH.

  121. spidanyc November 27th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yankees should let Russel Martin walk and use that money along with Swisher’s money for Josh Hamilton and just let Romine be the everyday catcher. Everything I hear about Romine is that his defense is solid.

    LF – Ichiro
    CF – Gardner
    RF – Josh Hamilton
    3B – Dave Adams
    SS – Jeter
    2B – Cano
    1B – Tex
    C – Romine
    DH – Arod

    Package Grandy, Phelps, Tyler Austin, Eduardo Nunez and Nova for King Felix

    King Felix
    CC
    Kuroda
    Pettitte
    Hughes

  122. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yankees do not have to “run in place”.

    They can still move forward. And IMO they should.

    The competition sure isn’t standing still.

    ;)

  123. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    AAA-

    You may be right but I hope you’re wrong.

    Because there’s something gaining on the Yankees.

    And they should look back.

    ;)

  124. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    “Ichiro is back for $5m plus incentives. Think that pretty much sets the everyday OF.”

    I hope not….

  125. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    “The Royals are not getting a frontline starter for Myers alone.”

    If Im the Rays is consider moving Shields for Myers….

  126. AAA November 27th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Package Grandy, Phelps, Tyler Austin, Eduardo Nunez and Nova for King Felix

    =============================

    Seattle wouldn’t have much reason to agree to this.

  127. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    “As it appears Martin is going to be part of the $189M program for 2014 and Cano will likely be extended”

    Martin as part of the 189 program is a bad idea because its looking like its going to take 8-10 million in AAV to sign him and that makes getting under that cap even harder when you’re not getting plus offense from behind the plate…..

    Also I don’t think Cano will do an extension early now…..and even if he does it won’t be for a discount that will help the payroll. He’s going to hit free agency and the Yankees are either going to make him the next 200 million dollar player…..or they will let him go and the Dodgers or somebody else will

  128. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    @Joelsherman1: Can confirm Buster Olney rot #yankees r close to deal with Pettitte, heard it will be $10-11M

  129. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    @RiverAveBlues: Report: Yankees re-sign Ichiro http://t.co/MyoaEwqr

  130. blake November 27th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    @Joelsherman1: #Yankees also expect to get Mo Rivera deal done this week

    It seems like Cashman is getting all this in house stuff done this week…..hopefully so he will be able to move on something at the winter meetings if it presents itslef

  131. AAA November 27th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Martin as part of the 189 program is a bad idea because its looking like its going to take 8-10 million in AAV to sign him and that makes getting under that cap even harder when you’re not getting plus offense from behind the plate…..

    ===========================

    Don’t necessarily disagree, but it’s rather obvious the Yankees see the alternatives as unappealing.

    As for Cano, I agree. Yankees waited too long to do something about extending him at something more reasonable than the market will end up bearing. Nonetheless, he’s a Top 5 player in the game right now, and I don’t see the Yankees letting him go.

  132. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    “hopefully so he will be able to move on something at the winter meetings if it presents itslef”

    ;)

  133. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I also hope Ichiro does not complete the OF. Too left handed and subpar offensively.

    The Yankees are trying to tread water. Unfortunately, other teams try to improve. What a concept.

    I believe the team thinks they can be competitive enough not to significantly reduce income. We shall see.

  134. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Put a bunch of wheeling-dealing poker players in a room together.

    Give them some chips to play with and free booze.

    Ya’ never know what might happen ?

    ;)

  135. blake November 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @Joelsherman1: #Yankees wanted Pettitte/Mo done this week in conjunction with Kuroda to have clear idea of needs/$ going into next wk Winter Meetings

  136. MTU November 27th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    New thread —–>

  137. blake November 27th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “Nonetheless, he’s a Top 5 player in the game right now, and I don’t see the Yankees letting him go.”

    I think he is now….but if they are serious about the budget then they need to be thinking about how much longer he will be…..and Im not sure he still will be in 3 years


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