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Granderson giving back in Staten Island

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s been a busy few days for Curtis Granderson. He’s served as a Major League Baseball ambassador in South Korea and Japan, corrected his own entry on Wikipedia and made it back to the United States.

Now he’s heading to Staten Island to contribute to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

On Monday afternoon, Granderson and his Grand Kids Foundation will distribute backpacks, school supplies, books and teddy bears to kids at PS 39 in Staten Island. Before personally distributing the supplies, Granderson will go on a walking tour of areas affected by the storm.

“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast affected so many families,” Granderson said in a statement. “In addition to lost lives, homes and businesses, the storm left thousands of students without essential school supplies. Thanks to the support of PwC, our (Grand Kids) program will provide educational resources to thousands of students affected by the storm.”

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157 Responses to “Granderson giving back in Staten Island”

  1. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I guess Hal wants to be a small market team now and will only spend money when he has to. Unreal.

    ——————–

    We want to be the Rays with money. – Hal

  2. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Can they at least ask about Trumbo or is he not available?

  3. Hassey December 15th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    He struck out three times on the SI Ferry ride alone

  4. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Did Hal ever use that “Rays with money” line or it just something that gets attributed to him?

  5. blake December 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Against All Odds says:
    December 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    Can they at least ask about Trumbo or is he not available?

    I like Morse Better if he’s available

  6. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I’ll take either one at this point lol

  7. blake December 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    “We want to be the Rays with money. – Hal”

    I don’t think the Rays would let Cano and Granderson and Hughes walk for nothing

  8. The Return of Stoneburner December 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Go Knicks – believe going for 10-0 at home tonight – - – -

  9. blake December 15th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    blake says:
    December 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    PhiltheThrill says:
    December 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Barring any prospect trades, the Yankee Farm is set for a big year in 2013.

    Yea Im hoping….the Yanks could legitamitely have 4 prospects in the top 25 this time next year if everything falls right……

  10. jacksquat December 15th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Rays with money? Good idea. Get Maddon and Friedman over here with the rest of their guys and give them full automony.

  11. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    blake December 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    “We want to be the Rays with money. – Hal”

    I don’t think the Rays would let Cano and Granderson and Hughes walk for nothing

    ——————–

    True but if the Rays had Yankee money they might hacve extended those guys yrs ago on smaller deals.

  12. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    have***

    Not Grandy but definitely Hughes and Robbie

  13. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    “True but if the Rays had Yankee money they might hacve extended those guys yrs ago on smaller deals.”

    Probably….the use extensions and trades to try and keep the players they want to keep affordable and to turn the players they can’t keep into more cheap players

  14. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    And if the Rays had Yankee money they might not have had all those putrid seasons. What a world that would be.

  15. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    But those putrid seasons are a thing of the past. They barely mention those Devil Rays days.

  16. dan l December 15th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Much prefer Matt Carpenter to Trumbo or Morse.

  17. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    December 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm
    And if the Rays had Yankee money they might not have had all those putrid seasons. What a world that would be.

    They’ve been about the same since 2008

  18. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    We’re still allowed to mention those Devil Rays days, however.

    No doubt they have done an excellent job of building that franchise into a winner from the depths of despair on a tight budget. As has Billy Beane over in Oakland. And I do think the Yanks want to get better results from system. It looks like they’re on their way in that direction, but we’ll have to judge the results when the rubber hits the road, just as we’ll have to see how well the Rays and A’s do as the years go by.

  19. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    “They’ve been about the same since 2008″

    April through September, yeah. The Yanks have the slight October edge. Nice little run for The Rays though (see previous post).

  20. ron December 15th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    “True but if the Rays had Yankee money they might hacve extended those guys yrs ago on smaller deals.”

    Probably….the use extensions and trades to try and keep the players they want to keep affordable and to turn the players they can’t keep into more cheap players

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Bingo.

  21. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    “April through September, yeah. The Yanks have the slight October edge. Nice little run for The Rays though (see previous post).”

    The Yanks have won 1 WS over than span and the Rays have been to one….slight edge to the Yanks but given the payroll difference it’s pretty close.

    Obviously it’ll be harder for the rays to sustain because they just have much less room for error…..but they are really smart….hard to deny that…they makes bold moves to try to feed their young talent machine and so far it’s working

  22. theREALkevin December 15th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    “Much prefer Matt Carpenter to Trumbo or Morse.”

    lol

  23. ron December 15th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    The yankees could still compete,lower payroll,and be a better team,if they changed their ways.

    Right now they spend max on every single player,and the older players,they either pay too much or are not that good anymore.
    They don’t extend players wisely,and because of it will lose hughes,pay him a ton when he is simply the most valuable in a trade.
    Cano is more valuable in a trade also,compared to any other option,including signing him.
    Same with granderson.
    Every player has a fair price.
    Cani would be great for 5/125,or 5/120,hughes also for 5/40,but when you start talking 8/200,or 7/168 for cano,his value simply vanishes,and there is more value in trading him.

    The cardinals saw this with pujols.
    Look at the rs with cc,agone,the mets with santanna,and we will see it with the angels,dodgers,tigers.
    Why do you think they still can’t win a ws,while the cardinals,and giants do??

  24. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Jerry DiPoto “If we took field today, I think it’d be Trumbo in LF Trout in CF Hamilton in RF w/ Trumbo shifting to DH vs Lefties Bourjos CF

  25. ron December 15th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Trade cano,granderson,hughes,and in a year,or two,gardner.
    Stack up on prospects,use our farm system,with free agency,and most important,draft,and develop wisely.
    Wash,rinse,repeat.

  26. comet December 15th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Apparently the Yankees and Angels talked Vernon Wells at the meetings.

  27. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    comet says:
    December 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    Apparently the Yankees and Angels talked Vernon Wells at the meetings.

    Cashman wanted to know how much the Angels would pay to have Wells’s carcass hauled away…..

  28. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    The Yanks have also been to the ALCS twice and the ALDS once in those years. I am not denying that the Rays are smart and have done extremely well both in general and given their resources over the past few seasons. But yeah, let’s see how they end up this year and in the coming years before we bow to the giant cowbell statue in our minds.

  29. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I also don’t know if I’d want Friedman running the Yanks. He has no track record in transitioning a team from a super-high payroll to a very-high payroll or winning in a high-pressure market. ;)

  30. tomingeorgia December 15th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hi, Comet!

  31. blake December 15th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    December 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    I also don’t know if I’d want Friedman running the Yanks. He has no track record in transitioning a team from a super-high payroll to a very-high payroll or winning in a high-pressure market.

    Or signing old guys to one year deals :)

  32. Nick in SF December 15th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Good point. I’ll see you at the parade.

  33. RadioKev December 15th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Vernon Wells? Is that some sort of sick joke? Suppose they were looking for the Angels to take 80%+ of the salary.

  34. comet December 15th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Tom:

    Good to see you here. Merry Christmas!

  35. rm December 15th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t understand the Vernon Wells Yankee rumor. It makes no sense to me. Probably just the “wide net, ask about everybody thing” Cashman does.

    Is there some way they can turn that horrible contract and some cash paymenys into a low AAV for 2014. Seems very unlikely to me.

  36. PhiltheThrill December 15th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Blake,

    I don’t put much stock in top 25 or top 100 prospect rankings,

  37. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    “PhiltheThrill says:
    December 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    Blake,

    I don’t put much stock in top 25 or top 100 prospect rankings,”

    I don’t either necessarily….my point was just that if these guys they have in A ball perform in the upper levels then we will have a much better idea of what they have And what their options are

  38. tomingeorgia December 15th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    comet,
    I’m usually around, but I can’t get into these negative vibes after rooting for the Yanks since the early 1950s. Things ebb and flow, you and I know that I just wish people could wait and see, as we did.

  39. PhiltheThrill December 15th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I just want to know we have Yankees.

  40. comet December 15th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Howdy Blake:

    How are you, the Mrs. and the little guy? Merry Christmas!

  41. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    comet says:
    December 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm
    Howdy Blake:

    How are you, the Mrs. and the little guy? Merry Christmas!”

    Doing well….same to you and your family

  42. comet December 15th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Always a Yankee fan! Living in Toronto in 1977 everyone expected me to switch to be a Jays fan. I couldn`t even consider such a move. No matter the team on the field I`m a Yankee fan when the season starts. I wish they would go out and get the players we need but in the I`m a Yankee Fan!

  43. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    @Joelsherman1: But right now it’s Dickey/Thole/prospect (told not elite) for d/Arnaud/Syndegaard/Buck/prospect (told not elite) #Mets #Bluejays

  44. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    @Joelsherman1: #Mets hoping this nets power rotation by ’15 at latest of Harvey/Wheeler/Niese/Syndegaard caught by d’Arnaud. #Bluejays

  45. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Based on the Ken Rosenthal story that the Yankees and Angels discussed Vernon Wells – how about this:

    Angels get Hughes and Cervelli
    Yankees get: Hank Conger, Kendrys Morales, Vernon Wells and the Angels pick up pretty much everything left on Wells’s contract

    I know giving up the number three or four pitcher from the rotation isn’t something anyone wants to do, but you add two switch hitters in Conger and Morales to the lineup and in Conger you have a young catcher to build with assuming the bat comes along with more regular playing time.

    The lineup would be something like:

    Jeter
    Ichiro
    Tex
    Cano
    Morales
    Youk
    Granderson
    Conger
    Gardner

    Bench: Nunez, Nix, Wells, Stewart

    Rotation:

    CC
    Kuroda
    Andy
    Nova
    Phelps/Warren

  46. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    @Joelsherman1: #Bluejays have built system last 3 yrs under Anthopoulos to try to make timely strike and see AL East vulnerability now #Yankees #Redsox

  47. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    @Joelsherman1: If this goes thru, Alderson will have cashed Beltran/Dickey into 3 Top 50 prospects: Wheeler/d’Arnaud/Syndergaard. #Mets #prettygood

  48. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Blake – the only thing I don’t get is the way the Mets are just trashing Dickey as some sort of egomaniac. If they went ahead and gave him the 2 year deal that he’s looking for they could have turned him into even more I think.

  49. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Actually I do understand – they want to trash him as much as possible because he’s a fan favorite and they don’t want a fan revolt…I just think it’s classless.

  50. blake December 15th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Chip,

    It’s the mets….that’s all you need to know

  51. comet December 15th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    No way the Angels make that deal.

  52. Tar December 15th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    The Angels absolutely destroy Hughes. Unless they knew what was coming ( :mad: ) and think its an easy fix, I can’t really see them wanting him.

  53. blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I would think the Angels would actually love to have Hughes….that’s a great park for him…he’d be their # 3 starter….Id need Trumbo though to even think about it.

  54. Tar December 15th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Phil’s only start at Anaheim last year .440 .423 .680 1.103. Yikes!Lifetime is not as bad.

    But lifetime vs Angels .322 .413 .542 .955. They kill Hughes.

  55. blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    If Hughes were on the Angels they couldn’t hit against him though ;)

  56. Tar December 15th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    If Hughes were on the Angels they couldn’t hit against him though

    Their team BA would drop 10 points if they got Hughes. :D

    All kidding aside it was the Angels that led me to believe Phil was tipping. They absolutely knew what was coming.

  57. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    The Angels would definitely take Hughes. He is more reliable than Jerome Williams or whoever their 5th starter is. I don’t think the Yankees would trade Hughes for Morales though, who doesn’t have a position on the Yankees. He pretty much plays 1B or DH. That kind of stinks, if he could fake it in RF he’d be a much better get.

    If they trade for Vernon Wells I am gonna mutiny.

  58. blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Morales also can’t hit lefties and that’s kinda what they need…..Id only trade Hughes for Trumbo….who isn’t perfect but he is a cost controlled RH power bat

  59. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Any trade the Yankees make needs to bring back a guy who they can play reliably full time. I’d like to get Morales but A-rod+Morales+Youk+Tex means Morales has no where to play :(

    I’d also rather not trade for Trumbo because he doesn’t get on base, but if we can get him for Hughes then I’d do that.

  60. blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    “I’d also rather not trade for Trumbo because he doesn’t get on base, but if we can get him for Hughes then I’d do that.”

    I would rather sign Hughes to a cheap extension than trade him for Trumbo….but Id rather trade him for Trumbo than lose him for a draft pick after 2013

  61. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Assuming Alex comes back you’re still not going to see him every day – Girardi could easily juggle playing time for Youk, Alex and Morales to make sure everyone gets at bats. For example, once Alex comes back you would sit Morales against LHP and go with Youk at 3b and Alex at DH and against RHP you could give Tex a day off and have Youk at 1b or give Alex a day off and have him at 3b.

    I don’t mind Vernon Wells if the Yankees don’t have to pay him. Maybe his pride kicks in and he’s able to give them some good numbers in limited action.

    For me the key would be Conger – a switch hitting catcher with some offensive ability. They just re-signed Ianetta for 3 years so Conger becomes redundant.

  62. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    “I’d also rather not trade for Trumbo because he doesn’t get on base, but if we can get him for Hughes then I’d do that.”

    I would rather sign Hughes to a cheap extension than trade him for Trumbo….but Id rather trade him for Trumbo than lose him for a draft pick after 2013
    ————–

    Can’t see any scenario where the Yankees give Hughes a cheap extension. And given where they’ll be salary wise I’m not 100% sure that they’ll give him a QO – I don’t think they want to pay Hughes $13M next year.

  63. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Almost no chance Hughes accepts the QO if he has a season where the Yankees decide to give him one.

  64. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Looking at the projected 2014 free agents – when you factor in guys who are likely to have their options picked up; Hughes is probably in the top five of pitchers currently slated to hit the market – and the only one under 30:

    Josh Johnson
    Adam Wainwright
    Hughes
    Garza
    Halladay

    I can’t see any way that he passes up the chance to hit the market

  65. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    If Hughes puts up a good season, or even the same kind of season he had last year he is going to be able to score 2/26 easily.

  66. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Jerkface – probably very true.

  67. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Given his age – I would say an average season nets Hughes 5 years $80 mil.

  68. blake December 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Jerkface says:
    December 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    If Hughes puts up a good season, or even the same kind of season he had last year he is going to be able to score 2/26 easily.

    Probably more like 4/60-5/75

  69. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Just crazy. I could see a team like the Dodgers, Padres, Angels, or Giants giving Hughes a huge contract like that and him absolutely succeeding in those pitchers parks.

  70. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Probably more like 4/60-5/75

    Yea definitely, or even as high as the 5/80 Chip suggests. The point is the minimum he can score is probably twice as good as the QO :) Hughes is a no brainer for the QO.

  71. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Just crazy. I could see a team like the Dodgers, Padres, Angels, or Giants giving Hughes a huge contract like that and him absolutely succeeding in those pitchers parks.
    —————-

    As long as he stays healthy – absolutely.

    Kershaw
    Greinke
    Hughes
    Beckett
    Billingsley

  72. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    That’s why I think you deal him now. Figure you send him to the Angels – they know as well as we do who the free agents are; they can get Hughes in, sort of a season long audition and if they like what they see, try to extend him.

    Of course – the Angels are also looking at Rick Porcello who’s probably as good as Hughes but with more controllable years.

  73. Run it Out December 15th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    If this offseason is any indication of what next offseason will be, Hughes will score 3-5 years easily. I agree with what Blake has been saying for weeks. The Yankees should approach him with a 4-5 year offer ($8-$9 mil per) and if he rejects it then trade him. Get something.

  74. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Disagree on Porcello’s ability. He has hughes beat in cheapness/control but dude stinks. He has never had a season as good as Hughes best two.

  75. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I would trade Hughes for Trumbo because there is almost no way a supplemental draft pick is as good as Trumbo, even though I am not high on Trumbo to begin with. Same reason I’d trade Grandy. I really wanna get a top 100 prospect who can start next year though like Olt.

  76. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    How about Hughes for Wells, Conger and Morales and Granderson plus a prospect for Olt and Murphy

  77. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    You still get the supplemental pick for the QO that you offer to Morales (though whether you offer one to Murphy is another issue.)

  78. blake December 15th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    “I would trade Hughes for Trumbo because there is almost no way a supplemental draft pick is as good as Trumbo, even though I am not high on Trumbo to begin with. Same reason I’d trade Grandy. I really wanna get a top 100 prospect who can start next year though like Olt.”

    All this….Trumbo has warts but if they can’t sign Hughes cheap then he’d be a good return as he’s a cheap 30 homer bat ….they also should really deal Grandy for Olt if that’s at all possible

  79. Run it Out December 15th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Chip..I don’t like that. Wells has history, Conger has never held his own at the ML level and Morales is another LH bat. Yankees need RH power for the outfield/DH.

  80. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Think of it this way – if James Shields gets the Rays Wil Myers and RA Dickey gets the Mets d’Arnaud then I think Granderson should be able to net them Olt and Murphy and Hughes should be able to net them something good as well.

  81. blake December 15th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Or we can do nothing and sign Scott Hairston!

  82. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Run it Out December 15th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Chip..I don’t like that. Wells has history, Conger has never held his own at the ML level and Morales is another LH bat. Yankees need RH power for the outfield/DH.
    ———————

    If the Angels are picking up the tab for Wells I don’t mind him as a fourth OF – he can cover all three spots.

    Morales is a switch hitter

    Conger is 24 with a total of just over 200 at bats in the majors; certainly room there to grow.

  83. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    He is also a really good PSY cosplayer

  84. jacksquat December 15th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wells didn’t even hit lhp last year, he sucks.

    You are overrating Hughes. Sanchez got 16 per, Hughes will not unless his ERA drops to 3.7-3.8.

  85. blake December 15th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Troy Glaus Contacted Yankees About Comeback
    By Mike Axisa [December 15, 2012 at 10:18pm CST]
    Soon after the announcement of Alex Rodriguez’s left hip injury, Troy Glaus contacted the Yankees and expressed an interest in returning to baseball according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. Cody Ransom, who filled in at third base during A-Rod’s first hip surgery in 2009, also contacted the team.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....1sICADr.99

    Did Mike Schmidt and George Brett call too?

  86. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    He is also a really good PSY cosplayer
    —————–

    ???

  87. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    jacksquat December 15th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wells didn’t even hit lhp last year, he sucks.

    You are overrating Hughes. Sanchez got 16 per, Hughes will not unless his ERA drops to 3.7-3.8.
    ———————-

    Nah – it’s set up perfectly for Hughes; he’s not great but he’s younger than every other pitcher on the market and he’s probably going to be one of the 5 best available.

  88. blake December 15th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    “You are overrating Hughes. Sanchez got 16 per, Hughes will not unless his ERA drops to 3.7-3.8.”

    I don’t think he will get what Sanchez got unless he gets his ERA under 4 for 2013 and really has a good year….then he might…..but with the market being what it is and with him really being the only legit starter under 30 available next winter then all he has to do is repeat his 2012 and be will get a big contract…..probably 4 or 5 years from anywhere 12-15 million per year…..

  89. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Blake -

    It wouldn’t shock me (or upset me) if Glaus is given a minor league deal with an invite to camp. He says he’s feeling better than he has in years, and hey, if he’s got anything left in the tank – well RH power’s hard to come by

  90. Run it Out December 15th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Chip..
    Morales hit .229 from the right side last year. I think of him as a LH bat. Wells is toast and Conger is a Cervelli at best. I’d hold out for Trumbo.

  91. Against All Odds December 15th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    jacksquat December 15th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wells didn’t even hit lhp last year, he sucks.

    You are overrating Hughes.

    —————————-

    In some situations ppl do but not this one. All Hughes has to pitch is just repeat last yr and he’s going to get paid.

  92. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Run…

    Conger’s two years younger than Cervelli a switch hitter and has shown much more offensive prowess in the minors.

    Once Alex comes back you can platoon Morales at DH with Youk or Alex playing there for him

  93. Jerkface December 15th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    He is also a really good PSY cosplayer
    —————–

    ???

    https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/2783324147/1cafcb0e27e76094e82ca5a346ee7364.jpeg

    Hank Conger is korean-american and was PSY for Halloween

  94. Chip December 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Jerkface – well played

  95. Duh Innings II December 15th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    4/100 for Cano because 5/125 Hamilton > Cano.

    Also Hall Of Fame secondbasemen Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, Bill Mazerowski, and Rod Carew* declined after age 33, Cano will turn 31 next November 22.

    *Carew was still an excellent hitter after 33 but didn’t play full-time.

    Cano would receive the second-highest amount of guaranteed money for a homegrown Yankee (second only to Jeter’s $189M for 2001-2010) and have security through age 35. If 4 years and $100M isn’t enough for him when Jeter had to play SIX MORE SEASONS to make ONLY $89M MORE, then the Yanks should trade him for as much as they can get before or during 2013.

  96. jacksquat December 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Hughes will get paid, but he’s not getting 5/80 like was suggested unless he has a much better year.

  97. Run it Out December 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    What Hughes gets as a FA is speculative at this point since it will depend on his 2013 season. I think the question of the day should be what the Yankees should offer him as an extension now.

  98. jacksquat December 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Who here really believe the Yankees are going to go with Stewart/Cervelli/Romine/Bobby Wilson? I give that about a 5% chance. I think they will do something.

  99. Jerkface December 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    The Yankees should offer him like a 4/36 extension and if he accepts it they can always trade him

  100. Run it Out December 16th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    JF..
    I agree on both points.

  101. 4 NYY December 16th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Hughes for Trumbo in a second ! Trumbo improved in OBP last year and power numbers are very good. Quite productive. Averages about 30 Hr’s and 90 RBI per season so far. More than adequate RF’er. Still young.

  102. 4 NYY December 16th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    If Romine has a decent spring, I hope he gets the nod. And may the best BUC prevail as such.

    Would have liked AJP, but $$$ !

  103. jmills December 16th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Granderson, keep helping those kids!

  104. Jerkface December 16th, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Maybe the Yankees should sign Nakajima and use him as backup IF & RH OF

  105. GregD December 16th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    It will be interesting to see if Cashman and the Yankees have something creative that they are working on……..last year we got the Pineda trade………..a controversial one but one aimed at strengthening a pitching staff that needed help…………….

  106. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Granderson would make an excellent broadcaster.

    Maybe that’s what he’ll do when he hangs ‘em up.

    He has it all. Together guy.

  107. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Morning Greg.

    I’m not giving up hope for something big until ST gets underway.

  108. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:11 am

    May not be us but I still think the Snakes are moving JU.

    He is personna non-grata in AZ.

    If I were him I’d demand a trade.

    The Team owner called him out in public.

    Basically threw him under the bus.

    He is way too talented to put up with that IMO.

    I do not believe the criticism was justified.

  109. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    So the word around LoHud is that the Yankees want to become the Rays with money.

    That would be nice.

    In order for that to happen they have to master the Pitching development process first.

    Maybe Patterson will help with that.

    Has to start with smarts at the scouting level, and continue on through the draft and acquisition process.

    A quality process is only as good as the raw materials you start with.

    GIGO rules otherwise.

    If it is done well it works. Just ask the Japanese.

    ;)

  110. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Keep in mind that producing a quality anything takes time and a commitment to excellence.

  111. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Nobody wants to talk, eh ?

    Bunch of slackers.

    :)

  112. blake December 16th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Morning MtU….how are ya?

  113. bardos December 16th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    THe thing about the Rays’ strategy, use young controllable players and trade them for more of the same just before they become free agents, posits that they let the youngsters play and develop in the Bigs.

    My thinking is that a youngster on the Rays will not have as much pressure on him as one who auditions for the Yankees.

    With the Yanks it has usually been a short sample size: produce or back to the minors, be hyped, and be traded.

  114. blake December 16th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I want to believe Cashman has something up his sleeve….. But Im afraid that Hal may have cut his sleeves off

  115. yankee21 December 16th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Morning MTU

    I really liked the Gil Patterson signing. I hope and believe he will make a difference with the pitching prospects. They needed to change the way they are treating, handling and coaching these guys. Something systematically has been going wrong.

  116. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Blake-

    I’m still vertical so I can’t complain.

    How is the little ss. Over his cold ?

  117. blake December 16th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    One thing the Rays do with prospects is they wait until they are pretty much as ready as they’ll ever be before bringing them up…. Because they know they have to be ready to contribute when they get there…. They also do it so they get prime years….they want like ages 23-29 under control and then let them walk or trade them as they near 30.

    The Yankees will never operate like the Rays….but they could learn a thing or two from them and incorporate it into their operation…..things such as offering extensions when appropriate and trading players also when appropriate.

  118. blake December 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    “I really liked the Gil Patterson signing. I hope and believe he will make a difference with the pitching prospects. They needed to change the way they are treating, handling and coaching these guys. Something systematically has been going wrong.”

    He’s done a great job in Oakland….hopefully he can help

  119. blake December 16th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    “How is the little ss. Over his cold ?”

    Yea pretty much….they seem to keep something this time of year

  120. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Good morning to all of you.

    I’m going to start of the day with pearl of wisdom taken from one of the wisest Men who ever lived :

    “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”

    In other words.

    No matter how hard you try you are gonna take your lumps and you have to be lucky to succeed.

    ;)

  121. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Was King Solomon the 1st true “Existential” Philosopher ?

    Pre-dating Satre and Camus by Centuries.

    Wow. Awesome.

    ;)

  122. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    sp: Sartre. Sorry. Duh.

    :(

  123. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    MtU,

    My brain can’t function that deep this early ;)

  124. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    What would King Solomon have to say about the Yankees and their future ?

    “It’s only baseball dude. It’s just a game. Don’t take it too seriously. Just enjoy it for what it is. Life is short. Don’t expect to be on top forever.”

    And of course he would have said, “Get Stanton and Upton”.

    He was smart.

    :)

  125. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good morning-

    I believe King Solomen was the first to phrase the term parity. :)

    The first and most famous incident of his cleverness as a judge was when two women came to his court with a baby whom both women claimed as their own. Solomon threatened to split the baby in half. One woman was prepared to accept the decision, but the other begged the King to give the live baby to the other woman. Solomen then knew the second woman was the mother.

  126. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Maybe Solomon would suggest cutting Hals money bin in half?

  127. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Blake-

    Yesterday we talked a little about the the Tragedy up North.

    And on that note we have these two pearls. One modern. One classic.

    “Love is the answer. Gotta let is show.

    And this. from our good friend Willy Shakespeare :

    “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
    I all alone beweep my outcast state
    And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
    And look upon myself and curse my fate,
    Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
    Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
    Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
    With what I most enjoy contented least;
    Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
    Like to the lark at break of day arising
    From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
    For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings.’

    Dig ?

    ;)

  128. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    MTU-

    Therefore-” Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to deal with.”

  129. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    MTU,

    The tragedy is unspeakable….we have to for a way to better secure our schools and also better ways to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people…..it’s so sad.

  130. austinmac December 16th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU,

    A right handed bat is our desire,
    He needs to come and be on fire,
    Get hits when it matters most,
    Gimme pie in the face is his boast.

    Austinmac-Ode to the Off Season

  131. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Mac,

    Nice. Does Scott Hairston fit your bill?

  132. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Scott Hairston holding out for two. What about Nunez?

    Still don’t believe the season will start with one of Stewart, Cervelli, or Wilson as the primary catcher, as I believe Romine will be sent to AAA no matter how he performs in ST.

  133. GregD December 16th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    MTU December 16th, 2012 at 7:09 am
    Morning Greg.

    I’m not giving up hope for something big until ST gets underway.

    —————————

    good morning! I agree, I think there a lot of teams that have needs out there…hopefully we can match up one of them and help ourselves

  134. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    YT-

    “I been rich and I been poor. And rich is definitely better.”

    :)

    Blake-

    If you are a person who has Faith you have to ask how a supposedly Loving God could allow such a tragedy ?

    You struggle for an answer with things like this. We all do.

    Someday I can only hope to know the reason.

    Right now my answers are theory only.

    I hope all who were affected can find comfort and peace.

  135. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hard to imagine any interest in Vernon Wells.

  136. GregD December 16th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I wish Nunez could play the field because offensively he has some good potential……..

  137. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Bravo Mac !

    I name thee 2nd Poet Laureate of LoHud.

    Bronx Born is the 1st.

  138. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    MTU,
    Some things are difficult to understand …. But we live in a sin filled world and the consequences of that at times are more evident than others…..nobody can explain why some insane person decided to ruin lives and holidays…..

    I just hope that those affected can reach some sort of peace…..though I have no idea how you would even begin

  139. joeman December 16th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    LOL!! talking V Wells…where will this crap end, another 34 year old has been.. in 2012..230 BA with a .279 OBP…2011…218 BA with a .248 OBP..this has to be a joke

  140. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Yankees opening day payroll for 12 players plus $$$ owed Burnett is almost 183M. Add in Ichiro and round it off to a cool 190M for 13 players. This has a chance to top an opening day high payroll of around 213M, achieved in 2010.

  141. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Blake-

    Absolutely. May they find the peace and comfort they so desperately need.

  142. GregD December 16th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:35 am
    MTU,
    Some things are difficult to understand …. But we live in a sin filled world and the consequences of that at times are more evident than others…..nobody can explain why some insane person decided to ruin lives and holidays…..

    I just hope that those affected can reach some sort of peace…..though I have no idea how you would even begin
    —————————
    yes, I hope they can find peace in the coming days if only for a few minutes

  143. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    If Solomon owned the Yankees he would say, “Spend money or Barter for your needs.”

    Since we can’t spend right now Bartering would be in.

    He’d tell ya’ to roll the dice and hope you get lucky. And not to worry.

    ;)

  144. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Can the Yankees right now as constructed win the AL East? Bill Madden in a column in the NY Daily News seemed to think so.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1221148

    Personally I believe the Jays can make up 20 games this year and challenge for the division.

  145. austinmac December 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Blake,

    Hairston looks like a guy who had one pretty good year. Compared to Wells, he looks good, however. I sure would like better but don’t anticipate it. I far prefer your Morse suggestion if he becomes available.

  146. blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I think the Yankees and their fans really could use a young position player to watch…..somebody that they can control and somebody the fans can settle in with….that’s why they really should try to get Olt if they can….a young RH power bat that can play 3B, 1B , and corner outfield that they can control for a long time……even if they had to over pay a bit

  147. joeman December 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am
    Can the Yankees right now as constructed win the AL East? Bill Madden in a column in the NY Daily News seemed to think so.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..-1.1221148

    Personally I believe the Jays can make up 20 games this year and challenge for the division.

    ——————————
    they get a Dickey that pitches like he did in 12 along with all their other moves a 20 game turn around will happen for sure….at this point it would surprise me if the Yankees made the playoffs in 13

  148. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    If LaRoche signs with the Nats and Morse becomes available, what need do the Nationals still have that the Yankees could fill for the one year of Morse? They don’t need starters. Another arm in the bullpen?

  149. austinmac December 16th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    There is nothing more fun in baseball that watching a young, talented player try to develop. That is why the Montero disappointment. Come on Cashman, get us one.

  150. GregD December 16th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    blake December 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    I think the Yankees and their fans really could use a young position player to watch…..somebody that they can control and somebody the fans can settle in with….that’s why they really should try to get Olt if they can….a young RH power bat that can play 3B, 1B , and corner outfield that they can control for a long time……even if they had to over pay a bit
    ——————
    Is Olt a better prospect than Williams, Heathcott and Austin….would you trade two of them for him?

  151. joeman December 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    austinmac December 16th, 2012 at 8:54 am
    There is nothing more fun in baseball that watching a young, talented player try to develop. That is why the Montero disappointment. Come on Cashman, get us one.

    ———————————————–
    Harper and Trout will be fun to watch for years to come

  152. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Madden on the Jays:

    “They were also the worst fundamental team in baseball last year — perhaps the biggest challenge for new/old manager John Gibbons.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2FDtDHK13

    I have no idea what Madden is basing fundamental baseball on, but if it is based on the failure of getting runs across the plate with RISP and less than 2 outs, the Yankees might top the list.

  153. joeman December 16th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    sure was fun watching the core 4 playing together all those years…..

  154. Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    New Post—————->

  155. MTU December 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Guys like Harper and Trout are exceptional talents.

    For every 1 like them there might be a 100, or even a 1000 Melky Mesa’s.

  156. joeman December 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Yankee Trader December 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am
    Madden on the Jays:

    “They were also the worst fundamental team in baseball last year — perhaps the biggest challenge for new/old manager John Gibbons.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..z2FDtDHK13

    I have no idea what Madden is basing fundamental baseball on, but if it is based on the failure of getting runs across the plate with RISP and less than 2 outs, the Yankees might top the list.
    ———————————————-
    but the Yankees will try again to lead the majors in HR’s and runs scored

  157. blake December 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am


    Is Olt a better prospect than Williams, Heathcott and Austin….would you trade two of them for him?”

    He’s ranked similarly to Williams and Sanchez but he’s ready for the big leagues….

    That said I wouldn’t give two of them no….Id maybe trade Austin for him but Id much prefer to try and build a deal around Granderson if possible…..Id probably even do Granderson and Nova to be honest

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