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Friday night notes and links: Canzler, Berkman, Rodriguez, Mitchell

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the Yankees claimed Russ Canzler, they told him to focus on third base and the outfield corners. He can also play first and could DH, but a source said that Canzler can make the big league roster “a couple different ways,” as either an extra outfielder or an extra infielder.

Obviously Canzler’s basic value comes in his ability to hit from the right side, but his spot on the team probably depends on his ability to provide some defensive depth.  

Another source I talked to today said he’d seen Canzler play a few different spots and didn’t think he was particularly bad anywhere. If he can be solid at third base and right field, and if he can show some pop against lefties, Canzler could be a nice addition to fill a specific role.

If Canzler can’t show those things in spring training, Dave Waldstein tweeted that Canzler does an option remaining, so he could land in Triple-A as additional depth.

The Yankees have some interest in Lance Berkman, according to Ken Davidoff. I have to think Berkman would be a regular designated hitter, with the Yankees hoping he’s still able to fill in as an outfielder from time to time. It’s worth noting that Berkman has always been a better left-handed hitter than right-handed hitter.

• Following up on this morning’s New York Post story, Newsday is reporting that Alex Rodriguez has not suffered a setback and the Yankees have a surgery date in mind, they’re just not announcing it.

• In the same Newsday piece, Brian Cashman said once again that he is not actively looking for a starting catcher. “Our catchers are here on the roster,” Cashman said. “It was either Russell Martin or we’re going from within.”

D.J. Mitchell cleared waivers and was sent outright to the Mariners Triple-A roster. He was half of the prospect package the Yankees gave up for Ichiro Suzuki, and he actually pitched pretty well in Triple-A last year, especially after he joined the Mariners. With David Phelps, Adam Warren and Brett Marshall on their own 40-man, the Yankees didn’t really have a spot or a need to get Mitchell back, but he’s not a bad pitcher. Could certainly get another big league opportunity.

• Just yesterday, Cleveland’s GM said that Canzler would be a candidate to be the team’s designated hitter.

• Speaking of designated hitters, Nolan Ryan has admitted that the Rangers have a standing offer to Berkman, who they want to use at DH this year. “We feel like he would fill that bill,” Ryan said. It seems uncertain whether Berkman actually wants to play this year, but it’s interesting that the Rangers are also going after him.

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168 Responses to “Friday night notes and links: Canzler, Berkman, Rodriguez, Mitchell”

  1. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I thought a couple of weeks ago that Berkman would be a good fit for the Yankees. Lance said that he didn’t particularly enjoy his first stint in New York, but he was here in a part time role so I don’t blame him. If the Yankees installed him as the every day DH I think he would be fine in that capacity.

    That the Yankees are looking at Canzler at 3b and the OF corners is very interesting. Seems to me that right now the competition is between Canzler, Mustellier and Matt Diaz for the Andruw Jones role…if that’s the case then Canzler and Mustellier both offer more versatility than Diaz does and it sounds like Canzler is probably a better defender than Mustelier is. And before freaking out that Canzler would be preventing a young kid from playing – Canzler’s actually the younger of the two.

    I would still ink Kelly Johnson and do the Granderson deal I suggested previously – sign Berkman and trade for Kurt Suzuki if they don’t think Romine is ready to play.

  2. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    if berkman looks anything like he did when he played here before, no thanks.

    AFTER he screwed houston out of millions and wasted his time in NY he got into excellent shape, came back and played great.

    I kinda suspect that after sitting home contemplating retirement he probably has his fat elvis physique back.

    if he’s in shape and motivated, then ok, but i have my doubts.

  3. blake January 4th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “Anyway, are the Pirates rumored to be in on Upton? I think you just don’t like other teams getting your players. ”

    No if you read what i said I said that I thought if the Dbacks want pitching then the Braves or mariners would be good matches…..and so would the Pirates but that I didn’t think it made a lot of sense for them given their budget and where they are right now as a franchise…..

  4. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Ichiro
    Jeter
    Cano
    Tex
    Puma
    Youk
    Murphy
    Suzuki
    Gardner

    I could roll with that.

  5. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    YS Guy -

    He had a terrific 2011 with St. Louis; last year he hurt his knee but if he’s healthy he’s going to rake.

  6. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I would have some interest in Berkman.
    -

    The truth shall set you free?

    Report: Cyclist Lance Armstrong is weighing a public admission of doping – @nytimes

  7. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I would have some interest in Berkman.
    -

    The truth shall set you free?

    Report: Cyclist Lance Armstrong is weighing a public admission of doping – @nytimes
    ————–

    Are those two separate thoughts or do you think Berkman was doping?

  8. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    blake, am I supposed to read everything you say? Maybe the Pirates are monitoring this board too (since they love trading for our players) and maybe they’ll see your idea and decide that Upton does fit where they are now as a franchise after all.

    Peace offerring: have a cajun filet biscuit on me.

  9. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    after lance armstrong confers with lawyers and agents he’ll decide whether to tell the truth?

    …save it cheater, we already know.

  10. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    “Are those two separate thoughts or do you think Berkman was doping?”

    Completely separate. /Lance

  11. blake January 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “blake, am I supposed to read everything you say? ”

    If you’re gonna comment on it then yea probably ;). I’ll take the Cajun filet biscuit and go away happy.

    Do you think trading Gerrit Cole + for Upton makes sense for them as bad as their pitching is and knowing that they will have to pay him 15 million in 2014? They just had to trade their closer cause they wouldn’t pay him 7 million for this year……

  12. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Id have interest in Berkman if they can’t get Upton and if they can’t trade for Morse reasonably to DH etc…..Lance can’t hit lefties so while he’d help against RHP…he doesn’t do much to help their biggest weakness

  13. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    If Murphy could duplicate his 2012 numbers – I would like to acquire him – whether it be in 2013 or as a FA in 2014 – - – -

  14. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    errr – replicate — – - -

  15. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #RedSox, #Rays, #Nationals, #Royals scouted Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico tonight. Pitched at 93 mph.

    So will Cashman sign him or will he let someone else sign him then trade for him?

  16. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    If I were Berkman – I would stay away from the Rangers – it is a prospect huggers paradise in there – - – -

  17. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Not sure trading Upton for Cole makes sense for the D’Backs anyway – they have plenty of young pitching in the organization – what they need are position players.

  18. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Nats lost out on S. Burnett, Mike Gonzalez, and J.P. Howell. Better trade Morse for Boone Logan before the Yankees send him to AZ for Upton.

  19. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #RedSox, #Rays, #Nationals, #Royals scouted Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico tonight. Pitched at 93 mph.

    So will Cashman sign him or will he let someone else sign him then trade for him?
    —————-

    He’ll sign him. Pavano too.

  20. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Again – Cashman cannot trade for Vazquez – his circuitry only allows him to trade for Vazquez – - – -

  21. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    If Murphy could duplicate his 2012 numbers – I would like to acquire him – whether it be in 2013 or as a FA in 2014 – – – -
    ———–

    Yeah he’s a solid player

  22. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    vazquez can’t handle new york. pass.

  23. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Berkman as the DH against RHP would be an upgrade over Ibanez. He can hit the question is can he stay healthy. With his age and his injury issues he’d fit right in with the Yankees.

    If the cost is doable, it makes sense. He should just not see the field as a 1B unless TEX and Youk get hurt in the same game.

    No to Javier.

  24. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I did read part of it, the part I commented on. ;) Maybe a little of the context was lost, but you can blame that on Johnny Football. Compelling Cotton Bowl.

    It probably wouldn’t make sense for them to trade the pitching it would take to get Upton, but who the heck really knows. They shouldn’t have Gerrit Cole anyway, so keeping him is bad karma.

  25. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    They’d still need a RH bat if they got Berkman…..

  26. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    “They shouldn’t have Gerrit Cole anyway, so keeping him is bad karma.”

    Arg!

  27. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    They’d still need a RH bat if they got Berkman…..
    ———–

    Eventually Alex will be back (assuming he ever has this surgery) so they’ll have either Youk or Alex at DH against LHP.

  28. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    They’d still need a RH bat if they got Berkman…..

    Why can’t Canzler or Diaz or Mustallier be that RH bat until A-rod comes back at least?

  29. Tar January 4th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    “If the cost is doable, it makes sense. He should just not see the field as a 1B unless TEX and Youk get hurt in the same game.”

    IDK it would be nice to “rest” Tex against RH pitchers. Berkman could fill that role as well DH, PH and late inning OF defense.

  30. Tar January 4th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I was just seeing if you were paying attention. :D

  31. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    “Eventually Alex will be back (assuming he ever has this surgery) so they’ll have either Youk or Alex at DH against LHP.”

    Eh….I’m not convinced Alex will be back this year and Im not convinced Youkallis will be any good.

    Lancelot would be a good last resort to me….but they need to aim higher first

  32. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Keep in mind, that while Fat Elvis is better against RHP, he’s not awful against LHP.

    In 2011 (when he played a full season) he hit: .277, .348 OBP, .804 OPS against LHP. For his career he OPS .777 vs LHP with a .362 OBP.

  33. NYY_Girl_Penny January 4th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I doubt Ichiro is leading off at least I wouldn’t do it for the sole reason that Jeter is a ground ball machine. How many of his outs were a weak ground ball to the left side 70%, 80% ?

  34. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Good thing A-rod is delaying his surgery until sometime in January it is not as if this delay in getting the surgery actually done would then correspondingly delay him getting on the field in 2013.

    Right?

  35. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    “In 2011 (when he played a full season) he hit: .277, .348 OBP, .804 OPS against LHP. For his career he OPS .777 vs LHP with a .362 OBP.”

    A year off at his age is never really good…..no telling what he will be in 2013

  36. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Blake,

    If the knee is sound I wouldn’t worry about him.

    That said, I don’t think he wants to come to the Yankees anyway – he didn’t really care for his first tour of duty.

  37. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’d think Lance would wanna be the very first Astros DH

  38. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Blake –

    Ideally, you’re probably right. But I think he also wants to win. My guess is that he winds up with the Rangers.

  39. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    9:33pm: Olney and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com report that Howell will earn $2.85MM with another $1.2MM available via performance bonuses (Twitter links).

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#HSL3GiHSSVfhIKwF.99

    Alright Nats – now you need some lefty help – - – -

  40. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Morse missed the first third of the season recovering from a shoulder strain, and went through a slump in August while playing through various hand and wrist injuries. Despite all of that, Morse still managed a decent year with the bat, hitting .291/.312/.470 (113 wRC+), although that was largely canceled out by less-than-brilliant defense in the outfield.

    via fangraphs – - – -

  41. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Seriously, given the contracts for these LOOGYs you would think the Nats would be jumping at the chance to get Logan at just under $2m for this year.

  42. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    However, the Nationals might have other reasons to prefer LaRoche. They may be concerned that Morse’s various hand and wrist problems from last August could carry over into 2013, although he did hit well in 100 September plate appearances (128 wRC+). LaRoche’s offensive skill set may also seem more sustainable. Although both generally have good power, LaRoche takes a good number of walks, while Morse, even at his best, has a below-average walk rate that was downright miserable last season. Although Morse has shown an ability to hit for a higher-than-average BABIP over the last few seasons, that is less generally reliable year-to-year as a method for getting on base than taking walks.

  43. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If the Yanks were to get Morse – would you bat him fifth behind Tex or seventh behind Granderson?

  44. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    9:38pm: The new deal would be for three years and would keep Showalter in Baltimore through 2016, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#j3EDzzOgPEowxez8.99

    Good for Buck – he deserves it – - – -

  45. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I want Dave LaRoche – the guy threw one of them lopsy balls! :)

  46. blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    “The Return of Stoneburner says:
    January 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    If the Yanks were to get Morse – would you bat him fifth behind Tex or seventh behind Granderson?”

    Probably 5th….

  47. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Blake, I like Luis Aparicio, along with Belanger and Robinson at third ( maybe Nettles )

  48. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    At second, I’m going for Alomar.

  49. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Make that Fernandez at short, the guy could hit.

  50. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If the Yanks were to get Morse – would you bat him fifth behind Tex or seventh behind Granderson?
    ————-

    Whether or not the Yankees get Morse I deal Granderson

  51. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:53 pm
    The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If the Yanks were to get Morse – would you bat him fifth behind Tex or seventh behind Granderson?
    ————-

    Whether or not the Yankees get Morse I deal Granderson

    ******

    Maybe I should put it this way – would bat Morse fifth behind Tex or seventh behind Murphy?

  52. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Lance Parrish had his intimidating moments for olde Montreale.

  53. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Stone:

    Ichiro
    Jeter
    Cano
    Tex
    Morse
    Youk
    Murphy
    Romine/Suzuki
    Gardner

  54. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    You are not splitting up the righties?

  55. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    My money is on Cervelli getting a bunch of AB at C. He’s the type who can do great during ST and win a job, at least for a couple of months.

  56. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Any way you slice it there are going to be two righties in a row. The only question is whether you do Jeter/Ichiro/Tex/Cano or Ichiro/Jeter/Cano/Tex

  57. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Rich, call up Rick Cerone! :)

  58. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Rich, I just can’t see a guy who lost his job to Chris Stewart and then barely hit in a full season at AAA being the primary catcher for the club.

    If it’s not Romine I think they’ll end up bringing in someone either via trade (Suzuki) or FA (Barajas or Snyder)

  59. blake January 4th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I hope Cervelli wears the Gazoo helmet if he wins the job at least

  60. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Chip

    Cerveilli was rushed a few years ago, according to Cashman, and never got to finish off his development. Unless Romine is ready from April on (I’m skeptical), newly found preparation could meet opportunity.

    jmills

    Just ’cause I’m a Jersey Guy it doesn’t necessarily mean that I know Cerone, although we had a mutual friend back in the day.

  61. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This guy wishes he had 25 Cervellis – - – -

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....-cervellis

  62. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    If NYY will not get a real starting catcher, I’d prefer to go with Cervelli and live with his defensive flaws then to go with Stewart and live with his offensive woes.

    If Romine is sent to AAA, I imagine NY will mix and match these two guys with no set starting catcher.

  63. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    The Twins will have a scout on hand to watch outfielder Dariel Alvarez and infielder Aledmys Diaz tomorrow. The two Cuban defectors are hosting a workout for teams.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#oyGPACpDlLoZD5Oo.99

    But will the Yankees have a scout on hand tomorrow – - – -

  64. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Rich, Cerone did a great catch, no prob’.

  65. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Lost .. ?@LostNYY
    #Yankees would love if Berkman wanted to play for them.

  66. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Are there still things who don’t put Thurman Munson in the hall? I wouldn’t eat their measly craniums.

  67. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Ron Guidry almost became a Jay for Bill Singer – spring traing 1977 ( Peter Bavasi turned it down )

  68. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Thank god! – Ron Guidry 25-3 in effing ’77!! I saw a Monday night ABC against the A’s with Cliff catching Ron!

  69. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    George was out of control back then, almost certifiable if he wasn’t so rich.

  70. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Rich, George was nuts, thanks for Winfield!!!!

  71. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    And George was crazy again in 1995:

    The Yankees, who last Thursday beat Baltimore to David Cone, wanted Wells for their rotation, but a weekend bid by George Steinbrenner fell short. Given this latest turn of events, the Yankees may feel compelled to become serious about signing one of two free-agent left-handers, Kenny Rogers or Chuck Finley.

    [GM Bob] Watson acknowledged that he and Gene Michael, his predecessor, who remains active in personnel matters, had spoken with the Reds, most recently the middle of last week. “The asking price was too high,” he said. “They wanted two of our top minor leaguers. That’s why we backed off. We couldn’t do that.”

    Jim Bowden, the Reds’ general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees’ involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.

    Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred [Curtis] Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batted .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

  72. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Remember when you read analysis from Jim Bowden – he chose Curtis Goodwin over Mo and Jorge – - – -

  73. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Like the old Calvin Klein commercial said: Between love and madness lies obsession.

    That was George at times. NTTAWWT

  74. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I always like David Wells,….not as much as Key.

  75. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Crap – ” liked ” – Jimmy Key rules! :)

  76. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    David Cone worked for the Jays but in an odd way. We gave up Jeff Kent.

  77. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    But you missed Ryan Thompson too?????

  78. theREALkevin January 4th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    “I hope Cervelli wears the Gazoo helmet if he wins the job at least”

    Lol agreed

  79. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I remember when Bobby Murcer was thrown out at the plate with Whitt and Jesse Barfield.( Inaugeral – 1984, Tony Kubick )

  80. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Stone, Ryan Thompson, u floor me!!!!!!

  81. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Barfield pegged the mutha’, and the Jays won!

  82. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Juan Guzman – positive memories? neutral? forgettable?

  83. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks Juan Guzman!!!!!! – does that say enough? :)

  84. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Dave Stieb,….started it all :)

  85. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    It does – I remember watching Guzman later on in his days when the Jays tag teamed him with a young Kelvim Escobar for 4 innings – - – -

    On that note – I am out – I need to go perform my chant that will make Michael Morse or Justin Upton a Yankees – - – - ’til next time – - – -

  86. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Bye, Stone, Juan was truly great.

  87. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    One time, Lloyd Moseby hit an extra inning home run and won some lucky Torontontarian $ 1,000,000.

  88. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Torontarian

  89. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    At first, Paul Molitar for me!

  90. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Molitar was an exacting hitter.

  91. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Even tho I had Delgado and Olerud not to mention Upshaw, McGriff,Doug Ault and Mayberry, I’d still have chosen Molitar!

  92. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Paul Molitar – the ultimate along with Winfield, Blue Jay designated hitter ‘cept when Cliff Johnson pinches.

  93. Duh Innings II January 5th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Vasquez A Yankee v3.0 and Berkman A Yankee v2.0…no thanks.

    Russ Canzler intrigues me. ‘Turns 27 next April 11, can play multiple positions. Three homeruns in 102 career PA is a 15 HR pace with 510 PA, so I amend what I said the other day about thinking this guy doesn’t have much power.

    If Canzler could double his 2012 stats with a .32X OBP and 5 more RBI (6 HR and 27 RBI total) he’s aok by me as a bench player, but how ’bout he becomes the 2013 Yankees version of 2012 Justin Maxwell? I’d love to see an out of nowhere guy have a lots of bang for the buck season a la 2011 Andruw Jones.

  94. Nick in SF January 5th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Marcus Thames is available.

  95. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Molitar is my #1 Jays hitter followed by Alomar and George Bell :)

  96. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I listened to Delgados’ 4 home runs – impressive!

  97. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Doug Radar and Sam Ewing were great too along with Rick Bossetti. Don’t forget, Hector Torrez. ( First Jays grand slam )

  98. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Otto Velez was a fan favourite back in the day and hit something like 5 HR’s in a double hitter.

  99. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    ” Double header ” – crap!

  100. RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 6:21 am

    blake January 4th, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #RedSox, #Rays, #Nationals, #Royals scouted Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico tonight. Pitched at 93 mph.

    So will Cashman sign him or will he let someone else sign him then trade for him?
    ————–

    Sounds like he’s on the Bartolo Colon plan. No way his velocity has jumped 3-5 MPH.

  101. RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I personally don’t like the idea of signing Berkman. Doesn’t fit the RH need, he’ll probably be relatively over-expensive, and I think he’s had his last hurrah already.

  102. blake January 5th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    RadioKev says:
    January 5, 2013 at 6:23 am
    I personally don’t like the idea of signing Berkman. Doesn’t fit the RH need, he’ll probably be relatively over-expensive, and I think he’s had his last hurrah already.

    Yes but he fits the age criterion

  103. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Two for me…Berkman is a bad OFer & can only hit from one side of the plate, couldn’t get back on the field last year & when he did play in 81 AB’s 2 HRS & 7 RBI’s. They went this route with him before and what they don’t need to do is add another old headed for retirement Ballplayer.

    Saying it again….Arod will not play baseball in the Major Leagues this coming year.

  104. RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Saying it again….Arod will not play baseball in the Major Leagues this coming year.
    ————-

    How’s that? Wishful thinking?

  105. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 10:57 pm
    My money is on Cervelli getting a bunch of AB at C. He’s the type who can do great during ST and win a job, at least for a couple of months.

    —————————————-
    seen this act before and it wasn’t pretty..

  106. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    Saying it again….Arod will not play baseball in the Major Leagues this coming year.
    ————-

    How’s that? Wishful thinking?

    ———————————————-
    have nothing against Arod at all…just seems there’s much more to this hip problem than they are letting on….rumors this surgery may not happen until Feb

  107. GregD January 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    Saying it again….Arod will not play baseball in the Major Leagues this coming year.
    ————-

    How’s that? Wishful thinking?

    ================
    is this based upon anything other that speculation?

  108. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    GregD January 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am
    RadioKev January 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    Saying it again….Arod will not play baseball in the Major Leagues this coming year.
    ————-

    How’s that? Wishful thinking?

    ================
    is this based upon anything other that speculation?

    ————————————–
    how the other side of the hip problem came up, nothing ( surgery) done about it yet trying to get him ready for the season & at least 6 months for rehab..if he had it today there’s a good chance he’s out till August

  109. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    at least

  110. GregD January 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Joeman —– It does seem odd that he hasn’t had the surgery yet……they have explained that he needs to rehab first………dont know what that means…….

  111. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    GregD January 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am
    Joeman —– It does seem odd that he hasn’t had the surgery yet……they have explained that he needs to rehab first………dont know what that means
    ——————————
    really…I’m going for a total knee replacement in 3 weeks and nobody said anything about pre-rehab to me

  112. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I have not heard of pre-hab before surgery. Unusual.

    The Dallas paper says Berkman wants two years. Next. Or is there a next?

  113. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    BTW..when I had my other knee scoped Arod and myself had the same knee doctor…maybe I’m not getting the super dooper treatment

  114. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Joeman,

    I hope your MLB career isn’t harmed by lack of AROD care. That must have been what happened to me.

  115. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:34 am
    I have not heard of pre-hab before surgery. Unusual.

    The Dallas paper says Berkman wants two years. Next. Or is there a next?

    ———————————————————————–
    you can always ask…if he ever got two from the nyy then they are nuts

  116. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Have we ever gotten any confirmation on Javy being contaminated by the loser gene??

  117. TheStraw January 5th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Did anyone above put Olerud on the list of great Jays?

  118. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am
    Joeman,

    I hope your MLB career isn’t harmed by lack of AROD care. That must have been what happened to me.

    ———————————–
    my climbing utility poles as a career is over with though…LOL

  119. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Nick – BTW, I didn’t realize 2017 was a vesting option on CC. So no, Cano wouldn’t be the only $20 million player signed after 4 years, it would be both him and CC accounting for between $45-50ish million in 2017 if his option vests.

  120. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Joeman,

    My best friend for years climbed poles for Bell/AT&T. Hard work.

  121. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am
    Joeman,

    My best friend for years climbed poles for Bell/AT&T. Hard work
    ————————————–
    power lineman in CT for a looooooooong time

  122. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    The Yankees learn A-Rod needs hip surgery in November, but, they delay surgery until ??????????????

    A very wise move, noting it takes 4-6 months to recover from this type of surgery, so why the rush.

    Perhaps if they can delay it long enough, and A-Rod can’t come back this year, the insurance pays his salary. Perhaps another move by Hal to cut expenses. :)

  123. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am
    The Yankees learn A-Rod needs hip surgery in November, but, they delay surgery until ??????????????

    A very wise move, noting it takes 4-6 months to recover from this type of surgery, so why the rush.

    Perhaps if they can delay it long enough, and A-Rod can’t come back this year, the insurance pays his salary. Perhaps another move by Hal to cut expenses.
    —————————————-
    crazy stuff

  124. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Al,

    He may well miss the entire season, and yes, Hal would be all smiles.

  125. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Joeman,

    My friend just retired after 30+ years. He dealt with 105 degrees, and you a bit more cold, I expect.

  126. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am
    Joeman,

    My friend just retired after 30+ years. He dealt with 105 degrees, and you a bit more cold, I expect.

    ——————————————————–
    don’t know ..south or north tough choice if I had a pick….work in Fla after a hurricane and Maine after a ice storm…

  127. blake January 5th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    January 5, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Have we ever gotten any confirmation on Javy being contaminated by the loser gene??

    Yes….he was a confirmed case

  128. blake January 5th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I think they wanted Alex to strengthen te hip before surgery like Mo did with his knee….probably the reason to delay

  129. yankeefeminista January 5th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good morning. They definitely wanted Alex to strengthen the hip beforehand to better withstand the surgery and heal better.

    Shame, you watching the gold medal WJC. Russia beat Canada in OT in a crazy bronze medal game.

    Actually, US just tied it up on a flukey goal by Rocky Grimaldi (great name).

  130. RhapsodyInBlue January 5th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I’m sure Berkman is real anxious to get back to the Bronx so he can ride the pine for Gerardi like he did his last tour.

  131. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Berkman wants two years and/or to be close to home. Despite a Pettitte friendship, I very much doubt he is not coming here.

    How can Javy throw 93 elsewhere and 87 for the Yankees? He didn’t cross the international dateline and lose 6 mph like Irabu.

  132. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    January 5, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Have we ever gotten any confirmation on Javy being contaminated by the loser gene??

    Yes….he was a confirmed case

    ——————–

    *sigh*

    That was Schillings diagnosis right?

    You’re theory on the delay for surgery makes sense… I’m surprised they haven’t just said/reported that though.

  133. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I need a situational left hander now that Darren Oliver is too dumb to want to be here. Maybe Cecil will amaze and Loop is the real deal. I miss Scott Downs. I started throwing oranges against the kitchen wall in sinister fashion, but, alas, I’m not very good. In Roman days, southpaws had that limb cut off as it was considered evil to hold a calculus pencil from that side. The powers that be were forcing the kids to be right, thus sinistra, sinistrum, the latin word for left. How about that, Sinatra?

  134. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    fem – Oh yeaaah (Kool-Aid style)!!!

    I can’t remember the last time I was up this early on a Saturday. Called Optimum last night to give me the channel.. will call them once the game is over to remove it lol.

  135. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Grimaldi is impressive.. and extremely Italian. Love the name Rocco. My uncle Rocco is a crazy mofo, so I think the name translates well.

    Grimaldi just got another one!

  136. blake January 5th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    “That was Schillings diagnosis right?”

    Sherman I believe

  137. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    YF, Canada would have won if we had Rick Vaive or something :) Congrats, we’ll see if your boys can contain it when they get older and spoiled like the current NHL batch.

  138. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Ah, Sherman… oh boy, I dunno why I thought it was Schilling. Maybe because it was so ridiculous.

    I can’t wait until Spring Training.

  139. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The A-Rod debacle has five more years until it ends, right? So if they have to burn this year to give him the best chance to contribute anything at any point, it makes sense to do whatever it takes to get this surgery right, because the player he was at the end of last season was not a ML caliber hitter.

  140. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The Leafs had a player named Rocky Saganuk who scored 24 ( a rookie record at that time before Ihnachuk’s 28 )in I think ’79-’80 – he was useless after that.

  141. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    YF -

    How much strenghtening did he require, he was able to perform in the game, run, field etc., so I doubt his hip was weak, just experiencing some pain.

    I thought A-Rod just didn’t want the surgery to interfere with his holidays, lol.

  142. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Big Al, Bautista for Seaver is still on the table.

  143. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    jmills -

    How are you able to get by without that game, oh yea, hockey?

    Time to close the door on this season, and they better hope the fans will return.

    In Webster, next to the word dysfunctional, is NHL, lol. :)

  144. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    jmills -

    I spoke to Seaver about a return, and he’s willing, so long as he’s allowed to pitch using his cane to keep him from falling during his follw through. We then have a deal, ah?

  145. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Al, we’ll strap the pads on you, and I’ll perform on my ankles! They can close the door when they leave as far as I’m concerned.

  146. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Oh man, I forgot Arod was signed through 2017 too.. I thought he and Tex ended in 2016.

    I don’t wanna have to give up seeing Robbie’s smile 162 days a year. I really don’t.

  147. yankeefeminista January 5th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Hard to say, Big Al. But I know that prehab is important before certain surgeries.

    Shame, missed the 2nd Rocky goal because I am out the door and heading to work. But glad they are winning; I leave them in your capable hands. :)

    Have a good day, all.

  148. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Al, we have a deal. Tom will make Darren drool while he sucks twinkies in Arlington. ( Oliver Reed is not amused )

  149. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The analysts on NHL Network dancing around the mention of the lockout is really impressive..

    Thank god I don’t think we’ll see a MLB lockout. I want to say never but I don’t wanna jinx it lol.

  150. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    How did you guys survive in ’94?? I have the vaguest memories but was only 6 years old.. being obsessed with the Yankees was still secondary to things like the Power Rangers, the daily dramas of kindergarten and Disney anything.

  151. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Shame -

    You’re just a baby, 6 in ’94, what a good memory you have.

  152. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Cripes, Shame, you are young! You missed Messier, but at least you had your power forwards of a sort :) I hated Vancouver and I watched the final game with my west coast girlfriend of the time – no kidding!!!

  153. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    jmills -

    Messier, one of my favorite all time Rangers. He’s the reason they finally won the cup after 41 years of frustration. I use to love that game, now, not so much.

  154. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    The Jays were stumbling by ’94, the shame was the ‘spos and Griffey Jr.. The Yanks were getting geared up avec the sinistrum Jimmy key ( one of my favs )

  155. LGY January 5th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Pre hab is normal especially for athletes who are trying to get back to playing a sport as soon as possible after surgery.

    I’ve done it before two knee surgeries and it helped immensely in my recovery.

  156. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Al, I’ve lost a lot of interest too. Thus, the juniors not getting a medal doesn’t even scratch my esophagus.

  157. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The first real season of baseball I remember is ’96. The first one I remember devoutly following was ’98. That was the year where watching baseball on a nightly basis became a life long ritual.

  158. blake January 5th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    @SportsJoey: 93 years ago today, The New York #Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston #RedSox for $125,000.

    For only 2,200 Babe Ruth’s you can have an Arod!

  159. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    LGY, you’re a regular Bobby Orr :) ( my daughter just gave me his signed framed pic )

  160. LGY January 5th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    One reason I can think of people not doing pre hab is insurance reasons.

    A lot of people don’t have strong physical therapy coverage in their plans.

  161. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    LGY January 5th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Pre hab is normal especially for athletes who are trying to get back to playing a sport as soon as possible after surgery.

    I’ve done it before two knee surgeries and it helped immensely in my recovery.

    ——————-

    Makes sense.

    I’m hoping they just go as slow as possible with Alex. On a couple of occasions in the past I thought they brought him back a bit prematurely.

  162. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I became devout by ’77 in time to mock my Oriole loving friend. I remmember Star Wars and Jim Beattie.

  163. BIG AL January 5th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Later y’all, have a great day.

  164. blake January 5th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Luckily Centaurs have 4 hips so Alex should be fine(ish)

  165. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Blake, Ruth was definitely more flexible than Arod, ….so no need to pay for that gym membership.

  166. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Luckily Centaurs have 4 hips so Alex should be fine(ish)

    ——————

    :lol:

    :arrow:

  167. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Until next time, be good, Al.

  168. 86w183 January 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    What’s with all the hockey nonsense? Who with all their teeth cares?

    Shame I was also six in 1994….. 36, that is.

    It’s probably best to look at anything the Yanks get from Alex Rodriguez as a bonus. Looks like $ 114 M of dead money to me.

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