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Last call for pinch hitters

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One last reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for Pinch Hitter proposals. Our annual guest posters series will begin later in the month, and honestly, I already have far more proposals than spots. But I always want as many perspectives and angles as possible, and I want to explore a wide range of topics, so the more suggestions the better.

Final posts should be roughly 400-500 words, and the topic is up to you. To jump into consideration, just email me your topic ideas — a few paragraphs explaining what you want to write — and I’ll start emailing those who are chosen sometime next week (honestly, that process will probably take a while, so be patient with me).

Send your ideas to cjennings (at) lohud.com. Thank you to everyone who’s already emailed me. I haven’t read through everything yet, but there are already a lot of great ideas that I’m excited about. Thanks for being a part of it.

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46 Responses to “Last call for pinch hitters”

  1. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Despite having already acquired Ben Revere this offseason, the Phillies continue to seek outfield help according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is looking for a veteran corner outfielder.

    “We’ve had several talks with free agents, although they’re limited now,” said Amaro. “We’ve also talked about some possible trades. We’re staying active as far as that is concerned. We’re still trying to improve, depth-wise, in our outfield, if we can. We don’t have proven everyday Major League players on our corners right now. If we can create some depth there, if we can create some competition, I would like to do that.”

    At the moment, the Phillies have two left-handed hitters (Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix) and two right-handed hitters (Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr.) slated for the outfield corners. They reportedly had interest in both Vernon Wells and Scott Hairston earlier this offseason, and both remain options according to Zolecki. There is no shortage of available outfield bats, as our Free Agent Tracker shows.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#ZQYPPstgDcu7fuLb.99

  2. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    big year for Mason Williams and the Yankees this year, Granderson will play for the NYY in 13 but leave after the season is over…would like to see Willims make huge strides this year and take over CF in 14

  3. blake January 5th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    If the Yanks could get Upton the the philliesakena good match for Granderson…..they don’t have a ton to offer but do have a couple of guys Id have interert in

  4. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Mick,

    I saw Lincoln last night . Truly phenomenal. The crowd sat in their seats for a few minutes after it was over.

  5. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I wanna see Lincoln …probably will be a rental fore though

  6. PacoDooley January 5th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    I wanna see Lincoln …probably will be a rental fore though
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    Hmm, I heard it has a sad ending, not sure I am up for it…

  7. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The yankees should trade cano,granderson,hughes,sign free agents this years,and next to replace the offense.

    I know i’ve said it hundreds of times,but hamilton,and melky would have cost 33 million a year,losing cano,granderson,hughes would drop about 33 million off payroll,and we wouldn;t need ichiro,and if we got a 3b prospect in the trade like olt,we would not need youk,so a total of 52 million off payroll,minus the 33 million for jh,and melky.

    That is 19 million less than now,and we would not need any platoon outfielders.
    We also stay out of a massive cano deal.
    This would give us a better contact hitting/split hitting team,and replace most,or all of the lost offense,but more importantly,give us at least 4 high end prospects in addition.
    That 19 million could of gotten us ajp,and or a dh,maybe even anibal sanchez.
    Anibal sanchez,and ajp would cost us about 23 million,and we’d be stacked.

    We would need a 3b,2b,ml ready prospects to step right into the lineup,but i’d do it.
    So maybe granderson for olt,even if we throw in a mid level prospect,maybe adams,or nunez,then cano,and hughes for 2-3 prospects,a top 2b,and maybe a few high end pitchers,or one pitcher,and another positional player.

    I just think that in 2014,the yankees,if they sign cano will have a very difficult job with less than 80 million to spend on players 6-40 roster spots.
    Cano,tex,cc,arod,ichiro will make about 104 million,for 5 roster spots.

    Man is that ugly.

  8. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: 5 surefire active hall of famers. hint: 3 are on same team. @MattSnyder27 http://t.co/knms9VTV

  9. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    @RealMichaelKay: I promised a pic of Baby Kay. Here is the little one with the man who will be 74 years old when she graduates college. http://t.co/s3997mP2

  10. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    The yankees should trade cano,granderson,hughes,sign free agents this years,and next to replace the offense.

    I know i’ve said it hundreds of times,but hamilton,and melky would have cost 33 million a year,losing cano,granderson,hughes would drop about 33 million off payroll,and we wouldn;t need ichiro,and if we got a 3b prospect in the trade like olt,we would not need youk,so a total of 52 million off payroll,minus the 33 million for jh,and melky.

    That is 19 million less than now,and we would not need any platoon outfielders.
    We also stay out of a massive cano deal.
    This would give us a better contact hitting/split hitting team,and replace most,or all of the lost offense,but more importantly,give us at least 4 high end prospects in addition.
    That 19 million could of gotten us ajp,and or a dh,maybe even anibal sanchez.
    Anibal sanchez,and ajp would cost us about 23 million,and we’d be stacked.

    We would need a 3b,2b,ml ready prospects to step right into the lineup,but i’d do it.
    So maybe granderson for olt,even if we throw in a mid level prospect,maybe adams,or nunez,then cano,and hughes for 2-3 prospects,a top 2b,and maybe a few high end pitchers,or one pitcher,and another positional player.

    I just think that in 2014,the yankees,if they sign cano will have a very difficult job with less than 80 million to spend on players 6-40 roster spots.
    Cano,tex,cc,arod,ichiro will make about 104 million,for 5 roster spots
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    whats Jeter make

  11. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I am watching zero dark thirty.
    You guys have to watch it.
    It’s about how we got bin laden,and the intellegence leading up to,and the raid.

    Very good.

    If anybody want’s to watch.

    http://www.solarmovie.so/link/show/1137035/

  12. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    joeman

    Not sure.

    Isn’t his contract over after 2013?

  13. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Jeter has a player option for 2014 and if he picks it up then he will count around 15.5 million towards the luxury tax payroll for that year.

    Of course if he has a good 2013 then he could decline it and negotiate a new deal…..

  14. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    joeman

    Not sure.

    Isn’t his contract over after 2013?
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    don’t think so but even if it is he’s not going anywhere

  15. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    so going to have to add $$$$ to that 104 mil

  16. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    If not,it wouldn’t change anything for me.
    The yankees,imo have to change the business as usual approach.

    Ichiro in the o.f. for 2 years is not a great idea at his age.
    We could of had melky for basically the same money,same years,but a better player,and hamilton for only 5 years that replaces cano’s production,probably more,but the key to all of this is the high end prospects we get by trading cano,granderson,hughes,instead of letting them walk for a far away draft pick.

    Just doesn’t make sense to me,at all.

  17. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The Yanks are caught between wanting to continue operating like they used to …..and not wanting to pay for it…..they gotta choose a lane

  18. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    at this point I don’t think they could deal Granderson…with him being a FA next year

  19. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    joeman says:
    January 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    at this point I don’t think they could deal Granderson…with him being a FA next year

    Sure they could….they just may not be able to get enough back to make up for losing his production for 2013….they’d need to replace him first

  20. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    So possibly 120 million for 6 players.
    That leaves only 69 million for 34 roster spots.

    19 roster spots belonging to the 25 man.
    Figure another 8 million for the 26-40 roster spots,wich leaves about 61 million for roster spots 7-25.
    That is 3 million a player.

    Yuuuuuuuuuuuck.

  21. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    @CHConfidential: Brian Kenny talks about Tim Raines’ credentials for the #HOF in his Cooperstown Justice segment: http://t.co/LIssl3rQ

  22. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    @RealMichaelKay: I promised a pic of Baby Kay. Here is the little one with the man who will be 74 years old when she graduates college. http://t.co/s3997mP2

    ————————

    Nice pic of Kay and his daughter

  23. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    If Jeter picks up his player option then best I can tell this is the luxury tax story for 2014 currently

    Arod: 27.5
    CC : 24
    Tex: 23
    Jeter : 15.5
    Ichiro: 6.5
    Bonuses: roughly 12

    Aprox 109 million In AAV and bonuses.

    That leaves about 80 million for actual players…..but you’d have to leave some space for Arods homer bonuses so it’s really even less than that

  24. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    This is where montero at league minimum would be a big help.
    We can dh,and catch him pt.
    He would mash in ys.

  25. mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I saw Lincoln last night . Truly phenomenal. The crowd sat in their seats for a few minutes after it was over.
    ==================
    MAC
    were you as convincing a lawyer as he was?

  26. ron January 5th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Man in 2014,adams,heathcott,williams,austin will all be starting.
    I don’t see any other options.

  27. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    “I am watching zero dark thirty.”

    you think that’s good, wait till you see “zero dark 189″.

    that’s the story of the yankees in 2014.

    it’s in production as we speak.

    the only thing in question is the ending.

  28. mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Nice pic of Kay and his daughter
    ====================
    He looks likes hes already aged 10 years.

  29. mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    the only thing in question is the ending.
    =========================
    not to most at LoHud.

  30. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    @BryanHoch: Mariano Rivera plans to start throwing in about a week, says his knee feels about “95 percent.”

  31. mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Man in 2014,adams,heathcott,williams,austin will all be starting.
    ==========================
    everybody knows we will have to rebuild this old team, this is where it starts…

  32. blake January 5th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Those that don’t think Rock Raines is a HOF need to watch that link I posted

  33. blake January 5th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Dodgers sign IF Alfredo Amezaga to minor-league deal with invitation to spring training. Amezaga won Mexican League batting title.

  34. austinmac January 5th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Mick,

    I still am. At least that’s my story.

    I sure could hear the lawyer in him.

  35. blake January 5th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Amezaga enters crowded utility mix for #Dodgers. His selling point: He is a true SS who also can play CF – and is a switch-hitter as well.

  36. Giuseppe Franco January 5th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Notre Dame on the verge of a dynasty? Not seeing it.

    They are as overrated as any unbeaten team can be and will get rolled by Alabama.

    And they ALWAYS have strong recruiting classes – even when they sucked.

  37. ron January 5th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I think the yankees will have a nice new core that will be phenominal.
    Sanchez,heathcott,m williams,austin,and eventually banuelos,depaula,campos,etc…
    Sprinkle in a few fa signings,and trades,and we will be fine.
    I just wish they blew it all up earlier by trading cano,granderson,hughes,and eventually gardner.
    I don’t wan’t them to do this,but they have to have a plan that works,instead if signing 4 players to close to 100 million.
    Jeter,and ichiro are not as much of a problem.

  38. jacksquat January 5th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    If the Yanks could get Upton the the philliesakena good match for Granderson…..they don’t have a ton to offer but do have a couple of guys Id have interert in

    Everyone, autocorrect actually makes posts harder to read than regular misspellings and typos.

  39. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    Nice pic of Kay and his daughter
    ====================
    He looks likes hes already aged 10 years.

    —————————————

    He’s probably just dead tired. Kay seems like a guy that burns both ends of the candle

  40. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    Man in 2014,adams,heathcott,williams,austin will all be starting.
    ==========================
    everybody knows we will have to rebuild this old team, this is where it starts…

    ———————————————–

    That’s wishful thinking though.

  41. GregD January 5th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    Man in 2014,adams,heathcott,williams,austin will all be starting.
    ==========================
    everybody knows we will have to rebuild this old team, this is where it starts…

    ———————————————–

    That’s wishful thinking though.

    ————————————

    I doubt that all will be starting in 2014 but it is clear the Yankees are not going to trade these guys for Upton or anyone else that is already making substantial money………. the only way they get under the cap is to let these play while still paying ARod, Jeter, Tex, CC and Cano………..

  42. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    GregD January 5th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    mick January 5th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    Man in 2014,adams,heathcott,williams,austin will all be starting.
    ==========================
    everybody knows we will have to rebuild this old team, this is where it starts…

    ———————————————–

    That’s wishful thinking though.

    ————————————

    I doubt that all will be starting in 2014 but it is clear the Yankees are not going to trade these guys for Upton or anyone else that is already making substantial money………. the only way they get under the cap is to let these play while still paying ARod, Jeter, Tex, CC and Cano………..

    —————————–

    True but I would feel better if they already young high end players on the team to make the transition easier.

  43. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    already had**

  44. Jerkface January 5th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I’d rather the yankees worked in young guys while still fielding strong players around them. You let granderson walk while signing hamilton or someone and you can afford to let heathcott or someone take a shot in 2014 then you can snag another ofer when gardner leaves or work in another ofer like austin or williams. Slow transition. No need to field a week team by counting on multiple first year players.

  45. ron January 5th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Bingo,but i wouldn’t let granderson walk when you can trade him for a nice prospect that is ready,even if you throw in a prospect with granderson.
    Cano the same way,but we should of traded them,then signed hamilton,and,or other free agents to replace the lost offense,and we would of gootten some nice prosprcts back,that are closer than heathcott,williams,austin,etc… that can be starting now.

  46. mick January 5th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    better to have multiple first year players to choose from, sprinkled with competent pros with reasonable contracts, but without an above average pitching staff you still will go nowhere.

    at least that’s what my fortune cookie said…

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