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Need a right-handed outfielder? Yankees have been here before

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

The Yankees have hole at designated hitter and nothing but backups behind the plate, but general manager Brian Cashman has left no doubt that his current priority is finding a right-handed outfielder. Just this week he told Anthony McCarron that a right-handed outfielder is the “most important thing” on the radar.

“Obviously, we need a right-hander because we have all these outfielders who are left-handed,” Cashman said. “You can get them through trades and free agency, but it’s a limited market and it might not define itself anytime soon.”

Not that this should come as a surprise. Exactly two years ago, I wrote about the Yankees search for a right-handed outfielder to come off the bench and bring some balance. “They just need a guy who can hit left-handed pitching and play the corners reasonably well,” I wrote that day. “Even with those limited expectations, the list of free agent candidates is a short one.”

Might as well say the exact same thing today, because the Yankees find themselves in the exact same situation — though it might be a little more important now that they’ve replaced a switch-hitting right fielder with a left-handed right fielder — and once again, the list of free agent candidates is fairly limited.

Obviously the Yankees could also explore the trade market, but that’s a little harder to pin down. These are the free agents who might fit (some clearly fit a little better than others).

Jeff Baker
Why he fits: Because he’s hit .296/.344/.498 against lefties in his career, and even though he’s coming off a down year, he was still awfully good against lefties in 2011 and 2010. Plus he can play second and third if necessary.
Why he doesn’t fit: Three different teams tried him last year and Baker hit just .240/.277/.388 against lefties.

Lance Berkman
Why he fits: Because he’s a switch hitter and in 2011 he proved he could play the outfield again after not doing it for more than three years.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because he got hurt again last year, there’s no guarantee he can still move well enough for the outfield, and he’s always been a better left-handed hitter than right-handed hitter.

Mark DeRosa
Why he fits: Because he can play all over the field and he’s a career .294/.368/.475 hitter against lefties.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because his career might be over after hitting just .220/.309/.269 and dealing with injuries the past three seasons.

Ben Francisco
Why he fits: Because he can run a little bit, he still fairly young at 31, and during his best years he’s hit left-handers pretty well (.284/.344/.557 against them in 2010).
Why he doesn’t fit: Because he’s not a prototypical platoon power bat, he’s more of a prototypical fifth outfielder who does a little bit of everything but not a lot of anything. In his career he’s an underwhelming .252/.329/.414 hitter against lefties.

Scott Hairston
Why he fits: Because he finished with a career-best .504 slugging percentage last season, and most of that damage came because of his .286/.317/.550 slash line against lefties. Granted, the Mets are different from the Yankees, but the fact he knows New York and has had success here might mean something.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because with Cody Ross signed, Hairston is probably the top right-handed outfielder on the market and he’s reportedly looking for a two-year deal. Might have priced himself beyond what the Yankees want to pay.

Austin Kearns
Why he fits: Because Joe Girardi could use the name “Kearnsy” again. Also because he’s a veteran who’s used to play a part-time role. But mostly because of the “Kearnsy” thing.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because he has odd splits in his career, with better power numbers against right-handers and a better on-base percentage against lefties. He’s a career .253/.372/.394 hitter against left-handers, and last year he hit just .196/.304/.299 against them (.340/.476/.500 against righties).

Carlos Lee
Why he fits: Because he was once a legitimately feared right-handed power hitter and as recently as 2011 he hit .348/.413/.615 against lefties.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because there’s absolutely no indication that he can still play the outfield, his numbers have dipped drastically in recent years, and last season he hit just last year he slugged — slugged! — .298 against lefties. That’s only 10 points higher than Ramiro Pena’s career slugging percentage.

Ryan Raburn
Why he fits: Because he’s still just 31 and is actually a career .256/.324/.472 hitter against lefties. As an added bonus, he can play pretty much anywhere except shortstop.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because my goodness, he was horrible last year. Raburn hit just .171/.226/.254 last season, his numbers against lefties were worse than his numbers against righties. He hit lefties well in 2011, but last year was brutal.

Juan Rivera
Why he fits: Because he could come full circle, having been originally signed by the Yankees before really establishing himself with the Angels. Despite declining production, he still hit .260/.312/.433 against lefties last season. He’s a career .285/.332/.488 hitter against them.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because the Dodgers primarily used him at first base last season, and his slugging percentage has been slipping significantly every year since 2009.

Delmon Young
Why he fits: Because he’s still just 27 years old, finished Top 10 in MVP voting just two years ago and has a career slash line of .307/.341/.483 against lefties. Still some outside chance that he’ll live up to his enormous prospect hype.
Why he doesn’t fit: Because he’s a terrible defensive player and has enough off-the-field issues to raise numerous red flags. The Yankees are reportedly not interested.

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119 Responses to “Need a right-handed outfielder? Yankees have been here before”

  1. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Justin Upton or Micheal Morse

  2. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Hey!, there’s no more looking at Swisher.

  3. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Fans sitting close to the field are hoping for a Kearnsy reunion to air condition the stands on hot summer nights

  4. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Not sure what the answer is here.. I think it’s make Nunez the DH and pray. I dunno that they’d add any of the above.

    Let blake’s pursuit of Morse continue.

  5. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    No way it’s Young.

  6. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    hank was watching fox news last night( what else would he watch) at a local watering hole in tampa.
    while watching discussion of the trillion dollar platinum coin to avoid the US going into default, between puffs on his cigarette hank had an idea. the smoke cloud around his head took on a brighter light.

    the yankees would issue a yankee commemorative coin that would be not really be money. it would be like S&H green stamps for players. cano would be paid 100 million in real dollars and another 100 million in steinies ( yes, image of george would be on face of coin).

    with these steinies, cano could get anything he wanted from the yankeeland catalog.
    or he could sell them to fans for real dollars who could then buy things from yankeeland catalog too.

    hank is still working out all the details. he zipped over to the starvin marvin convenience store next door for a couple of cartons of cigarettes. more details to follow.

    a few details have leaked:
    -”in george we trust” will be on front of the steinie.
    - on the back will be ” e underthebus unum”
    this loosely translated means where anyone who goes against hank and hal ends up.

  7. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Berkman was a better acquisition that year.

  8. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The Steins already got the coin; it is called their inheritance. Not only did it make them rich, it was large enough that some people even think they are smart.

  9. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    - on the back will be ” e underthebus unum”
    this loosely translated means where anyone who goes against hank and hal ends up.
    =======================
    Isn’t this where Hal threw Hank?
    Picture the Gimp from Pulp Fiction.

  10. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Gold medal for Team USA at the World Juniors… so awesome the NHL will be able to cash in on the international publicity. Oh.. wait..

  11. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Picture the Gimp from Pulp Fiction.

    —————–

    :lol: That’s an awful image, thanks mick!

    When do rosters come out for the World Classic?

  12. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What is the NHL?

  13. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m sick of baseball talk and all the news sites ( although I find TED fascinating ). I vote for a moratorium on baseball talk. Anybody have any ideas before I force myself to go finish raking leaves?

  14. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: #Nationals have lost 3 LH RPs – Gorzelanny, Burnett, Gonzalez. Wanted Howell, still could add. RHs Cliippard, Stammen great splits vs. LHHs.

    Enter Boonie!

  15. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Speaking of the NHL….is it possible other sports could become extinct, say 100′s of years in the future?
    It’s happened before…

  16. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Tar, go listen to some Rush. :)

  17. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Anybody have any ideas before I force myself to go finish raking leaves?
    ======================
    You still have leaves?

  18. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “Tar, go listen to some Rush.”

    I do that while i’m raking. :sad:

  19. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    “You still have leaves?”

    Lots of trees=lots of leaves.

    It’s a process :wink:

  20. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Parents up here should be getting the point its cheaper and safer to put their kids in soccer, ….oops, I mean football.

  21. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    A moratorium on baseball talk? On a baseball blog?

  22. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Tar, you’re amphibious!

  23. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I bet I couldn’t name 5 hockey players currently playing

  24. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Lots of trees=lots of leaves.
    -

    Any leaves here are still covered by snow.

  25. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    orr, gretzky, messier, crosby and….?

  26. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    A moratorium on baseball talk? On a baseball blog?

    Why not. Did you know I have never had a cavity! see look :D

  27. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    giacomin???

  28. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    ” Anybody have any ideas before I force myself to go finish raking leaves?”

    tar-

    do what i do. wait for a windy day, and just throw them in the air and send them to your neighbors.

  29. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Wait a minute, no sane place has leaves in January.

  30. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    “Any leaves here are still covered by snow.”

    Last time it snowed here… AL Gore was in office.

    Hows the commodity market been treating you?

  31. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    just wait for the spring when its warmer….or the summer.

  32. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    blake, start with Blake.

    http://www.hockey-reference.co.....arch=Blake

    :)

  33. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    My old Austrian and English neighbours detest when I let my leaves go where they go.

  34. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    tar-

    do what trisha does.

    just patiently watch them knowing the trees know best in putting them there.

  35. Rich in NJ January 5th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Tar

    I reduced exposure after the election, and became more diversified.

  36. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “Wait a minute, no sane place has leaves in January.”

    Well the late Senator Jessie Helms wanted to build a fence around my town and call it the NC Zoo, Does that qualify as insane.

  37. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Blake, you hold Tar down, and I’ll get to work on him.

  38. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Tar,
    You out by Asheboro?

  39. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I bet I couldn’t name 5 hockey players currently playing

    ————————-

    They do an awful job of promoting the sport.. The Winter Classic was probably the best thing they’ve done in decades to get the sport out there at a time when there’s a bit of a lull. Obviously this year’s was cancelled :mad:

  40. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Tar, come up here and live in the armpit of Ontario, the hammer, Hamilton.

  41. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    do what trisha does.

    just patiently watch them knowing the trees know best in putting them there.
    ================================
    Or you could do what Nick does and place an over/under on when they will blow away while sipping a single malt…

  42. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Rich smart. Try to gauge which way the “wind is blowing”. Darn those leaves :mad: they have permeated my every thought.

  43. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The asheboro zoo is cool

  44. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Tar,,,do you at least run them over with the lawn mower first?

  45. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Tom

    Not quite, think UNC. The UNC

    Randy that was cruel!

  46. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “Or you could do what Nick does and place an over/under on when they will blow away while sipping a single malt…”

    mick-

    good point.

    that brings in nick in sf’s gambling buddy, pat m.
    of course he’d just have the pool girls take care of the leaves.
    whether they were there or not.

  47. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    blake,
    I lived in that town when they began to build it. It was cool watching it go up.

  48. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Shame, don’t worry, the Leafs would’ve sucked outside ( as they do inside ) vs the Wings. Eddie the drinking Eagle gave us a modicum of success.

  49. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    randy-

    are you saying the pool girls are just a figment of Pat M’s imagination?

  50. blake January 5th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    tomingeorgia says:
    January 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
    blake,
    I lived in that town when they began to build it. It was cool watching it go up.

    I bet

  51. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    “Tar,,,do you at least run them over with the lawn mower first?”

    I rake to piles first. Drag the piles on tarps down to the street. (they actually vacuum them up here. Then I use a blower. Takes about a day.

    I repeat that about 3 times during the season. This would be the last session. It’s a lot of work and I’m totally procrastinating.

  52. randy l. January 5th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    mick-

    no the pool girls are real.

    but the leaves that need to be raked may be imaginary in orange county where pat m lives.

  53. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    When I do do the leaves, I put them in a big pile and lean the 6.75 hp mower back and over them until the neighbours shut up.

  54. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I was reading a couple more pieces on Rex’s tattoo this morning lol.. some writers are blasting the writers blowing this story up. I thought it was blown up by the journalists to spite Rex for not talking after the season..?

  55. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Tar, you are ignoring the mulch factor, it’s good for the lawn.

  56. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I hope Woody has come to his senses and postponed his news conference because he is firing Rex.

  57. Shame Spencer January 5th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Shame, don’t worry, the Leafs would’ve sucked outside ( as they do inside ) vs the Wings. Eddie the drinking Eagle gave us a modicum of success.

    ——————-

    They’ll (hopefully) get their chance next year :)

    Oh wait… maybe not, if they go to the Olympics..

  58. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Mick

    Small lawn area, more woodsy. Lot’s of critters, deer, fox, coons, and a butt ugly possum who likes to climb up my arbor and onto my roof. I haven’t figured out what the heck he’s doing up there yet.

  59. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Woody and Rex? Now I’m lost….T-Rex and Woody Williams maybe.

  60. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I put them in a big pile and lean the 6.75 hp mower back and over them until the neighbours shut up.
    ========================
    You shouldn’t be mowing your neighbors like that…

  61. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I haven’t figured out what the heck he’s doing up there yet.
    ================
    Maybe he’s watching your big screen thru your skylight?

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Tar – you could do what I actually do and have your landscaper take care of them!

    :D

    P.S. nice teeth!

  63. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Isn’t it true that if you have no teeth you also would have no cavities?

  64. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    “Maybe he’s watching your big screen thru your skylight?”

    They are not very smart creatures. But he goes up there on a regular basis ( Always at night, I can hear him) stays for a little while and climbs back down.

  65. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Somebody drove over a possum’s head in front of my house, and after it was still there by noon, I phoned animal control lest the snoopy doops thought I did it.

  66. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    They are not very smart creatures.
    ======================
    There are plenty of unsmart creatures who watch a lot of tv.

  67. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    “Isn’t it true that if you have no teeth you also would have no cavities?”

    No i said I have “never” had a cavity.

  68. Frankg January 5th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Please not Austin Kearns again. The guy was terrible as a Yankee and cost us a good young pitcher, Zack McCallister, to boot. Cashman does not fair well in his trades, so a waiver claim or free agent is best source.

    DeRosa is fine, as long as he stays healthy, which might be expecting too much.

  69. mick January 5th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    considering he’s a possum he’s prolly got his eye on Fox.

  70. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Via Buster -

    2. The Yankees claimed Russ Canzler on waivers, in their search for right-handed hitting. Canzler is primarily viewed as a 1B-DH type, but has played third base and the outfield, and given the fact that the Yankees probably aren’t going to make a lot of additions before spring training, Canzler is going to get a serious look in Tampa. He’s 26 years old.

  71. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    My best friend is a landscapper; he put tulip bulbs in at midnight while I held the flashlight. He’s actually visiting this evening, so I’m sure you’ll be able to hear the Rush down there.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Tar – randy is cruel. It’s who is he and the only thing he knows, sadly. I’d say it goes back to either a residual of a childhood where he was unequivocally bullied, ignored or had the kick crapped out of him by all the girls – or perhaps an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato…

    :D

  73. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Trish

    I started doing it more during the “lean” years. And it’s just kind of been my routine. But maybe you’re right next year a call to a landscaper is in order. Just my little part in helping the economy right. :D

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Hey j mills! Hiring a landscaper was one of the best investments I ever made. My yard looks great all the time.

  75. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hi Trish, that’s great, I’ve resolved myself to the wild look :)

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Tar, landscapers have to live, too! This is the way I see it. It frees me up to do things I’d rather be doing – or do nothing if I so choose. And I can afford it. And truth is that I’d never get my yard looking the way they do. It always looks so beautiful when they finish, and they fertilize it on a certain schedule, trim the shurbs, even clean leaves and debris off the decks! (They turn into my snowplowers in the winter, so I feel well taken care of!)

    If you can afford to have it done, I’d say absolutely go for it. Do your homework and get someone both good and reliable, and competitive. In this economy you should be able to do that. You will be so happy once you’ve one that, believe me!

  77. mick January 5th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    mills…have you seen that movie where those 2 guys idolize Rush…forget the name right now.

  78. Tar January 5th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    “considering he’s a possum he’s prolly got his eye on Fox.”

    True story. One night there was a loud screaching coming from outside my bedroom. I turned on the light and there were two HUGE coons mating a foot outside my window. There was also a third coon biting the crap out of the male who was on top of the female. Think of a shark thrashing his head back and forth, thats what the third coon was doing to the male. He totally ignored getting bit and just kept going for it. Meanwhile the female was letting out this blood curdling scream. Which was so loud it attracted a Fox who came up and had what the hell is going on look. NAT GEO right outside my window. I wish I would have been smart enough to film it.

    ANyway the leaves won, catch everybody later.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    But in the meantime, I guess I should encourage you to go out and rake. That way you get it over with.

    :(

    Later y’all.

  80. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    My friend is the best, but he’s hardly here. Anyways, I kind of like pushing everything together myself and having a good burning, a good circle dance, akin to Sylvia Plath exorcising Ted Hughes.

  81. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Berkman should NOT even be on this list, as his knees Now prevent him from playing the OF. HAIRSTON is the best option on the list above. If it’s me, I give NUNEZ extensive time in the OF during ST, and go with him in this role.

  82. mick January 5th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    NAT GEO right outside my window.
    ========================
    sounds more like the porn channel.

  83. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Mick, ” Love ya’ man ” – watch, ” Rush live in Rio “, they have some amazing female fans.

  84. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Tar, I’d watch that movie!

  85. mick January 5th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    never went for the sound of rush…liked Yes tho

  86. blake January 5th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    @RealMichaelKay: I would like to welcome to the world, my daughter, who was born at 2;29 am, weighing 7.2 pounds and 20 inches. Name and picture to come.

  87. blake January 5th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    You guys see where the David Henson. (17 year old high schooler) hit a ball 515 feet at a showcase…..might be a name to watch…..Harpers record was 507

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    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?
    ///

    jmills, never leave this forum. :D

  89. joeman January 5th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Need a right-handed outfielder? Yankees have been here before
    ———————-
    so reading thru the names mention above that group isn’t worthy..only way the get a RH Bat is to trade for one..good luck with that

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Michael Kay, a parent. Scary.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    blake, crap!

  92. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Mick, Yes are phenomenal in all their manifestations. See you people later…

  93. mick January 5th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    @RealMichaelKay: I would like to welcome to the world, my daughter,
    ======================================
    How about, “Our Daughter?”

  94. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    - SAT MUSINGS -

    (1) WWE rolling out The Rock Monday night inna Futile attempt to thwart The Irish vs Bama.

    (2) Notre Dame has a bumper crop of recruits lined up. Dynasty on the horizon.

    (3) Anyone that does NOT manicure their own yard, has NO attention to detail.

    (4) “Amish Mafia” continues to be the best sitcom on TV.

    (5) NO defending Champ, NO Dallas, = NO drama in the NFL Playoffs.

  95. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Congrats to Kay and Jodi

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    jmills, enjoy!

  97. jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Alfred, be careful what you wish for. Got your latest e-mail, thanks.

  98. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:28 am
    Michael Kay, a parent. Scary.

    ———————

    I think he’ll be a good father

  99. 86w183 January 5th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations Mr. Kay…. gonna be interesting teaching her to drive when you’re 70!

    “Okay honey… put your left turn signal on and leave it on the whole time……….

  100. 86w183 January 5th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Donntbrook —-

    Good stuff!

    Doesn’t the WWE realize that 90 percent of their fans are Alabama fans?

    But the hell with yard work!

  101. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oooshhhh – - – - – -

    Peter Gammons ?@pgammo
    G.Stanton was 10th youngest player in game in 2012, led in slug% & HR/AB, 3d OPS, 2d HR, 2d in Assists, 1st runs saved…Keep or contract

  102. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Your yard, like your house, is a reflection of yourself.

  103. blake January 5th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    The player has to be willing to sign an extension before that’s an option Peter

  104. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Now those stats are generational — – - –

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Alfred, be careful what you wish for. Got your latest e-mail, thanks.
    ///
    you are welcome, sir.

    Tar rakes leaves, jmills has dreams about Leafs raking…. as if ;)
    ///

    Odds,

    He’ll be an indulgent father. The child will feel loved, but also a bit suffocated by that love. Kay is narcississtic and a nice guy, all in one. You know, it occurs to me I could be describing Alex, who I bet adores his kids… but overwhelms them with “needy” love… JMO :)

  106. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal
    Absolute must read by @jonmorosi on what MLB should do in light of Torii Hunter’s comments about having a gay teammate. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....all-010413

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hey mills,

    I’m out of my cocoon today, off to a so-called “conference.” Should be interesting, though, because some of the “classical” materialists will be present, among us iconoclasts whom those “defacto” types can’t stand and also are scared of. Should be a barrel of laughs.

    Rick Vaive had truly great hands :)

    See you later.

  108. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:40 am
    jmills January 5th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Alfred, be careful what you wish for. Got your latest e-mail, thanks.
    ///
    you are welcome, sir.

    Tar rakes leaves, jmills has dreams about Leafs raking…. as if
    ///

    Odds,

    He’ll be an indulgent father. The child will feel loved, but also a bit suffocated by that love. Kay is narcississtic and a nice guy, all in one. You know, it occurs to me I could be describing Alex, who I bet adores his kids… but overwhelms them with “needy” love… JMO

    —————

    Maybe that’s why him and Alex are good friends lol

  109. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Kay and Daughter = Gollum and The Ring. Kay Now believes he has a Legacy.

  110. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Torii Hunter has Previously made inflamatory comments. This is Nothing new. By-The-By, his son has committed to Notre Dame Football. Jr. did break a leg a few days ago.

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Odds, are they???

    That’s news on me!

    There’s a funny video of Alex in the dugout with his ex-wife and two daughters. He’s very Alex, kind of talking compulsively and prodding the kids, fixing their clothes and like jabbing them with his finger to emphasize talking points, you know, Alex being Alex, kind of fussy and hyper and sort of doting. The kids have that sort of put-upon look kids who have parents like Alex have. Like they know they’re loved, but they’re also kind of exhausted by the attention that kind of, unintentionally, is more about the parental need than the child’s need, and the young child, who really doesn’t need this kind of burden, intuits this is going to be the way it is…sort of. It’s love, though, so it works out… The course of true love never ran smooth, not even parent-child love…

    I’m very fond of Alex, so I’m not knocking him. I think his very transparent insecurities are actually kind of refreshing, because he’s just no good at masking them. That’s kind of why I can’t dislike Alex… his baseball nerd genius side, and his generosity of that side with young players and his purist love of the game, that is not narcissistic, also shows how complex he is and resistant to pigeon holing.

    The materialists are whistling for me. Fun time.

    Later.

  112. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Comment From JoeTetreault
    Hi Mike. Thanks for the chat. I wanted to inquire about two middle infielders. Angelo Gumbs and Ronny Rodriguez. Have you seen either or gotten reports that would inform your comment about their potential upside?

    Mike Newman: Hi Joe, I’ve written about Gumbs at FG and thought the Weeks comps were difficult to deny. As for Rodriguez, I haven’t seen him, but own him in a deep dynasty league. From video, I thought he was worth the stash.

  113. DONNYBROOK January 5th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Toughest part about being a parent, is standing back and watching your child fall. Whether it be the 1st step, or a life lesson, you gotta allow them to Fall and Rise again. The bumps and bruises are a Red Badge of Courage, that will Eventually serve them well in life.

  114. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Comment From Matt H
    Which current minor leaguers are on the Yankees 2014 opening day roster? Which will have a starting job?

    Mike Newman: Honestly, I don’t know if there is one. The upper levels of that organization are full of questions.

  115. The Return of Stoneburner January 5th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Comment From zack
    Is Montero the most overhyped prospect in recent memory?

    Mike Newman: Jesus? I don’t think so. To see him with my own eyes in 2008 was awe inspiring. I thought he was a better pure hitter than Heyward. Where I think people, including myself, probably went wrong is we all fell too far in love with the bat. That’s why I prefer a Profar to anybody else. Even if Profar falls short of offensive expectations and becomes a .275/.350 guy with 15 HR and 15 SB, he’s still an elite SS with his defensive value.

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

    On Justin Upton and home and away splits:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....ct-mirage/

  117. Against All Odds January 5th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2013 at 11:53 am
    Odds, are they???

    That’s news on me!

    ——————–

    He’s always defended Alex and A-rod has always spoke highly of him

  118. 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.

  119. Duh Innings II January 5th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Chad Jennings obviously wants perfection in a righthanded outfielder he, none of you, or I will find.

    All the names you listed? Pick one and see if he sticks.

    Carlos Lee can’t play the outfield? Like Ibanez could? Ibanez cost the Yanks a game on his defense at Fenway and the Yanks got away with him in the field. Juan Rivera has a low career strikeout rate (.118 last recollection.) Mark DeRosa is versatile. Hairston is good enough to get two years. Call it pick your poison, I call it pick someone and be practical.

    One could seriously argue Dickerson is better than all the listed available options, but he was DFA so we’ll never know as someone will scoop him up.

    Remember the Yanks DFA Justin Maxwell and he was a piece of garbage compared to the guys you’ve listed before he had a kind of breakout 2012 as his BA and OBP were terrible and he struck out a ton like he’s always struck out a ton (114 times in 352 PA in 2012, 197 SO in 612 career PA.) ‘Dude was on pace to strike out well over 200 times last year. Tell me “He was 28/is 29″ so what? Yeah 28-29 with a scattershot career (only three seasons in the bigs out of five 2007-11 where he batted .144 in 2010.) Let’s see him repeat or better his 2012.

    The Yanks will have to sign SOMEONE if they’re not gonna trade for someone but why trade for what could easily be signed for little money save Hairston?


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