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Yankees and Nationals to play exhibition in D.C.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the announcement from the Yankees. Should be a nice way for Mike Morse to thank his old fans, don’t you think?

The New York Yankees announced today that they will play an exhibition game on Friday, March 29 at 2:05 p.m. ET, against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Single-game tickets will go on sale through the Nationals at a date to be determined in the future.

A portion of the proceeds from the Yankees vs. Nationals game will benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization committed to improving the lives of children throughout the Washington Capital Region. For more information on the Dream Foundation or to make a donation, visit nationals.com/dream.

 
 

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156 Responses to “Yankees and Nationals to play exhibition in D.C.”

  1. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Waaaay to stoke the fire Chad.

  2. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    They could play 2 today, although sterling would whine all day about it being frigid.

  3. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    “Here’s the announcement from the Yankees. Should be a nice way for Mike Morse to thank his old fans, don’t you think?”

    Yes….of course since this is so obvious and public now it has virtually no chance to happen as it would break Cashman’s stealth rule

  4. UnKnown January 8th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    This is exactly the type of move the Yankees need to do in order to turn the corner here a bit during the off-season and start the trend upward. A nice 3 for 1 deal to get Morse and clear some room on the 40-man.

  5. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Cashman will probably forgo the Morse trade and go for the unexpected Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams for Matt Garza trade

  6. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    @YankeeSource: Mariano Rivera’s new knee has built in shock absorbers. #Cyborg

    Performance enhancing knee

  7. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    We have to hope that Garza is too expensive for their current tastes.

  8. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    AndrewMarchand Just Filed: Yanks have interest in trading for Morse. 3 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Please let this happen – - – -

  9. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Blake –

    Or he’ll do a Zoilo Almonte and Dante Bichette trade for Vernon Wells because the Angels eat all the salary and don’t want a major leaguer in return.

  10. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Just Filed: Yanks have interest in trading for Morse.

  11. Mike Ri January 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Come on Cashmoney !!!! make it happen baby !!

  12. Against All Odds January 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Against All Odds January 8th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    @YankeeSource

    He’s usually wrong.

    ————————-

    Like when he took the all the Yankee bats went into a slump at the wrong time route

  13. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    AndrewMarchand Just Filed: Yanks have interest in trading for Morse. 3 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Please let this happen – – – -
    —————-

    Indeed.

    Boone Logan, Nik Turley, Frankie Cervelli, Joba and Melky Mesa for Morse, Chris Garcia and Kurt Suzuki

  14. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Chip,
    No injured “#2 starters” are his targets if choice ;)

  15. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    “Like when he took the all the Yankee bats went into a slump at the wrong time route”

    I actually think the guy is a Cashman shill.

  16. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Chip,

    I agree Hairston and Morse are different types of players. Hairston looks to me to have had a career year in his 30s. It would surprise me if he hit like that again.

    The good news is we now have an actual topic to discuss rather than talking about a list of the worst RH outfielders imaginable.

  17. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    @ZuckermanCSN: Any GMs interested in Michael Morse, he’s now very much available. #Nats will be looking for starting pitching depth and/or LH reliever.

    Yanks have both to offer if they will

  18. Against All Odds January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    “Like when he took the all the Yankee bats went into a slump at the wrong time route”

    I actually think the guy is a Cashman shill.

    ——————————

    Maybe he’s Ted Nelson it would make sense.

  19. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Chris Garcia’s fastball still moves about a foot on the way to the plate at 92-93. I wish we had been more patient or more helpful. He will be quite good if healthy.

  20. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Chip,

    I agree Hairston and Morse are different types of players. Hairston looks to me to have had a career year in his 30s. It would surprise me if he hit like that again.

    The good news is we now have an actual topic to discuss rather than talking about a list of the worst RH outfielders imaginable.
    ————–

    Eh, we might still end up with Juan Rivera :-(

  21. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    “Maybe he’s Ted Nelson it would make sense.”

    That’s a pretty serious charge, AAO!!!!!

  22. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Chris Garcia’s fastball still moves about a foot on the way to the plate at 92-93. I wish we had been more patient or more helpful. He will be quite good if healthy.
    —————-

    I can’t blame them for letting him go – he just couldn’t stay healthy at all. The problem was that they were so stubborn about putting him back into a starting role every time he came back from injury. Nats signed him, stuck him in the pen and just let him go.

  23. Against All Odds January 8th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    “Maybe he’s Ted Nelson it would make sense.”

    That’s a pretty serious charge, AAO!!!!!

    —————————-

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it :D

  24. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    @jnorris427: If you remember my report from early last season, the #Nationals showed interest in both Eduardo Nunez and Nik Turley. #Yankees

  25. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Blake -

    I would do Turley, Nunez and Logan for Morse.

  26. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Can you see Sterling tapping out HR call in Morse code

  27. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Then you sign the Cuban SS to replace Nunez.

  28. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “Chip says:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    Blake -

    I would do Turley, Nunez and Logan for Morse.”

    I kinda like Turley…and would hate to give Nunie….is try to keep Nunez out unless I had to

  29. RMS January 8th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I agree Hairston and Morse are different types of players. Hairston looks to me to have had a career year in his 30s. It would surprise me if he hit like that again.

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

    Agree on Hairston, don’t want him. Get Morse.

  30. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “Chip says:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    Blake -

    I would do Turley, Nunez and Logan for Morse.”

    I kinda like Turley…and would hate to give Nunie….is try to keep Nunez out unless I had to
    ———-

    There are a lot of people I kinda like – but you have to give to get.

    I can replace Nunez with Diaz, the Cuban SS – that would be a net gain.

  31. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I do wonder if Cash will expand the deal to try and get a Catcher as Chip has suggsstsd

  32. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Please let this happen – I really like Turley – Bullet Bob and all – and being that last pick – but I really want Morse – please make it happen – Morse would be great for 2013 – - – -

  33. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees are 1 of teams talking to #nats about morse

  34. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    AndrewMarchand Just Filed: Yanks have interest in trading for Morse. 3 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Please let this happen – – – -
    —————-

    Indeed.

    Boone Logan, Nik Turley, Frankie Cervelli, Joba and Melky Mesa for Morse, Chris Garcia and Kurt Suzuki

    *****

    Chip – you have been on it with Suzuki since the beginning – I hope it happens – i just do not know what Cashman is thinking re: his bullpen – i worry that he is too “in love” with Logan – smh – - – -

  35. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Turley, Nunez, Cervelli, Logan for Suzuki and Morse
    Sign Kelly Johnson
    Sign Almedys Diaz (or whatever his name is) the Cuban SS
    Trade Granderson to the Rangers for Murphy and a prospect

    Roster:

    Jeter
    Ichiro
    Tex
    Cano
    Morse
    Youk
    Murphy
    Suzuki
    Gardner

    Bench: Stewart, Nix, Johnson, Canzler

  36. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees are 1 of teams talking to #nats about morse

    ******

    I

  37. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees are 1 of teams talking to #nats about morse

    ******

    I will buy him the ticket to get him to his press conference – this makes way too much sense – - – -

  38. pat January 8th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Either CC is really bored or cares way to much about being on the cover of the MLB13 box. He’s campaigning harder than Swisher did for the AS Game.

  39. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    NO way I would include Nunez inna Morse deal, or a Morse\Suzuki deal.

  40. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Suzuki just makes a ton of sense – he’s essentially Russ Martin behind the plate and at it he’s not as bad as his numbers indicate. A lot of his offensive problems are probably the result of playing in Oakland (his offense picked up when he was traded to Washington)

    The Nationals have a young stud catcher in Wilson Ramos as their starter; Kurt makes $6.45 this year (which is what the Yankees were willing to offer Russ Martin) and then has an option for next year at $8.5 with a $650k buyout. That’s a lot of money for a back up catcher but reasonable if he’s going to be a starter for the Yankees.

    He and Morse would combine to be about $14m in salary this season – which is probably more than Cashman has left in his budget – so money would have to go the other way (Logan) and he might need to clear someone else in a trade (Granderson)

  41. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    If you wanna do something for Morse\Suzuki, start with Cano and go from there.

  42. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    One thing about Suzuki…..he has a club option for 8.5 million for 2014 that becomes guaranteed if he catches 113 games in 2013…..and if it vests it’s for 9.25 million……that wouldn’t do

  43. Against All Odds January 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    If you wanna do something for Morse\Suzuki, start with Cano and go from there.

    ——————————-

    SMH c’mon now

  44. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    If you wanna do something for Morse\Suzuki, start with Cano and go from there.
    ————

    Wait, you would NOT include Nunez in a trade but would do Cano for Morse and Suzuki?

  45. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    “Wait, you would NOT include Nunez in a trade but would do Cano for Morse and Suzuki?”

    Yea it’s Donny…..

  46. Chip January 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    One thing about Suzuki…..he has a club option for 8.5 million for 2014 that becomes guaranteed if he catches 113 games in 2013…..and if it vests it’s for 9.25 million……that wouldn’t do
    —————

    By the second half of the season you hope that Romine is ready to contribute. If not, you can work out a deal with Kurt, maybe a 2 year deal at 10 M vs. the one year at 9.25?

  47. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I said START with Cano. NOT straight up for those 2. Yanks could maybe get Espinosa\Morse\Suzuki for Cano and spare change.

  48. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    “maybe a 2 year deal at 10 M vs. the one year at 9.25?”

    AAV is what matters for tax purposes.

  49. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    You don’t wanna get into a situation where you have to try and keep his starts under 113….especially if he’s their best catcher…..I think you’d have to just play Romine half the time to prevent that

  50. Jerkface January 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    The Yankees wouldn’t be able to negotiate around a vesting option. if it vests it vests. They have no leverage there.

  51. blake January 8th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Taking Suzukis 6.5 million might even help facilitate a deal….I dunno

  52. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    YankeesWFAN The Yankees and Nationals have agreed…to play an exhibition game March 29 in Wash DC. Sorry, not the news you were looking for.

    Tease – - – -

  53. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I think Donny is actually Donnie Wahlberg…

  54. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    #indians have a little flexibility to add 1 more hitter after busy winter that included swisher, reynolds, myers & bauer

  55. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I can’t see the Yankees taking on $13m in salary without some significant offset. That’s why you don’t overpay Ichiro or Youkilis.

  56. AAA January 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Taking Suzukis 6.5 million might even help facilitate a deal….

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

    Kinda get the sense the Nats aren’t quite sold on Ramos being all the way back. Think if they felt good about that, Suzuki would be gone already.

  57. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    I can’t see the Yankees taking on $13m in salary without some significant offset. That’s why you don’t overpay Ichiro or Youkilis.

    Yea….especially youk

  58. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    “Kinda get the sense the Nats aren’t quite sold on Ramos being all the way back. Think if they felt good about that, Suzuki would be gone already.”

    We will give them Stewie!

  59. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Jerkface January 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    The Yankees wouldn’t be able to negotiate around a vesting option. if it vests it vests. They have no leverage there.

    ——————–

    Is this in regards to Suzuki? We can’t just limit his starts?

  60. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    It just makes too much sense – the Yanks have extra money – they were in on Berkman to some capacity and that would have taken dollars for a one year deal – - – -

  61. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    If Cleveland gets Morse – they are just going to need to trade him near July 31 – - – -

  62. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    If they do get Morse – I hope they do due diligence on the wrist – - – -

  63. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    “Is this in regards to Suzuki? We can’t just limit his starts?”

    They’d have to be sneaky about it….meaning I think you’d need to set up a system from the start of the season……they could just play him 5 games a week then stop in July or something like that is what I mean….the union would frown upon that

  64. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Cano gets what, $15 Mill? Morse\Suzuki\Espinosa (several yrs of control), = pretty good fit.

  65. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    DONNYBROOK says:
    January 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    Cano gets what, $15 Mill? Morse\Suzuki\Espinosa (several yrs of control), = pretty good fit.

    Terrible

  66. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    “I do wonder if Cash will expand the deal to try and get a Catcher as Chip has suggsstsd”

    blake-

    i was surprised that cashman actually showed some concern about cervelli getting hurt in winter ball and bringing him back to tampa to be checked out.

    i’m thinking cervelli is going to get the starting catching job by default,and that cashman knows it.

    a lot happens on a team off the field. most of a players time with other players is off the field. i have a feeling that cervelli annoyed the wrong players or wrong coaches off the field.

    there must have been a reason to be buried the way he was last year. it was pretty cold sending him down the way they did. i think they were sending cervelli a very serious message that they could make him or break him.

    cashman is not stupid.why burn a player like cervelli and get nothing for him? i think the bad treatment cervelli got was because they want to use him, and he had to be knocked down a notch or two for him to fit in.

    cervelli clearly pissed someone off.

  67. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    “Is this in regards to Suzuki? We can’t just limit his starts?”

    They’d have to be sneaky about it….meaning I think you’d need to set up a system from the start of the season……they could just play him 5 games a week then stop in July or something like that is what I mean….the union would frown upon that

    —————–

    Gotcha. Still dunno that they’d even target him but I just wanted to make sure I was understanding the option correctly.

    Those are only regular season starts, too, right?

  68. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “i’m thinking cervelli is going to get the starting catching job by default,and that cashman knows it.”

    I think he is likely to get the chance to fail.

  69. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    If things stand as they are I would bet Stewart is the starter

  70. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    cervelli clearly pissed someone off.

    ——————–

    “That’s Cervelli.” – Cervelli

    God, I need a gif of this…..

  71. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    You guys complaing about Youk’s deal, but what about Berkman at $10 Mill 1yr?

  72. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    DONNYBROOK says:
    January 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    You guys complaing about Youk’s deal, but what about Berkman at $10 Mill 1yr?

    Both are bad….but at least Berkman was an MVP candidate in 2011

  73. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: There are 10-11 teams in on Michael Morse. Seattle, Tampa Bay and Yankees have been most active trying to get him. #confirmed

  74. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Who cares what a player did 2yrs ago? At least you know Youk will play. Berkman has ??? on his back instead of a number.

  75. AAA January 8th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Both are bad….but at least Berkman was an MVP candidate in 2011

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

    Neither is as bad as Ichiro for 2 years.

  76. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Dang – Seattle and Tampa have that pitching to offer – - – -

  77. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    10-11 teams in on 1yr of Morse. Can you imagine the action the Yanks would get for Cano?

  78. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Yanks cannot get a return that equally values Cano – - -

    His produciton in 2013 AND the draft pick/draft pool he would bring with a QO – I am not sure there is a trade out there that can compensate the Yanks adequately – - – -

  79. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Berkman will likely hit much better than Youkilis next year as he is one year removed from a very good year. I’d have preferred him and gone young at third.

  80. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Nats won’t just trade Morse.Has to be good deal for both teams.Morse for just a LH reliever WON’T get him;they need fair deal..need pitching

  81. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Berkman’s knees can Not even guarantee he will be in the lineup consistently. And him in the OF? HAHAHAHAHA

  82. Mike in Harrisburg January 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Given the damage we’ve seen a single enormous contract can do to a team’s flexibility, I am prepared to say goodbye to Cano at the end of the season. I think his decline will be at least as precipitious as A-Rod’s. You would be overpaying massively for two or three more seasons of terrific play.

    I don’t think he’ll be traded now but I would certainly see what offers float in. I would be satisfied with the draft pick and flexibility his QO brings.

  83. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    “Neither is as bad as Ichiro for 2 years.”

    They are getting 2 years of Ichiro for roughly what one of Youk is costing…,obviously it depends on how Ichiro plays

  84. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Tampa and Seattle can offer more in the form of pitching – - – -

  85. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I will be surprised if we beat the pitching Seattle and Tampa Bay can offer. Too many disappointments to expect this to happen. I am in the it would be a very pleasant surprise mode.

  86. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner says:
    January 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    Dang – Seattle and Tampa have that pitching to offer – – – -

    I doubt either of them would give anybody better than Phelps or Nova.. …not like the Nats are getting Hultzen for a year of morse

  87. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    DONNYBROOK says:
    January 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    10-11 teams in on 1yr of Morse. Can you imagine the action the Yanks would get for Cano?

    They’d get a lot of action…..the problem would be finding a trade that makes the Yanks better

  88. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner says:
    January 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    Dang – Seattle and Tampa have that pitching to offer – – – -

    I doubt either of them would give anybody better than Phelps or Nova.. …not like the Nats are getting Hultzen for a year of morse

    ****

    Paxton could be enticing – - – -

  89. joeman January 8th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Michael Morse would be a nice add…get to work Cash….If I had a pick of the two Stewart..just think he’s the better D catcher

  90. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Can’t the Mariners just go back to focusing on Andre Ethier – - and I wish Tampa would start Myers in the majors – that would open it up – - – -

  91. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    “Paxton could be enticing – – – -”

    Highly doubt they’d do that either…..

  92. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The mariners don’t make as much sense to me as the Rays….they just added Morales for a DH/1B role and they are a contender yet……he makes sense for the rays though

  93. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Possibly – but they could then just turn around and offer Maurer – they have pitching – - – -

  94. Mike in Harrisburg January 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Aside – the At Bat app is clutch on days like today. Streaming games from last season is great.

  95. AAA January 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    They are getting 2 years of Ichiro for roughly what one of Youk is costing…,obviously it depends on how Ichiro plays

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

    Ichiro eats into the $189M is what makes it bad. Aside from 3 weeks in September, he’s sucked for 2 straight years. Maybe they felt they had no choice. Tell you this though. On Labor Day weekend when Ichiro’s 1st 40 games with the NYY yielded a sub .700 OPS, nobody here was saying “I hope they re-sign him” never mind re-sign him to a 2 year deal.

  96. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    If you can make a deal for Cano that at least equals his production, plugs some obvious holes for 2013, and gives you control of a player like Espinosa for several seasons, you do it. The QO stuff is nebulous, as you really do Not know how that prospective player will pan-out

  97. AAA January 8th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    The mariners don’t make as much sense to me as the Rays….they just added Morales for a DH/1B role and they are a contender yet……he makes sense for the rays though

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

    Definitely makes more sense for the Rays, but the M’s need bats and they’re having a tough time getting them on the FA market. Plenty of PA’s to offer Morse and Morales in Seattle.

  98. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....lb,wp17935

    shame-

    “that’s cervelli”

  99. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    QO is not just about the draft pick – it is about increasing the draft pool money size – especially with 2014 – which is being considered a better draft – - – -

  100. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    “Definitely makes more sense for the Rays, but the M’s need bats and they’re having a tough time getting them on the FA market. Plenty of PA’s to offer Morse and Morales in Seattle.”

    They sorta have enough DH bats that can’t play defense though

  101. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    http://i54.tinypic.com/md1577.gif

    cervelli with the clap at home plate

  102. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    “Ichiro eats into the $189M is what makes it bad. Aside from 3 weeks in September, he’s sucked for 2 straight years”

    Yea the 2nd year sucks…..I think they did it for marketing though and at least the money isn’t that much…..neither of the deals are great…..the Yabks are really banking on his 2nd half being more real than a last hurrah

  103. DONNYBROOK January 8th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Yea, and while you increasing that draft pool\$$$, pick me up a couple scratch-offs.

  104. blake January 8th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    “If you can make a deal for Cano that at least equals his production”

    No you cant

  105. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F84xIzj3ACc

    shame-

    kind of funny

  106. theREALkevin January 8th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Nunez, Turley, and Logan is too much for Morse. Guy is a solid hitter but that’s an overpay. I mean is Morse really going to put Yanks over the top in 2013? Win them a playoff series? And what do you do with him after next yr? He’s a nice player, and I’d like the Yanks to acquire him, but I wouldn’t go more than Logan+ a decent prospect. You start talking about bigger packages for Morse, youre better off trading for Upton.

  107. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    “I mean is Morse really going to put Yanks over the top in 2013? ”

    He could make a pretty big impact yea….especially with all the quality LHP in the division

  108. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    “You start talking about bigger packages for Morse, youre better off trading for Upton.”

    Turley, Nunez, and Logan isn’t really anywhere close to what you’d have to give for Upton…..I wouldn’t want to give Nunez just because of the circumstances and Id much rather have Upton….but I dunno if that’s possible and Morse probably is

  109. Patrick January 8th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’d be cool with Mike Morse, he’s pretty good. I would not give up a top prospect for him though.

  110. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    @DCameronFG: Looking at 31-year-old high BABIP hitters. They do okay. RT @fangraphs: FanGraphs: Some Comps for Mike Morse http://t.co/Sdu6R1LG

  111. Patrick January 8th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    blake what do you think is a fair deal for Morse? I feel like we could get him for a package of players not including Austin, Heathcott, Williams, etc but it seems like the market to get him is really competitive.

  112. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    If the market for Morse heats up too much, then you look elsewhere. He’s not a must-have.

  113. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Patrick,

    It just all depends on what they want….Im assuming they’d want Logan cause they are looking for lefty reliever and then it could cost anywhere from a guy like Flores to maybe even Nova or Phelps….it just depends on what other teams offer.

    I wouldn’t give any of the top guys for him but I hope they don’t have to

  114. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    @NYDNHarper: Nationals looking for lefty reliever in trade for Morse. Boone Logan would make sense but that would leave a hole in yankee bullpen.

    If Cashman refuses to trade Logan I think we should mutany

  115. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Nunez may make sense to include, but if Jeter’s recovery isn’t optimal, they would miss him, shoddy defense and all.

  116. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Harper isn’t a bright guy.

  117. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I would join the mutiny. Now, Cashman is intimidated. :)

  118. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Harper isn’t a bright guy.

    Apparently not

  119. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I can see Cashman thinking the offense is fine and not wanting to lose a lefty reliever…..

  120. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    ESPN issued an apology today, saying Musburger’s comments “went too far.”

    “We always try to capture interesting story lines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” ESPN said in a statement. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

  121. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The fangraphs article was informative. Logan has considerably less value than Vargas as a middle reliever. So, something else would have to be added. I think they need Nunez until we see how Jeter is. It would have to be, I would guess, a pretty decent young pitching prospect. Marshall maybe?

    Someone suggested Joba earlier. That is also an interesting thought.

  122. Patrick January 8th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    If the market for Morse heats up too much, then you look elsewhere. He’s not a must-have.

    Well obviously which is why I want to set a baseline of who I’d be willing to give up. As I said in my first post, I am not willing to give up any top prospects for Morse. He’s good but not that good

  123. Patrick January 8th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    ESPN issued an apology today, saying Musburger’s comments “went too far.”

    Wow seriously? It’s so rare that an announcer says something funny or interesting, now that one has ESPN apologizes for it? Give me a freaking break

  124. Mike in Harrisburg January 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    @austinmac Really want to lose two “proven” pieces of the bullpen in one fell swoop? I’m ok with one or the other but not sure about both. Of course depends who else would come back.

  125. blake January 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Id still try to get Upton even if they trade for Morse

  126. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    “Someone suggested Joba earlier. That is also an interesting thought.”

    I know it may be irrational, but I wouldn’t do it.

  127. Patrick January 8th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I know it may be irrational, but I wouldn’t do it.

    You know .. Joba still has good upside. He’s a free agent after this year though isn’t he? I STILL think he could (and should) start

  128. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Patrick

    I think he is going to start for some team before he retires.

  129. Mike in Harrisburg January 8th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I can’t see him getting that chance in New York. Cashman knows any injury he might pick up as a starter would go squarely back to the Joba Rules saga as far as the media is concerned.

  130. theREALkevin January 8th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Blake, I looked at Morse’s stats a little more and I may have been underrating him a bit. Not only does he handle lefties but he’s more than held his own against righties also. I’m now even more for trading for him, I just wish he wasn’t a free agent after 13. However I think his track record is good enough that he may be worth offering the QO to and could net the Yanks a draft pick.

  131. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Right….he hits righties and lefties well enough to DH every day and he could probably fake RF well enough to spare Ichiro out there at YS….plus he could back up 1B

  132. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    If Morse hits like he did in 2011 next year then he’s certainly a guy that could net you a draft pick…..

  133. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: according to @jimcallisBA, here are best minors systems: 1 stl 2 sea 3 mia 4 tex 5 bos 6 tb 7 minn 8 pitt 9 az 10 hou

    Of course Boston…,lol

  134. umbrelladoc January 8th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Does Logan/Nova get you Morse/Suzuki? Then Cash signs a Freddy Garcia/Derek Lowe type to compete for the 5th spot. If the BUC becomes CC’s or Pettitte’s “personal catcher” and starts day games after night games, I think you easily hold the starts below the vesting option.

  135. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    “Does Logan/Nova get you Morse/Suzuki”

    If they did that then signed marcum that’d be great….course I doubt Hal would approve that much payroll addition

  136. The Return of Stoneburner January 8th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    and more draft pool money – - – -

  137. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    @FakePeteGammons: Now that Baseball America stated #RedSox have a top 5 minor league system I can really start frothing at the mouth. This is Peter Gammons.

  138. G. Love January 8th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Personally, I’d hate to lose Nova when all you have to do is pay Scott Hairston what he wants and not give any assets up, but we’re not the Yankees anymore so that’s silly of me to say.

  139. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hairston and morse really aren’t the same guy…..Morse is a better and rounded hitter and he can hit righties….he could be the primary DH instead of a platoon guy…..that said….if they did have to give Nova to get him I get that point

  140. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Mike,

    I don’t know that I would give up two bullpen pieces unless I was confident Montgomery could fill Joba’s role. Joba is a free agent after 2013 so it is only one year of him like Morse.

  141. waka flocka January 8th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    if the Yankees wouldn’t trade Nunez for Cliff Lee then why would they trade him for Morse?

  142. G. Love January 8th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I just don’t give up Nova or Phelps easily. I don’t think Phil Hughes will re-sign here at all next season. It’s his decision finally and the way the Yankees are operating financially they won’t be the top bidder. Why would Hughes stay here? He grew up a Red Sox fan and he loves the West Coast. Unless we pay him more than anyone else, I don’t think there’s a shot he resigns with the Yankees.

  143. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    “Unless we pay him more than anyone else, I don’t think there’s a shot he resigns with the Yankees.”

    I agree ….if they don’t sign him now he’s probably gone….I’m just not sure what Nova will be going forward…..sure he could improve his command and delivery and be a real asset going forward….but he also could be just what we saw last year and those guys are easy to find…it just depends on what you think he is

  144. austinmac January 8th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    G.Love,

    You may not say “only money”. You must say “assets” so as to imply something of value to the fans.

  145. G. Love January 8th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I think it’s imperative that the team try to trade Hughes. I just think he’s a lost “asset”. There’s no way that guy is signing here to team friendly terms.

    Hughes & Granderson need to be dealt to help build this club for 2013 and going forward. Neither will be resigned.

  146. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Reading the posts, I am again reminded of how deep a hole the Yankees have dug themselves because they really don’t have an enduring plan, other than profit maximization.

  147. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    @ESPNNYYankees: A-Rods’ hips surgery will be january 16

  148. blake January 8th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    Reading the posts, I am again reminded of how deep a hole the Yankees have dug themselves because they really don’t have an enduring plan, other than profit maximization.

    Hey Tex and Arod could turn it around and all the prospects pan out…..and Pineda’s shoulder stay attached….you never know

  149. G. Love January 8th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Rich,

    A lot of us are at a point now that we know this team isn’t going to be the top dog financially for players. I think they will do it for Cano and give he & Boras what they want, but then they’ll pin all their excuses to the Cano deal why they can’t sign anyone else. Cano will be a PR move as much as a baseball move I think so then people can’t call them on the carpet for being cheap.

    They’re all about getting below the luxury tax now and that doesn’t coincide with offering Hughes or Granderson the best competitive deal to resign here.

  150. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    G. Love

    And the Cano contract will only exacerbate the problem.

  151. G. Love January 8th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Rich,

    I know. But at the same token as a fan, I can’t blame him if he produces at normal levels and gets that deal. He’ll have earned it from whoever gives it to him. If he declines rapidly like Tex, then he shouldn’t take the money to stay here because it will get ugly.

    But yes, it will make fielding a team under the 189 mandate more challenging than ever since they can’t go out and get players and can only dumpster dive or rush/promote youngsters.

  152. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    G. Love

    I don’t blame Cano at all. I blame the suits.

  153. pkyankfan69 January 8th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Morse would certainly fit well in this years Yankee lineup but if it took Nova to get him I would say thanks but no thanks… The Yankees are not in a position financially to trade away their young cost controlled starters and stay under $189M… Selling low on Nova for 1 year of Morse sounds like an awful deal to me, especially considering Morse’s long injury history… BTW, if it wasn’t extremely apparent I am still a believer Nova will end up as a solid middle of the rotation guy. I still like his stuff and make up.

    If the price is not as steep and say the Yankees could get Morse for a package of Logan/Melky Mesa type/lower level pitching prospect I would make the move for sure. Morse’s opposite field power would be an excellent fit in NYS. Much like Montero, Morse has a right handed swing built for NYS.

  154. blake January 8th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Complications in trade talks? Sources say #Nationals’ Morse strongly opposed to being a DH. Story: http://t.co/tQMsrIsw

  155. blake January 8th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Get Upton instead if he won’t DH

  156. blake January 8th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    @BryanHoch: Dr. Bryan Kelly’s best guess is that Alex Rodriguez will return after the All-Star break, but he can’t be certain how long recovery will be.

    Recovery will be 6 months – eternity


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