Girardi is Slowly waking up. As I said yesterday, Bat either Nunez or Ichiro in the 4 Hole to protect Cano, and the other in the 2 Hole. Nunez is almost in that 4 Hole today, add Gardner to the lineup and we should be there. Last night, Overbay made pitching to Cano absolutely foolhardy. The 25 Man is a big enough joke, add Girardi’s inability to construct a batting order, and you got we have seen for some time now. Nothing resembling an offense.
That guy we saw last night was Not the Kelley we saw vs Boston Sunday night when he struck out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced. I do Not know if Kelley went out drinking or what, but that guy last night was Scared of the sticks, throwing lackluster sliders that were a foot outside, and he, (and the Yanks) paid the price. That was Jeckyl and Hyde last night.
I know Gardner can’t play every day…..but with the season hanging in the balance it looks like they’d push him and go ahead and try to get the split today. This lineup is truly terrible…..of course they’ll probably score 9 runs today cause I said that.
Bob Costas thinks MLB teams should be able to put steroid provisions in contracts and should be able to void a contract if a player violates the provision:
Costas sees a rules change regarding the salary in long-term contracts as the most effective deterrent to drug use. He says management and players should reopen the labor contract and add a new provision.
‘‘If you are found to have used PEDs and you exhaust your appeals … and you’re in the midst of a long-term contract, the team has the right at its discretion to void the contract,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s an enormous disincentive.’’
Girardi has been sabotaging things for a Long time. Batting Hafner behind Cano is a prime example. Ron Washington has run his Closer out there 3 Straight Games, yet Girardi elects to give Gardner the day off? Nuff said.
But all contracts are optional. If a big free agent looking for a long-term contract has multiple suitors, one of them might drop the steroid provision in order to sign him. I guess eventually maybe all owners would put in the steroid provision and players would have no choice, they’d have to either take less money so they can continue to cheat (which kind of defeats the purpose of cheating ie they cheat to get a bigger contract) or follow drug policy so they can earn a big contract.
I think the MLBPA will defend Arod in his appeal and make sure he gets due process. However if Arod tries to go to the NLRB or the courts the MLBPA may stand down if they think the CBA has been followed in the process.
Arod could potentially split the union by pursuing this outside the arbitration process.
I think that the Union may advise Alex to take a deal – but if he opts not to the Union will do whatever is in the best interests of their majority.
By that I mean if the Yankees are trying to void Alex’s contract for a petty infraction like going to another doctor without telling them, or if the Yankees are, in fact, keeping a healthy player on the DL so that they can recoup some money off his contract, then the Union will back him up.
“Bob Costas thinks MLB teams should be able to put steroid provisions in contracts and should be able to void a contract if a player violates the provision:”
I agree but it’ll have to wait until the next CBA and I doubt the union would approve of it…..maybe if they get tired enough of it and the players are up for it they will……but that’s dangerous for players…..what if there is a true false positive for somebody and they lose their contract over it?
Or maybe get them to take some money back and get Dan Uggla thrown in. Could certainly use RH power.”
with McCann a FA to be I can’t see them trading Gattis…..Braves fans love Gattis…..now if the Yankees said they’d take Uggla’s contract from them then that would catch their interest…..but that just adds another problem for the Yankees. Uggla should be a DH…..he’s not very good really and he’s over paid and probably a former (or maybe current even) PED user.
This lineup certainly doesn’t inspire any faith that the Yanks can leave Texas with a split. Please Cash get this team a bat Soriano might not be ideal but he is a hell of a lot better then what you got now.
Interesting thought on Dan Uggla not a bad idea i’m not sure we could get him and McCann with out giving up some good prospects even if we take on Uggla’s contract.
“At ths point I think the natural call would be to see if the Braves would trade McCann for a Hughes led deal.”
you could call but they are doing that…..Cashman should call anyway…but there is no way. McCann is their best overall hitter still and while they need pitching….they don’t need to bad enough to trade a bat from the middle of their lineup……and their starting catcher.
Again, I wouldn’t discount the player’s contract structure as a reason why some guys would appeal and others wouldn’t.
Braun is losing less of a percentage of his salary by taking the deal this year instead of next year when his pay rate is higher. Alex gets paid less next year and he might prefer to lose a percentage of those dollars over this year’s salary.
“If they are so married to McCann I would really try to get Gattis. Shafer could play the OF. Send them Romine or Murphy along with Hughes. Seriously.”
they need McCann for this year and they need Gattis for next year…..again the Braves are more likely to buy a bat than to trade one away. They are going to the postseason and they would like to make a run I’m sure…..they have Gattis and Betancourt to catch next year if they don’t retain McCann…..they don’t need Romine or JR really….
I have to ask again because the rule confuses me.. if we call up JR Murphy, does the date that we call him up impact his arb clock or is it the number of games he plays once we call him up that determines if we lose a year?
Sounds like a plan to go to Wells Gray. Either that, instead of watching the games, I will go to Serwin Williams and watch some paint dry.
You have been reminding Hal of his promise for many months. This next week should tell us all about him. I expect he will pick up an old hitter and say, we tried. Then, blame the season on injuries. Then, he will pray for AROD’s contract to somehow go away becasue it is impacting the profit margin.
I truly believe the team is going to be shocked at the fan apathy the rest of this year and next. They will drop a ton of income. It seems so needless to me. If we bloggers could see the storm on the horizon the last two years, it is amazing they either did not or just wouldn’t spend to fix it.
This is a seller’s line up, that’s for sure. Theo is getting a lot in Chicago (Thornton trade was a joke by the Red Sox) – if Yanks jumped in here and moved Hughes + Joba + another reliever they really wouldn’t be affecting the results that much (especially when you could slide in Pineda + Phelps (soon) + and bullpen Betances) – and they could get a fairly high return. The more I think about it, despite what others are saying, Kuroda won’t move. I think Yanks can be sellers on the pitching end, still acquire Alfonso Soriano, and another bat + get Grandy back soon and Jeter and all of a sudden you’ve bettered the team while gaining something for the future. If you don’t trade Hughes, Nova would be an interesting trade chip too. High value now. He’s been great since coming back from the minors.
blake July 25th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
“People are forgetting Brandon Beachy is about to come off the disabled list. That is going to significantly reduce any Atlanta desire for Hughes.”
sure but he’s coming off TJS….guys returning for TJS usually aren’t right until sometime the following season. They can’t count on Beachy to be what he was when he got hurt …at least not this year
said that this morning that the Braves look to be set at SPing…
Buster, drug addictions are considered diseases, we attempt to subdue the disease by various treatments.
And because we are an allegedly humane species,we make every attempt to keep them in the workplace.
The mistake here is to apply only to athletes who may well be able to afford to retire, to the general population who depend life and limb on employment while hoping to eliminate or at least control their addiction.
Curse the sin but forgive the sinner!
Besides which given a permanent job depletion and increasing numbers of humans in the country, we may be better served keeping the public sedated!
Why do so few love Alex and his shenanigans?
After all, isn’t he the Yankees version of Boston’s Manny (and he will always be beloved in Boston).
But why not here?
Are NY fans more intolerant of bizarre behavior than Bostonians?
A source familiar with the Yankee side said, indeed, Rodriguez did reach out to Levine. But not until 11 p.m. on Tuesday and that Rodriguez informed Levine at that point that he already had gone for the second opinion and would not give the doctor’s name when it was requested.
The source said Levine informed Rodriguez that there was a proper protocol to follow for a second opinion, and this was not it. The source also said that when Dr. Michael Gross went public with his opinion that Rodriguez was fit to play that Levine and GM Brian Cashman called Rodriguez, and he did not return that call.
Dr. Gross might be extremely competent, but you have to be an idiot or desperate for some attention to diagnose a “patient” without an exam. Obviously Alex set this up and like most things he thinks up it was a bad idea.
So Arod fakes an injury to not have to shuffle off to Buffalo then decides that was a bad idea when yanks re- faked the injury thru a fake diagnosis of the MRI so he issues a rescind of the injury thru his fake Dr.
Alex Rodriguez (quad) said in a statement Thursday that he is “excited and ready to play.”
A-Rod hired a doctor to go on a radio station Wednesday in New York and say that he has no quad injury, prompting a rather stern response from Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “I think the Yankees and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez wrote in his statement Thursday. “I don’t want any more mixups. I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”
IDK that any team going into the PS thinks they have enough pitching, especially the day after losing the leader of their staff. The braves likely will be looking to add to the BP and possibly starting depth.
But with Gattis playing LF regularly now, and the slumping bj upton on the dl, they are not going to move any of thier 3 catchers IMO