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Brendan Ryan gets two-year deal with Yankees

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Brendan Ryan

Ken Rosenthal chimes in with the details of the Brendan Ryan contract: Two years, $5 million with a club and player option for a third year. With incentives, the deal could be worth $10 million.

It’s not the dollars that stand out, it’s the years. Two years, maybe three, for a utility infielder — especially one who’s hit .217/.283/.294 the past four years — says a lot about the state of the middle infield in the Yankees minor league system. There are some interesting young guys in the lowest levels, but up top, there’s very little at second base and shortstop. Corban Joseph just had shoulder surgery, David Adams didn’t hit much in his big league debut, and new addition Dean Anna is more of a grinder utility type than a potential everyday fill-in. There’s not much knocking on the door to suggest Ryan won’t have a role to play in the next year or two.

And then, of course, there’s Eduardo Nunez, who was given a chance to secure a long-term utility job — and maybe play his way into everyday status — but never showed enough consistency to give the Yankees confidence. He’s flashed strong tools from time to time, but the offense and defense have rarely been there on a consistent basis. Nunez is still not arbitration eligible, so there’s little reason to non-tender him, but the Yankees could most certainly shop him around in hopes of trading him to fill a hole elsewhere.

Ryan is a terrific defender, and at the very least his glove probably puts him at the top of the infield bench pecking order. He could handle shortstop if Derek Jeter isn’t up to the task, and he could be a one-dimensional alternative at either second base or third base should the Yankees need a replacement at those positions (which certainly isn’t out of the question).

At 31 years old, Ryan isn’t an all-star and he might never be an everyday player for the Yankees, but he’s also the type of player that the Yankees simply don’t have in the upper levels of their minor league system.

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118 Responses to “Brendan Ryan gets two-year deal with Yankees”

  1. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Yankees building a package with the addition of McCann, Ryan… and hopefully Ellsbury.

    They are freeing up catching prospects, Nunez, Gardner and CF prospects.

  2. Captain Clutch November 27th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I wonder if the yanks plan on having Ryan play SS everyday and Jeter play 3rd. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense to sign a bad hitter like him to a 2 year deal and he can only play SS. It doesn’t add up.

  3. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Gardner + Nunez + Sanchez + Heathcott in a monster package.

  4. Pat M. November 27th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    A real nice signing by The Yanks. I still hold out for a Jacoby Ellsbury inking.

  5. jacksquat November 27th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    3rd year is a mutual option then?

    If so, not bad. He made 3.25 mil last year, Yankees got him for 2.5. Believe it or not, he usually has a positive WAR, 2009 to 2012 WARs of 2.8, 1.3, 2.8, 1.4. Last year not good, for some reason UZR didn’t like his defense as much.

  6. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Re-post:

    blake November 27th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    “Did they really give Ryan 2 years and an option? Shows what they think of Nunie”

    Shows what they think of Jeter. Congrats Mr. Ryan. You’re the Yanks new starting SS. At least for the next couple years. Jeter can give you a rest a day or two a week if he can handle that :)

  7. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Bret-

    IYO what would you think you could reel in with that, and from whom ?

  8. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    “Gardner + Nunez + Sanchez + Heathcott in a monster package”

    One rental, one below replacement and two suspects. When will this all end?

  9. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Pat M.-

    Why do you like it ?

  10. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Re-post:

    bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    “And if Jeter can’t handle playing SS once a week, Nunie come on down!!”

  11. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    The Yanks may be the first team in baseball history that will have a back-up make more than five times the salary of the starter. Yikes!!

  12. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Bret-

    IYO what would you think you could reel in with that, and from whom ?

    I have nobody in particular in mind and I’m flexible. For instance, if you want Cliff Lee, switch out Sanchez and plug in Murphy…

    Gardner + Nunez + Murphy + Heathcott for Cliff Lee.

  13. Captain Clutch November 27th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    They will trade or release Nunez. Now that they have Ryan they don’t need him anymore. I think Cashman finally realized that he isn’t as good as they thought.

  14. jacksquat November 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Bret-

    IYO what would you think you could reel in with that, and from whom ?

    I have nobody in particular in mind and I’m flexible. For instance, if you want Cliff Lee, switch out Sanchez and plug in Murphy…

    Gardner + Nunez + Murphy + Heathcott for Cliff Lee.

    Madness.

  15. Howler November 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    never understood the lump in the pants syndrome over Ryan…didn’t think he was that much of a magician at SS last year, and his hitting doesn’t do anything to get a rise out of me.

  16. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    MTU,

    BTW, I will be convinced they’re lining up a blockbuster if they sign Ellsbury.

  17. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Nunez is not going to be DFA’ed.

    He certaintly has some trade value.

    Someone will want him.

    He may not go anywhere.

    They might just stash him back in the Minors.

  18. austinmac November 27th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    A team can win with a good field, no hit shortstop such as the Cards. But, to do so, you better have a lot of offense elsewhere. I do note, of course, the Cards got a hitting shortstop.

  19. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Bret-

    That would present some interesting possibilities but I’ll wait to see if that happens first.

  20. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Captain Clutch November 27th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    “They will trade or release Nunez. Now that they have Ryan they don’t need him anymore. I think Cashman finally realized that he isn’t as good as they thought.”

    Not just yet. They need Nunie to back up Ryan. Seriously, is anybody really sure yet that Jeter can even walk out to his position? I don’t believe he’s going to be doing any baseball activities until January. And even then, I’m not sure I trust Jeter. He swore he’d be ready opening day and look what happened.

    Nunie is like the proverbial bad cold. You just can’t get rid of him!!

  21. Captain Clutch November 27th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Does Nunez have any minor league options left? They won’t have enough room on the roster to carry him, Ryan and a back up infielder.

  22. Howler November 27th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I think there is too much talent in Nunez just to give up on him…who else would the forum use as a whipping boy if he was gone too.

  23. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    MTU,

    McCann and Ryan make Nunez and one of Sanchez/Murphy expendable.

    Ellsbury makes Gardner and one of Williams/Heathcott expendable.

    Put together you could have Nunez + Gardner + Sanchez/Murphy + Williams/Heathcott. There are some big time players out there like Kemp and Lee who because of their contracts wouldn’t require can’t miss ML-ready prospects.

  24. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    bret-

    You seem to be giving the Yankee FO a lot of credit for their maneuvering capabilities.

    Maybe more than they deserve ?

    The Snakes have 3 young ss/3b types and they certainly could afford to part with at least one.

    They have Gregorius, Owings, and Davidson.

    We are an excellent match. They need a young C and relievers.

    We have both in abundance.

    Not only that Cash and Towers are buds.

    If the Yankees have even moved on an opportunity like that what makes you think they can pull off even harder things ?

    Or that they even have the desire ?

    See where I’m coming from ?

    ;)

  25. blake November 27th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    “Shows what they think of Jeter. Congrats Mr. Ryan. You’re the Yanks new starting SS. At least for the next couple years. Jeter can give you a rest a day or two a week if he can handle that ”

    Nah this is basically just locking up the back up for two years….he’s an awesome defender so it’s cool….they need a real starting SS though.

  26. blake November 27th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The good news is that we may never have to watch Nunez try to play SS again

  27. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Or apply the same logic to the Cubbies w Olt and Castro.

    Where’s this creativity your imagining ?

  28. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Blake,

    Jeter not real, just an illusion?

  29. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Blake-

    As I was pointing out to Brett their are some good young ones rumored to be available.

    Think we’ll snag one ?

    I’d like to believe we will but I kinda doubt it.

    ;)

  30. blake November 27th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    “Jeter not real, just an illusion?”

    He’s very real and should play 3B and DH some ;)

  31. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Who knows.

    Maybe the Winter meetings will be the forum ?

  32. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The Yankees also need a real 3b.

  33. blake November 27th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    The yanks can’t plan for Jeter to play SS and then have Ryan as the only fall back if he can’t…..Ryan is worse than Stewie offensively. They need to be smart and proactive here…..Ryan is the back up infielder…..just because he has a 2 year deal doesn’t make him anything else

  34. Hankflorida November 27th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    If the Yankees plan on building a first rate pitching staff, it is a no brainier to have Ryan at SS with Cano at 2nd and have Jeter at DH or 3rd. Since I watched the Yankees from the late 1930′s, they have always had sinker ball pitchers instead of those rising fastball pitchers. CC can get by pitching like Whitey Ford at the Stadium, and Tanka and Kuroda splitters can induce those grounders. It would be nice if we got another lefty pitcher in the rotation. I fear that Jeter at SS would not in anyway help the pitching staff keep grounders from finding the holes.

  35. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the figures on this Nolasco deal…

  36. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    MTU,

    HEADLEY

  37. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Found this, but can’t verify the accuracy.

    @gravley_james Nolasco and #Twins have agreed to the financial number (looks like less than $52mil) and are finalizing years/options.

  38. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I don’t see what all the buzz about Samardzija is.

    He’s a number 4/5. Undistinguished.

    Seems like a lot of teams claim to want him.

    Another Crapstein hype job ?

  39. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Would it be rude and presumptuous to acquire Headley before they know the verdict on Arod?

    They were in on Freese, so I say, no.

    Maybe they were in on Freese just to soften us up.

  40. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Bret-

    His stock has fallen far.

    He isn’t worth all that.

    The Yanks would be better off trying for one of the youngsters I mentioned.

    But they have shown no visible initiative there yet.

    Perhaps it is being done quietly.

    We’ll see.

  41. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    a good hitting catcher they can afford to have a good D no hit SS

  42. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I like Samardzija..with a good team he wins games

  43. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Ryan is a long ways down from Jeter offensively.

    Like Grand Canyon down.

    They should not be satisfied w him.

  44. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    jeter isn’t going to play 3rd base

  45. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Joeman-

    Check his ERA’s the last couple of years.

    Pedestrian.

    He throws hard but a lot of guys do.

    i.e. Edwin Jackson

    He hasn’t put anything together to justify any of that kind of excitement.

    Right now he’s totally mediocre.

    I beginning to think you are a closet Cubs fan.

    ;)

  46. blake November 27th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Would it be rude and presumptuous to acquire Headley before they know the verdict on Arod?”

    Course not….Arod is probably done as a Yankee one way or another. jMO…..I don’t think they will let him back

  47. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    And that you are succumbing to the Crapstein mystique.

  48. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Blake-

    You expect them to just eat all that money ?

    :)

  49. pkyankfan69 November 27th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Samardzija should have gone to the NFL… He managed to make Brady Quin look good

  50. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I’m all for of getting rid of Gardner

  51. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Over at ESPN Insider, Jim Bowden looks at this year’s free-agent class of outfielders, and notes that the future of each player is dependent on where the others land — starting with Jacoby Ellsbury.

    He also gives his predictions — based on conversations with executives and agents — for each free agent, and says that he expects Ellsbury to ultimately stay in Boston.

    Here’s his reasoning:
    Ellsbury’s first choice is to return to the Red Sox and help them defend their World Series title. The Red Sox have also made it known that they’d like him to return, and apparently he’s their No. 1 priority. However, they also don’t appear willing to go to the seven years Boras intimates might take to sign him. Boras has always encouraged his players to take the best offer, but he also works hard to get the team his players want to match that best offer or beat it.

    Further, the Red Sox have been burned by long-term deals and have a history of walking away when it escalates beyond a number of years they are comfortable with. But they aren’t afraid to offer higher average annual values to try to persuade the player to sign. If the Rangers, Nationals or Yankees offer seven years, they’ll be able to get Ellsbury. If he does depart, expect the Red Sox to answer by signing Beltran to play a corner and allow rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. to take over in center field. But my instincts say if it’s close, he’ll stay in Boston.

  52. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    He isn’t going anywhere unless they find a replacement 1st.

  53. blake November 27th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    MTU says:
    November 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm
    Blake-

    You expect them to just eat all that money ?”

    I think they’ll explore other options but if it comes down to it yes I think they will…..he’s a big distraction and he’s pretty much dead money anyway

  54. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    By the end of a 7 year deal, Jacoby Ellsbury would be Beltran’s current age. So do you sign Beltran for 3 years beyond the age you’re already unwilling to sign Ellsbury?

  55. blake November 27th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I wouldn’t give Jacoby 5 years let alone 7

  56. blake November 27th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Bret The Hitman says:
    November 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm
    By the end of a 7 year deal, Jacoby Ellsbury would be Beltran’s current age. So do you sign Beltran for 3 years beyond the age you’re already unwilling to sign Ellsbury?

    Option C. Shin Soo Choo

  57. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Ellsbury is not getting 7 yrs. from the Yankees.

    He’d be 37 years old when his contract expires.

    As soon as he loses a step or two he loses a ton of value.

    His game is based on speed.

    And speed does not age well.

  58. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Ellsbury is not exactly an infield grounder type like Figgins and Gardner.

  59. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Blake-

    This is Hal Steinbrenner we are talking about.

    ;)

  60. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    But he steals and fields well because of his speed.

    2 very important aspects of his game.

  61. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    MTU November 27th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    Joeman-

    Check his ERA’s the last couple of years.

    Pedestrian.

    He throws hard but a lot of guys do.

    i.e. Edwin Jackson

    He hasn’t put anything together to justify any of that kind of excitement.

    Right now he’s totally mediocre.

    I beginning to think you are a closet Cubs fan.

    ;)
    ———————————
    kind of like his style..averages 94-95 mph fastball moves players off the plate, if he pitches 200 innings he will K close to 200, gives up less than a hit per inning and in these days that’s good

  62. blake November 27th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    The Yankees can essentially force Arod into retirement by just releasing him after his suspension…..it doesn’t get them out of paying him but that’s probably not happening anyway.

    It’s very possible Alex has already played his last big league inning…..he’s scorching the earth in this lawsuit mess so who would sign him if the yanks cut him?

  63. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Joeman-

    You can have him.

    He’s yours.

    Epstein sure bamboozles people.

    It’s why I don’t like Cashman dealing with him.

    Most of what was accomplished in Boston were the outcome of stuff Duquette, the former GM, drafted.

    I always though Epstein was very over rated.

  64. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’d give Cano ten years before giving Ellsbury seven. Seven is crazy for a guy with a smattering of fully healthy seasons.

  65. Melkmanisinhotlanta November 27th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Trisha,

    Thank you for the prayers. I will need them as all is not as calm and happy in my life as it used to be.

    Sometimes it takes a slap of cold reality to make a person appreciate what they have. When you lose what you have, it wakes you up and eventually makes you stand up and move forward once again. I know I will always have great appreciation for what I have, for what I’ve lost, and what I will regain.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  66. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Why would anyone think they are barreling thru the 189?
    They aren’t going for Ellsbury or Choo.
    It’s small potatoes for T’giving.
    Ryan, Beltran, Infante come on down, play a role.
    Granderson come back..

  67. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    McCann was the big one.

  68. Bret The Hitman November 27th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    The Sox just won the WS and we missed the postseason. We’re getting old and Jeter is on his way out.

    Sell that with a bunch of scabs.

  69. joeman November 27th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Diamondbacks hire Mike Harkey as pitching coach
    ———————————
    good for him

  70. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    cool article on mccann:

    nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2013/11/meet_yankees_catch_mccann.html …

  71. jmills November 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    http://r1—sn-tt17rn7k.c......&mv=m

    Here’s your thanksgiving present, a National Film Board documentary, ” Fergie Jenkins, King of the Hill “.

    I’d best be back to watching.

  72. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    The only thing that will force Arod into retirement is an inability to physically make it on the field a la Albert Belle. I ‘ve been saying this for years now. Folks last year said Arod wouldn’t play again for the Yanks. They were wrong then and are wrong now. Just makes no logical or business sense otherwise.

    And Blake, get used to Nunie, cause my boy ain’t going nowhere. Except maybe Scranton lol. No, he’s Plan C. The Yanks are hoping against hope that Jeter is their starting SS in 2014. But it’s far more likely to be Ryan. If Jeter is healthy enough to get on the field, he’ll try to play a couple times a week if possible. If he can’t, that’s where Nunie comes in. And if you are looking for a real two way SS, prepare to wait a year or better. That depends on when Jeter hangs it up. Because this year the Yanks have over $20MM of luxury tax space invested in SS and that’s about all they can handle.

    We may know more about Jeter in January but I doubt it. Jeter plays everything close to the vest. Just like that CF who used to play for the Seals.

  73. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    DiMag?

  74. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t care who they get, if Jeter isn’t playing fulltime they ain’t winning a thing…
    Felt the same thing when they won their 4 and again in 09.
    He was the face of winning.

  75. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    jmills November 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    http://r1—sn-tt17rn7k.c……&mv=m

    “Here’s your thanksgiving present, a National Film Board documentary, ” Fergie Jenkins, King of the Hill “.”

    Sometime in the 1980s when Fergie, the Duchess of York, was to pop culture what Kim Kardashion is today, Sat Night Live Weekend Update did a blurb “Fergie comes to NY” and flashed a picture of a Fergie Jenkins baseball card from the 1960s. I will forever respect Lorne Micheals for that.

  76. mick November 27th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Jeter was inspirational.
    Cano is not.
    This is why he is not a draw.
    He is streaky which is how he gets his #’s up there altho he has never had a 30/100 season.
    It’s more about #’s than winning with him.
    That said, I want him back.

  77. bigdan22 November 27th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    https://www.google.com/search?q=joe+dimaggio+san+francisco+seals&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=P56WUqvXLobboATas4CQAw&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1920&bih=985#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=6OWj3lpre-lruM%3A%3B1lwNOR4E2TUdVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F90feetofperfection.files.wordpress.com%252F2011%252F01%252Fjoe-dimaggio-ike-caveney.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F90feetofperfection.com%252F2011%252F01%252F28%252Fjackie-alan-lou-joltin-joe-yogi-gary-josh-double-duty%252F%3B267%3B451

  78. jacksquat November 27th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Can they include Ichiro as part of the posting fee for Tanaka?

  79. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The blog died.

    :(

  80. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Good evening all.

    Someone mentioned earlier that they were wary of Cashman dealing with Epstein (sorry, don’t remember who it was and can’t find it). Thats exactly my concern about Castro… I’m not completely sold about his talent but he could be a steal under his current contract… I just wonder what Theo has up his sleeve (if they are indeed dangling Castro)

  81. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hi MTU. How goes it?

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    mick said:

    He is streaky which is how he gets his #’s up
    ////

    Not even remotely true.

    He’s a career .300 hitter virtually every month except for May (career .299 hitter in April).

    He OPS’s over .800 every month of his career except May.

    His career Home and Away stats are nearly identical:

    H: 2, 812 PA: .305/.351/.507/.858
    A: 2,979 PA: .312/.359/.503/.862

    Yeah, IOW, he’s been the opposite of streaky over a career SS, merely one of the most consistent performers at 2B in the game of baseball.

  83. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Glenn-

    I see you made it.

    That was me and Crapstein.

    I’m bored sh8tless to be honest.

    You ?

  84. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I am laughing at all the people who continue to write off Derek Jeter. People have been predicting Derek’s demise for 5 plus years now. How many times do I have to have this same argument with Yankee fans?

    Ryan starting and Jeter the back-up…… smh.

  85. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Evening JAP.

    Welcome aboard.

  86. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    MTU – You think maybe Chad would make up some news for us to argue about? :)

    Hi Tar, JAP

  87. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hey Chicken! :D

    ARe you home yet?

  88. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I stopped in Greensboro… normally the trip home from ATL is 6.5 hours… I was on the road for over 11. I’m mentally exhausted from fighting the traffic. Heavy volume and probably a dozen accidents.

  89. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Glenn-

    I don’t think we need any help.

    We can just make something up.

    :)

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hey MTU,

    How’s our courageous-hipster blonde bombshell doing tonight? :)

    Just had to pop in when I saw that completely unfounded and incorrect characterization by mick of Cano as a “streaky” performer who gets hot to jack his final count.

    It’s the diametric opposite of reality.

    Hello Tar, Fred, etc.

  91. yankeefeminista November 27th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Jack Magruder@JackMagruder 2h
    #Dbacks to name Mike Harkey pitching coach, sources with knowledge say. Monday announcement likely.

  92. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Good idea to stop.

    Take the short trip home in the morning when you are refreshed, sounds like a great plan.

  93. blake November 27th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    “The only thing that will force Arod into retirement is an inability to physically make it on the field a la Albert Belle. I ‘ve been saying this for years now. Folks last year said Arod wouldn’t play again for the Yanks. They were wrong then and are wrong now. Just makes no logical or business sense otherwise.”

    Things are different now……the relationship between Alex and the Yankees is even more strained…..just can’t see them letting him come back

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I am laughing at all the people who continue to write off Derek Jeter. People have been predicting Derek’s demise for 5 plus years now. How many times do I have to have this same argument with Yankee fans?
    //

    :)

    The reason I returned to Lohud was because the Jete trashing was a 24/7 hatefest around here, and no one was sticking up for him.

  95. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    JAP-

    He looks like the doggie version of Frankenstein but he’s improving daily.

    He looks tough now.

    :)

  96. blake November 27th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    “I am laughing at all the people who continue to write off Derek Jeter. People have been predicting Derek’s demise for 5 plus years now. How many times do I have to have this same argument with Yankee fans?”

    I don’t doubt he will hit if he can get healthy but Derek was close to being done as a SS even before this injury…..even if somehow he can pull off a miracle and get to a point where he can play there, they have to prepare themselves for the chance that he can’t …..because it’s unlikely at age 40 after that injury that he will be able to IMO…..he’s a special athlete but Father Time waits for nobody

  97. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Glenn-

    smart move.

    Sounds crazy bad out there.

  98. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    “just can’t see them letting him come back”

    Hey Blake

    You may be right… but I just can’t see them paying him 80 whatever million dollars to go play for someone else.

    I got to tell you the hype surrounding this weeks FB game is intense……Basketball intense.

    Big game for both teams, but especial Dook. They are playing for the right to get decimated by FS in the ACC Championship game. Fun stuff

  99. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Besides. It will give Mrs. Glenn more time to hunt for and prepare the Turkey.

    ;)

  100. jmills November 27th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Happy thanksgiving, everybody. Alfred, I was tied up with Fergie Jenkins, I think Darryl Sittler must be working some voodoo on your talented ‘guins tonight.

  101. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Ok MTU. Here’s my first made up news:

    “Selig spotted on kiss-cam at Heat-Cavs games; being fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz”

  102. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    “I don’t doubt he will hit if he can get healthy but Derek was close to being done as a SS even before this injury”

    Based on what? I mean at his age yes he’s close, but what exactly was wrong ( defensively) with his last uninjured year?

  103. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    MTU – the former Mrs. Glenn decided I was the turkey years ago :D

  104. jmills November 27th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Uh oh, I think you’ve got East German refs on your side just now, Pruf.

  105. Tar November 27th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    J Alfred good call on Robbie. Nice to see you.

  106. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Glenn-

    Did you see ” The Counselor” ?

    If you did you know Cameron Diaz wouldn’t even walk on his grave.

    You’ll have to do better.

    Hope bout ?

    “Kuroda agrees to return to Yankees. Will help recruit Tanaka.”

    :)

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Always nice to see you, too Tar :)
    ///

    mills, James Neal just one-timed one past Bernier from the off-wing circle, a beauty :) Neal has unreal hands, he just can’t stay healthy.

    We’re a goal behind, now.

  108. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    speaking of Kuroda, someone posted in the last day or so that Kuroda was reportedly coming back. I wasn’t able to find any info on the net… Anyone heard any whispers

  109. jmills November 27th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    rtsp://v5.cache3.c.youtube.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQkIfx1hgub9lRMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    I posted this on my day, but Les Nessman’s turkey drop is worth a second go around.

  110. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Sorry Glenn.

    Oops !

    :(

  111. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Glenn-

    Rumors were that things were looking up but nothing more than that.

  112. chicken_stanley November 27th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    no worries :)

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Fred,

    Safe travels to ya

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Malkin is out of his mind of late

  115. MTU November 27th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    New one ——–>

  116. balarkin November 27th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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  117. blake November 27th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    “You may be right… but I just can’t see them paying him 80 whatever million dollars to go play for someone else.”

    I don’t think anyone else would sign him

  118. Ted Nelson November 28th, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Two/three years might say as much about the market for Ryan as it does about the Yankees farm system. They don’t have much at SS close to MLB (not many teams do), but the terms of the deal are likely in response to the market.

    He’s a really strong utility guy on paper. A borderline starter for $2.5 million. Poor 2013 being second year of decline is a bit troubling, but averaged around 2 WAR before that and 2013 could easily be a blip on the radar (I hate the determinism a lot of fans use in projecting future outcomes). The Yankees needed more than a pure utility guy at SS with all the uncertainty around Jeter, but less than a full-time starter. Ryan was a great match and a good value signing.

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