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Minor league notes: Expected assignments, injury updates, winter standouts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 17, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Big league camp opens in four weeks, but the Yankees minor league complex is already busy. Some of the organization’s prospects are already showing up for pre-spring workouts. Most of the big names have yet to arrive — Slade Heathcott is supposed to be there next Monday, Manny Banuelos and Michael Pineda aren’t scheduled for another two weeks or so — but there’s work being done. Tyler Austin is already down there. So is Aaron Judge. Things are getting started.

Over the phone, Yankees vice president of player operations Mark Newman provided a few updates from the complex.

Expected assignments for 2014

JagieloHeathcottI only asked Newman about the assignment plans for handful of minor leaguers. There are many more to be curious about — I realize I touched only only a fraction — but the minor league season is still two and a half months away, and it’s hard to expect the team to give much concrete assignment information this early. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind.

· Newman said it’s entirely possible both Eric Jagielo and Aaron Judge will open the season in High-A Tampa. Could very well be in Low-A Charleston as well, but the Yankees are considering High-A for each of their top two picks in last year’s draft. That’s particularly meaningful for Judge, who didn’t play at all for the Yankees last year. “Big guy,” Newman said. “Nice kid. Just an outstanding kid.”
· Plans seem less aggressive for second-rounder Gosuke Katoh. Even after a terrific debut in the Gulf Coast League, Newman said it’s likely Katoh will go to the New York-Penn League — not Charleston — this season. The Yankees are awfully high on Katoh, though. “He can run. He’s got some pop. He can really play second base,” Newman said.
· Still undecided whether Slade Heathcott will open in Triple-A or Double-A. Newman said either one seems possible. After having relatively minor surgery at the end of last season, Heathcott is rehabbing. If he’s not 100 percent by the start of spring training, “It’ll be close,” Newman said. Also, Heathcott just got married.
· Newman said he’s not sure where Ian Clarkin or Ty Hensley — first-round pitchers draft the past two years — will start the season. “We’ve got to see how spring training goes,” Newman said. Hensley is healthy after missing all of last season.
· No assignment plans here, but it’s worth noting that Newman specifically said that Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda and Jose Campos — three guys with some medical issues the past two years — spent the winter doing “just their basic offseason (throwing) program.” All three are expected to be ready to pitch.

Winter league impressions

WilliamsPIrelaAlways hard to know what to make of winter league stats. Some guys have raked in the winter and been complete non-factors during the season. Others have done the opposite. A few of the offseason numbers that stood out to Newman, beginning with a name that he mentioned unprompted.

· I believe I started talking winter ball by asking about Adonis Garcia’s time in the infield, but Newman very quickly brought up the name Jose Pirela all on his own. Kind of a fringy prospect most of his career, Pirela’s strikeout-to-walk ratio has significantly improved the past two years, as have his power numbers. This winter, he hit .332/.415/.514 during the Venezuelan regular season. Newman said those numbers are meaningful. “I think so,” Newman said. “He’s still just 23 (actually, 24). He’s been around or a while, but he’s not old. … He’s really made strides in the last couple of years. He’s really improving offensively he’s really made a lot of progress.”
· Of the guys in the Arizona Fall League, Newman said it was center fielder Mason Williams who stood out. “His numbers were so-so,” Newman said. “But he really swung it well.” Williams hit .267/.330/.337 in Arizona.
· Also, Newman said, lefty James Pazos made a strong impression in the Fall League. “Looks like he could be a left-handed reliever in the big leagues,” Newman said.
· Newman seemed happy but not surprised by Zoilo Almonte‘s .316/.343/.454 slash line in the Dominican Winter League. Newman noted that the parks down there are huge, making home runs difficult. Almonte had four of them. “He’s done a nice job this winter,” Newman said. “And the Dominican’s a good league.”

The guys who can — but might not — play third base

MurphyAustinFor whatever reason, the Yankees have a bunch of legitimate prospects who primarily play some other position — outfielder and catcher, mostly — but have at least a little bit of time at third base. The Yankees like to add defensively flexibility when guys are in the minor leagues, and Newman indicated these guys are likely to stick with their primary positions rather than becoming full-time third baseman

· Tyler Austin was scheduled to get some time at first and third in the Arizona Fall League, but the Yankees pulled him out because of ongoing wrist problems. Austin’s healthy again and working out in Tampa, and Newman said he’s still considered a right fielder first and foremost. “He’s predominantly a corner outfielder,” Newman said. “(But) we’re going to maintain some of that flexibility with him.”
· Similar story with Peter O’Brien, the power-hitting catcher who got a bunch of time at third base in the second half of last season, and played there some more during the Arizona Fall League. “He’s a catcher,” Newman said. “Trying to see if he can do some other things, but he is a catcher.”
· As for all that third base time Adonis Garcia got in winter ball, Newman said that could carry into this season. Although he’s been almost exclusively an outfielder with the Yankees, they signed him as a guy who could play second, third and all three outfield positions. Newman said it’s entirely possible Garcia could get some infield time this year. “Oh yeah, there’s always a chance,” Newman said. “He can do it. … That happens to be where he got a lot of innings this winter, and that’s great.”
· Despite all the emails I’ve gotten about it, you can probably forget about J.R. Murphy getting much third base time going forward. The Yankees have been extremely impressed with his improvement behind the plate, and they want to keep him there. “He’s a high caliber defender at a premium position,” Newman said. “He was a conversion catcher in high school, and we weren’t sure when we drafted him how good of a catcher he was going to be. We liked his offensive potential, and he’s turned out to be a very good catcher.”

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103 Responses to “Minor league notes: Expected assignments, injury updates, winter standouts”

  1. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Chad going with strong suit here.

    Thanks for the update.

    Would have liked something on J-Ram.

    I’m assuming he’ll be at AAA.

  2. Chad Jennings January 17th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah, Ramirez is the one I was kicking myself about. I think my biggest question on him is how seriously he’ll be evaluated as a potential big league reliever, and that’s just not the kind of question Newman is likely to answer, so I didn’t ask at all. Oh well. Plenty of time.

  3. Chip January 17th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Chad, good stuff.

    I’m glad Newman brought up Pirela. I don’t know anything about him other than his numbers, but if he hits this spring he could be a nice guy to have in place when/if Brian Roberts suffers an injury.

  4. Chip January 17th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Chad,

    With so many questions going forward in the rotation (Kuroda’s age, Nova’s consistency, Pineda’s health) I don’t think it makes sense to look at Ramirez in the pen. Not when you’ve already moved Dellin Betances to relief and aren’t sure where Manny Banuelos is in terms of his development.

    Ramirez, Warren, Turley, these are guys who could be middle rotation options for the team next year (or later this year) if needed.

    I would just hate to see them turn another high end arm into a relief pitcher when he could be a starter.

  5. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    A little editing Chad…a conversion catcher in High Schoo; :)

  6. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    You’ll get ‘em next time Chad.

    ;)

  7. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Chip-

    I think you make a good point.

    Only thing is that J-Ram might profile as one heck of a reliever too.

    That high 90′s cheese w an incredible CU might be practically unhittable for an inning or two.

    He’s still working his slider.

    I am basically w you.

  8. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Chad-

    I couldn’t attend the chat the other day.

    I was wondering what your take on where Tanaka will land is ?

    And how much you think it will take ?

  9. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I do believe he said the Yankees…just not sure of the price…don’t think anyone can guess at this point…I do believe part of coming to the Yankees will include autographed Hideki Matsui underwear

  10. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Everyone needs that special “game day,” good luck charm.

  11. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Howler-

    He’ll need a trunk for those.

    ;)

  12. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Howler-

    Maybe he can borrow something from Giambi ?

  13. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t think even something from Ichiro would carry the same weight. It’s Godzilla or nothing..besides he can roar at night with his wife with those.

  14. austinmac January 17th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks, Chad. Very good information. I’m glad to read something positive on Mason.

  15. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Mason is the reason I don’t think they’ll have to rely on signing Gardner to a extension…it’s a risk, but one worth taking…if it doesn’t pan out, they’ll be other players available. He’s someone you take a shot at replacing with a young player.

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  17. blake January 17th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

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  18. blake January 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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  19. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I actually have a good feeling about him this year…kind of hard to work on the conditioning of your legs when you’re healing an ankle injury. Now that one should be healed the other should be able to get back to near normal for someone his age, which for his condition shouldn’t be too bad.

  20. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Blake

    Don’t expect any news from Jeter. He’s not saying that he’s offering Alex any advice.

    What do you make of this? Is Close trying to have his player wait till the last minute so the team won’t have adequate time to do their own in depth physical rather than rely on the cursory physical of his arm at the. Kerlan-Jobe clinic in LA last week?

    [1/17/2014] Masahiro Tanaka: still nothing new to report
    by Gen on Jan.17, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
    Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Posting, Rakuten Eagles

    Masahiro Tanaka’s assistant Yoshiki Sato spoke to reporters today and said, “There is still about a week left to go so I think things are not yet over. The [travel] schedule has not been set.” When asked if he expected negotiations to drag out until the last minute, he replied, “That is not something we are trying to do. The agent is handling everything and hopefully things work outs according to what [Tanaka] wants. Nothing has been decided.”

    Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

  21. blake January 17th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    “What do you make of this? Is Close trying to have his player wait till the last minute so the team won’t have adequate time to do their own in depth physical rather than rely on the cursory physical of his arm at the. Kerlan-Jobe clinic in LA last week?”

    Stuff usually goes down to the wire….it’s a big decision

  22. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Does Jeter ever give any news…great player…terrible interview.

  23. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Blake

    Then the team that signs him without doing an adequate physical, labs, and studies of their own, unless all were done, are throwing caution to the wind. Buyer beware.

  24. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    YT-

    He will be insured but I do agree with you anyway.

  25. blake January 17th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    “Then the team that signs him without doing an adequate physical, labs, and studies of their own, unless all were done, are throwing caution to the wind. Buyer beware.”

    The physical he already took may be good enough for the teams involved…..who knows

  26. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    What position would Aaron Judge play at high A- Tampa? What about Greg Bird- does he make high a-Tampa at 1st?

  27. Chad Jennings January 17th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:14 pm e

    Chad-

    I couldn’t attend the chat the other day.

    I was wondering what your take on where Tanaka will land is ?

    And how much you think it will take ?

    I still think the Yankees will do whatever it takes to get him, but I also feel like we’re dealing with a pretty incomplete picture. Various “favorites” have emerged along the way, and the Yankees have been awfully quiet. If they thought Tanaka was likely going elsewhere, I think the Yankees would be doing some damage control to get the fan base mentally prepared for missing out on him. There’s just not much concrete information out there right now.

  28. Chad Jennings January 17th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:54 pm e

    What position would Aaron Judge play at high A- Tampa? What about Greg Bird- does he make high a-Tampa at 1st?

    I assume Judge would be in right and Bird at first, but I suppose there’s a chance the Yankees are impressed with Judge’s athleticism and give him in a look in center for at least a little while.

  29. BIG AL January 17th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Good afternoon Mike -

    Tanaka + 1 more SP will be added, and I still see 1 more IF bat coming. :)

  30. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    MTU

    The teams might not be able to insure a pitcher at all, and if they. Can, quite possibly not for all the years and much less than the 80% the Yankees supposedly had with ARod,, which by the way might be cancelled secondary to the suspension, or if there was an age limit.

  31. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks Chad.

    I just wondered what you thought.

    Hearing you say that is confidence inspiring.

    Whenever the Yankees are that determined they usually come away with their Man.

    Close is treating this whole thing like a State secret.

    Doesn’t he know the suspense is killing us ?

    :)

  32. Captain Clutch January 17th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    When Dice-K signed with the Sox Boras waited until the last second to tell Boston that they had a deal. I remember the media was going crazy wondering if he was going to sign or not and when he would need to get on a plane. There is no reason for Close to agree to a deal now he is going to wait until the last second to see if someone gets desperate and blows everyone out.

  33. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    YT-

    I would expect them to insure him to the max. possible.

    I have no idea what the eligibility requirements are ?

    I’m w you though. I can’t see them not doing one. And a very thorough one at that.

    Including dye contrast this time.

    ;)

  34. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hey Al.

    Sounds good.

    A relief arm as well ?

  35. pete2 January 17th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Teams will have an opportunity to do their own physical, but they have to do so before offering a contract by the deadline on the 24th. No deals “pending physical” permitted because if a deal blows up after the 25th then Tanaka goes back to Japan w/o an opportunity to work out something with another team.

    Tanaka’s schedule next week should be telling. He would only be flying to a team that is interested enough in him and vice versa for a physical. Hope we don’t have to hear from reporters in Japan that he is in NY. LOL.

  36. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    24th. What time 5PM EST or the 24th, Japan time?

  37. pete2 January 17th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    “The teams might not be able to insure a pitcher at all, and if they. Can, quite possibly not for all the years and much less than the 80% the Yankees supposedly had with ARod”

    I read somewhere insurance companies now only offer 3 years deals which must be renewed to continue and subject to the changing physical condition of the insured (higher premiums if he shows more wear and tear). No limits on the coverage if the insurance company is willing to insure, but the premiums will reflect the added risk of higher coverage. Also, insurance companies understand the higher risk for pitchers relative to position players and the fact Tanaka has had a significant workload at a young age and is at the injury nexus of his career, so it would not be cheap.

  38. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The Japanese cop in the movie “Rising Sun” had Masahiro as his 1st name.

    Andy Garcia give him the nickname “Mas”.

    I wonder if that is what Girardi will call Tanaka ?

    Of course, we’d have to get him 1st so that poses a problem for now.

  39. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Pete 2-

    My concern is that he only had focus on his right arm at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in LA. Looking at some of the athletes that very high draft choices, that died before they could play a game with their team. Ernie Davis the next Jim Brown drafted died from Leukemia before he played a game for the Browns. Lenny Bias had a heart condition. probably no stress testing or Echo before.

  40. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Earthquake insurance in LA is expensive but if I could afford it I’d sure want some.

    Better to pay a high premium than to lose the entire value of your residence.

    Likewise …….

    ;)

  41. Captain Clutch January 17th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I would think that we will know something Monday or Tuesday at the latest. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tanaka is set to fly to the US on a certain day and even sit around until Close has the deal that they want. I am sure that they have everything worked out and know exactly how they are doing to work this.

  42. Howler January 17th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    nah…it’ll be Tanky

  43. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    . I am sure that they have everything worked out and know exactly how they are doing to work this.

    ————————

    I certainly hope this applies to the team that signs him, and something about his health doesn’t surface that was present beforehand after the team signs him for 140 million plus!

    The same concern that maybe a better physical, work up and offseason instructions on Conditioning, would have saved the Yankees the embarrassment and the loss of Pineda.

    The closer, Close, pushes this to the deadline the more a team might just have to accept the player, As Is!

  44. BIG AL January 17th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Mike -

    If I had to put money to work, a RP would be my last addition, unless you can get a great deal on a Balfour type.

    Not sure how many 40 man moves that are left to make, so the additions need to done on priority.

    I feel we added too many low end IF pieces to date, JMO.

  45. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Al-

    Guess that’s why they pay you the big bucks.

    :)

  46. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    howler-

    Sounds like Patton’s dream.

    :)

  47. BIG AL January 17th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Mike -

    Yeh, big bucks, too bad it’s all Monopoly Money.

  48. BIG AL January 17th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Later folks – Y’all have a great night!

  49. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Good night AL

  50. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Al-

    You have any wild Ginseng growing in the mountains near you ?

    I hear it’s going for $1000 bucks per pound.

    :shock:

  51. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’ll have to tell him about that some other time I guess.

    ;)

  52. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Appears there is no new News, wouldn’t ya know!

    Balfour, Drew, Baker, Rodney, Morales, Cruz-any news?

  53. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    YT-

    Absolute radio silence out there.

    Close has his sub rigged for silent running.

    :(

  54. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The Japanese sub “Tanaka” is stealthy.

    Accompanied by the “USS Close” battle group.

  55. tomingeorgia January 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The Rising Sun is about to rise over there. Perhaps tonight.

  56. Giuseppe Franco January 17th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 17th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Hopefully Giuseppe Franco will be around when it happens so he can give me kudos for calling that right. We all know how much he loves doing that!

    —–

    I’m amazed just how insecure you are with such an intense need for people to pat you on the head.

    Merely being over $189M is not the issue here at all but how much over when you consider how many gaping holes they still need to fill.

  57. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Mister Tom-

    How art thou ?

    Can wait to hear “play ball” I bet.

    ;)

  58. pete2 January 17th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    “My concern is that he only had focus on his right arm at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in LA. Looking at some of the athletes that very high draft choices, that died before they could play a game with their team. Ernie Davis the next Jim Brown drafted died from Leukemia before he played a game for the Browns. Lenny Bias had a heart condition. probably no stress testing or Echo before.”

    Definitely he should undergo a thorough medical exam to rule stuff like that out. My point is that unlikely most deals which have pending physicals clauses written into them, in this case teams will have to get the physical done first and my understanding is they would have the opportunity. I don’t think Tanaka is going to let anyone but the most serious teams poke and jab him, and perhaps only the team he will sign with, so his location in the next week will be the key for those not patient enough to wait till the 25th.

  59. chicken_stanley January 17th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    You have any wild Ginseng growing in the mountains near you ?

    I hear it’s going for $1000 bucks per pound.

    ———————

    A few months ago, 3 men got lost in the mountains near home. 2 were found before sundown but the 3rd wasn’t found for 24 hours or so. Turns out, they weren’t hikers but ginseng hunters and were hunting it (trespassing) on state property… after the guys received medical treatment, they were arrested.

    Ginseng hunting is fairly common here and bound to get bigger with the tv show about it. As far as the show, its pretty sensationalized but really not too awfully far from reality

  60. tomingeorgia January 17th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Mister MTU,
    You can’t imagine how ready I am for those words. Still waiting on mlb.com to renew my tv deal. With or without Tanaka, let;s go Yanks!

  61. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Glenn-

    I though the prices were quite amazing.

    That’s a lot of temptation for someone struggling to feed their family.

    Why don’t they try to grow it commercially up there ?

    Or do they ?

  62. GregD January 17th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Tanaka will sign with the Yankees on Wednesday……just my prediction……no inside information… :)

  63. Revenge of Stoneburner January 17th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    MTU January 17th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    The Japanese cop in the movie “Rising Sun” had Masahiro as his 1st name.

    Andy Garcia give him the nickname “Mas”.

    I wonder if that is what Girardi will call Tanaka ?

    Of course, we’d have to get him 1st so that poses a problem for now.

    _____________

    The movie was “Black Rain.”

    “Rising Sun” starred Wesley Snipes and Connery.

  64. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the correction.

    ;)

  65. chicken_stanley January 17th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Mike – I don’t know a great deal about ginseng hunting (I know a couple of semi retired guys that hunt more for amusement than profit). The last time I talked to one of the guys about it (couple years ago), he was recovering from a rattlesnake bite he got while hunting ginseng. At that time, a pound would bring around 150 if I remember correctly. As far as commercially growing it, I really don’t know why… I asked him that same question and he said growing it commercially was very difficult… he didnt give (or maybe have) any details why it was difficult so I’m not sure he really knew

  66. Yankee Trader January 17th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Well, it’s time for dinner

    Good evening all

  67. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks Glenn.

    I just wondered.

  68. chicken_stanley January 17th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Mike – as chance would have it, my dad just called. I asked him about ginseng. He said it was very slow to develop… it is harvested after the plant is (he thought) six years old. If thats accurate, then it would take a long term investment with no immediate dividends to grow ginseng.

  69. MTU January 17th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Glenn.

    Appreciate the answer.

  70. pat January 17th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    McCannSportsLaw
    Decent legal W for #ARod today: judge says his 2 lawsuits stay separate. So still has 2 (albeit weak) bites at apple. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....uits.0204/

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock January 17th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Plans seem less aggressive for second-rounder Gosuke Katoh. Even after a terrific debut in the Gulf Coast League, Newman said it’s likely Katoh will go to the New York-Penn League — not Charleston.
    ///

    Thanks, Chad :)

    That’s good to know, since SI is a park I can get to.

    Nothing on Andujar? Possible he’s headed to Charleston?

    If Jags is Tampa bound?

    Glad Hensley’s “healthy” after surgery on both hips.

    He reportedly said it hasn’t diminished his ability to engage his core.

    But what about forgotten man Anderson Feliz, who also had hip surgery?

    I’m glad to see Pirela get some love. He is an atrocious SS, but actually made some rangy plays at 2B, (also been known to boot routine grounders there, so there’s that).

    He does have a nice swing though and ability to go with the pitch.

    Nice to hear sweet words about Almonte, but we all know he will get no opportunity here, now that they have their heart’s desire: guys in their late 30′s on the corners.

  72. jmills January 17th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Good evening, not paying attention to my team much, was just caught up watching a James Hunt ” the Shunt ” documentary; watching that guy get around is enough of a vicarious drain really. Give the character credit, his veins were full of chemicals, and he got the job done. Borje Salming had a similiar reputation for staying up all night while out skating everyone the next day; I recall when he got nabbed with the white stuff. Jays winning?

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