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Roberts feels healthy and ready for regular playing time

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 21, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Roberts2We haven’t heard much from Brian Roberts since he signed his one-year deal with the Yankees, but the long-time Orioles switch hitter was on the YES Network’s Hot Stove show tonight and talked about his health and his expectations for this season.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Roberts said. “My goal is just to come in and try and play as many games as they want me to be able play, and obviously help us get to where we want as an organization.”

Roberts has been through a series of injuries the past few years, including a hamstring injury that sidelined him just three games into the 2013 season. Most notable, though, has been Roberts’ lengthy struggle with concussion symptoms. He said the problems have fully subsided, and playing in 77 games last year was enough to wipe out any lingering concerns about those symptoms coming back.

“It’s great,” Roberts said. “That was by far the hardest year and a half of my life. When you go through what I went through, I wasn’t really thinking about playing baseball at that point, I was just thinking about trying to be a normal human being again and live my life and be a husband and a father. So, honestly, I never would have come back to baseball if I hadn’t been sure that the rest of that stuff is gone, and my doctors hadn’t assured me of that, and that sort of stuff. It is nice to put that behind me and feel like I can go out and be just a baseball player again.”

Earlier this month, Joe Girardi made it clear that he wants Roberts to be the Yankees regular second baseman this season. Roberts said there hasn’t been any talk of using him at different positions, and he’s hoping to be close to an everyday player.

“That’s our goal,” Roberts said. “That’s my goal is to be a second baseman the majority of the games. … My goal is to play in a World Series. I’ve had a lot of time to never play in a playoff game, and that’s what I’m excited for.”

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283 Responses to “Roberts feels healthy and ready for regular playing time”

  1. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    j9d

    From the last thread,I see Chicken and I are in agreement.

    J ALfred

    The funny thing about the “take your medicine” crowd is, Alex did what Weiner advised him to do. Weiner said I gave Alex a number and told him to take it “IF” MLB offered it. But they never offered it.

    So one can make the reasonable assumption that Weiner was for the Alex fighting the suspension.

    But why he he would tell that to the press BEFORE the arbitration hearing…is just mind boggling to me. he tainted the proceedings before they even started.

  2. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    It will be a minor miracle if Roberts can stay healthy and give us 100 games.

    He could pop a punch of HR’s with the RF short porch.

    Hope it works out

  3. jmills January 21st, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V7UiFLHPwCU#

    yf, I had to look that Electric Warrior thing up. T-Rex, they’d better be in Cleveland.

  4. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    BTW

    I like Roberts, and really hope he stays healthy this year.

    Still would love to see a deal for Ackley, but I am definitely rooting for Roberts to have a great year.

  5. j9d January 21st, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Tar

    You and Chicken are good minds. Let’s hope it makes a bit of a difference. Can’t imagine a guy who has never batted wanting to learn to not be humiliated at the plate in MLB at the same time as having to live up to megastar pitcher expectations in MLB. A half inch on our end might make a difference. Who knows.

  6. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Roberts makes me think of Eric Davis. If I remember correctly, he came up with 1 or 2 really good years in Baltimore after being injury plagued for several years… maybe we can catch lightning in a bottle with Roberts… not likely, but possible

  7. Captain Clutch January 21st, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Tomorrow has to be D day. I mean how much longer can Close stretch this out? They need time to write up everything in the contract like perks and all of the extras. He also has to have a physical and either he flies in tomorrow or Thursday morning to give them enough time to do everything. Hopefully we hear something tomorrow and this doesn’t continue to Thursday.

  8. jmills January 21st, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    If Tanaka comes to Toronto and does not so well, I promise never to humiliate him; I’ll just go to bed, and wait for tomorrow :)

  9. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    j9d

    You would also think that especially the first couple of years Tanaka would want to use all his energy and concentration on his pitching in the new league.

    Batting would definitely be something of a distraction especially to someone who hasn’t done it very much.

    I think it will be a fairly significant factor in his decision.

  10. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    s/b ……… pop a bunch …….

  11. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    ‘Hola Senor Pollo’ !

  12. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    If batting were such a significant part in his decision, the Cubs and Dodgers would not be in final 3, would they?

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Tar,

    Yup.

    I found the link to that story on RAB.

    Bellowing about Alex and at the same time, completely lacking interest in MLB’s culpability, betrays that the “sanctity of baseball” isn’t really principal concern.

    Weiner was impossibly irresponsible, although the league is fortunate that a neophyte is now the head man.

  14. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Greetings, Deal!

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    jmills,

    Hello and goodbye :)

    Going to turn in.

  16. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t really see Roberts as anything more than replacement level. My guess is that the Yankees will get someone by mid-season to replace him…perhaps Cujo? I do wish him luck and hope I am wrong though.

  17. j9d January 21st, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Agree, Tar…and am (maybe foolishly) very hopeful on Roberts.

    Have to get on calls with team in China. Good night all.

    C’mon tough actin’ Tanaka. Be a Yankee!!

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    From Robinson Cano to Brian Roberts….

    How is it that no one gets fired around here.

    Good night.

  19. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t really see Roberts as anything more than replacement level

    ———————-

    I’m just hoping for the improbable. Roberts was a very good player… If he could somehow turn back the clock, it would be wonderful… again, not likely but I guess possible :)

  20. jmills January 21st, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Alfred, I can see its baseball tonight :) The fact that Hamlet had 2 backup friends reporting seeing the same thing is enough evidence for me. Hamlet connected with his father. Some might call it the sixth sense, I call it the thing right here in the room.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    perhaps Cujo?
    ///

    Cujo has no range.

  22. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    “If batting were such a significant part in his decision, the Cubs and Dodgers would not be in final 3, would they?”

    First I said “fairly significant part” which is different from “such a significant part”.

    Second and most obviously…. because there are other factors as well. Other factors that have more weight…. like money.

    I would think of not batting, as like a tie breaker.

  23. DocTodd January 21st, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Could you imagine if Tanaka blows out his arm doing his frequent throwing in Japan right before he finally makes up his mind? It would be karma for dragging this out so darn long….,

  24. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Ok Tar–we can agree that it may be a factor….perhaps.

  25. j9d January 21st, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Batting is a factor. Please explain how it would not be in this case. Maybe that is what is keeping the Yankees in it. Why look at this through only your own perspective and assume Dodgers are the back up choice. Maybe the Yankees are the back up choice and not having to bat is one reason why. Context….

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    “The fact that Hamlet had 2 backup friends reporting seeing the same thing is enough evidence for me.”
    ///

    This is a fact that has been conveniently ignored by Ernest Jones and the Freudians who insist this is all about Mom.

    You are a good reader, but I knew that already.

    Going to bed.

    Stay warm, folks.

  27. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:40 pm
    perhaps Cujo?
    ///

    Cujo has no range.
    —–
    Too bad…not sure who else they can get yet.

  28. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I hope you two are right about Tanaka and hitting. We shall see.

    jmills, thanks for the song link. I haven’t heard that one in years.

    Tar, Baseball Info Solutions has written some articles on the shift. Links from their site here. (I am not sure what you have or haven’t read, and if this is what you are looking for): http://www2.baseballinfosoluti.....ns/shifts/

    There’s also that Fielding Bible article and piece by Bill James from 2012, which I can link to if you haven’t read them.

    Doubt we’ll see CuJo and Roberts was really good … once upon a time…

  29. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    *CoJo should read

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    …and it’s Cojo, btw…

    he has no range, either :)

  31. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    “How is it that no one gets fired around here.”

    I have no answer for that one.

  32. Jerkface January 21st, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Could you imagine if Tanaka blows out his arm doing his frequent throwing in Japan right before he finally makes up his mind? It would be karma for dragging this out so darn long….,

    Yes, a person losing their livelihood is appropriate karma for making you wait to find out a piece of information.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    YF, before I sign off, I would like to see Reymond Nunez in Trenton at some point. Think we’ll get him this year? He’s starting to get a little long in the tooth at 23 :)

    I’ll read your response manana.

  34. coney1 January 21st, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Teixeira will miss the first week of Spring Training and he could have lingering wrist problems for the entire season. Perhaps the Yanks should consider signing Kendrys Morales as insurance.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock January 21st, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Tar,

    There is virtually no media pressure, either.

    Weird.

    Good night.

  36. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks YF… I saved the links.

    Really appreciate it.

  37. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Roberts was decent for about 4-5 years…Last good season was at age 31…before his concussion. I am never too optimistic about players coming back from concussions.

  38. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    “•The Braves have not had any recent discussions with lefty Eric O’Flaherty, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (on Twitter). The Braves were once expected to re-sign their longtime setup man, who underwent Tommy John surgery early last season, but recent reports suggest he could be headed elsewhere.”

    ;)

  39. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    J Alfred

    Teflon Cash… nothing sticks to him. You’re right though, no media pressure in the town that invented it. Good night

  40. DocTodd January 21st, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I by no means hope Tanaka gets hurt….if I were him I’d skip the throwing until a contract is signed….

  41. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I missed that… but Yeah Doc Todd thats a little harsh don’t you think?

    And really I don’t get all the animosity at someone taking his time in making probably the biggest decision of his life. I don’t blame him one bit.

  42. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    No one was able to satisfactorily answer the question as to whether the Yankees can get
    insurance on MT based on the medical workups that have already been done ?

    One wonders if Close is cutting things too close ?

    If there is insufficient time for additional testing then the acquiring Team, Yankees or other, will
    have to be able to insure against injury.

    I’m hoping that the process leaves sufficient time for additional testing if needed.

    ;)

  43. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    and Roberts was really good … once upon a time…

    ————————

    I’m currently scanning craigslist for Deloeans with working flux capacitors :)

  44. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Tar, you are welcome! Here’s another link with article links included within.

    http://www.billjamesonline.com....._to_shift/

    Pruf, I would love to get Rey Nunez in Trenton in second half. That would mean he is progressing. Think the power is coming, liking the 15 HR last year, but still needs to cut down on K’s and improve OBP. As for the media, they are mostly in the Yanks’ back pocket. And certainly have remained a couple of years behind on what was plaguing this team until it was staring them in the face. So, no surprise there.

  45. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    edit – DeLoreans

  46. Tabbert January 21st, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Is it not at all possible that Close and Tanaka have asked the winning team to come to him? Everyone is assuming that he will be coming to the US by Friday, but what if that is not even the case? Contracts can be faxed over, and they ability to do these physicals in Japan. What if cash and company are already in Japan getting this done?

  47. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Tabbert-

    Highly unlikely.

  48. Revenge of Stoneburner January 21st, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    What if cash and company are already in Japan getting this done?

    *****

    so you mean ninja cashman comes to Japan?

  49. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    MTU

    O’Flaherty had his TJ surgery last May, and would be a terrific pickup, hopefully ready by Midseason, although he has said May.

    JF

    As far as the physical is concerned it seems that Close is asking teams to accept the physical he had while in LA. As far as I know, that was done at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in LA at USC, I believe .

    I doubt they did much more then an exam of the arm and maybe an MRI. For the millions and years they are asking for, he should have labs, stress Echo, and a total body MRI or PET scan. Even if he flies back today, Wednesday afternoon in Japan, there would be no time to do all that, analyze the results, and if there are any red flags, especially that, get everything resolved.

    Therefore Close wants all teams to hand over money based on a clinic that most likely involved an Othopedic examination.

  50. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    *Orthopedic*.

  51. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Could not a deal be made with Tanaka with the caveat “pending team physical”?

    If any problems show up i’m sure MLB would give both parties an additional amount of time to come to, or not come to, an agreement.

    Or am I off base thinking that?

  52. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    YT-

    As long as that stands up for insurance purposes It might just have to do.

    Question is, will it ?

    Is that testing sufficient to get insurance ?

    No one seems to know.

    ;)

  53. Tabbert January 21st, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    MTU- Just throwing it out there. It might be pretty hard to keep this a mystery if Tanaka is spotted in the airport of whatever city he chooses before he has even signed the contract.

  54. Revenge of Stoneburner January 21st, 2014 at 10:22 pm

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    This is what I like about this guy – he has a sense of humor. He posts stuff like I can’t decide – people freak out and think he is talking about which team – and he is really talking about what his avatar should be for his account.

  55. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Tabbert-

    Once he is ready to sign the mystery will be over.

  56. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    MTU

    I think an insurance company would be hesitant to insure a pitcher for the 7 years Tanaka is likely to get.

    Hopefully the Yankees have learned their lesson when they did no offseason monitoring on their new acquisition at the time, Michael Pineda, and raised no red flags on his declining second half of the Season. He either had existing fraying of the rotator cuff and because he was in such poor shape tore the already compromised labrum in ST.

    If all Tanaka had was an exam of the arm and an MRI, Buyer Beware!

  57. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Ted William shift works wonder against M.Tex. I probably pull LFer into medium range. Shift definitely helps against pull hitters one would logical deduce. Those ten guy James listed were all big narly LH hitter with powers. I would play different with runner on base, cuz some of those guys are capable going opposite field on shortliner and grounders. It’s a good read YF,

  58. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    LH hitters with power.

  59. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Cash

    Did you notice that McCann was one of two who beat the shift. I like that…. maybe it will spread to Tex.

    Thanks again YF

  60. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Tar

    As far as I have read, that contract has to be, ” Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” by 5PM, 1700 ET, or Mr. Stevie Wonder Tanaka will be taking a return flight back to Narita Airport, on his agents dime, getting ready to play for the Rakuten Eagles.

  61. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    unlikely Tar, I think Tex just physically can’t do it anymore. But from afar I don’t remember McCann as dead pull hitter, but James provides more concrete data than my foggy recollection, so.

  62. tbone1570 January 21st, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    When is our next regularly scheduled “Tanaka false alarm”?

  63. Revenge of Stoneburner January 21st, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    When is our next regularly scheduled “Tanaka false alarm”?

    *****

    it happens almost every 15 minutes on some other forums – great stuff

  64. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    If Tex plays 142 games, hits twenty-five home runs, knocks in ninety, bats .250 in the six hole and is his usual stellar defensive self I think that would be a really good deal.

  65. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    So why would they set a deadline and then have a clause allowing the process to go past that deadline ? Defeats the purpose of a deadline

    It is my understanding that Jan. 24th @ 5pm EST is it, if not signed sealed and delivered he plays in Japan this year.

    They (Tanaka group) has had plenty of time to bend these teams over that are in the running for his services.

    Enough of this process already

  66. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Cash

    Yeah I know. Complete wishful thinking on my part.

    But it is kind of cool that McCann is known for beating the shift. I didn’t know that.

  67. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    YF

    There was an article in USA Today Sports Weekly on the Maddon Shift. David Ortiz felt he lost 40 points vs the shift, and the article showed, if I remember correctly, that Curtis Granderson had gotten only one ground ball thru the shift and Kendrys Morales was another one who couldn’t buy a ground ball hit thru the shift. The Orioles were number two in using the shift, an now I see the Red Sox using it often.

  68. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Power, No 1 desired commodity in baseball.

  69. tbone1570 January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I need me some “chatter”! ;)

  70. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I was not aware of that either Tar.

  71. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Blo January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Wasn’t there a recent report of his ‘noodle’ wrist still being sore and or stiff ?

  72. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    And speaking of Stevie Wonder :

    “Here I am baby
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours
    (You got my future in your hands)
    Here I am baby
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours
    (You got my future in your hands)”

    Let’s hope that’s what we hear from Mr. T

    :)

  73. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    tbone1570 January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Head down to the bar and have a couple of belts ?

  74. MTU January 21st, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    OK night shift.

    Time to take it away.

    See you all for the next edition of the Breakfast club.

    ;)

  75. pete2 January 21st, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    “I think an insurance company would be hesitant to insure a pitcher for the 7 years Tanaka is likely to get.”

    My understanding is insurance companies no longer insure players for more than 3 years at a stretch. After each 3 yr interval, they re-evaluate on insuring him for the next 3 yrs.

    Also, I am doubtful insurance companies rely on either the players or the teams medicals and may do their own.

  76. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Tar, KLong concedes that Teix can’t beat the shift. Think it is in that NYT article that BIS links. And we’ve seen that Teix can’t or won’t do it, although I did see him do it in Sept of 2012 but that was before Teix reverted to pulling the ball vs. the shift. And Teix essentially has KLong’s blessing regarding not trying to go oppo. Oy.

  77. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Night MTU.

  78. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Even Ortiz will lay down a bunt occasionally to beat the shift.,Tex worked on going the other way in the offseason, a few years ago, but abandoned it soon after the season started,quite satisfied to hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs and heck with the batting average.

    If his right wrist, bottom hand on the bat is not fully healed, then he might find it tough reaching the RF porch in YS.

  79. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I keep pressing ESC but I’m still here.

  80. yankinvegas January 21st, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Changing the subject -
    It’s funny that people are coming out of the woodwork to bash Alex. Threatening to hit him if he plays again, I would think that if that really happens and he is injured, the amount of money he would collect in a settlement from MLB might dwarf the money that he is losing.
    And Tom Lasorda bashes him. Lasorda is a man whose reputation when there are no cameras around is that of a total lowlife, womanizer and scumbag. And I notice he is defending his buddy, Piazza. Ridiculous.
    And I see now there is a creation of the Bud Selig Sportsmanship Award – are they f’in kidding? Selig is the man who ruined baseball along with his lackeys in the media like Lupica and Russo.
    People think Alex is full of himself – I present his equal, Allan H. (Bud) Selig.

  81. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Goodnight MTU.

    Counting Tanakas!

  82. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Bojo, there is no exit. And we will be waiting for Godot Tanaka forever.

  83. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    “So why would they set a deadline and then have a clause allowing the process to go past that deadline ? ”

    To allow time for a Physical? Why would MLB not want one of their teams to be protected? And what if a contract is faxed with all the figures agreed upon, but it says “pending team physical”. Wuld MLB say no?

    And really I am just asking, I am not stating anything as fact.

  84. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    MCCann has tremendous pull power on balls low and away. From the right side Encarnacion and Bautista were one two in their pull power on balls low and away. Can’t remember where I read that a few weeks ago,

  85. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:36 pm
    Blo January 21st, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Wasn’t there a recent report of his ‘noodle’ wrist still being sore and or stiff ?
    ________________

    Yes and I am not concerned on January 21st. I think soreness is to be expected. I asked the surgeon who did my carpal tunnel on both of my wrists who is an ortho/wrist guy about it last month. I showed him Tex’s diagnosis on my phone, a partially torn tendon sheath (unstable) and he said the surgery is standard and usually very successful. I’m seeing him next month and I’ll ask about the soreness.

  86. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    This is from 2011 season. Prophetic.

    “In the finale of that Yankees-Tampa Bay series in April, Swisher batted from the left side and faced at least three types of pull shifts, with the shortstop and second baseman positioned differently each time. Swisher admired the intricacy of it all — to a point.

    “The thing about it is, you’re not going to change your style of hitting because of what somebody’s doing,” Swisher said. “I’m not going to bunt the ball to the shortstop. It’s not going to happen. You’re not going to change your style of swing.”

    Long pointed to Teixeira — whose average has plummeted the last two seasons at least in part because of widespread shifts deployed against him — as the one hitter who could have trouble again this week.

    Teixeira has struggled to drive the ball the opposite way when batting left-handed. Long said that when Teixeira attempted to hit the ball the other way against the Rays last year, he grounded to Evan Longoria, the Rays’ repositioned third baseman, every time, adding to the frustration.

    “He’s just not real good at it,” Long said of Teixeira’s ability to hit the other way left-handed. “He doesn’t have a good feel for it.”

    Long said that he had worked with Teixeira on having a positive frame of mind on beating the shift by hitting the ball where the fielders aren’t, but that “we’ve kind of hit a dead end with it.”

    As a result, he said, Teixeira was the one Yankee he was worried about as the team prepared for Round 2 with the Rays. ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05.....wanted=all

  87. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    yankinvegas January 21st, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Too bad Mr. Roid made his own bed with the PED’s, lawsuits and constant circus. Now he gets to sleep in it.

    Selig is no saint but the old saying goes, ‘he who has the gold makes the rules’

  88. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Blo

  89. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I think Bautista had the exact same injury if I’m not mistaken.

  90. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    YF, Tex is your Ruben Sierra with better plate discipline at this point offensively. Let’s hope the power is still there. I would recommend him to crowd the plate as much as possible.

  91. pete2 January 21st, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Tar January 21st, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    “You would also think that especially the first couple of years Tanaka would want to use all his energy and concentration on his pitching in the new league.

    Batting would definitely be something of a distraction especially to someone who hasn’t done it very much.

    I think it will be a fairly significant factor in his decision.”

    I could not disagree more. Any concerns about batting, which I imagine he has done in Japans interleague play and will do again if he goes with the Yankees , would be offset by the advantage of pitching against the other teams pitcher instead of guys like Ortiz at DH. Also, the larger park and a better IF defensively than the Yankees look to have will allow him to focus more on his pitching.

    But maybe he looks forward the the challenge of playing for the Yankees and guys like Ortiz and possible H2H matchups against Darvish and Iwakuma. I also think Kuroda being here helps as he can learn a bit from him about the umps strike zones and approach to hitters. I like the Yankees chances if they can outbid the Dodgers, and make no mistake about it, they can if the want to.

  92. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    random thoughts, I am really curious what kind of offensive force Jose Abreu will become, if at all.

  93. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Blo January 21st, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I believe u r correct

  94. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Tar

    The deadline is 1700′ET this Friday. Close is essentially telling teams they are relying on the physical he had while in LA, a physical, which is just my opinion, was a cursory exam done by an Orthopedic surgeon and an MRI of the soon to be very rich, right arm. Did they examine him for a cervical rib, the same ailment that sidelined Cone, Kennedy,and resulted in a massive stroke with JR Richard? Did they do an Echocardiogram to look for any abnormality or a stress test. Remember Lenny Bias,great college basketbakall star- had an undisclosed underlying cardiac condition, if I remember correctly.

  95. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve been disappointed in Tex’s dead pull philosophy since he became a Yankee… But if he can rebound to 30 HR/100 RBI (even if he hits .240), I’m happy

  96. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I think Bautista had the exact same injury if I’m not mistaken.
    ——
    Yes, it was his left tendon sheath, his power hand from the right side, an he was 100% at 4 months, from what I’ve read. Tex is 6 months out from his surgery on his right wrist, his power hand from the left sidem and he claims it’s sore.

  97. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    YT

    I agree with you, the physical is probably not going to be good enough. That’s why I am wondering if there is some sort of compromise available.

  98. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I’m pretty concerned about Tex.. have been since he initially went down in ST. It sucks he’s being depended on to be a cog in the heart of the order. I guess if he’s struggling they could plug Soriano in there and hope he’ll deliver some pop. I wish we kept Cano.

  99. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    “Any concerns about batting, which I imagine he has done in Japans interleague play and will do again if he goes with the Yankees ,”

    He’s had 42 AB’s in 7 years.

    his stats just for the hell of it.
    .081 .079 .108 .187

  100. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Sore isn’t pain. Not at all worried, sounds to me like a normal healing process. No one knows if Bautista was sore or not and if the injuries were identical. Plus, different people heal differently. If he’s sore in April and can’t hit in spring training I’ll be concerned.

  101. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t know what Joe will do, I would hit Tex sixth. Ellsbury – Jeter – Beltran – Soriano – McCann – Tex.

  102. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    chicken, that would be nice, and of course he needs to continue to be his RHH self.

    Cashmoney, the power had better still be there or we have a platoon RHH.

    In this July 25, 2013 article we were listed as 3rd in using the shift but had no runs saved. Oops.

    http://www.billjamesonline.com....._whos_not/

    Cards have already announced their non-roster invitees; I wonder when we will.

  103. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    YF

    The Rays have spent money on statistical advisors to help the GM. They train their pitchers to throw the ball where they are most likely to hit to one of their positioned infielders. In fact in the article I read, the author noted that just as the pitch was being thrown the infielders would move, rather than being stationary, and asked Maddon if that was part of the shift. He laughed and said he hadn’t noticed that.

  104. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Shame – thought about you when I saw the previous thread… The NG search for pictures prior to 9/11. I’d like to see the finished project – very, very cool idea.

    The reason I thought of you was the picture angle. I don’t know if you have any pics for NG, but if (I don’t know – Deadspin or Mad Magazine, maybe) asks for pic submissions for all things Victorino, you’ve got it covered :)

  105. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I have no faith in Tex at all. I can’t wait for his contract to end. Wish we could trade him.

    But hey, that’s just me being an optimist.

  106. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    If he’s sore in April and can’t hit in spring training I’ll be concerned.

    ——————-

    I’m not sure about the soreness part, but not hitting early shouldn’t necessarily be a concern… He starts slloooowww even when healthy :)

  107. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I would bat Tex 8th until June.

  108. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Interesting take on maybe the best defensive first basemen playing today who is likely good for twenty-five and ninety.

  109. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Tar and everyone. How do you interpret this?

    “News on a landing spot for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka has been expected between now and Thursday. But now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweets that the decision could take til Friday since Tanaka may stand on a physical taken during his trip to Los Angeles earlier in the month. As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports explains (Twitter links), the results of Tanaka’s January 9th physical were shared with interested clubs, but teams may want their own medical staff to get a firsthand look. Either way, Tanaka must be signed to a deal with no contingencies on or before Friday at 4pm central time.”

    Tanaka may stand on a physical taken in LA. That possibly means ( because the word May was used)to me he is telling clubs he had a physical and he’s not taking another one

  110. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    You would hit Johnson and Roberts ahead of Tex? LOL ok.

  111. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    YT, I read about the Rays IFs have the freedom to move if they read something about the hitter or their pitcher, if that is what you mean. As per the pitchers, they have to buy into the shift and obviously throw the right pitches in order to have it work. The Cards abandoned using the shift in the playoffs vs. Atlanta (they’d been using it against McCann among others) precisely because the Card pitchers were uncomfortable with the IF positioning and having to pitch to the shift.

  112. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:12 pm
    Interesting take on maybe the best defensive first basemen playing today who is likely good for twenty-five and ninety.
    ====
    You really are the optimist. A power hitter in decline who has a wrist injury is “likely good for 25 and 90?” Good luck with that.

  113. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I hate the .240 stuff and all the fly balls :(

  114. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    YT, I saw that earlier and thought it was strange that the team’s wouldn’t do their own exams.

  115. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting take on maybe the best defensive first basemen playing today who is likely good for twenty-five and ninety

    ———-

    I like Tex. Elite defensively. I’m holding out, though, for at least 30/100. Anything less, I’m disappointed.

  116. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:14 pm
    You would hit Johnson and Roberts ahead of Tex? LOL ok.
    —-
    Do you even remember what Tex hits like before June? He sucks the air out of offenses. Kills rallies. I’d bat him ninth except that Gardner and Ells have a chance to do damage back to back.

  117. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Glad ur not the MGR.

  118. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm
    chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I hate the .240 stuff and all the fly balls

    ———————-

    I don’t like it either. I’m just beyond the point of thinking anything is going to change.

  119. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Chicken

    Yankees’ Mark Teixeira, a notoriously slow starter, is off to a great start to the 2011 season
    BY SEAN BRENNAN AND KRISTIE ACKERT / DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITERS

    MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, 4:00 AM

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2r674WWh3

  120. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    6th is fine for Tex to start until he falls off the cliff at the plate

  121. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t know what Joe will do, I would hit Tex sixth. Ellsbury – Jeter – Beltran – Soriano – McCann – Tex.

    —————

    I don’t love Soriano in that spot because he strikes out a lot, but I guess you live with it. I’d consider putting Ellsbury and Gardner at the top of the order and dropping Jeter down.

    Seriously might prefer Jeter batting 6th and Tex 7th lol.

  122. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    “Do you even remember what Tex hits like before June? ”

    And he is a switchy which makes getting in sync even worse who has essentially missed an entire year. But will Joe drop him in the order? Joe got a little more creative with his daily lineup last year, so we shall see.

  123. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Chicken

    What’s up with that ?

    I thought you are an eternal NYY optimist ! !

  124. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    YT

    There you have it “no contingencies”. You have to wonder why is he balking at taking a team physical?

  125. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    chicken – I wish I had pictures to share for Nat Geo!! But alas, we will have to wait for our big Shane Victorino pictorial opportunity to strike. As you said, we’ll be prepared!

  126. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    You don’t bat a power hitter, home run, RBI guy 8th.

  127. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Beltran, Cano and McCann would have been an awesome middle. Bleck.

  128. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Bojo – want to make a bet? (only for funzies… and the respect and admiration of fellow posters)?… Let me rethink – respect and admiration may be out of reach… how about whoever wins can say “nyah, nyah – I was right, you were wrong!”

    If Tex plays 145+ games, I say Tex goes for more than 25/90

  129. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    YF

    the infielders moving as the pitcher was about ready to unleash their pitch was a distraction to the hitter. That is why I remover Maddon saying, oh really, I hadn’t noticed that.

  130. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Ellsbury – Jeter – Beltran – Soriano – McCann – Tex – Johnson – Roberts – Gardner to start and see how it goes from there

  131. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:17 pm
    BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Glad ur not the MGR.

    I live for your happiness.

  132. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Remember

  133. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I think the physical Tanak took earlier was a “marketing physical” arranged by Close. I believe any team willing to sign Tanaka for six and $120 will want a comprehensive physical done by a medical team of their choosing.

    Accordingly, I expect the Tanaka decision to come down Wednesday night or Thursday morning the latest.

  134. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm
    Ellsbury – Jeter – Beltran – Soriano – McCann – Tex – Johnson – Roberts – Gardner to start and see how it goes from there
    _______________

    You have good baseball instincts.

  135. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Bobo

    Just sayin …………….. :lol:

  136. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    YT – good link! you caught me. I was relying on memory (which sometimes leads me astray!)

    Deal – I like to think I’m an optimist but I dont see Tex changing his philosophy at this point… That’s why 30/100/.240 would be fine by me :)

  137. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:21 pm
    Beltran, Cano and McCann would have been an awesome middle. Bleck.

    Have to disagree. Bleck has never shown anything above AA.

  138. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:19 pm
    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t know what Joe will do, I would hit Tex sixth. Ellsbury – Jeter – Beltran – Soriano – McCann – Tex.

    —————

    I don’t love Soriano in that spot because he strikes out a lot, but I guess you live with it. I’d consider putting Ellsbury and Gardner at the top of the order and dropping Jeter down.

    Seriously might prefer Jeter batting 6th and Tex 7th lol.

    I LIKE it.

  139. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Chicken

    30 / 110 and .260 ? ? Please ?

  140. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Tar-

    All I can say is Buyer Beware. Hopefully he had all the appropriate blood work and a good cardiac work up and there is no smoking gun there.

    He knows where he’s going. Close has advised him to keep it quiet. I guess we’ll know when he is spotted at the airport in Tokyo, and boarding a flight to LA, NY, Chicago, or to a mystery city.
    ,

  141. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:22 pm
    Bojo – want to make a bet? (only for funzies… and the respect and admiration of fellow posters)?… Let me rethink – respect and admiration may be out of reach… how about whoever wins can say “nyah, nyah – I was right, you were wrong!”

    If Tex plays 145+ games, I say Tex goes for more than 25/90

    Chicken–you’re on….drugs and PEDs obviously…but I’ll take that bet too.

    :-)

  142. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    You don’t bat a power hitter, home run, RBI guy 8th.
    ——
    I think 8th is little harsh. but more or less, he is a 240 guy with decent obp and about 770 ops guys from left side.

    but more importantly, is how easily he can be pitched to from the left side, hard to place faith in that.

  143. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:28 pm
    Shame Spencer January 21st, 2014 at 11:21 pm
    Beltran, Cano and McCann would have been an awesome middle. Bleck.

    Have to disagree. Bleck has never shown anything above AA.
    ____________

    Wrong again. Bleck never played above A ball in the New York-Penn League and he was a pitcher.

  144. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Bobo

    I’m afraid Jeter will say otherwise

  145. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    YT

    I Can’t come up with a valid reason to not consent to a team physical.

    Good night all

  146. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 11:31 pm
    You don’t bat a power hitter, home run, RBI guy 8th.
    ——
    I think 8th is little harsh. but more or less, he is a 240 guy with decent obp and about 770 ops guys from left side. but more importantly, is how easily he can be pitched to from the left side, hard to place faith in that.
    ——————-
    True dat.

  147. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    It’s weird, but Tex always hits below 240 in April….gets a bit better in May, and then slumps in June. strange pattern over his career.

    As far as defensively BTW, I think Mattingly was far better.

  148. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Bojo – If I win, I’m actually gonna post “nyah, nyah” :)

    Deal – I’ve been watching “Pawn Stars” tonight so I’m up for negotiation… how about 30/100/.243?

  149. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Chicken

    What state r u in now ?

  150. Tar January 21st, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    “not” ?.

    Must get rest

    And who the hell is bobo? Sounds like a small dog. Are pets ( other than killer) allowed on Lohud?

  151. yankeefeminista January 21st, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    YT, got it. I misread what you wrote.

    I agree about Mattingly, but Teix is pretty darn good defensively.

    I’m out too. Have a good night!

  152. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    As far as defensively BTW, I think Mattingly was far better.

    ———————–

    I may be the biggest Mattingly fan ever (by weight :) ) so I’m probably a bit biased… In order of preference for defense, I take Mattingly, then Tex, then Keith Hernandez

  153. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:34 pm
    Bojo – If I win, I’m actually gonna post “nyah, nyah” :)

    And I will then sue you. ARod told me to.

  154. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Chicken

    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Such generosity, .003 ? ? ? RUSM ! !

    LMAO !

  155. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    So what? Mattingly hasn’t played in 13 years; the fact remains that right now Tex is one of the two best defensive first-basemen in baseball along with AG.

  156. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:37 pm
    As far as defensively BTW, I think Mattingly was far better.

    ———————–

    I may be the biggest Mattingly fan ever (by weight :) ) so I’m probably a bit biased… In order of preference for defense, I take Mattingly, then Tex, then Keith Hernandez
    —-
    Interesting…I was just thinking about where I would place Hernandez. Many who saw both play say Hernandez was better. I didn’t see him often enough to say.

  157. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Deal – still in Cali… Fresno this week. My next stops are Tupelo, Chattanooga, Portland, Lancaster PA, and Syracuse. I get around!

  158. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    I think the physical Tanak took earlier was a “marketing physical” arranged by Close. I believe any team willing to sign Tanaka for six and $120 will want a comprehensive physical done by a medical team of their own.
    ——————-

    You are absolutely right.-

    The only problem is that now there is very little time to do a comprehensive physical and analyze the labs and studies if there is even one small abnormality. Let’s say he has boarded a plane this morning in Tokyo and he’s gaining 14 hours, on his way to NY. He arrives sometime Wednesday, is put up in a hotel, told to be NPO for stat blood work to be drawn Thursday morning and a urinalysis. Then it’s off for an EKG and stress test. Now the urinalysis has some blood. He needs a Ct scan.. I’m just raising a red flag, and why. Mr. close has cut it too close, parden the pun.

  159. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Tar

    Oops …… s/b Bojo instead of Bobo :lol:

  160. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Chicken, have you ever try PLUCK U?

  161. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm
    So what? Mattingly hasn’t played in 13 years; the fact remains that right now Tex is one of the two best defensive first-basemen in baseball along with AG.

    Did you see Mike Napoli play last year?

  162. Deal With It January 21st, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Chicken:

    Portland again ? That stinks, no Southbound then ?

    Fresno ? Yuck !

    Hope you have a piece under ur pillow !

  163. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    or Paul Goldschmidt?

  164. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Cash – pluck u? Not sure what that is, but it doesn’t sound pleasant :)

  165. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:39 pm
    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    I think the physical Tanak took earlier was a “marketing physical” arranged by Close. I believe any team willing to sign Tanaka for six and $120 will want a comprehensive physical done by a medical team of their own.
    ——————-

    You are absolutely right.-

    The only problem is that now there is very little time to do a comprehensive physical and analyze the labs and studies if there is even one small abnormality. Let’s say he has boarded a plane this morning in Tokyo and he’s gaining 14 hours, on his way to NY. He arrives sometime Wednesday, is put up in a hotel, told to be NPO for stat blood work to be drawn Thursday morning and a urinalysis. Then it’s off for an EKG and stress test. Now the urinalysis has some blood. He needs a Ct scan.. I’m just raising a red flag, and why. Mr. close has cut it too close, parden the pun.
    ____________________________

    Good analysis. I believe though that all the players involved here, Close and the various team execs and medical staff, are well aware of the deadline, what needs to be done and not done and how to work that all out. No one at this level is going to make an amateurish mistake.

  166. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Deal – Not sure when I’ll be southbound again… my schedule is somewhat firm through May… If I’m your way, I’ll reach out

  167. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    a shack where all chickens goes to heaven, quite tasty. a must destination for all intrepid Pollo.

  168. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    We really don’t know what test were or were not done in LA. Could have been extensive list of tests so that Close would have the extra time. He is no dummy.

  169. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Good night.
    Hopefully well have an end to the saga by tomorrow, and he’ll be on a plane to NY.

  170. Cashmoney January 21st, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    night all.

  171. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Cash – While I’d like to eventually get to heaven, I’m in no particular hurry. :)

  172. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm
    Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm
    So what? Mattingly hasn’t played in 13 years; the fact remains that right now Tex is one of the two best defensive first-basemen in baseball along with AG.

    Did you see Mike Napoli play last year?
    _________________

    Of course for one year. Trumbo and Rizzo had good defensive years too. Tex was injured. Tex has been doing it for a long time and is acknowledged as being one of the top defensive first baseman in the game. Napoli? Not.

  173. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    night Cash

  174. Blojaldo January 21st, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Night all.

  175. chicken_stanley January 21st, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    night Blojaldo

  176. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Bojo

    I’m pretty sure that the exam was at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

    Here’s the website and lists all the physicians , all orthopedic trained sports medicine docs. The focus then was on an a orthopedic exam, not a cardio-pulmonary , internal medicine, cardiac exam.

    http://mobile.kerlanjobe.com/home.aspx

    Just my take.

  177. Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Now it’s definitely good night. Take care

  178. BoJo January 21st, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Yankee Trader January 21st, 2014 at 11:55 pm
    Bojo

    I’m pretty sure that the exam was at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

    Here’s the website and lists all the physicians , all orthopedic trained sports medicine docs. The focus then was on an a orthopedic exam, not a cardio-pulmonary , internal medicine, cardiac exam.

    http://mobile.kerlanjobe.com/home.aspx

    Just my take.
    =====
    Not an outlandish assumption at all. Just saying we don’t know for sure if other stuff was done.

  179. chicken_stanley January 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Goodnight all

  180. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Bojo

    BTW, remember this article on CC and the weight loss. It came out of their clinic read Kerlan-Jobe in the news.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11.....1&

    If he did have any cardiac studies it was likely not done in their clinic. And he only was in LA sometime Wednesday and left Saturday.

    Ok good night again.

  181. Deal With It January 22nd, 2014 at 12:07 am

    10-4 Senor Pollo

    GN Chicken, Blo and whomever else is lurking

    Out ………….

  182. bigdan22 January 22nd, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Need the help of some labor lawyers out there. I’m actually a securities lawyer.

    I’ve been saying that I’m confused why Arod chose to sue his union. Apparently, under federal labor law, if a union member chooses to sue his employer for breach of contract, he must sue his union as well. Arod is suing MLB for breach of the CBA. My question is why? What’s the relief if Arod succeeds in proving MLB violated the CBA? Not monetary damages. Not even an order vacating Horowitz’s decision. That’s a totally different legal claim.

    The only thing I can think of is Arod wants the judge to issue an order stating that MLB misinterpreted the “just cause” provision of the JDA. At least that’s how his Prayer for Relief seems to read. If that’s the case, then Arod is suing the union solely to protect it’s members not named Arod.

  183. Ted Nelson January 22nd, 2014 at 12:26 am

    “Roberts makes me think of Eric Davis. If I remember correctly, he came up with 1 or 2 really good years in Baltimore after being injury plagued for several years… maybe we can catch lightning in a bottle with Roberts… not likely, but possible”

    Davis kind of alternated injured and healthy seasons for a while, never had the sustained period of injured seasons Roberts has.

    Eric Chavez is who I think of. Different injury issues, but is Roberts could pull a 2012 Chavez that would be amazing. It had also been 4 years since Chavez played in 100 games, but like Roberts in 2012 he had seen a slight uptick the year before.

    Short of catching lightning in a bottle, just repeating his 2013 season should be good enough. His 0.9 fWAR (in only 296 PAs and 77 games) was good for 25th among all 2B (don’t know where it ranked relatively, but his bWAR was about the same in absolute terms at 0.7). His ~2 fWAR pace made him about a league average starting 2B for the half season he played.
    Half a season of Roberts and half a season with some combination of Sizemore, KJ, Ryan, Anna, Nunez, CoJo, etc. at 2B might be passable enough. Wouldn’t be a strength by any means, but also shouldn’t be a total blackhole. Playoff teams don’t usually have All-Stars at every position, but they also don’t often have the total blackholes that the Yankees had in 2013. A few more strong spots and duct-taping the blackholes so they’re passable should be enough to seriously contend for the division.

  184. Ted Nelson January 22nd, 2014 at 12:35 am

    “Short of catching lightning in a bottle, just repeating his 2013 season should be good enough.”

    Not to say that he’s even that likely to do that. It would be a good outcome from where I’m sitting. Even if the rest of their 2B managed not to go negative in fWAR combined, 0.9 fWAR at 2B would have made them the #22 team in MLB in 2013. If those others guys combine for positive 1 fWAR, the Yankees would be within 0.5 fWAR for the 2013 league median for team 2B fWAR.

    “but like Roberts in 2012 he had seen a slight uptick the year before.”

    Totally botched this. Should say that in 2013 Roberts had a relatively healthy season for him recently just like Chavez in 2011 before his 2012 gem of a season. No reason to think the same will happen to Roberts in 2014 as Chavez in 2012, but if it did it would be similar circumstances.

  185. yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Rays To Acquire Logan Forsythe From Padres
    By Jeff Todd [January 21, 2014 at 11:20pm CST]
    The Rays have agreed to acquire utilityman Logan Forsythe from the Padres, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. 
    —-
    Rays outbid the Yanks. Torres goes to Padres. On my phone but above post from mlbtr.

  186. pete2 January 22nd, 2014 at 1:05 am

    bigdan22 January 22nd, 2014 at 12:21 am

    “Need the help of some labor lawyers out there. I’m actually a securities lawyer.

    I’ve been saying that I’m confused why Arod chose to sue his union. Apparently, under federal labor law, if a union member chooses to sue his employer for breach of contract, he must sue his union as well. Arod is suing MLB for breach of the CBA. My question is why?”

    Not a lawyer but read somewhere from someone who sounds like he knew what he was talking about that as a member of the Union, the player basically cedes many employment rights he would ordinarily possess to the Union. It may be presumed he was adequately represented by the Union (eg the CBA). To counter this presumption he has to allege the the Union failed him. Thus he should be allowed to proceed on matters that would be considered within the exclusive province of the collective bargaining structure (eg arbitration process).

    To prevail against MLB, he has to prove a breach of the duty of fair representation by the MLBPA as well as a breach of the CBA by MLB.

    He may not actually have to name the MLBPA in the suit, but there may be certain advantages in doing so such as a more direct access to evidence, etc.

  187. pete2 January 22nd, 2014 at 1:15 am

    ” I’m just raising a red flag, and why. Mr. close has cut it too close, parden the pun.”

    If he plans to fly to NY he is cutting it close since you never know what the weather will bring this time of year.

    But if he is just going to LA, well, you can easily get all tests done on an expedited basis with the Dodgers financial clout. I have to imagine Tanaka has already had extensive tests by his own Docs so he would have no surprises. If there were suspect medical findings in his own tests, you can bet they would not cut it this close.

    No team is going to sign him to this kind of money w/o a complete physical, at least I would hope not.

  188. J. Alfred Prufrock January 22nd, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Tar January 21st, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Cash

    Did you notice that McCann was one of two who beat the shift. I like that…. maybe it will spread to Tex.

    Thanks again YF
    ///

    Robi beat the shift in Boston last August, laid down a beauty.

    :mad:

  189. bigdan22 January 22nd, 2014 at 1:37 am

    pete2 January 22nd, 2014 at 1:05 am
    bigdan22 January 22nd, 2014 at 12:21 am

    “Need the help of some labor lawyers out there. I’m actually a securities lawyer.

    I’ve been saying that I’m confused why Arod chose to sue his union. Apparently, under federal labor law, if a union member chooses to sue his employer for breach of contract, he must sue his union as well. Arod is suing MLB for breach of the CBA. My question is why?”

    Not a lawyer but read somewhere from someone who sounds like he knew what he was talking about that as a member of the Union, the player basically cedes many employment rights he would ordinarily possess to the Union. It may be presumed he was adequately represented by the Union (eg the CBA). To counter this presumption he has to allege the the Union failed him. Thus he should be allowed to proceed on matters that would be considered within the exclusive province of the collective bargaining structure (eg arbitration process).

    To prevail against MLB, he has to prove a breach of the duty of fair representation by the MLBPA as well as a breach of the CBA by MLB.

    He may not actually have to name the MLBPA in the suit, but there may be certain advantages in doing so such as a more direct access to evidence, etc.

    ——

    Thanks for your input Pete2. I find your posts to be uniformly informative and helpful.

    But I am still confused. My point is, strictly from Arod’s perspective, his problem is not with the union, or even with MLB. He could have just chosen to sue for an order vacating the arbitrator’s decision. He receives no personal benefit that I can see from winning a suit against the union or MLB in this particular action (as opposed to his other tortious interference lawsuit). I don’t think adding the union as a party greatly improves his access to evidence since he could subpoena the union as part of his vacatur lawsuit.

    Right now, as far as I can tell, Arod suing the player’s association is an act that does not help himself but rather is designed to provide a beneficial precedent for players in the future who may be accused of violating the JDA under Section 7.G.2. (just cause) of that agreement.

  190. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 3:19 am

    “Tommy Lasorda says Alex Rodriguez is a cheat who is trying to ruin the game.”

    Another respected icon rightfully denounces A-Rod.

  191. bardos January 22nd, 2014 at 4:15 am

    If in fact the Yankees do win the Tanaka bidding war, folks are going to be shocked at the price. It has been a totally perfect storm for Tanaka (and Close), beginning with the new agreement to limit the payout to his team and thus more for him, added to the immediate needs of many teams in MLB, and the amount of cash floating around This forum will begin a whole new debate with the title: “Was he Worth it?”.

  192. tomingeorgia January 22nd, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Still nothing, darn it.

  193. GregD January 22nd, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Baby it’s cold outside………

  194. pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Baby it’s cold outside………
    —–
    Sure is… 7 degrees outside here in central NJ.

    Having a cup of coffee now waiting for it to get light out… Gonna be a blast shoveling the foot+ of snow we got.

  195. RhapsodyInBlue January 22nd, 2014 at 6:44 am

    -5.

    Tanaka is a pita.

  196. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 7:16 am

    My husband’s already shoveled out and is on his way to work. At least the snowblower worked this time.

    But it’s a snow day for the daughter and we are both up. :(

    I had always liked Brian Roberts, and felt bad for him that he always seemed to get hurt. So I cannot allow myself to think that all of a sudden he’s going to be able to play a full season. I’m neither excited nor optimistic about Roberts being projected as the “everyday” second baseman. I’d love to be wrong. I’m more optimistic, though only slightly so, about Ellsbury.

  197. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I hope Tanaka isn’t using weather.com as a deciding factor right now. 10 day forecast in LA calls for 70s and 80s with a 0% chance of precipitation

  198. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 7:36 am

    @pgammo: With Drew still unsigned, Cherington happy with Red Sox roster as is http://t.co/oX8VlGd2rr via @sharethis

  199. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Also I hope Tanaka isn’t considering intelligence of a cities mayor as a deciding factor – as Bill DeBlasio is turning out to be a total moron. Schools are open after 12+ inches of snow and sub zero temps. And here I sit in an empty classroom.

  200. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Blake, it really should not be an issue. He can live wherever he wants in the off season. With a few isolated exceptions, baseball season in New York doesn’t include snow. :)

    Of course SoCal weather is in a class of its own…

    But NY beats out Chicago if overall weather is the tie breaker there….

    Enough is enough. I seriously don’t even care anymore. I just want to get the team put together before reporting date, you know? And once Tanaka is signed by “whoever,” there is going to be a feeding frenzy on the scraps, who are going to be overpaid. Sigh

  201. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 7:44 am

    “Blake, it really should not be an issue. He can live wherever he wants in the off season. With a few isolated exceptions, baseball season in New York doesn’t include snow. ”

    No it includes 90 degrees and humidity!

  202. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Poetkiosk,

    He didn’t close the schools? Wow. So all those terciary and quaduciary roads in Staten island and Queens were all plowed? HA! Is it at least delayed opening?

  203. Mottsx January 22nd, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Bill DeBlasio is going to take over Dikembe Mutumbo’s spot on his commercials pretty soon. A real winner got voted in.

  204. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 7:50 am

    He didn’t close schools and its a mess even here in Manhattan (I am a HS teacher). And no delayed opening. Oh and a bonus, there is after school and sports.

    The guy seems to lack total common sense. I voted for him because I figured he wasn’t an abject moron – BIG mistake.

  205. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 7:52 am

    You guys need a good southern mayor….1 inch of snow….whole school system would shut down

  206. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Poetkiosk,

    You have my sympathy.

  207. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I have my own kids as well – they did NOT go to school.

  208. tomingeorgia January 22nd, 2014 at 7:54 am

    blake,
    They close schools here on a FORECAST of snow.

  209. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 am

    They close baseball on the forecast Tanaka is coming.

  210. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Tom,
    they closed in here a couple weeks ago because it was cold…..no snow or ice….just cold

  211. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:03 am

    well it’s 10 PM in Japan so if we dont’ hear anything soon I’m guessing it’ll either be late tonight or tomorrow or Friday. Maybe they’ll announce it at midnight in Japan!

  212. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The Cubs are gonna be really bad in 2014…..does Tanaka want to come over here and have a losing record in his first season? Because that’s very possible even if he pitches well……

  213. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

    The Yankees have not exactly made Kuroda a big winner despite pitching well. I do wonder if negotiations with teams are still ongoing or is Tanaka is the decision making time.

  214. RhapsodyInBlue January 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

    This is the time of year I think about selling the house in upstate NY and moving down to Tampa.

    Fly fishing for bonefish, watching the Yankees at camp.

  215. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Morning, little nippy, but otherwise, a beautiful day in Gotham!

  216. YankeeRay January 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 am

    It’s T day. Unless he is milking this thing to the wire and then doesn’t make a decision and stays home.
    Imagine that?

  217. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 8:18 am

    It IS a pretty day, for sure. :)

  218. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Ifvthatbappens, Yankee Ray, Casey Close better stay with him…

  219. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good morning

    No news:

    Masahiro Tanaka updates from Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

    Tanaka used a Momoiro Clover Z themed glove manufactured Asics during workouts on Tuesday. The glove was white and silver with red, yellow, pink, green, and purple accents. [Sanspo 1/22/2014]

    “WOW”

    Tsuyoshi Shinjo wanted reporters to tell Tanaka that he should memorize the following two English words/phrases: “appreciate” and “good atmosphere.” Shinjo apparently managed to get by with just those the two words/phrases when he first went to the United States in 2001. [Sponichi 1/22/2014]

    WOW AGAIN

    UPDATE @ 9:27pm – Tanaka worked out at Kobo Stadium for the third straight day today. He did not speak to reporters. [Sanspo 1/22/2014]

    BOW WOW

  220. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 8:20 am

    6/120+ 20 seems to be the #

    That means there’s probably at least one team that says eff it, 7/140 + 20

    or 6/130 + 20

    who knows…. any predictions on the top offer? (I’m aware that he may not take top offer but it’s very rare for a player to leave even $10M on the table.

  221. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:23 am

    BD-

    Cubs rumor 7/160

  222. austinmac January 22nd, 2014 at 8:24 am

    BD,

    I predicted seven years and $154M. Of course, that comes from the place of absolute guess.

    I also believe this is Groundhog Day that won’t end until Bill Murray gets nicer.

  223. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Bruce Levine reported the Cubs “will outbid the field on money and years.” And while that may be the case, David Kaplan is hearing the Cubs’ offer to Tanaka is nowhere near the seven-year, $160 million deal that reports have suggested. Buster Olney has heard one team is willing to pay Tanaka like a “Cy Young-caliber pitcher” and that could mean a $150-160 million contract. And rumors have suggested Tanaka could be looking for an opt-out clause to be included in his deal.

    What makes Levine’s report interesting is the hint of a blind bid. Levine said “none of the clubs know the other teams’ bids.” The Cubs are believed to be in the middle of the process with Tanaka along with the Yankees and Dodgers. The Diamondbacks and White Sox are thought to be out of the running for Tanaka at this point.

  224. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Steve Gilbert ?@SteveGilbertMLB 21m
    Baseball Source: #Dbacks no longer in running for Tanaka. Story soon on http://dbacks.com .

    duh

  225. yanks61 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:28 am

    “All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed,” an erudite Irish client of mine once told me in quoting the writer, Sean O’Casey.

    Well, it seems that Tanaka, Close and their team are assiduously rehearsing this play to achieve maximum effect and they’re going more than a little overboard with it. Theatre of the absurd, anyone?

    In fact, Tanaka appears to be practicing (perhaps due to his wife’s influence?) a kind of modern day, media fueled Kabuki dance in order to produce the greatest possible drama.

    I think most of us have gotten quiet tired of it all. Like you, Doreen, I almost don’t care anymore. I just want to get it over with and get on to other things. There’s still a lot of work to do. Well, the last act has to come soon.

    And, by the way, I don’t at all like the idea of a signing without a complete physical by the signing team. I don’t see that as being at all Kosher.

  226. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Good morning on this sub zero day, and 14 plus inches here in Long Island :( I laughed when someone told me Bill DeBlasio would be a better mayor than Bloomberg. You’ll see he said , I almost spit my water out as I remembered all those commercials as he was running . The guy is a total maroon … Remember a few weeks back he closed the schools for less snow and same temps ..

  227. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 8:31 am

    just a thought, Jeter’s legacy is pretty much sealed and delivered. I was never a huge Jeter fan, but I can’t help to think what he is and was when it’s all said and done. A champion, A winner who inner desire to excel burns brightly even at 40. Mattingly had the same desire.

  228. blake January 22nd, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Wonder if Close thinks the bidding will actually be higher if the bidding is blind? Weird….

  229. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 8:31 am

    What makes it worse is that Tanaka isn’t even projected to be a true ace or #1. It was a perfect storm for him, but he is not worth this type of attention or money.

    I’d almost prefer someone else now as he is striking me as a preening prima donna.

  230. Mottsx January 22nd, 2014 at 8:35 am

    If these teams had any balls they would start pulling their bids and turn the leverage back on their side not some punk from japan. Sorry… I’ve been up since 3am couldn’t sleep and no updates :(

  231. GregD January 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    pkyankfan69 January 22nd, 2014 at 6:43 am
    Baby it’s cold outside………
    —–
    Sure is… 7 degrees outside here in central NJ.

    Having a cup of coffee now waiting for it to get light out… Gonna be a blast shoveling the foot+ of snow we got.
    —————-
    we only got about 5 inches here in Delaware……though they don’t plow out where I live so it will be tough going if I need to get out

  232. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I’d almost prefer someone else now as he is striking me as a preening prima donna.
    ——
    I don’t know about that. I know next to nothing about the man. But if he wants to take 2 weeks to contemplate where he wants to be for next 5 years or more in a foreign country, it’s very understandable.

    I think just seem an eternity due to the ratification of posting system. anywho, when it happens, it happens. I stop thinking about him.

  233. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Doreen-

    I agree with your sentiments re: Tanaka

    This whole thing has taken on a Twilight Zone type quality.

    It couldn’t possibly have been this difficult to decide.

    Thank goodness there is a hard deadline.

    ;)

  234. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thats a lot of bread for a pitcher who’s agent is telling interested teams that they have to rely on the Physical done while he was at LA for that short 3 day stay.

    I read that the physical was done at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in LA. I believe it was at this location. Its a sports medicine clinic with all Orthopedic trained surgeons and physical rehab specialists.

    http://kerlanjobe.com/Locations/los_angeles.aspx

  235. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:37 am

    One thing I do like is not one Yankee rumor or anything pertaining to Tanaka. Maybe they made their the top bid. All I’ve heard is Cubs stuff, dodgers and Dbacks ..

  236. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Mottsx that would be hilarious and Tanaka is a Golden Eagle again

  237. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Well I can only judge Tanaka by what I see – none of us know the dude. But from I see – this artificial drama taken to its maximum effect strikes me as absurd.

  238. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Poet-

    “What makes it worse is that Tanaka isn’t even projected to be a true ace or #1. It was a perfect storm for him, but he is not worth this type of attention or money.”

    That doesn’t make it worse it makes it comical.

    Which it is.

    ;)

  239. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Cashmoney,

    that’s a good point – first there was the back and forth on the posting process, and then, whether or not he would even be posted. so a lot of time was lost on those two fronts. I don’t begrudge a guy taking his time to decide where he wants to spend the next several years of his life – he is leaving his home, after all. But, it has gotten tiresome, nonetheless.

  240. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Orr Limpisvasti, M.D.
    This is the same Physician from that clinic. Remember this?

    “Dr. Orr Limpisvasti, a sports medicine surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and an orthopedic consultant for the Los Angeles Angels, said that Sabathia’s weight loss should not be dismissed as a possible reason for his struggles.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11......html?_r=0

  241. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Nothing wrong w MT but the process sucks.

    I think Close needs some prune juice.

    ;)

  242. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Probably waiting till the last minute to see if anyone does anything crazy.

    ;)

  243. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Eeenie Mennie Minie Mo

    To which 100 million shall I go ?

    :)

  244. 86w183 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Morning all —-

    I wouldn’t go questioning someone’s character based on this process. He had NO control over the posting process other than to make it clear to his team that he wanted to be posted.

    He has 30 days to choose a team so what’s wrong with utilizing that time?

    The paperwork must be completed by 5:00 Friday (Eastern Time) which tells me the decision has to be made today. Unless of course Close, being the clever agent that he is has multiple contracts in hand awaiting Tanaka’s signature.

  245. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Like Hank ? Ha ha ha

  246. bardos January 22nd, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Question: Sealed bids and then no shopping of offers? The sealed bids are it?

  247. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Hank is gonna give Tanaka a 7 year deal for 189 ;)

  248. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Bardos-

    No one but Close knows how this process really works.

    Can’t wait to hear Tanaka talking to reporters about how he decided.

    Should be a real laugher.

    ;)

  249. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I think he’s made his decision. Close has probably told him, that he wants to get him every last dime, to sit tight.

    Im totally skeptical at this point, especially if they are asking teams to rely on an examination by Orthopedic docs only.

  250. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Doreen, the end is near one way or another on this matter, Friday, no? I understand we are pining for closure. Close has always been close lipped about most of his negotiations. I really don’t see any drama except those manufactured by media to generate news what has been a quiet Jan.

  251. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I have no clue but I think it’ll be 6/138 or 7/154

    and maybe an opt out after 4

    We’ll know soon enough

  252. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    YT-

    I share some of your sentiments.

    You were up late last night and are here early.

    ;)

  253. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Yesterday, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman ran down the striking similarity between the Yankees’ 2008 pursuit of CC Sabathia and their current pursuit of Tanaka, cautioning that this time, the perception that the Yankees can get what they want by flexing unmatchable financial muscle no longer exists. Sherman also speculates that it’s likely that Tanaka’s agency, Excel Sports, is seeking an opt-out clause similar to the ones they negotiated for Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

    Didn’t CC have a opt out ?

  254. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I’d be surprised if the Yankees offer is much above 6/120.

    I can see them adding an additional year.

    An opt out is a virtual certainty.

  255. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    86-

    I wonder if he has to even fly to the city. Maybe they will honor his signature by fax. Wouldn’t that just be an end to this protracted process?

  256. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Cashmoney -

    Yeah, just impatience on this end and a desire to get to the end of the process. With no other baseball news of consequence, it took on a life of its own. Of course, the reason there is no other baseball news of consequence is precisely because teams won’t do anything until they know the outcome of this situation. Like I said, going to be a feeding frenzy once the decision is publicized.

  257. Doreen January 22nd, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Yep, CC did have an opt-out.

  258. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I might be way off, but I believe the Yanks will be one of the top bids.. Just a thought

  259. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    All I can say is that at these prices and after all this hype Mr. Tanaka had better produce wherever
    he winds up.

    ;)

  260. BD (Boston Dave) January 22nd, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These opt outs are DANGEROUS for an unknown like Tanaka.

    It’s one thing when it’s a younger CC or a Kershaw.

    Team is taking all the risk, which there is plenty, and if they are right, they don’t get the reward. If they’re wrong, they’re in deep doo doo.

  261. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:56 am

    So what is Sherman saying , he’s pure comedy

  262. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Speaking of CC wonder if he’ll pitch like old CC or Freddy Garcia lol

  263. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Much as I like to rag on the process I truly believe people will really like MT.

    Not only for his ability but for him as the total package.

    He’s handsome, personable, talented, and a fiery competitor.

    Hopefully, he will be ours.

  264. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Oak2455-

    Yes CC had an opt out, which he exercised. Teixeira is represented by Close-no opt out.

    I remember that Cashman left the General managers meeting while it was still being held, and flew to Oakland to sit down with CC and his wife which convinced CC that living in NY wouldnt be so bad. If I remember correctly he was also in the process of building a house in the Oakland/San Fran area. Cashman really must have impressed them.

  265. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 8:58 am

    He looks like Freddy , he needs to get back on the captain crunch !

  266. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 8:59 am

    “He has 30 days to choose a team so what’s wrong with utilizing that time?”

    I guess it strikes me the same way as the Lebron debacle. I’ts totally within their rights as players under the given system(s). But perception is also at play here and to most fans, it has the appearance of a theatre of the absurd. Why?

    Because the bids have been submitted. He has as much information as he will ever get about each city and team.

    The delayed announcement seems like it being done for a dramatic effect of some sort. And like I said before, if he were even projected to be a #1, it would be different, but we are talking about a guy that will most likely land as a front end #3.

  267. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Awaiting our guest lecturer.

  268. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 am

    YT I remember that CC and cashman deal like it was yesterday . Didn’t he bring Reggie with him ?

  269. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    The delayed announcement seems like it being done for a dramatic effect of some sort. And like I said before, if he were even projected to be a #1, it would be different, but we are talking about a guy that will most likely land as a front end #3.

    —————
    The Cubs are telling him, he’s a #1 for them! :)

  270. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Sherman is right about NYY’s financial advantage being marginalized, but that has been gradually happening by the designs MLB and Yanks own willingness to go berserk financially.

    Other than that, I don’t see a lot similarities.

  271. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Risk taking is a part of life.

    Tanaka is a calculated risk.

    The best kind you can have.

    No one is better positioned to deal w it than a well-monied club like the Yankees.

    They have the need too.

    What happened with Igawa, or Pavano is not relevant to the current situation.

    Look at Darvish as the counter-example.

    You evaluate, you decide, and you act.

    It’s that simple.

  272. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Oak

    I think he did meet Reggie. Doesnt he live in Oakland?

  273. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Alex Rodriguez should ‘be honest with himself’ during suspension, David Ortiz says
    Newark Star-Ledger “Wearing a leather shirt, stroking a chihuahua, David Ortiz said he hopes Alex Rodriguez will “be honest with himself” during his ban from baseball. “I heard about the suspension he’s going to get and stuff,” Ortiz said. “And hopefully baseball will move on and he gets to be honest with himself,…” January 22

    Hey Ortiz what did somebody put in your shake today ? This guy is classic!!!!

  274. Yankee Trader January 22nd, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Personally I hope he does choose the Yankees. We need some excitement.

    New post. See you on the other side.—–>

  275. MTU January 22nd, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Batter up ——->

  276. oak2455 January 22nd, 2014 at 9:05 am

    YT I’m sure Reggie talk about himself for hours lol

  277. Poetkiosk January 22nd, 2014 at 9:07 am

    “Awaiting our guest lecturer.”

    PLease no. I have no students because of the snow storm in NYC and the last thing I want to do is spend my free period wading through page long posts :)

  278. Cashmoney January 22nd, 2014 at 9:08 am

    You evaluate, you decide, and you act.
    —–
    Sensai MTU, can’t win it if you not in it :D

  279. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    It’s not the mayor. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña decided late Tuesday night to keep schools open Wednesday.

  280. Blojaldo January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Rosenthal says Tanaka to the Yanks for 7 @ $155 with a 4th year opt out!!!!

  281. Ys Guy January 22nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    wasnt’ nomo nicknamed the typhoon?

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