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Wednesday morning notes: Preparing for Panama

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 12, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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On the big board in the Yankees clubhouse — where team announcements and batting practice group and travel squads are posted each day — there’s a new addition to the schedule.

Players going to Panama will leave at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

The plan is for Mariano Rivera to meet the team down there. He’s not expected to be in Yankees camp tomorrow, and he’s not expected to be on the team plane when it leaves. It will be, instead, just the guys going down to play in those exhibition games against the Marlins. Most, if not all, of the guys going to Panama are staying home for tomorrow’s split squad games. Should make it easier to pack up and hit the road that evening.

Believe it or not, the travel time for Panama might have been the most exciting thing happening in the clubhouse this morning.

Brendan Ryan· Brendan Ryan continues to downplay the significance of his injury. He said he feels fine after taking some light swings yesterday. Although it’s been described as an oblique injury, Ryan said it’s really in his lower back. “It doesn’t feel obliquish,” Ryan said. In fact, Ryan said he doesn’t feel it all at this point.

· Tyler Austin has progressed to hitting flips in the cage (basically tee and toss). Right wrist still feels good.

· Slade Heathcott said he continues to do more running and hitting. Pretty much the same stuff he was doing a few days ago. No massive increase in his workload, but not significant setback either. Kind of a no news is good news situation. Heathcott has known for a while that the Yankees were planning to move slowly with his recovery from knee surgery.

· Jose Campos is scheduled to pitch in today’s game. It will be his spring debut. The Yankees limited his game-by-game workload last season and have moved slowly with him this spring. He had elbow issues two years ago, but he was added to the 40-man this spring. Still has the potential to be a pretty high-end talent.

· Dellin Betances is throwing a simulated game today. He’ll pitch to Pete O’Brien and face Jose Pirela and Francisco Arcia.

· Ervin Santana is off the market. He’s signed with the Braves, who have run into some unexpected rotation needs this spring.

· The Yankees will bring a bunch of guys up from minor league camp to help fill the roster while roughly half of the guys in big league camp head to Panama. Those daily call-ups will actually start tomorrow with the split-squad game in Clearwater. Pitchers Tyler Webb and Pat Venditte are coming up for the day, as are position players Wes Wilson (C), Rob Refsnyder (2B), Carmen Angelini (SS), Rob Segedin (3B), Ali Castillo (UT), Ben Gamel (LF) and Taylor Dugas (RF). The positions listed are exactly as they were listed on the travel sheet, so I assume the Yankees are planning to have those guys play those specific positions tomorrow.

Ichiro Suzuki· Tomorrow’s travel squad to Clearwater:
Pitchers: Danny Burawa, Preston Claiborne, Shane Greene, Fred Lewis, Bryan Mitchell, Mark Montgomery, Ivan Nova
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, Francisco Cervelli, Pete O’Brien, Austin Romine
Infielders: Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Mark Teixeira
Outfielders: Jacoby Ellsbury, Ramon Flores, Ichiro Suzuki, Mason Williams

· Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, DH John Ryan Murphy

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Shawn Kelley, Jose Campos, Robert Coello, Yoshinori Tateyama, Fred Lewis

· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 2: Russ Canzler, Kelly Johnson, Mason Williams, Francisco Cervelli
Group 3: Zoilo Almonte, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Austin Romine
Group 4: Francisco Arcia, Adonis Garcia, Zelous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 5: Antoan Richardson, Yangervis Solarte, Jose Pirela, Jose Gil
Group 6: Ramon Flores, Corban Joseph, Francisco Arcia, Pete O’Brien, Gary Sanchez

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85 Responses to “Wednesday morning notes: Preparing for Panama”

  1. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Pretty bad explosion in East Harlem :

    116th Street & Park Ave.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Time flies when you’re having fun! Our first predictions came back in January :)

    Counting down to final predictions…

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
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    2/4 Mottsx 99
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    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Upstate – any word on what caused the explosion?

  4. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Holy sh*t!!

    @Gawker A building in Harlem reportedly exploded and collapsed this morning. http://gaw.kr/QtrHlNX pic.twitter.com/kzn4BlZJdM

  5. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    oh no…prayers for everyone in the area.

  6. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Nothing yet….33 Fire Units….6 story building collapse….helicopters told to move 20 blocks away….Metro North trains all stopped & evacuated….no reported injuries as of yet…fire(s) still out of control….residential(?) building….probable gas leak explosion

  7. sjb23 March 12th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    re-post:
    Random Thoughts:

    With McCann, Romine, & Murphy not knowing the pitching staff very well, & with Romine & Murphy not having very many ML ABs, Cervelli has more value than we think, IMO. I think if Cervelli gets traded, he needs to be in a package for an established reliever that could possibly be an 8th inning setup guy, although I’d prefer the Yanks move Romine instead.

    I’m starting to think that the club already has the infield mix they need to start the season: I like the idea of platooning Johnson & Sizemore @ 3rd. Ryan backs up Jeter @ 2nd & both he & Sizemore back up Roberts @ 2nd. Soriano backs up Teixeira @ 1st.

    Nunez has one more option left so he goes to Scranton along with Dean Anna & Solarte. These guys are the first callups if/when someone gets hurt. Nunez could & should also be part of a trade package, if it makes sense.

    I really think Ichiro is taking up a valuable spot on both the 25 & 40 man rosters. IMO the Yanks should either trade or release him, & eat his salary either way. As mentioned by bigdan, Zoilo needs the ABs to determine his future development/advancement.

    I also think Shane Greene is taking up a spot on the 40-man & isn’t in the team’s plans – that spot is valuable, he needs to be DFA’d.

    Other than all the above, everyone’s doing great !!! :-)

  8. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    smoke pretty thick…first reponders & news-people wearing masks….11 reported injured so far…no deaths know…

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Upstate. Prayers that there are no fatalities.

  10. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    “Spanish Christian Church” & “Absolute Pianos”….were the businesses on the ground floor of the exploded building….apartments above.

  11. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Someone who lived in one of the buildings said they had been smelling gas for weeks. An 8 year old boy was badly burned, others injured. Sending out prayers to East Harlem.

  12. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Kris Medlen :

    The Braves pitcher told reporters that he has spent the past two days preparing himself for a second Tommy John surgery.

    Reporters say there is a “high likelihood” that Medlen will need Tommy John.

    Reporters relay that Medlen was “angry and in denial” after injuring his arm on Sunday;

    he threw two more pitches before exiting the game.

  13. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’m excited to see Campos pitch today.

  14. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Really sucks for Medlen…..I hate that.

    hopefully no deaths in this collapse.

  15. pkyankfan69 March 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Beltran apparently likes to get his face painted like a cheetah and ride roller coasters.

    http://instagram.com/p/lbVN4-KzS_

  16. mnmboys March 12th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Trisha – I will take 100 wins since no one picked it and will root for a really good year:)

    Thanks.

  17. Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    If what we see is what we get, can CC win with spotting the ball and never giving in to the batter pitching like Al Leiter? I brought up Lefty Gomez who early in his career threw 100 mph, but when he hurt his arm, he could never adjust like Leiter did. That is the big question for CC. Can he make the adjustment?

  18. jmills March 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Drive by in the snow.

    Sanatana to the Braves, go Romero! Oh Rickie you’re so so fine, you’re so so fine you’ve been out of my mind, go Rickie!

  19. Jarak March 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Explosion two blocks from me. Felt my building roll. There are some unaccounted for at this time.

  20. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    NY Times confirming at least one dead. Terrible scene from some of the pictures that have popped up.

    fem – Really hope that’s not true.. if the explosion was avoidable that’d be even more tragic than it already is.

  21. jmills March 12th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Sorry for the bad news down there.

  22. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Jarak March 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am
    Explosion two blocks from me. Felt my building roll. There are some unaccounted for at this time.
    =======================

    Glad you’re AOK !

    They’re reporting that they heard/felt the explosion in Leonia, NJ.

    Must’ve been a whopper from your place !

  23. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am
    If what we see is what we get, can CC win with spotting the ball and never giving in to the batter pitching like Al Leiter? I brought up Lefty Gomez who early in his career threw 100 mph, but when he hurt his arm, he could never adjust like Leiter did. That is the big question for CC. Can he make the adjustment?
    =============================

    Calling Andy:

    “Please stop by when you get a chance…. a friend of yours needs a bit of advice & support”

    Thank you, Andy.

  24. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Shame, that is the rumor, sadly. I can’t imagine the trauma for those who experienced 9/11. Some made comparisons when they saw what was taking place. Here’s the article from TDN:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new.....-1.1718814

  25. blake March 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    so are they thinking it was a gas leak that caused it? If people were smelling gas for weeks was it not reported? If so was nothing done about it?

  26. bigdan22 March 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    sjb23 March 12th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Random Thoughts:

    With McCann, Romine, & Murphy not knowing the pitching staff very well, & with Romine & Murphy not having very many ML ABs, Cervelli has more value than we think, IMO. I think if Cervelli gets traded, he needs to be in a package for an established reliever that could possibly be an 8th inning setup guy, although I’d prefer the Yanks move Romine instead.

    I’m starting to think that the club already has the infield mix they need to start the season: I like the idea of platooning Johnson & Sizemore @ 3rd. Ryan backs up Jeter @ 2nd & both he & Sizemore back up Roberts @ 2nd. Soriano backs up Teixeira @ 1st.

    Nunez has one more option left so he goes to Scranton along with Dean Anna & Solarte. These guys are the first callups if/when someone gets hurt. Nunez could & should also be part of a trade package, if it makes sense.

    I really think Ichiro is taking up a valuable spot on both the 25 & 40 man rosters. IMO the Yanks should either trade or release him, & eat his salary either way. As mentioned by bigdan, Zoilo needs the ABs to determine his future development/advancement.

    I also think Shane Greene is taking up a spot on the 40-man & isn’t in the team’s plans – that spot is valuable, he needs to be DFA’d.

    Other than all the above, everyone’s doing great !!! :-)

    —–

    Some interesting takes sjb23. I’d agree with you on the 25 man construction if Sizemore’s opt out was April 1 and not May 1. Because of that, and because he’s not on the 40, I believe Nunez gets the last spot. But they could def be flip-flopped later in April before Sizemore’s opt out.

    Actually, Nunie has had a pretty good camp. Girardi has said several times that for Nunie to make the club he needs to play a lot of positions. So far he has done that and has done it fairly well. But because of all the additional infield depth they added (Anna, Solarte, Sizemore), his future with the Yanks is tenuous. Some folks may actually get their wish later this year and see Nunie released. It’s really not hard to imagine that scenario now.

    As much as they’d like to trade Ichiro, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. And I seriously doubt they’ll release him. No, I think we are stuck with Ichiro for this last season. I actually think if he’s limited to defense/base-running and only occasional ABs, Ichiro will be fine as a 5th outfielder. My hope (and it’s only a hope) is that if there’s an injury to a starting outfielder, Almonte will get the call and take the starter’s place. But it’s more likely Almonte, unfortunately, spends the bulk of this coming season in Scranton.

    I’m not sure Greene gets released first, but you could be right. I think Anna would be the first spot to be used. With Turley’s injury problems, can he be placed on the 60 now or at some point? That would be a spot.

    And you are right. I fully expect if Cervelli is traded it’s for late inning bullpen help. The Yanks aren’t adding any infield starters now (and probably won’t even consider it until mid season or unless there’s an injury) and Cervelli couldn’t net you that anyway.

  27. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Aw man..

    @SunnyHostin Con Edison official tells CNN they had a call of a possible gas leak shortly before the explosion and collapse of a building in Harlem, NY

  28. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Jarak – Stay safe.

  29. blake March 12th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    HardballTalk ?@HardballTalk 3m
    #Astros release one-time top prospect Brett Wallace http://wp.me/p14QSL-29Ff

  30. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Back to baseball…

    “As much as they’d like to trade Ichiro, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. And I seriously doubt they’ll release him. No, I think we are stuck with Ichiro for this last season. I actually think if he’s limited to defense/base-running and only occasional ABs, Ichiro will be fine as a 5th outfielder. My hope (and it’s only a hope) is that if there’s an injury to a starting outfielder, Almonte will get the call and take the starter’s place. But it’s more likely Almonte, unfortunately, spends the bulk of this coming season in Scranton.”

    I’m a little surprised we couldn’t get anyone to take Ichiro.. even if we eat most of his salary??

  31. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    blake March 12th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    HardballTalk ?@HardballTalk #Astros release one-time top prospect Brett Wallace http://wp.me/p14QSL-29Ff

    Maybe the Yanks should just be collecting players like this.

  32. bigdan22 March 12th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    A couple more thoughts about last night:

    –CC really didn’t look terrible. He had a few strike outs. His fastball (or cut fastball), even with little velocity wasn’t being hit really hard. He’s still got a lot of pitches in his arsenal. He’s going to need to adjust the speed on his off speed stuff to get the right differentials. Maybe he can work this out and be average this year.

    –Solarte doesn’t take easy swings. The guy doesn’t take ABs like a utility infielder. Or really like any infielder. He seems to hit curveballs and fastballs. He seems to be able to pull pitches when hitting from either side. He also seems to go the opposite way. Where has this guy been?

  33. Mottsx March 12th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    If you can’t make the Astros 40man isn’t that like worse than AAA?

  34. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    “…A Con Edison official tells CNN the utility company had a call of a possible gas leak shortly before the explosion. The official says the company received a call at 9:13 a.m. from someone saying they smelled gas. The official says Con Edison dispatched a truck two minutes later, but the truck had not arrived at the scene when the explosion happened and no Con Ed crews were injured…”

    - per CNN release

  35. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Brett Wallace:

    Taken in 1st Round in 2008 draft.

    13th pick overall.

    Choosing team : St. Louis Cardinals.

    Maybe the draft is more of a crapshoot than we all think…..because we know that StL is the best ever at acquiring young talent.

  36. Jarak March 12th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thx all. Church bldg had gas fixed a couple of weeks ago. New odor last night/this morning. Con Ed was responding or about to respond to new report. Smoke very 9/11 ish. Keep thinking Good thoughts for those involved.

  37. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    The problem may be according to TDN a long term issue that wasn’t resolved RE: gas/electric issues. As for why the problems weren’t resolved. Hey, it is the City, so… if you have ever lived there or in any city, lots of things that should be fixed just don’t get fixed…

  38. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Jarak, yes, thinking good thoughts and sending prayers.

  39. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Is it raining in Tampa? :(

    https://twitter.com/FeinsandNYDN/status/443767585507905536/photo/1

  40. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    The rain looks temporary. They will play but could be a little delayed. Hal told me.

  41. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Hal told me.

    ———-

    At first glance I read this as, ‘Hal hold me.’

  42. Jerkface March 12th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Brett Wallace

    -

    Hit .353 in the PCL!

  43. Yanksfanmc76 March 12th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What’s up with Pineda?

  44. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Pineda next pitches tomorrow against the Orioles at The Boss.

  45. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    JF,

    Yes, but Wallace didn’t hit a hard .300+ like Anna. You must understand that all Yankee prospects are good and have been misevaluated by all other teams.

    Wallace is better than any other 3B prospect the Yankees have in the upper minors. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him signed.

  46. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Shame,

    I’m just hoping that doesn’t reflected your having a deep seated Hal crush. Say it ain’t so.

  47. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Let’s substitute reflect for reflected.

  48. pkyankfan69 March 12th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    If we could get Wallace and stick him in AAA that would be cool…Maybe he’ll be Chris Davis #2

  49. Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Calling Andy:
    “Please stop by when you get a chance…. a friend of yours needs a bit of advice & support”
    Thank you, Andy.

    Upstate, i hope you are right and Andy mentering CC works. A case that is against this occurring would be Lefty Gomez who once was able to blow batters away throwing 100 mph just struggle once he lost his velocity, and on the same team, the Yanks had a lefty finesse pitcher named Marius Russo who could get people out with the same speed that Gomez was left with and with little trouble. Gomez must have tried to adjust watching Russo, but as they say, “it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.” I think CC can adjust but not like Pettitte but more like Leiter who onced pitched like Gomez when both were in their prime and suffered the same fate with arm trouble, and Al will be hanging around Yankee land more then Andy will to dole out some advice.

  50. champ809 March 12th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am
    JF,

    Yes, but Wallace didn’t hit a hard .300+ like Anna. You must understand that all Yankee prospects are good and have been misevaluated by all other teams.

    Wallace is better than any other 3B prospect the Yankees have in the upper minors. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him signed.
    ————————————————————————————————–

    Disagree I think that Rob Segedin is a better 3B prospect than Wallace because Wallace can’t play 3B. The concern with him coming out of HS was he body type and lack of athleticism would hinder him and that’s exactly what’s been the case.

    Having said that I think the yanks should sign him and send him to Scranton to play 1B and hit.

  51. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Lohud Yankees Blog @LoHudYankees
    Manny Banuelos will make his next appearance on Friday. #yankees

  52. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Champ,

    I’m pretty sure Refsnyder is a 2B.

  53. blake March 12th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Why haven’t we signed Drew to a 1 year 14.1 million dollar contract yet?

  54. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Blake,

    Money.

  55. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 11:56 am
    Shame,

    I’m just hoping that doesn’t reflected your having a deep seated Hal crush. Say it ain’t so.
    —————-

    I think it means my subconscious wants you to have a crush on him… it’s hard to tell.

  56. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Shame,

    It’s okay. You could have had a crush on Hank.

  57. sjb23 March 12th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    bigdan22 March 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am
    With Turley’s injury problems, can he be placed on the 60 now or at some point? That would be a spot.
    *******************************
    Good point about Turley-they need that spot (along with Greene’s) for Sizemore and/or Solarte.

    Question: These two are both on minor league contracts, correct? No team can swoop in and grab them, even if they’re not on the 40-man, correct?

  58. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    austinmac, Refsnyder is a (evolving) 2B. (Used to be a RF), and doesn’t have 3B pop. We’ll likely have him at Trenton. That should be a heckuva team to watch this season.

    Hal’s weather reports are iffy at best… but I hope you are right about the clearing weather.

  59. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Yf,

    Hal sure didn’t forecast the stormy season of 2013.

  60. yankeefeminista March 12th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    austin, no he certainly did not. BBL.

  61. blake March 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Mac,
    if the Braves can find 14.1 million under their couch cushions to fix a problem….you’d think the yanks could

  62. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Of course they could find the money. Hal simply doesn’t want to. Just like last year’s holes, this year they will be filled by a hope, a prayer and a AAAA player.

  63. Jarak March 12th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    PCL is a hitters league (think Coors Field). So Wallace AND Anna’s numbers from last year should be taken with a grain of salt. Anna lifetime 286 in the minors.

  64. Patrick March 12th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Anthony Castrovince ?@castrovince 7m
    Shin-Soo Choo said #Yankees gave him 21 hours to consider their 7-year, $140M offer before they yanked it off table and signed Beltran.

    Should have taken the money Choo!

  65. blake March 12th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    the Yankees should set more time limits on players….they had a really good offseason besides not fixing the infield. As far as game planning….they pretty much got everybody they wanted and that’s hard to do.

  66. Patrick March 12th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Beltran is a nice player still but I’ve always been a huge fan of Choo

  67. Chad Jennings March 12th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    First pitch delayed until 1:30

  68. Mottsx March 12th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Maybe Choo was on vacation like Garza.

  69. Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    –Solarte doesn’t take easy swings. The guy doesn’t take ABs like a utility infielder. Or really like any infielder. He seems to hit curveballs and fastballs. He seems to be able to pull pitches when hitting from either side. He also seems to go the opposite way. Where has this guy been?

    Bigdan, I was also impressed of what I saw, but Chad does not think that Solarte is anything special based on his portfolio as he said in his chat a few days ago. When Chad said that Spring training is for those young players who have excelled in the minors to show their talent playing with the big boys and not for those like Solarte who lack the credentials, he made a great deal of sense. Remember Mustalier from last year who like the month he showed his stuff “came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.”

  70. blake March 12th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I would have rather had Choo as well but we don’t know for sure if he would have ever accepted the offer…..and by the time they found out Beltran could have been gone and they ended up with nobody

  71. Patrick March 12th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I would have rather had Choo as well but we don’t know for sure if he would have ever accepted the offer…..and by the time they found out Beltran could have been gone and they ended up with nobody

    True enough, I think he would have taken the 140 though :)

  72. bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    Remember Mustalier from last year who like the month he showed his stuff “came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.”

    He got injured.

  73. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    Hankflorida March 12th, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    Remember Mustalier from last year who like the month he showed his stuff “came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.”

    He got injured.
    ========================

    …remained a lamb.

    (a lame lamb ?)

  74. UpState March 12th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    little lame lamb.

  75. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    He got injured, returned and hasn’t hit since. Mirage.

  76. champ809 March 12th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Austinmac

    Refsnyder is a 2B but Segedin is 3B/OF

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