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Postgame notes: “I feel like I earned my spot”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Vidal Nuno

It’s always incredibly fun talking to guy who’s just made his first big league roster. Both Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno have been in the big leagues before, but they’d never made the cut out of spring training until today. Pretty awesome moment for both of them. And Dean Anna had never so much as been invited to big league camp, much less made the team.

While Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte left the park with a bunch of uncertainty tonight, these three left as big leaguers.

Betances: “It’s an honor. I grew up in this organization. I grew up watching them, and I got drafted by them. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but this is definitely probably the most memorable moment for me. Making the team out of camp is a big deal for anybody. For me to get called into the office and they tell me that, I’m still in shock. … The first time I got called up, I was kind of excited but I feel like it was more of a gift. September call-up, I feel like that year, I didn’t finish as strong as I wanted to, so I feel like it was a gift. But I feel like this year, I came in and I did what I had to do, and I feel like I earned my spot.”

Nuno: “It’s really, really special, just knowing that all the hard work I put in in the offseason has just paid off a little bit, but there’s a long season ahead. Just want to take it day by day now, so just like I did in spring training. … It was always a big rush. It was unbelievable how everything just came true a little bit. Now I gotta stick here and just produce. I can sleep a little bit better now, just knowing that I’m heading to Houston and then New York. It’s just a long journey, so I’m just really happy, really thrilled about how I got the news and now it’s back to work.”

Anna: “I’m not shocked. I kind of feel a little numb more than anything right now. I think maybe Opening Day, that’s when I’ll start to feel what I feel. Everyone else is really excited for me, but it really just feels like another day right now. It’s kind of weird, really, the feeling. It doesn’t really feel like much, like I thought it would be. I think Opening Day is going to be a little different story.”

Eduardo Nunez· One reason this final infield decision carries extra weight is that Brendan Ryan won’t be ready for a while. This isn’t just a week-long roster spot. The Yankees are able to backdate Ryan’s inevitable disable list stint to seven days before the season starts, meaning he could come off the DL after just eight days. But he won’t be ready by then. Brian Cashman made it clear today that Ryan won’t be available right away. “I know he’s feeling much better, but I’m not going to assume that he’ll be back in two weeks,” Cashman said. “… He hasn’t done anything, and he only had 10 plate appearances before he got hurt. That doesn’t count, because it was so long ago, so. He’s going to have to start from scratch.”

· Anna has played a lot of shortstop this spring, and he could fit as the team’s Derek Jeter alternative early in the season. “With Brendan Ryan out, (Anna) played a very good shortstop for us,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s a left-handed bat. If you give Jeet a day off, it would probably be against a right-hander, so he fits the mold.”

· The Yankees weren’t planning to announce the Anna decision, but Girardi confirmed it when told that the Padres second baseman had already tweeted out a congratulations. “I hate tweets,” Girardi said.

· Reliever Tommy Kahnle has made the Rockies Opening Day roster. He was taken from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft. Kind of similar to Danny Burawa, another hard-throwing right-hander who made it through the Rule 5 and pitched well in Yankees camp this spring. Kahnle will have to stay on the Rockies big league roster or disabled list all year if he’s going to stay with that organization.

· The decision to carry Nuno instead of Cesar Cabral came down to versatility. Playing 13 days in a row to start the season, the Yankees valued the idea of three relievers who can pitch multiple innings (Nuno, Phelps, Warren). Girardi said he sees Nuno as a left-on-left option, but also as a long relief option. “(Taking Cabral) was something that was definitely discussed,” Girardi said. “But right now, and the way it’s constructed with 13 games to go right out of the chute in a row, we just felt the distance and flexibility (were) more important.”

· Nuno obviously will not be stretched out in Triple-A, so the Yankees signed Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal and will put him in their Triple-A rotation likely alongside Shane Greene, Chase Whitley, Bruce Billings and Brian Gordon. Cashman confirmed that the signing came just a few hours before tonight’s game.

Francisco Cervelli, Masahiro Tanaka· The plan is for Jacoby Ellsbury to play in tomorrow’s major-league game. He would have played in tonight’s game, but the Yankees were worried the game might be rained out, so they had him play at the minor league complex this morning. “Weather permitting he’ll play here tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I feel pretty good about him.”

· Girardi would not say anything about his intended batting order for the regular season. It certainly seems that Derek Jeter is going to back second, Mark Teixeira cleanup and Brett Gardner near the bottom of the order, but Girardi said he would not yet announce his lineup plans.

· Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka combined to pitch a shutout in tonight’s 3-0 win against the Marlins. Kuroda scattered three hits through three innings. Tanaka struck out 10 and walked none through six dominant innings. “They both did what you want to see in their last outing,” Girardi said.

· Tanaka was given the choice of pitching tonight or tomorrow. He picked today. He was stretched out through six innings because he won’t pitch again for a week.

· Box score notes: For a while it seemed the Yankees might be no-hit by the Marlins for a second time this spring, but Kelly Johnson finally doubled to start the eighth inning. Brian Roberts and Solarte eventually had singles as well. … Brett Gardner reached on an error and scored a run before the Yankees had a hit. He stole two bases. … Nunez made his third error of the spring. Solarte was caught stealing. Mark Teixeira struck out twice but walked once. Derek Jeter also walked.

· Just because I’m not sure what else to do with it, we’ll give the final word to Girardi talking about the changes to the joint drug program: “I’m all for cleaning up the game, so whatever they feel it takes, I’m all for it,” Girardi said. “I think you want to feel that everyone is on a level playing field. That’s important to me. It’s important to me as a guy who played, as a guy who manages, and as a father – that people don’t feel that they have to do something to get an edge. The edge comes through hard work solely. Whatever they do to try to keep people from taking PEDs, I’m all for it.”

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179 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I feel like I earned my spot””

  1. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Cano was asking for more than Cabrera just got.. enough said.

  2. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I think Cano really screwed up when he fired Boras and went with JayZ. Besides there is one thing people don’t consider. Perhaps Cano wanted to go somewhere quiet without pressure? It’s obvious he did poorly under pressure with the NYY.

    perhaps he wanted money first, quiet 2nd. ..

  3. bigdan22 March 28th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Captain Clutch March 28th, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    I am over the whole Cano thing but it is funny that every team is signing their star players and the Yankees with all of this $$$ decided not to.

    ——-

    Yea, for once the Yanks aren’t saps. I also like that the Dodgers have a higher payroll than the Yanks. By a lot. Hopefully better times ahead.

  4. Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Perhaps Cano wanted to go somewhere quiet without pressure? It’s obvious he did poorly under pressure with the NYY.

    perhaps he wanted money first, quiet 2nd. ..
    =========
    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

  5. Captain Clutch March 28th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Cano was asking for $235m so not more than Cabrera. My point was that the yanks had a couple of years to try and get a deal done and they never tried. Also it’s hard for anyone to take the yanks offer seriously considering they didn’t even get close to $200m. If they did maybe he takes it you never know.

  6. Captain Clutch March 28th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Ouch….
    ———–

    @jonmorosi

    Ex-Yankees reliever Boone Logan, now with Rockies, will begin season on DL with left elbow inflammation.

  7. UpState March 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue March 28th, 2014 at 9:58 pm
    Tom Kahnle of Shaker HS home of Sam Perkins and in the heart and soul of Yankee country, gee what a kick in the grapes.
    ================================

    Sorry to see him ‘stay away’ ….

    But – Congratulations !

    Hope he does great !!!

  8. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 10:59 pm
    Perhaps Cano wanted to go somewhere quiet without pressure? It’s obvious he did poorly under pressure with the NYY.

    perhaps he wanted money first, quiet 2nd. ..
    =========
    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

    —-

    yeah, coming from another Cano lover who is blinded by his fantasy of the man, not the facts. Good try though pippy, props.

  9. UpState March 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Captain Clutch March 28th, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    Nunez shouldn’t make the team. Haven’t we seen enough of him already? His fielding is a disaster and it’s time to move on. Solarte should make the team.
    ===================================================

    Step aside, Nunnie.
    Please go away to San Antionio and have a good career.

    I’d even welcome Mark Sanchez to take Nunnie’s spot !

  10. UpState March 28th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Mottsx March 28th, 2014 at 10:08 pm
    Maybe they’re asking solarte to break nunie hands. How bad do you want it yangie?
    ======================================

    Nunnie already plays “D” like he has broken hands.

    No need for Solarte to make him worse (if it’s possible)…

    reposts

  11. bbb51 March 28th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This Nunez/Solarte thing is intriguing.

  12. pete2 March 28th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Happy for Anna. The Padres organization had him pegged as minor league fodder but he is clearly more than that. I feel good about him as backup for Roberts. Not as much for Jeter since I don’t think he has quite the arm and this would be exposed over a longer period, although for a game here and there he should be fine.

    I think Nunez i gone one way or another. Wish him well, but Solarte has earned a spot and is more versatile

  13. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 10:59 pm
    Perhaps Cano wanted to go somewhere quiet without pressure? It’s obvious he did poorly under pressure with the NYY.

    perhaps he wanted money first, quiet 2nd. ..
    =========
    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.
    —–

    Perhaps you need to read more then? Silly Pippy, I can’t help it if you don’t read. I bet you can tell me what was on cable news today though. Night Pippy.

  14. Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    yeah, coming from another Cano lover who is blinded by his fantasy of the man, not the facts. Good try though pippy, props.
    ——-
    LoL. Carry on… you are so dumb it’s actually funny.

  15. Yankee Trader March 28th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Ex-teammate, Jedd Gyorko of the Padres tweeted out a congratulations to Dean Anna a little prematurely.

    How would he know that? Gyorko is out in Arizona playing against the Indians now.

  16. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Daydream believer she’s a homecoming queen.

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 11:07 pm
    yeah, coming from another Cano lover who is blinded by his fantasy of the man, not the facts. Good try though pippy, props.
    ——-
    LoL. Carry on… you are so dumb it’s actually funny.

    I’d help you if I could. I really would. Sorry, it’s a lost cause. What’s your favorite cartoon?

  18. jmills March 28th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    ” Daydream Believer ” – great Monkey’s song!

  19. Jerkface March 28th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    How would he know that? Gyorko is out in Arizona playing against the Indians now.

    Because Girardi let Anna know and Anna texted Gyorko about it before the game.

  20. pat March 28th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    · The Yankees weren’t planning to announce the Anna decision, but Girardi confirmed it when told that the Padres second baseman had already tweeted out a congratulations. “I hate tweets,” Girardi said.

    No stfu from Cashman?

  21. sammiejohnson March 28th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    JMO, but NYY “Girl” Penny seems just a bit “Lost”.

  22. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Cashmoney

    Did you see your video? http://youtu.be/32z4ILDjijU

  23. jmills March 28th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    My favourite rabbit cartoon, is when bugs is getting his you know what is laughing his butt off.

  24. UpState March 28th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Yankee Family News :

    Phillies Acquire Jayson Nix From Rays

    The Phillies have acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays and have added him to the team’s 40-man roster.

    The Phillies also announced that it had informed Reid Brignac that he would not make the club.

  25. chicken_stanley March 28th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Pippy? :)

  26. Yankee Trader March 28th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    JF

    Well that makes sense. However the way it was written it made it sound like Gyorko found out from someone in the Yankee organization and told Anna before Girardi had a chance to tell him he made the team.

    But my excuse, is I’m working off little sleep today!

  27. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I’m out, don’t worry you little girls can have your blog back. Nice job by the way, what you have 20 posters now ? How many do you drive away because of your close minds and high school like prepubescent mentality?

    You WIN!!! LOL – so proud you are now, says Yoda.

  28. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    jmills March 28th, 2014 at 11:13 pm
    My favourite rabbit cartoon, is when bugs is getting his you know what is laughing his butt off.

    Even an 8 year old knows it is favorite .. but ring a bottle win a beer Pippy.

  29. pete2 March 28th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    yeah, coming from another Cano lover who is blinded by his fantasy of the man, not the facts. Good try though pippy, props.
    ==========================

    Only fact I have is through age 30 he produced as much WAR as Jeter, and more of that with his bat.

    One can argue he is not as clutch, and I would agree, but that’s worth not much more than 1-2 wins per the saber crowd.

    Not many people would take 65 million less to stay in pinstripes. Maybe nobody.

  30. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    If you are not part of the 8 people that regularly post here and side with us on every thing we believe because clearly everybody else on the planet is wrong, just leave this blog and don’t come back! It is ours and ours alone.. and we will convince Chad to ban everybody and kill his own userbase stats as well.

    Night Pippy.

  31. Don March 28th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Bye Bye Nunie.

  32. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    pete2 March 28th, 2014 at 11:16 pm
    NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    yeah, coming from another Cano lover who is blinded by his fantasy of the man, not the facts. Good try though pippy, props.
    ==========================

    Only fact I have is through age 30 he produced as much WAR as Jeter, and more of that with his bat.

    One can argue he is not as clutch, and I would agree, but that’s worth not much more than 1-2 wins per the saber crowd.

    Not many people would take 65 million less to stay in pinstripes. Maybe nobody.
    ———-

    Nobody every said Cano was bad, or wouldn’t make the team better. If the NYY really wanted him, they’d have him. I think there is a lot more to why they let him go then just money.

  33. Yankee Trader March 28th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Good night everyone .

  34. Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

    ———————–

    There have been worse comments

  35. Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I am over the whole Cano thing but it is funny that every team is signing their star players and the Yankees with all of this $$$ decided not to.

    —————–

    I wonder how they will treat the next star that they produce when it comes to contract?

  36. NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    They come out of the woodwark when their buddy is crying! They also they they are better than Jesus.

    Melky is the best
    Montero is the best
    Tex is not in decline
    Nothing wrong with our offence

    took so many years before they’d stop fighting for being so wrong about so much, yet they think they are better than Jesus.

    I’ll leave with this last thought

    Every day on this blog I hear people who know very little about the Yankees/baseball arguing with people who know nothing about baseball. Congratulation Pippy. Night.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    One can argue he is not as clutch, and I would agree, but that’s worth not much more than 1-2 wins per the saber crowd.

    Not many people would take 65 million less to stay in pinstripes. Maybe nobody.
    ///

    Pete2, take a look at last season’s high leverage numbers. He was clutch wire to wire last season. He was a monster w/RISP and w/RISP and two outs, and in nearly every other “clutch” category.

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Hey “Penny”,

    The people who valued Melky’s contact bat and wanted to keep Montero because of contact plus power, are the ones who said Tex’s bat was in decline; in fact, Tex’s left-handed hitting was anathema to, and a reason for, contact hitting and the need to keep players like Melky and Montero to offset the Tex/Swisher types.

    Try to keep the arguments around here straight, will you?

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Cashmoney has a point

  40. SweetSpot March 28th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Cano is not Miggy or Trout. He’s a great player but is not in their league in my opinion. He wanted too much money it’s that simple.

  41. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:28 pm
    I am over the whole Cano thing but it is funny that every team is signing their star players and the Yankees with all of this $$$ decided not to.

    —————–

    I wonder how they will treat the next star that they produce when it comes to contract?
    ____
    They will have to change the way they do business and get on the extension bandwagon if they want to keep homegrown players in their prime. I think at this point even Hal who proudly boasted that he is anti-extensions (huh?) gets it.

  42. Chip March 28th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Love the Trout contract for both sides.

    And assuming they don’t do another deal mid-way through he’ll hit free agency at 29.

    THAT’s a contract that makes sense.

  43. BoJo March 28th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    FYI–for those interested, NYY_Girl_Penny is conducting a seminar on how to win friends and influence people this Saturday at the Route 22 FleaBag motel in Paramus. Seats are still available.

  44. sigiqaped March 28th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Eff you Angels.

    I expected MSU to blow this bum Virginia team out.

  45. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Nicholas Flammia ?@TYRadioGuy 43m
    Sources say the these players likely joining the @TampaYankees: Jagielo, Gumbs, Banuelos, De Paula, O’Brien, Culver, Cave. Unofficial report

  46. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    No real surprises there. ^

  47. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Route 22 doesn’t go to Paramus, does it? Or is that the point?

  48. Chip March 28th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Cano wanted a ten year deal and the Mariners were the perfect team to give it to him. They have loads of Nintendo money, high end pitching but have been unable to develop hitters or convince prime free agent hitters to come play for them.

    So they bring in Cano for a monster deal that no one else was coming near, hope that he recruits other free agents to go there, and return the organization to a level it hasn’t seen since Alex and Junior left.

  49. Chip March 28th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Jayson Nix was traded by the Rays to the Phillies – there was some thought that the Yankees may have been holding the roster spot for him in case the Rays just cut him loose.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

    ———————–

    There have been worse comments
    ///

    Odds,

    Barely.

  51. sigiqaped March 28th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Plenty of players don’t want the pressure and the lack of privacy that comes with playing for and living in New York. Cano, as his jogging to 1B might suggest, seems like the kind of laid back guy that’s not interested in the limelight.

  52. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Tons of other stuff from Norris earlier on our MiLB teams if anyone missed it. (See his twitter for more)

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427
    I’m told that Austin isn’t rehabbing per se, but merely catching up from all time he missed. Shouldn’t be long. #Yankees
    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 6h
    Tyler Austin Slade Heathcott are on the list to stay back and rehab to start the year. Same goes for Jose Campos and Greg Bird. #yankees

    Torrens at Charleston would be rockin’ considering they will be in NJ in less than a month.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    The Yankees are never getting Trout, just like they were never getting Kershaw.

    Teams don’t let guys who are the best young position players and pitchers in the game leave town.

    Here’s the deal: grow your own or pay players whose prime years were spent in another uniform.

  54. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:44 pm
    Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

    ———————–

    There have been worse comments
    ///

    Odds,

    Barely.
    ___
    No comment.

  55. SweetSpot March 28th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    So what’s Trout going to be when he is negotiating his new mega-deal? 28 with a $150 million in the bank? Is 10 years $320 to $350 million out of the question? I don’t think so.

  56. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    The Yankees are never getting Trout, just like they were never getting Kershaw.
    ___
    Yep, been saying this ad nauseum for months. Almost every mlb team extends its prime position players.

  57. austinmac March 28th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Seems as if the Yankees will keep Solarte while trying to find a trade to clear a roster place.

  58. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    And Kershaw (that elite level of pitcher) was never never never going to become available. Scherzer is a more likely candidate, for the obvious reasons…

  59. yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Pruf, assuming this one is correct, April in Lakewood is going to be awesome.

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 1h
    Charleston will have Judge, Avelino, Andujar, Torrens, Severino, Rookie Davis, Brady Lail and Tyler Wade

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Torrens at Charleston would be rockin’ considering they will be in NJ in less than a month.
    ///

    Would love to see him. Luis has, and was very high on him. The reports overall have been fun to follow.

  61. Cashmoney March 28th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Is 10 years $320 to $350 million out of the question?
    =====
    If one go by recent trend or historical trend, it could be more. But it’s 6 years into future, it’s all almost moot to project at this point. Well, a lot &*&( can happen in terms of his performance, injury, us economy, baseball economy… you get the drift.

  62. SweetSpot March 28th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Yes, sure it’s all conjecture. Next Monday is conjecture lol.

  63. Jerkface March 28th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I thought 1 of Harper/Trout would reach free agency, but I did say it would most likely be Harper. He seems the most likely to try to get there quick and cash in than Trout.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 1h
    Charleston will have Judge, Avelino, Andujar, Torrens, Severino, Rookie Davis, Brady Lail and Tyler Wade
    ////

    This may rival that Feliz-Murphy-Sanchez-Heathcott-Flores group! I guess Wade won’t be playing much SS.

    I now must go to all 3 games. Was going to settle for two, but have to see these guys for three games, especially since Avelino and Andujar will both be there. Torrens is a huge bonus, and I hope we get to see Severino pitch!

  65. SweetSpot March 28th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    You never know what can happen, but I think the consensus I’ve heard is that Trout has the physical makeup that will make injury less likely than it would be with some other ballplayers.

  66. BoJo March 28th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:42 pm
    Route 22 doesn’t go to Paramus, does it? Or is that the point?
    ===
    It might be, rabbit…it might be.

  67. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I have always thought Harper wants to be a Yankee, and will do it as soon as he can.

  68. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Bojo, I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque!

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    And Kershaw (that elite level of pitcher) was never never never going to become available. Scherzer is a more likely candidate, for the obvious reasons…
    ////

    That did not stop the relentless posts here that Kershaw was somehow coming to the Bronx.

  70. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I now must go to all 3 games. Was going to settle for two, but have to see these guys for three games, especially since Avelino and Andujar will both be there. Torrens is a huge bonus, and I hope we get to see Severino pitch!
    ____
    Except Guins will be in the playoffs. So, one of those three games might be tough. Plus Yanks are @Red Sox. I’d better get one of those portable phone chargers so I can watch At Bat and the NHL app. Luckily, the Wed. RiverDogs game is a day game.

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Bojo,

    He’s the one guy who does seem genuinely interested in being a Yankee. We’ll see. I prefer development, at least, I don’t want a team of other people’s players. I don’t find this year’s group particularly exciting for that reason. It’s a mercenary group with two original Yankees left out of the position guys.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Yankeefem – I can miss a Yankee-Red Sox game to see an extra day of Andujar/Avelino. The Penguins is an issue, since it’s playoffs….

  73. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:03 am
    yankeefeminista March 28th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    And Kershaw (that elite level of pitcher) was never never never going to become available. Scherzer is a more likely candidate, for the obvious reasons…
    ////

    That did not stop the relentless posts here that Kershaw was somehow coming to the Bronx.
    ————————————

    The Yankees will sign every top player, the ones who don’t sign here clearly aren’t interested in winning and every player who comes through the Yankee system is a superstar.

  74. Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I hope you and Jerk are right, Bojo. Just seem so far away to have any certainty about it.

  75. chicken_stanley March 29th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Bojo, I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque!

    ————————-

    lol! I take a well deserved break from the uva game to take a look at the blog and I see Bugs Bunny quotes! :D

  76. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Pruf, same. I’ll watch Yanks on my phone. We also get a preview of RiverDogs when they are at Greenville. Live stream. I can’t wait to find out the pitching matchups. As for Trenton I am pretty sure (hoping) it is Mitchell vs. Sanchez this Thursday.

    I’m out. Have a good night, all.

  77. SweetSpot March 29th, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Without considering financial factors, I think the desire to be a Yankee is more important than who drafts and develops them. That’s not within a players control. He can be selected by another team and come here when the opportunity arises. I’d welcome that player with open arms if they genuinely want to be here and wouldn’t see him any differently than someone we draft and develop. It’s interesting, we signed and developed Cano, but in the end he didn’t want to be here.

  78. yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Hey chicken! Unfortunately, an early morning tomorrow with work all day, so have to run. But … don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven…’cause it hasn’t! ;) ‘Night!

  79. Against All Odds March 29th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2014 at 11:44 pm
    Against All Odds March 28th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    possibly the dumbest thing I ever read.

    ———————–

    There have been worse comments
    ///

    Odds,

    Barely.

    ————

    Some by the same person or their clones.

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:17 am

    The Yankees will sign every top player, the ones who don’t sign here clearly aren’t interested in winning and every player who comes through the Yankee system is a superstar.
    ///

    Hey Chip, who you talking about, yourself?

    You’re the one who has been repeating for like two years that Corban Joseph would be Cano’s replacement; even putting up ML lineups with him at 2B in them.

    You think AAAA players are gonna be Yankee regulars, lol.

    I am the last person who thinks “every player in the system” is going to be a superstar.

    I think I told you several times, for example, that Joseph has no range.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Odds,

    The clone comments are fairly obvious.

    Have a good night, all

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Hi Free-Range, hope your travels have been fun :)

    Have a great night.

  83. Against All Odds March 29th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Here’s the deal: grow your own or pay players whose prime years were spent in another uniform.

    —————–

    Yea it’s kinda crazy how Yankee fans myself included all place players from other teams into the line-up or rotation no matter how many yrs away it is.

  84. SweetSpot March 29th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Tanaka was just great today! Goodnight all.

  85. chicken_stanley March 29th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    night JAP/YF

  86. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:17 am
    The Yankees will sign every top player, the ones who don’t sign here clearly aren’t interested in winning and every player who comes through the Yankee system is a superstar.
    ///

    Hey Chip, who you talking about, yourself?

    You’re the one who has been repeating for like two years that Corban Joseph would be Cano’s replacement; even putting up ML lineups with him at 2B in them.

    You think AAAA players are gonna be Yankee regulars, lol.

    I am the last person who thinks “every player in the system” is going to be a superstar.

    I think I told you several times, for example, that Joseph has no range.
    ———————————-

    My last comment was supposed to be taken as a joke not an insult.

    Second, I don’t actually watch minor league games so I can’t speak to a player’s defensive ability (which I’ve been very upfront about) and my comment about Joseph two years ago (and Pirela the last year) is that if they can play defense then their offensive numbers indicate that they might be useful players.

    Third, being the player who replaces a superstar doesn’t by default make you a superstar. So when I say that a player like Pirela might be Cano’s replacement, that’s not the same as saying Pirela will be Cano. It just means he might be a 2b capable of playing at the major league level. Kind of like how Robertson is Mariano’s replacement but there’s not a single person who thinks he’s going to be as good as Mariano…

    I know it’s late, but I hope you followed that.

  87. sigiqaped March 29th, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Trout was never hitting free agency because Moreno is willing to spend money.

  88. bigdan22 March 29th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Series of quakes striking LA and OC as we speak. From 3.5 to 5.1. I think it’s time to break out the good wine and scotch.

  89. chicken_stanley March 29th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    oh well. UVA bows out of the tourney. Great season.

  90. Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Yea it’s kinda crazy how Yankee fans myself included all place players from other teams into the line-up or rotation no matter how many yrs away it is.
    ======
    AAO, it’s very simple. for better part of two decades, Yanks got mostly what wanted in FA and remained one of most successful team despite little in the way of internal supply.

    Baseball’s financial landscape has changed, CBA has changed. It is no longer a luxury but a necessity to develop you own. The fundamental question becomes just where will these talents come from going forth in which the mandate of NYY does not allows the team to reload despite massive depreciations from long term expensive FA investments (an inevitabilit imo)

    I find the 13 draft encouraging along with the creative thoughts behind exploiting IFA loophole. It’s better late than never to recognize a new pattern and start to adapt accordingly.

    Night All.

  91. chicken_stanley March 29th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    cash – ‘night pippy :)

  92. Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Night Chicken!

  93. CompassRosy March 29th, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Chip says:
    March 28, 2014 at 11:42 pm
    Cano wanted a ten year deal and the Mariners were the perfect team to give it to him. They have loads of Nintendo money, high end pitching but have been unable to develop hitters or convince prime free agent hitters to come play for them.

    So they bring in Cano for a monster deal that no one else was coming near, hope that he recruits other free agents to go there, and return the organization to a level it hasn’t seen since Alex and Junior left.

    =======

    Yep. That’s the general idea.
    Here’s to Robbie the player AND Robbie the recruiter.

    ;-)

  94. bbb51 March 29th, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Interesting take on actual value of contracts:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....gest-ever/

    Arod still the king.

  95. pete2 March 29th, 2014 at 2:14 am

    “Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Yea it’s kinda crazy how Yankee fans myself included all place players from other teams into the line-up or rotation no matter how many yrs away it is.
    ======
    AAO, it’s very simple. for better part of two decades, Yanks got mostly what wanted in FA and remained one of most successful team despite little in the way of internal supply.

    Baseball’s financial landscape has changed, CBA has changed. It is no longer a luxury but a necessity to develop you own. The fundamental question becomes just where will these talents come from going forth in which the mandate of NYY does not allows the team to reload despite massive depreciations from long term expensive FA investments (an inevitabilit imo)

    ========================================

    Internal supply has given them 2 SP’ers (Pineda came by way of Montero), and most of their bullpen and starting pitching depth, not to mention Jeter and Gardner.

    Over the last 10 years player salaries have dropped from 56% of revenue to the low 40′s. Players have been getting about 25% of each incremental dollar in revenue in these 10 years. I have not calculated it but I suspect the Yankees are spending less money this year as a percentage of revenue than they have in any of the last 10 years.

    But yes, it is important to have some homegrown cost controlled talent to subsidize the free agents, I just don’t see it as being anymore important than it was 10 years ago, except for the fact the Yankees have imposed an arbitrary budget that limits their best weapon.

  96. pete2 March 29th, 2014 at 2:17 am

    “Here’s to Robbie the player AND Robbie the recruiter.”

    Robbie tried to recruit but the Mariners would not spend anymore money.

  97. pete2 March 29th, 2014 at 2:25 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny March 28th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    “Nobody every said Cano was bad, or wouldn’t make the team better. If the NYY really wanted him, they’d have him. I think there is a lot more to why they let him go then just money.”

    I agree with you on that last point, and I have said before that I suspect it was possibly due to PED’s, and if not that, then simply worries that he just might not be the player he was on his final contract as complacency set in.

    I hope he does well with Seattle, but it would not surprise me if he turns into a pumpkin. Either way, his checks won’t bounce.

  98. Jerkface March 29th, 2014 at 2:53 am

    @JNYakyu 13m

    Rakuten newcomer Kevin Youkilis goes bang, a solo shot off Yusei for first blast in Japan!!

  99. RadioKev March 29th, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Not saying this as a strictly ‘I told you so,’ but the bullpen hasn’t turned into much of a concern. Lots of pen-ready arms in the system. I guess adding Nuno makes sense given the early schedule, and if one of Warren or Phelps becomes more of a short reliever. I imagine that will be Warren.

    Aceves is the go-to #6 starter? I guess Shane Greene and Chase Whitley are the more promising options.

  100. RadioKev March 29th, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I wonder if Montreal will get a new team

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Well, Chip if general humor was your intent. My apologies. Given your history of comments here to me, that was not how that struck me ;)

  102. blake March 29th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    RadioKev says:
    March 29, 2014 at 7:21 am
    I wonder if Montreal will get a new team

    They absolutely should not…..they had their chance and averaged liked 9,000 fans which is an they lost their team. Plenty of American cities deserve a shot before Montreal does again IMO

  103. blake March 29th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    @DCameronFG: If Mike Trout really signs for 6/$140M, he either doesn’t care about money or he hasn’t been paying attention.

    Yea….I wouldn’t do that if him at all…..

  104. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Austin is the fastest growing city in the US and San Antonio is 4th. We should have a team. Neither Houston nor the Rangers are our home team.

  105. blake March 29th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Austin, Charlotte, Vegas,…..there are several places id try a team before Montreal again. Anybody can pack a stadium for 1 game……when they had a team it was a ghost town

  106. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Kuroda and Tanaka with a shutout and 14 Ks. Pretty darn impressive. When Tanaka is ahead in the count, hitters are in trouble. I love how he throws strikes.

  107. Mottsx March 29th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Take the rays. San Antonio Rays.

  108. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    The Texas teams, like the Giants do to the A’s, prevent any move here it seems. That seems foolish that we are the best economy yet no chance for a team. I’m not sure why California can have five and two is our limit.

    Charlotte would be another good one. I think it’s economy may be more stable than Vegas. Montreal? Been there, done that.

  109. RadioKev March 29th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Les Rays de Montreal

  110. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Sign me up for Montreal getting a franchise and them
    Parking it in the AL East :) Such a beautiful city, and at certain times of the year one can visit to actually see
    The Yankees, Les Habitants, and the french quarter, where the napoleons are out of
    This world

  111. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I don’t want the Rays to move anywhere they can make money. They are too good without it.

  112. Mottsx March 29th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Rays wouldn’t get better they would just pay their own players actual market value instead of trading them away or brain washing them to take discounts.

  113. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I have no depth, beyond hoping Moises Sierra can perform sometimes, and maybe he can. There just hasn’t been the emergence of position players. Given the fact I swear there are more injuries to these tweaked athletes than ever, praying might help, but I don’t know how to do that. Maybe meditate on a spot on the wall if I can manage to stay still which I don’t think is about to happen.

  114. CountryClub March 29th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Trout is 22 years old. He just signed a deal that wil set his grand kids up for life. What happens if he played this year on his 1 mil contract and blew out his knee? It’s easy for people to say its worth the risk. I’d like to see those same people turn down 144 million dollars.

    Personally, I think it’s a good deal for both sides.

  115. blake March 29th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I agree it makes some sense for Trout to go ahead an set himself up just in case he gets hurt…..but if only give LA 1 FA year…..Id do a 5 year deal which would still set him and his grand kids up for life and then be a FA at 27.

  116. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Morning.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Trout.

    He’s got it made.

    ;)

  117. RadioKev March 29th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The point is that Trout is short changing himself considerably, and why should he do that. There should be a better deal to be had. 5 years like Blake said, or more money.

  118. blake March 29th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Id tell LA a 5/125 deal is what I will do….take it or leave it….

  119. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I’d take the money and run. Financial freedom is something I just can’t imagine, which means I have to remain pragmatically involved in this world. Regimen can be a good thing but still…

  120. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Blake-

    To get these things done both sides have to give up something.

  121. CountryClub March 29th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I agree it makes some sense for Trout to go ahead an set himself up just in case he gets hurt…..but if only give LA 1 FA year…..Id do a 5 year deal which would still set him and his grand kids up for life and then be a FA at 27.

    ———

    Fair enough but you’re talking about a 1 yr difference. Not that big of a deal. Regardless, good for him.

  122. CountryClub March 29th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Could you imagine winning Powerball at age 22? Haha, my goodness.

  123. blake March 29th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    “Fair enough but you’re talking about a 1 yr difference. Not that big of a deal. Regardless, good for him.”

    Yea it’s not a huge deal…..Id just want to reach free agency ASAP…..if things stay as they are he’s gonna get a fortune either way

  124. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2014 at 12:05 am
    Bojo,

    He’s the one guy who does seem genuinely interested in being a Yankee. We’ll see. I prefer development, at least, I don’t want a team of other people’s players. I don’t find this year’s group particularly exciting for that reason. It’s a mercenary group with two original Yankees left out of the position guys.
    ===
    Agreed 100%

  125. blake March 29th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    “To get these things done both sides have to give up something.”

    Yea but trout has the leverage here …..he could just say screw y’all….I’m gone in 4 years if you mess with me

  126. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I wonder what its like to be so money powerful at such a young age. There would still be personal grow up stuff to do of course, but gone would be that horrible angst of developing physical shelter.

  127. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    yankeefeminista March 29th, 2014 at 12:02 am
    Bojo, I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque!
    ===
    Long live the rabbit!

  128. blake March 29th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I’ll settle for Harper if we never get Trout…..I expect him to be a monster by the time he’s a FA…..should be grown up by then. Trout is a rarity…..most players aren’t basically finished developing at 21.

  129. RadioKev March 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Consider that A-Rod put up 35 WAR in 7 seasons with the Mariners, and Trout has already put up 21.1 WAR in 3 seasons, and if he repeats last year he’ll be up to 30.5 WAR.

    Alex signed for $252m of circa 2000-2001 dollars.

  130. MTU March 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Blake-

    He could but then he is taking the risk of injury.

    He gives up some bucks this way but he is still a very, very rich Man.

    And his next contract will still be huge if continues to produce.

  131. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Bojo, still have to look up that Harold Budd fellow. Music never runs out.

  132. Against All Odds March 29th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I find the 13 draft encouraging along with the creative thoughts behind exploiting IFA loophole. It’s better late than never to recognize a new pattern and start to adapt accordingly.

    Night All.

    ————–

    True better late than never but they shouldn’t be this late in the game. With the Yankees it’s always after the fact. Cashman sees the Red Sox building through the farm and decides to do the same but it was done 3-4 rs after the fact. The Rays break through and become a good team and now the Yankees want to be the Rays with money.

  133. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I think Warren Cromartie is heading a group to get Montreal a team again. The Montreal Rays/Expos would be a nice bit of culture in our division.

  134. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    IIRC my father once sold some photographs to the guy who did the Bugs bunny voice. He was paid with a check, but he could never cash it. It was a Blanc check. Ba-doom.

  135. Mottsx March 29th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Loria screwed the expos not the fans

  136. Revenge of Stoneburner March 29th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I don’t find this year’s group particularly exciting for that reason. It’s a mercenary group with two original Yankees left out of the position guys.

    ******

    The 1996 Yankees say hi. As does the 2014 young Yankees pitching staff (3/5 starting and primarily homegrown pen).

  137. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    BoJo,

    You are being Daffy this morning. I’m sending you to Pismo Beach.

  138. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I would love to see a big leagur team again in Montreal…Toronto too.

  139. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Blanc got into a horrible accident at Dead Man’s Curve and forced a reworking of the situation.

  140. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Bojo, dustin McGowan is my savior :)

  141. BoJo March 29th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Off for the day…have a good one folks.

  142. Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    McGowan has only made four starts at the major league level since 2008 and remains a poor bet to stay healthy, but it will be an interesting story to follow at the very least. Mar 26 – 9:47 AM
    Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter

  143. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    McGowan will be interesting, 8 man pen here, so maybe they can piggy back Todd Redmond with him for the first while.

  144. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    austin, Jays insisting upon Goins, getting a lot of people nervous, but in my 2014 world, I’m looking forward to him. His bat can be hid I think potentially in that lineup. Melky has raked all spring.

  145. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Jmills,

    Give him a full year. I think Goins will be a solid player.

  146. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Nick Franklin optioned to AAA

    Guess ole Jack Z couldn’t find a pidgeon to over pay for him

  147. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The home opener has been sold out for a while. Don’t care much for them. There’s going to be pre drinkers and horrible behaviour. Never used to be this way. I don’t think people know how to drink anymore, and there’s going to be families having their evening marred.

  148. Cashmoney March 29th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Mac, I have heard good things about Austin, from Texans and friends alike.

  149. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Cash,

    It’s a good city, very different from other Texas cities. Too much traffic and too hot, but lots to do and great weather about eight months per year. We still retain a bit of the 1960s. It fits for me.

  150. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    austin, you seen the film, ” Paris, Texas “?

  151. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Mac

    Wouldn’t you think MLB will fix the Oakland stadium situation before expanding to a new city ?

  152. hardwired7 March 29th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Austin gave us Stevie Ray Vaughan. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

  153. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Stevie Ray Vaughan, what a talent! He and Jeff Healey ( both R.I.P. ) were able to take on Hendrix material, and that says it all.

  154. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Jeff Healey is my age. The C that took his sight as an infant finally caught up with him, and it was sad news to catch driving home one night. I made friends with the sister of Rockman in his band. She said Jeff was one gentle guy. When around, she used to help lead him up on stage.

  155. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Here’s how I read the Nunez/Solarte/Anna thing:

    What it really means is that the Yankees do not see Eduardo Nunez as a short stop.

    Dean Anna wasn’t taken as an option to back up Kelly Johnson at 3b – that would make no sense to have the lefty with the lefty. He was taken as Brendan Ryan’s replacement to back up Jeter.

    What the Yankees are trying to sort out is whether Nunez or Solarte are the guy to time share with Johnson at 3b. If the Yankees thought Nunez could play SS they would have taken him and Solarte.

    The take-away here is much the same as it was with Montero. The Yankees told anyone who would listen that they viewed Montero as a catcher but didn’t bring him up when they needed a catcher and when they did bring him up it was as a DH with Romine catching. The Yankees may say they view Nunez as a SS but their actions tell a different story.

  156. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Healey gave up on guitar in favour of a jazz trumpet. His passion was 1920′s and early thirites music and he hosted a once a week evening radio show displaying a massive collection of ’78′s.

  157. hardwired7 March 29th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    SRV did an album with Albert King called “In Session”. It’s so damn good.

  158. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    ” In Session “? More music, thanks.

  159. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    The Scranton pitching staff per Donnie Collins:

    Starters
    Alfredo Aceves
    Bruce Billings
    Brian Gordon
    Chase Whitley
    Shane Greene

    Bullpen
    RHP: Herndon, Montgomery, Burawa, Tateyama, Miller
    LHP: Cabral, Lewis

    He doesn’t list Matt Daley or Chris Leroux anywhere but my guess is that one or both will be with Scranton. He also doesn’t list Banuelos, Turley or Jose Ramirez – I assume that Ramirez and Turley start the season on the DL and Banuelos remains in extended spring training for a few more starts.

  160. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Up here, when Healey came out with ” Can You See the Light? “, it sent me and a wole lot of others flying to the record store. I still have that vinyl along with a copy of the Cowboy Junkies seminal album, ” The Trinity Sessions “, which of course contains, ” Sweet Jane “. The album was re-recorded ( film too ) a few years back with the help of the likes of Ryan Adams and Natalie Merchant. Same church in Toronto.

  161. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    * whole

  162. pat March 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Consider that A-Rod put up 35 WAR in 7 seasons with the Mariners, and Trout has already put up 21.1 WAR in 3 seasons, and if he repeats last year he’ll be up to 30.5 WAR.

    Alex’s salary first 7 years ~ $12 million
    Trout’s salary first 7 years ~ $120 million

  163. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Colby Rasmus is in a contract year. With that guy, I can see things going either way. Anthony Gose is no where near what was hoped.

  164. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Mills:

    In the movie ‘Road House’ was that actually Jeff Healey who led the band on stage behind the chicken wire ?

  165. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Mills –

    People thought that Tony LaRussa was nuts for not playing Rasmus – turns out he may have known what he was doing.

  166. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Iron, yes, you got the real Jeff :)

  167. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 3m
    Trout breakdown with #Angels: $5M signing bonus, $5.25M, $15.25M, $19.25M, $33.25M, $33.25M, $33.25M. Full no-trade.

  168. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Manny is opening in Tampa, weather I presume.

  169. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Chip, yeah, still worth it here though considering the trade didn’t cost the Jays severely.

  170. Chip March 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    If you look at that Trout breakdown it’s phenomenal. The Angels are giving him approximately what he would have earned in arbitration for those years and then estimating that his open market value as a FA would have been about $33.25 mil/year.

  171. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    There’s going to be some soggy opening fields. Winter is still in swing.

  172. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The soccer opener was last week. I imagine you would have had to be chanting and drinking to get through it.

  173. austinmac March 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Just read today they are bringing an MLS team to Austin and building the arena over our river.

  174. DONNYBROOK March 29th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m hoping the Yanks have a trade in the works that involves Nunez. This is another guy they have yo-yo’d around to the point of stunting his development and ruining his trade value simultaneously. They did it with Hughes and Chamberlain, and now Nunez joins this ignominious list. Banishing Nunez to the Bushes over a year ago, and now placing him in The Twilight Zone, is proof positive those in charge of Yankee player personel have their heads up their arse.

  175. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    austin, a few huge soccer contracts given out here by Tim Iwikie ( no idea how to spell his name ). Many football fans in Toronto, but they tend to put their support in their native Brasil, Italy, Portugal etc. Cheap sport for kids, hockey is crazy expensive.

  176. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Mills:

    Thanks, he passed away shortly after that film then ?

    Loved those songs he played in the movie, got the names from the credits at the end of the film and have them on my iTunes now :)

  177. jmills March 29th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Iron, no, Jeff only passed away about 6 years ago. Seems like yesterday.

  178. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for that

  179. Iron Horse March 29th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    New One —————————->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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