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Postgame notes: “If he gives up any runs, it’s a big deal”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka, Joe Girardi

What to make of two disappointing starts from the guy who’d been the best starter in the American League? Is Masahiro Tanaka getting tired from pitching on regular rest? Is the league figuring him out? Was tonight’s start nothing more an an inevitable proof that he’s not invincible?

“If he gives up runs, that’s the big thing,” Brian McCann said. “If he gives up any runs, it’s a big deal. He’s human. They worked the count tonight, they got big hits when they needed them, and that’s it. … Command is everything when you’re pitching. You’ve got to dictate counts, you’ve got to move the ball in and out, and he’s been doing that all season long. Tonight, he just had a harder time establishing his fastball.”

Masahiro TanakaThis was the first time Tanaka had ever made back-to-back starts on four-days rest. The Yankees have given him extra rest at every opportunity this season, but this stretch of 17 days in a row lined up for Tanaka to pitch on regular rest for his final three starts before the break. He’ll do it again on Sunday. Tanaka said that wasn’t the issue tonight.

“I didn’t feel that bad going out on the mound tonight,” he said. “Actually, I did feel that my fastball was a bit better than last time. … I think it had a lot to do with my command, the command of my pitches. I feel that a lot of my pitches were going right down the middle where it’s actually pretty easy for the batters to hit. I think that would be one of the big reasons.”

I suppose fatigue could be the cause of command issues as well. McCann said he didn’t feel that Indians hitters — or Twins hitters before this — had a clearly better idea what to do against him compared to teams earlier in the season. It’s worth noting that the Indians had never seen Tanaka and would have been relying strictly on video and scouting reports.

“Get him up in the zone, that was our biggest thing going into the game,” Michael Brantley said. “He does such a great job of keeping the ball down, we knew we had to get him up in the zone and get some mistake pitches to hit or it was going to be a long night. We did a great job as a team of getting him up and having quality ABs all night.”

Said Nick Swisher: “The scouting report shows he has six different pitches. The biggest thing for us was to just hit the mistakes. That at-bat for my home run was a mistake and I was able to capitalize on that. … In that situation right there, from the scouting reports and every video we’ve seen, he loves the split and the slider. I got in that two-strike count, and he’s been burying that split all day long. I was just lucky enough for him to hang that slider in that spot.”

So was Tanaka worse than usual tonight, or were the Indians particularly good against him?

“Maybe both,” he said.

Derek Jeter• In my job, it would be foolish to focus on anything other than Tanaka on a night like this. But my goodness, the Yankees last 20 batters went hitless. They had something going against Trevor Bauer in the early innings, and then he settled down in a big way. The kid’s good, and once he got rolling, the Yankees offense looked lost again. “He settled in,” Joe Girardi said. “He really settled in. He’s got really good stuff and he started getting ahead in the count and using his fastball effectively and his curveball really well.”

• The last Yankee to reach base was Jacoby Ellsbury, who reached on a fifth-inning error. He wound up ending the inning when he was caught stealing third base with McCann at the plate. I’m not sure what happened there. You can’t be the third out at third, we all know that. “I’m not sure what happened there,” Girardi said. “You can’t be the third out at third, we all know that.”

• The Yankees actually had two walks and four hits in the first three innings. With a leadoff walk, Brett Gardner pushed his on-base streak to 23 straight games. That’s the longest of his career.

• After the on-base streak was secure, Gardner went 0-for-3 the rest of the night, including two strikeouts looking. He argued quite a bit with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after the second one. Ellsbury seemed upset about the strike zone at one point too. “I believe my hitters when they tell me they’re not strikes,” Girardi said. “For the most part I believe them.”

• For whatever it’s worth, Girardi said that Kelly Johnson would have moved into the outfield had Gardner been ejected. Without Alfonso Soriano, and with Carlos Beltran limited to DH, the Yankees aren’t really carrying a fourth outfielder right now. Johnson and Zelous Wheeler (and Brendan Ryan a very little bit) have experience out there.

Brian McCann• Tanaka was asked whether he’s been worried by these past few starts, but he indicated that he really hasn’t been any worse than some of his earlier starts this season, it’s just that the results have been worse and more noticeable. “Not necessarily just the three or four recent outings,” Tanaka said. “I think I felt throughout the season at times that I wasn’t able to perform the way that I really wanted to. Especially because of the fact that the results aren’t there for me for the three or four times, that’s why maybe you say that, but I just have to go out there and battle and try to be my best.”

• The home runs were a slider to Swisher and a fastball up to Brantley.

• Swisher came into this series with just five home runs, and he hit two of those in the first few weeks of the season. He’s now homered in each of these first two games against his former team. Last night’s home run broke up the early no-hitter, and tonight’s put the Indians in the lead.

• Even better game tonight for Brantley, who made the All-Star team on Sunday and had three extra-base hits tonight. Girardi said he was pretty sure Brantley’s two doubles came on splitters (I’m confident one of them did, not entirely sure on the second one). “He’s a really good player,” Girardi said. “He’s a young player that’s really developed into one of the better outfielders in the game all around. He showed why tonight. That’s why he’s an All-Star.”

• By the way, Vidal Nuno made his first Diamondbacks start tonight. I kid you not, he went seven scoreless innings with three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.

• Final word goes to McCann: “(Tanaka’s) offspeed pitches were up, his fastball was up. He battled. He just didn’t have his stuff tonight. … I think with him it just comes down to his stuff. When he’s hitting his spots, he’s as good as anybody.”

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213 Responses to “Postgame notes: “If he gives up any runs, it’s a big deal””

  1. exiledintampa July 9th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Good to see Nuno bout to go all IPK in the NL West.

  2. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Happy for Nuno.

  3. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    The Marlins tonight. Wait until the Dodgers.

  4. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Not too worried about T. But our bats STINK. If Cashman doesn’t do something about that, he remains an idiot. I’m sure hoping for a new GM. Would love a new manager, but that ain’t happening…yet.

  5. yankinvegas July 9th, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Unless we can acquire a really big bat, regardless of position, I would just as soon bring up Refsnyder and Almonte.
    And it is fine with me if they want to bring back Solarte and move Roberts.
    Play the kids. At least they are young. I really can’t watch Ichiro, Johnson, and Beltran any more. And in the offseason I would look into moving Gardner for a SS and signing Cruz for the outfield.
    Just think, Cruz and Alex.
    Does anyone else notice how boring this season is without Alex? Whatever you think of him, he is never dull.

  6. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    So Cashman can demand a trade and the other GM’s will of course say yes. How is he an idiot “if he doesn’t do something?” It takes two to tango right?

  7. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 9th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Penny probably won’t see this, but Im not a sock puppet, I’m here perusing (mostly), everyday, and posting every so often, under the same screen name, since 2007. I see your same diatribe everyday, if you hate watching the Yankees and they make you so upset, stop watching.. Stop caring. Its annoying to read your nonsensical drivel about how the sky is falling every day. It’s baseball, it’s a game, the Yankees are going to have down years, stop acting like a spoiled brat every time something happens that you don’t like. We all already know how you feel and if we don’t, all we have to do is look back at every game thread you’ve ever posted in.

    Thank you G. Love for defending me.

  8. Pat M. July 9th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Michelle B…. You’re solid in my book, and I don’t understand where Penny is coming from ???? She was all over Tricia as well.

  9. exiledintampa July 9th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Adding an arm may keep us in the hunt but it’s gonna be an ugly struggle in a weak division race. I just don’t see it going well w/o at least one big bat. There is no one batter teams feel the need to avoid. We had a better shot last year when Alex, Robbie and Sori could carry a team for stretches. Look at Detroit tonite. Verlander spots the Dodgers 5 in the first and the Tigers hang 14 unanswered runs on the Dodgers. We have no offense to carry our ace on an off night. The Tigers got RBI’s from 8 differant guys. Get a big bat or play the kids and hope to catch somwone on fire. Play the hot hand.

  10. Pat M. July 9th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Find a big bat to be had, where ?????

  11. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    It’s best to ignore those you don’t particularly want to engage with – for me, it’s the pro-anything management does because they’re always right and much smarter than any of us. Of course they are. (Sarcasm alert.)

    And yes, Michelle B is anything but a sock puppet.

  12. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Finding more pitching at this point would seem to be a waste this season since the team can’t score. If they can’t significantly improve the offense, they should wait until they can sign arms without giving up the whole farm (what we have that is). I won’t be surprised if they write off this season seeing how many holes they have to fill in this particular sinking ship.

    So disappointing for Jeter’s final season.

  13. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 9th, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Thanks pat and Wang.

    I have a friend who works with an organization that is not the Yankees, says the yanks have called just about every team in the league at least twice about pitching.

    Take it for whatever that’s worth…about. .02 cents, if that.

  14. Pat M. July 9th, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Michelle B. I’ve heard the same thing for the past 3 weeks or so….They’re in a jamb because they lack the pieces to really overwhelm so it’s going to come down to taking on contracts and that means Yankee dollars, not a Hal favorite. I thought they had a deal worked out with Theo however Cashman would yield a certain minor leaguer and that was that. Both arms are on an American Airlines flight to SFO a few hours later,,,,

  15. Pat M. July 9th, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Not certain as to when The LoHud goes dark for a week or so, but I wonder you will be the author of the final post ???? Trip to Hawaii maybe to see M ( Mel ) ?????

  16. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 9th, 2014 at 1:35 am

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......lly-beane/

    pat this is a very good interview – i think part 2 to follow tomorrow night. Nice talking to you all, see you on the flipside.

  17. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 9th, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Pat

    heard theo wanted Severino and Judge – so, if im cashman, i say “no” too.

    But if the yanks are going to prospect hug, let’s be consistent and get those guys up to the big league club to help out eventually. Instead, they move them along, get log jammed and then wont bring them up because they keeping buying overpriced, old talent – if you have a famous name, the Yankees want you. That’s my take.

  18. YankeeRay July 9th, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Give Tanaka a few extra days off and let him start the All Star game and then again the following Sunday. He’s earned it and a few extra days can’t hurt.

  19. Pat M. July 9th, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Michelle B. So Cashman is saying that The Judge / Servino package has a higher precieved value than Allison and McKinney ????? That doesn’t add up true for me. Yanks must have had more in the pot. Great piece, always dug Billy B…..

  20. bbb51 July 9th, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi
    Tanaka says that the fact that he just went back-to-back 5 days for the first time isnt reason for struggles. Says fastball actually better

    McCann: “(Tanaka’s) offspeed pitches were up, his fastball was up.

    “I didn’t feel that bad going out on the mound tonight,” he said. “Actually, I did feel that my fastball was a bit better than last time. … I think it had a lot to do with my command, the command of my pitches.”

    Pitches up can mean fatigue.

    Loss of command can mean fatigue.

    These two things usually come before loss of velocity.

  21. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 9th, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Not sure – but im thinking there was at least another prospect (sanchez) or maybe Ian Clarkin, that Cash wouldnt budge on.

    I know for sure the Jays wanted Samardzija and we’re willing to offer strohman. But i know nothing else.

    Wondering if the cubs were specifically looking for a middle infielder in return.

  22. Tidrow July 9th, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Good for Nuno; he finally gets to pitch without having to look over his shoulder. I think a big problem with this team is their overly cautious approach. They treat their pitchers; especially the young ones as if they are made of tissue paper; not letting them pitch out of jams or throw more than 100 pitches without rushing in a reliever. They are reluctant to trade their young talent yet don’t move them along like most other organizations or reward them with a roster spot when they have earned it in triple A.

  23. BoJo July 9th, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Why can’t we get pitchers like Nuno?

  24. bardos July 9th, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Interesting article on Billy Beane and the future of technology inn baseball

    http://online.wsj.com/articles.....1404762964

  25. bbb51 July 9th, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Undoubtedly the superior AZ coaches immediately transformed Nuno into Clayton Kershaw.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Michelle,

    I read a piece where Theo was reported to have said that if he was able to get Addison Russell from the As, then anything Cash could come up with wouldn’t match it. He wanted that shortstop.

    Here’s sth else I just found which doesn’t talk about the Cashman part of the discussions but is interesting:

    http://www.bleachernation.com/.....ily-trade/

  27. Madrugador July 9th, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I hate losing power. You’d think I live in a third world countty the way it goes out. Time to move off the grid.
    Good for Nuno but one start does not suddenly turn sround his career. We will see but definitely think there is something wrong with pitcher development in Yankee land. Phelps looks like a back of the rotation kind of guy, maybe, but help me out; who else have they successfully developed for their own use in the oast 10 years?
    If I am management, I stop accepting excuses, heads roll and we try something new in player development.

  28. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Tidrow – I just don’t think the organization is good at developing players. Period. You can blame the pressures of New York, but they developed several standouts earlier in their history. I don’t particularly admire their current staff / management in general. NY should have the best of the best, but the Yankees don’t.

  29. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 4:54 am

    If you were a kid, would YOU want to drafted by the Yankees these days? I’d sign there as a free agent, but as a kid, I don’t think so — not from what I’ve seen over there.

    Kind of sad.

  30. mick July 9th, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This place might be a lot better after the Ignore Button is installed.

  31. mick July 9th, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I mean the immature remarks by 14 year old girls bother people?
    Really?
    Sad…
    This place needs a break from itself…

  32. UnKnown July 9th, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Ignore button did somebody say ignore button!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

    If only we should be so lucky. God would that be awesome.

  33. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    The Sox are likely to trade Peavy but I wonder if theyd consider cleaning house and moving either Lester or Lackey as well…? If I were Cherrington, that’s probably what I’d do. Seems like everyone is looking for pitching.

  34. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Some people here hit the nail on the head.

    1. Inconsistency in strategy. I am a prospect hugger. However, you CANNOT do that AND refuse to bring them up. Makes no sense. When players show they can hit well in AAA, friggin promote them and see what we have.

    2. The treating young pitchers like they are made of glass is such a bad strategy, AND AND AND it doesnt even work. They all get hurt anyway. When Banuelos returned from the DL, he pitched 1-2 innings at a time. At that pace, we will see him when he turns 30. When Pineda returned, they babied him also, and look, he got hurt again anyway.

    I almost wish someone ran away with the AL East, because this team as is needs a lot of help, but because the whole division is bad, Yankees are basically a weekend sweep away from first place.

  35. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Also saw the Yankees are on the list of teams Hamels can’t block a trade to.

  36. G. Love July 9th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Michelle B.,

    No need to thank me. It’s always a pleasure to see your posts. Wish you posted more. You always have good stuff.

    And if an ignore button is in the works this place will be a joy to participate in. That might even bring back some of the better posters we’ve lost to fools and trolls.

  37. blake July 9th, 2014 at 7:58 am

    . “When Banuelos returned from the DL, he pitched 1-2 innings at a time. ”

    I thought they were pretty aggressive with Banuelos……they didn’t even wrap him in packing peanuts while he pitched.

  38. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I didn’t think Tanaka pitched bad really but McCann’s assessment was correct…..he missed up more than usual and he must not have had a good feel for his split because I saw on numerous occasions where McCann called for it and he shook him off to get to the slider……

    Just a game where he made a couple of mistakes and big league hitters took him out of the park…..it happens to the best of them…..and of course the offense sucks and couldn’t pick him up.

  39. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Funny Blake….. But seriously, what do they get for all of this overbabying?

  40. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Just a game where he made a couple of mistakes and big league hitters took him out of the park…..it happens to the best of them…..and of course the offense sucks and couldn’t pick him up.

    ___

    The offense was absolutely pathetic. No hits after the 3rd inning? Do they ever score after the 3rd inning?

    What I find even more hilarious is that 45-44 is good for 4GB in the AL East.

    How the mighty have fallen…

  41. Villa Nova-Ya July 9th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I’m hoping the changes that are to be made to Lohud are going to help with all the craziness, or at least most of the craziness. I’m curious: how does an ignore button actually work? If you “ignore” a poster, does that carry through for everything that particular poster writes, throughout every thread? Does a person being ignored know they are being ignored? If some people ignore a person, but other’s don’t, will those posts still be visible anyway? Why can’t people just ignore whoever they don’t like interacting with on their own without a button?

    I’d rather an added layer of security is added somehow, to make it a little more difficult to post in the first place, and certainly more difficult to post with many different identities. I think that’s the real issue anyway, isn’t it?

    ****

    Our Yankees. What to do with them???? I also agree that if Cashman/ownership are going to want to hold onto prospects, they have to actually give them opportunities before they go out searching for the veteran who “might” have another season left in them (and then sign them for 2 or 3). Over the last several years, it’s not difficult to notice that Cashman has held onto players that other teams have wanted in trade, and then those players either falter in their development so their value isn’t as high or fall off the chart altogether (or get injured). Some of it is certainly some bad luck, but even for someone who mostly supports the idea that the Yankees know their own, it’s problematic that so many promising prospects falter.

    And it has also become unavoidable to ask the question, for a team that values pitching so much, how in the world can they allow themselves to still be in the position of still needing pitching??? Again, some bad luck can account for a little bit, but one look at the current rotation, at the developmental pipeline, and the fact that they can’t even trade for pitching because they don’t have anyone they’re willing to trade for it or anyone another team is willing to give it up for, and you can’t be happy about the situation.

    I want to stay positive and hopeful. That’s my nature, but maybe that’s easier if you take an arms-distance approach on the season, which, obviously, anyone who spends anytime here does not do.

  42. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    “Funny Blake….. But seriously, what do they get for all of this overbabying?”

    nothing but this is a problem throughout baseball really…..they baby all these guys and it doesn’t help anything…..look at all the injuries this year. Innings limits….pitch counts…..it’s all just hypothesis……they have no clue how to keep pitchers healthy. The Yankees just seem a little more rigid in all of this than other teams…….

  43. AAA July 9th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The Sox are likely to trade Peavy but I wonder if theyd consider cleaning house and moving either Lester or Lackey as well…?

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

    Think Lester’s still going to sign in Boston. 5/$120M-ish. Lackey’s interesting because of his contract situation. He’s only on the books for like $500K for next year. He’s more or less said he won’t pitch for that amount though. Makes it tough to gauge his value. He’d help a contending team though. Lot more than Peavy would, IMO.

  44. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I don’t think Boston will pay Lester…..it’s not their MO…..but we’ll see. They really need him in the short term to contend……if they don’t sign Lester then they might as well step back and rebuild

  45. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Yankees planned pretty poorly for their starting situation, but you are right, there was no way they could plan for 3 starters going down right at the beginning. Pineda, sure….. CC maybe. But Nova too? And all at the same time?

    I am enjoying the chance to see some of these guys try to sieze opportunities, like Whitley and Greene. I think Phelps is really making the most of it. Too bad Warren is in the pen, because they could have used him as well. And of course Betances is doing so well he is playing himself right out of a chance to move to the rotation next year.

    If I am the GM, I am resigning Robertson, hoping Bailey is ready for 2015, and taking another shot at moving Betances to the rotation. Tanana/Betances/Phelps would be set for the rotation. CC and Pineda would be hopefully ready, bring in one free agent, let Whitley/Greene and company fight for a spot.

    And jeez, move Severino up already. I dont think it’s a stretch to say he has dominated at the current level.

  46. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    the Yankees should sell but….they might could get a nice piece for Robertson…..but they won’t do that so plan B should be to focus on the offense. Get Headley and hope he turns it around…..get another bat if you can and then just hope Pineda or somebody comes back later on and helps the rotation. They can’t get the sort of pitcher they need……Hamels or Price isn’t happening IMO…….if Lee was healthy I could see them getting him on a salary dump deal…..but I’m not sure he is.

  47. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Think Lester’s still going to sign in Boston. 5/$120M-ish. Lackey’s interesting because of his contract situation. He’s only on the books for like $500K for next year. He’s more or less said he won’t pitch for that amount though. Makes it tough to gauge his value. He’d help a contending team though. Lot more than Peavy would, IMO.

    ___

    No way Boston pays him 24M AAV. They will cap at 5/100. Don’t know if that will be enough to keep him, but I dont know that I would pay him more than that.

    I think the FA the Yankees should look at is Shields. Dont think it would take nearly Lester years or money to get him.

  48. AAA July 9th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Give Tanaka a few extra days off and let him start the All Star game and then again the following Sunday. He’s earned it and a few extra days can’t hurt.

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

    It’s a series with the Orioles, which at this juncture is kinda important. He’s scheduled to pitch Sunday, and should. Screw the all-star game. Hernandez should be the starter anyway.

  49. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Get Headley and hope he turns it around
    __

    Blake I disagree here…..

    He have enough guys underperforming, don’t think we want to get another one.

    If this were me, I am putting Beltran back on the DL and getting him his surgery NOW.
    Brian McCann actually seems to be coming around a bit, as I believed he would. I think Pendleton woke him up too…. He seems to have taken that comment about him and NYC very personal….

  50. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Coming off injury or not, if I can get Cliff Lee for just his salary and maybe one guy, I am doing it….

  51. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I see the over-babying extending to their 25-man roster and Girardi’s constant resting of players. It’s especially frustrating as some of them manage to get hot, only to be sat down because they’ve played — gasp — for a full week. He’s resting away their chances of making the playoffs in even this year’s collection of subpar AL East teams.

  52. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    “I thought they were pretty aggressive with Banuelos……they didn’t even wrap him in packing peanuts while he pitched.”

    ~~~~

    :)

  53. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I will give Joe a pass on the 25 man babying because he is probably being told that he needs to find ways to assure they stay healthy, and this is the best way. Though I dont see how being tired is the same thing as being injured. Resting players may refresh them, but it doesn’t keep them on the field. There is no way to prevent players from getting hurt other than having them dog it in the field and on bases, and stand 20 feet off the plate to avoid HBPs.

  54. 86w183 July 9th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good morning all —-

    Fascinating new offensive approach. Score early and hold on for dear life! Bizarre and not likely to be successful.

    A bat for RF is the biggest issue offensively. Ichiro is hitting the softest .300 I’ve ever seen. One extra base hit since May 3 — and that’s only because some nitwit dove for a single and turned it into a triple — and one RBI since June 18.

    I don’t know about Beltran and his injury. He’s so much better than what he’s showing us this season. At this point getting the surgery out of the way makes sense because it’s not hard to place a .671 OPS at the DH spot.

  55. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    “Blake I disagree here…..

    He have enough guys underperforming, don’t think we want to get another one.”

    my thinking is he should be really cheap (should be) and that he’s a serious 2nd half guy….it would be a flyer somewhat but who else can they get?

  56. blake July 9th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    get Tulo in the offseason.

  57. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    ac1,

    I don’t personally think Girardi’s being asked to rest his players. His style from the get-go has been a bit like kindergarten — to me at least — and his resting of young, healthy players has gotten more pronounced the longer he’s been managing here.

    And resting hot bats is just dumb — especially bats that had been struggling earlier. I bet players would have something strong in say in that regard.

    Resting = preventing injury…we could only wish such a connection were possible. If that were the case, the Yanks would never get injured, right? ;)

  58. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    get Tulo in the offseason.

    ____

    100% Endorse!

    Save the prospects for him if anyone.

  59. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Thought Mookie Betts was supposed to be the next Mike Trout?
    After JBJ was supposed to be?
    Boegarts was supposed to be the next Garciaparra?

    I will say even early on, it makes me so happy (living in Boston) to see all of these next big stars fall flat (and yes I know its very early), but with all the hype you would expect they would be hitting .500 and MVP candidates.

  60. ac1 July 9th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    And resting hot bats is just dumb — especially bats that had been struggling earlier. I bet players would have something strong in say in that regard.

    __

    I agree. It is dumb. And I also agree that Joe has this knack for taking hot players and cooling them off by resting them in the middle of a hot streak…..

  61. tbone1570 July 9th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    And resting hot bats is just dumb — especially bats that had been struggling earlier. I bet players would have something strong in say in that regard.

    ***********************************

    The players absolutely hate that about Girardi.

  62. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    AAA – I don’t think Boston will go that high for Lester.. from the figures we’ve heard, they offered between $70-80. If they are willing to go $100, that’s probably enough to retain him. But if they aren’t moving off of their more recent offers – something we’ve seen them unwilling to do in the past – they should trade all of ‘em.

    I bet they can get back a good number of pieces if they move Peavy, Lackey and Lester. Between the Tigers, M’s, Angels, and maybe Giants too, they’ll probably rejuvenate their farm.

    Boston is coming off of a championship year. If there’s ever a time to blow it up, it’d be now.

  63. 86w183 July 9th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    “Resting” is a challenge when you have such an old roster, but I’d have a tough time taking Gardner or Ellsbury out of the line up at all the way this offense is under performing.

    Call Texas and ask about Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre. Do it now.

  64. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Good morning.

  65. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    How long can we avoid the Blogocalypse….?

  66. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    my thinking is he should be really cheap (should be) and that he’s a serious 2nd half guy….it would be a flyer somewhat but who else can they get?

    —————

    The more I think about their realistic options, the more I want to ride this season out and let it collapse on itself.

  67. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I’m hoping for an “ignore” feature and improved security.

  68. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    “How long can we avoid the Blogocalypse….?”

    i don’t know but we aren’t far from me only posting about food and pop culture and 80′s music so they better start wining I’m warning you all now.

  69. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Murphy bit hard again this season.

    That’s twice in a row.

    It should also be fairly obvious that an aging roster carries a great deal of inherent risk.

    Geritol will only get you so far.

  70. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    “The more I think about their realistic options, the more I want to ride this season out and let it collapse on itself.”

    well I think finishing in last place would help them more than barely missing the playoffs but we all know they aren’t going to allow that…….they will make some moves to win 85 games or so and end up with a 17th or 18th round draft pick and lose that pick to sign JJ hardy and then repeat the viscous cycle once more

  71. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Blake-

    I think Emeril is in danger.

  72. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    We argue a lot less when we’re all hating on Pitbull.

    But I do think there’s a chance the security will be upgraded with the blog changes. That’d be really awesome news.

  73. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    well I think finishing in last place would help them more than barely missing the playoffs but we all know they aren’t going to allow that…….they will make some moves to win 85 games or so and end up with a 17th or 18th round draft pick and lose that pick to sign JJ hardy and then repeat the viscous cycle once more

    —————

    This is what I mean though… if you can’t get two pieces that really give you a shot (front line starter and an INF bat), I dunno why we should bother trading for anyone unless you can somehow get your hands on a player that’s signed for multiple years and he’s part of the rebuilding process.

  74. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    The big problem with this team is that they have a lot of money invested in the next 3-4 seasons……Tex, McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury, CC, Arod are most of the payroll……and their best chance to perform is the next 3 years……so how can you tear the whole thing down when you have so much invested in that time frame.

    I mean Ellsbury and McCann’s best remaining years are the next 2 or 3…..if they rebuild now then they are wasting those……same with Beltran and Tex.

    I think they have to be bold and try to do something to contend short term and then just tear it all down in like 3 years when all the money starts to come off

  75. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hi MTU,

    Thanks again for the opportunity to look at a lovely view of gorgeous mountains every day via your talent and lens.

    Most appreciated.

    Gotta say, it was definitely a roller coaster ride going from a high of watching Greene and Betances pitch the other day to yesterday’s disappointing game (mostly bummed at the continuing lack of offense and not Tanaka). Hope some more bright spots appear soon. This team is hard to watch most of the time.

    Signing off for now, but looking forward to the improved site…hope it’s everything we want and that it will keep the crazies away.

  76. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wang-

    You’re welcome.

    It’s an honor to know that it gives you that much pleasure.

    Have a great day.

  77. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    “I think Emeril is in danger.”

    haha hardly…..

  78. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Headley has gone back to his old way of gripping the bat and has been hitting very well with two four hit games in the past few days.

    After we win a couple I think, well maybe. Then, we go inning after inning without hitting again, and I realize we are spinning our wheels.

    I have said some team in the east will start to play well as it is inevitable. It now appears to be the O’s. If they sweep us this weekend, turn out the lights. We will know by the all star break if we are remotely in it or not.

  79. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    This is what I mean though… if you can’t get two pieces that really give you a shot (front line starter and an INF bat), I dunno why we should bother trading for anyone unless you can somehow get your hands on a player that’s signed for multiple years and he’s part of the rebuilding process.

    Totally agree.

  80. Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I can’t see a reasonable path to Tulo. And what blog changes? I’m so out of it.

  81. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    2nd half lineup.

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Ellsbury CF
    Tex 1B
    McCann C
    Beltran DH
    Headley 3B
    Refsynder RF
    Roberts 2B

    it’s not perfect but should be better than what they have now……

  82. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Nova going down was a disaster.

    Along w Pineda’s continuing struggle for health.

    Those are 2 pretty damn good SP missing.

    It did not help that CC fell apart either.

    And the middle of our order is pretty craptastic.

    I’m w Blake.

    Either pick a lane or punt.

    But they likely will just half-a*s it.

  83. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The only way the Rockes trade Tulu is if he asks for a trade. He doesn’t seem the type to do that, but maybe he can do it behind closed doors.

    I agree with 86 on Ichiro as I have been saying for some time. Ichiro is a nice 4th outfielder, but he cannot play regularly on this team. Eleven RBIs? He doesn’t lead off. Of course, our leadoff guy has nearly 40. Try anything or anyone.

  84. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I think they have to be bold and try to do something to contend short term and then just tear it all down in like 3 years when all the money starts to come off

    ——————-

    I agree.. but this is why they needed to go balls to the wall in the FA market this past off season. Either that, or they’ll need to sign even more horrible deals this off season (Hardy, Lester, Hanley).

    Deals that make sense for the team to compete in the short term aren’t going to come easy. Maybe they can trade for Beltre… but guys like Hamels, Price, Castro, Stanton – those guys probably aren’t going to be in pinstripes. And those are exactly the kinds of bold moves that could transform this team both short and long term.

    They’ve been in literally the same position for 3 years now…. I hate them.

  85. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    “I can’t see a reasonable path to Tulo. ”

    well it depends on how the Yanks prospects do this year…..one little clause I saw in Tulo’s contract……he can only be traded once and he has the right to void the remainder of his contract if he’s traded……which I guess means if he’s dealt he can essentially opt out of the contract?

  86. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    If the blog shuts down for an entire week and they do not have a better security implementation ready it will be pretty sad.

    We all know that is the glaring weakness around here.

  87. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I think is past time for KJ to disappear.

  88. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    You have to be willing to give your best to get the best.

    I don’t think Cashman wants to do that.

  89. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Free Refsnyder !

  90. Tackelberry July 9th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Refsnyder 2-3 last night with a double, a walk, 2 runs scored. Pete O’Brien 2-4 with a double, homer (28th) and an rbi.

  91. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Severino is too good for high A.

    0 earned runs in his last 16 innings.

  92. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Wave,

    Chad posted a note yesterday about the blog being shut down until after the allstar break for changes. No further details are known are known by me.

  93. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Mac-

    I think Chad is tired of having to be a babysitter.

    Better security would free him to do his real job.

  94. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    @RiverAveBlues Sherman: Yankees have called Cubs about young shortstop surplus http://rab.me/1qVbbJx

    The sad truth is they had a chance to press reset but they didn’t… so now they’re back to middling with even more long term, expensive deals on the books.

    There’s this bottleneck thing happening between now and 2017 with the money assigned to Tex, CC, Alex, McCann, Ellsbury, and Tanaka.

  95. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:31 am
    Wave,

    Chad posted a note yesterday about the blog being shut down until after the allstar break for changes. No further details are known are known by me.

    —————

    Just the comments will be shut down, but Chad will still be posting updates.

  96. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    O’Brien has been hitting better lately and has lifted his BA and reduced strike outs. If he can lay off the Soriano type curve ball swings, he has wonderful power.

    I doubt they would try to get Headley. He will be a free agent, and we have that wonderful 40 year old 3B coming back after missing two years, so no signing of a 3B.

  97. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I’m not so CC will be pitching again.

    They should just buy AR out.

    Tex is productive.

    McCann gets a needs improvement.

    Ells and MT are great.

  98. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    ed: so sure

  99. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Chad Jennings July 8th, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    Hey everyone, just wanted to give a quick heads up:

    As you could probably tell from the surveys posted a couple of weeks ago, we’ve been planning for quite a while to make some significant changes to the blog. We will apparently begin a big part of that process tomorrow, and while doing so we’re going to have to shut down the comments section. As I understand it, the comments are going be disabled beginning tomorrow morning and could remain shutdown through the All-Star break. We tried to pick a time around the break in an effort to minimize the impact, and our intention is to have things up and running — and better — for the second half of the season. I’m incredibly thankful for everyone who’s made this place the weird little community that it is. I’m very sorry that it has to shut down for a while, but my hope is that it will improve everything about the experience.

  100. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Cubs will give us one of one of their IF’er’s if Cashman is prepared to part w some of his best prospects.

    But he does not seem prepared to do so.

  101. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh… I forgot to add Beltran to that list…

    Ugh.

    7 players taking up more than half of your preferred payroll.

    And we have so little movable parts.

    I still think Tex might be a trade chip. Of course you need to figure out what to do with 1B (and I’ll still suggest Alex, to much derision). Gardner, Robertson… Cervelli, Phelps, Betances. That about it?

  102. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Shame,

    What will I do without reading you people? Sharing misery does make it better.

    I did read your men in a cave comment yesterday to my wife. I think she agreed.

  103. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Tex isn’t going anywhere.

  104. UnKnown July 9th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Watching the Cubs last night live, Theo has his work cut out for him.

    Billy Hamilton is super electrric. Reds fans love love him. Seems like he is starting to stick it too. He flys.

  105. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Everyone can use a Blogcation now and then.

    If the format is improved it’s certainly worth it.

  106. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    if the Cubs are considering moving Bryant to LF then they really don’t have a surplus……you move somebody to 3B….probably Castro…..you play Russell at SS and you move Baez to 2B and you have a studly infield and a beast LFer…….

    the Cubs are coming soon if they can find some pitching……that’s the thing…..their offense could be awesome in like 3 years if guys pan out.

  107. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Maybe we can post over at RAB for a while ?

  108. UnKnown July 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Castro was actually their cleanup last night.

  109. GregD July 9th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I hope the ignore button is added……it will really improve the blog…………

  110. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Blake-

    IF they can find some pitching ?

    Yes. Good luck w that.

    If they are smart they’ll use some of their surplus to get that young pitching.

    They aren’t going anywhere w/o it.

  111. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I know folks have gotten on Theo a lot lately but he’s done this the only way he could have if they were going to actually build a winner.

    He tore it ALL down and started over…..and he’s trying to build a sustainable winner…..not just a team that can win for a year or two and then have to rebuild again……it takes time to do that. He’s sorta putting all his eggs in the basket of this wave of players he has coming…..but honestly I don’t know any other way they could have done it.

    The Cubs have like 5 or 6 of the top 20 prospects in baseball…..and they are all getting close…..so we can’t judge Theo just yet……we can in 2 or 3 more years.

  112. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Maybe the Cubs should be talking to the Rays ?

  113. UnKnown July 9th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Rizzo seems like their guy.

  114. Tackelberry July 9th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am
    Maybe we can post over at RAB for a while ?

    _________________________

    UGH! The RAB comments section is a big joke. Very little actual baseball talk, Just one idiot after another with dumb posts trying to be funnier than the last.

  115. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The Cubs fans have already waited about a Century.

  116. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am
    Maybe we can post over at RAB for a while ?

    —————-

    Hahahaha, imagine if we invaded RAB?!

    I almost prefer the idea of invading the LoHud Mets blog instead.

  117. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Very little actual baseball talk, Just one idiot after another with dumb posts trying to be funnier than the last.

    ———————–

    :oops:

    This sounds like me…

  118. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    The Cubs have like 5 or 6 of the top 20 prospects in baseball…..and they are all getting close…..so we can’t judge Theo just yet……we can in 2 or 3 more years.

    —————-

    They could go HAM on the market over the next two years to acquire the top flight pitching they need. It might be a better approach than moving any of their bats.

  119. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    There is nothing even remotely idiotic about you Shame.

  120. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    MTU
    or they could use the money they haven’t spent to sign pithcing……they tried for Tanaka hard. The Cubs have the best farm system in baseball and they also have tons of money to spend……Theo has kept the payroll low while rebuilding so that when they were ready to win he could spend big to supplement what they had. It’s a great strategy given the shape that the team was in…..will it work? I don’t know…..but lets say he goes out and gets Lester or Scherzer this winter and then another good starter the in 2015 to add to the position players they have…….

  121. 86w183 July 9th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Will they send us a notice that the blog is back? Or do we have to check back day after day after day???

    IF the Yanks decided on a major re-build they could do it. CC could retire for all we know and they could build around a veteran foundation of A-Rod, Ellsbury, Gardner, Teixeira and McCann. Plug in Refsnyder, Almonte, Roller, Pirela, Garcia et al and I think the fan base would be intrigued….. especially if they find a young SS for the future.

    Think about this for opening day… is it any worse than the current lineup:
    Gardner LF
    Castro SS
    Ellsbury CF
    Beltran DH
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Almonte RF
    Refsnyder 2B
    Wheeler 3B

    bench —Garcia, Ryan, JR Murphy, Johnson

  122. blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    “They could go HAM on the market over the next two years to acquire the top flight pitching they need. It might be a better approach than moving any of their bats.”

    exactly…..they have 31 million on the books for 2015…..when Theo thinks they are getting close they have A LOT of money they can spend. The cubs aren’t the royals or Rays…..they are a big market team who could sustain a payroll close to 200 million when they are ready…..Theo has just purposefully kept the payroll down while rebuilding

  123. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Blake-

    And just like w Tanaka he will probably come up short.

    Players aren’t looking at Epstein’s wet dreams.

    They want to be on proven winners.

    He can trade for some talent. That would seem to be his best route IMO.

  124. 86w183 July 9th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    gotta run some errands…. i still say Rios and Beltre get the Yanks the AL East

    have a day

  125. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I have not taken shots at trisha. Bojo asked why she was banned, I explained and so did Chad.

    I feel badly if anyone mirrored her IP to post something offensive, resulting in her ban. It’s hard to imagine who that could have been since you seem to like her so much.

  126. austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Shame,

    I agree there is nothing idiotic about you. Now, Chad’s description of the wierd people on the blog, hmmm. Surely it can’t be me. Does that shoe(glass slipper) fit?

  127. Tackelberry July 9th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    why was Trisha banned? I always liked her insightfulness and level headed comments.

  128. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    blake July 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am
    “They could go HAM on the market over the next two years to acquire the top flight pitching they need. It might be a better approach than moving any of their bats.”

    exactly…..they have 31 million on the books for 2015…..when Theo thinks they are getting close they have A LOT of money they can spend. The cubs aren’t the royals or Rays…..they are a big market team who could sustain a payroll close to 200 million when they are ready…..Theo has just purposefully kept the payroll down while rebuilding

    —————–

    They can turn it around really quickly… of course it somewhat depends on which potential FA pitchers actually hit the market. But he has the resources, that’s for sure.

  129. Tackelberry July 9th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Bad news for Prufroc. ONe of the changes will be pre-screening of posts. If it is determined that the post is inended to ruffle feathers or start trouble, it will be deleted before even posted, robbing the poster of his/her fun

  130. Tackelberry July 9th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    only ruins it for the trolls, who never get to see it.

  131. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I only repeated what I was told. ‘Multiple’ merely means more than one. It sucks she’s banned because you were utilizing her computer in some capacity. I feel badly about it.

  132. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    austinmac July 9th, 2014 at 10:02 am
    Shame,

    I agree there is nothing idiotic about you. Now, Chad’s description of the wierd people on the blog, hmmm. Surely it can’t be me. Does that shoe(glass slipper) fit?

    ————–

    I think he called it a weird little community lmao. Pretty much fits the bill, I’d say!

  133. blake July 9th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    1) if they make this a pay site I may not partake anymore. Not that I wouldn’t pay a small fee to post but with the history of security issues I’m not wild about actually entering my credit card info to pay the money….it’s more about that than the actual fee.
    2) pre-screening is fine but that take constant monitoring and there is literally no way the posts can be read quickly enough to avoid delays which will slow down conversations.

    I get the need for better security…..but if the hassle outweighs the fun then people will leave. Just sayin.

  134. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Will Cashman get something done or will GM ‘a demand too much? Yankee fans want to know.

  135. MTU July 9th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Blake-

    Security, or lack thereof, is a paramount issue around here and has been for quite some time.

    If it is a little less convenient but much more secure I’m fine w that.

  136. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    “I still think Tex might be a trade chip.”

    He has a no trade he’s not waving it. No way no how.

  137. blake July 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    For his part, in his postgame comments, Tanaka didn’t feel as though his lack of rest was a problem. His command was another story. Via Chad Jennings of The LoHud Yankees Blog:

    “I didn’t feel that bad going out on the mound tonight,” he said. “Actually, I did feel that my fastball was a bit better than last time. … I think it had a lot to do with my command, the command of my pitches. I feel that a lot of my pitches were going right down the middle where it’s actually pretty easy for the batters to hit. I think that would be one of the big reasons.”

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/07/.....nd-indians

  138. Giuseppe Franco July 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    1) if they make this a pay site I may not partake anymore. Not that I wouldn’t pay a small fee to post but with the history of security issues I’m not wild about actually entering my credit card info to pay the money….it’s more about that than the actual fee.

    —–

    That’s exactly what I’m thinking.

    The last thing I want to do is give any personal info or a debit card to participate on a blog that obviously has a history of being unable to stop a domestic terrorist from wreaking havoc.

    He can’t harass me or any family members because he can’t find any personal info on me anywhere. I’d prefer to keep it that way instead of risking giving him an opening.

  139. blake July 9th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    for anyone who knows….JF I summon you……in Tulo’s contract it states that he has the right to void the remainder of the deal if he’s traded. So if he’s traded in the offseason does that mean he can opt out like immediately? I can’t imagine that’s the case or literally nobody would trade for him for fear that he’d just opt out and become a FA.

  140. Giuseppe Franco July 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    NTCs get waived every TD and every offseason. Happens all the time.

  141. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I’m just speculating but I would guess the changes to the blog have everything to do with updating general online business practices in an effort to increase viewership and income and not much to do with whatever issues and drama go on here. I think making the participant and member experience better is part of that, hence the questionnaire.

  142. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    It’ll be interesting to see what the changes are, that’s for sure. Hopefully we’ll all find them valuable and stick around.. but yeah, putting credit card info in here is worrisome on a few levels.

    I had no idea Tulo had that kind of deal…. wow, that could be potentially a huge issue.

  143. SweetSpot July 9th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Tex won’t. He lives it here he’s not uprooting his family to go to Chicago or Denver etc.

  144. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Invading the LoHud Mets blog should be fun….

  145. Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    GF, blake — that’s not Pruf you’re reading this morning.

  146. blake July 9th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    “NTCs get waived every TD and every offseason. Happens all the time.”

    I don’t think he actually has a no trade clause…..his contract says that he can only be traded once during the course of the contract and if he’s traded he can void the remainder of the deal……that part is on his last contract though so it may not apply to the extension he signed.

    If that part doesn’t apply then it’s not a problem. I actually think a no trade would help the Yankees aquire him because then he could have some say in where he went…..and some prior signs point to him wanting to be a yankee and take over for his idol #2.

  147. Giuseppe Franco July 9th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Wang IS Taiwan July 9th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    GF, blake — that’s not Pruf you’re reading this morning.

    —-

    Yeah, we know. He dropped the ‘k’.

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