Nov
13

Open Thread: The storm before the storm

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So how about that, eh? In one move today, the Yanks took on Nick Swisher and his salary in exchange for Jeff Marquez and Wilson Betemit. Talk about heating up the Hot Stove League in the blink of an eye.

But do you know what’s even better than Nick Swisher? How about Nick Swisher and C.C. Sabathia, together, in the same picture? Via the excellently-named It’s All A-Rod’s Fault comes this image from Nick Swisher’s Web site:

If only. If only.

Meanwhile, while we’re all enjoying the high of a good trade, the free agent signing period kicks off in a few hours with CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez headlining the Hot Stove this year. It seems as though Manny and the Dodgers may be heading for a split.

While the Dodgers have an offer on the table that could send $60 million Manny’s way over three seasons, Scott Boras fired back today with a quote that shows his true character. “On behalf of Manny Ramirez, we will, for the first time, begin accepting serious financial offers on Friday,” said Boras. What a class act.

So as we head into the best time of the winter, feel free to open the floor to anything. The Jets and Pats are playing on Channel 11 at 8 p.m., and money is about to dominate baseball’s off-season.

Late add by Mike: South Side Sox has an exclusive transcript of the Swisher trade negotiations. Check it out.

  • Ivan

    Just came from work and I just heard the news about the swisher trade.

    Persoanlly, I thought it was a cool deal. I mean yes Swisher had a bad season but you hope he can bounce back. Plus, he does get alot of walks and has very good OBP skills. Can play 1st base and hopefully do a solid job at 1st base.

    Plus, he’s been known to have a pretty exuberate personality that can be helpful to the team so overall a solid trade.

    • Joey H

      Maybe our number three guy? Nice OBP.

      • Joey H

        Providing of course that he can get his avg on a decent track.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Nah, stash him down in the 6 or 7 hole, no need to pressure him right away.

        • Joey H

          No no this I know. I’m saying if we don’t get Tex of course and hopefully we can get him swinging the bat better hes a viable option.

          • BxBomberCutie

            You can’t honestly think that the bat of Nick Swisher is going replace Tex’s or the RBI’s and HR’s lost by Giambi and Abreu…

            Id like to know what bats are going to replace 200 RBIS and over 50 HRs. Swisher has never hit over .265 in his career, I understand him offering flexibility, but do you really want this guy starting over Tex? Hell give me Casey Blake before Swisher!

            • Joey H

              Um i didnt say that i said he can be a decent number three guy due to his OBP.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              You can’t honestly think that the bat of Nick Swisher is going replace Tex’s or the RBI’s and HR’s lost by Giambi and Abreu…

              … but I can honestly think that he’ll outproduce Betemit, Jeff Marquez, and Nunez. That’s what’s really germane to the Swisher discussion.

              I understand him offering flexibility, but do you really want this guy starting over Tex?

              No. Nobody does. I think everyone who was advocating acquiring Tex before the Swisher trade is still doing so after the Swisher trade. I personally always saw Swisher as helping us fill outfield holes and not 1B holes, but the fact remains he can start for us at any of 4 places, although I still want to continue to aggressively work for even better players for those 4 places.

  • Mike Pop
    • Joey H

      Slammin Nick Swisher baby! lol that’s his new nickname.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Swishahouse.

  • Joey H

    Hey Benny where the hell where you for that podcast? Mike and Joe sound WAY different than I would imagine. Mike sounds big tall and scruffy lol.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Big and scruffy, yes. Tall, not so much. I’m battling a cold too, hence the constant sniffling and mouth breathing.

      • Joey H

        Lol you were almost Kruk sounding my friend! ;) The crazy things the internet hides. I had all of you like slim 25 year old grad students who wear American eagle. but then again that isn’t the prototypical baseball fan.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Hah. That’s the polar opposite of me. T-shirt and jeans, and if I’m feeling frisky, clean shaven.

          • Joey H

            Yeah I’ve been going with the shaved style lately myself haha. The hairs itch brother. and Yeah I’m your average 90′s jeans and tee shirts guy myself, I was contemplating breaking out the flanels! lol.

  • Mike Pop

    I agree with Boras tho.. That offer isnt serious enough

  • s

    now how long does it take to lock up cc

    • Mike Pop

      6 years 138 does it

      • Joey H

        Yeah if we don’t bid. he’ll get 7 around 165ish mill from us.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    So, in the end, the White Sox gave up Gio Gonzalez, Fautino de los Santos, and Ryan Sweeney for Jeff Marquez and one crappy season of Swisher. Hopefully Billy Beane gave Kenny Williams a red rose after raping him; that’s the least he could do.

    Heh, that was from a poster at SoSH.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      What, no love or Betemit? And it’s not like Sweeney & Gio are anything special. Fautino blew out his arm too.

      • Joey H

        I mean as doofy as the man was, he always seems to keep a rally going. Besides who else can do a better well rounded job than him? not to many.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Amen. When people see what Cody Ransom looks like over a full season, they’ll be begging for a young’un like Betemit.

          • Joey H

            I think the difference between Ransom and Betemit is that Ransom is capable of filling in for longer periods of time and being more consistent, this is because Ransom is in that groove already from the minors where as Betemit is platooned all the time.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              That’s a damn good point.

              • Joey H

                Thanks man. But hey I just hope that Ransom doesn’t turn into the Shelly Duncan of the past. Win the hearts of the fans with a few early homers and then become a bag of waste, but I think that Ransom’s ego isn’t nearly as big as Duncan’s, or well Ego might be the wrong word maybe over-enthusiasm.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I actually like Gio Gonzalez quite a bit. However, how much of a pitcher’s park is Raley Field? Gonzalez’s Home/Road splits are quite drastic:

        HOME: 3.13 FIP; .159 BAA; 0.97 WHIP; 0.14 HR/9
        AWAY: 5.41 FIP; .290 BAA; 1.61 WHIP; 1.53 HR/9

        • Mike Pop

          Jamal you are a stat geek lol.. I think in all of your posts there are some kind of statss.. Your educating me

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Your You’re educating me

            Yes, I am a dick. ;)

            • Mike Pop

              Na, your the asshole

              • Joey H

                Asshole would imply stupidness. Jamal can just be an old fashioned pain in the butt. but hes a smart kid.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  Yeah, I’m the asshole.

  • steve (different one)

    man, those ChiSox fans on that site are PISSED.

    that’s usually a good sign you make a good trade.

    • Chip

      I hope Swisher makes the all-star team this year. It would just be so perfect

  • Steve

    Is there anything more puke inducing than 4 white girls trying to sound like they have soul?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That was brutal. Where’s Patty LaBelle or the Backstreet Boys when you need them.

  • nolan

    If Swisher is going to be playing 1b than the yanks will not be bidding for Mr Texiera…. BUT they could (and should) still make a run at Manny Ramirez to DH. Nady and Matsui could platoon in RF.
    Damon, Jeter, Swisher, Arod, Manny, Posada, Matsui/Nady, Cano, Gardner

  • Ivan

    I ain’t gonna front, Mike sounds alot different than what I would think.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They say Skype adds 15 decibels.

    • Joey H

      Tha’ts what I said bro! I was like Whoa. I thought Mike would sound more Joe-ish.

      • Ivan

        Exactly, I thought he would sound more like Joe.

        But Mike does sound more hipper than Joe, I’ll give em that.

        • Joey H

          Joe sounds a lot more reasonable over audio than he sounds online, no offense of course. It’s just hard to understand where someone is coming from through text.

  • E-ROC

    That transcript was hilarious.

  • Mike Pop

    How many think Cash is bluffing saying Swish is our 1st baseman and think like Pete Abe that we def won’t look at Tex

    • Joey H

      That’s a very interesting thought. *Poker Face*

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      “I’m comfortable with Bubba Crosby in centerfield.”

      • Mike Pop

        Damon wasnt the type of contract Tex is.. But they arent the same type of players.. But 100 mill or so more could be that problem.. But I hope we fix that problem and get Tex anyways… We need Swish for the outfield especially after Damon, Matsui, and Nady could all be goners.. What are we going to do bank on A-Jax, Gardner, and a FA like Holliday or Crawford for 2010.. Id rather have Swish out there gauranteed and have Tex at first.. Tex is a better bat than any of those FA’s are and he is better for the future.. You cant bank on Montero being a 1b ya know

    • s

      he definitely is as boras will look for only serious offers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
  • E-ROC

    Congrats to A-Rod and Jeter winning the Silver Slugger Awards.

    • s

      another popularity contest isnt quite a joke like gold gloves though

  • pat

    that south side sox message board is hilarious.

  • Chip

    If you guys ever get sick of the people at LoHud, go check out the comments on MLBTR. There are some really bad ones there. Apparently White Sox fans think this trade was all about Nunez and how he’s going to be a great closer for them.

    Seriously the kid got lit up in A ball last year. All the Red Sox fans are claiming the Yankees are going to suck next year due to them no longer pursuing Tex. Wow

    • Mike Pop

      Ya MLBTR comments can get real bad.. I hope we swoop in and get Tex though

  • E-ROC

    What would ya’ll do if K-Rod wins the MVP?

    • Mike Pop

      Sign him of course

    • Chip

      Take Jete……I mean Morneau’s MVP trophy and go beat all the writers on the head with it

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’ve been too anxious about Howard winning NL MVP to think about that.

      • steve (different one)

        if Pujols somehow does not win the MVP. they should just stop giving out the award.

        • Joey H

          Postseason is quite an attribute for the award unless your numbers incredibly blow away the competition. Now King Albert had a remarkable season but Howard carried his team into the playoffs. But go ahead bring on the A-rod won the MVP but sucked in the playoffs hatred.

          • steve (different one)

            right, and i am saying that Pujols’ numbers incredibly blow away the competition.

            • Joey H

              Oh yea considering what a killer he was in the NLCS and WS right? My winner is Howard.

          • Ron

            All ballots are due BEFORE the post season begins.

      • Steve H

        I think it’s Bonds’ MVP to lose.

      • E-ROC

        http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

        “No clear-cut leaders in NL MVP race”

        Carlos Delgado listed as one of the favorites.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Pujols’ OPS is nearly TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY FREAKING POINTS higher than Howard’s or Delgado’s.

    • steve (different one)

      i think i would put my foot through my computer. which would make a lot of people here happy. but man that would be awful.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Call of Duty: World At War or Resistance 2?

    • Mike Pop

      COD.. So much fun

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Haven’t played either, but based on COD4 and Resistance 1 … I’ll go Resistance 2.

    • Ivan

      Call of Duty.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Everyone I talk to says that COD: WaW is the same shit as COD4, just with different weapons and maps. I have never played Resistance, so hitting up something new does have its appeal. I did want to get SOCOM, but I heard bad things.

        Either way, whichever game I’m going to get will take a backseat to MLB Front Office Manager in December.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I thought it was coming out in March?

          We totally need to start on online league. 30 players, one for each team. See you bitches in October.

    • Jack
  • Ivan

    Is it set in stone that CC is a yankee?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nope, not even close.

      • Ivan

        I agree but you here a lot of how the yanks are gonna get him and offer the most money and etc.

        • Joey H

          Of course you agree with Mike :) but on the contrary to Mike, I can’t feel anymore confident than I already do that he’ll be here.

  • pat

    haha this is a chisox fan’s reaction

    http://www.trukn.com/bco/tyrepwn.gif

    • Ivan

      LMAO.

    • Mike Pop

      Thats real good

      • pat

        i mean theres no way that guys not either dead or paralyzed right? that thing must have been going like 60mph

  • Steve

    I like (not love) the Swisher trade, but want to make a point. In Mike’s (otherwise well thought out) original thread he suggested a Damon for Swisher swap. Other people suggested things like Melky+a reliever and were told that was a “non starter”. As it turns out, he went for even less than Melky and a reliever. Marquez is largely a bust as a prospect and Betemit is a bench player who’s glove you cant hide anywhere on the diamond. Betemit=Melky and any good reliever>Marquez. If Cash would have offered Damon, he would have overpaid by a TON. Mike offered way, way too much.

    There’s a reason for this. Most people look at these trades in Baseball terms, and fail to include the contract. Or if they do include the contract, they fail to give it equal weight with baseball value. Coming off this season, Swisher has almost zero baseball value when you take into account his contract going forward. When you pay someone an annual average of 7+ mil per, you expect at least a league average player, and Swisher was below average in 2008. This is why young, cheap players are worth so much, they produce yet make no money. So to trade for them, you’d have to equal BOTH the Baseball production value AND the cost savings with what you give up.

    That’s the reason I don’t LOVE the Swisher trade. He’s scheduled to make loads of $$ and if he doesn’t revert to his previous form, he will be an overpaid, untradeable albatross on this team. You could very well have a .220 hitter taking up room on the bench who’s not all that good defensively anywhere. If that happens, then we just traded for another Wilson Betemit, but a much more expensive one.

    He needs to have a bounce back year just to earn his contract, much less what we gave up. Which I agree was very little.

    • Steve H

      Actually, Swisher’s contract is reasonable considering his history, not a 1 year sample. It gives the Yankees a ton of flexibility.

      • Steve

        IF he reverts to previous form, and that’s a big if.

        There are steroid whispers around him, and some of the other guys who had similar whispers (Andrew Jones) have seen their careers fall off a cliff at a very young age. I’m not confident of anything in the post steroid era, because we don’t know what numbers were real and what weren’t.

        • Steve H

          But Swisher’s been in an era of testing. He doesn’t go back to the Era of Sosa, McGwire, etc.

          • Steve

            There’s testing and there’s testing. The old system was a joke. Players were notified in advance of the test. The new random testing (which still can be beat) is a much more effective system.

        • E-ROC

          Gotta link about these whispers?

      • Steve

        BTW-By saying “flexibility” you envision his as a bench player, right? So do I. In his 2 good years his splits were better vs Lefties, so he can help the Yanks there, which was a big problem for them this year.

        • Steve H

          No, his contract provides flexibility. Not a big commitment $ wise, not long term. He has value.

    • YankCrank20

      That’s an interesting point. However, I would counter with two points. First, there are reasonable statistics and points that would point to last year being a fluke (forcing him to hit leadoff and change his approach, inconsistent playing time and lots of line drive outs) and how the Yankees are doing the classic move of buying low on a player with a huge upside. Second, as many people say, the Yankees are able to absorb contracts that don’t pay up to the player’s standards. We absorbed years of Kevin Brown, Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi when they were past their prime, all contracts between $12-20 million a year. It’s worth the risk for a guy making $7 avg. annually and worst case scenario can still player above-avg. defense.

      • Steve

        ‘Huge upside’? He had a .750ish OPS last year, if he reverts to 06-07 production he’ll be in the mid .800′s. Given that he’s really a LF/1B, that’s barely league average for those positions. And again, IF he reverts to form.

        http://www.baseball-reference......ni01.shtml

        BTW-Those contracts tied Cashman’s hands for many years, to the detriment of the team. It’s ironic that people keep arguing he gives the Yanks “flexibility” when if he continues to produce at 2008 levels, he will be untradeable.

    • YankCrank20

      That’s an interesting point. However, I would counter with two points. First, there are reasonable statistics and points that would point to last year being a fluke (forcing him to hit leadoff and change his approach, inconsistent playing time and lots of line drive outs) and how the Yankees are doing the classic move of buying low on a player with a huge upside. Second, as many people say, the Yankees are able to absorb contracts that don’t pay up to the player’s standards. We absorbed years of Kevin Brown, Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi when they were past their prime, all contracts between $12-20 million a year. It’s worth the risk for a guy making $7 avg. annually and worst case scenario can still play above-avg. defense.

      • YankCrank20

        woops. clicked it twice.

        • Steve H

          Thanks for articulating my point much better than I did.

    • steve (different one)

      He’s scheduled to make loads of $$

      but he isn’t.

      it’s $22M for 3 years.

      that’s $7.3M a year.

      it’s not nothing, but it’s nowhere even close to “loads of $$”.

      • Steve

        For his 2008 production, he’s expensive. We could have got similar numbers from Betemit for 1.1 mil (2008 salary).

        Swisher 2008 OPS+ 92
        Betemit 2008 OPS+ 86 (Career +95)

    • Chip

      Wilson Betemit career OPS+ is 95
      Nick Swisher career OPS+ is 112
      Swisher’s 2007 season was .262/.381/.455 with a .301 BABIP
      2006 was .254/.372/.493 with a .283 BABIP
      last year he had a .249 BABIP which is definitely abberational as far as the rest of his career is concerned.

      I’m fine with picking up a guy who isn’t cheap, is still at about market value and hitting his prime. Better idea than signing Manny, that’s for sure!

      • Steve

        “I’m fine with picking up a guy who isn’t cheap”

        The problem with that is the rest of Baseball isn’t. Most other teams don’t want to pay their bench players 22 mil over 3 years.

  • YankCrank20

    I am a very superstitious Yankee fan. I got up today to get ready for work and my Yankee pj pants, Yankee blankey and 2008 spring training shirt were sprawled all over the floor. Before I left I ran in to fold them all and put them away, in hopes that for some odd reason today would be a great day for the Yankees.

    Looks like I made the right move. Swisher is an intelligent move that makes our infield younger and better but with about $15 million less a year than Tex would cost. I love Tex, but this gives us the chance to pass on him and not commit 7-8 years of $200 million to another player. I like it.

    • pat

      very nice, very nice

  • Baseballnation

    Nt for nothing but with the kind of money the yankees will be throwing at Sabathia I think it should come with a requirement that he shed a few pounds, he’s getting larger by the day and a guy his size and weight will certainly not age very well

    • Steve H

      Like David Wells didn’t age well?

      • Steve

        2003 WS, Game 5 says hello.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          David Wells was 40 years old during that game.

          Even if we signed Sabathia to a 10 year deal, which we won’t, he still wouldn’t be 40 at the end of it.

          Horrible example.

    • Mike Pop

      We’ll put that weight clause in and he will walk to LA.. Well not “walk” but you know what I mean

      • Baseballnation

        Now that’s funny. Look all I’m saying is his weight is not classy like San Diago…

        • Mike Pop

          Yup I hear ya.. Signing CC worries me a bit too

          • Steve H

            But it’s better than signing mid rotation guys who can’t be, never will be, and aren’t aces. Pavano/Wright, etc. Worth taking the chance on a true #1.

          • Baseballnation

            And if I hear anybody throw out that crappy argument of “well if he gives us 4 really good years then we can live with a regression for the last two years or so from him.” No sirs, he will be getting 6 or 7 years and over 150 million because infact we need him to be that kind of stellar cog in the rotation for 6 or 7 years not just 3 or 4. Who nominates a bypass surgery for him??? P.s. my hand is raised just so I can see how that looks lol

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              If you think people should expect CC Sabathia to not regress in his age-33 and 34 seasons, I don’t know what to tell you.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          How dare you! Put more effort into your “Anchorman” references, sir.

          • Baseballnation

            Look, I just want to put this out there, if you like it you can take it, if not send it right back…I’m gonna be honest…That smells like pure gasoline!

            • Thomas

              It smells like bigfoot’s dick.

              • Baseballnation

                That’s just something I won’t say in real life or internet life lol

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              “We have a saying in my country – the coyote of the desert likes to eat the heart of the young and the blood drips down to his children for breakfast, lunch and dinner and only the ribs will be broken.”

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                For one night, let’s not be co-workers … but, co-people.

                • Baseballnation

                  Diversity…I think that’s in old wodden ship! Lol

                • Baseballnation

                  Wooden*

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  Brian: I was in love once.
                  Ron: Really? What was her name?
                  Brian: I don’t know.
                  Ron: That’s not a good start, Brian, but keep going.
                  Brian: She was Brazilian, or Chinese, or something weird. I met her in the bathroom of a K-Mart and we made out for hours. Then we parted ways, never to see each other again…
                  Ron: I’m pretty sure that’s not love.

    • Joey H

      I’m sure the skip will have him work out and the weight loss will come without warning.

  • Old Ranger

    Well, I guess the platoon of Miranda/Nady at 1st is out…unless they put Swish in Rf.
    We have some guys that can play the corner OF spots; Nady, Swish, Matsui, Johnny (only LF), Melky and Justin but only one CF…Brett, ok, Justin (in a pinch).
    On paper, this trade looks very good for us, let’s hope it turns out as well. Please let us not entertain picking up guys such as Manny, Dunn and Holliday. 27/09.

    • Mike Pop

      Pursuing Manny would be a smart thing to do after this if this DOES make it less likely we sign Tex…

      • Joey H

        Yeah be smart if you want to continue this trend where seemingly every player but Jeter is one dimensional and yeah you can add A-rod in there too but aside from them we are a slow old team.

        • Steve H

          Every player but Jeter is one dimensional? That’s delusional.

          • Joey H

            C’mon who else offers up a well rounded hard nosed game? Posada? He hits, catches and bitches in all honesty as much as i like the guy. Who else? Giambi?

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon and Brett Gardner all offer multi-dimensional aspects to the game.

              • Joey H

                Cano? C’mon The guy got caught more than he stole successfully this year. I want to give you Damon but his fielding is so horrendous that I cant. And Nady? Sorry man I love the guy but hes not anywhere near how Jeter is. But not everyone can be like that, he does good as the player he is.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              A-Rod. Nady. Damon.

              • Mike Pop

                pwned

    • A.D.

      Or if they platoon Swish/Miranda

      • Old Ranger

        Swish hits leftys’ well? I can’t remember. If he hits them really well, then go for it. I would still go for Tex@6 years. 27/09.

  • Baseballnation

    Yeah lets compare every fat pitcher to Boomer. Sabathia is three to 4 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier…

  • yankeefan91 (sign manny)

    i still think we need a big bat in the lineup but most importantely we need 2or three pitchers cuz we need pitching

  • Joey H

    Hey I know this isn’t Yankee related but where do you guys see Kerry Wood going?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hopefully he comes to the Bronx, that would be sick. He’ll probably want to close though. Maybe back home to Texas?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I had heard that the Red Sox were ready to offer him a contract before he went back to the Cubbies last season.

      • Joey H

        Yeah That’s a nuts bullpen. Bruney-Marte/Wood-God. But I give that a .005% chance.

  • Baseballnation

    I think Wood could either go to the mets depending on the Fuentes situation or to Cleaveland…and I wouldn’t rule out Boston

  • steve

    sabathia will be a 15-20 game winner for most to all of his 6 or 7 year contract with the yankees lineup the way it is year after year

    • Mike Pop

      Not if he is the I word

      • Baseballnation

        “the L word?” Lesbian? lol

        • Baseballnation

          You want C.C to be a Lezbo…That’s just odd! You are one sick little french fry

          • Mike Pop

            My fault I meant the I

            • Mike Pop

              I

              • Mike Pop

                i in lowercase.. I in uppercase.. So I was right

                • Baseballnation

                  And I was sarcastic…Nice to meet you there buddy…

                • Mike Pop

                  some people werent

                • Baseballnation

                  I in upper case so that certainly looks like l in the lower case. Look if CC is a Lesbian I don’t discriminate

      • pat

        methinks he means injured?

      • steve

        im not sure where your going with the l word

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Independent, like Crazy Joe Lieberman?

  • steve

    what word is that

  • Joey H

    Hey Jamal, How you liking entourage so far? its all over the place.

    • Baseballnation

      I’ve been a religious faithful of the show since it’s first episode, never missed a show…I’d have to say that last season was probably the worst of all and this season is right behind it as far as that. It hasn’t been greatly scripted, Adrien Griener’s role of Vince seems to have really taken a back seat to the overall other characters despite the whole smoke jumpers theme revolving around him, and the storylines for Johnny Drama and Turtle are much less adventurous then in previous seasons. In Essense the show really revolves around E which isn’t all that bad, but he’s obviously the most boring of any of the characters. Sloane is fucking hotttt!

      • Joey H

        .. Thanks Jamal.. oh wait.. Just kidding pal. I hear you man everything you said is right. E is really the protagonist of the show.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Really? I fucking love it. The rebound from the start of the season has been nothing short of amazing. Also, “True Blood” is finishing so strong; I fucking love that show.

      • Joey H

        Dude I’m gonna get into that, every time we talk entourage you bring that up lol. And they shot Entourage somewhere in Middle Village Queens. Im still waiting for that episode.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Oh, and I never thought I would enjoy something more than seeing Adam Davies getting bitch-slapped by Ari Gold until I saw Bow Wow deck the shit out of Seth Green.

      • Joey H

        Yeah that was nuts, Hes like ” E, you sucker punched dude?” and then shortly there after he kicked his ass.

      • Baseballnation

        No, hands down Davies getting fucking slapped was legendary. His face beforew he got slapped where his lip was quivering was funny as hell. The opening season episode was garbage so obviously there was no way to go but up, but again the escapades this season has been much less thrilling. Arti’s buddy who he’s bringing into the agency is becoming a regular season character by next season. I guess he’ll be the Ying to Ari’s yang.

        • Baseballnation

          Ari’s*

  • pat

    leon washington is LT lite

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    LEE-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!

  • E-ROC

    How can you list K-Rod as one of the favorites for the AL MVP?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    • Ivan

      I don’t know who I don’t want to win the MVP more, Pedroia or K-Rod.

    • Baseballnation

      Arse! I don’t get it. He’s a favorite but they only have Pedroia and Morneau as “contenders”….My vote goes for Morneau. He plays with Mauer and nothing else…well just read the article and it gives you a glimpse of just how important he is to the Twins lineup

  • E-ROC

    I hate Time Warner Cable. I can’t even get NFL Network. It’s blacked out here in the great town of Mountain Home.

    • pat

      i dunno where mountain home is but if its in the tri-state area the games on the cw11 basic cable

      • E-ROC

        Mountain Home, Idaho

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          People live in Idaho? I thought it was just a big potato farm for Wyoming!

          • E-ROC

            12,000 people is this small town. Imagine trying to find a job here. Yikes!!! A job that pays enough for daycare. Wal-Mart ain’t gonna cut it. lol.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Heh. I was just messing yo.

              • E-ROC

                Oh, I know. I’m merely explaining how it sucks here. :)

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  I see your future! It’s.. it’s… a cab ride! Move out of the sticks, fellas.

        • pat

          hah so no dice sorry dude.

  • Joey H

    Hey guys, Any rough idea around where you predict our payroll will be next season based on who you think we will sign like a CC, Lowe, Tex ect..? If so, is it possible for you to break it down into RP/SP/Offense?

    • Thomas

      I was just calculating that. Here is my guess.

      C – Posada S 13.1
      1B – Teixeira S 20
      2B – Cano L 9
      SS – Jeter R 20
      3B – Rodriguez R 32
      RF – Nady R 6
      CF – Gardner L .4
      LF – Damon L 13
      DH – Swisher S 5.3

      Bench
      DH – Matsui L 13
      C – Molina R 2
      IF – Ransom R .4
      OF – Cabrera S .4

      SP Sabathia L 23
      SP Wang R 6
      SP Chamberlain R .4
      SP Pettitte L 12
      SP Sheets R 15

      Bullpen
      Cl Rivera R 15
      Set Bruney R 1
      Set Marte L 4
      Set Veras R .4
      Set Ramirez R .4
      Set Open R .4
      Rel Giese R .4

      It equals 212.6 plus the cost of Igawa, Miranda, Brackman, buyouts, ect.
      Also you could easily sub out 15 million for Sheets and have Hughes, or remove Teixeira and have Swisher at first with Matsui at DH.

      • Joey H

        Now that’s an answer.Thanks a lot buddy.

  • steve

    does this trade mean no mark teixeira or just as a positioning move by the yanks with boras

    we all know he only wants “serious” offers

    • pat

      imo its a little of everything. Softens the blow if we dont land tex, also can be used as a positioning manuver in tex negotiations.

    • Joey H

      I think any offer the Yankees make to a high profile free agent it’s considered to be “serious” especially in that .. green paper, you know money. And I doubt we are done with Tex bidding, for crying out loud we never got started! .As some one said up there he said he was comfortable with Bubba Crosby, then we got Damon

      • Thomas

        My problem with comparing this to the Bubba Crosby was that the only reason we signed Damon was his price kept falling, because no one wanted to meet his demands. I don’t see Teixeira’s price dropping like Damon’s price did.

        • Joey H

          Yes great point, plus Bubba didn’t cost nearly as much as Slammin’ Nick Swisher.

        • Steve H

          Damon’s price didn’t fall at all. He got 4/52. That was more than expected.

          • Thomas

            I thought Damon wanted like 6 years.

            • Steve H

              So if Manny doesn’t get 6 years, will it be because his price has fallen? No. That’s Boras’ influence. At the time the Sox offered 4/40, and absolutely expected to get him at that price.

              • Thomas

                Good point, but I thought and I think a lot of the writers did too (though many are idiots) that the Red Sox would cave in, because Damon was the heart and soul of the World Champs.

                Also a lot thought the Yankees would offer more.

                • Steve H

                  I think the Yankees originally offered 4/48, then changed to 4/52 with a very short window to accept.

    • Mike Pop

      I still think Tex should be a top priority but this is only my 14th time saying this

      • Baseballnation

        You need a new hobby them my friend. I motion for Tony Womack for 1B?

  • pat

    PLZ DECLINE THIS I NEED THE FANTASY POINTSS!!!!!!!

    • pat

      ahhthank you. ok no more fantasy football

      • Mike Pop

        Where is Thomas Jones.. Im banking on him this week.. Not in the RAB league (not in it) but I need him to do well..

        • pat

          well hopefully the jets open a bigass lead and just pound the rock the est of the game.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    That’s a man’s catch.

  • A.D.

    Who is sam aiken

  • Joey H

    Agh, Winning isn’t so easy when you don’t have advanced knowledge is it?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
    • Joey H

      Lmao, that made my day mike.

    • Baseballnation

      Looks like a girl that creeped out of my bed last week after a night of binge drinking in the club lol. Cayote Ugly? Noooooo, T-Rex ugly! Whammy!

  • Joey H

    Kevin Gregg on a potential postseason team as a closer with 7 blown saves scares me.

    • Steve H

      Doesn’t scare me as I’m not a Cubs fan. But won’t they move Marmol to closer?

      • Joey H

        I’m speaking as a person who would be a cubs fan. And I don’t know or care just an observation.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, I get your point. I’d be surprised though if Marmol isn’t the closer.

          • Joey H

            I mean hes got the stuff but who knows. Gregg was traded as a closer and I’d imagine he is kept as one. Marmol wouldn’t be a downgrade from Wood theoretically speaking. His whip was outstanding. .93 i think.

  • Dillon

    why is no one mentioning the fact that Nunez is a legit power arm that put up great stats in AA?

    • Joey H

      Because if he was so great we wouldn’t have been able to trade JUST A-gon for him.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Easily replaceable, and they got back another arm just as good. Plus Nunez would have been lost in the Rule 5.

      Nunez =/= dealbreaker

      • Baseballnation

        I think Teixeira might be slightly better than Nunez so all is well

        • Joey H

          Kanekoa that is.

      • greg

        Keith Law seemed to like Texeira more than Nunez in his analysis of the trade.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Maybe because he’s a reliever with just 28.2 IP at the Double-A level in an organization who’s strength is right-handed pitchers.

    • Steve H

      And Texeira isn’t chopped liver either. This from Keith Law, who is one of the best writers/evaluators out there, IMHO.

      “The throw-in coming to the Yanks, Kanekoa Texeira, is a classic sinker/slider reliever, with his slider being a potential out pitch, but with below-average command. Even if the command doesn’t improve, he’ll pitch in the big leagues, and has a chance to be a late-innings guy if it does improve because he already misses bats and keeps the ball in the park. “

      • Joey H

        LHP or RHP?

        • Thomas

          Righty

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Bill Belichick has looked quite idiotic this season. If he had gone for the FG in the last drive, they would’ve been setup quite nicely with another FG here to make it 24-12. Instead they had to risk going for it on 4th Down.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      He also went for it on 4th Down in a game (against the Colts, I believe) a couple weeks ago that made no sense.

    • Joey H

      I think he needs a cigarette break.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        I think he needs an elaborate videotaping operation.

    • Baseballnation

      His QB is Matt Freaking Cassle, he has to get creative and take chances. if they would have got that he would have looked like a genius so damned if you do damned if you don’t. I’m actually impressed with his campaigne this season. Brady down, Their startin RB down…give the guy some credit

      • Joey H

        Yeah that’s his QB, all more the reason not to take chances.

  • Baseballnation

    Dammit I love having Anchorman on Limewire. This movie single handedly has the best quotes to rip from of all time. ” The arsenist has oddly shaped feet.” “my left one is named John westhall and the right one is named Dr Kenneth Noisewater”

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      What can I say? I like the way you’re put together. What do you say we go out on a date? Have some chicken, maybe some sex. You know, see what happens?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

    Mike, how do you think Swisher will do next year?

    • Joey H

      Hang on while he gets his crystal ball and his swami outfit.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m hopefully that getting him out that miserable Ozzie Guillen led clubhouse and into the Yanks’ clubhouse with Damon and Bruney and Melky and those guys energizes him. If he goes .250-.360-.450 with 20-25 bombs, I’ll be ecstatic.

      • Steve H

        But what’s his grit factor?

        • Mike Pop

          On a scale of 100 its about 107

    • greg

      Bill james has him at .240/.359/.451

      http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....tion=1B/OF

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        See? I don’t need no fancy schmancy projection system. I pulled those numbers out of mid-air.

  • Manimal

    Oh my god, Gears of war 2 kicks ass.

    • Baseballnation

      What, I’m usually attractive to all sport games but Gears of War is the fucking bacon.

      • pat

        For the first time in a while a commercial almost persuaded me to buy something. That one where they’re in the pods or whatever, the song they play in the background is awesome.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        The fucking bacon? Haha.

        • Baseballnation

          Throwing new lingo your way. Utilize it, spread it around

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Okay, buddy… Zip it up, and ZIP IT OUT!!!!

        • Manimal

          why wont it let me post links to youtube links of the Gears commercials?

          • Manimal

            ah, now it shows up. Typical. Do things with links need approvcal or something?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Sometimes when you try to post a link it gets caught in moderation. The more links you try to add in one comment, the more likely it will get singled out.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Chad Johnson is the fucking man.

    • pat

      what did he say i just missed it and they were all laughing…?

      • Joey H

        Something about not to pull shit in the off season like he did because the organization will win.

        • Mike Pop

          They shoulda dealt him regardless.. Redskins were offering a 1st rounder that could be raised to 2 1st rounders and in football that just doesnt happen

  • Manimal

    was it swisher that broke his bat before he even making contact ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, that was him.

    • Mike Pop

      He has the POWER

    • steve (different one)

      it was. that was hilarious.

  • Thomas

    Holy shit! Fire Joe Morgan is saying goodbye! I hope this isn’t real.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      OMG.

    • pat

      they hadnt posted in like a month

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        You expect it, but you’re still never ready for it.

    • gxpanos

      I actually wrote them an e-mail like a month ago recommending they shut down. I like to think they took my advice, haha.

      Not that I didn’t love FJM, of course; I just think it’s run its course.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        It did not, and I blame you for everything.

        • gxpanos

          They did a lot of good. These crappy baseball writers have been to some degree better, I think.

          They weren’t doing long posts anymore; Joe wasn’t doing his own chats anymore; everything was REALLY infrequent; what they were doing was forced and not as funny.

          It was just time. Plus, Ken Tremendous’ actual career is kind of blowing up.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            It was just time. Plus, Ken Tremendous’ actual career is kind of blowing up.

            Word, good for him. Did you know he’s married to Regis’ daughter?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Having Regis Philbin as your father in law calling you on the phone = the seventh circle of hell

  • Mike Pop

    Girardi just said on Yankees Hot Stove, Swisher will slot in at 1b.. But thats just for now.. Also Tyler Kepner is mad funny looking

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-CEO-John-Rogers-beats-Jordan-one-on-one-?urn=nba,121987 Joey H

    (link) haha

  • Baseballnation

    If they think by claiming this it gives them any ounce of leverage in the teixeira deal then they are sadly mistaken. All it does is offer them security

  • daniel

    I like swisher. solid baseball player. however, the old “paul oneill, scott brosius- type player” statement simply doesnt work. First of all, paulie and brosius were very different type players, and shouldnt be used in the same comparison. Besides the one year that Brosius hit .300, he never was this huge offensive piece to the yankee puzzle.
    Swisher is a good piece, but he is definitely not the answer. another piece is definitely needed. Hes played a little bit of CF, but still isnt a CFer.
    This is a good move by cashman, but people need to recognize this isnt the solution thats going to put the yanks past the sox and rays, or even the blue jays (who, if they make a big move, are going to be an excellent team). its just the first step.

    by the wayif i could say one thing to one person, i would tell vince vaughn not to make anymore christmas movies. for the life of me, i just cant understand why. does he think eventually one will be get him that ever-elusive Oscar/Golden Globe/ nickelodeon award?

    • Baseballnation

      Whoa! vince vaughn is legendary. Plus him and Reese Witherspoon look like they had good chemistry so it can’t be worst then Bad Santa.

      • Steve H

        Bad Santa??? That’s the greatest Xmas movie of all time!

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          +1

        • pat

          BAD SANTA WAS HILARIOUS. I MADE YOU A WOODEN PICKLE!

          • Steve H

            Wish in one hand, shit in the other. See which one fills up first.

      • daniel

        dont get me wrong Vince Vaughn has played some of the funniest characters in cinematic history (Beanie Campbell anyone?) but he absolutely cannot carry a movie.

        Fred Claus
        Fred Claus
        Fred Claus
        Fred Claus

        • Thomas

          I find it funny that Paul Giamatti is such a good and respected actor and he followed up his best roles Cinderella Man and Sideways with Fred Claus and Shoot Em Up. He needs a new agent.

          • pat

            any movie where there is an awesome gunfight while a chick is giving birth is awesome in my book.

    • steve (different one)

      i love how there are so many people on this site worried about the Blue Jays.

      • Steve H

        Same thing here in Boston. Every year, all the Sox fans/writers/radio guys talk about the Jays. And then they come in 3rd (or 4th).

        • Manimal

          You live in boston?

          • Steve H

            I do. And 95% of my friends are Sox fans.

            • Manimal

              I live in Worcester MA, same deal. Man that Super Bowl win was sweet, sweet revenge.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                Don’t you mean “I live in Woooster, MA”?

    • Peter Lacock

      I think there are some similarities making this potentially a Brosius-like deal. The likeable Brosius came to the Yanks from the A’s where he had played all INF and OF positions after a season of .203, 11 HR’s. The Yanks settled him at 3B where he was a solid contributor on 3 title teams. The Yanks have too many hackers and the patient Swish is said to have a good personality (like Brosius) and if he can settle in there (like Brosius did at 3B) he seems like an excellent solution at 1B.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Fun stat: Nick Swisher’s 4.51 P/PA this year was the highest total in 8 years.

    • Manimal

      Whats P/PA? or am I just clueless right now.

      • steve (different one)

        pitches per plate appearance

      • Manimal

        ah, Pitches per at Bat. Just curious but I’ll find out what is Abreu’s and Giambi’s (and I will look up Cano’s just for fun)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Giambi’s & Abreu’s were the same, 4.29. Cano was 3.35.

          • Manimal

            beat me too it. wierd that they were exactly the same.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Pitches seen per plate appearance.

    • Baseballnation

      It means nothing if that translates to a .220 average and a slugging .411

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Pitch counts say hello.

        As do the 1996-2000 Yankees.

    • Thomas

      Who had the higher 8 years ago? Giambi?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I’ve got no idea, ESPN’s stats only go back to 2000. So it might even be longer than 8 years.

  • E-ROC

    Joey Crawford sucks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The Jets are making this game unnecessarily interesting.

    • gxpanos

      The goddamn Jets are blowing it, is what their doing unnecessarily. How many times does Belichick have to fucking do this to me?

    • Steve H

      And Favre hasn’t even thrown a pick yet. It’s coming…….

      Cassell’s earning himself some big $$$ with his performance this year. Selfishly, he’s got to be a little happy about Brady’s injury. It might mean $30-$40 million to him.

    • Manimal

      Like Mariano when he’s bored

      • gxpanos

        God I wish Favre could close like Our Lord.

        Jets are certainly going to lose.

  • Steve H

    1:15 until CC’s phone rings!!

    • Mike Pop

      Correction— until he signs

  • E-ROC

    The Jets are starting to beat themselves. If they lose this game, it would no doubt be a crushing defeat.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The Jets need a new closer AND set-up man. They just can’t put the game away.

    • Steve H

      You might be looking at the Jets starter next year in Cassell.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, you guys remember that post a couple days ago about that ugly broad posing next to some craptastic car? Well, it turns out that fugly chic, Ellie, is an internet sensation; especially for .gif’s such as this: http://i35.tinypic.com/33eua2p.jpg

    She even has a MySpace page. One of the comments on her MySpace blog reads:

    Just know that there have been over 1 million views, and all 1 million people have the come to the same conclusion- You look like chewbacca.

    • pat

      cannpt comprehend.

  • Manimal

    Tied up.

  • E-ROC

    Tie game.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    3:10 left. Hold ‘em down, yo.

  • E-ROC

    Kris Jenkins just abused Mankins. WOW!

    • pat

      he made him look like a tackling dummy.

  • pat

    pats you can just walk down the field we’ll make it easy for you

  • pat

    hahaha

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Couldn’t stick two guys in front of Moss, huh?

    • E-ROC

      Really dumb coaching right there.

  • E-ROC

    Wow. A-Rod’s fault!

  • E-ROC

    I love how Chris Collinsworth just dogged Moss just before that play and now has to show him some love. Jacknuts.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The Jets suck.

  • pat

    is it just me or does the prevent defense rarely if ever prevent?

    • pat

      fucking collinsworth beat me to it.

  • E-ROC

    Um….run the ball???????!!!!! HELLOOOOOO run the ball!!!

    • E-ROC

      Nevermind.

  • Mike Pop

    Guys see how Towers said he doesnt see a potential deal with Braves or Cubs.. Maybe we could get this guy huh ?? I know its a longshot but it could happen.. No Hughes or Ajax is a longshot tho

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com.....23/?padres

  • pat

    thomas jones has to be exactly aver age at every aspect of being a running back, except that he has big guns.

    • pat

      DELETE THIS!

  • pat

    thomas jones has to be exactly average at every aspect of being a running back, except that he has big guns.

    • Mike Pop

      T Jones is saving my fantasy team week in and week out…. My Boy

      • pat

        that overtime screwed me kid im palyin has jones and he went from 96 to 104 yds which is like a 8 point swing

        • Mike Pop

          He’s been real good this year I think… Underrrated and people said he lost a step be4 the season started.. I think they might be wrong

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Woohoo.

  • Mike Pop

    Jets dont win this game if Brady was playing right ??

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Shhhhhhhh….

  • E-ROC

    Where are all those Favre critics?

  • Tim Q. Mills

    Kevin Towers told Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune that despite advanced discussions with the Braves and Cubs, he does not see a potential deal with either club. Krasovic wonders if Towers will now try to engage the Yankees and Angels.

    Got get em Cash!

    • Chip

      Which means, “we’re really close to a deal with the Braves and/or Cubs but they won’t move on the one last piece so I’m going to pressure them through the media”

  • Old Ranger

    Maybe Swish is one of the answers to Cashmans’ saying, that we may not get the players we (fans) want…or something to that effect.
    Thinking on a comment made by A.D. in this thread, about having Swish and Miranda platoon at 1st base (if Swish hits leftys well). That may not be all that bad; if we get 15-20 HRs from Swish and 20-25 from Miranda and they combine for about .290 avg. with OBP of .400+, I could live with that. Could we get an avg of .290, 35 HRs, with .400+OBP combined from them? I still like getting it all from one player…Tex. Anyhow, just kicking it around. 27/09.

  • Bruno

    “While the Dodgers have an offer on the table that could send $60 million Manny’s way over three seasons, Scott Boras fired back today with a quote that shows his true character. “On behalf of Manny Ramirez, we will, for the first time, begin accepting serious financial offers on Friday,” said Boras. What a class act.”

    When are GM’s going to start hanging-up on/punching Boras in the face? I really am surprised that more guys haven’t followed Kenny Rogers footsteps (never thought I’d say that lol).

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      When are GM’s going to start hanging-up on/punching Boras in the face?

      When he stops representing the best players in baseball, players that GM’s desperately need to improve their ballclubs.