Open Thread: Catching up on some Yankee rumors

Carl heads to Cleveland
Yanks ink Berroa to minor league deal

Yankees Teixeira Baseball

Now, that guy looks pretty good in pinstripes, eh? As the Yanks welcomed their newest addition today, let’s catch up on some rumors.

  • Bobby Abreu is still looking for a three-year, $48-million offer, and I’m looking for a rainbow with a leprechaun and a pot of gold at the end of it. Neither of us are going to find what we’re looking for, and Jerry Crasnick says that no one is really interested in Abreu.
  • Ken Rosenthal reports that Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher are “drawing significant interest.” Joe will have more on this for the overnight tonight, but to sum up my thinking, the Yanks don’t really need to trade anyone right now. Unless they are blown away by an offer, they are far better off holding Swisher and Nady than they are trading them right now.
  • In the same piece, Rosenthal drops in a tidbit about Brian Fuentes. Apparently, Fuentes’ agent tried to pitch the closer to the Yanks as a possible set-up man and future heir to Mariano Rivera‘s throne. The Yanks weren’t interested in paying Fuentes closer money and never made an offer. While some folks in the Mark Teixeira press conference liveblog believed that this news shows that the Yanks are nervous about the 8th inning, I completely disagree. They weren’t keen on bringing in Fuentes, and it seems as though the closer’s agent just wanted the Yankees in on the negotiations. Nothing to see there really.

Anyway, use this as your open thread for the night. Anything goes. Just play nice.

Update by Mike (7:04pm): The Yanks signed outfielder John Rodriguez to a minor league deal. The Bombers originally signed J-Rod as an international free agent back undrafted free agent out of an NY area high school back in ’96 for $1,000. He has a 110 OPS+ in 332 big league at-bats, which came for the Cardinals back in ’05 & ’06.

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  • GG

    Nice that you guys updated the depth chart, ESPN still hasnt, I think they refuse to realize that Tex is on the Yanks, not the Sawx

  • AMS223

    yanks apparently signed J-Rod

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports....._john.html

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      YES! great move cashman, this is just a follow up to the carl pavano signning he had to show up the indiasn

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Lol @ Fuentes. Dude’s a walking elbow injury.

  • Mike Pop

    I cant believe Scoscia? signed a deal till 2018.. Ridiculous

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Bad deal for him? Or the Angels?

      • Mike Pop

        I dont necessarily think its a bad deal for either of them. I just cant believe they would give him that many years. But it obviously could not be a bad deal for him, the more gauranteed money, the better.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          True.

          They’ve obviously got a shot at that division–my high school team does–but I think if the A’s sign Giambi, they’ll squeak out with the title.

          Where does everyone think the WC is coming from this year? I’m saying AL East again.

          • Mike Pop

            We gotta go with the Yanks !

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Well, I’m aiming for a division title. I think Tampa or Boston will grab the WC, with the odd team out probably having a better record than the West or Central winner.

              • Mike Pop

                Oops, I misunderstood. Thought WC was World Champion. But ya the wild card I think will be Boston with the Twins and Angels at the other two playoff spots.

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

        That’s freaking nuts. They can’t fire him now. You just can’t do it with that much time and that much money left on his deal.

        • Mike Pop

          Unless they have some kind of clause where they can get out of it if he does not reach a certain level of success or some other stuff. He is a good manager and all but giving him that many years is just crazy. Maybe there is somethign in the contract though where it won’t look so crazy. His teams kill us though. Arg!

        • Jake H

          When I saw that I was shocked. Is that the longest extension for a manager?

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      That’s not ridiculous. Mike Scoscia, ZOMG TEH GREATEST MANAGER ALIVE!!!!!11111!!!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        SmA1L bAlL i$ tEh GreAtE$t!!!!11!1111!

        • Jay CT

          Um, actually, I don’t think it is a bad arguement to say that he is one of the best managers in the league; therefore, the stupid lower case upper case (which is getting more annoying by the day, especially now that dollar signs are part of it) may not be unwarranted, lol.

          (No personal to you Matt- Just think the whole impersonating “stupid” fans is getting old and is just really, REALLY not funny anymore, especially since most people don’t act stupid on this site)

          • usty

            haha, but he does nail the stupid ones perfectly when they do show up.

  • Mike Pop

    Its funny how Red Sox fans will say we bought our championship by spending all this money if we win one. But they spent from what I have seen 209 million over the 2006 offseason to bring in Daisuke, Drew, and Lugo. Then they won a championship but really both Drew and Lugo were shit until Drew did well in the playoffs and Dice-K was good but not amazing. So we spent 34 million more than them and got 3 much better players, no? Why wasn’t such a big deal made back then when it happened? Was it because they were not the 3 “top” free agents. Im saying 209 million is a good amount of money and I feel like a big deal was not made about this.

    • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

      180+82.5+161 != 209+34

      • Mike Pop

        Im saying 209 million is a good amount of money and I feel like a big deal was not made about this that.

        Fixed

        • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

          I was mostly replying to the “34 million more than them”

          But yes, your point is definitely valid. And I agree.

          My take on it is that the total figure was only marginally evaluated then and the sportswriters pulled a “oh man we missed an opportunity to rant about $209 million” and made sure not to miss that opportunity when the Yanks did it. That make sense?

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Welcome back J-Rod!

  • Raul

    Fuentes what a joke. Rodriguez is intriguing. Hmm. Lets take a flier on Mark Prior too

    • GG

      Mo is gonna close till hes 70 anyway, I thought we all knew that

      • jim p

        In ’12 he unveils his curveball.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          In MLB 08, he’s got five pitches–including the splitter. It’s humorous.

          • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

            in [’08 for somereason they made his cutter hittable

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              In ’08, Wily Tavares is ranked higher than Grady Sizemore and Carlos Beltran.

              • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

                in 08 hughes is rated higher then wang, joba, mussina and pettite

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  I still like it.

                  I’m four years deep into a road to the show. I won the CY as a pitcher my first year in the bigs despite not qualifying for the league lead in ERA.

                • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

                  yea i mean i still love tht game, ive only been to the hall of fame twice, both as a starting pitcher i played until they force retired me at 45 only downside :/ they should let you play till whatever age you wamt

                • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

                  but then again maybe they want to “protect my legacy”

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Haha, I’m still only 21 in the game so I’ve got a while to go.

                  I get bored of the position player version fast, though. I’ve got one going now, just got bumped up to AAA, but it’s just so tedious.

                • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

                  yea they should change the trainning points though exspecially for hitters, to how well you do, a

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Mo is gonna close till hes 70 anyway Mariano Jr. is 18 and old enough to replace him, I thought we all knew that

        Fixed.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          “Asesino de Sueños”

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Touché. My retort:

            God Jr.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Pequeño Dios

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                …or Dios Pequeño. I’m not sure, my Spanish sucks.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I believe it’s “Dios Junioros”, but I could be wrong.

  • UWS

    Let’s go Devils! *clap clap clap-clap-clap*

  • Mike Pop

    Reynolds and Leiter getting into it, lol.

    • whozat

      what’re they going at each other about? Joba in the pen?

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Ohio State blows another BCS game. Just awful.

    • Mike Pop

      E-ROC, what made you become a Ravens fan, are you from that area?

      • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

        I’m from Baltimore City, Md. Before the city got a team, I was a San Francisco 49er fan and I hated the Cowboys too. I don’t hate the Cowboys anymore though. I hate the Stealers Steelers now. Hate is a strong word. How about a strong dislike for that team.

        • Mike Pop

          Lol, ya we were big rivals. I also hate the Steelers big time. They got 5 rings like the Cowboys so I really hope they dont win another one this year or before Romo(going to get crushed for this statement) brings another one to Dallas. Also one of my good friends is a big Steeler fan and I just cant stand them when he talks about them.

          • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

            Romo and Cowboys will certainly have their opportunities win a SB as that team is really stacked. I just worry about the coaching.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              The Dallas Cowboys are fast becoming the New York Mets of the NFL.

              • Mike Pop

                Ya man its been a rough road, I want Rex Ryan or Shanahan for HC. The only problem with Shanahan is his run game is totally different from what we have right now with the O-Line so he could probably adjust but it would be a different system. Rex Ryan would be awesome for us but I think he might end up with your Jets.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’m totally good with that (Rex Ryan). Spagnuolo as well. Just nobody with the last name “Schottenheimer”.

                  Still a bit disappointed about Bill Cowher apparently not feeling Woody’s love being the reason he bailed.

                • Mike Pop

                  Is Cowher really worth it though? Having “total control”, I mean he is a good coach but he only has one ring. His demands seemed a little much to me.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Two things Cowher’s good for:

                  1) Continuity
                  2) Physicality

                  I like Tannenbaum as a GM, but he’s not some amazing, Bill Polian type guy to be worth not pursuing Cowher over.

                • Mike Pop

                  Hmm, okay

                • Mike Pop

                  Look at it this way, he HAS TO be better tha Mike Ditka.

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Candace Parker is a better basketball player than Sheldon Williams. She probably earn more money in her playing career than Williams, though she’ll have ways to go catch with him. Dumb Hawks.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Candace Parker is a Most of the chicks in the WNBA, as well as most of the guys in the European and Argentinian leagues are better basketball players than Sheldon Williams.

      Fixed.

      • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

        LOL.

      • Mike Pop

        second that

    • Ivan

      And I would like to add one more thing:

      She is pretty damn fine. I most def hit that, even if she’s nearly a foot taller than me so what.

      And why would she fuck with that ugly ass dude in Sheldon Williams.

      • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

        Yeah, Candace Parker can get it.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Swin Cash says hello.

          • Ivan

            She iight.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              It’s the WNBA. I’m not exactly picking from the Hawaiian Tropic Girls Calendar Models here…

              • Ivan

                I did say she’s iight. I hit it, but it’s not a slam dunk “I’ll hit it”

          • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

            Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander says hello.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I’m talking about girls with actual talent. Playing in the WNBA takes talent (sort of). Being on a reality show with Flavor Flav takes nothing other than a complete lack of self-respect and moral compass.

              • Ivan

                Flav looks like Pookie from New Jack City.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Flav looks like is Pookie from New Jack City.

                  Fixed.

              • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

                Oh, she does have talent. She has played basketball for a number of years. Nikki could play in the WNBA. She is THAT good.

                • Ivan

                  HoopZ really played in the WNBA?

                • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

                  No. But she ”could” if she wanted to.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  But she ”could” if she wanted to.

                  That’s the same thing Roy Jones Jr., Terrell Owens, and Master P said about playing in the NBA.

                  Color me skeptical.

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

        Candace Parker is fine for a WNBA player. Compared to your average chic, she’s “eh…” at best.

        • Ivan

          I disagree, she’s above average. Very pretty face.

  • The Evil Empire

    We lose Matsui, Damon, and Nady in 2010. There goes our outfield, should we let them all walk away and pick up Holliday, and trade for Ichiro? I forgot where i heard it, but i’ve hears that the Mariners are considering shopping him.

    • The Evil Empire

      i’ve heard*

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ichiro will be 36 come Opening Day 2010, and he OPS+’d only 102 this past year. Let’s wait before hopping that ill-advised bandwagon.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We lose Matsui, Damon, and Nady in 2010. There goes our outfield, should we let them all walk away and pick up Holliday, and trade for Ichiro? I forgot where i heard it, but i’ve hears that the Mariners are considering shopping him.

      2009 Outfield:
      LF- Damon
      CF- Gardner
      RF-Swisher
      4th-Nady
      5th-Melky

      2010 Outfield:
      LF- Swisher
      CF- Austin Jackson
      RF-Matt Holliday
      4th-Gardner
      5th-___________

      No need for Ichiro. Ever.

      • GG

        I’ve thought about that OF before, that means Jeter is leading off in 2010?

        • ‘The’ Steve

          . . . and playing LF, I hope.

          As much as I’d like to have Holliday (or at least I THINK I would, lets see how he fares in OAK this year) I can’t see grandpa staying at SS until he feels like retiring. SS is THE premium defensive position in baseball, and he sucks at it and has for years. I hope the Yanks look to move him to LF after 2009.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m with you, but I’d put the odds of Jeter moving off SS for next year at somewhere close to 0%.

            He will move. But not next year.

      • Mike Pop

        I say bring back Damon for a year or 2 and forget about Holliday. Hes going to cost 100 million. Is he really worth that?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d be okay with that as well.

        • GG

          Does any of this depend on Jason Bay you think? Meaning if the Sox lock him up already, we wont have to worry about them getting Holliday as they have Drew on a big deal too, so we can pass as well

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nah. If they pass on Bay and go whole hog after Holliday, I’m fine with that. With ARod, Tex, Cano, Jeter, Swisher and Posada + AJax and Montero on the way, Holliday would be a luxury and not a necessity. I’d be fine waiting for sloppy seconds (Ankiel, Bay, etc.) just to have a slightly-above-average player, or re-upping with Damon short-term.

            I think us getting Tex and keeping him away from Boston this year makes us doing the same thing next year less necessary.

            • Jay CT

              I think there is way too much pressure on AJax. Lets let the kid hit in AAA before saying we don’t need a bat like Matt Holiday, and that he is just a luxary.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Well, Holliday doesn’t really affect Jackson or no, IMO, since Holliday isn’t playing CF.

                I’m not putting pressure on Jackson to be a superstar. I’m putting pressure on Jackson to be serviceable enough (i.e. not Varitekian bad) to justify leaving his superior defense in CF.

                I’m thinking something along the lines of 2008 Carlos Gomez for the Twins.

                • Jay CT

                  Oh yeah I can see that. I just have a fear that people are expecting like Ryan Braun numbers, when in fact he won’t touch that area possibly ever.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Not me. I’m just expecting non-Andruw Jonesian numbers.

                  The reason he’s valuable is that he can probably manage a league average or slightly better bat, while providing superior defense. A true centerfielder.

          • ‘The’ Steve

            I think Bay is a Boras client, so forget about anyone locking him up.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Nah, Ichiro isn’t worth the trade. And we’ll have to see how Holliday does in the AL before offering a big contract.

      If Damon does alright (and Holliday doesn’t), I wouldn’t be too upset bringing him back on a two year deal, with Jackson in center (hopefully) and Swisher in right.

      It will be interesting to see (if they keep him) if the Yankees offer Nady–along with Damon–arbitration what with the corner outfield market this year.

      • 27 this year

        probably they will simply because they are cheaper. Damon will play decent enough to make 13-15 mil not the worst. Nady would not 10 unless he has like ridiculous numbers so there isn’t as much risk as say Abreu at 16-18 or Giambi at 21 or Pudge at 13 and so on. The risk is less and both should be Type As barring injury.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          There’s no way Damon will get 13-15 after this year, unless he hits like he did in 2000.

          If Xavier Nady gets $10M, Pat Burrell will be PISSED.

          • Jay CT

            Except Nady can play defense, whereas Burrell cannot.

    • whozat

      Trading for Ichiro is a terrible idea. He’s aging and his game is predicated on speed, and he’s still signed for a while. He’s also kind of the face of their franchise, so if you think he’s coming cheap, you’re nuts.

      If Holliday does well, he’s going to cost as much as Tex. I’m not sure it’s worth it. If they keep Swish, and Jackson is ready…then they only need one bat, and I figure they’d want to look to the trade market.

      It’s kind of pointless to try to project; we have no idea who’ll be available for what cost.

      • Mike Pop

        I dont think he will cost as much as Teix but he will cost ttoo much. I would hope he goes back to the NL but I cant think of a fit.

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      I don’t think Ichiro will ever be in a Yankee uniform unless the M’s asking price drops and they pay a bunch of money left on his contract. Probably ain’t happening.

      I’m still holding out hope that the Yanks trade for Jeremy Hermida.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I’m cooling big time on Hermida. He can’t seem to stay healthy, his power is up and down, and it looks like his patience is, too. His fielding seems rather “meh” as well.

        But holy shit, he’s still 24. Wow.

      • steve (different one)

        the Yankees did trade for Hermida.

        but we call him Nick Swisher.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Swisher > Hermida.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yeah, I’d agree.

  • GG

    I dunno if anyone said so already but 99WS game 3 is on right now

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Yanks signed a another former ROTY reject, Angel Berrora:

    The Yankees have signed free-agent infielder Angel Berroa to a minor-league contract, according to major-league sources.

    Berroa, 30, is expected to compete with Cody Ransom for the utility infielder job.
    Berroa began last season with the Royals, but was traded to the Dodgers in June, where he filled in for the injured Rafael Furcal.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....eague-deal

    ——-

    I rather sign Chris Burke than him.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      How he beat Matsui out for the ROTY in 2002 is still beyond me.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        other ROTY rejects:

        Bobby Crosby and Eric Hinske.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Hinskie is meh. At least Crosby is a decent fielder (3.7 UZR/150).

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Too bad he’s no longer a decent hitter.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        After seeing years and years of horrid decisions from the collective baseball awards, nothing surprises me anymore.

        Edinson Volquez says hello.

      • whozat

        Japanese players aren’t real rookies if they play for the Yankees! The other players around him are too good, so he can’t really be that valuable! Other assertions that make no sense!

    • whozat

      why? Burke is also a terrible hitter and can’t play SS. His value-add is that he can play some OF as well. Which we don’t need.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        something about Burke amazes me. I got no idea what it is. lol

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Maybe you’re confusing Chris Burke with Brooke Burke.

    • Mike Pop

      We are signing everyone.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        I think we should sign the agents as well. Once we have them, we have the FA market all wrapped up.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      damn the yankees worked hard today

      • Brooklyn Ed

        lol, don’t forget Sergio Mitre was the first ever FA we signed when the offseason began.

        • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

          how can i frorget him and his nice chunk of suspenision

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m telling you, dude…

            Sergio Mitre = ultimate selfless team player

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Jayson Stark says all the Manny to the Giants rumors (as well as all the anybody to the Giants rumors) are totall bullcrap and always have been. Says they can’t even afford Joe Crede right now. Payroll’s currently at 85M and that’s already way higher than they want.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3814396

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

    So Leiter, Reynolds and some other guy had a mock fantasy draft of free agent pitchers on MLB Hot Stove. Reynolds’ two picks? Livan Hernandez and Mark Mulder. Oh yeah.

    • Mike Pop

      Leiter brought in Perez for the Pirates right? Does he know they don’t spend that kind of money.

  • Ivan

    If you had a choice between DeMar DeRozan and James Harden, who would you take?

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      That’s tough. I haven’t seen any of them play, but if I had to make a choice, it would be James Harden.

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

    MLB Network is pissing me off. Joe Magrane said he would replace Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo with Jon Garland and Randy Wolf. Really, dude? What the fuck? I don’t care about the Arroyo bit, but Harang, really? I know he had a well-below average year, but that seems to be the outlier based on his career and the last three seasons.

    Oh, and according to Fangraphs, Dusty Baker may have waved his magic wand to fuck with Harang: http://www.fangraphs.com/fanta.....-to-harang

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

    MLB 09: The Show or Street Fighter IV: which are you more excited about? Personally, it’s The Show for me, but that’s because I’m so obsessed with the franchise.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      hmm, old school fighting game that started in the mid-90s or the show? as much as I love the Show, I’m a sucker for picking Street Fighter 4. lol

    • Ivan

      Street Figher IV for me.

      That game is gonna be sick as fuck.

      I can’t wait for that game and Resident Evil 5.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      THE SHOW!

    • pat

      MLB Front Office

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

    This Ken Burns documentary is a bit dramatic.

    • ‘The’ Steve

      “This” one?

      I could also do without his political slant on just about every topic he covers. As a Historian, could you just give me all the facts and let me make up my own mind, instead of spoon feeding me your agenda?

  • Mike Pop

    Anyone play the DC/Mortal Kombat game? Its an awesome game, if you have’nt checked it out, I suggest you try it out.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      I was thinking about renting it on Gamefly, I heard that it doesn’t have much bone crushing gore like the old days right?

      • Mike Pop

        Eh, I would not say as much but I thought it was a great game when I played it.

  • bicsharpie

    I’m a genius.
    That being said, lets trade nady, ipk, and aceves for homer bailey.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Terrell Owens, is that you?

      • bicsharpie

        I’m not TO, I just have a massive baseball intellect.
        With that being said, I think that we need a Texan with a bad attitude to counteract the crap headedness of Josh Beckett.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Way too much for a guy who’s stock is down. Nady and someone else, sure. But not three guys.

      • bicsharpie

        Are you karate? IPK will not cut it in the AL, Nady is a spare part, and Aceves won’t make it before Hugues and others. Bailey can do some awesome dancing with his feet, fastball, and hammer curve. I say do the machine.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I don’t like Nady but he’s far from a spare part. He’s an NL starter for sure. I’m gonna give IPK more than sixty innings beofre I totally write him off and the same goes for Aceves, who could prove valuable in the rotation or somewhere else.

        • Mike Pop

          Haha

        • steve (different one)

          i love how we’ve given up on Kennedy, but the proposed trade is for Homer Bailey.

          hilarious.

          • bicsharpie

            I would eat a sandwich with bailey before i would go for thai food with ipk.

            • ‘The’ Steve

              WTF does that even mean?

              • bicsharpie

                It’s a metaphor.
                subway is close to my house but I would have to get on a bus to eat thai food. See?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  If you have to explain your metaphor (or your joke), it sucks.

                • Dirt

                  shouldn’t it be the other way around anyway? because i would rather eat somewhere close with just about anyone than travel…

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

            I too found that hyterical. How come fans are willing to be more patient with other team’s prospects then they are the the Yanks’?

            • ‘The’ Steve

              Especially Bailey, who looks like a total bust at this point. At least IPK has continued to dominate AAA after struggling here and being sent down. Bailey wet the bed in AAA in 08, and was hideous in his 2nd call up.

              Grass is always greener, I guess.

              • bicsharpie

                I am declaring right now that Bailey will have a better mlb career than ipk. My baseball brain is too handsome to be wrong. And to assuage any doubt, let me just tell you that I was the home run champ of my little league.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Well, can’t argue with that ironclad argument.

                  I admire your bravado.

                • bicsharpie

                  All handsome aside, I think a trade of ipk and nady for bailey would be great. I know that bailey’s stock has fallen due to attitude and bad splits, but I really do feel that he was afraid of flaming out like wood and prior. give him and the others a new ham and let’s see what’s what.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’m not sure I’d trade either one of them for Bailey, alone.

                  The two of them together is drastically overpaying.

                • bicsharpie

                  what if the trade freed up some money for andy or sheets?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Okay, that makes more sense, but you’re moving the goalposts here, aren’t you?

                  If I’m moving Nady to clear salary, and throwing in IPK to sweeten the return, I want a much better return than Homer Bailey. Nady and IPK are both serviceable big leaguers. Bailey isn’t.

                • bicsharpie

                  I don’t know about that. Much like when my pet goat told me that cans had a lot of nutritional value, I beg to differ.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  “Much like when my pet goat told me that cans had a lot of nutritional value, I beg to differ.”

                  http://www.instantcrickets.com

                • bicsharpie

                  zing.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        Nady alone is way too much. Bailey’s rise was based largely on the lights out 2006 half season performance he had in AA. If you exclude that, the rest of his stats are a mixed bag. SO rates are good but his 4/9 IP BB rate in the minors and 5/9 IP in the majors suggest that he has control problems, which is often not fixable. H/9 IP have been rising steadily as well. He looks like a project to me.

        http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....iley.shtml

        • Mike Pop

          I know its too much but I would probably deal Nady for Bailey.

          • ‘The’ Steve

            Why would you deal a player that can help you win this year for a pitcher who looks like a bust?

            • Mike Pop

              IF he’s a 4th outfielder with only 1 year left on his current deal and is just not that good, why not trade him for a guy with Bailey’s upside? It is a risk worth taking I think.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Bailey’s upside has all but vanished. His problem isn’t simply struggles at the big league level, like IPK, but the disappearance of his fastball velocity.

                Imagine Phil Hughes, but all of a sudden he woke up one day and instead of sitting at 90-92, he was sitting at 85-87.

                Bailey’s a mess. I don’t want any part of him right now, too risky.

  • Mike Pop

    Sensei John Kreese is a bit of a comedian over there at NoMaas.

    • RichYF aka sooooo tired of the “namedrop says hello” meme

      Yeah I called him out for typing as slow as my dad. Surprised he posted it.

      • Mike Pop

        Man, its getting a bit dirty on his live chat lol.

        • ‘The’ Steve

          Cant imagine why. Last time I checked NoMaas they had a pic of Hank screwing John Henry from behind.

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

    Am I the only who thinks “the Catch” is overrated? In my opinion, Gary Matthews Jr.’s catch in Texas, Carlos Beltran’s catch up the hill in Houston and any number of diving catches by Jim Edmonds all top it. Is it a generational thing?

    • bicsharpie

      Yes you are. My feet could make a butt baby and eat some cheese before I’d think that the Matthews catch was anything other than luck. karate.

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

      “The Catch” was outstanding, but there are a ton of others every bit as good. It’s fitting that the best defensive play in team history came in a game they lost to end their season.

      Carlos Beltran is still waiting for an 0-2 fastball.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        The 2008 Rays say hello.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Wait, which “The Catch” is “The Catch”? To which play are you referring?

      • bicsharpie

        I thought it was the Mays catch.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Me too.

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

            Oh, I thought he meant the Endy Chavez catch. Hah.

            Mays’ catch is arguably the best ever. It was 485 to dead center in the Polo Grounds, and he was like, 5 steps from the warning track when he made that catch. He ran a freaking mile for that ball.

  • A.D.

    Per the attractive WNBA players before:

    http://coedmagazine.com/sports/4472/

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

      Holy schnikees is that Allison Stokke chick hot.

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

        Holy crap she’s only 19. Thank goodness for Chickipedia.

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

          That is the greatest piece of information I have ever read. Thank you, sir.

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

          Did you see that tree video on Chickipedia? Holy fuck…

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

            What tree video?

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

                Is it legal to link “porn”?

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

                  If you consider that porn, then you need to skip church once in a while.

                • Mike Pop

                  Ha

              • ‘The’ Steve

                Damn, she must have got some nasty splinters making that video.

        • A.D.

          She can really handle the pole…. to obvious?

      • b/c

        With leather got in a mad fight a year or so ago over that pic. good times!

    • Ryan S.

      How the hell are Amanda Beard and Gretchen Bleiler ranked #3 and #2? At a glance, Natalie Gulbis is the one that catches my eye the most.

      • A.D.

        Love that LPGA…though apparently she’s not the best golfer

        • ‘The’ Steve

          . . . and yet surprisingly she constantly gets offers from the other lady pro golfers for private lessons to help her work on her game. Go figure.

  • Ken O’C

    I watched Tex’s press conference on Yes and I am very impressed with his guy. He’s smart, confident, driven, and he seemed very proud to join the Yankees. I think he is the heir apparent to Derek Jeter and he will be the next Yankee captain after Jeter is gone.

  • GG

    I will always love to watch Bernie, even if he just grounded out

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

    Heh, apparently the Curveball was something that purists hated when it was first introduced to baseball.

    • BigBlueAL

      You watching the Ken Burn’s show on MLB network???? Been flipping back and forth between that and the embarrassment that has been the Knicks tonight.

      • Ivan

        Why im not surprise that the Knicks are down 13 pts in the 1st half to the Thunder.

        • Mike Pop

          Cause they just beat the Celtics and you expected them to take a week off?

          • Ivan

            Pretty much.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Because they’re the Knicks. Which in Dutch means “disappointment.”

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            There are two things I can’t stand.

            People intolerant of other people’s cultures… and the Dutch.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.
              What’s the other?
              Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage, small hands.

    • A.D.

      So the sabermetrics of its day?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Pedro Cerrano was around when baseball first started?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    After two episodes, this season of “Scrubs” is already better than the seventh season.

    • pat

      agreed, scrubs is the shit.

  • pat

    i missed that little joke about “the neilsons”? was that a reference to how the show was marketed on its old channel? I read something somewhere about that

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Neilsen ratings.

      • pat

        Yea thats what i meant, did the last few seasons get really bad ratings? Thats reminiscent of howbadly fox fucked up Arrested Development the best show to grace television in a decade.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Last season did because of the strike…and because it just wasn’t very good. I realized tonight how sad I’m going to be when this show comes to an end.

  • Mike Pop

    This kid is the worst, holy shit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      LMAO THAT WAS SO GREAT seriously hilarious check this one out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....&NR=1 he suggests to put santanna in the bupen! mayne everyone had a point with the whole cc to the pen thing

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        You couldn’t possibly have gotten more than a minute into that.

      • Mike Pop

        Lol, this kid sucks so bad. He makes SAMIAM look smart

    • Jack

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W45DRy7M1no

      This is the first thing I thought of when he started talking.

  • Dave

    So the facts are that sheets goes down with an injury in late september – every single media article including those throughout free agency that discus sheets talk about his torn flexor muscle and laundry list of injuries. The brewers who know everything there is to know about sheets offer arbitration to him which would cost them 14 million and sheets declines thinking his medical reports are good enough to land him a better deal than that in a slow market. Sheets receives almost no interest from most teams. The brewers and yankees express interest in sheets. The yanks seemingly dissapear from the table one has to assume it is due to pettitte’s potential signing as well as the signings of AJ and CC which would fill the rotation. The brewers maintain interest in sheets still wanting to re-sign him. Buster Olney comes out with an article on january fourth that says his shoulder and not his torn flexor is the cause for concern. The brewers continue to express interest in re-signing sheets.

    To me, there are many reasons that these facts imply that sheets injury is not that serious – the brewers offer of arbitration without a guarantee that he will decline knowing everything there is to know about his medical record. Sheets declines believing his medical records are good enough and his current status is healthy enough to land him a deal better than 14 million. The brewers express interest in re-signing him while continuing to know all of sheets current and former injuries. Not a single reporter from september until january report that sheet’s shoulder is a cause for concern followed by olney’s article in early january. Even with olney’s article the brewers continue to remain interested in re-signing sheets. Also, at one point, multiple reports came out saying that the yanks were interested in signing sheets for two years and 30 mil or around that range and dissappear as the pettitte talks heat up which implies that the yanks either didnt think his medical history was all that alarming or later changed their minds and believed he was too risky with the decision having nothing to do with pettitte.

    All in all, i think the yanks could still have some interest in sheets and with the brewers as our only competition and the brewers basically in rebuilding mode, i dont think it takes very much to sign sheets. As i said before, maybe 8 mil guaranteed for one year plus incentives leading all the way up to 15 mil and a team or vesting option for the second year if he lives up to expectations. I dont care what other teams think or the ridiculous rumors floating around – all i care about is that the brewers remain interested and the yanks were preparing an offer after looking at his records. This tells me that his current status and medical records arent so alarming as every one appears to think although there im sure there are some red flags and he is still healing from that flexor muscle injury in his forearm which takes a while to heal.

  • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

    well if anyone looks in the backround in tht pic, it says hes nubmer 25 to answer a lot of questions

  • Mike Pop

    Man, Knicks fucked up not taking Eric Gordon.