Open Thread: A Moving Day video and some top prospects

Pettitte, Yanks still chatting
Chatting with Joba

Roxanne Geyer from WCBS 880 AM sent along the above video. Click it to play.

She headed up to Yankee Stadium for the historic moving day and chatted with some of the Yankee officials who were packing up the trucks for the long transport across the street. For such an historic day, it seems rather anticlimactic. Opening Day will be a far, far bigger deal.

Meanwhile, Keith Law, a one-man prospect wrecking machine, has capped off his week of prospect coverage on ESPN with a list of each organization’s top prospects. Since he ranked the Yanks 15th overall, New York gets just five prospects on the KLaw list:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Dellin Betances, RHP
  5. Zach McAllister, RHP

That seems about right to me. It’s good to see Brackman so high up on the list before he’s even thrown a pitch in the pros. His ceiling is as high as any other prospect’s in the game right now. Whether he can harness his talent remains to be seen.

Anyway, here’s your Friday evening open thread. You know the drill. Play nice.

Pettitte, Yanks still chatting
Chatting with Joba
  • Manimal

    Was that Mike “All I eat is Golic Bread” carrying one of the trophies?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yes, Greenie.

    • NY Stuck in TX

      It looks to me like either one of those guys could tell you where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

  • AMS223

    accoring to Heyman sheets’ new medical reports seem promising…we need to jump in on this NOW!!

    (http://www.fannation.com/si_blogs/hot_stove/posts/43741)

  • Manimal

    Sheets latest medical report says that he is looking much better, Cashman better swoop in and get him for 2/14 mill with incentives.

    (MLBTR and Heyman)

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      You = fail.

      • Manimal

        I actually emailed Ben like 30 minutes ago about this hoping he would post on it but he told me to post it in the open thread and by the time I did that he beat me by a minute.

        You=fail

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Me = humbled.

          /walks away w/imaginary tail between legs.

    • mtt

      I’d say that this could easily be bad news for the Yankees’ pursuit of Sheets. These new medical reports raise the probability that Sheets will be healthy and therefore improve his expected value for other teams. The closer that Sheets’ demanded contract value is to his expected value, the less of an advantage the Yankees’ money creates.

  • The Evil Empire

    With all seriousness, do you think Cash plans on adding another bat, or do you think the lineup is set:

    Damon
    Jeter
    Teixeira *
    A Rod *
    Dunn *
    Posada
    Matsui DH
    Nady
    Cano

    or

    Damon
    Jeter
    A Rod*
    Manny*
    Teixeira *
    Matsui DH
    Posada
    Nady
    Cano

    Do you think we might pick up that extra bat?

    • Manimal

      Highly doubtful. Pitcher Maybe. Maybe Cruz. But no hitters.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Swisher should be starting over Nady.

      And, no, I don’t think another bat is completely necessary, unless Nady can be moved and Adam Dunn can still come on the cheap.

      • The Evil Empire

        Swisher over Nady?
        You think we’re paying the man $6.5 Million to sit down?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Since Swisher is not only the better hitter but the better fielder, yes.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          . . . coming off his best year, and Swisher coming off his worst.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Swisher had a career high line drive rate with a career low BABIP–bad luck: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/swisher-should-rebound-in-09

            He had 82 walks to Nady’s 39, had a better IsoD, and he’s a switch hitter.

            He also has a career 14.2 UZR/150 in right as opposed to 0.5 for Nady.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Those UZR/150 numbers are for right field, by the way.

              • emac2

                I want to barf that the Yankees should start the great 220 hittoing Swisher because he had a good line drive percentage.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  He also takes a lot of pitches (lead the league in P/PA last season), hits from both sides of the plate*, walks more, adds decent power, is a much better fielder…The LD% and BABIP reference was just to say he got unlucky last year, incredibly unlucky in fact, and that’s why his BA suffered. He still had an over 100 point diff. between his OBP and BA which shows he was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip.

                  *Nady: .770 OPS vs RHP, .854 vs. LHP, 84 point difference
                  Swisher: .797 vs RHP, .825 vs. LHP, 28 point difference

                • celerinosanchez

                  I think Swisher is going to surprise everyone. Chisox thought enough of him to send one of their better if not best pitching prospect for him. Don’t want to be too optimistic (but I will be), and I see a parallel with him and O’neil. Check out O’neil’s stats when the Yanks got him. Lou wanted Paulie to hit homers, Ozzie had Swisher leading off. Me thinks the change of scenery is going to do Nick good.

          • Drew

            Nady was not impressive in the AL

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

          Swisher over Nady?
          You think we’re paying the man $6.5 Million to sit down?

          Xavier Nady, 2009 salary: 6.55M
          Nick Swisher, 2009 salary: 5.30M

          We’re not exactly talking about ARod vs. Cody Ransom here. There’s no compelling reason to start Nady over Swisher. It’ll be an open competition in camp; my money’s on Swisher beating Nady out slightly.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Actually, since the Mets are almost certain to NOT get Manny and they need an OF, I think Dunn could make sense for them. Especially if the 1 year 5 mil estimate is accurate.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          That would be a great move for the Mets…which leads me to believe they won’t make it.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Nope.

      Girardi couldn’t wait to get out of Las Vegas, how long to you think he and Manny would last in the same clubhouse? Not to mention Jeter and his enforcer Jorge.

      Manny’s not a fit on the Yanks. Not on their payroll (which at 190+ is just about maxed out) and not in their clubhouse. MAYBE they reach an agreement with Pettitte, and that’s it.

    • The Evil Empire

      Or we might as well start both of them. No Brett or Melky on the lineup cards

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Which would be foolish because Brett Gardner is their best defensive option in CF at this point. An alignment of Nady-Damon-Swisher would be good offensively but it would only leave one plus defender in the OF. Damon-Swisher-Nady is a good to great OF defense.

        • pat

          Thats not true. Swisher can play CF in a pinch> He is by no means an everyday centerfielder.

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

    Am I the only one who thinks O.J. Mayo is about to drop 45 points on the Garden tonight?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      If by “O.J. Mayo” you mean “Jerome Dyson” and by “the Garden” you mean “the Joyce Center at Notre Dame” then no, you’re not the only one.

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

        Fun Fact of the Night #1: If you’ve been asking yourself “Why would anybody in this day and age still use the initials O.J.?”, your answer:

        His full name is Ovinton J’Anthony Mayo. Ugh.

        • Hobs

          More Ovinton please

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

            Heh.

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

              The jar is round; the mug is round… They should call it “Roundtine!”

              THAT’S GOLD, JERRY! GOLD!

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Not all things that dissolve in liquid are funny, TSJC.

        • Manimal

          Did you see the Fun fact I did about urine?

    • Mike R.

      Show me the data and scouting report to back this up.

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

        We need to do a top-ten list of RAB memes and one-liners.

        “Show me the data and scouting report to back this up”
        “I saw it with my own eyes”
        “My posts are pretty much for the intelligent fans”
        “You can’t make lemons with lemonade”
        “Why the fuck is my burrito taking this long to cook in this microwave”
        “He/It was rather uninspiring”
        “That was batshit insane”
        “[ facepalm ]”
        “Take that crap to LoHud”

        etc…

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

    Former NESN and now MSG broadcaster-girl Tina Cervasio: Hot, or not?

    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=tina+cervasio&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

    • whozat

      More than pretty enough, certainly. Hazel Mae is doing ok too.

      • Manimal

        Yeah I was just going to say Hazel Mae is the hottest Nesn reporter ever.

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

          I’m not feeling Hazel Mae. She’s got a nice rack, but she’s a ButterFace, IMO.

    • Mike R.

      It depends. If she were my friend’s mom, definitely hot, but as far as sports reporters she is no Erin Andrews.

    • steve (different one)

      ehhh…

    • Steve H

      She’s got man hands.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    I don’t know if anybody mentioned this yet, but a girls high-school basketball team lost 100-0:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/22/SP5M15FGPJ.DTL

    and Sheets met with Rangers officials:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090123&content_id=3766682&vkey=hotstove2008&fext=.jsp

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.
    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I never got this concept. What is more humiliating: being destroyed 100-0, or being so destroyed that the other team took mercy on you and stopped playing to keep it from becoming 100-0?

      I’d be more embarrassed if the other team thought I was so weak that it wasn’t worth continuing to play hard. I’d rather be beaten than pitied.

      • Drew

        The kids that got 0 had some learning disabilities so its only embarassing for the team trying to score 100. The coach should be fired.

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

          Yeah, after I saw that other part of the story (that the other team was a tiny school for kids with learning disabilities) I changed my mind, I agree that it was too much.

          But here’s the other question: what is this large, mainstream school doing playing this tiny, specialized academy for girls with dyslexia and short attention spans anyway? What did you really think was going to happen when you scheduled this game, Texas High School officials?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Anyone see Baseball Intellect’s Top 15 Yankee Prospect list?

    If not, here it is.

    http://www.baseball-intellect.com/

    Includes scouting reports on all 15. Good read.

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

      “I know many will object to Coke in this spot…”

      Uh, yes. Yes we will. Phil Coke is a good kid with a great chance to contribute to a big league roster… but let’s not go insane here.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        True, but look at who was behind him. Are there any no-brainers that deserve a higher ranking? Maybe Romine, but he doesn’t seem to love him and he’s still pretty far away.

        I liked his suggestion of putting Garcia in the pen. I might actually get excited about him again if they did that. Otherwise, I’m just waiting for the next injury.

        • A.D.

          Romine, Garcia, McAllister are all better prospects than Coke. Yes Garcia has had injury trouble, he’s still a better prospect. Its nothing against Coke, he may be a very good major leaguer, but he doesn’t have the upside of many guys on the list.

          If you want to weight closeness to majors, then sure, maybe he should be there, but that’s not really prospect lists

  • Manimal

    Anyone see the office yesterday? Hilary Swank is totally hott, I don’t know what they were arguing about.

    • Mike R.

      You’re right Hillary Swank is totally HOT…for a DUDE!!!!! :)

    • Hobs

      dun-nun….dun-nun…..dununununununununun

    • A.D.

      Attractive, I’d do her if she came into my room and woke me off asking to make out… but hot, I dunno

    • Drew

      definetly not hot, her face is wierd.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    No Melancon?

    • Manimal

      I know right? I’ve noticed a lack of love for Melancon(across the board, on a lot of sites).

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Can relief pitchers be prospects?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          RELIEF PITCHERS? HA!

          THEY’RE LUCKY THEY DON’T GET CHARGED $10 AT THE GATE!

        • Mike R.

          I’ve got two words for you.

          Melivin Croussett

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            So let it be written, so let it be done.

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              And we shall say, “Amen”.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      He’s #5 on the baseball-intellect list.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, there’s the 1-5 list and then the 6-15 list.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    I’ve always wondered, what would happen if they dropped one of those trophies?

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

      one of two options

      1) The all mighty Mo grants him forgiveness
      2) They feed him to CC

  • Gary D

    I’m Catholic and that video of the long-time employees carries the sacred World Series trophies reminded me of what we call “benediction,” where the priest wearing some vestments, blesses the congregation.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, I thought the same exact thing.

  • http://nyyankeesrumors.com Bob Ruffolo

    No respect for the Yankees farm system. I think there is a lot more talent down there than that.. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when the season starts.

  • Manimal

    Funfact#2

    Moises Alou and Jorge Posada urinate on their hands to remove calluses, which is why they don’t need to wear batting gloves. Madonna also uses this method of urination on her feet to cure her athletes foot.

    • Mike R.

      Funfact#2b

      Madonna also used this method of urination to frost A-Rod’s tips. Now you know.

    • The Evil Empire

      Joke right?

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

      And again, more proof positive that Dr. Jorge Posada has no clue what he’s talking about and his medical opinion on Joba in the bullpen is worth bupkis:

      He (and Alou) claim they pee on their hands to “toughen them up”.

      Urine contains urea, an exfoliant. Peeing on your hands softens them, not hardens them.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Actually, that’s just Jorge’s excuse not to shake people’s hands.

          Because he’s sort of a douche bag.

  • Dave

    Posada never said he peed on his hands to toughen them up, he said it was his way to keep them caliss free and blister free. Hence, softening them up, therefore making his using batting gloves unnecessary.

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

      The NY Post article that both the above Slate article and the below Democratic Underground page link to is no longer on the site, but Posada said, “I do it during the winter and spring training to keep my hands hard,” All-Star catcher Jorge Posada said of the unorthodox skin conditioning program. “You don’t want to shake my hand during spring training before practice.”

      http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105×1112040

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

        Italics fail?

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        “You don’t want to shake my hand during spring training before practice.”

        Damn, I’m good. I was just goofing around when I said that.

  • Ivan

    Hey Danil Gallinari having a solid game.

  • 27 this year

    Why don’t we try to trade Matsui for Washburn? Washburn is a decent pitcher that will give innings adn in the end will save us possibily 3 mil but it would be hard to trade Matsui but bad contract for bad contract? Just a guess considering we wanted washburn earlier.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      What Matsui’s bat would add to the Yankees’ lineup is much greater than what Washburn would add to the rotation.

    • The Evil Empire

      Because Matsui is one of the best hitters in the league when healthy, and he may be this year

      • Brian Cashman is watching

        That and he has a full no trade clause. Probably would only waive it if the other team gave him an extension, which Seattle would not do.

  • sar515

    Think we could get Sheets for $10 million plus incentives…for 1 year.
    And a $15 million 2nd year option?

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Has anyone seen the movie Hardball?

  • Reggie C.

    When will Yu Darvish be posted for ML teams? Does anybody know the story with this guy? Not too long ago, espn ran a bevy of stories on him but he’s dropped off the grid. I guess he’s not getting posted for the ’09 season, but what about after ’09? If the shine doesn’t come off after the WBC, what’s the chances Darvish comes to the states (the BX preferably) for the 2010 season?

    • whozat

      He’s got years and years til he’s free agent eligible. I don’t know that there’s any reason to be looking for him to get posted at any point in the near future. We heard ALL this noise about him getting posted last year when he was what…21? And this year…nothing. So, I don’t really see any reason to think he’ll get posted any time soon.

  • J.R.

    That hurts seeing Tabata as the Pirates #2

    • whozat

      No it doesn’t. Guy refused to get his act together here. Got us two productive major leaguers.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, if it works out for them that doesn’t mean it would have worked out for us. Sounds like the trade was the wake up call he needed.

    • Ed

      Think about Pittsburgh’s system. We also gave them a pile of pitchers we didn’t care much about. Two of them got put into Pittsburgh’s major league rotation.

      That whole organization sucks top of bottom. It doesn’t take all that much to stand out there.

      • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

        Yup. Too true. That was a good trade for the Yankees. I am not the biggest Cashman fan but that move and even the Pudge move last year (even though it did not really work out for us) were both good moves.

  • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

    Please somebody stop this clown of a man Peter Gammons.

    “by the time mcgwire’s hall of fame eligibility is up we are probably going to find that 70 percent of people in baseball, golf, basketball and football did performance enhancing drugs” Peter Gammons

    link: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3851381

    Near the end he just starts rambling and even mentions Sarah Palin for no reason
    this dude has lost it!

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