Open Thread: Maybe the Mets want Melky too (and a Yanks’ roster move)

Forbes says Jetes is the most overpaid
Game 86: Failifornia

I’m going to toss this one up now as an Open Thread to carry you through until the night game. Stunningly enough, Omar Minaya just traded Ryan Church to the Braves for out machine Jeff Francoeur. (Hat tip to our very own Mike Axisa at MLBTR.) If the Mets want someone with a career 89 OPS+ to roam the outfield and make outs for them, maybe the Yanks can offer them Melky. What a weird and dumb trade for Minaya to make.

Anyway, word out of Anaheim, as we already know, is that Mark Melancon is there. The Yanks have yet to make a corresponding roster move. We’ll be back later. Play nice.

Update: The Yankees have announced that Jonathan Albaladejo has been optioned to AAA. They weren’t going to send off Brett Tomko yet because they need fresh arms tonight. I guess they don’t plan on stretching out Hughes or Aceves as I suggested last night.

Forbes says Jetes is the most overpaid
Game 86: Failifornia
  • Zach

    Melky for Beltran?

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

      Fuck that, Kevin Thompson or no deal!

  • Zach

    Ha and the Mets sent the Braves cash? wow

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

      Nah, that was corrected, it’s the other way around.

      • Zach

        oh alright. still a bad trade

  • Bam Bam Balboni

    Melky is better then anyone the Muts are putting in the outfield these days.

  • BigBlueAL

    I LMAO when I saw this trade reported on Sportscenter.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheManchine Bruno

    Omar strikes again!

    • Bam Bam Balboni

      I saw your movie today, freaking funny as hell.

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

    Jesus Montero went 1st to 3rd on a double, but I’m not sure how he reached 1st.

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

      And now Montero’s scored =D

      • Bam Bam Balboni

        I can’t wait to see Monstero in pinstripes.

        • Tom Zig

          Rebecca will be at that game and will have the tickets 1 year ahead of time

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

      looks like it was a walk.

    • RichYF

      Driving out to Norwich Saturday and Sunday to see the monster with a buddy of mine. We’ve got seats directly behind home plate. Anyone who’s going to be there let me know!

    • Mike bk

      1st to 3rd on a double is no accomplishment.

      • andrew

        In fact… there’s really nothing else you could do that’s worse..

  • Rich M
    • Bam Bam Balboni

      Tomko must have naked pictures of Cashman. Alba will be up again real soon.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        You know $man’s got pics of Tomko’s wife!!!

  • Drew

    damn just realized mark coleman is fighting tomorrow..
    Any UFCers here?

    • Bam Bam Balboni

      Lesner fighting Mir tomorrow also?

      • Drew

        yepp, their rematch. Also, Bisping fighting henderson, my fave GSP fighting Alves. Best card of the year so far IMO. Jon fitch is fighting too.

        • Bam Bam Balboni

          Sounds like a great card. I will be ordering it for sure.

        • Mike bk

          it will be a great card cause it is UFC 100 so they stacked it. Lesnar vs Mir for the title. GSP vs Alves for the title. Fitch vs tiago. Hendo vs Bisping (i hope hendo destroys him) and Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher

  • Ivan

    Really Omar, I mean really.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Headache for headache. If Omar was smart (I know) he would try to package these guys the org doesn’t like (for reasons that have nothing to do with Baseball) with other players for someone good, rather than dump them off for nothing one by one.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lester looks horrible tonigh:

    Leadoff walk on 4 pitches.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Looking very hittable tonight.

      Royals fouling off a lot of pitches.

      • matt Abemayor

        Jorge Arangure is reporting that the Red Sox signed Cuban defector Jose Iglesias to an 8.2 million dollar deal. This seems like they extremely overpaid considering that he has a questionable bat from everything that I have read and what it says in that article.

        • Steve H

          But he’s Ozzie Smith!!

          /Gammons’d

          • Johan Iz My Brohan

            If I was Iglesias, I’d run away with that money when the contract was over. What is he 16 now? Having 8 million by the time you are 20 seems nice.

            • Johan Iz My Brohan

              OK 19, but however long the deal is I would definitely run away after it was done.

        • Reggie C.

          Theo just locked up a Gold Glover for 2014. Brilliant. Such foresight.

          / For Diamond Cutters. I’m Peter Gammons.

        • zs190

          I don’t understand this signing really. He’s supposed to be 5’10, 180 and his body is maxed out at 19. His bat is a big question mark, they say he might hit enough to be a regular, it sure feels like they just signed a future Nick Punto but I guess when you are upgrading from Julio Lugo, that’s not all that bad.

  • JobaJr

    How about; Melky, Veras, Igawa and Cash for Beltran.

    • Jeremy

      Big problem with your trade proposal – Veras is now on the Indians. Too bad. We could have had Beltran!

      • GG

        for 20 mil less..still stinging over that

      • Salty Buggah

        heh how about tomko once melancon establishes himself?

      • pete

        how bout we trade cashman for beltran and santana?

        • Zach

          they’d probably want to throw in minaya, cant do that deal

      • JobaJr

        Ok, ok… Replace Veras with Ransom. Now we’re good to go!

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        …give them Igawa twice…

    • thebusiness

      If you mean Cash money, sure. If you mean Kevin Cash- no deal.

  • Reggie C.

    I wouldnt be surprised if Manuel encouraged the move. He seemed to have it in for Church. Francoeur does have a cannon arm from RF, but not much else… Its not an upgrade at all unless Francoeur is able to recapture some semblence of consistency at the plate. Just off a 3-4 night, he’d reached his highest trade value in the season.

  • Danny

    LMAO for all the crap i gave cashman sometimes, that trade is just wow lol

  • dkidd

    melancon needs a nickname. i was using “powder” because:

    1. he looks like powder
    2. when he struck someone out i could call it “taking a powder”

    better ideas?

  • Chris

    Melky Cabrera OPS+ 100
    Brett Gardner OPS+ 75

    The Melky hate on RAB is silly.

    • zs190

      I think you misread BRef…Gardner is at 103 OPS+

      • Chris

        You’re right I did. Still, the Melky hate is a bit misplaced.

        You got a kid who is younger than Gardner and he is being completely destroyed despite putting up reasonable numbers for his position.

        Then again, people preach patience with prospects but refuse to acknowledge that Melky is only 24. He has been here for almost 5 years, I guess we tend to forget how young and how much upside the kid has.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I think you’re overstating the “Melky hate” a bit. Nobody’s crapping on Melky right now, he’s had an OK season so far.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            And, I might add, nobody is hyping up Gardner while crapping on Melky. I think most people around here think they are what they are – ok, decent players who probably won’t develop into stars and who are probably better-suited to 4th OFer roles on good teams, but who have performed just fine this season as a tandem.

        • zs190

          I don’t think people hate Melky but Melkman has been struggling a lot lately and Gardner has been hot, so understandably people want to see Gardner out there more. He’s also better defensively and has a lot more speed.

          I think JoeG has platooned them really well this year so I don’t question his decision too much.

          Melkman has hit lefties really well this year, .278/.350/.500
          Gardner has hit righties really well, .298/.363/.440.

          It’s a lefty so Joe is starting Melky, I have no problem with it.

          • Zach

            thats probably a small sample size issue for Melky, i always thought he was much worse right handed, think he batted .215 against lefties last year.

            its not a split platoon. whoever is hot gets to play, and when someone needs a rest the other guy plays too, once somone is cold then the other guy gets a chance and so on

            • zs190

              Yeah, it is a pretty small sample, only 72 at bats, Melky was worse against LHP in years past. Still, we know Joe loves to play the opposite-hand matchups, this has to be in his mind. Especially since Brett has struggled a little in very limited experience playing against LHPs.

              • Zach

                eh, i dont like platooning guys like that so early in their career, i want to give the guy chances to improve. unless his minor league numbers have a big split too

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      According to BR.com:

      Melky – OPS+ 100
      Gardner – OPS+ 103

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        (My bad, obviously I wrote this comment without seeing the responses above.)

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Sorry, that’s no excuse.

          Now you’re going to have to come up with a nickname for Mark Melancon as punishment.

  • Drew

    haha the mets. I love watching them.

    • dkidd

      every game has at least one little league type of botched play

  • dkidd

    wow. the mets are bad

  • Mike bk

    Mitchell pitched well again tonight and Matt Richardson is dominating in the GCL. Turley is as well for that matter but he didnt pitch today.

    • zs190

      Cautiously optimistic about both Richardson and Turley, but this is GCL, it really doesn’t mean a whole lot. Better than seeing them struggle though.

      • Mike bk

        well if they keep dominating like this maybe they go up to SI or start next year in Charleston

  • Dorian

    Jesus is in an uber slump. It tink he is something like 1 for his last 23

    • Dela G

      maybe he needs to call up bruce almighty…

      yes, yes i am here all night

    • Ivan

      No worries.

      As hot as he was, he bound to cool off. He’ll snap out of hit. Besides, he a BB tonight.

    • Ivan

      Plus, like the old saying goes, baseball is a game of adjustments. So once he finds the adjustment, he’ll be hitting in no time.

    • Zach

      23 atbats is what 5 games? wouldnt consider that an uber slump

      • Dorian

        See what happens I talk bad about THE JESUS and THE JESUS reminds me of his greatness with a mere single to wet my appetite. LMAO

  • adeel

    is it so hard to realize that melk and gardner may actually be decent STARTING players for any team, including one currently in first place in the hardest division in baseball?

    • Zach

      when you talk about a 200m payroll, people dont expect to see guys platooning in CF, you expect to see an Upton or Sizemore or Beltran or Ellsbury (kidding)

  • Dela G

    lol at jacoby ellsbury

    what a prick

    • Ivan

      What happen?

      • Dela G

        he tried to go home on a run down that was occurring between first and 2nd, and was gunned down at home

        he then threw his helmet down in disgust and then was promptly thrown out of the game

        • Zach

          +1 for getting ejected

  • Bryan G

    this just in on our former pitcher…

    Jeff Marquez, rhp, White Sox: The White Sox have had a lot of success in turning around the careers of seemingly failed pitching prospects. But Marquez looks to be one prospect who is on the wrong track. Picked up in the Nick Swisher trade, Marquez is 1-7, 10.35 in nine starts. He’s allowed 15 runs in his past seven innings and opponents are hitting .363 against him. Marquez’s last outing on Tuesday was especially bad—2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER—and he’s made it out of the fifth only once in nine tries.

    • Zach

      Guidry must have messed up his wind up before he left

      /gammons

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Sorry to see that. I know it drives people nuts when we trade someone away and they do well, but I don’t want to see a kid fail like this, either. He’s about half a season away from pitching in Japan full time or selling cars.

  • Dela G

    does anyone else wish the yankees had signed adam dunn for 10 mil instead of getting nick swisher?

    they make the same salary, but can you imagine a 3-4-5 of tex, a-rod, dunn?

    holy crap that would be one of the most feared 3-4-5’s in years

    • Zach

      people like to complain about Swisher’s defense, watch Dunn

      • Dela G

        i would have dunn as DH, not RF. Then again, you’d have to put matsui somewhere, so here’s to dreaming

        but yeah i am watching him right now against the astros. He’s a beyond below avg fielder, but man that power is enticing. He would abuse the RF porch

        • Zach

          He is a beast, 50+ bombs in pinestripes. Maybe they’ll get him next year with no clean DH and hes on a one year deal.

          • Drew

            Where do I sign up?

            • Zach

              they said Nationals have been asking for alot with everyone, plus is Strasburg comes up next year they probably want him to have some offensive support, and they’ll get 2 draft picks if he walks

              • Drew

                True. Also, I think Damon may be our DH next year.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Posada will be the DH before Damon.

                • Drew

                  I don’t think so, Posada will catch the majority of games Mo willing.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  Posada, Jeter, Arod, Tex all get one half day, do we really need a fulltime DH?

          • Zach

            no clear DH*

            • Dela G

              well we’d have to trade for him. the nationals have him for one more year.

              i know they will be asking a lot for him

              dunn is also only 29!

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

            Actually, according to Cot’s, he is signed until after 2010. So, the Yankees would have to trade for Dunn to get him.

            • Drew

              he was saying next year it would be a one year deal, if we got him.

              • Drew

                i think. lol

                • Zach

                  yeah thats what i was going for

            • Zach

              I know. I meant if they trade for him next year he’ll only have one year left- not some 4-5year contract they have to absorb

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I kept advocating for Cashman to trade Matsui to the Mariners for a slightly used NES console and a copy of Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt/Track and Field to clear a spot for a new DH.

          I wanted to drop some fat bucks on Manny, but Dunn would have been fine as well.

          • Ivan

            Come on, if im trading Matsui, I want a free supply of Wii games.

            • Dela G

              haha that was hilarious…

    • zs190

      I don’t really, especially in light of Nady out for season. Somebody has to play the OF and while Nick Swisher is no gold glover out there, he’s at least average, Adam Dunn is ridiculously bad in the OF. If you sign Adam Dunn to play RF, then Swisher>Dunn. Also, to say they make the same salary is an exaggeration. Adam Dunn makes 20 million in 2 years, Nick Swisher makes 12 million.

      • Dela G

        i mean yearly salary, not total contract

      • Drew

        Question is, does Abreu make a comeback?

        • Drew

          I don’t know why I put that there.

    • Drew

      I like Dunn a lot. Imagine 40+ HR’s behind Al and Teix…

      • Andrew

        Yeah, and bad defense, terrible situational hitting, etc…

        • Drew

          lol. He K’s a lot, he also walks over 100 times. Oh, and he’s always in scoring position. Put him on a team with some protection and he’ll be plenty good.

          • Zach

            dude has 22 bombs with Josh Willingham behind him

    • Ivan

      Im not much of a Dunn fan.

      As for Swisher, his defense has been pretty solid so far. His UZR at RF is -0.1 and his UZR/150 is 2.5.

      While not a GG, he’s far from terrible especially considering the last couple years when you compare Swisher D to other RF’s like Sheffield who were brutal.

      • Andrew

        I don’t care what his UZR is. To call Swisher’s defense “pretty solid” so far is laughable. He’s been below average, at best.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The fact that you don’t care what his UZR is doesn’t mean you’re correct in your assessment.

          • Chris

            I wonder if he’s one of these guys that takes the road less traveled to get to a fly ball, but can make up for it because he has above average speed/range for a RF. Basically he makes every play look difficult, but gets to more than the average RF.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              He’s ugly but productive. Meaning he looks bad to our eyes because he’s ungraceful and kinda awkward, but he covers ground and makes outs.

              Kinda like Johnny Damon.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                AAAHAHAHAHA!!!

                THAT is why I like NICK SWISHER…he’s just like me: ugly but productive!

        • Zach

          screw stats because you remember 2-3 plays he messed up he must be below average

        • Jake

          Translation: I don’t care about data and tangible information, I know what I know.

        • Ivan

          The guy D from my eyes isn’t as bad as you guys think. He has made some pretty good plays out there.

          Im not saying he’s great or terrific, but solid would be the correct assesment cuz he has been alot better than he’s being credited for and the #’s/stats prove that.

          • Zach

            I think all the comments were directed to Andrew’s comment not yours

            • Ivan

              I know.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Nah, I wanted them to get Dunn but there was really no room for him. He has no business playing the OF. If Posada shows he’s healthy enough to catch 120+ games behind the plate next year, maybe swing a trade for Dunn (doubt it) to DH, but I doubt that’s gonna happen. A 3-6 of Tex-A-Rod-Dunn-Posada would be fantastic, though. Swisher and Cano would be batting 7/8. Holy hell would that be a hell of a lineup.

      • Dela G

        my god that sounds like the lineup the yankees had a few years back when they scored 930 runs

        • Dela G

          i meant 960 runs

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          My dream ’10 lineup:

          Jeter SS
          Crawford LF
          Tex 1B
          A-Rod 3B
          Dunn DH
          Posada C
          Swisher RF
          Cano 2B
          Gardbrerajax CF

          • Zach

            id like that.
            but i wouldnt like losing 5-6 prospects in trades for Crawford and Dunn

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              I’m hoping the Rays don’t pick up Crawford’s option. I know it’s not going to happen, though.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              but i wouldnt like losing 5-6 prospects in trades for Crawford and Dunn

              Agreed.

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                Yeah, me too, in the end. I can dream, though. I can dream.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  My dreams are rarely about baseball.

                  They’re usually about Esther Baxter and Melyssa Ford.

                • Charlie

                  ur into black chicks?

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

                What do you think the Natinals would want for Dunn?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  A vowel.

                • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

                  IETC

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

                  They can have the extra “e”

                • Dela G

                  that was a money reply

      • Tom Zig

        What about Manny if he for some odd reason decides to opt out?

        Of course I am talking about just a 1 to 2 year absolute max.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’m on board with Manny. Backlash be damned.

          He won’t opt out, though. Not post-scandal. He’ll want another year to distance himself from the story and keep his nose clean.

          • Tom Zig

            Stupider things have happened. But yes I agree.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Like giving Jamie Moyer a two year deal?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Like trading for Jeff Francouer to solve your offensive woes?

                • Steve H

                  Like Vernon Wells at $100 mil+?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Like Oliver Perez for any amount of money at all?

                • Jordan

                  I’ll take Barry Zito, personally.

          • Zach

            yeah but if he bats .500 with a .600 OBP in the playoffs again (losing to the Yankees of course) and with Yankees getting 30m off the books, I can see Boras trying again. [Especially with Met fans desperate for a bat, Angels with Vlad, Escobar, Lackey, Figgins, Abreu as FA, and if it doesnt work Dodgers will take him back]

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Church for Francoeur? Seriously? Wow, Omar. Wow.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      This was meant to give their fan base some hope.

      How do you think that will work out?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I think Mets fans need more Church, not less Church.

        http://www.instantrimshot.com

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          . . . . . wow, you really need to post more. Your chops are rusty.

  • Charlie

    anyone know the song on the new pepsi baseball commercial?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Forever Young?

      • Charlie

        that’s what i thought, can’t find it on itunes though

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Well, I believe it’s originally a Bob Dylan song.

          • Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

            Yes, it is a Bob Dylan song. And yes, it is Forever young.

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

    I go to dinner, I come back and Montero singles.

    Life is good.

    • Charlie

      a single?? A FUCKING SINGLE??? NOT A HOMER??? FUCK JESUS (MONTERO)!!!!!!

    • Tom Zig

      what’d you eat

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hey, now, this is a family friendly blog.

        You don’t have to answer that, Rebecca.

        • Charlie

          FUCK FAMILY FRIENDLY!!

          • Charlie

            OK, i’m done

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

        Tilapia livornese

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That sounds dirtier than it is.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            At least she didn’t order Penne ala Puttanesca.

    • Steve H

      You love yourself some Jesus! Every other post is about Monstero (great job on that btw). Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • whitey

    Dunn is horrible in the OF! That said, would much prefer his bat.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s why he’d be the DH.

      • Tom Zig

        a la David Ortiz

    • EB

      “But Dunn hates baseball” – JP Ricciardi

  • dkidd

    i have little faith in kc to win this game

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    So my softball team had probably the worst walk off hit tonight. Whatever, it won us the game.

    • Zach

      Was it a Met-like dropped pop up or a Met-like walk with the bases loaded?

    • Steve H

      Slow pitch?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Yep.

        And, it was a tapper that didn’t make it to the grass cut out. The catcher tagged the runner, but never touched the plate or tagged the runner coming across the plate. We won 12-11. I singled to start the inning and scored the winning run. I’m awesome.

        • Steve H

          They count singles in slow pitch?

          I can’t stand slow pitch, I played one slow pitch tourney and said never again. Played modified pitch for about 10 years, a tiny bit closer to baseball.

  • whitey

    What would have happened to Matsui with Dunn aboard?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He would have been free to do battle with Mothra and Anguirus.

      Also, the reply button is your friend.

      • whitey

        Thx for the heads-up tommie. No way Matsui doesn’t play with his salary.

    • Salty Buggah

      you would have replied to the according comment ;)

  • Zach

    Brandon Phillips stole home earlier off the Mets

    • Zach

      Pagan, Cora, Murphy, Reed, Tatis, Schneider, Reyes in the same lineup is embarassing

      • Steve H

        Wait till they add Frenchy!

      • Drew

        nah, it’s funny. heh.

      • Salty Buggah

        well, with Jose Reyes, it’s a bit better but they have Argenis Reyes

    • Drew

      Eh, did you see the play? It’s wasn’t your typical steal. Schneider tried to pick him off at third with 2 outs, Phillips broke for home, Wright caught it and threw it to the fans sitting behind the plate.

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

        Ah, the Mets.

      • Zach

        No, just saw it in the boxscore- but I guess a straight steal would be less embarassing then them throwing the ball around and letting him score

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

        ….Why is this not surprising?

  • Steve H

    Wow. Ton of low scoring games so far tonight. Yankees game going to follow?

    • Salty Buggah

      as long as we win I’m cool with it

      • Steve H

        Yeah, I’m cool either way if(when) we win. But if we lose, I’d rather it be 1-0 than 10-9. Would like a strong start from Joba.

        • Salty Buggah

          Me too, especially for the fans’ and somewhat the organization’s faith in him and of course the bullpen.

  • Bam Bam Balboni

    Did anyone notice that Cody Ransom is playing SS tonight. Jeter is DHing.

    • Sean C

      Apparently someone thought his terrible fielding might stay at third while he moves over to SS.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Bitchfest in 3… 2… 1…

    • Dela G

      jesus save us

      ransom sucks ass on defense.

      he has like 5 or 6 errors in 19 ish games

      • Salty Buggah

        he has 4 errors “only”

    • Charlie

      shucks

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Why is it that Pedroia’s wife has a baby, then he suddenly goes on a hot streak. While Wang’s wife has a baby, and he only gets ‘slightly better’. The kid has a signed ball from friggin’ MO. I would kill for that ball.

    • Salty Buggah

      That baby is more gritty and scrappy than Wang’s bigger baby

      • Steve H

        I heard it was 4 inches and 1.2 lbs, but was born with a grit-beard.

    • Ivan

      “Pedroia’s wife has a baby”

      Someone in this country need to stop under age pregnancies. 11 year olds are having kids now. Good God.

  • Charlie

    By the way, how many people here wanted Lowe over Burnett? How’s that lookin now?

    • Salty Buggah

      good for now

      at least you didn’t say it in a “Little Bill” way

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I did.

      My argument is looking bad now. But I didn’t expect to be proven right by July, I expected to be proven right by 2012 or so.

      But please, keep gloating. It means we have the better pitcher. I always hope to be wrong when I criticize a Yankee decision. I’d rather be wrong than be losing.

    • Zach

      i wanted AJ, but cant judge a 5 year deal on one half of a season

      in Lowe’s defense, he pitched 6.1 IP, 3ER against Boston, while AJ has 7.2 IP with 11ER in 2 starts

      • Charlie

        well the yankees are 51-34, and 0-8 vs Boston.

        • Zach

          52-33 and 1-7 would look nicer but i wanted AJ, just playing devil’s advocate

    • Ivan

      While i didn’t want neither singings, I did say that if I had to choose, I would choose Burnett cuz of the immense upside and had the stuff to go toe to toe with the AL East competition.

      Lowe isn’t even that much better than Pettitte.

      • Zach

        Just out of curiousity- how did you want the rotation to set up if you didnt want AJ or Lowe?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          CC-Wang-Pettitte-Joba-Hughes.

          Which wouldn’t have been that bad, had IPK not also gotten hurt.

          • Ivan

            And Wang not falling apart as well.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yeah, but that’s what I’m saying. If we didn’t have AJ, we would have had a bigger hole when Wang imploded, but we would have been able to fill that hole capably if IPK had never had the aneurysm.

          • Zach

            on paper it doesnt look bad. but Wang’s struggles obviously would have put them in a bad position

        • Ivan

          Well I wanted Ben Sheets cuz he basically had the stuff of Burnett, and had better control.

          Nevertheless, I also said during the regular season last year that I had a very good feeling that Burnett would be a yankee.

          • Zach

            Yeah glad the Yankees didnt sign Sheets ;)

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Meh, depending on how he turns out, you may wish we had signed Sheets.

              • Zach

                isnt he gone for the year though? so like you said above that just creates a bigger hole if we did sign him

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DAMN IT ROYALS!

    1 HIT 1 RBI WINS THE F’ING GAME.

    SMOLTZ IS PITCHING TOMORROW. HOPE HE GETS WRECKED!

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

      What a gritty, gutty performance by the Red Sox

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Aroldis Chapman is 21, not 26.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=1303

    Cuba is a Communist country. Say what you want about Commies, but they keep amazing records. The world may have never known what Pol Pot was up to, but the Khmer Rouge left a paper trail that was unbelievably detailed.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Commies = Mormons

    • Steve H

      So back to $50 mil I guess.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Exactly. Maybe more.

        If I’m reading this right, you’re going to give this kid 50-60 mil and still not see him pitch for a year or two.

  • Tom Zig

    Would anyone be in favor of bringing back Abreu for a 1-2 year deal to DH?

    That’s if we can’t get Manny or Dunn

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Do we have a MLB player comp for Jesus Montero?

    BA saying he has the best bat in the minors makes me wonder if he has Miguel Cabrera-type ceiling. But I suspect he’s less of a natural hitter than Miguel, and more of a power guy. But I really don’t know.

    • Charlie

      let’s just go with albert pujols

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Hanley Ramirez in an Albert Pujols body.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Babe Ruth with athleticism.

        • Charlie

          no, that’s miguel angel sano

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Do we have a MLB player comp for Jesus Montero?

      Pele.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Or possibly Franklin Delano Roosevelt, without the polio.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I think Miggy is his ceiling and Jorge is his probable reach.

  • Zach

    Pedroia RBI double in the 8th

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I love these suckier Angels.

  • sabernar

    This from Neyer’s blog: ‘Awesome quote from Omar Minaya: “One thing we like about Francoeur is the amount of games that he plays.”‘