Open Thread: Images of Melky

Javy Vazquez by the numbers
KLaw's analysis of the Vazquez trade

Earlier this morning the Yankees shipped Melky Cabrera and two prospects to Atlanta for Javy Vazquez and a store brand lefty reliever. It’s no secret that the three of us at RAB weren’t Melky’s biggest backers, but that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate his four-plus years of service to our beloved Bombers.

As frustrating as it was to watching him swing at pitches over his head, Melky had a flair for the dramatic and his energy was refreshing to watch on a team that got too corporate at times. He filled in admirably when Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield went down with injuries in 2006, and since then he’s done a fine job while playing all three outfield positions. Whether he was robbing homers at the wall or walking off with wins, Melky was a fan favorite and he’ll be missed.

Instead of a written word tribute, let’s honor the Melkman with some images. After the jump, a collection of our favorite Melky moments. Be sure to add yours in the comments. Otherwise, here’s your open thread. Also, make sure to check out the content from our heavy afternoon:

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Minor league notes, with a tidbit about Jesus Montero, plus a minor league signing.
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Javier Vazquez by the numbers

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Javy Vazquez by the numbers
KLaw's analysis of the Vazquez trade
  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Love it.

    http://riveraveblues.com/wp-co.....lky-11.JPG

    This one is awesome, robbing Manny and watching Damon’s reaction.

  • pat

    Almost brought a tear to my eye.

    • A.D.

      +1

  • JackISBACK

    I wish Melky all the luck. I remember when he came up, there was some hype around his numbers in the minors. He was a useful fourth outfielder type for us.

    I just never liked his offensive game just because there really wasn’t one area you could look at and say, he is dangerous there. Not a high BA, no real power, not a high OBP guy, defense in CF was average at best, had a decent arm that got overplayed because he followed Bernie Williams and Damon in CF, and Damon alongside him in LF. I preferred Gardner over him just because of the speed and defense.

    But saying all that, Melky did have a flare for the dramatic, and as you said had a lot of good energy.

  • Salty Buggah

    The pics from his cycle are pretty funny.

  • Tom Zig

    I’ll miss his “mama huevos” shouts whenever he does something good.

    • Dax J

      Not to nitpick, but it’s with a “g”, not an “h”.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Not to nitpick, but you’re wrong.

        • http://pix.motivatedphotos.com/2009/5/13/633777941667220230-baseballplayers.jpg Keanu Reeves

          IETC.

        • Dax J

          How am I wrong? I’m from D.R. and we use that word pretty often.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            I am from New Jersey and we use that word very rarely. I also speak Hungarian and Latin. Hah, I won! I won! I won!

        • Once and Future Lurker
          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Fun fact, I also use Urban Dictionary as a citation for the academic journals I write. You guys are funny.

    • Dax J

      Not to nitpick, but it’s with a “g”, not an “h”. I’ll miss the Melkman. I wish him nothing but the best in Atlanta.

      • Esteban

        still wrong

  • Salty Buggah

    I’ll remember how he always played umpire when involved in close plays and the thing he did with his hands towards the end of the year and in the postseason.

  • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

    “Suck my balls,” Melky reportedly told reporters after the trade.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      ietc

  • Bryan

    just watched cash on hotstove on mlb network and he made it seem as if they were pretty close to signing a player to play left field. Guys on the set took it to mean either DeRosa or Dye

    • Kristen

      Cashman’s comments were pretty illuminating for the continuing plan for the remainder of the off-season. Close to signing someone for LF, but it’s not going to be Damon.

      I love that Harold Reynolds asked for Cashman’s ninja secrets, but Cashman won’t give it away :)

    • Salty Buggah

      Noooooo for Dye!!!! Ugly defense, 103 OPS+ in a hitter park that will get worse in the righty limiting pitchers park that is Yankee Stadium

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        I don’t want Dye either but it’s possible last year was just a down year. It’s also possible his career is over.. heh

        I’d be shocked if it was him, unless it’s for like 2 or 3 million.

    • Evil Empire

      While I watch Hot Stove just about every night, the guys on the set don’t even know what the fuck WAR or UZR are. Dye is not being considered for a spot in left field, I’m certain.

      You know how I’m certain? Because Brian Cashman is an intelligent human being that knows baseball and makes good personnel decisions. Signing Dye would be the opposite of the kind of calls Cashman has been making since he’s been given more control.

      • Tank the Frank

        God damn you just gave me a hard-on.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ohgod_no Joe G.

          You getting a hard-on gave me a hard-on.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Enough with the foreplay guys; this wang isn’t going to stroke itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Who will be the RABbi’s new favorite whipping boy?

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      The Hoff.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Don’t hassle him.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          The theme to Knight Rider is still my ringtone (as it’s been since 2001). Kind of sad, actually.

          • A.D.

            That means either

            A. You’ve had the same phone since 2001
            B. You have continued to seek out said tone and put it on each phone.

    • Jake H

      I asked Ben that on twitter. Here is the tweet

      @Hopjake I’ll wait to see who gets 500+ undeserved ABs before picking my next target!

    • Salty Buggah

      Considering the Gardy post from a few days ago, I’d say Gardner

  • madeline

    omg i will miss him so much wow cant belive they traded him instead of gardner shocked i wish him luck melky

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Though lacking much analysis, I agree with your basic conclusion and would like to offer you an invite to a fancy restaurant like Wendy’s. There we can discuss the topic at hand, and other exciting issues like who’s on the latest cover of Tiger Beat, my irregular back hair appearance (now fashioned to look like rail road tracks with a station on the side!), and the prospective inflation problems regarding the possible transition of a country moving from a peg of the dollar to the Euro and liberating capital markets in economies where the primary revenue source is an inelastic, finite resource.

      I’ll bring roses. What say thee?

      • Steve H

        Fantastic comment.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Mike, I have a hypothetical question for you. I think it’s easy, but I want you to answer it.

    You’re Brian Cashman. Braves GM Frank Wren says he wants one of Zach McCallister or Arodys Vizcaino to complete the Javy Vasquez deal. McCallister has a lower ceiling but is far more polished, Vizcaino has a big upside but is much further away.

    Your choice, which one do you deal and which one do you keep?

    • Jake H

      I’m not Mike but you keep Arodys.

    • Charlie

      i personally dont think its that easy. but i’d deal zmac. the yankees are more likely to fit a potential #1 or 2 starter into their rotation someday than they are a back end starter. and while the chances of arodys getting to the majors are lower, it is much harder to find an ace

      • Jake H

        Give me upside or give me death.

      • Charlie

        actually i take that back, it is pretty easy

    • Accent Shallow

      McCallister, since he doesn’t actually exist! (His name only has one ‘C’)

      (Seriously, I’d try and keep Vizcaino, due to the high ceiling. I know you can never have enough depth, but the Yankees seem to have quite a bit)

    • Angelo

      Id give up McAllister without thinking about it twice. Arodyz might not pan out, but he’s a potential number 2 starter, while McAllister is at best a back end 4 or 5 innings eater type starter. Both are nice comodities, but you clearly want to keep Arodyz, although he is a lot more of a risk.

    • Evil Empire

      Keep Z-Mac. Easy call.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      I’m going to have to agree with EE ^^. My heart says Viz-kid, my brain says Z-Mac. If we hadn’t traded IPK and had a bit more depth in 6-10, I’d say keep Viz. Unfortunately, we’re pretty thin there, so I’d rather have the guy with a good chance of being effective this year and next THAN a guy who could, but isn’t likely to be great in five years.

      Super high-upside guys four years away aren’t by any means a frequent commodity, but guys that are likely to be #3 (or back-end) starters, really close to ready, and cost-controlled, are probably less likely and more valuable given the team’s current needs.

      Tough call, though.

      • Evil Empire

        I dunno. Some guys see a kid with two plus pitches with a ton of potential. I see a 19 year old who has yet to pitch in AA. So many things can happen to that kid.

        Z-Mac is a much surer bet, and he’s like a year or less away from pitching in the Bigs. A groundball pitcher (extra useful in YSIII) who should be good for 200 IP? Yes, please. We need that kind of pitcher.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          I wouldn’t get too crazy expecting him to throw 200 IP. Let’s see him in the majors before we prescribe an innings expectation.

          That said, yeah, he’s the surer bet and is closer along. If we were a different type of club I’d say you keep Viz, but with our construction and needs, Z-Mac makes more sense.

          Still, you can see a 19-year old who hasn’t pitched in AA yet, but don’t discount the value of having a guy that far along for his age with that high a ceiling. While I agree with your conclusion and some of your premises, I don’t think it’s that easy a decision.

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

      I’d keep McAllister. It’s easy to be mesmerized by Arodys’ ceiling, but he’s so far away he might as well be in high school.

      • Jake H

        I would have said Zach but the reports of his lost velocity are scary.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Source?

          The internet.

          • Jake H

            Heard it in a baseball chat either from BA or BP.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Thaaannnk yooouuu.

        On this Yankee team, it’s a really easy call. For the reasons you stated (Arodys is still a lottery ticket) and also because it’s not like we lack high-upside guys either in the system or on the MLB staff. We still have the Brackman’s and Betances’ of the world, and have guys like CC and AJ in the rotation. If we were this year’s Twins, where you have a staff filled with 3’s and 4’s and he was the only high upside guy you have, then maybe it would be harder to do.

        Mcallister could help this team this year, he’s a few rotation injuries away from getting some big league starts. He may not be ace material, but he’s likely to provide some value to us this year and beyond. Much safer bet.

        • Evil Empire

          /high five

    • Dela G

      i’m gonna miss tha melkman

  • Victor

    I was always a backer of melky and I was really sad to hear the news this morning.Dont get me wrong, I was happy to hear we got javier for him, but I well miss the melkman for sure.

    • Steve in PDX

      +1

  • Charlie

    wow, what an awesome idea with the photos. i’m gonna miss the melkman.

  • Lanny

    The Melkman was a vital cog in helping get a ring. But his value will never be this high again. And with Granderson in CF his value as a fulltime player in LF or RF isnt as high. Plus hes about to start becoming expensive for a 4th OF.

    Hes a nice example for the system finally turning around and developing talent.

  • morrison

    I’ll miss the Melkman very much. Can only hope he has a very successful career… I foresee many walfoffs against the Mutts next season ;-) Thanks for the memories Leche :-)

  • ecksodia

    Love the pictures. The one with A-Rod and Cano, lol.

  • Angelo

    Gonna miss Melky. I hope Gardner is as good as all of you guys hope him to be because if anyone doubts Gardner’s ability to play full time and be successful it is definetily me. Id take Melky over him anyday. Just liked the guy, sucks that he’s gone.

    Maybe the Yankees pull another trade or sign someone to a cheap deal to take over in left/right field. Hinske? Maybe Derosa if hes willing to come cheaply. Just cant imagine the Yankees sticking with Gardner and Hoffman in left field. If Gardner/Hoffman are stuck in the left field then i wish them the best. Either way I wish Melky a lot of success in the NL.

    • Andrew

      yea same i’d rather have traded Gardner.

      • vin

        And you probably would’ve gotten less in return.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      I still can’t believe people are confident in Gardy being an effective hitter on the ML level. Maybe he will be, but pitchers will figure him out if he continues to carelessly slap at the ball or stare at three consecutive pitches down the middle.

      Prove my semi-rational hatred of you incorrect, Gardner.

      • Esteban

        I’m with you

        • dalelama

          Me too Gardner stinks…….

        • dalelama

          How come Carlos Delgado is never mentioned as a leftfield FA replacement ? Too expensive ? Poor Defense ?

          • Keanu Reeves

            Really?

  • TJ

    Sucks to see him go. Glad he got a WS ring out of his time with the Yankees.

    He should do well in the NL East.

  • Jake H

    While Melky had his moments his career OPS+ was 88, his WAR over the last 4 years is 3.9. Now He did contribute 14.1 million in value and only cost the Yanks 2.3 million.

  • Charlie

    i know we’ve been giving up a lot of young players, but if one of them will be stuck in the pen, I’d personally want to trade joba or hughes. i’m not really sure for what, but unless they’re gonna start in AAA, which they seemingly wont be, then they are more valuable as trade bait

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    I wish I could see/hear first hand what exactly Cash said.

    • Teix is the Man

      I have the full dialouge…READ ABOUT IT ON MY BLOG!!!
      I keed I keed

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        /Sam’d

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He mentioned Melvin 2 or 3 times in the interview!

      • Steve H

        Is Melvin like mryankee, if you say his name 3x he’ll appear?

        /quietly says Melvin 3x and crosses fingers

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          hahaha

  • Andrew

    man i really wish we traded someone other than arodys. from what i hear the kid really has upside. plus a 96 mph fb at 18.

    • Jake H

      He touched 96. Sits mostly 90-93. Keep in mind he will be 19 and will start in Low A. Also he had a balky back last year. His innings high was 44. Now I’m sure he got some innings in instructional league and such but he is pretty far away.

      Also his change up is very far from even being average. A plus to stay in the rotation.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Oye mama huevos.

    Nothing will beat that.

    EVER.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Just wait until Brett legs out a triple, looks over at the bench, and yells, “Yeah. Fantastic, a triple. I’m really happy! C’mon fellas, let’s play the best that we can!”

      It’s going to be awesome.

      • Klemy

        TCWA.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        I was so excited to read that I put down my Yeates poetry book and monocle. Oh boy, oh boy, oh yes. This is thrilling.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I imagine that I will be watching the game, drinking milk, enjoying a piece of warm apple pie, a little Michael Buble’ playing in the backround, cheering vociferously, “Way to go, Brett. You have indeed achieved a three-bagger. How exciting!!”

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Shh…all these loud noises may awaken my penis.

            *Cue the Michael Bolton**

  • ultimate913

    I am dissapointed, Mike. How could you not post the pic of Melky riding Kurt Suzuki?

    • Evil Empire

      You’ll have to wait until RAB After Midnight launches for those kinds of pics.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        IETC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Where’s the shirtless Melky trying to get Mary Carey to put down the camera?

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Shit, did we trade away rights to make Mary Carey jokes too?

        (Melky is probably going to be seeing a lot less porn stars as a Brave than he did as a Yankee.)

  • Evil Empire

    Melky is a good guy, it’ll be fun to see how he does as a Brave, probably batting a bit higher in the lineup.

    I’ll be forever grateful that he somehow managed to become the centerpiece of a trade for Javy Vazquez. He must’ve been doing something right.

    He really should improve next year though, probably have one more spike in power. But I doubt this trade is ever regretted by the Yankees, JV is a fucking awesome middle of the rotation guy and will contribute way more to the team in 2010 than Melky would’ve.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Yeah, I’ll be following a few ex-Yankees on other teams next year. I’ll be rooting for Melky, IPK and A-Jax to all do well.

      Phil Coke . . . . is someone I’m eagerly awaiting the Yanks having a chance to hit against. Preferably late in a game where they’re down a run or two.

  • joemomma

    gardner should have left =[

    melk has more power, better arm and semi clutch

    gardner is just speed =[

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Anyone else think Cano will have a huge year without Melky keeping him out all night?

    BTW-Can’t wait for TMZsports. That should be fun.

    • Tom Zig

      those jerks stole my initials again

    • Salty Buggah

      Meh, I dont think Melky’s departure will have much to do with Cano’s performance. If anything, he will struggle due to depression

      (obviously I’m kidding in the 2nd sentence.

    • Evil Empire

      I do think Cano will have a huge year, but I don’t think it has anything to do with Melky one way or the other. It has to do with Robinson Cano being, y’know, really good at baseball.

    • johnny

      yup. because a 27 year old with a shit ton of money can’t go out partying in NYC without a sidekick.

  • Victoria

    Great pictures. I especially love the ones where he’s sticking his tongue out (I didn’t know that was his thing…) and when he’s walking arm-in-arm with A-Rod. Adorable. The trade makes a lot of sense for the Yanks, but I’ll miss Melky for the almost child-like enthusiasm that he and the other young guys brought to the team especially in ’09–I think he helped make the fans more enthusiastic too and just made the game more fun to watch all around.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      I especially love the ones where he’s sticking his tongue out (I didn’t know that was his thing…)

      My guess is he stuck his tongue out not out of excitement or the thrill of the moment, but rather, because of his perplexing relationship with Mary Carey. It’s likely that some bacteria had settled on the region, occasionally forcing Melky to cool it with the soothing, semi-polluted breezes of the NY metro area.

      Also, “child-like enthusiasm” can land you in jail in some cases. Take my word for it.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Also, “child-like enthusiasm” can land you in jail in some cases. Take my word for it.

        It can get you a job on the Vikings too.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Or a date with a Norwegian woman who smells of petrified shark.

  • pete

    Truly the ideal 4th outfielder – average offensively and defensively in center, passable offensive fill-in for right or left, great D in left, good enough arm and speed to play great D in right (though UZR says he has not, thus far). Fun guy to watch, presumably fun guy to have on the team. I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever plays in the Stadium again, I’d bet he gets as big a cheer as anyone ever has. I’m very happy he won a world series with us.

    Now on to more important matters…who are they getting for left and WHY? 1-8 is great offensively, Gardmann plays great defense and can hit at least at replacement level, and probably closer to league average, and gardner has great speed on the basepaths. I really don’t think that there is a better all-around solution (incorporating fiscal considerations, of course) than that combination for LF right now. All of the potential acquisitions seem to have cons that are at least equal to the pros:

    DeRosa: defensive downgrade, marginal offensive upgrade (when baserunning/stealing is considered), more expensive, costs money and player(s)

    Dye: big offensive upgrade, bigger defensive downgrade. Dye is, at this point, purely a DH. Considering him anything else would be absurd.

    Damon: huge offensive upgrade, big defensive downgrade, huge increase in fiscal commitment (regardless of what his price comes down to, it will be wayyy above Gardner+Hoffman, and almost certainly include 2 years), likely to experience drastic decline in road stats soon

    Holliday: simply too much money. of course we don’t know how much the yanks are willing to spend, but adding matt holliday would put them over $210 for sure for 2010, and the long-term contract would hurt them in the future. cash has also suggested on numerous occasions that he will not be inking Holliday

    Bay: same as holliday, except he, unlike holliday, is unlikely to even come close to being worth the money he gets. and again, cash has basically said no way

    I might be forgetting some guys, but on that list, the only guy who represents a really significant upgrade is Holliday (Bay and Damon will both be much much better offensively, but they are also probably the two worst left-fielders in the game (at least of those who will actually play left field next year)), yet all of them require a bigger financial commitment than Hoffner. Why not take the moneyball approach and let your first 8 hitters do the talking while you simultaneously maximize the production you get from your pitching staff?

    Oh and picture this late-inning OF: Gardner-Granderson-Hoffmann…tantalizing. And hoffmann’s supposed to have a terrific arm, too. I love the additions of Granderson, Johnson, and Vazquez. And at this point I think I should just trust in Cashman. But it’s going to be hard for me to warm up to the idea of trading for Mark DeRosa when we have cheaper options in-house that can approximate his overall production. If by june neither of those guys is hitting a lick, then you make a trade. But right now there is no reason to believe that those guys can’t contribute.

    • Charlie

      Mark DeRosa is a FREE AGENT

      • pete

        oh. my bad. still not worth the money, imo

        • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

          No he’s not.

        • Charlie

          probably not. if his price came down to a one year deal though i’d go for that

          • pete

            my point was more along the lines of:
            1. Left field in YS is huge, so there is quite a bit of defensive value available there
            2. Gardner and Hoffmann are both exceptional defenders in Left
            3. DeRosa is not
            4. Gardner+Hoffmann+Girardi could feasibly amass a speed-adjusted wOBA+ 100
            5. Mark DeRosa’s likely speed-adjusted wOBA+ would be around 105, with a 110 best-case scenario
            6. Therefore, all things considered, Gardner+Hoffmann = DeRosa, production-wise, and that’s being conservative.

            Adding DeRosa could certainly strengthen the team, but only if he is viewed (and therefore payed) as a super-sub, melky-esque player. There is no way that DeRosa should be the “pencil-in” LFer for 2010, when the yankees have Gardner and Hoffmann on the team already.

            • DP

              Cliff notes: always better than the original.

    • Teix is the Man

      DeRosa is a free agent.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Mark DeRosa eats pine cones.

  • ADam

    I am going to miss the melk mans antics… however we sold high and got a terrific starting pitcher… He Earned a lot of my respect as a fan when he went down to winter and worked on his game and won the CF job back…. God Speed Leche…..

  • Jake K.

    Let me preface this by saying I think the Yankees “won” both the Granderson and Vazquez trades and that I like the Nick Johnson signing. That said, though, I wonder if this was the right strategy for the offseason.

    Essentially, the Yanks lost Matsui, Damon, Melky, Coke, Dunn, IPK, Ajax and Arodys.

    And we added Granderson, Vazquez and Johnson.

    Seems like we improved our outfield defense, potentially downgraded our offensive production from CF and LF (depending on where Gardner plays), we lost a couple useful but ultimately replaceable relief pitchers, and our farm system took a major hit.

    Couldn’t the Yankees be just as strong today by having resigned Damon, one of Matsui or Johnson, and signed Sheets or Duchscherer? That wouldn’t have hurt our long-term flexibility, would have kept our payroll in the same range, and would have left our farm system in much better shape.

    So while I think Cashman is to be commended on these trades in vacuum, I’m not convinced trading was the way to go this offseason. Curious what people think.

    • Charlie

      well said, and i agree for the most part. we did give up a shitload this offseason but we did get some good players. But i would have been more than fine with what you proposed though.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      We added Logan as well.

      • Jake K.

        Not sure that’s a good thing. Last year: 4.7 BB/9, 5.2 K/9. Yikes.

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          Eh. That was 17 innings.

          He can work on it in AAA.

          • Chris

            I saw someone say they think he’s out of options. I have no idea if this is true or not.

    • Tank the Frank

      This isn’t entirely correct.

      The Yankees also added Jamie Hoffman and Boone Logan.

      Now, while Melky has a huge edge in MLB SS, for all intents and purposes, Jamie Hoffman = Melky Cabrera. A fringe starting/4th outfielder. In fact, Hoffman should have the edge in overall athleticism, speed and defense. Be that as it may, Hoffman cancels out Melky.

      Boone Logan = Phil Coke. Again, Coke has the edge in MLB numbers, but it seems his past franchises foolishly allowed him to pitch to far too many RHB; a mistake the Yankees will not make. They both sport a fastball in the low 90’s touching 95mph or so with a good slider as their out pitch. Logan cancels out Coke.

      Some were enamored with Dunn, and though the velocity was intriguing, I was not one of those people. His BB/9 was just too much for my liking….waaaay too much. Whether he put it together in the next couple of seasons or not, he is the definition of and expendable bullpen arm; easily replaceable.

      So when we look at it this way (as I believe we should), it looks more like this:

      Yankees lose – Matsui, Damon, Ajax, IPK, Arodys.
      Yankees added – Granderson, Vazquez, Johnson.

      Granderson > Damon & Ajax
      Vazquez > IPK & Arodys
      Johnson > or = Matsui

    • Evil Empire

      If the team stopped making moves today, here’s how I’d think of the overall changes the team made:

      Starting pitching: Upgraded in both quality of top 5 starters and quality of depth (assuming Hughes is your #6 and there is willingness to convert him from a reliever to a starter if there is need more than just a spot start)

      Offense: Push. I think the 2010 versions of Granderson and Nick
      Johnson will outproduce the 2010 versions of Matui and Damon, but there’s a negative difference in what Gardner/Hoffmann will give you compared to Melky.

      Defense: Upgraded. As it stands right now, Gardner-Graderson-Swish will be the best defensive outfield I can remember this team having in a long time. Nick Johnson gives you a smidge of flexibility since he plays a good 1B, but so does Nick Swisher so its almost irrelevant

      In regards to the farm, meh. We saved almost all of our best prospects. Its the Yankees, they don’t need all of their good prospects and don’t have enough roster space for if they all pan out … some of them are destined to be traded. A-Jax was one of the main pieces that got you Granderson, so I mean, fuckin’ A, right? IPK was the other main piece and he was the most painful one to lose in that deal but still, he’d end up being no less than #7 in the rotation depth this year as you look at it in the light of Vazquez deal. Plus you’ve got Nova/Z-Mac as other near ML-ready pieces that could very well be just as good or better than IPK. So fuck it. It was worth it for the huge upgrade Granderson represents.

      For Vazquez vs Sheets, there’s a decent argument to be had that Sheets was the better bet, but I agree with the move. We got Vazquez for CHEAP trade-wise, and if there’s one thing Vazquez is not, its a gamble. He will give his team 200 IP+ and 175+ Ks every year. He will also give you two nice draft picks when he hits FA as a Type A. He peripherals suggest he could very well be better than AJ or Pettitte next year.

      • Tank the Frank

        A-Jax was one of the main pieces that got you Granderson, so I mean, fuckin’ A, right? IPK was the other main piece and he was the most painful one to lose in that deal but still, he’d end up being no less than #7 in the rotation depth this year as you look at it in the light of Vazquez deal.

        This. Although IPK maaaaybe would have made it into the Yankees rotation some day…it’s not likely. He was trade bait all along.

        I’m of the opinion that the Yankees are trying to draft and develop top-of-the-rotation pitchers. See Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Betances and even Cole; although they didn’t sign him. He would be a stud in our system right now IMO. Everyone else is just trade bait to land, well, a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, or perhaps a bat at a premium position. See McCutchen, Karstens, Ohlendorf, IPK, Coke, Dunn etc. All of those guys are expendable back-end starters or relievers. They never would have factored into the Yankees plans the way they are doing business. Arodys is the only guy in recent memory that had top of the line stuff.

    • bonestock94

      Well, there is a big assumption here that Damon and Matsui will produce as much as they did this past season. We were all basically expecting Matsui to have a stint on the DL last offseason, but we lucked out. Damon wants the same amount of money that he got 4 years ago despite his horrific defense.

  • claybeez

    Great tribute to Lechecito. An ideal choice considering that the RAB community has probably discussed Melky more than any current Yankee.

    I’m definitely saddened to see him go, weaknesses and all. Kid brought a lot of good energy. From robbing Manny to the walkoffs, he sure brought excitement to the team and stands. I was looking forward to seeing him try and define himself as the every day LF. Hopefully, he gets that chance with the Braves or wherever he ends up.

    Good luck Melky!

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Current Lineup

    1-Jeter
    2-Johnson
    3-Tex
    4-A-Rod
    5-Posada
    6-Cano
    7-Swisher
    8-Granderson
    9-Gardner

    Is Gardner really that big of an issue? Does anyone care if he hits with the rest of that lineup? Since he’s a better defensive CF than Grandy, you could simply have Gardy play CF and Grandy play LF and be better defensively and still have the same lineup, a lineup which is clearly the best in all of Baseball.

    Put another way, for the people who are worried about Left Field, if we were to sign Holliday/Bay or even bring back Johnny Damon that would mean CURTIS GRANDERSON would be our #9 HITTER!

    • Teix is the Man

      This

    • Charlie

      i’ll be fine with it if gardner is in center. I think that’s a big point though. You’ve got to utilize his defense to the fullest if you wanna get value out of him.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      The goal of every team should be having a 25-man roster resembling that of a video game. WE WILL DRINK THEIR BLOOD!!!

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Tell me about it. Can’t wait until we play the Washington Generals again.

    • pete

      there’s really no way of knowing at this point (from our standpoints as fans, that is) if gardner is in fact a better defender than granderson in center or if that is a product of small sample sizes and year-to-year fluctuation. We also have no idea if granderson is as good a LFer as he is a RFer, whereas we know that Gardner plays a superb defensive left field. It’s not unreasonable to assume he would be, but I’m quite comfortable letting the coaches/scouts make that call. Remember there is a lot of defensive value in LF in yankee stadium though, as it is such a big left field. This isn’t Fenway.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Left Fielders on Late 90s championship teams

      1996-Gerald Williams
      1998-Chad Curtis
      1999-Ricky LeDee
      2000-Ricky LeDee
      2001-Chuck Knobloch (who was finished)

      Don’t need an All Star at every position. The 98 team was one of the best teams that ever played.

      • Chris

        Not to nitpick, but I don’t believe the 2001 teams was a championship team. Although I have no recollection of game 7 that year so I’m not sure.

    • Tank the Frank

      Is Gardner really that big of an issue? Does anyone care if he hits with the rest of that lineup?

      No.

      In fact, I’m excited to see what the kid does with this opportunity. Some times that’s all it takes. At the very least we’ll see about a dozen Web Gems or so. Also, (this point has already been made) an average or slightly above average outfielder should be relatively easy to get during the season should Gardner flunk out.

    • Evil Empire

      If Gardner can keep puttin’ up them purdy UZR #s, get on base 33% of the time, and have a SB success rate of 85% or higher, I will be happy.

      But I’d like to see how Hoffmann does, too. He looks like he could be the more well-rounded player based on the prospect profile.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Remember Melky riding Kurt Suzuki?

    http://nimg.sulekha.com/Sports.....-40-22.jpg

    • Chris

      Is that Kurt Suzuki or Mary Carey?

  • Mike HC

    Nice tribute. He will fit in nicely with the NL. Maybe even thrive. Wish him best of luck.

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

    IPK and Melky are gone! No more trade proposals with them! At least each of them separately got us something to help out the team.

    • vin

      Good point. I wonder who will be the next “Melky + IPK.”

      Early favorite: Pena + Nova.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Gardner + Zmac.

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          Russo+Gardner

          • A.D.

            Russo + Z-Mac.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          +1

        • vin

          That would probably land a Smoak-type bat.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            I want some of that shit that you’re Smoakin.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Miranda+Gardner OR Hasselhoff + Mario Van Peebles.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Carmen Miranda and Eva Gardner?

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            You’re right—Van Peebles and ‘The Hoff’ make more sense. Seagall and CoJo Multi-Pass?

  • Alex S

    Melky Cabrera is the Piano Man

  • Muel

    As someone who never liked melky, these photos make me appreciate the man as I haven’t before.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      How do you feel about Grit Gardner?

      • Muel

        I love grit gridner.

    • Bryan

      What are the chances that including Vizcaino is a precursor to the Yankees outbidding everyone for Chapman?

  • Steve H

    Question for all of the “we should have traded Gardy” people:

    Don’t you realize the Braves probably preferred Melky, as opposed to the Yankees preferring to keep Gardner?

    • Accent Shallow

      Just show them their UZRs, Gardner is obviously the better player!

      /joking
      //defensive statistics as religion

    • A.D.

      Yup they “have always liked Melky”

      Basically if you buy into Melky having more potential left, then he’s the better guy. If you think they are what they are, Gardner is probably the better 4th outfielder because of the speed & defense boost.

  • http://theyankeemanager.blogspot.com/ Francis Isberto

    Melky Cabrera would be miss but not that much. Remember that the Yankees acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and they still got Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher. newly draft Jamie Hoffman can also compete in the outfield spot.
    The Yankees can still look on the free agent pool to fill the hole vacated by Melky. Johnny Damon and Mark DeRosa are rumored to fill that spot.

    And lets not forget that the Yankees got a good starting pitcher in Javier Vazquez. Their starting rotation is now complete.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Sister is number four prostitute in all of Kazakhstan! Yeeeeeeeees!

  • Accent Shallow

    Minor point: not thrilled about losing both Coke and Dunn — I’d much rather have either of them than Logan or Kroenke as the second lefty in the pen or in AAA.

    Of course, I doubt Detroit would want Kroenke over Coke, and I’m assuming Melky + Vizcaino isn’t enough to get Home Run Javy.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Kroenke was Rule V selected by the D-Backs.

      • Accent Shallow

        Oh, good.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Manny Banny will fly through the system Joba-style and be our Lefty specialist by late-August.

      • http://pix.motivatedphotos.com/2009/5/13/633777941667220230-baseballplayers.jpg Keanu Reeves

        That’d be kinda sick.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Mexican Lightning, baby.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Hah. You’re kidding, right?

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Hah. You’re kidding, right?

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Rest of AL East should just give up now

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....-up-122209

    I take it Ken likes the Yankee off season thus far.

    • Evil Empire

      “He had an ERA of nearly 7.00 after the All-Star Game that year and was brutal in the playoffs, but the Yankees were not discouraged by the relatively small sample. ”

      ROSENTHAL USES THE SSS ARGUMENT?

      :::head explodes:::

    • pete

      Baltimore and Toronto, sure. Tampa? no

      Are the yankees absolutely sick on paper right now? yes
      Are the Sox almost as good on paper right now? yes

      But consider tampa’s rotation: Shields, Garza, Neimann, Sonnanstine, Price, Hellickson, Davis, McGee. Not at all a guarantee, but damn, there’s some serious upside there, and while there’s no legit “ace” on that staff (as of now, anyway), the lack of dropoff from 1-8 is insane. Basically, the rays will not be significantly affected by any injuries they suffer to their starting rotation. But yeah, it sucks to be toronto or baltimore right now.

    • Tank the Frank

      You should read ESPN. They’re still neck deep up Red Sox Nation’s ass.

      I love the poll questions. Today’s is/was: Which AL East contender landed the better pitcher?
      – Yankees: Javy Vazquez
      – Red Sox: John Lackey

      They had a poll up before the Nick Johnson signing that went a little something like this: Which team has had the better offseason?
      – Yankees: Curtis Granderson
      – Red Sox: John Lackey, Mike Cameron

      Obviously, in both cases, voters chose the Red Sox (although the pitching question is debatable). I sure as hell don’t see a “Which team has had the better offseason” question now that they Yankees have picked up Johnson and Vazquez. I love how they pick and choose which questions to ask and when in order to get the response they’re looking for.

      It doesn’t matter I guess, the Yankees have RAPED this offseason and continue to dominate baseball.

      /ESPN rant over

      • Zack

        Jerry Crasnick said on the 6pm Sportscenter that Red Sox STILL have a better rotation than the Yankees. Because they have THREE #1s while Yankees only have CC. But then he said that Lackey has to show he can provide more than 170IP and DiceK needs to be healthy all year. So basically he admits that Red Sox dont have the better rotation..

        /ESPN rant continued a little bit

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

          I agree with Crasnick. I think that’s exactly right. THe Sox rotation is better, but 3 of the 5 have serious injury concerns. If they miss time and the Yankee rotation stays healthy, then the Yanks should outperform them in the regular season. But in a short postseason series, they’ll have an edge most of the time.

    • Tank the Frank

      But I guarantee you, their outfield next season will not be Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner.

      Meh, not so fast you little munchkin.

      • pete

        I won’t guarantee that it will, but I personally believe that that would be the best option.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    I’ve been against signing Holliday for a while now. Mainly because of the 5+ year deal that would be involved. Every time I warm up to the thought of signing him, I look at his Home/Away splits and laugh.

    351/420/632

    284/353/454

    Those are two vastly different players that share the same name…

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Plus, it’s smart to leave LF open with some of the aging players on this team like Jeter and Alex. Provides a landing spot if/when they can’t play the infield anymore. Montero’s a possibility out there as well, though he’ll probably get traded if he cant stick at Catcher. 1B is a more natural move.

      • A.D.

        I doubt Montero is traded, if he hasn’t been this offseason, the Yanks probably hold onto him, unless something happens. If he doesn’t stick at catcher he’s still a special bat, at any position, so we’ll see him at 1b/dh/lf. When you see him in videos he doesn’t look like a non athlete, thus hopefully he could hold out at LF for awhile, after all Miguel Cabrera did (although not that good of one).

    • Evil Empire

      I’d like to see Holliday signed, but pretty sure the Yankees will not sign him due to payroll issues.

      And also the team is really fucking stacked as it is.

      • pete

        this.
        for 2010, this team+matt holliday would win 115 games. But there is absolutely no need to win 115 games. I’d rather win 95-100 every year for the next six years that we aren’t under contract to a declining matt holliday for.

        • Evil Empire

          I actually think he’d be an awesome pick up and be good for an entire 5 year deal. I don’t see many better long term options for LF than Matty H in the next few years.

          But he just doesn’t fit into the budget. So, oh well.

          • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

            Still. His splits are telling.

        • Tom Zig

          Yeah uh I think the world would explode if we signed Holliday

          • Camilo Gerardo

            true, but him on a 5 year ~90 mil deal is a bargain, regardless of silver bullet splits and whatnot

            • Crazy Eyes Killa

              this

    • Chris

      Here are his 2009 Home/Road splits:

      Home: .326/.408/.574
      Away: .299/.379/.451

      Considering that he played no home games in Coors in 2009, I wonder what causes the severe splits.

      The other thing to consider with Holliday is that he plays very good defense in LF.

  • Dela G

    i’m gonna miss melky

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Where the eff have you been, Dela?

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

        Probably off having a life. Loser.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Hah. Sure, he’s in college partying, bringing sorority sluts over and looking forward to the rest of his life. I’m moving my sister out of her apartment and stealing her roommates’ panties, drinking whiskey with my cat, toiling for ok money, and commenting on a Yankees blog.

          Let’s call it a draw.

          • Tank the Frank

            Fuego.

  • Tank the Frank

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipy58SaIRhs (NSFW)

    I cried when I saw this…and then I said YASSHEAH!!
    Sorry in advance to any Creed fans this may offend.

  • RickRoneRonneRonnRon
  • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

    Oh, Leche.

    • Salty Buggah

      You know how I asked why you linked to the Olney article last night? I got it today. My internet was slow (and I was impatient) last night so it didn’t take me to the selected comment so my bad.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

        Hehe, that’s what I figured.

  • Chris G.

    I’m surprised no one’s posted this little gem, which will always be my lasting image of the Melk man:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TmtpcgRv7k

    Also, where’s the shot of him stealing that homer from Manny while Damon watches?

    • Scooter

      Here’s the video of Melky stealing a HR from Manny.
      Go to the link “Melky robs Manny” in this piece:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      There is a shot of that play up there. I mentioned it in the first comment of this thread. It was awesome.

  • Teix is the Man

    Does anyone think that Hughes and Joba will be getting starts next season? I sure hope so.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      Yes. Hopefully, they both will. Have one of them–preferably Joba–start ’10 in the rotation and have Hughes start in the rotation at SWB, building himself up so he doesn’t get set back a year. Again.

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

      I really hope so. Whoever is in the bullpen should be the 6th starter unlike last year.

  • nycornerstones

    sign rocco bald deli

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      He does hit lefties pretty well.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        He also has scurvy. Pass.

        • pete

          and polio, cancer, and lupus. He’s usually bedridden with at least two of those.

    • whozat

      The problem isn’t that he needs days off, it’s that you never really know when he’s going to need a day off. You kinda need a guy that can answer the bell whenever you call…

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Not the worst idea I’ve read. The Yankees can always rent him out as a Luke Wilson impersonator for parties.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Next step: find a map.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    I’m going to miss the littlest Melkman but the Yankees must be strong and try to thrive in his absence.

    Oh, and IPK is now bitter that he didn’t get a RAB pictorial sendoff.

    Craziest comment on the trade I’ve read so far: “I’d give up Joba ten times over instead of Melky. Hands down.” All I could do reading it was cry laugh.

  • mike jones

    I kinda wish they swapped melky with gardner and threw in another prospect instead

    • Tom Zig

      yeah I wish we traded for Eric Wordekemper for Pujols.

  • Bay or Holliday

    Here’s some Washington post cvoerage of the Tex drama last year
    http://voices.washingtonpost.c…..ht_be.html
    My fav part: (Oh boo-hoo that Melky is gone, hello another free agent signing)
    “I have been told the Yankees can’t afford both Sabathia and Teixeira (together, they could cost upwards of $300 million) — which is one reason they made a pre-emptive strike by trading for Nick Swisher, whom they would be happy to have as their regular first baseman next season. But maybe they could afford Derek Lowe and Teixeira, or A.J. Burnett and Teixeira. In other words, if Sabathia chooses to go somewhere else, it is entirely possible the Yankees could seek to use that money to upgrade their offense. Hello, Mark Teixeira. This, at least, is Boras’s dream scenario.”
    Little did they know that the dream scenario for the Yanks would be to sign as they did. The article was trying to figure out how much the Yanks could afford and what combo they would go for. In other words, the Yanks do whatever the hell they want when they want.
    The Yanks don’t look to this rag of a blog or any other A-hole on here to determine what they will or won’t do. They get the players they want if they can and don’t care what the public thinks. Good! They will continue to do this and so get ready for more. So, the shopping list for the Yanks looks like this (nice credit card they get to use by the way, the Bank of Yankee Gold Card)
    SP (Yes, we always could use more, Yawn I’m Booooored again)
    Aroldis Chapman (he’s theirs if they want him. If he’s as good as they say, they’ll get him)
    Perhaps Sheets? Don’t know depends on how much they value him or think that Joba will do. Maybe they keep Joba or deal him for an OF.
    Assuming they don’t just sign Holliday or Bay of course. Maybe they sign Johnny Damon.
    Personally, I think (and that’s all any of us can do, even you know-it-alls that know nothing but will claim to know- BUT DON’T) I think the Yanks will:
    Sign Chapman (who we will see in make spot starts in August, he IS that good)
    Keep Joba for the number 5 (who also IS that good and will do great with a year under his belt)
    Grab Bay to Play LF
    Keep Hughes as the #8 and
    Re sign Jerry Hariston Jr. (as they should)
    Out of money they say?
    HA
    HA HA
    HA
    I Say!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Do you take apart toasters and computers when you can’t sleep?

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      You may as well have written that in hieroglyphics. Absolutely unreadable.

      • Bay or Holliday

        To a schmuck like you, it would be.

        • Tom Zig

          no personal attacks

          kthxbai

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Heythere,
          iHave feelings you
          know. D
          ont be so
          Mean (yes my frail eg
          o will be irrevocably broken)
          SAD
          SAD
          I SAY
          ALL DAY
          YOU MAKE ME
          SAD
          I SAY!

          • Bay or Holliday

            Looks like you read the post above just fine. Congrats! Glad the message was received. Merry X-mas.

            Suppose you don’t understand sarcasm either? Punks usually don’t.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

              He was just fucking with you. Calm down.

              • Bay or Holliday

                The goddamn post came out all jacked. Blame the fuckers that designed this site.

                • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

                  Seriously. Relax.

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

                  Dude it was a joke. Good or bad, it was a joke. No need for insult laden tirades.

                • V

                  Wow. You have issues Mr. BoH.

                • Keanu Reeves

                  Was it all jacked up on Mountain Dew?

            • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

              I was attracted to the Caps Lock Fun Zone of your stirring, poetic closing note. It really stood out! And I figured imitation really is the most sincere form of flattery, so I should respect your work as such.

              Calling me a punk? Should I get off your lawn while I’m at it?

              • Keanu Reeves

                This whole sequence was just masterful work by JMK.

                • Steve H

                  Business as usual for the overshare.

          • Tank the Frank

            Dude… you are on fire tonight! Not just this thread but this whole post. En fuego.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      Grab Bay to Play LF

      No gracias. I’d rather way overpay for Holliday than get Bay.

      • Bay or Holliday

        Fair opinion. I’m looking at the power numbers. I like Bay hitting behind Arod. A 3-4-5 of Tex, AROD, Bay would be nice.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

          A 3-4-5 of Tex-A-Rod-Holliday would be better and Holliday can actually play defense.

        • Chris

          The real issue isn’t hitting. The difference between Bay and Holliday is that Holliday actually catches balls hit to LF.

          • Bay or Holliday

            The playoffs demonstrated that

            • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

              Yes because one play should totally be how a player is judged. I guess Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins may as well not bother playing the field anymore.

            • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

              Holliday has a career UZR150 of 6.9 and it was 6.0 last year. Bay? -7.9 career, -10.2 last year.

              Holliday >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bay in the field.

              I hope they don’t sign either of them (too many long-term deals destroy roster flexibility), but if they have to sign one, it should be Holliday.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              SSS AHOY!

              But how many times has Bay even come close to catching a ball with his nuts? Holliday has skillz that Bay can’t even comprehend.

              • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

                In terms of fielding, my dead cat has more skill than Jason Bay.

  • nycornerstones

    am i right when i say the milkman was the heart of the yankee clubhouse ? could cashman atually have made too many moves here? imean if its not broken dont fix it chemistrys been toyed with here thanks for hustle milkman!!!!

    • Bay or Holliday

      No, I don’t think you are correct. My opinion. Winning=chemistry. A lot of guys can really like each other and still suck.

      • Tom Zig

        and a lot of guys can hate each other and do really well.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Melky’s chemistry only won a World Series in one of his four full years on the team. That’s a WC/WS rate of .250. Not too shabby but the Yankees can afford to lose that production in favor of acquiring Vazquez.

  • A.D.

    Why no reports of any news off the MLB Hot Stove Cash appearance?

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Only a few people saw it I guess.

  • Tom Zig

    The Mets countered our acquisition of Javier Vazquez by signing R.A. Dickey…be afraid, be very afraid!

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

      A rotation that included Johnson, Wang and Dickey would have to go into the double entendre hall of fame.

      • ecksodia

        I lol’ed.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I got all my final grades today. I finished my Data Structures class with an 89.62 and my professor gave a B+. Words cannot describe how much I dislike that man right now.

    • Tom Zig

      kick ‘em in the dick!

    • Bay or Holliday

      Should have studied harder.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      Rounding fail!

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      I’m a TA, and the professor and I today bumped up someone who fell a full point short. You need to switch into our class.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

    So one of the women at my work tonight was convinced hamsters don’t have bones.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      She better be a 9.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      What was her logic?

      In the interest of gender equality, I once met a guy who thought every person had the same size bones. He got very confused when I confronted him about length.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Zing!

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

        What was her logic?

        “I thought they were squishy.”

  • dalelama

    It has to be unusual for a World Series winner to dump three non pitching starters in the following offseason. I wonder when that last happened ? Also how come no mention of Carlos Delgado as left field replacement ? Too expensive ? Horrible Defense ?

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      He hasn’t played in the outfield since he was 24, hombre.

    • Keanu Reeves

      I don’t know ? Maybe because he hasn’t played outfield since 1995 ? Or that he had hip surgery last year ?

  • The 19th Century Short Porch

    Is anyone else concerned about the Nick Johnson signing? I was thinking about how quick these other deals became official Andy/Grandy/Vaz and because of that im worried there might have been something wrong with his physical. I hope not because he’s great for our lineup.

    • pete

      I’m assuming from this that he hasn’t yet signed. Didn’t know that. He very well could be on vacation or something.

  • Crazy Eyes Killa

    Gonna miss the MelkMan. It’s been a while that he’s been a regular on the NYY, the better part of 4 years. He may never have an above avg. bat at a corner, but he is a class individual. I sincerely hope he takes his game next level in the NL and scratches out a nice career.

  • http://deleted RollingWave

    man, that’s pretty much half of the 06-09 Yankee highlights. one can definately say that Vazquez is a dramatically less fun person than Cabrera.

  • DSFC

    Leche had more personality than game but he had his moments and contributed to a world champion. Whatever happens from here, no one can take that away from him. Hope he has the breakout season in Atlanta that eluded him as a Yankee.