Unconfirmed Rumor: Yanks reach agreement with Baldelli (UPDATE: No they don’t)

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Update (11:23am): Cashman on the news: “That would be false.”

11:06am: Via Rocco Baldelli’s Facebook page, the Yankees have reached an agreement with the free agent outfielder. Joe wrote up the case for Baldelli earlier in the week, and of course it’ll all come down to his health. If he can stay on the field and produce in a platoon role, then there’s nothing not to like about this move.

We’re still looking for more confirmation on this, so don’t take it as gospel just yet. For all we know, that could be a fake page.

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  • Pasqua

    If true, I like it, though it’s a signing that definitely requires some foresight, as in “What do we do when he goes down?”…’cuz there’s a pretty good chance he’s going down. If they are keeping that in mind (obviously, they have to be) then I second the motion.

    • Zack

      Well you have Gardner/Hoffmann/Baldelli for LF and bench.
      You can sign another OF but only if they give Hoffmann back or make a trade and send him down. But they could sign Hairston- give them an OF option without clogging then bench because he would also be there backup IF.

      • Pasqua

        Right. I am presuming Baldelli will platoon with Gardner and that this move might preclude Hoffmann from being kept on the 25-man (not sure). Therefore, I imagine that they need to be thinking ahead in terms of a backup plan (b/c this move suggests that they may not want Gardner playing every day).

      • Barney

        Just look at the no-names you are tossing out as Yanks LF! And Granderson’s ‘brain cramps’ are going to haunt even worse than JD… esp without Melky for late inning LF guy… but the biggest haunting will come from Austin Jackson. Call ghostbusters !

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    You have to wonder about it since the Yankees have said they had 2 million left to spend.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Nice. He really should update his page a little more often, but whatevs. At least he has a picture up. *cough cough, Axisa*

  • SamVa

    Isn’t Baldelli a rabid Sox fan?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He’s a rabid “whoever pays me fan” more.

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

      So was Phil Hughes.

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

        Also, I want to say that it is Clay Buchholz, but I’m not totally sure of the current Red Sox starter that was once a Yankees fan.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I believe you are correct, Jamal.

        • Hobs

          nope. It was Lester.

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

            Jon Lester was a Yankee fan? He grew up in Washington. And not DC!

            That seems a little odd.

            • Hobs

              I swear I heard that somewhere from a reliable source around 2 yrs ago. Ill try to find it…

              • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                I wouldn’t call Calvin a reliable source.

                • Andy

                  Seriously, that’s the joke of the day.

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

        Jesus too if I recall.

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

          Yep, he was.

          P.S. And based on the events of 2004, I’d say both of them were at some point.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Jesus was tempted by evil, but he repented.

          • thurdonpaul

            ietcvm

  • Muel

    sweeeet

  • pete

    ok. should be intriguing…i can see him fitting a good month in somewhere, but that’s about all i’m willing to expect of him

  • andrew

    I would’ve preferred they wait on Damon’s price to continue falling. If they missed out on Baldelli by waiting for Damon, there were still other comparable options like Johnson and Tatis.

  • Hey ZZ

    How the hell did you guys find that? Tip from a reader?

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

      Yeah, someone sent it in.

      • radnom

        Probably the same guy who made the fake page.

        • radnom

          Actually, who ever it is has been working on this ruse a long ass time to throw in one false rumor now. Nice trolling.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Andy Kaufmanesque

  • pete

    actually, looking closer at that FB page, i’m not so sure about it. just doesn’t feel legit

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It’s on Facebook, it has to be legit.

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

      Yeah, I know. Hence the disclaimers.

  • JFH

    why even bother with baldelli? there is no big upside. if there were, the sox, who signed him for a bag of chips, would have kept him.

    • Slugger27

      though i dont agree with your sox argument, i agree with your overall point… i dont really get why everyone says baldelli is a “high upside” guy either

      the highest obp of his career is 344, and that was in 80 at bats… it seems to me even if everything goes right for him in 2010 and he stays healthy (which is an astronomical if), we should expect a 270/330/450 line… its not horrible for a platoon LFer but its certainly not “high upside”, and again, thats an optimistic triple slash

      • JFH

        sluggger, thx 4 the thoughtful response.

      • V

        .270/.330/.450 is AWESOME for a platoon LF bat.

        Take a gander at what your typical roleplayer puts up.

        You ain’t getting Damon on a 1 year $1M deal.

  • http://yankeegm.blogspot.com Yardisiak

    Looks like a fake page.

  • http://pendingpinstripes.net Greg F.

    If this is true, very nice scoop, Mike.

    • Zack

      It’s not, he just added a Cashman update

  • pat

    I really do not want to sign Rocco Baldelli.

    • john

      that sucks

      • pat

        I’m going to be peeved if Cashman doesn’t take my opinions into account.

  • Brian

    Wow, Cash is quick, huh?

    • Zack

      I heard he reads RAB, and posts under the name Bo, shhh

      • A.D.

        IETC

  • Mater of all Trades

    Cashman to the rescue!

  • john

    come on cashman get rocco baldelli

  • Peter

    hmmm….really RAB? just look at the freaking page…its fake as all get out.

    ..although i would not take Cash’s words as gospel either. i’m still under the impression that nick swisher is going to be the yankees 1st basemen. ;) he he

  • Brent

    Thank Jesus this is false.

  • Joey Time

    So happy that Yanks are not getting this guy…
    *that facebook page looked so fake….
    I say hold off and scoop up Damon for a nice discount… forget all these disasters and reclamation projects… Only quality for the Yanks

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      That page has about 3700 suckers on it.

      • Joey Time

        LOL, ignorance is bliss

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Ca$hmoney Trillionaire quote:

    ”We’re trying to assess our legitimate choices in the sandbox we’re playing in,”

    Doesn’t he mean “Bandbox”?

    /Gammons’d

    • Joey Time

      nice 1!

  • SVJ

    Thank the good Lord this is false.

    I cringed at the thought of Baldelli coming aboard.

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  • Joseph M

    What are they doing here? First Nick Johnson now Baldelli sign Pedro Martinez and we can put together an all disabled list team.

    Note to Cashman, please sign Damon before it’s too late.

    • crapula

      When will it be too late?

    • mike c

      you mean the mets?

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  • nycornerstone

    ROCCO USED TO KILL THE YANKS WHEN HE WAS A RAY ,HE NEEDS A CAN OF RED BULL BEFORE EACH GAME. ROCCO BALL!!!!!!

  • Steve B.

    Mike, please let us know when Reed Johnson signs with the Yankees…that’s the guy we should get.

  • pete luciano

    Reed Johnson is no Johnny Damon. Stop the nonsense with this platoon talk. The lefty bats way more than the righty anyway giving Gardner more bats than righty platoon player and Damon vs Gardner is not even worth wasting my breath on. Damon is cheap enough now, just sign him. PS Baldelli stinks, did nothing for Boston and will do nothing for NY. I’m also concerned we’re losing too much experience, remember the Yankees must perform in the playoffs and it’s not a good idea to have too many inexperienced players in key roles, ie Granderson, Nick Johnson, and now this inexperienced platoon. Damon’s a lousy fielder but solves many problems, hits leftys, hits in the clutch, helped the 1-2 punch at the top of the order, he makes sense now that he’s cheap.