Some Sunday morning links for your reading pleasure:
Here’s a good article about B.J. Upton and his reputation as a slacker. As Upton’s salary increases in arbitration and the Rays transition away from the Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena, at some point it’s a given Upton will be on the market. He has never quite become the superstar many predicted, he’s still a good player who will be just 26 next season. While I am happy with the outfield as is, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees see what they could get for Gardner in the offseason as they can sell high both on his performance and contract. If they believe he’s 100% legit maybe not, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Upton in pinstripes if a position in the OF opens up.
Wilson Betemit will forever be known to Yankee fans as the guy who got us Nick Swisher, but he has put together a solid season for himself. Once a big time prospect with the Braves (top 100 by Baseball America 4 years in a row, peaking at #8), Betemit has bounced around quite a bit but is still just 28. For some reason I was always a fan of Betemit and was thrilled when the Yankees got him. On the field he didn’t work out but clearly helped in trade. I hope he’s finally settled in and will go on to have a solid career.
A few weeks back John Sickels took a look at how his preseason Top 20 Yankee prospects have fared in 2010. He didn’t update his list, but just made some notes on how his list has fared. Needless to say, it’s a pretty promising read, especially considering some of the guys that weren’t in his Top 20 and how they have fared this year.
The latest Jim Callis chat (which I always miss since they are no longer at ESPN) has some good Yankee nuggets as well as some overall good questions and answers. I love the way he quickly dismisses the guy who wants to compare Freddie Freeman to Jesus Montero.