Open Thread: Brian Cashman, ninja (or elf)


"Derek said he'll sign for 3/45 if you rappel down the side of the building." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

When he’s not busy chasing Cliff Lee or staring down Casey Close, Brian Cashman is a community man. He’s going to spend this upcoming weekend dressed up as an elf and rappelling down the 22-story Landmark Building as part of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District’s annual Heights and Lights event. He’ll be accompanied by local weatherman Rick Reichmuth and, of course, Santa Claus. The trio will make a practice run on Friday, then do the real thing at 4:30pm this Sunday. I assume Cash will then jump on the Steinbrenner’s G6 and head to Orlando for the Winter Meetings.

If you’re in the area and are going to the Heights and Lights events, snap some pictures and email them to us so we can post them on the site. Thanks in advance. Otherwise, here’s your open thread for the evening. The Knicks and Nets are playing each other in the Garden tonight, which is all we’ve got for Tri-State Area sports. Talk about whatever the hell you want, just be cool about it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. vin says:

    New favorite name, current player division:

  2. Squishy Jello Person says:

    Micheal Kay might wanna read this http://community.livejournal.c.....21905.html

  3. I sense a lot of Phil Rogers Specials* in our immediate future in the wake of the news that Grienke declaring the Yankees in play.

    (*He’s the new king of “your trade proposal sucks”.)

    • He’s the reigning and defending “Your Trade Proposal Sucks” champion, everyone’s favorite hit show!

      I’m sure we’ll see several people challenge him for the title this winter, though.

      • Dirty Pena says:

        I dunno, I suspect a large number of people who propose idiotic trades are the same idiots who are like “grenkey is too big of a headcase/girl/etc to be a true yankee!”

        • radnom says:

          I dunno, I suspect a large number of people who propose idiotic trades are the same idiots who are like “grenkey is too big of a headcase/girl/etc to be a true yankee!”

          Which is just as idiotic as people saying he’d be totally fine as a Yankee, and overcoming his mental illness means he has strong will. We have literally zero information (although medical information suggests that a recurrence of one of his conditions is as likely as it is not to happen) yet everyone here seems to jump on one side of the narrative with joy.

          Its an issue and risk, but it doesn’t mean he couldn’t succeed here (nor is there anything guaranteeing he wouldn’t flame out).

          My opinion is that he probably knows his mind best – if he is willing to come here then he must have it under control but don’t act as if this is a chicken little concern. Its a real condition.

          • Dirty Pena says:

            Of course it’s a real concern. I was talking more about the people who belittle him because of it and therefore will have no reason to consider trading for him.

  4. bexarama says:

    I only wish Brian Cashman would stop wasting time on these kind of things. Didn’t he see Ryan Theriot signed omg!!!!

  5. Jeter and Close are having a meeting right now… I hope it goes along the lines of Close saying that there are no serious bidders so they’ll have to take whatever the Yankees give them.

  6. bexarama says:

    the Yankees’ front office… is treating a report in Tuesday’s editions of the New York Daily News that Pettitte had received a feeler from Rangers president Nolan Ryan as a “total [bleeping] joke.”

    The report, since denied by Ryan to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, drew an irate reaction from a member of the Yankees’ hierarchy, who requested anonymity for fear of alienating Pettitte, who, the source said, has yet to inform the Yankees whether he will pitch in 2011.

    “Pettitte’s gonna pitch here or he’s gonna pitch nowhere,” said the source…

    As others have pointed out, it’s probably Randy Levine blabbing to the media again. But the fury of this amused me. It’s like it was me rambling on, or something!

  7. Reggie C. says:

    since i’m unfashionably late for the Greinke-likes-NY thread, i’ll put my 2 cents on this open thread.

    Cashman should only go hard for Greinke if the Lee signing doesn’t happen. Hopefully Lee makes a decision in the winter meetings and puts this board at ease (largely). Even if Pettitte retires, I can’t imagine Cashman would try to replace the loss with a Greinke trade. The need to pull that off just wouldnt be there with CC and Lee on board. It just isnt worth the cost.

    Brackman might be more than capable of contributing in the opener of 2012. Brackman might very well need just ONE more season before he’s ready to come in and be the #5 guy.

    Till then…WEBB on a one-year flier?

  8. Hughesus Christo says:

    Question, bros:

    If Troy Tulowitzki can get that contract today from the Rockies, how much would Troy Tulowitzki be worth on the FA market?

    At least 8/180, probably more.

    • Corporate Scum (Formerly Joe West's Music Career) says:

      Now? Dunno. 10 years in the future? 6/150.

    • bonestock94 says:

      Idk how many years, but I would bet 25M/yr.

      • Yup. 10/250M is reasonable. A 25 year old cornerstone SS who’s put up 19.0 bWAR over the past 4 years? A plus player both offensively and defensively who puts up a .300/30/100 in the Triple Crown stats, who hasn’t entered his prime yet? That’s probably the most valuable player since ARod hit the market a decade ago.

        The only real knock on him is that his numbers are Coors-inflated, but he’s still a stud who should easily best the recent Mauer and Tex deals (and better the Jeter deal from a year ago) and at least equal the first ARod contract (which was so big, it’s still an outlier).

        • Accent Shallow says:

          The only real knock on him is that his numbers are Coors-inflated

          Disagree. The Coors issue is a problem, but he’s shown he can hit on the road. I’d be more concerned with his injury issues, as such things tend to recur.

      • Bryan L says:

        8/190 in my opinion. I’d have a tough time giving him 10 years or over 200 million.

    • vin says:

      If he were a FA today (at age 26), he’d be a 10/210-230 kind of guy.

      He might be able to get more AAV with fewer years.

      His road splits would drive his price down a bit.

    • CS Yankee says:

      It would be years before he could go anywhere, therefore staying the face of the ballclub while taking all the risk of injuries/decline out is a smart move.

      Mauer, King Felix, Cano, etc. have all taken the that risk away while securing their futures at a discount to their actual market worth. In every case I believe it was the smart play, but to some the extreme money left on the table was a poor decision.

      For every Matt Holliday (that didn’t take the early $), there seems to be several that make the safe bet. Non-Boras clients though.

  9. vin says:

    Is it just me, or does this year seem to have an especially large class of quality relievers?

    Not a ton of huge names, but plenty of ability to go around:

    There will almost certainly be some useful relievers in this year’s bargain bin.

  10. bonestock94 says:

    Giants sign Tejada. I wish the hot stove woul…ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  11. bexarama says:

    A-Rod’s #7 on the Prime 9 3B.

  12. Dear Anthony Mason:

    You’re 43 years old now. We love you, bro, but it’s not cool to have your nickname shaved into the side of your haircut anymore.

    Knicks Fans

  13. As a light-skinned black man, I’d have a soft spot in my heart for the Nets for having the most high-yellow backcourt in the NBA in Farmar/Harris…

    … if they weren’t the Nets.

  14. S says:

    Honestly its crazy that people treat Greinke like he’s a leper because of his Social Anxiety Disorder. He has gone something far more stressful than a game, and came out all the better. Considering half the damn nation is on anti-depressants and/or anxiety the chances are very high that more than a few players and superstars are battling the same issues but aren’t saying anything unlike Greinke.

    No one says a single thing about addicts like Miguel Cabrera or Hamilton not being able to handle the spotlight. (an addict is always an addict, hence why no one is ever cured from an addiction) You don’t turn to drugs or booze because your happy, no people turn to those poisons because they are suffering from those same demons as Greinke is yet they weren’t strong enough to seek help.

    • You don’t turn to drugs or booze because you’re happy…


      • bonestock94 says:

        Yea, I thought it was pretty common for people to go down bad paths just from getting blasted at parties too often.

    • pat says:

      Alcoholism does not equal social anxiety disorder. I don’t understand what the two have to do with each other. Greinke isn’t addicted to anything

      • Alcoholism does not equal social anxiety disorder. I don’t understand what the two have to do with each other. Greinke isn’t addicted to anything


      • Furthermore, the comparison is inartful, because the reason nobody “says a single thing about addicts like Miguel Cabrera or Hamilton not being able to handle the spotlight” is because the drug or alcohol addictions they suffer(ed) with don’t necessarily have anything to do with a neurological anxiousness related to the spotlight.

        SAD does. SAD is a disorder involving anxiety in social situations. Drug and alcohol addition is not, it’s an addiction to a substance than can be manifested in any number of ways, none of which necessarily would theoretically impair a player’s ability to play baseball in pressure situations.

      • S says:

        but it does usually have an underlying cause of depression

    • nsalem says:

      If he came to New York I think the sicker elements of the MSM would be his problem rather than the fans. It’s really disheartening to see how low they have sunk. On the other hand, their inefficiency
      and irrelevance have facilitated the growth of great sites such as RAB. There is good in everything.

  15. That building is right near my intern school; I need to schedule an impromptu field trip.

  16. Steve H says:

    Tedy Bruschi breaking the #1 code of being a media member, admitting he was wrong.

    • ESPN 1050 was hilarious today. Hilariously bad.

      In the 2:00 hour, McDonald & Tierney gave Bruschi props for admitting that his earlier comments that Sanchez was a “frontrunner” and a poor leader were a mistake and too hasty, saying that it took a real man to publicly admit that his criticism was off the mark.

      In the 5:00 hour, during The Michael Kay Show, the station was running promos featuring Bruschi’s initial statements (the ones he has now-publicly retracted) that were critical of Sanchez, and basically challenging Jet fans to “shove it in Bruschi’s face!”.

      Same day.


      • Steve H says:

        Wow, that’s pretty awful.

      • jdogg says:

        it’s not like ESPN NY is running the Boomer and Carton show (what is Boomer thinking?)… and I thought Mike and Mike was bad. I turned Boomer and Carton on once and they were making chicken noises for like 5 minutes. it was ridiculous. Its got to be the worst sports show on radio

        Steve Somers is a ridiculous hater – his head shot on the WFAN website looks like its from the 70s.

        Jody McDonald is totally nuts, I wrote about him last August:

        I think Joe and Evan have the best show on radio; Mike Francesa’s show is also good, but not AS good.

  17. AJ says:

    Tejada signed, Jeter has no options left. Cashman smells blood.

  18. Esteban says:

    While I like Wilson Chandler overall, he’s missing just a little something from his game. He’s got some nice moves with the ball, but he’s just not talented enough to hit the shots in the positions that the moves get him into. Of course, if he were talented enough to hit those shots, he’d be Kobe Bryant.

  19. Esteban says:

    Raymond Felton is coming on strong and it’s awesome to see the chemistry that he and Amare are building.

  20. Esteban says:

    Which championship ring is Al Trautwig wearing?

  21. Steve H says:

    So Tejada’s 1/$6.5 sets the market for well past their prime statues at SS right? Give Jeter a week to sign, then pull it.

    • Reggie C. says:

      wow. aggressive much?

      let Dj come to you. he eventually must find a port to call home … once more.

      • Steve H says:

        Yeah, I probably really wouldn’t pull the offer anytime soon, but I wouldn’t increase it either.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          There’s no reason to budge from 3/45. I hope the Yankees don’t, but they probably will.

          • Steve H says:

            Yeah, I expect them to budge a little, but only on $$. I think it’s 3 years no matter what.

            • Avi says:

              I totally agree with you Steve. Tell them the offer is time sensitive. I wouldn’t pull it but tell them in seven days the offer goes down to 12M a year.
              There are all kinds of players available this off season and the Yanks need to know if that money is going to go to Jeter or if they should start looking to improve their team in other ways.

  22. Steve H says:

    Any chance Larry Fitzgerald gets dealt? I know they won’t want to deal him, but I wonder if he’ll demand it, unless they find a sure thing to shore up the QB situation. Pats and their 7 picks in 4 rounds might be a fit…..

    • Reggie C. says:

      I think TSJC and all Jets fans on this board just fainted at the thought.

      Fantastic fit. Fitzgerald is an ambassador of the game and would add a deep threat second to none to that Pats offense.

  23. Kiersten says:

    Gruden to The U is picking up steam.

    There’s been way too much smoke for there not to be any fire.

  24. Steve H says:

    So the Yankees are going to agree to deal with Jeter and not announce it. Once they agree with Lee, they’ll announce the Jeter deal and he will have a press conference the next day announcing he gladly took a paycut to help the team remain competitive and leave more money to bring in new players. Next day magically Lee signs. Jeter saves face as “ultimate teammate”, Yankees save money.

  25. Avi says:

    I’m having mixed feelings on Greinke here. His ERA went up two runs this year. While no one can be expected to maintain a 2.16 ERA (his ’09 ERA) 4.17 is eh.. His hits allowed went up significantly while his K’s went down. He also gave up seven more homers than ’09. He def didn’t perform at an elite level this year.
    Is the real Zack Greinke 2009 or 2010, or something in between?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      In between. He was a victim of a horrendous defense which must have inflated his ERA a bit. While his 2009 probably won’t happen again, I think Greinke is still a solid number 1 or 2 guy.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Greinke 2007-2010: 773 2/3 IP, 3.32 ERA, for a 132 ERA+. I’d say ~120 is a reasonable expectation.

      And while his HR rate and BB rate both got worse, they’re still well within acceptable ranges. His K-rate went from excellent to merely good, though. Is that a cause for concern? Who knows.

      • Avi says:

        He struck out sixty one less batters in only nine less innings. That’s a substantial drop off for a guy going from his age 26 to age 27 season. Did his Velo drop?

  26. Mattchu12 says:

    Anybody considered that maybe Greinke’s anxiety issues on par or maybe even lessened with the ones he has/had in Kansas City because he’d be expected to be a third starter in New York instead of an Ace.

    I mean, i know New York is worse just because it’s New York. But would it be fair to say that being a third starter in New York has roughly equal pressure as being the Ace of most teams?

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