Nov
23

Open Thread: From Baseball to Football (and a Lee update)

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That up there is a time lapse video of the transformation Yankee Stadium underwent earlier this month in preparation for last weekend’s Army-Notre Dame game and next month’s Pinstripe Bowl. I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff, so I’m passing it along. Thanks to Rob for the heads up about the video.

Once you’re done checking that out, use this as your open thread. Both the Knicks and Nets are in action in an otherwise dull spots night. Chat about whatever you like – the free agent market certainly picked up today – so have at it.

Update: Yanks have yet to make any offer to Lee

Meanwhile Mark Feinsand has an update to a rumor we deemed a bit unreliable this morning. Ostensibly, the Yanks had extended a six-year, $140-million contract to Cliff Lee, but Mark Feinsand’s sources say this rumor is “not accurate.” In fact, says Feinsand’s sources, “the Yankees have not made an offer to Lee yet.” The Cliff Lee situation is likely to be unresolved until the winter meetings after Thanksgiving.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

    Cashman telling Jeter to test the market…

    Over/Under 2 weeks Jeter takes 3/45?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Hold that Jeter thought until 8:30. We’ll have a post on it then.

      • yankees1717

        oh great, i just put up my jeter thoughts.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Sure thing, boss!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I don’t see how anybody could disagree with this move. It’s a smart move by Cashman. There are so many people on Cashman’s ass about it, that it has become a joke.

      • Accent Shallow

        I really dislike negotiating with Jeter through the media.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    If the Yankees had offered Wood arbitration and he accepted, wouldn’t he have had some trade value on a one year deal? I’m guessing they would have had to eat some of the salary, but I can see there being a market for Wood. If he hits the open market and gets 2/$15 or so and Benoit is getting 3/$16, I would have to think a trade could have been worked out. It will be interesting to see who gets Wood and at what cost.

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

      The Yankees don’t really eat money to get rid of bad contracts, though. I can’t remember the last time that happened.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Pavano… oh wait…
        Igawa… oh wait…

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          Pavano was just hurt.

          Igawa is closer to the mark, but the Yankees aren’t paying him to play for another organization.

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

            That.

            Nor did we kick in money to get rid of Pavano. He stayed put for the duration of his deal.

            Both of them were rumored to be dealt away a few times and weren’t, probably because the Yankees refused to subsidize another team paying their salaries.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Both of them were rumored to be dealt away a few times and weren’t, probably because the Yankees refused to subsidize another team paying their salaries.

              False. Cashman still showed faith in Carl Pavano, and most people would rather have herpes than Kei Igawa pitch for a baseball team that they are associated with.

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

                We’re talking about two different things here. I’m not saying the club didn’t want Pavano or Igawa to stay here and redeem themselves and reestablish their worth; I’m simply saying one of the reasons they were never moved to clear space for some other, better option is that the Yankees never consummated any of the trade proposals involving either one of them because the Yankees (philosophically) don’t eat money to trade away players.

                Cashman showed faith in Pavano, but if the right deal came along, he would have traded him. The right deal never came along. I’m arguing that the team’s refusal to eat money may be a reason why that deal never happened.

                I’m also arguing that the reason that Igawa to the Padres rumor never came to fruition is due to the same philosophical aversion to eating money.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  Ehhh…they typically eat money to GET players, there weren’t a whole lot of players that were tradable that Cashman really wanted to get rid of. All of his big contracts seemed to either play well in their later years of the contracts or in Pavano’s case played well the year after they stopped paying him. Giambi, Moose, Pavano, Abreu, and most of the other guys that were tradable played well into their later years. Kei Igawa, on the other hand, is a downright terrible player and sucks even in Scranton. I think he didn’t get traded because he sucks too much.

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                    Isn’t there something in Kei Igawa’s contract that says the Yankees actually have to pay him more if he gets traded?

                    • Avi

                      The Yankees ate money to get rid of Vazquez in the ’05.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Is it really a bad contract though. I’m not saying pick up half the tab, but if Wood got 1/$11, couldn’t you pay $2 million to a closer needy team and buy a prospect? Wood on a 1/$9 would be pretty attractive to a team needing a closer I’d think.

        • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

          I can see them trying to deal Wood, but not until the deadline and to a closer-needing contender.

        • Avi

          You can buy a better prospect for $2M than the prospect you might get back for Wood in such a scenario.

  • yankees1717

    I’m starting to think that we should completely hold firm in our 3 year maximum in a Jeter contract. I say if he keeps demanding 5-6 years, just tell him to go get that somewhere else. If he has any sense, he’ll sign with us for about 3y54MM, because no one out there will beat that. If he decides to pull a Damon and delusionally hold out hope for something better, tell him to take a hike and sign Juan Uribe.

    He would be light-years cheaper than Jeter, and has put up a very solid .266/.318/.464 line with 40 HRs in his two years with the Giants. So, if they could get him cheap, say 2 years at 12MM, I say that’s a better value than Jeter.

    Note that I in no way am saying that Uribe> Jeter. What I am saying is that Uribe at 2/12 is better than Jeter at 5/100, or whatever he somehow thinks he can get. So, the moral of the story: If Jeter holds firm for 4+ years, sign Juan Uribe at 2/12. However, if Jeter is willing to accept three years at 45-60, he is the better option. I’m just very worried that Jeter would be useless in the fourth year and beyond.

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

      Everything you’re saying makes sense.

      I just can’t call a .266 average and a .318 OBP “solid”. That characterization gives me the hives. The .464 slugging is nice, but frankly, he’d need to slug like .664 to make me overlook the fact that he makes outs on 74% of the balls he puts in play and 69% of all his plate appearances in general.

      • yankees1717

        ehh, good point, but jeter put up .270/.340/.370 last year, and if that’s what we’re getting on a contract five times bigger, i pick .266/.318/.464

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

          I was more saying that Uribe isn’t a “solid alternative”. He’s just an “alternative”.

          Nevermind my pedantic nitpick. Carry on.

    • Accent Shallow

      Juan Uribe is a terrible player and a detestable fatass.

      • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

        Bit of a stretch. He was worth 3.2 wins last season. Not amazing, but still good.

        • Accent Shallow

          Well, yeah. He has his uses, and is occasionally not terrible.

          I just wanted to say “detestable fatass”

  • Jimmy McNulty

    If Cliff Lee signs 6/140 I wouldn’t be too upset. Fewer miles on his arm than Sabathia when he signed, better command, and in better shape. Listening to the podcast, just reminded of how much I hate AJ Burnett.

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

      Listening to the podcast, just reminded of how much I hate AJ Burnett.

      Shit, he ain’t my kid.

      /Avi’d

    • Accent Shallow

      If Cliff Lee signs 6/140 I wouldn’t be too upset

      I would be. I have no desire to give a 32 year old 6 years, unless he’s Randy Johnson level, which Lee is not.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Well if you’re talking about 5/125 or something what’s an extra year at fifteen million dollars? I mean, he’s the type of pitcher that ages well. His career path isn’t the same as the typical 32 year old left handed pitcher with a CYA.

        • Accent Shallow

          I mean, he’s the type of pitcher that ages well.

          People keep saying this, but no one has really offered up much evidence. Surely, there’s a study on the Hardball Times or something, showing how pitchers with different walk rates age?

          And I wouldn’t want to give him 5/125, either.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Moose, Maddux, and Glavine all aged fairly well.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              That’s taking 3 of the better pitchers in history. Let’s not put Lee in that category yet.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                Well his 2008-2010 is better than any of their three year streaks, save for Maddux…even then he’s only about a win a year off from one of the greatest peak pitchers ever. If you count the post season, Lee pulls closer. Nothing to be ashamed of. The man said show evidence, so I showed evidence.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                Also, that detestable repugnant corpulent piece of fucking pigeon shit aged pretty well. He was a command pitcher who figured it out late in his career too.

              • Accent Shallow

                Over the past three years, Cliff Lee has an ERA+ of 142 over 667 1/3 innings. That’s great, but that’s not historically great. That’s merely “one of current best pitchers in baseball” great.

                The one eye popping number he has is K/BB ratio — 5.64 over that time.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  That K/BB suggests a slightly better ERA+ than that…while it isn’t Pedro, Unit, or Maddux prime…how many other pitchers in baseball have been better? I’d say only Felix and Doc are the only two that have been better over the past three.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

              Depends on your definition of “well”

              Once he left the Braves (age 37 and on), Glavine had a 105 ERA+. Maddux from 37 on was at 104. Mussina from 35 on was at 108. He had two good seasons and three lousy ones.

              Those are obviously all still above average, but if they were being paid 20M for that production, people would be pissed.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                Well Cliff Lee has had three seasons better than any year that Glavine has had, already. Those three also had considerably more mileage on their arms too. And I don’t think anyone would pay Cliff Lee 20M from 37 on, maybe just for the age 37 year but that’s it.

                • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                  Well Cliff Lee has had three seasons better than any year that Glavine has had

                  According to bWAR, Glavine’s 1991 was better than any year Lee has had.

                  To the rest, I agree

                  • Jimmy McNulty

                    I used fWAR, but even in that case…Glavine’s best season came at age 25, Cliff Lee apparently just figured it out at age 29. Now definitely his pedigree has to be examined, and count against him…but because of his pedigree I also think it’s unfair to look at him the same way you’d look at other 32 year old starers. For example, I am miles more comfortable paying him big bucks into his late 30s than I would be John Lackey, AJ Burnett, Josh Beckett, and just about every other pitcher in baseball save for the obvious exceptions.

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

        Meh, paying for a year or two of a player’s decline to get 2-3 years of his peak is what we do. It’s our business model.

        It makes sense.

        • mbonzo

          You should know there are no pitchers who can pitch well til they’re 38! You must be new here or something, because everyone knows when you hit 36 you might as well shoot yourself.

          /coughpettittemussinaclemensjohnsonhernandezwells

          What I find amazing is that in the last 10 years the only starting pitchers 38 or over with bad seasons were 2005 Kevin Brown who only got 73.1 IP due to injury and 2007 Mussina who bounced back and kicked ass. It seems the Yankees know what they’re doing signing pitchers to longterm deals. Who woulda thought they are better at this baseball thing than us?

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Well… how many pitchers over 38 did we have over that period? Couldn’t have been THAT many.

            • mbonzo

              2010: Pettitte (38) 3.28 ERA
              2009:
              2008: Mussina (39) 3.37 ERA
              2007: Mussina (38) 5.15 ERA, Clemens (44) 4.18 ERA
              2006: Johnson (42) 5.00 ERA He went 17-11 this year
              2005: Johnson (41) 3.79 ERA, Brown (40) 6.50 ERA
              2004: Brown (39) 4.09 ERA, Hernandez (38) 3.30 ERA
              2003: Clemens (40) 3.91 ERA, Wells (40) 4.14 ERA
              2002: Clemens (39) 4.35 ERA, Wells (39) 3.75 ERA
              2001: Clemens (38) 3.51 ERA

              14 total pitchers. I don’t consider Johnson’s 2006 a bad season since he still put up 17 wins. Yea, I know what does wins have to do with pitching, but he did what he was supposed to do. 12 out of 14 pitching seasons from 38+ pitchers is a 86% success rate. Pretty cool.

              • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                Yea, I know what does wins have to do with pitching, but he did what he was supposed to do the Yankee hitters did what they had to do to win games when he pitched because he kept putting them into holes that they had to dig out of.

                The Yankees scored 6.48 runs per game in Johnson’s starts in 2006. Six. point. forty. eight.

                • mbonzo

                  And he only posted a 1.239 WHIP. Its a hard year to describe, some numbers are good but some, like his era, are bad. I wouldn’t call his whole season bad though, he ate a lot of innings and ended up with wins.

                  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                    He does seem to have gotten some bad luck in there (the BABIP is fine, but that strand rate looks awfully low), but the bottom line is, the runs were scoring. That he got wins is a testament to the Yankee offense.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            Since 2001, there have been 15 seasons from a Yankee pitcher age 38 or above who made at least 5 starts. By bWAR:

            Clemens 01: 5.4
            Johnson 05: 4.6
            Wells 03: 4.6
            Mussina 08: 4.4
            Clemens 03: 4.1
            Wells 02: 3.4
            Pettitte 10: 3.1
            El Duque 04: 2.7
            Brown 04: 2.5
            Clemens 02: 2.3
            Johnson 06: 1.2
            Clemens 07: 1.0
            Mussina 07: 0.3
            Leiter 05: 0.0
            Brown 05: -0.9

            Seems like about half were solid, a quarter were meh and a quarter were flat out bad.

  • UWS

    Curly fries: great food or greatest food?

    Discuss.

    • Accent Shallow

      I think this is an area where all of the blog can come together.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Greatest junk food ever.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan L
    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook
      • http://www.or.ly JM

        Curly fries are great, but viewing them in HD… let’s just say they don’t look as appetizing.

        • UWS

          To be fair, very few foods stand up to close-ups.

          • Esteban

            such as in the intro to Dexter.

      • UWS

        MMmmmmmm!

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Greatest. Tied with some other personal favorites of course.

    • vin

      Completely overrated. I’ll gladly eat them, but that’s not the question.

      So many times they are overseasonsed and rarely meet my expectations.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I would just like to say that Mets fans talking about Jeter is the worst thing in the entire world. Not about these negotiations. Just about Jeter in general. Yes, it’s worse than Red Sox fans talking about Jeter.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

      From what I’ve seen, Sox fans actually HAVE RESPECT FOR JETER. Yeah, I said it.

      Mets fans on the other hand…

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        This so much. And again, I’m not talking about the current Jeter – they act like Jeter is this barely average player over the scope of his career, which is fucking stupid.

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      Jose Reyes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Jeter+Cano+A-Rod+Sabathia
      /Mets Fan’d
      /We pretend to be small market but we’re really not’d

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Go get lee!

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

      Lee Meriweather?

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    *Fast forwards to Dec. 9*
    Me:”Did we get Lee yet”
    MLBTR: “No.”

    *Goes back into hibernation until Lee situation is resolved*

    • UWS

      Hmmmm…I think tommie has previously weighed in on the subject. Something about burritos and microwaves, I think?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “I think tommie has previously weighed in… Something about burritos and microwaves, I think?”

        That sounds so much dirtier coming from you.

        • UWS

          Thinking about putting your burrito in my microwave, eh Congressman?

          /yes I went there’d

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Ha, I went there first! But I was referring to you saying Tommie has previously put his burrito in.

            (This is going to get messy, fast.)

            (No not that kind of messy, get your mind out of the gutter.)

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

              This is getting as messy as a hungry Raul Mondesi eating a burrito.

              • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Dude… Seriously, it’s a revolting fat/gay joke all rolled into one… No reaction could do that beauty the justice it deserves.

                A heartfelt golf-clap. I’m talking end of “Can’t Buy Me Love” style, here.

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

            #RABafterdark

            • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Now we just need a host… Gilbert Gottfried or Rhonda Shear. Who ya got?

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

                Tane McClure is probably available. Let’s go with her.

                • UWS

                  Meh.

                  http://www.vivagoal.com/images.....theron.jpg If you insist on going the blonde route.

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

                    Charlize Theron would never go slumming by hosting RAB After Dark. You’ve got to stick firmly in the B-list or below.

                    That’s where Mondesi and I were coming from.

                    Gottfried and Shear ACTUALLY HOSTED a program called “Up All Night”.

                    • UWS

                      Duuuuude. A gal can dream, no? Why you gotta be a wet blanket?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Anyone else just as excited as I am that they will get a top 50 ish pick in the 2011 super draft.

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      I fistpumped when I saw that Javy would decline it.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Same. They’ll miss the first rounder but actually recourped for that already IMO in DePaula.

  • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Nate Silver with a good take on the Jeter situation:

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.n.....um=twitter

    Nothing groundbreaking, but I think a decent, level-headed take on it all.

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

      So what you’re saying is, both sides are proceeding with this in a reasonable and logical fashion, and I shouldn’t hastily pick a side and declare that the other side is being petty/ignorant/juvenile/offensive/stupid/haughty/franchise-crippling/the-devil-incarnate/Carl-Pavano and pledge my unyielding hate against them?

      Huh. Interesting. Screw that, though, Cashman and/or Jeter is being a total asshole here, and I hate him.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Well, full-disclosure, and I reserve judgment somewhat until I can get home and read the actual quotes, but my initial reaction is that I don’t like the way Cashman has been handling this stuff through the media so far.

        I don’t think he’s being petty/ignorant/juvenile/offensive/stupid/haughty/franchise-crippling/the-devil-incarnate/Carl-Pavano and I’m not pledging my unyielding hate against him, but I don’t think nobody is making mistakes here, either.

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

          I’ll agree that I don’t particularly care for the statements to the media from either side, but I still doubt that these statements really impact the ultimate result very much. Jeter’s still going to sign with the Yankees, probably for 3/60-ish.

          Just my hunch.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Maybe on the full value of the contract, something for Jeter’s 3000th hit and something for passing Eddie Collins and cracking the top ten in all time hits. Hopefully his race to 3,000 is a race, rather than the Death March that we witnessed with Craig Biggio.

            • Accent Shallow

              Craig Biggio, 2000-2007:

              1151 games, 1192 hits, .266/.338/.428, for a 95 OPS+.

              That’s starting at age 34 for him. Jeter is a class above that, as a player.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, I appreciate that he and the organization showing balls…but I mean, it’s Derek Fucking Jeter. No need to say dumb shit to the media about him. 3/50 seems like a fair deal for both sides…maybe a bonus for his 3,000th hit, but a fair deal none the less.

    • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

      a decent, level-headed take on it all.

      First time for everything I guess.

  • Anthony Murillo

    Brian Cashman told Newsday’s Ken Davidoff that the Yankees have offered Derek Jeter multiple deals and received one counter-offer (Twitter link). One of the deals the Yankees proposed was worth $45MM over three years, but Jeter’s representatives didn’t seem to like it. Agent Casey Close told Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News that he found the Yankees’ negotiating strategy “baffling.”

    Earlier today, Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork that Jeter should test the open market if he believes the Yankees aren’t offering him fair deals. Now, Cashman tells the Newark Star Ledger that he doubts Jeter truly wants to remain in the Bronx (Twitter link).

    “He should be nothing but a New York Yankee,” Cashman said. “He chooses not to be.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      This is only getting worse apparently.

  • Teh Comp Pick

    I kinda hope the offer is out there to Lee, with the expiration date like Joe suggested on the radio show. Would hate to have Brauneker start the bidding war they are clearly looking for, squash it before it happens.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Which contract would YOU sign Jeter to if you HAD to:
    1/55M
    10/350M
    15/450M

    • YankeesJunkie

      25/4.5 billion

      • Esteban

        45/ownership

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      First one, easy.

    • UWS

      Eleventy billion trillion!

    • Esteban

      1/55M

    • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

      What type of contracts are those?

      55m/yr
      35m/yr
      or 30m/yr

      You Crazy

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        /ARod’d

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I like the point that Joe and Mike made on the radio show, that the “Window is Closing.” Part of agrees with this totally and go all in on Cliff Lee to try and win two more over the next three. Then again, that seems to be the way that the Yankees do business regardless…but “once more, with feeling” so to speak.

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

      The window is perpetually closing, though, and we perpetually jam it back open.

      Meh.

      • YankeesJunkie

        As long as the Yankees keep focusing on the minors like they have they will continue to have talent coming up through the minors. I mean just look at what is coming up the system that will help the system: Killer B’s, Stoneburner, Warren, Adams (Trade Bait), Joseph, Sanchez, Romine, Murphy, Slade Runner, Ramirez, Mitchell, Marshall, Culver, Sosa, Gumps, Hockey Guy with name I don’t care to spell, etc.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, I mean…get one last caress with Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, and Posada would be nice. This will probably be Pettitte and Posada’s last years. I’d like to see them go out with a ring the same year Montero enters the league with one.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

    I thought Jersey traffic was bad and then I went and drove home from Connecticut and it made me cry.

    • Esteban

      You’re going Bristol to Jersey on a daily basis? That’s crazy!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

        Nooooo haha, just drove to NJ for Thanksgiving.

  • Michael Kay but not THE

    I was wondering when that would be addressed, Francesa practically threw a fit about it today. He made it sound like Cashman told Jeter face to face “We don’t need you.” God forbid the team try to negotiate the most realistic and fair contract possible for their aging, albeit iconic, short stop coming off a down year. I see nothing insulting about trying to get the point across to Jeter that at 15 million they would already be overpaying him.

    Francesa also said if he were The Mets he’d make an offer. So a crumbling team with an unhappy fan base as it is would offer MORE than 15 million to Jeter who would also have to accept a position change? I thought moves like that are WHY The Mets are in the shape they’re in?

    • Michael Kay but not THE

      Also can’t wait to see ESPN New York’s take on this “Jeter likely done in New York” and then an article filled with phrases like “Obviously still an unlikely scenario”, “Jeter & Yankees will still get a deal done” and “Terry Francona is the brightest baseball mind ever”

    • Avi

      Well said.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    Is the Victor Martinez smear campaign in full swing yet?

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      I dunno, you’re the one in the hive.

    • Zooboy

      He’s certainly no ace.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      You betcha

      “The secret winners here are the Boston Red Sox”
      -Keith Law

      • Esteban

        How is that part of the smear campaign?

        BTW, the comments on that article are pretty hilarious. Giants fans are going crazy because KLaw doesn’t like the Huff signing.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I haven’t so much seen a smear campaign as much as I’ve seen “THE RED SOX WERE SUCH GENIUSES TO OFFER ARBITRATION AND GET A DRAFT PICK MY GOOOOODNESSSSSSS” like no one else has ever done this before.

          • Avi

            I didn’t think it was a good idea to sign Victor Martinez to a 4 year 50M deal.
            As a catcher he’s def worth 12.5M (a year), but he’ll likely spend most of that contract occupying a non-catcher spot in the lineup.
            For 12.5M you can get a hitter a whole lot better than V-mart.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              V-Mart career: .300/.369/.469/.838, 121 OPS+
              V-Mart 2010: .302/.351/.493/.844, 122 OPS+

              That’s an excellent hitter, especially as a catcher. In this market, I can’t think of too many better bats. He’s a poor defensive catcher, yeah, but so is Posada. I can see him being a DH maybe the last year of the contract, but not really before then. Of course, I’ve been wrong before.

              • Avi

                Yeah, I don’t have a feel for how long he’ll stay at catcher. If you told me he stays for most of the contract I think it’s a great signing for Detroit. But just as a hitter I think Dunn is better, Konerko too (and he’ll be cheaper). Heck you could sign Vlad or Thome for about 5M or so and get the same production as V-mart or better.

                • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                  All of those guys except Dunn are older, and I have strong doubts that he signs for much less (if less at all) than 12.5M per year.

                • Accent Shallow

                  and get the same production as V-mart or better.

                  Maybe for the next year, but not over the next four. And Martinez has the flexibility to play catcher, and a passable first base, unlike Vlad/Thome/Dunn. Not to mention, unlike those guys, Martinez doesn’t have any signs of toastiness.

    • YankeesJunkie

      If he can manage 12 WAR during his contract then it is not bad. They got better offensively, but still don’t think they are competitive in the AL Central.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I don’t think so. I don’t see media guys hate on free agents for getting money and he was a Sock before so meh.

      But good for the AL East. More value the Sox have to replace. Coupled that with the likely loss of Beckett and the Sox may be in trouble unless they get someone like Werth who may not age well.

      Though there should be a rebound in Beckett’s and Lackey’s performance. Youk doens’t miss half the season either. But hey this won’t matter in 2011 when there’s a 2nd wild card team.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

    Source: Florida Marlins, Javier Vazquez negotiations get ‘hot’ – ESPN

    Gigity…

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      I laughed. A lot.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    If Close comes back at Cashman and bashes the Yankees, should they pull (or put a timeline) on the 3/$45. It’d be a dick move but would certainly show who has the leverage.

    • Esteban

      Nah, no point in escalating things. That would just make relations worse.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Just to clarify, today was a spat between Cashman and Close, not the Yankees and Jeter. Close fired off his “baffled” comment and if I was Brian, I would have responded exactly the same way he did today. If their (over market) offer elicits such incredulity, shop it around and get back to me.

    • YankeesJunkie

      No, I don’t think that will happen unless something really bad happens. However, Jeter has no leverage in this deal and I think there is a good chance he gets 3/48 plus a generous 5-10 million bonus for 3000 hits. Mo ends up at 2/32-33.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        5 for 3K, 2 for passing Mays, 3 for Cracking the top ten. I have to admit, it’d be pretty cool to see Jeter crack the top ten hits list.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Bash the Yanks for what? For not overpaying enough based on off field factors that are by definition impossible to value?

  • mbonzo

    Francesa said that Cashman doesn’t know what he’s doing with Jeter and that the Mets should sign him so that he could hit #3000 in Citi Field and fill up the stadium. First Francesa is an idiot who I hope has gotten as far to the Yankees organization as he ever will. Second, I feel that if Jeter was ever a Met, the Mets fans would hate him (as they hate everyone that has a bad game ever) and he’ll be left with nothing in New York. I have a lot of Mets fan friends and my mom is a Mets fan and it just seems that they all hate everyone on the team. Sure they like Reyes and Wright and Santana from time to time, but every other game they complain about not getting a hit every at bat. I guess thats what happens when your team sucks. There is no way Jeter would be close to liked as a Mets player.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Every time I watched a Mets game, the announcers constantly talked about what is wrong with David Wright, and how it has been a tough year for him, and how is he trying to fix himself etc … And I sit there absolutely shocked. I thought the guy had an excellent year last year.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        He did have an excellent year. A lot of people can’t look past the 161 strikeouts though.

        • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          I guess that had to be it. The announcers seriously acted as if Wright was struggling every time he came to the plate.

  • Avi

    Wow! the Jeter stuff is blowing up quickly.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    Heh, from MLBTR:

    Brewers: Trevor Hoffman (B). No chance of an offer.

    What exactly were the Brewers thinking?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Much like with Javy they had a deal in place where he wouldn’t accept it.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        They must have but I hope not.

  • Avi

    I signed up for ESPN Insider today. I’m looking for good Yankee stuff, especially on the farm system.
    Any recommendations?

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      RAB covers the Yanks far better than ESPN Insider, and whatever Insider does put up about the Yanks, RAB links to it shortly after 99% of the time. I like and have espn insider, but not for Yankee stuff, personally.

      • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        I should add that they summarize or directly quote the stuff about the Yanks that insider puts up. As well as link to them.

        • Avi

          I hear you. But is their any old stuff worth reading? You know like a Klaw assessment of the Yanks farm system?

          • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            I wouldn’t know. I don’t read any of ESPN’s baseball stuff for the most part. Really only stuff that gets linked to here, and not even then. I like the insider football and basketball coverage. Fantasy stuff as well.

    • Teh Comp Pick

      I’ve had insider for years, don’t expect juicy MLB/MilB information from ESPN. Insider is great, gives you a lot of good stuff around the sporting world, and the Mag is a solid plus, but as far as baseball is concerned MLBTR, FanGraphs, and B-Ref provide you with good coverage and are free. Baseball America is probably what you are looking for if you want to learn more about the Minor Leagues.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    the decision on Wood comes right from Cashman: “I’m thinking yes on Wood. We’ll do them a favor. If we put them into an arbitration setting, then we can take them out and make a fair market value offer to them.”

    You know how sarcasm doesn’t translate well on the internet? Today we learned it doesn’t translate well from GMs to sports columnists, either.

    • Avi

      I couldn’t understand that quote today.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    So I was looking at old MVP votes, and how did anyone vote for Ortiz over A-Rod in 2005?

    Ortiz: .300/.397/.604/1.001, 158 OPS+, .418 wOBA, 159 wRC+, 5.8 fWAR, 5.1 bWAR

    A-Rod: .321/.421/.610/1.031, 173 OPS+, .438 wOBA, 177 wRC+, 9.4 fWAR, 8.4 bWAR

    Keep in mind Ortiz was a DH and A-Rod a passable defensive 3B. Plus the Yankees won the division, and Alex played in every single game (and Ortiz 159 so that’s basically a wash). Alex’s OPS and OPS+ led the AL, and both of his WARs led all of baseball. I’m not trying to say Ortiz had a bad season or anything like that, just A-Rod was the only one who should’ve won.

    Oh wait Ortiz led baseball in RBI and there was probably leftover fapping from the 2004 postseason, that’d explain it.

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

      RBIGoggles™.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        They’re less fun than beer goggles.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Homeruns too.

      That spawned my favorite shirt:

      http://bit.ly/i635LN (safe)

      The back says “and no MVP”

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Hmph. I guess my post got eaten by the spam filter. Oh well.