Mailbag: Harper, Harvey, Judge, Kazmir, 0.00 ERAs, Kuroda

A-Rod hits No. 661, Yankees hang on to take the series opener 4-3 against the O's
Yankees have rotation help on the way with Nova not far behind Capuano on rehab trail

Biggest mailbag in RAB history. I think it is, anyway. Sixteen questions. Sixteen! Some of the answers are short though. If you want to send us any questions, use the “For The Mailbag” form in the sidebar. If you want to inquire about writing a guest post, email me directly at mike (at) riveraveblues (dot) com. I can’t answer you through the mailbag form.

(Patrick Smith/Getty)
(Patrick Smith/Getty)

Marc asks: It’s the 2018-2019 offseason. Who is more likely to end up a Yankee and why: Bryce Harper or Matt Harvey?

Obviously this is going to depend heavily on what the roster looks like in three and a half years. In a vacuum, I think the Yankees would pursue Harper before Harvey for a few reasons, most importantly their ages. Harper will turn 26 early in the 2018-19 offseason while Harvey will turn 30 in Spring Training 2019. You’d be buying Harper’s peak years — in theory, of course — while Harvey’s best seasons would likely be behind him. Huge contracts for pitchers near or beyond their 30th birthday are generally really bad investments. Harper is a transcendent talent and I’d have no trouble whatsoever giving him ten years at that age. Heck, given Giancarlo Stanton’s contract, Scott Boras might be able to get 12-14 years for Harper. Maybe 15 years. If they need pitching more than they need an outfielder — the Yankees do have a bunch of young outfielders in the system, after all — they might go Harvey instead. Me? I think Harper is way too special to pass up.

Ryan asks: Could you see a scenario where the Yankees draft Mike Matuella and Brady Aiken (assuming both were available at respective picks) and shoot for the moon on talent? If one worked out and became a top of the rotation starter, they would make out. They won’t have many chances to grab elite talent in the next few years, and if they are patient, they can land two in one draft.

No and I don’t think I’d advise it. That’s a very risky strategy, putting all your eggs in the injured prospect basket. The draft pool will another issue — I’m not sure the team’s $7.885M pool would be enough to sign both of those guys, and they aren’t worth exceeding the pool and forfeiting future picks. I believe Aiken is an elite talent when healthy and would be more willing to roll the dice on him. Matuella’s a fine prospect but not someone I’d pin my entire draft on. There has to be a balance between upside and probability, especially when that upside may be compromised by the ol’ zipper. If the Yankees want to roll the dice on one or the other, that works. Both is way too much risk for a team that will be really limited in its ability to add amateur talent the next few years.

Samantha asks: 15 of Mark Teixeira‘s 18 hits this year have gone for extra bases. What’s the highest percentage of hits that have gone for extra bases in a season?

Teixeira added two singles and a double since this question was sent in, so it’s 16 extra-base hits (six doubles, ten homers) out of 21 hits total this year. Before I looked this up, my guess was late-1990s Mark McGwire or early-2000s Barry Bonds held the record. I would have said McGwire if I was forced to pick one. Here are the top five extra-base hits-to-singles ratios in MLB history among players who qualified for the batting title:

XBH Singles XBH/H
2001 Barry Bonds 107 XBH (32 2B, 2 3B, 73 HR) 49 68.6%
2010 Jose Bautista 92 XBH (35 2B, 3 3B, 54 HR) 56 62.2%
2009 Carlos Pena 66 XBH (25 2B, 2 3B, 39 HR) 41 61.7%
1999 Mark McGwire 87 XBH (21 2B, 1 3B, 65 HR) 58 60.0%
1998 Mark McGwire 91 XBH (21 2B, 0 3B, 70 HR) 61 59.9%

The highest Yankee on the all-time leaderboard is 1921 Babe Ruth at 58.3%, which ranks eighth all-time. Teixeira is on pace to smash the all-time XBH/H record this year (he’s at 76.2%), but so are a few other players, including Bautista. My guess is Bonds’ record is safe for a while.

Casey asks: What are the chances Derek Jeter would have grown a mustache if he were on this year’s Yankees? I say slim to none.

Yeah I’d say close to zero. Maybe a 1% chance Jeter would grow a mustache. My guess is there would be a lot of “Jeter gets it, he’s all about winning, not mustaches” articles as well. The mustaches are fun. Team bonding is good. Whatever makes the 162-game grind easier.

Bubba asks: Is it possible to send David Carpenter to SWB? It appears that pitching by appointment isn’t helping. Maybe regular work where results won’t matter would help.

Nope, he’s out of minor league options, so he can’t go to Triple-A Scranton without passing through waivers. Given his performance with the Braves from 2013-14 (2.63 ERA and 2.88 FIP), low salary ($1.3M), and three remaining years of team control, my guess is Carpenter would get claimed in a hurry. The Yankees sorta painted themselves into a corner with Carpenter. It seems like he needs more work to get straightened out, but he hasn’t pitched well in his limited time so Girardi is hesitant to use him. I think the only solution is biting the bullet and getting him out there more than once a week, even if it means bringing him into the seventh inning of a one-run game once in a while. Carpenter can be a real weapon out of the bullpen and the Yankees have to help get him back to being good.

Ben asks: Similar to Stephen Drew, how long is Carlos Beltran‘s leash? He has clearly taken a step back, and looks very sluggish in the field and at the plate. Is it time to call up Ramon Flores to see what he can do?

I think Beltran is going to get at least the rest of this season and possibly the first half of next season to show he’s not done. His contract really complicates things because it’s not cheap — his $15M annual salary is really $22.5M because of the luxury tax — and they’re stuck paying him next year no matter what. The Yankees decided to ride it out with Alex Rodriguez this year (and have been rewarded so far!) and I have no reason to think they’ll cut bait with Beltran anytime soon. I think the best case scenario is Joe Girardi starts using Beltran in a straight platoon with Chris Young.

(Trenton Thunder)
(Trenton Thunder)

Johnny O. asks: What’s the over/under on when Aaron Judge will be moved up to AAA? That .402 wOBA is looking awesome. Only concern is K/BB, anything else?

Judge was promoted from Low-A to High-A in mid-June last year and that’s when I expect him to be bumped up to Triple-A Scranton this year. You have to give him a chance to go through the league a second time to see how pitchers adjust, and what he needs to do to adjust back. Judge’s strikeout rate (24.6%) is in line with last year’s rate (23.3%) but his walk rate has dropped considerably (5.3% after 15.8% last year). I’m actually not too concerned about that — minor league walk rates aren’t all that predictive because there are so many pitchers in the minors who have absolutely no idea where the ball is going, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they miss the plate, it also means they catch too much of it. I’d give him 60-70 games in Double-A and if he’s still mashing, bump him up. We go through this every year it seems. Twenty-five awesome games to start the season doesn’t necessarily mean a prospect is ready to be promoted.

Steve asks: Way too early obviously but would a guy like Scott Kazmir make sense for the Yankees to look into? No long term commitment, shouldn’t be as expensive prospect-wise as Johnny Cueto, others who might be available but he is also kind of a sneaky-solid pitcher.

Yes, I think Kazmir is a potential option for the Yankees. He has a 2.75 ERA (3.82 FIP) so far this year after pitching to a 3.77 ERA (3.42 FIP) in 348.1 innings from 2013-14. Kazmir is still only 31 and his comeback has been remarkable. He was out of baseball entirely due to arm problems a few years ago and worked his way back through an independent league and winter ball. The guy deserves a ton of credit not only for getting back to MLB, but having this much success in the second phase of his career.

Kazmir isn’t missing bats like he did in his prime but both his strikeout (22.8%) and walk (6.8%) rates have been a tick better than league average since resurfacing in 2013. He doesn’t get many grounders (42.4%) but his hard contact rate (28.4%) is basically identical to the league average (28.3%), so it’s not like all the fly balls are rockets. Kazmir is a rental, he’s making $13M this season, and I think the A’s would be willing to make him a qualifying offer after the season, so they’d presumably want something more valuable than a supplemental first round pick in a trade. Kazmir could definitely help the Yankees if they’re willing to pay what figures to be a high price.

CanGuest asks: First, what do you think of the Josh Hamilton trade? Seems like a great deal for the Rangers, with the Angels covering all but 7m of the deal. Second, one of the reasons I heard for the Angels for making the trade was for additional room under the luxury tax. I thought that if a team is paying a portion of a player’s salary, that amount counts toward their luxury tax. Am I wrong, or do the Angels only save like 2m/year in luxury tax room?

It’s a win-win-win trade, good for all three parties. The Angels get rid of a player they clearly didn’t want, Hamilton gets away from a toxic situation and back to an organization that knows him well, and the Rangers get a potentially productive player on the cheap. I’m not sure how the money is broken down in the trade, but as far as the luxury tax is concerned, the Angels save whatever the Rangers are playing him in a given year. So take Hamilton’s $25M luxury tax hit, then subtract whatever Texas is paying him that year. If they’re paying him $1M this year, he counts as $24M against the tax for the Angels. And if the Rangers pay him $5M next year, the Halos are stuck with a $20M luxury tax hit. Got it? Course you do.

George asks: If the Yankees don’t acknowledge A-Rod‘s 660th as a milestone, could he design and market his own merchandise? Possibly a generic A-Rod, not in Yankee garb with some reference to 660?

Yes with limitations. Alex can use his likeness on merchandise but he could not use any Yankees or MLB logos without a license, something I highly doubt they would be willing to negotiate given the circumstances. A-Rod’s camp could come up with a slogan or a logo like DJ3K (AROD660?) and sell that. A-Rod can design and sell merchandise with his likeness and the number 660 on it — MLB and the Yankees don’t hold the rights to that stuff — but there can’t be anything linking it to the team or the league without their approval. It would have to be a real generic design.

George asks: Why don’t the Yankees and A-Rod agree to give the $6M milestone bonus to a charity of their choice?

Knowing the Yankees and A-Rod, they’d probably end up in front of an arbitration panel fighting over who gets to claim the tax deduction.

(Gregory Shamus/Getty)
(Gregory Shamus/Getty)

Dan asks: So, is that Shane Greene for Didi Gregorius trade staring to look a little better for the Yankees? Or is it still too soon to tell?

It’s too soon to tell. It was too soon to tell last month, it’s too soon to tell this month, it’ll be too soon to tell next month. We just went through this — and still are, really — with the Michael PinedaJesus Montero trade. When you’re talking about two players this young and this early in their careers, it’s going to take years before you can tell which team got the better end of the trade. Years. I know no one wants to hear that, we all want answers now, but that’s not possible. This trade was never about instant gratification.

Bailey asks: Michael Pineda has only pitched over a 100 innings once in his MLB career, and that was four years ago (171). Do we need to worry about him hitting a IP limit/cap? Assuming he stays healthy.

Definitely. Worry maybe isn’t the right word. It’s just something the team has to monitor. There’s a natural concern Pineda may get hurt again given his history, I’m not sure how that couldn’t be in the back of anyone’s mind, but what if he simply runs out of gas in August or September after throwing 124.2 total innings from 2012-14? I think the Yankees are smart to use a sixth starter every once in a while to give Pineda and others the extra rest. I’d like to see them shuffle the rotation around the All-Star break to give Pineda a nice long 10-12 day break if possible too.

Bavarian Yankee asks: I just realized that both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller had a 0 ERA in April. Was this the first time the Yankees had their two best relievers start the season with a 0 ERA during the first month?

Betances and Miller threw 12.1 and 11.1 innings in April, respectively, so let’s use ten innings as our minimum. Here is the full list of Yankees pitchers who threw at least ten innings with a 0.00 ERA in March/April (via Baseball Reference):

Rk Player G Year ERA GS SV IP H R ER BB SO BF WHIP SO9 SO/W OPS+
1 Dellin Betances 11 2015 0.00 0 0 12.1 5 1 0 7 19 49 0.973 13.9 2.71 8
2 Andrew Miller 10 2015 0.00 0 8 11.1 3 0 0 4 20 43 0.618 15.9 5.00 -6
3 David Robertson 11 2012 0.00 0 0 11.0 7 0 0 3 18 42 0.909 14.7 6.00 27
4 Mariano Rivera 10 2008 0.00 0 8 11.0 4 0 0 0 11 37 0.364 9.0 -40
5 Lee Guetterman 10 1989 0.00 0 3 14.2 12 0 0 3 6 53 1.023 3.7 2.00 56
6 Dooley Womack 7 1967 0.00 0 0 11.0 7 1 0 5 7 43 1.091 5.7 1.40 85
7 Hal Reniff 5 1967 0.00 0 0 10.2 9 1 0 1 8 43 0.938 6.8 8.00 58
8 Bob Turley 2 1958 0.00 2 0 18.0 5 0 0 11 13 70 0.889 6.5 1.18 -11
9 Don Larsen 2 1958 0.00 2 0 14.0 11 0 0 6 10 57 1.214 6.4 1.67 45
10 Hank Thormahlen 2 1920 0.00 1 0 11.2 10 2 0 3 2 47 1.114 1.5 0.67 77
11 Ray Fisher 2 1914 0.00 2 0 17.0 13 2 0 4 5 66 1.000 2.6 1.25 13

That’s it. Only eleven times in history has a pitcher — starter or reliever — thrown at least ten innings in March/April with a 0.00 ERA for the Yankees. Dellin and Miller are the third set of teammates to do it, joining Womack and Reniff in 1967 and Turley and Larsen in 1958. I’m surprised Rivera only did it once in all those years of excellence. Then again, there always seemed to be a What’s Wrong With Mo Week™ every April. So yeah, what we watched Betances and Miller do last month hadn’t been done in nearly 50 years.

Paco asks: NYY 2B has a higher OPS than the Seattle 2B. Is Robinson Cano already in decline, or too early in the season to tell?

It’s too early to tell. Robbie is hitting .263/.306/.377 (92 wRC+) in 121 plate appearances this year. He hit .255/.303/.355 (75 wRC+) in his first 119 plate appearances as recently as 2012. He also hit .269/.319/.352 (76 wRC+) in his first 119 plate appearances back in 2007 as well. As great as Cano is, getting off to a slow start isn’t unprecedented. This slow start could be considered more of red flag given the fact he’ll turn 33 later this year, but hey, that’s not the Yankees problem anymore. If anything, Robbie is struggling because I went big on offense in fantasy this year and paid way more than I was comfortable paying to get him in my auction. Blame me.

Dan asks: How is Hiroki Kuroda doing in Japan?

Kuroda has made six starts for the Hiroshima Carp so far this season and is 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He’s struck out 24 and walked eight in 31 innings. Kuroda is also 2-for-15 (.133) with eight strikeouts at the plate. In his six starts, Hiroshima has scored two, zero, seven, two, eleven, and four runs for an average of 4.33 runs of support per game. The Yankees gave Kuroda an average of 3.74 runs of support per game from 2012-14, so at least his new team is taking care of him offensively. The Carp are 13-18 and in last place in the Central Division, which stinks. I’m hoping Kuroda goes out a champ. Dude deserves it.

A-Rod hits No. 661, Yankees hang on to take the series opener 4-3 against the O's
Yankees have rotation help on the way with Nova not far behind Capuano on rehab trail
  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Kazmir looks like a nice fit.

  • Ewing33

    Awesome mailbag! … I would think that if ARod starts marketing his own milestones he would basically be giving up on the Yanks paying him that bonus because I can’t image the marketing agreement would allow for that.

    As for Kuroda and Cano, I think they both heat up as the year goes on.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    Fun Game: Piss off all of RAB using one sentence

    “Carl Pavano was a great signing and Cashman is a genius for doing it.”

    Go! Person with most likes wins. Winner gets a date with Moncada for one day.

    • Jim Is Bored

      David Ortiz, my favorite baseball player, never did steroids and is the best player of his era.

      • Some Asshole

        Those Boston coaches really turned him around when he came from Minnesota and developed him into the definitive example of a natural DH.

    • D$

      I like it when the Red Sox grow those very handsome beards.

    • Chip

      Brett Gardner is overrated.

    • D$

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    • Some Asshole

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    • Jim Is Bored

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      • Some Asshole

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      • FilthyFields

        Looks like we have a winner

      • FilthyFields

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      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Your date with Moncada seems to be a lock at this point. And that makes me fucking pissed that I am not leading right now.

        • Jim Is Bored

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        • Some Asshole

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    • Jim Is Bored

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    • Chip

      Jeter wasn’t as good as Nomar, Tejada or Alex and if he didn’t play for the Yankees no one would even know his name.

    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

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    • D$

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    • Jim Is Bored

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    • jjyank

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    • D$

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    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

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      • FilthyFields

        Why stop there. Just give them total control of the website

      • FilthyFields

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    • jjyank

      Eric Ortiz is the best, most intelligent sports writer alive.

    • Centaur Hips

      Aroid sucks and Bogaerts will be the greatest SS since Cal Ripken.

    • Literally Figurative

      Eduardo Nunez deserved 500 abs and to take playing time from cano, Jeter and Arod

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      All LoHudders are fucking brain defected.

      BOOM.

      • Jim Is Bored

        He said piss off ALL of RAB.

        Read the rules, RT.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Once one of them takes that seriously, you’ll all want my head.

        • Some Asshole

          I saw Tilapia selling candy bars and calling himself Trisha.

    • Literally Figurative

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    • Jorge Steinbrenner

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    • Literally Figurative

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    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

      LoHud ruined this blog, no really I’m not playing the game; they really did suck all the fun out of this website.

    • Centaur Hips

      They need to resign Stephen Drew like they should have done earlier.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I mean, don’t they have a point when they say 2009, plus the dynasty titles, were tainted due to PED use?

    • D$

      Extend Beltran before he goes on a tear and his market price goes up.

    • Some Asshole

      Boston really had guts deliberately tanking those seasons to get high draft picks to develop the next dynasty of Boston dominance.

    • Yankenstein

      ARod is a true Yankee.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Not a true Yankee would be better. Most of us besides like SweetSpot love A-Rod.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Tom Brady is the most trustworthy man in professional sports.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      We should be able to talk more about the Baltimore protests this weekend.

      And religion.

      And the gays, since they’d never participate on a baseball blog.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Damn it.

      • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

        nah, the cubans around here are too lazy to get drawn into that argument.

    • Jim Is Bored

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    • TheEvilUmpire

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    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I actually liked Trisha.

    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

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    • D$

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      • FilthyFields

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    • jjyank

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    • Some Asshole

      Terry haiku

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      *something mysoginist about Katie Sharp*

      • pfoj

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    • TheEvilUmpire

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      • Some Asshole

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      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        RAB sucks anyway, not like I needed it at all. The commenters here are all a bunch of idiots.

    • pfoj

      In the end, the most important thing for the Yankees long term is getting under the luxury tax, even if the team suffers on the field for a few years.

    • dickylarue

      New Yankee Stadium is better than old Yankee Stadium.

    • jjyank

      Melvin Croussett sucks!

    • TheEvilUmpire

      RED SOX NATION FOREVER, YANKEES SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Some Asshole

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      • pfoj

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          That’s because I’m the smartest, most successful person here.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That’s because I’m the smartest, most successful person here.

          • Some Asshole

            Winn-ah.

          • Some Asshole

            Winn-ah.

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            >:(

      • pfoj

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    • TheEvilUmpire

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    • TheEvilUmpire

      Mel Hall and Chad Curtis are upstanding Christian men who have been railroaded by the American judicial system.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      If Dellin Betances had come up through the Twins’ system, he’d had won 25 games in a single season already, as Phil Hughes has shown.

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      If Dellin Betances had come up through the Twins’ system, he’d had won 25 games in a single season already, as Phil Hughes has shown.

    • FilthyFields

      When are we gonna turn Joba into a starter again?

    • FilthyFields

      When are we gonna turn Joba into a starter again?

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Core four!

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Core four!

    • FilthyFields

      Eddard is the only Commenter here that has A clue. He really knows baseball

    • FilthyFields

      Eddard is the only Commenter here that has A clue. He really knows baseball

    • Some Asshole

      If I win the date, given that I’m Moncada’s codpiece, wouldn’t it just be a self-love session?

      • TheEvilUmpire

        That doesn’t make me angry, but it’s too good not to vote up!

      • TheEvilUmpire

        That doesn’t make me angry, but it’s too good not to vote up!

    • Some Asshole

      If I win the date, given that I’m Moncada’s codpiece, wouldn’t it just be a self-love session?

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I can never get enough of Peter Gammons’ hard hitting, unbiased reporting.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I can never get enough of Peter Gammons’ hard hitting, unbiased reporting.

    • jjyank

      Dustin Pedroia gives better gift baskets than Derek Jeter ever did.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        Dustin Pedroia gives better head than Derek Jeter ever did.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Dustin Pedroia gave me head, and I’m going to tell you all about it starting NOW!

          Sorry, I gave Dustin Pedroia head, and I have to say I was impressed.

          • TheEvilUmpire

            Derek Jeter will give head to anyone; Dustin Pedroia has higher standards.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Dustin Pedroia gave me head, and I’m going to tell you all about it starting NOW!

          Sorry, I gave Dustin Pedroia head, and I have to say I was impressed.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        Dustin Pedroia gives better head than Derek Jeter ever did.

    • jjyank

      Dustin Pedroia gives better gift baskets than Derek Jeter ever did.

    • Some Asshole

      BGT gives our lives meaning.

    • Some Asshole

      BGT gives our lives meaning.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Mike should give a weekly column to the designated LoHud doctor in which she correctly diagnoses every ache and pain on the team.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Mike should give a weekly column to the designated LoHud doctor in which she correctly diagnoses every ache and pain on the team.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      No more DH please, I miss seeing pitchers hit and all that NL strategy.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      No more DH please, I miss seeing pitchers hit and all that NL strategy.

    • HoopDreams

      captainmike is rational

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I’d kick Michael Pineda down the stairs if I had the chance.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I had sex with every female in every one of your families.

      Because I’m the smartest, and most legit, fan here.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        That can’t be right, I thought that Eddard was the smartest and most legit fan. Or his dad.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        That can’t be right, I thought that Eddard was the smartest and most legit fan. Or his dad.

      • jjyank

        So you must have herpes. My sister says you’re welcome.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          She ain’t the only one in your family with herpes now!!!

      • jjyank

        So you must have herpes. My sister says you’re welcome.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I had sex with every female in every one of your families.

      Because I’m the smartest, and most legit, fan here.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Stephen Drew is Derek Jeter’s rightful heir.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Stephen Drew is Derek Jeter’s rightful heir.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I upvote every one of my own comments.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        And this thread has reached a new low….

        • Sir Didi Nakamura

          He did kind of piss me off, so maybe this is a new high. Excellent comment by him.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        CHEATER! You cheat like A-Rod cheat for home runs! You make me sick and I hate you!

    • ruralbob

      As I’ve been saying all season…

    • Rururr_Jururr

      “Why is number 15 retired for some ‘Thurman Munson’ guy that I never heard of?”

    • BigDavey88

      TommyJohnSmithCarlos wasn’t that funny.

    • Alkaline

      Your 2015 world champions, the Boston Red Sox!

      Am I too late for this game?

  • calripyankee

    The only way I want to see the Yankees add a SP, is if CC goes on the DL, and maybe not even then.. Anybody brought in is gonna be at CC’s level or close, and I don’t like the idea of having more of the same..

  • D$

    Regarding the Harper/Harvey question…(Harper Harvey – sounds like a porn star)…isn’t Gardner’s contract over after 2018 too?

    • Chip

      He might not even be on the team at that point.

      • D$

        If half the posters here had their way he’d be gone yesterday

        • Chip

          I have no issue with the notion of trading Gardner if the return is high quality. I think you should be open to trading anyone.

          • D$

            I agree. He’s our most tradable asset, base on talent level, contract, and roster redundancy, so if you can fill a position of need, and he’s the price, go for it. I just don’t think we should be dangling him.

            • Chip

              Exactly.

              Too many people think that when you say “this guy could be traded” that means you think this guy stinks and the team should give him away. That’s not the case. When I think about dealing Gardner it is usually for a young, high upside pitcher with ML experience like Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross or Alex Wood.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        NEVER

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        NEVER

  • Chip

    A few questions/thoughts:

    Assuming the promotion schedule that Mike has for Judge, who goes from Scranton to make room for him?

    They have an Austin, Heathcott, Gamel and Flores rotating through the OF and DH spots – so if they don’t promote one of those guys due to lack of space in NY then that means one of them has to go down to Trenton. Austin is having the worst season of the three but that would mean 3 years in Trenton for him. The alternative would be to dump Kyle Roller and move Austin to 1b.

    As to Beltran – I think at some point the Yankees will have to look at that as a sunk cost. Whether that means moving him to the bench or just releasing him I don’t know. But I have to believe that a platoon of Young with either Jones or Flores would be more productive right now and worlds better defensively. I know Jones hasn’t done anything, but I sort of look at that the same way I look at Carpenter – guy isn’t playing enough to produce and because he’s not producing when he plays, Joe isn’t in a hurry to play him.

    I like Kazmir, but I hate the notion of doing trades with Billy Beane – I would also be concerned about bringing him in from Oakland to the launching pad in NY.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Things work themselves out. :)

      Also, Ben Gamel stops no train.

      • Chip

        Of course, but the argument it will/could lead to is that Beltran/Jones on the roster is now preventing the Yankees from developing players.

    • The A-Train

      I think Beane will (rightly) require more than the Yankees should pay. The supplemental first round pick type of player would be more than I’d want to pay for Kazmir.

      • Chip

        If I were Beane looking at the Yankee organization I would want Bird and Mitchell for Kazmir.

        • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

          If I were Beane looking at the Yankees organization I would want Cashman’s job

          • Chip

            Why? He’s well paid, has part ownership of the team and has no expectations on him, which means anything he does in terms of making the playoffs is gravy.

            • jjyank

              Yeah, didn’t he turn down a job with the Red Sox back in the day? I think he’s staying put.

            • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

              while all of that sounds great, he’s still in Oakland.

              It’s like saying I have a beachfront mansion for my summer home, in SIberia.

              • Some Asshole

                I’m sure he can afford central San Fran.

              • whileaway

                have you spent any time in Oakland ? Siberia ? Oakland has some terrific areas to live.

                • Some Asshole

                  I hear the New York Times called it Brooklyn….

                  (This should be a nomination for the piss off RAB contest.)

                  • whileaway

                    absolutely no comparision

                    • Some Asshole

                      I don’t doubt it. Just wanted to make an equally aloof mention to the aloof Times story a few months ago.

                  • kikojones

                    A buddy who lived in Oakland for 5 years says SF:Oak::Manhattan:Brooklyn.

                • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

                  I’m sure it does, so does Detroit & Chicago – doesn’t make them any less of a shit hole in totality

                  • whileaway

                    if you´ve not lived in the Bay Area or explored its environs then please stop.

                    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

                      I’ve visited and I’m entitled to an opinion on the place; sorry if you have some sort of Oakland pride and me calling it a dump feels like I just kicked your dog and spit on your wife but I do in fact think of it as a dump.

                    • Jorge Steinbrenner

                      “Oakland is the Oakland of the Bay Area.”

        • The A-Train

          Then, if I were Cashman taking Beane’s call I would tell you to fuck off.

        • FilthyFields

          And if I’m cashman I laugh and hang up

        • FilthyFields

          And if I’m cashman I laugh and hang up

  • Fred Nuñez

    I still remember Arod & Giambi taking kazmir with them in a private jet on their way to Tampa, they obviously did it with the chance to convince Kazmir to convince billy beane to trade him to the yankees in 2015

  • Barzini

    Mo was so great that one even misses the week in April when everyone thought his career was beginning to end.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      I remember there was an article in the early 2000s saying Mariano was at the beginning of the end of his career. I’m pretty sure it was an “early April” kind of article. Couldn’t have proved them more wrong!

  • jjyank

    Betances and Miller have the most strikeouts on that list too. Pretty cool.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Who are you?

      • Jim Is Bored

        Who who. Who who.

        • Austinmac

          You are officially old. Of course, I got it.

          • Yankenstein

            Or a CSI fan.

          • Yankenstein

            Or a CSI fan.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Only 27. I do constantly miss music references so I’m always excited when I can use one.

            • D$

              Most of the time if you hear that song on the radio, and F-Bomb slips through towards the end. Pay attention next time…”Tell me who the fuck are youuuuu!”

            • Austinmac

              I guess I am officially old. Isn’t it interesting how many music verses we all know but can’t quote much of anything else?

            • Austinmac

              I guess I am officially old. Isn’t it interesting how many music verses we all know but can’t quote much of anything else?

            • Stan

              I’d tell you I have underwear that old but doesn’t say too much about my hygiene.

              • Jim Is Bored

                I disagree, I think it says everything we need to know.

              • Jim Is Bored

                I disagree, I think it says everything we need to know.

            • Stan

              I’d tell you I have underwear that old but doesn’t say too much about my hygiene.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Only 27. I do constantly miss music references so I’m always excited when I can use one.

        • Austinmac

          You are officially old. Of course, I got it.

      • jjyank

        Yeah man I’ve been posting occasionally again.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        It’s Randy

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        It’s Randy

  • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

    2 things:

    1. Halos also saved some money because Hamilton re-worked his deal based on the fact that he was moving to a no income tax state so they are saving more than just what the Rangers are paying.

    2. Not to be an asshole but I see too many people on here assuming it – Beltran isn’t really 22.5 mil per year b/c of luxury tax – they only pay luxury tax on the amount over the 189 mil. You’d have to figure what proportion of the payroll his $15 mil and then take that percentage times the luxury tax they pay. Again not trying to be an asshole, I just remember a lot of people complaining that Capuano and Drew are costing $7.5 mil when they aren’t really because you can’t pick which players are part of the first $189 mil and which players are part of the 189 to 220 mil part.

    At least that is my understanding of the luxury tax, I could be totally wrong on that.

    • D$

      I was thinking this exact thing when I was reading the post, about the lux tax. Thanks for putting it out there.

      • 86w183

        Absolutely correct. You can (but shouldn’t) assign the tax to certain contracts, but my list might be different than yours and neither woud be completely accurate.

        In reality if the payroll is $ 229 M and tax kicks in at $ 189, that means 17.5 % of your payroll is above the cap. Thus the accurate thing to say is everyone’s contract really costs 17.5 % more. A guy making $ 500 K is really costing $ 587,500. Beltran’s $ 15 M costs the Yankees $ 17.625 M

        • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

          no – everyone’s contract doesn’t cost 17.5% more; it would mean that 17.5% of everyone’s contract is taxed at the luxury tax rate of 50%.

        • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

          no – everyone’s contract doesn’t cost 17.5% more; it would mean that 17.5% of everyone’s contract is taxed at the luxury tax rate of 50%.

          • 86w183

            Forgot to factor in the tax rate…. so Beltran’s true cost to the Yanks is 8.75 % of his salary…$ 1.3125 M.

        • D$

          See my math in the comment above.

          • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

            your math is slightly wrong – it’s not their percentage of the cap room (15/189) it’s their percentage of the total (15/229).

            look at this way. we know they are $40 mil over so a $20 mil tax bill.

            229 mil * 17.5% = 40.08 mil * 50% = 20.04 mil (not exactly 20 mil b/c of rounding)

            So about 17.5% of everyone’s contract is what caused them to be over the 189 so for Beltran 15 mil * 17.5% * 50% = 1.3125 mil luxury tax hit.

        • D$

          See my math in the comment above.

      • 86w183

        Absolutely correct. You can (but shouldn’t) assign the tax to certain contracts, but my list might be different than yours and neither woud be completely accurate.

        In reality if the payroll is $ 229 M and tax kicks in at $ 189, that means 17.5 % of your payroll is above the cap. Thus the accurate thing to say is everyone’s contract really costs 17.5 % more. A guy making $ 500 K is really costing $ 587,500. Beltran’s $ 15 M costs the Yankees $ 17.625 M

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Well they signed him while they were over, right? So it kind of is 22.5m because of him.

      • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

        No because you could argue that they are over because of Arod’s contract or Tex’s or CC’s all of whom were signed years before but are being paid much more.

  • bernbabybern

    “his $15M annual salary is really $22.5M because of the luxury tax”

    No, not really. The luxury tax only applies to the amount over the limit, so applying it to any one particular player du jour does not make sense.

    • D$

      Right – mentioned below /. Beltran is ~7% of our lux tax dollars.

    • Some Asshole

      Strictly speaking, yes, but his salary still counts towards the threshold and the Yankees will not have other options jettisoned before the end of next season, at earliest.

      • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

        but that doesn’t matter – if Beltran retired today and the Yankees owed him nothing they wouldn’t get $7.5 mil off their luxury tax bill.

        • Some Asshole

          Well, no. If he retired today, only the amount paid to date this year would be calculated, I would think, and not even the full year’s worth. Chances are, the Yankees would need to shell out the full amount, since I don’t see his contract being off the books.

          • D$

            Right, but what he’s saying is that you can’t say Beltran is paid 150% of what Beltran is owed. Because if you do that for every team member, then your total is more than the actual.

            For easy maths, let’s say our final EOY payroll is $229MM. That’s $40MM over the cap, resulting in a $20MM hit. Beltran’s contract is ~7.9% of our cap room (15/189), so Beltran’s share of the hit is $1.58MM. Its not fair to say that $7.5MM of that $20MM is attributed to Beltran. Beltran costs $16.58MM this year, not $22.5MM.

            • D$

              Just realized I mathed wrong. I think he’d have to apply to the 229, not the 189. Either way. Its like a 150 bps difference.

              • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

                ignore my post below correcting you, just saw this

          • D$

            Right, but what he’s saying is that you can’t say Beltran is paid 150% of what Beltran is owed. Because if you do that for every team member, then your total is more than the actual.

            For easy maths, let’s say our final EOY payroll is $229MM. That’s $40MM over the cap, resulting in a $20MM hit. Beltran’s contract is ~7.9% of our cap room (15/189), so Beltran’s share of the hit is $1.58MM. Its not fair to say that $7.5MM of that $20MM is attributed to Beltran. Beltran costs $16.58MM this year, not $22.5MM.

          • D$

            I think I misread your comment, so ignore my reply if I’m agree with you…

            • Some Asshole

              Pretty much. I think the difference is looking at the total roster and saying everyone contributes to the cap and tax, which is true, but that the roster would be largely the same and still over the cap if Beltran were released and his contract still in effect.

            • Some Asshole

              Pretty much. I think the difference is looking at the total roster and saying everyone contributes to the cap and tax, which is true, but that the roster would be largely the same and still over the cap if Beltran were released and his contract still in effect.

          • D$

            I think I misread your comment, so ignore my reply if I’m agree with you…

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            If he retired today he’d make like 3m (guessing) and the rest of the 15m would be saved for the Yankees.

            • sevrox

              If he retired today, there’d be a slew of over-ecstatic Yankster fans…

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            If he retired today he’d make like 3m (guessing) and the rest of the 15m would be saved for the Yankees.

  • josh0909

    There’s no chance Harvey makes it to free agency if the mets are decent to good in the next few years.

    • Some Asshole

      If he becomes even more the face of the franchise, and assuming the Mets aren’t quite so hamstrung down the line, I could see them locking him up long term like Wright.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Yeah, this. I find it hard to believe the Mets let Harvey leave in Free Agency if he’s an ace. I feel like he’s going to be a Met for life, unless he really hates the Mets so much as to leave them. He’s in NY, an ace, fan base absolutely loves him, face of the franchise, will be tough for him to leave if they pay up, which I doubt they don’t.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Yeah, this. I find it hard to believe the Mets let Harvey leave in Free Agency if he’s an ace. I feel like he’s going to be a Met for life, unless he really hates the Mets so much as to leave them. He’s in NY, an ace, fan base absolutely loves him, face of the franchise, will be tough for him to leave if they pay up, which I doubt they don’t.

    • FilthyFields

      I disagree. I think he and the mets org hate each other

      • Some Asshole

        A lot can happen in three years. I mean, the Mets have taken over.

        • FilthyFields

          I do believe the mets to be trending in the right direction overall but until they show me a willingness to spend money to improve their roster Ill hold out hope that both harvey and harper are yankees soon enough

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            I really want Harper god damn, if he continues the way he’s going he’s getting 10/300m easily. Imagine if he improves even more, that’s going to be a crazy contract. I say it breaks Stanton’s record and unless Trout is also a free agent in 2019, then it won’t. If Trout is in FA after Harper (I’m 99% sure he is) he’ll break Harper’s record contract when he reaches FA. This is all assuming they continue on their same pace and improve as well.

        • FilthyFields

          I do believe the mets to be trending in the right direction overall but until they show me a willingness to spend money to improve their roster Ill hold out hope that both harvey and harper are yankees soon enough

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Do they really? What’s the story? Like he said he was healthy or something during rehab and the Wilpons got all pissy and yelled at him and the Dark Knight got pissed?

        • FilthyFields

          A bunch of little shit that adds up like them moving his locker to where no reporters could talk to him during spring training and not wanting him to do the GQ article and other stuff. Not a big deal but petty shit adds up

        • FilthyFields

          A bunch of little shit that adds up like them moving his locker to where no reporters could talk to him during spring training and not wanting him to do the GQ article and other stuff. Not a big deal but petty shit adds up

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Do they really? What’s the story? Like he said he was healthy or something during rehab and the Wilpons got all pissy and yelled at him and the Dark Knight got pissed?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      “Meet the Mets, beat the Mets.”

  • FriarFlyer

    The immortal duo of Hal Reniff and Dooley Womack…Reniff had some pennant winning pedigree and I think Womack ended up in Jim Bouton’s “Ball 4”

  • Centaur Hips
    • MTU

      In order to properly determine their projected ERA you must divide the height of one into the other.

  • calripyankee

    Wonder if the Yanks would listen if another team made a trade offer for Arod??

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I think they’d take a can of baked beans for Arod today if another team were willing to take on his whole salary.

      • 86w183

        As long as it’s a can of Bush’s

        • TheEvilUmpire

          I thought we all agreed to keep politics out of this blog?

        • TheEvilUmpire

          I thought we all agreed to keep politics out of this blog?

        • Some Asshole

          Fine, you win. We’ll accept a can of Dinty Moore.

        • Some Asshole

          Fine, you win. We’ll accept a can of Dinty Moore.

      • 86w183

        As long as it’s a can of Bush’s

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        I’d vote 1 on fan confidence polls until we won the final game of the year.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        I’d vote 1 on fan confidence polls until we won the final game of the year.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          You’d be singing a different tune if I told you that can of baked beans was life sized and contained the smuggled, hibernating body of Giancarlo Stanton.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          You’d be singing a different tune if I told you that can of baked beans was life sized and contained the smuggled, hibernating body of Giancarlo Stanton.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I think they’d take a can of baked beans for Arod today if another team were willing to take on his whole salary.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      no

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      no

  • calripyankee

    Wonder if the Yanks would listen if another team made a trade offer for Arod??

  • Some Asshole

    Guest post submission? “Asshole Corner” has a ring to it.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Sounds like a gay porn serial to me.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Sounds like a gay porn serial to me.

      • jjyank

        More like gay porn cereal.

        • Some Asshole

          Kid tested. Mother approved.

      • jjyank

        More like gay porn cereal.

    • HoopDreams
    • HoopDreams
    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Biggest asshole moves of the week? That would be fun. But it has to be written by you and you can’t go by your real name. Has to be submitted by “Some Asshole” talking about some assholes. Things like Joey Votto bumping into the ump this week and maybe an Ump tossing a guy for doing nothing bad at all, or A-Rod hitting a HR to pass Willie Mays which is an asshole move because he’s a cheat. I can get behind this.

      • Some Asshole

        I like this idea, very much. As long as it isn’t Keith Olbermann doing it and getting fired again.

        • Sir Didi Nakamura

          Do it please

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Biggest asshole moves of the week? That would be fun. But it has to be written by you and you can’t go by your real name. Has to be submitted by “Some Asshole” talking about some assholes. Things like Joey Votto bumping into the ump this week and maybe an Ump tossing a guy for doing nothing bad at all, or A-Rod hitting a HR to pass Willie Mays which is an asshole move because he’s a cheat. I can get behind this.

    • D$

      Some Asshole’s Spouts Shit About Other Assholes

      I Like it.

      • Douglas Rau

        Any way we can make the acronym fit “SASS OFF”?

        • sevrox

          ‘Over Other’ instead of ‘About Other’. Fixed.

    • D$

      Some Asshole’s Spouts Shit About Other Assholes

      I Like it.

  • Some Asshole

    Guest post submission? “Asshole Corner” has a ring to it.

  • 86w183

    Completely agree with Mike regarding the draft picks. The Yanks don’t often get to pick multiple guys in the top 30 and should take full advantage. If a TJS guy is available at # 57 or # 92 then go for it, but get healthy guys with the top two selections (# 16 & # 30).

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      If Aiken & Matuella are available at both, how can you not take them? I’ll take the incredible potential guys if it means they have to rehab for a year. They get taken before the #16 pick anyway I bet.

      • 86w183

        Aiken will probably go 10-15, Matuella more likely to be there at # 16. In a way it depends on how much you like the other options at #16. If Florida OF Daniel Tucker is there I take him in a heartbeat.

      • 86w183

        Aiken will probably go 10-15, Matuella more likely to be there at # 16. In a way it depends on how much you like the other options at #16. If Florida OF Daniel Tucker is there I take him in a heartbeat.

      • Douglas Rau

        Isn’t that the approach the Yankees took with Andrew Brackman? To be fair, the mistake there was giving him a MAJOR league contract. Boy, that was stupid.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Brackman was also an incredibly raw project.

          I actually don’t think it was stupid. I think it was a true swing for fences that didn’t work out. The MLB contract was the one thing that didn’t do anyone any favors there, including Brackman.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      If Aiken & Matuella are available at both, how can you not take them? I’ll take the incredible potential guys if it means they have to rehab for a year. They get taken before the #16 pick anyway I bet.

  • 86w183

    Completely agree with Mike regarding the draft picks. The Yanks don’t often get to pick multiple guys in the top 30 and should take full advantage. If a TJS guy is available at # 57 or # 92 then go for it, but get healthy guys with the top two selections (# 16 & # 30).

  • dave_8

    “minor league walk rates aren’t all that predictive because there are so many pitchers in the minors who have absolutely no idea where the ball is going, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they miss the plate, it also means they catch too much of it.”

    Something to think about when analyzing Greg Bird too.

    • Stan

      I think a minor league manager would be a better judge if a player has a good eye/patience and would send that information up the line. Better than just using the numbers.

      • dave_8

        I don’t doubt the patience. But as the pitching gets better, you’re going to have to swing the bat and hit. Less ball 4s as you go up the ladder.

      • 86w183

        Minor league managers have to submit daily reports on their games and the main purpose is to evaluate the quality of the AB whether the player is 4-for-5 or 0-for-6.

        For example I once saw a college hitter go 0-for-4 with three strikeouts…. but he fouled off more than a dozen pitches with two strikes on him driving up the pitch count. Two of those fouls were HR that were barely foul and the fourth out was a lazer flagged down in the gap. Damnmdest 0-4 game I ever saw someone have.

        • Stan

          kinda like that ball velocity stat

    • Stan

      I think a minor league manager would be a better judge if a player has a good eye/patience and would send that information up the line. Better than just using the numbers.

  • Stan

    Regarding Harper vs Harvey. I agree with Mike that I think they would take Harper.

    Along with his reasoning above, Harvey will be 4 years removed from TJ surgery and would be much more of an injury concern to me with the wear and tear he would place on the elbow.

    • Douglas Rau

      I don’t know–I mean, yes, I rather have Harper (younger, everyday player = more impact on the games, yada yada yada) but if Harvey pitches 4 great (or even good) seasons with the Mets leading up to his free agency, I don’t know how much I worry about his elbow. I wonder what the precedent is for pitchers pitching that long after TJS.

      • Stan

        I remember reading an article on MLB trade rumors (I think) about a team (forgot which) not willing to pay up for a guy who was more than 4 years past TJ surgery citing their belief that they will start to decline after a while.

        • Douglas Rau

          Well, yeah, you go far enough into any pitcher’s career, he starts to age like milk, TJS or not. Just look at CC.

          • Stan

            I’d say any pitcher post surgery/bad injury are a much bigger risk

  • ruralbob

    Dooley Womack and Hal Reniff – good times.

  • JLC 776

    16 questions and not one of them is centered on trading Gardner? Amazing!

    • Stan

      Trading Gardner wouldn’t happen till the offseason at the earliest unless they were bowled over by the deal, and that would only be if they sign a BJ Upton or they feel Judge (or some other prospect) is ready to come up.

      I know some people get tired of seeing Gardner’s name in trade discussions but he and Headley are the only easily movable vets (contractwise) that would bring back anything, and an outfielder is easier to replace than a 3B. So his name will continue to bandied about.

    • blake

      You just started it

  • The Baseball Ninja

    I don’t think “we are still going through this” on the Pineda/Montero trade. We won that one. Convincingly, if you ask me.

  • Tim

    In regards to draft picks, I’d be in full support of taking Aiken. How often are we going to get a potential number 1 overall pitcher? I’m fully aware that TJ surgery is a big deal but the upside far outweighs the risk.

  • Rob

    Nice find on the Kuroda video just watched it. He looks exactly the same as usual, so consistent and the delivery repeatable. And lots of ground balls. He is awesome. Love the energy at a Japanese baseball game, constant music, signing and noise. That’s cool

    • Rob

      And did anyone see the batting stance and swing of the guy at 2:14 on that video? That’s hilarious! I laughed so hard every time he came up. Color me unsurprised that he went O-fer