Archive for December, 2007

Happy New Year’s

December 31, 2007
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Arbitration

December 31, 2007

INF Wilson Betemit, RHP Brian Bruney, 2B Robinson Cano and RHP Chien-Ming Wang are all eligible for arbitration. The 10-day filing period starts on Saturday. That means the agents and the teams submit their proposals. The figures are exchanged on Jan. 18 and the first hearings start Feb. 1. (Source)

It is very doubtful that any of these will go to hearings. It is also doubtful that any of the players will get multi-year deals. So, expect all of these guys to be back on one-year deals, which is good news.

Love is a burning thing…

December 30, 2007

…and it makes a firey ring. Sorry, I’ve seen Walk the Line like 100X over the last month. Thanks HBO! Anyway, this is a little part of John Harper’s Daily News column where he forgets to hide the mega-huge boner for Joe Torre that never went away.

From there the offseason began with the classless handling of Joe Torre’s departure, which made the Yankees look small and leaves open the question of whether the absence of Torre’s steady hand will impact their run of 13 straight playoff seasons.

I don’t look at the Yankees while cooking Joe Torre eggs in the mourning like John Harper. So, I have a different point of view. I don’t think the Yankees looked small at all while pushing Torre out the door. I thought it was a great move. It was the final step in the transition to committing to the farm system, roster flexibility and young players.

Honestly, how much does Harper worship Torre? He actually brings up the question of how the Yankees will fare without the “steady hand” of Torre. Will they even make the playoffs!?!?!?? Dear lord, this is so stupid. Folks, losing a manager that drank too much tea to even stay awake during games will not (I REPEAT; WILL NOT) keep them out of the 2008 playoffs.

He might keep the Dodgers out of the 2008 playoffs….

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Leyritz

December 29, 2007

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Any event that makes this picture relevent enough to warrant posting, I’d usually take because it represents one of my favorite Yankee memories. But, it is very sad and unfortunate that this happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the departed.

Callis

December 27, 2007

Andrew Eden Prairie, Minnesota: Do you think the yankees should put Austin Jackson in the Santana deal or should they just keep him so he’ll be thier center-fielder in the future?

SportsNation Jim Callis: I like Austin Jackson, and I put him on my personal Top 50 prospects list int the Handbook. But he’s not a lock, he’s coming off one good year, he hasn’t played above high Class A. I wouldn’t let Austin Jackson be the sticking point in a Santana deal, no.

This reeks of Steve Phillips’ “I don’t let Melky Cabrera keep me out of the playoffs if I can bring Eric Gagne in” quote.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007

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Busta full of crap, Joba to be in rotation

December 24, 2007

“We plan to have him go into spring training as a starter,” GM Brian Cashman said.

Hank Steinbrenner: “At this point, we’re all planning to … it’s everybody’s plan to start him as a starter, and that’s Joba’s preference, too. He said it on ESPN. I know he’d do anything and give it his best, but that’s his preference. As far as me and Cashman and [Mark] Newman and [Damon] Oppenheimer, I think we all want him in the rotation.”

So, Busta was wrong, Joba won’t start the year in the bullpen. HA! Here are a few other interesting quotes:

“Maxed-out innings are going to be an issue for all of them, all of the young ones. I don’t know how thats going to be accomplished, but we’ll manage it.” — senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman

It’s possible that Chamberlain could spend some time in the bullpen to help cap his innings, Newman said. That’s not in the early-season plans, though.“I’m not even saying he’s going to be in there at all,” Newman said. “I can’t say he’ll be in there for a day or a minute. He could be at some point to limit the innings, but that’s up to Joe [Girardi].”

“Oh, yeah, we’ve come a long way in two years,” Cashman said. “It’s taken a lot of hard work to get it to this point, but you can never rest on that aspect. All the work you put in in getting players pays off five years down the road.”

“All three of those guys (Joba, Phil, Ian) , they want it,” Eiland said. “They’re very competitive, and they want the bright lights to shine on them. We can’t expect all three of them to go out and win 20 games, but I think they’ll be successful.” (Source)

I like it when the guys who know what they are talking about in our organization talk. Like Cash, Newman, Eiland, Oppenheimer and Nardi.

Q knows

December 23, 2007

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It will never stop

December 23, 2007

Does Yankees’ Steroid Use Indirectly Taint Torre?

By MURRAY CHASS: My favorite subject is Torre’s taint.

Nick Shlain: Maybe he didn’t write the second line, but Chass continued to write an entirely pointless column about how the 2000 WS Champion Yankees team had 10 guys who used PEDs and that somehow is bad for Joe Torre’s legacy.

I’ve always thought that Torre got too much credit for the ’96-’01 Dynasty and I think of him as a guy who was in the right place at the right time and rode great players to championships. To now find out that a few of those players weren’t playing on the level doesn’t really effect his legacy unless he knew about it and didn’t say anything.

In the last sentence I said ‘a few of those players.’ Yes, 10 guys were in the Mitchell Report, but it wasn’t the entire starting nine and Clemens. Also, some that were named didn’t use until after the 2000 season, which wouldn’t taint Yankee titles since we haven’t splashed champayne since ’00.

The players who did use PEDs that year were:

Roger Clemens
Denny Naegle
Jason Grimsley
Jose Canseco?
Glenallen Hill?

The only one of those guys that really contributed was Clemens. You can make a case for Hill, who posted a 175 OPS+ after getting traded to the Yankees, but he still wasn’t a regular. Either way, I don’t think that taints the ’00 WS team at all or Torre’s legacy, which I don’t consider to be in high regard or to be relevant either.

Also, I’d like to remind everyone that the Yankees, in fact, did not invent steroids and were not the only team using them in ’00 or any other year.

Thanks Colorado

December 22, 2007

The NL champion Colorado Rockies filled a vacancy in their bullpen Friday by agreeing to a $7.5 million, two-year contract with right-hander Luis Vizcaino. (Source)

That means the Yankees will receive a Type-B draft pick in a loaded 2008 draft.

Thank you.

Joba to begin ’08 in the pen?

December 22, 2007

Heard this: If all goes well in spring training for the Yankees, Joba Chamberlain is likely to start next season in the Yankees’ bullpen, as part of the team’s effort to limit his innings. Chamberlain will go to spring training and, at the outset, prepare to pitch out of the rotation, along with five other rotation candidates: Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Mike Mussina and Ian Kennedy. Assuming that none of the other five has a physical or performance breakdown, Chamberlain would then open 2008 in the bullpen, as a set-up man, for at least the start of the season — under the Joba Rules.

The Yankees want to restrict the number of innings Chamberlain throws, and working him out of the bullpen for at least a couple of months will allow them to do that. Chamberlain may return to the rotation sometime in the middle of the season, depending on the Yankees’ needs. (Source: Busta Onley’s Insider Blog)

First, we can all agree that the Yankees do need to find a way to limit innings not only for Joba, but for Hughes and Kennedy as well.

Is the best way to do that by starting the season with Joba in the pen? I don’t think so. How does that do anything for Hughes and Kennedy? Joba isn’t the only young pitcher on this team.

An easier way to do this would be to have a six man rotation and skip guys, but that may not be an option if Moose is forced into retirement after April via being terrible at pitching a baseball.

Also, what does Busta mean by ‘heard this’? The Yankees have an owner who will tell you exactly what they are thinking/about to do in the front office, why doesn’t he just ask him?

The dream is dead

December 21, 2007

In another personnel matter, Steinbrenner said he did not expect the Yankees to go after free-agent righthander Mark Prior. The 27-year-old was once one of the top up-and-comers in baseball but has been oft-injured. This season, he was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts for the Cubs before shoulder surgery.“We kind of looked into it, but at this point, no,” Steinbrenner said of the Yankees’ interest in Prior. (Source)

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Damn you Hank!