600 lbs of pitchers?

Was checking in on the chat at MLBTradeRumors today and someone asked about the Yanks making a 1 year offer to Bartolo Colon.

Q: are the yank looking at bartolo colon
A: I havent heard that but it would make sense. Colon could be a solid signing at the right price.

Holy fat pants, Batman. Can you imagine those two in the same rotation? Can we come up with some new stats to impress the Bill James crowd, please?

Of course, BaseballReference has them each listed at, ahem, 250 lbs each. If they are each 250 lbs, then I’m the size of your average 5th grader. Bartolo hasn’t seen the scale stop at 250 in at least a dozen years, easy.

Who would your Ultimate Fatboy Rotation consist of*? Have at it.

Some suggestions to get you started (additions as noted):

* Here is a good list of the best seasons by heavy pitchers. I don’t care much for performance; I want guys who would scare a Chinese Buffet owner into closing early.

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Broken record alert

Peavy to the Braves. Nope. Wait, maybe.
Peavy to the Cubs. Nope. Wait, maybe.
Peavy to the Yanks. Nope. Wait, maybe.

You get the picture.

So what will it take? Honestly, I have no idea and even less of an idea after reading this (emphasis mine):

The Yankees’ farm system is strong enough to match up with the Padres if the teams revive their discussions on right-hander Jake Peavy. The Padres, according to one major-league source, told the Yankees that a deal would be possible even if the Yankees declined to offer right-hander Phil Hughes.

The Padres scouted Hughes in a recent Arizona Fall League game, but the Yankees have zero intention of trading him …

If they don’t want Cano and will do a deal without Hughes, who are they after? Brackman? Austin Jackson? Betances? I’m curious to know what the roadblock is, from the Yanks side, if Hughes is off the table. Where’s the tipping point? Who’s holding it up?

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Yanks, Sox to wage war for Burnett?

Here we go again.

According to an industry source, Boston plans to be a major player for A.J. Burnett, one of the pitchers the Yankees are targeting along with CC Sabathia to bolster their starting rotation. Derek Lowe, another arm coveted by the Bombers, is also on Boston’s radar.

I honestly can’t see the Sox going all out for Burnett. Not with what it will likely take to get him, both in terms of years (at least 4, likely 5) and dollars (at a minimum $13.5m per, greater than the $13m that Dempster just got over 4 years). Boston seems to value flexibility more than the Yanks do, probably because their pockets, while miles deep, do have a bottom. I can see Lowe returning to the Sox, though.

Call me crazy, but this reeks of an awful deja vu: The battle the Yanks and Sox had over both Jose Contreras (which brought the “Evil Empire” moniker to the Bronx) and Carl Pavano. Remember, it was just 4 years ago when the Yanks were giddy to sign Pavano after a long tug-of-war with Boston. Remember, too, the good feelings each side had back then:

“Since I was seven years old, I always dreamed of playing for the Yankees, so this is a dream come true,” said Pavano, a native of Southington, Connecticut — about two hours from Yankee Stadium.

“My heart was always with this team,” Pavano added. “I felt this was my best situation, not only having my family here but the winning tradition. Who doesn’t want to play for the Yankees?”

I feel sick. Just re-reading those quotes by Pavano, four years and $40 million later, rings so awfully hollow, so fake.

I’m not calling Burnett “Pavano II”, but the battle between the Yanks and the Sox, if true, always leaves me feeling queasy. There’s nothing about Burnett that would seem to indicate that he’d take less to go to any particular team. This guy did opt out of his BlueJays contract to seek a bigger, longer term deal. He still hasn’t accepted the Jays extension offer, which is for 4 years and $54 million. Burnett has proven his ability to handle the AL East, something Pavano never did. That’s a good thing. Except that I have that “even if we win, we lose” feeling.

I still can’t see the Sox extending Burnett to five years when they can have Lowe for three.

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Remember: Check your work

As I tell my kids when I review their homework: Always check your work before handing it in. Note to BBWAA voters: DO THE SAME!

Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News clearly didn’t check his work and completely left AL MVP Dustin Pedroia off his ballot. To his credit, he fessed up, but it still doesn’t make it OK:

Did I perhaps get too “cute” at the bottom of the ballot? Yeah, probably. Was that a mistake? Yeah, probably. Was it a mistake to leave him out of the top five; in retrospect, yeah, it was. My colleagues all thought he belonged in the top five. My opinion on this one was obviously wrong. What I’m happiest about is that if my analysis was so wrong, at least it did not cost Pedroia the MVP award. I can assure you I give the MVP vote an awful lot of time. In this case, perhaps I gave it too much time and overanalyzed, particularly at the bottom of the ballot. In retrospect, it’s hard to argue that Pedroia wasn’t one of the 10 best players in the league.

Maybe he did check his work, but maybe he also needs someone to simply check his work before he handed it in. Someone who could say “Evan, don’t you think you ought to consider Pedroia somewhere in your Top 10?” You know, like an editor. It’s possible he couldn’t see the forest thru the trees due to spending so much time “being cute”. Still, inexcusable if you ask me. Which you didn’t, but so what.

And this concludes my complaining about the BBWAA voting (until the next time they screw up).

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A view from the reporter's chair

Ken Davidoff of Newsday.com offers us a pretty unique, frank and open view of what the challenges the beat writers face with regards to rumors and scuttlebutt. Pretty darn interesting.

Best parts of the read were the behind-the-scenes stories about Pettitte’s signing with Houston in the Winter of 2003 and the whole Sheffield saga of that same off-season. And I still wish we let Sheff walk to get Vlad instead. Sheff’s story was awesomely funny:

Here’s the kicker: Because the Yankees didn’t submit the paperwork for the deal – in the effort to deceive the Braves – it wasn’t yet an official contract. And the moody Sheffield decided, in early December, that he was worth more. He started threatening to back out of the deal. Cashman, sensing opportunity, quickly hammered out a five-year agreement with free agent Vladimir Guerrero for about $65 million.

Sheff backed down, however – and the Braves didn’t offer arbitration – and The Boss decided he wanted Sheffield over Guerrero.

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MVP Voting = crapfest

I contemplated a post about the MVP voting shenanigans and the craptastic logic spewed by the BBWAA, but then I read ShysterBall’s “Albert Pujols: ‘not an embarrassing selection'” and I concluded that I could add nothing more to a well-crafted rant. Trust me, go read it.

I wonder if Sheridan — a Philly journalist, mind you — is willing to go tell Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge that they had nothing to do with the NL East crown. A crown, by the way, that was won with only two more victories than the winner of the “watered-down farce” that was the wild card race.

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An expensive station car

For those of you who don’t rely on mass transit to get to the office, you might not be familar with the concept of a “station car”. A station car is (usually) a second car that a family owns that is used almost exclusively to shuttle back and forth to the train/bus station. It’s also not usually glamorous, dent-free, freshly washed, or from this decade*. The most basic and elemental form of transport.

* if this describes your everyday car, hold your head high and don’t send me any nasty emails. Use that bucket of bolts to your advantage. Park really close to that BMW or Mercedes. Cut in front of that Range Rover who was waiting for that parking spot that you want. Merge signs to not concern you.

Living where I do, I sometimes see station cars that I’d easily swap for my car. Good for those folks doing that well, I guess. I generally see it as a foolish expense done to make a statement, but either maybe I’m more practical than my neighbors or they’re making that much more than me.

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Bullpen? check!

Pete Abraham was trying to figure out which free agents the Yanks would be after by position and when he came to the bullpen, he realized that the Yanks bullpen was largely complete:

Closer: Mariano Rivera.
Left-handed set-up: Damaso Marte, Phil Coke
Right-handed set-up: Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez
Promising young guys who are moving up: David Robertson, Mark Melancon
Injured guys who could have a role: Humberto Sanchez, Jon Albaladejo
Guys you get a sense could help if they didn’t send them back and fourth to Scranton 500 times: Chris Britton
Assorted long reliever candidates: Dan Giese, Alfredo Aceves
Guys they’re still holding a candle for: J.B. Cox
Minor-league starters who could be good major-league relievers: Chase Wright, Alan Horne, Eric Hacker
Prospects below AAA who could make a move in 2009: Kevin Whelan, Anthony Claggett, Zach Kroenke

What I like about this is that Pete gives us some names that aren’t exactly familar to all of us, namely the prospects and minor league starters who might become useful. Personally, I am excited to see what Mark Melancon can do. He’s been discussed/mentioned as a possible heir apparent to Mo in a few years.

Also, as a sneak preview, I have an interview coming up with one of the minor leaguers mentioned here. Hopefully will have something to share within a week or so. Stay tuned!

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