Would you think I’m crazy if I said the Yankees should be thrilled at this deal? When you look at the what the Red Sox acquired versus what they gave up, it’s very hard to knock the Victor Martinez deal. They got an All-Star level bat who can play 2 positions for 3 pitchers who may never be anything more than mediocre. Masterson is a pretty average reliever who has the potential to be a very good reliever or a third to fourth starter. Hagadone and Price have terrific arms but have shown little in terms of consistent results. Subtracting Masterson’s 4.50 ERA from the Sox pen shouldn’t hurt Boston very much, while Martinez, in his best years, often added 5+ wins per year to his team in terms of WAR (Wins Above Replacement Level Player). This number may even go up when you consider that his bat will typically be replacing Lowell, Varitek (who between the two of them give you almost 1 win above replacement with their bats) and Ortiz, who is a minus with his bat. … Click here to read the rest
Joel Sherman has the news. Hairston, 33, was acquired from the Reds, where he hit .254/.305/.397. He can play the OF—all three positions—and some IF (3B, 2B, SS). Hairston isn’t as fast as Gardner (not even close), but he offers some speed and is a good OF defender while his defense in the IF is passable (I’m not sure about third, though). Solid bench move for the Yankees. I wonder if this ends Cody Ransom’s tenure with the club?
UPDATE – Jonathan Mayo is reporting that the Yankees might have sent Austin Jackson to the Reds in this deal though that hasn’t been confirmed. I refuse to believe that Brian Cashman would make such a move.
UPDATE – Mayo is now saying that the Jackson info is inaccurate. Whew…
And as far as his teammates from that period, Manny and Papi:
“But guys like David and Manny, if they did something, it didn’t make them who they were. Did it make them a little better? Probably,” Arroyo said, according to the report.
Ouch. Still doesn’t explain the cornrows that Arroyo chose.
Yankee Bats: The Yankees struck out 14 times last night and were 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Perhaps their offense got a late flight from Tampa?
Teixeira & A-Rod: Both went 0-4 with 3 Ks. Teix left 4 runners on base.
Cano: Also went 0-4 and had a crucial error when Pierzynski took a hard ‘slide into second in the seventh.
Pettitte: Despite the fact that he is still searching for his first victory since July 1, Pettitte put in a great night. He threw 6.1 innings, gave up only 5 hits and 2 runs (1 earned). Pettitte didn’t walk anyone and struck out 8.
Swisher: His homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs was clutch, too bad the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on it.
Damon: Johnny’s bat had been kind of quiet in Tampa, but last night he went 2-3 and picked up a RBI.
Hughes: When Hughes walked out to the mound in the ninth I had a bad feeling.… Click here to read the rest
No word on the price yet, but hopefully the Indians were able to extract some valuable players/prospects from Boston. The tweet is from Bob Nightengale, a USA Today writer. Of the big 3 of Halladay, Adrian Gonzalez, and Martinez, V-Mart would likely have had the lowest cost, and is not the same caliber player as the other two. This is a nice addition to the struggling Boston lineup (depending on the price, of course), but as a Yankee fan, it’s hardly a reason to panic. I imagine Martinez will spend a lot of time at 1st base, with Youkillis moving to 3rd. He will probably catch occasionally as well, to spell the gritty Jason Varitek.
Now let’s see if the Yankees make any moves in the next 2 hours, perhaps to solidify the 5th spot in the rotation (Justin Duchscherer?). I’m not expecting anything major at this point, and since Boston seems to be out of the Hallady picture with this trade, I don’t see the Yankees overpaying Toronto in a panic to keep him away from Boston.… Click here to read the rest
- Every team since (at least) the 1989 A’s have had someone using something illegal. Not just the World Series winners. Every team. Every WS Champ has a stain.
- This doesn’t invalidate what any team accomplished. It might make it less “heartwarming” or something like that. Or… not. I don’t think Sox fans’ views on 2004 and 2007 will materially change, just as I still look back at 1996, 1998-00 with great joy. Especially 1996 and 1998.
- According to Big Red: “David Ortiz lied to you. It seems safe to say that his entire Red Sox career is a lie“. That’s a bit over the top, even from a Yanks fan. Sure, he lied but that doesn’t negate his entire career.
- Why on Earth did Ortiz say those things back in February and earlier about one year suspensions, not embarrassing his family, etc.? Are we to believe that Ortiz had no idea his name was on The List? Why would he take such a self-righteous stance, obviously lying to his fans?
It seems that one of the major options to fill the rotation hole soon to be created by Joba Chamberlain’s inning limits has been snapped up by Detroit. In a strange move from a team that needed a bat a lot more than it needed an arm, Detroit has reportedly snapped up the 35 year old lefty, for prospects Luke French and Mauricio Robles. The Yankees were clearly not entirely sold on Washburn, because that is an offer that they certainly could have beaten without it hurting too much.
One guy that I think would be a good fit is Justin Duchscherer of the A’s:
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Justin Duchscherer took a step forward in his comeback from the disabled list, throwing two perfect innings with two strikeouts Sunday in a rehab outing with Class A Stockton.
It was the first game this season for Duchscherer, who has been sidelined while recovering from elbow surgery and back problems. Next up is a Friday start with Triple-A Sacramento.