How Much Does V-Mart Help the Red Sox?

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 Continue reading How Much Does V-Mart Help the Red Sox?

Yanks get Jerry Hairston Jr.

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 Continue reading Yanks get Jerry Hairston Jr.

Arroyo does OJ impersonation: "If I am on the list, here's why"

Not sure what to think of this one*. You’ve got a current player admitting to using Andro and amphetamines and getting a jump on the Excuse Bus by doing so. Now, if his name comes out, he’s already admitted to using this stuff. Interesting tactic, Brandon.

Arroyo, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2003-05 and is now a starter with the Cincinnati Reds, said he took androstenedione, which was banned in 2004, as well as amphetamines, which were banned in 2006, according to the Herald report. He said he gave up taking andro, a steroid precursor, when a rumor spread through baseball that due to lax production standards, some of it was laced with steroids.
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Before 2004, none of us paid any attention to anything we took,” he said, according to the Herald. “Now they don’t want us to take anything unless it’s approved. But back then, who knows what was in stuff? The FDA wasn’t regulating stuff, not unless it was killing people or people were dying from it.”

Arroyo said he started taking taking andro after 1998, after a season with the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate. “Andro made me feel great, I felt like a monster. I felt like I could jump and hit my head on the basketball rim,” he said, according to the report.

That’s a pretty revealing tell, no? I think he’s 100% correct; there was very little oversight in this process back then.

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The "release the names" debate

The emotional side of me wants the balance of the names on The List released, just so we can take the pain and move on. Of course, that position has no consideration for the rights of the players who were promised certain things. Releasing The List to satisfy our urges to “know it all” violates several important things, namely the rights of those on The List. Time to use the logical side.

Leave it to Shysterball to break out his lawyerriffic tendencies and flex his mental muscles on us:

The listed players have had at least two legal duties owed to them breached and two legal rights entitled to them violated: the fiduciary duties owed to them by their union, the contractual duties owed to them by baseball and the testing lab, their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, supposedly guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and the right to have their medical information kept private, guaranteed by HIPAA. It’s too late for Manny, Papi, A-Rod, and Sosa, but around 100 other of these guys still have not been damaged by these egregious acts, though they will be if their names are released as everyone is so blithely demanding.

Whether you agree or not, go have a read. At least you might learn a thing or two.

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Game 102: Yankees 2, White Sox 3

Last night the Yankees faced off against the Chicago White Sox in a game that featured both teams’ pitchers firing. Perhaps it was fitting that on “Mark Buerhle Day,” at U.S. Cellular Field, his perfect game savior, Dewayne Wise, would hit the game winning single in the White Sox 3-2 walk off defeat of the Yankees.

The White Sox drew first blood when Gordon Beckham ripped a double down the left field line to score Chris Getz in the third. Pettitte and Gavin Floyd kept the batters on both teams quiet until Jose Molina, catching for Posada after the trek from Tampa Bay, smacked a ground rule double in the sixth. Johnny Damon tied the game and got the Yankees on the board when his hit sent Molina to the plate. In the bottom of the seventh things started to unravel for the Yankees. Pettitte slipped on the infield, allowing Thome on base. Girardi brought out Hughes to relieve Andy with two runners on and one out. Hughes battled Quentin who fouled off a few pitches before grounding the ball to A-Rod for what seemed like an inning ending double play. Instead, a hard/late/questionable slide by Pierzynski caused Cano to throw the ball past Teixeira and Thome scored, giving the White Sox the 2-1 lead. With two outs in the ninth, Nick Swisher brought new life the Yankees, driving a homer into left field. Hughes came out again at the bottom of the ninth and after giving up a single to Thome and Konerko, was replaced by Phil Coke. Coke got Pierzynski to fly out to Melky, but Dewayne Wise would single in Posedenik (pinch running for Thome) for the walk-off win.

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Red Sox to acquire Victor Martinez, per twitter

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 Continue reading Red Sox to acquire Victor Martinez, per twitter

A bit more on Papi, Manny

I really don’t want to spend much more time on this, but a few more thoughts before I put it to bed:

  • The only thing “good” coming out of the revelations is that those Sox fans who always cried that the Yanks run was tainted can now shaddup. So sayeth Big Red:

Boston fans have taken great pleasure in harpooning the Yankees and their fans since the Sox historic comeback against the Bronx Bombers in the 2004 American League Championship Series. It was tons of fun to ridicule 21st century Yankee steroid cheats Roger Clemens, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, and Jason Giambi. When Alex Rodriguez was outed last winter, it was a national holiday for Red Sox hubris.

Now this.

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Washburn To Tigers, What About Duchscherer?

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 Continue reading Washburn To Tigers, What About Duchscherer?