Arroyo: I May Be On Steroid List

From ESPN:

Bronson Arroyo, a former Boston Red Sox teammate of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, said he would not be surprised to find his name on a list of 104 ballplayers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, after he had heard a then-legal supplement he was using was tainted with steroids, the Boston Herald reported.

“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.

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Do We Overvalue Prospects? (RAB Guest Post)

I worte a guest post for RAB yesterday on a topic I covered in this space earlier in the week. I figured I would toss it up here for discussion.

We live in a town where the most popular sports talk radio host in the area knows Jesus Montero as “that catchuh in AA that everyone likes so much.” The fact that people who do not know anything about the #3 prospect in all of baseball are the ones informing the masses leads many local fans to view prospects in a dismissive light. You will hear trade proposals from fans that empty a farm system because they really do not know much about the minor leaguers, and the hosts that they trust are not about to inform them. Those of us who are internet-savvy and read sites such as BP, BA, and RAB tend to believe that our education in these matters grants us a greater understanding of the value of prospects, and we are disdainful of most of these trade proposals.… Click here to read the rest

Minors Recap, 7/30

Scranton falls to Durham, 6-2 (7 innings, game 1 of doubleheader)

  • Ivan Nova pitched a complete (7 inning) game and took the loss, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 2.
  • Kevin Russo was 2 for 3 with a steal.
  • Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson, and Shelley Duncan were each 0 for 2.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 3 with a 2-run shot, his 15th.
  • Yurrell de Caster was 1 for 3.

Scranton defeats Durham, 8-2 (7 innings, game 2)

  • Romulo Sanchez started, giving up a run on 5 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings, and striking out 5.
  • Mike Dunn gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks in 2 innings, and fanned 2.
  • Kevin Russo was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.
  • Ramiro Pena was 0 for 3.
  • Austin Jackson was 0 for 3, dropping his average to .307.
  • Juan Miranda was 0 for 2 with a walk.
  • Yurrell de Caster was 1 for 3.
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Hal strikes again?

The Yankees contacted the Royals about Brian Bannister—who has taken steps in the right direction this year—however, according to Jayson Stark and Buster Olney (ESPN), the talks didn’t progress because the Yankees asked the Royals to pay the remaining $650,000 that’s left on Bannister’s contract. Strange development, huh? The Royals were probably insulted by that offer. This is how the Yankees may operate from now on, though, especially with Hal Steinbrenner behind the wheel.… Click here to read the rest

Frugality versus necessity

From Joel Sherman (NY Post):

The Yanks are among the teams that have checked in on Washburn. However, as of this afternoon the two sides still had not discussed names. In addition, Hal Steinbrenner has ruled that the team cannot take on significant money the rest of the season. That is a huge reason why the Yanks are not players on Roy Halladay. Washburn has about $3.7 million owed to him the remainder of the season, which could be a hurdle for the Yanks.

$3.7 million a hurdle for the Yankees? The Yankees can’t absorb that? Is this legit or is it just posturing? What’s interesting here is the dynamic Hal Steinbrenner adds to the Yankees. Hal is characterized as the frugal spender, one who is restrained and conservative with his wallet. However, is that merely an image that helps the Yankees posture with other teams, forcing them to eat significant chunks of a contract, or, is it actually true? He did open up the bank for Mark Teixeira, however, that was something that Brian Cashman had to convince him to do (reportedly).… Click here to read the rest

Wish I was happier about this: Big Papi on The List

Remember back to February, when Papi had this to say:

David Ortiz is fed up with his sport being sullied by one steroids story after another. His solution: more testing and more severe punishments.

I think you clean up the game by the testing,” Ortiz said at Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Fla. “I test you, you test positive, you’re going to be out. Period.

Ortiz, who emerged as one of the premier sluggers in the game in 2003 with Boston after spending six largely forgettable years in Minnesota, believes all players on all teams should be tested three or four times a year, and any players testing positive should be banned for the rest of that season.

If I test positive by using any kind of banned substance, I’m going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody,” Ortiz said. “And I don’t want to be put in that situation.… Click here to read the rest

What To Do With Joba

From John Harper:

Except all indications are that he will be back in the bullpen by then, as he has now accumulated 110 innings, which might leave him only a handful of starts before the Yankees put the brakes on him.
And with Chien-Ming Wang officially out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery yesterday, and Phil Hughes locked in as the eighth-inning setup man, the Yankees have few options to replace Chamberlain.

Harper goes on to suggest that Joba has a maximum of 50 innings left, and that the Yankees therefore need Roy Halladay to round out the playoff rotation. While I disagree with Harper on Halladay, as they really need a 3rd starter like Jarrod Washburn or a healthy Justin Duchscherer, he raises a fascinating question. What will the Yankees do with Joba Chamberlain?

I would be extremely shocked if they did not have Joba pitching in the postseason. That leaves two possibilities:

1) Let Joba throw regularly until he is about 15 innings short of his limit.… Click here to read the rest