Yanks discussing Arroyo with the Reds

From Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse:

The Yankees are in serious discussions with the Reds about acquiring Bronson Arroyo, although right now the deal may be hinging on how much of Arroyo’s remaining contract the Reds are willing to eat, major league sources told FanHouse on Monday. “It will get done,” one source said.

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Discussion: In Appreciation Of Cashman

Brian Cashman has a reputation for being notoriously reticent when dealing with the media. He often sidesteps questions or bluntly gives a ”no comment” when asked about sensitive issues. While this may seem annoying to some, the alternative leads to the debacle we saw in Queens this afternoon. Omar Minaya’s loose lips made the Tony...

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Heyman on Halladay and the Yankees

From Jon Heyman (SI):

The Yankees believe their chances are practically nil after hearing from Toronto that it would take both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes plus two more top prospects for Halladay. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi wasn’t kidding when he told the Yankees up front it would take more from them and Boston than...

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Derek Jeter For MVP

Yankee Captain, World Series MVP, ASG MVP, Rookie of the Year. Derek Jeter has had a much lauded career, and certainly has never been lacking recognition. However, for all of his illustrious accomplishments and accolades, there is one award that he has yet to nab: American league MVP. He was close in 1998 and 1999,...

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IIATMS Tryout #3: Brendan Gawlowski

Jarrod Washburn’s 2009 Season

What has happened to Jarrod Washburn this season? Entering the final year of his four year contract with Seattle, Washburn had failed to post an ERA+ above league average once. However, Washburn sports a 2.72 ERA in 2009, good for fourth in the American League. Before we write off this performance as a fluke or herald him for his vast improvement, we should ask a few questions. Is he getting lucky? Is he getting help from his defense? Is he a legitimately improved pitcher?

First let us examine how lucky he might be getting. A pitcher might be considered “lucky” if his opponents batting average on balls in play is significantly lower than league average. With a few exceptions, pitchers have very little control of the result of a batted ball (home runs are not counted as balls in play.) The league average on BABIP is .300, but Washburn is sporting a BABIP of only .251.…

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