Johnson's agent: "I'd be shocked"

Here’s why the Marlins intend to keep Josh Johnson through the winter and into the start of the 2010 season, rather than trading him. He’ll probably make something in the range of $4 million next season, and Florida could just open the year with him leading their rotation, and — the Marlins hope — he could help them contend for the playoffs. If the Marlins were to fall out of the race, Florida could look to trade him, just as the Indians traded Cliff Lee in the middle of the 2009 season — with another year and a half until he becomes eligible for free agency.

The Marlins and Johnson’s agent had made some progress toward a three-year contract with some kind of vesting option on a fourth year. But the bottom line is that Johnson’s side is looking for a deal of at least four years, and the Marlins are reluctant to guarantee that fourth year.

So for those of you, like me, who wouldn’t mind seeing your favorite team swing a deal for Josh Johnson… have a seat and get comfy.… Click here to read the rest

That other New York team

Things have been, as expected, relatively quiet in Yankeeland the last few days, other than the completely unsurprising news that Roy Halladay would be open to a trade to the Yanks (Wow Roy, you’d be willing to accept a trade to the defending World Champions? Way to go out on a limb there).

There have, however, been a handful of amusing stories about everyone’s favorite lovable losers, the crosstown New York Mets. Here’s a hilarious tale of bustling activity at the Yankee Store during the holiday shopping weekend and tumbleweeds at the Mets’; another about the Mets introducing supposed throwback uniforms for next season (pretty sure they look exactly like one of the 8,000 versions the team wears on any given day), presumably to distract the fanbase from the sad product attempting to play baseball on the field; and another urging the Mets to trade for both Halladay and albatross Vernon Wells.

I’ve never fully understood what drives people to root for the Mets over the Yankees — I mean, I get that Walter O’Malley ripped a huge hole in the heart of Brooklyn by moving the Dodgers out west, and, while you never really hear as much about it, I imagine there were a few folks who were sad that the Giants left town as well.… Click here to read the rest

A high price to pay

Via MLBTR comes this piece from Jeremy Sandler of the National Post. In it, Sandler brings us a few tidbits regarding the Blue Jays’ asking price for their 32-year old ace, Roy Halladay. While most of what Sandler has to say isn’t at all surprising—for instance, stating that Toronto desires “young, salary-controlled players” in exchange for Halladay is like saying the sky is blue—one of his assertions is particularly notable in that it details what the Jays want from a trading partner, specifically.

According to Sandler, “[t]he Jays want a major league-ready arm and bat, both young and affordable enough to stay in Toronto a while, plus prospects for Halladay.” Sandler admits that a package of a “major league-ready arm and bat… plus prospects” for a player with only one year left on his contract is a “high price” for any team to pay. The human cost outlined here becomes even more substantial if an extension is also involved. Now, I could see certain teams parting with one or the other, a major league-ready arm or a major league-ready bat, while offering high-end prospects, but I doubt the Jays will get exactly what they want (an arm and a bat, plus prospects), despite Sandler’s claim that “[i]ndustry insiders suggest serious offers in the coming weeks should match Toronto’s wish list.” The Jays’ asking price just seems exorbitant, though you can’t fault them for trying (I’m sure the Twins asked for the same thing when trading Johan Santana).… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Outside The Box Offseason Ideas

On the face of it, the Yankees options for this offseason seem obvious. They have 3 of their own free agents that they may want to bring back. On the starting pitching front, John Lackey is the big fish while a handful of injury prone arms litter the remainder of the market. There are a handful of reliable relievers available, while Holliday, Bay, and Cameron represent the market on outfielders. On the trade front, Halladay is the big name while Felix Hernandez seems like a bit of a pipe dream.

However, nobody would have expected Nick Swisher to become a Yankee last offseason, as Brian Cashman stunned us all with that move. The question I pose today is: Do you have any outside the box ideas for the Yankees offseason? Any free agents that are not getting any buzz that you would like them to sign, or trades that you would target that others have not mentioned? The writers of The Yankee Universe will be chipping in at the start of next week with their own “outside the box” offseason ideas, but would love to hear yours today.… Click here to read the rest

Updated | Yankee playoff games I've been to

Right before the 2009 playoffs started I discussed the Yankee playoff games I’d attended. Given that this past October saw five more added to my ledger, I thought it’d be fun to update the original post.

Year Game Opponent Starters Outcome
1995 ALDS 2 Seattle Pettitte v. Benes W, 7-5*
1996 ALDS 1 Texas Cone v. Burkett L, 6-2
1996 ALCS 1 Baltimore Pettitte v. Erickson W, 5-4*
1998 ALCS 2 Cleveland Cone v. Nagy L, 4-1*
2003 ALDS 2 Minnesota Pettitte v. Radke W, 4-1
2003 ALCS 2 Boston Pettitte v. Lowe W, 6-2
2003 ALCS 7 Boston Clemens v. Martinez W, 6-5*
2007 ALDS 3 Cleveland Clemens v. Westbrook W, 8-4
2009 ALDS 1 Minnesota Sabathia v. Duensing W, 7-2
2009 ALCS 1 Los Angeles Sabathia v. Lackey W, 4-1
2009 ALCS 2 Los Angeles Burnett v. Saunders W, 4-3*
2009 WS 1 Philadelphia Sabathia v. Lee L, 6-1
2009 WS 2 Philadelphia Burnett v. Martinez W, 3-1
*extra innings

Prior to the 2009 postseason I’d been 6-2 at Yankee Stadium in October; my 4-1 record this year brings me to 10-3 all-time.… Click here to read the rest