This sure sounds familar

Then PeteAbe added this:

Erik Bedard, the one-time ace of the Baltimore Orioles, is on the market after a disastrous two-year tenure with the Seattle Mariners in which he started only 30 games. But Bedard had a 3.24 ERA in those games. He had shoulder surgery in August.

Justin Duchscherer, a two-time All-Star for Oakland, missed all of 2009 recovering from elbow surgery that was compounded by depression.

Again, no accusations, but just similar to my thoughts. Except I thought the write-up here was better. I might be biased, though.

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How come no chatter about Verlander?

Verlander will be 27 in 2010. He’s got a 65-43 career record, having won 19 games last year, a year after losing 17 (post-season hangovers?, but not the Cabrera kind). He’s started no fewer than 30 games in his first four full years in the Bigs, pitching in 200+ innings the last three years, including 240 IP last year. He lead the AL in strike outs with 269 and finished a respectable 3rd in Cy Young voting.

My checklist:

  • Young? CHECK
  • Durable? CHECK
  • Ability to miss bats? CHECK
  • Bulldog mentality? CHECK
  • Staff ace? CHECK
  • Accountable? CHECK

And he’s still in the arbitration zone, according to Cot’s Contracts. Someone’s due for a HUGE raise and contract. How come we’re not hearing his name that much in the rumor mills*? What am I missing?

This is a guy the Yanks or Sox would kill each other to get. And they’d be justified in doing so.

Here’s a bit from MLBTR on Verlander:

  • Dombrowski indicated that no player on his team is untouchable, but “there are some on our club that we want to hold on to.” He also added that there was more trade talk at the GM meetings this year than in previous years.
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How Did Cano Turn It Around?

Prior to the season, I wrote the following about Robinson Cano’s 2008:

Basically, a grounder is less likely to produce an out than a flyball, but outfield flyballs yield more runs. I would argue that Cano’s decline can be found in this point. Cano hit significantly fewer ground balls and more flyballs than he did...

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Halladay rumors heating up

“No, not necessarily,” [Cashman] said. “Ultimately, what I feel is a strong reluctance to trade three or four assets to another team [for a player] and then sign him to a multiyear contract. You trade for a guy, give up three or four assets [and then pay him], then you’ve crushed your payroll and your assets at the same time.”

That’s why he didn’t trade for Santana.

And my follow-up comment to Cashman’s comments:

However, what makes me crazy is that looking at just the talent-for-talent transfer is only half the story. We have to remember that Johan signed for over $130 million. That’s not insignificant, especially when you add in the 40% luxury tax hit.

I, like you, would LOVE to have Halladay on my team. What fan of ANY team wouldn’t want a guy like that? Throwback mentality (“I finish what I start”) , durable, accountable, damn good. But at the double-dip cost? And in the Yanks case, it would require the inclusion of the luxury tax on top of any deal.…

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Bizarre moves from seasons past: The trading of Mike Lowell

My friend and fellow huge Yankee fan Dave (who comments under Davey) has long maintained that his dream Yankee infield would have been an all-homegrown group of Jorge Posada at catcher,...

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2009 Season in Review: The Outfield and Designated Hitter

This is the fifth in a series of five Yankeeist 2009 Season in Review recaps. Please be sure to check out 2009 Season in Review: The Infield Read more