Lincecum and arbitration: think big. No, BIGGER

Now, Timmy won’t go that high, nor would he win even he DID submit a figure that large. No matter what, though, whatever figure he does wind up with in 2010 will be far less than he’d get as a free agent.

And once he gets close to sniffing that free agent market, the hounds (read: Yanks, Sox) will come a’calling!

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Pujols unanimous 2009 NL MVP

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Albert Pujols, Cardinals 32 448
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 15 5 3 3 2 3 1 233
Ryan Howard, Phillies 6 8 7 5 1 3 1 217
Prince Fielder, Brewers 5 9 7 3 1 3 1 3 203
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 3 6 5 5 5 1 1 172
Andre Ethier, Dodgers 2 3 2 5 4 5 3 113
Pablo Sandoval, Giants 1 2 5 5 6 1 4 89
Chase Utley, Phillies 2 2 1 5 4 3 1 84
Derrek Lee, Cubs 1 3 3 2 2 5 66
Matt Kemp, Dodgers 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 49
Ryan Braun, Brewers 3 1 2 4 6 43
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 1 1 3 2 5 30

Now, someone has to explain how Jeremy Affeldt received one 10th place vote.

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Sign Soriano

Despite Brian Cashman’s recent admission, that the bullpen is not an “area of obvious need,” today Buster Olney (ESPN) writes that the Yankees “No. 1 area of focus, beyond the Damon/Matsui realm: their bullpen. They will look for two relievers, in all likelihood.” This is a strange...

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If not Lackey, then who?

Rich Harden (Type B): Rich Harden has as good “pure stuff” as any pitcher out there, including AJ Burnett. However, he makes AJ Burnett look like Greg Maddux when it comes to durability. Harden, when healthy, can be utterly and completely dominating. He had a mediocre 2009 campaign with the Cubs, but was fantastic in 2008, split between the Cubs and A’s. Harden made just 26 starts this year, finishing with a 9-9 record, 4.07 ERA and a 110 ERA+ in 141.0 IP, averaging 10.9 K/9 IP. Home run and walk rates were up in 2009, leading to a higher WHIP. Looking back at his 2008 season, he was splendid in 25 blended starts (13 w/OAK; 12 w/CHI): 10-2 record, 2.07 ERA, 211 ERA+ in 148.0 IP, averaging 11.0 K/9. His home run rate was half of his 2009 rate and he walked few batters, leading to a great 1.061 WHIP.

Here’s the fly in the ointment, a fitting analogy for Harden: He only started a combined 13 games in 2006-07, 19 in 2005 (age 23), 31 in 2004 (his career high).…

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Discussion: Who Would You Trade Montero For?

Jesus Montero has been labelled untouchable by Yankees fans, and he is probably as untouchable as a prospect can be. However, as we have noted on various occasions in this space, no prospect is truly untouchable, as there are almost certainly deals that I would put Montero into. So the task for today is to...

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The Yankeeist Interview with River Ave. Blues

While last week’s interviewees, Bronx Banter and RLYW, represented the founding fathers of the Yankee blogosphere, today I bring you the gentlemen behind the most popular and arguably most authoritative...

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