Why Trading Jesus Montero and Hughes/Chamberlain for Halladay Is A Bad Idea

[image title="jesus piece (3)" size="full" id="13107" align="center" ]Rumors still place the Yankees in the hunt for Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays want Jesus Montero, one of Hughes or Chamberlain, and lesser prospects for the star pitcher. Following the trade of Ian Kennedy and Austin Jackson, this would leave the Yankee farm system almost completely...

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Gardner attracting interest

Bobby Jenks

You heard me. Big, oft-criticized, hard-throwing closer. Plus-sized. And the Sox aren’t happy about it:

If he’s upset that it’s continuously brought up, then he should work on it and get it to where it’s not an issue,” said [Kenny] Williams, speaking about Jenks’ conditioning prior to the hurler’s last round of comments but following the closer’s October remarks.

It is an issue. I’ve told him this directly to his face,” said Williams, without hesitation. “If he’s going to have an extended career of effectiveness at a high level, like he certainly is capable of doing, then he has to take better care of himself.”

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When asked if this conditioning question could have played a role in Jenks’ slight struggles, Williams once again held little back.

Well, I don’t know,” Williams said. “It comes into question when you are not in the best shape you can be in, now doesn’t it?” If [Jenks] doesn’t like that, I don’t really care if he doesn’t like that.…

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The Big Redhead misses the point

Dan is more than annoyed that the current administration is setting the fans expectations for a down year, much like 2006, as the team was/is in a transition phase. Dan believes that the Sox should be more Yankee-like (my words, not his) and just spend, spend, spend because after all, the fans sell out Fenway every game, pay the highest ticket prices, etc.:

it’s nice that Theo has a passion for player development, but asking fans to take a year off is outrageous. Henry is a billionaire and the Sox are making bundles of money. If you don’t believe that, call their partners at Ace Ticket and try to score a few tickets.

Red Sox fans love their team unconditionally. For eight seasons, Henry and Co. returned the love, rebuilding Fenway and overtaking/embarrassing the Yankees.

Now the Yankees are back on top and it feels like the Sox – happy with their trendy, ever-filled ballpark – are giving up.

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The Non-Tender Candidates

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible is tomorrow, as any eligible player not offered a contract immediately becomes a free agent. Matt at Fack Youk took a look at the 4 Yankee candidates (Wang, Gaudin, Mitre, and Cabrera), and concluded that Chien MIng Wang would be the only one to go. He...

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A rotating DH is simply not an acceptable option

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What are these, you may be asking yourself? Why, they’re Nick Johnson’s OBPs from his last four fully healthy seasons (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009). Can you believe the Yankees...

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Red Sox ready to fold?

Sorry to cite this, but, via Dan Shaughnessy (Boston Gobe):

In an e-mail to the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin last month Henry explained that the Sox might not be as good this year, writing, “Those reali ties are a function of available talent and age-related transitioning once again, as we did prior to 2007.’’

Tuesday at the...

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Best takedown of a signing so far

They don’t have any money to spend to fix the rest of their bad, old roster, but they can commit $5 million a year to Brandon Lyon through 2012. Moves like this are why the team isn’t good, and won’t be good any time soon. This move is just the latest act in a joke that’s gone on far too long.

Love it. That’s a takedown.

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More Ben Sheets chatter

From 2002-04, Sheets was an ironman, starting 34 games each season. Then the injury bug sunk its teeth into him, resulting in a games started progression that reads: 22, 14, 24, 31, 0. Zero last year.

His career stats remain quite good with 3.72 ERA, 115 ERA+, 7.6 K/9 IP, 1.201 WHIP, 3.85 K/BB.

Is Sheets all that different than Harden? What’s the risk here? Dollars? That’s it? Well heck, that’s the advantage of having the biggest yacht in the marina. The Yanks would be wise to consider adding Sheets (or Harden) as the cost/benefit analysis is tilted vastly in their favor. If either gets hurt, as we could almost expect, all that is lost is cash and that’s the one thing this team has in ample supply. But if he returns to form, you got yourself a bargain and this team needs pitching, as it always does.

Would you feel comfortable offering a guaranteed $7-10 million contract to Sheets, despite him not pitching AT ALL in 2009?…

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