Cashman: Next Step Not Imminent

From Chad Jennings:

“I am definitely not in a position right now where I feel like I’m ready to do anything,” he said. “The next step isn’t ready to happen now, based on my conversations. There shouldn’t be another shoe to drop immediately.”
Cashman has options, and he has little need for urgency. He has...

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Guest posting: Do the Yanks need Halladay?

That concern about time fading away means the Yankees can look at the Halladay situation a number of ways.

1) We need Halladay to ensure we capitalize on as many chances to win championships as we can.

Acquiring Halladay will mean the loss of at least young catcher Jesus Montero, one of Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, and a few other prospects of lesser consequence. Would that be worth it? The Yankees are old, and keeping the young talent around is of paramount concern. The Yankees would need to be absolutely sure that Roy Halladay is the man they want.

If they want an awesome pitcher, he’s their guy. Since 2006, Halladay’s stats are unbelievable: 930 IP, 3.11 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 4.39 K/BB, 141 ERA+. (source: baseball-reference.com)

All while pitching in the AL East.

Halladay’s flat out terrific. You don’t need someone else to tell you that. But his age might actually be a concern. He’s 32 and will turn 33 on May 14th.…

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The devil you know (UPDATED: Or the one you don't)

From MLB’s minor league guru Jonathan Mayo, here are a few:

Yohan Pino, RHP, Indians: The 25-year-old had an extremely successful 2009 season across two levels and two organizations. He began the year in Double-A with the Twins, got promoted to Triple-A, then got dealt to the Indians in the Carl Pavano trade. Combined, he went 9-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Over 127 IP, he gave up 110 hits, walked just 29 and racked up 122 strikeouts. Teams have been able to follow his progress in Venezuela this winter and he’s shown the ability to start and relieve.

Matt McBride, C, Indians: Teams like the bat, and for good reason. During the regular season, he hit .287/.340/.489, finishing with 18 homers and 99 RBIs between the Carolina and Eastern leagues. He then went on to hit a torrid .378/.511/.649 in the Arizona Fall League. The only question is about the defense. An American League team that could have him catch a little and DH some might take a shot.

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Yankees Choose Jamie Hoffmann, Lose Kroenke and K. Teixeira in Rule V Draft

Being at work, I can’t really go into detail about Hoffman. Greg Fertel at Pending Pinstripes, lucky for all of us, has done it for me.

My opinion: Hoffman’s pick screams “right-handed caddy for Granderson” to me. He can play a very good center field, had a good platoon split in 2009, and has the...

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Ben Sheets wants to get paid

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Harden Signs With Texas for 7.5M, Sheets Wants More

From Ken Rosenthal:

The Rangers are putting their savings from the Kevin Millwood trade to good use.

Free-agent right-hander Rich Harden is close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers, according to a major-league source.

The deal, valued at $7.5 million according to published reports, qualifies as one of the biggest surprises of the winter meetings.

With...

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How come no chatter about Verlander, UPDATED

Could a big market team –RedSox, Yanks– swoop in and pick up Verlander and some dead money (Willis, Bonderman) for a young MLB ready pitcher (Buchholz, Hughes/Joba) and two or three lower-/mid-level prospects?

If King Felix is the apple of everyone’s eye, shouldn’t Verlander at least be a close second?

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.…

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