Reaction To The Granderson Trade

Lots of opinions floating around the blogosphere. Greg Fertel (gets the prize for best write-up and analysis of the night): Granderson looks tuned for a big improvement a la Nick Swisher in 2010. From the Yankees’ perspective, how could you not like this move? They added a 29-year-old center fielder with plus defense and power who is only making $25 million over the next three seasons. Put his bat and the new Yankee Stadium together, and we could be in for some gaudy numbers. Rob Neyer: A+ for the Yankees, who continue to show that they know what they’re doing. Continue reading Reaction To The Granderson Trade

Gammons leaving ESPN

Just some shocking, stunning news. I hope it’s all for the good for Gammons, who has been an amazing ambassador for baseball for decades now.

Baseball Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons has decided to pursue new endeavors and will no longer be a contributor to ESPN after this week’s winter meetings.

From Gammons himself:

My decision to leave ESPN and move on at this point in my life has been conflicted. I owe a great deal of my professional life to ESPN, having spent more than half of my 40 years in journalism working for the network, and the choice to move on was made with nothing but the strongest feelings for the people with whom I worked. ESPN gave me a great deal more than I gave it, and will always be a huge part of who I am.”

We wish him well!

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Trickle down from Penny

A few weeks ago, I noted the injury-risk/high upside pitchers I’d like to see the Yanks go after. Brad Penny was not on that list, but following his $7.5m, 1 year deal (with $1.5m in incentives) with St. Louis, I wondered if that would drive up the prices on my injury-risk-list.

Except Keith Law beat me to it:

The dollar figure probably pushes up the prices on higher-upside guys like Rich Harden and Ben Sheets, at least in terms of guaranteed money, and might help pull up the prices on lesser guys like Erik Bedard or Justin Duchscherer who have also had recent injury concerns. On the plus side for teams, Penny’s taking one year despite the strong finish means we might only see a handful of pitchers get multiple years. And if I were a GM, I’d always prefer to pay more for a single year than take a pitcher to a second or third year.

The last line is something I have been saying for quite a while. If you’re going to pay a high AAV, do it in short years. Don’t be long on both AAV and years…though the Yanks don’t usually worry about that (ARod, Teix, CC, Jeter, Posada…). Then again, those guys aren’t/weren’t the high injury risk suspects.

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After Granderson, What Happens in LF and at DH?

With the Yankees apparently closing in on a deal to acquire All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from the Tigers, the question becomes: What will the Yankees do next to complete their outfield. As I see it, they have 4 realistic options. 1) Sign Mike Cameron to play LF, have Melky move to right, and have Swisher DH. When the DH is needed for Posada or one of the infielders, move Swisher to right and put Melky on the bench. This would be a much better defensive team than last year and would have a lot more roster flexibility, but would Continue reading After Granderson, What Happens in LF and at DH?

The one about Granderson *A DONE DEAL*

ACCORDING TO JON HEYMAN, THE TRADE IS “A GO”. SEE BELOW FOR ALL OF THE UPDATES

Unless Austin Jackson could be used to get Roy Halladay, this is exactly the type of deal the Yanks should make, even if it’s now unlikely to happen:

The deal would send Curtis Granderson to the Yanks, along with a prospect or two from the D’Backs. Arizona would obtain Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees. The Tigers would obtain Max Scherzer from the’d’Backs and Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yanks.

Hey, I love the idea of Austin Jackson patrolling CF for a decade in pinstripes. But what if he stalls? Gets hurt? Never advances? Of course, he could be the next Curtis Granderson, or more. This is the nature of prospects: We know what we don’t know. We don’t know what AJax is gonna be.

We know plenty about Granderson:

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Update: Yankees Acquire Granderson

UPDATE: (2:00 PM) (EJ) – MLB Trade Rumors has it. The Yankees will acquire Granderson for Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke, pending a medical check. Full reactions later tonight. UPDATE (12:06 pm) — From both Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, we’re hearing that the deal could still occur. Feinsand claims that the Tigers might be “caving on its price for Granderson,” and then states that the Yankees could find themselves in a position where one of their three pitchers rumored in the deal — Ian Kennedy, Michael Dunn, Phil Coke — would be downgraded. He speculates that Dunn Continue reading Update: Yankees Acquire Granderson

Baseball’s worst contracts

Kevin Brown became the first Major League Baseball player to get paid more than $100 million. Mostly a greedy jerk, Brown is also something of a pioneer. He paved the way for every God-awful, untradeable, “what were they thinking!” mega-contract MLB general managers have handed out since. As Jason Bay, Matt Holiday and John Lackey wait with bated breath to add their names to the list of players who got theirs, and in the process crippled a franchise, lets take a moment to reflect on baseball’s worst contracts. There are two rules to this game. First, the contract needs to Continue reading Baseball’s worst contracts

Most Valueable Network closes its doors

The Most Valuable Network is shutting down. I remember being recruited by MVN in late 2006. The three River Ave Blues guys had just departed for their new site, and the network needed someone to cover the Yankee minor league system. Three months later, they had hooked me up with a press pass for the Trenton Thunder, and I had already written a set of 30 prospect profiles for the Yankees prospects. We organized a 30-writer 1st round mock draft, and at one point had almost filled 30 major league and 30 minor league blogs, to make sure that every Continue reading Most Valueable Network closes its doors

The problem with Twitter and how to solve one problem

This will not be a major ramble against Twitter and those, like me, who both love it and hate it. Memo to the MSM and other folks at major rumor-generating events, like the Winter Meetings:

If you can’t confirm the rumor, at least say so.

Too many rumors that are off-base, wrong, unsubstantiated, based upon lobbytalk, etc., that once Tweeted, becomes gospel. And embarrassing for those who Tweeted and also for those who rely on the Tweets for blogging/writing purposes. We, the blogosphere get railed by the MSM at every opportunity for any unsubstantiated rumor-mongering or any other unsubstantiated allegations.

Hold yourselves up to your own high standards with your Tweeting, will ya?

So here’s my quickie solution:

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