Finding a Middle Ground, Part Three

Jorge Posada

Both Joe P. of River Ave Blues and our own Steve S. have wondered aloud if Jorge Posada is headed for a decline in 2010. There’s no doubt that, having read those articles or not, the same question has crossed all of our minds. After all, Jorge’s a catcher,...

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Discussion: Building A Bullpen

Spring training will no doubt show us a battle between relievers looking for their spot in the bullpen. Barring a Ben Sheets surprise, we already know what players will make up most of the bullpen. They are:

Certains: Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves

Strong Candidates: Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin,...

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Jose Offerman decides he never wants to coach again

Though if you ask me, the ump took a flop that rivals any we’ve seen in soccer or the NBA. But that was probably due to shock and fear. Can’t say I really blame the poor guy.

Of course, this wasn’t Offerman’s first ridiculous baseball-related fight:

In 2007, Offerman, a two-time All-Star during his 15 seasons in the majors, hit Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans in the head with a bat during an independent minor league game. Offerman, playing for the Long Island Ducks, had been hit by a pitch from Matt Beech of the Bluefish.

A court subsequently forced Offerman into anger-management treatment.

Offerman also faces a $4.8 million civil suit brought by Nathans, who claims he continues to suffer from problems stemming from the incident, which he says ended his professional career.

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Other Bench Possibilities

We learned earlier today that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, Jr.. Obviously, it would seem that Mr. Hairston was not in the Yankees 2010 plans. So, what else could they be thinking for the 2010 bench?

The first option is rolling with a bigger bullpen and a smaller bench. That is,...

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Yanks could face some competition for Reed Johnson

Most of iYankees’ readers believe that Reed Johnson, a career .313/.378/.463 hitter against southpaws, is the best right-handed outfield bat the Yankees can add this winter to bolster their current bench (especially with Jerry Hairston Jr. bound for San Diego). And, while I agree in that Johnson...

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Outfield Items: Xavier Nady, Rocco Baldelli

Here are a few quick outfield-related items on the day:

  • Scott Boras says that his client, Xavier Nady, will be ready for spring training.
  • In the same FOX Sports article, we learn that the Cubs are interested in Nady.
  • Mark Bowman thinks that the Braves may also have an interest...
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