Yankees Should Invite Rocco to Camp

In the last few weeks, the Yankees have been connected to a lot of outfielders. They signed one, Randy Winn, to a Major League deal and he will be the team’s fourth outfielder. Right now, Rule V Draft pick Jamie Hoffmann is the fifth outfielder the Yankees are going to give him at least Spring Training to see what he’s got and see if he can be a useful bench outfielder. If Hoffmann does not perform to their liking, the Yankees will drop him from their 25 man roster and be forced to return him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After Hoffmann, the Yankees’ outfield options are pretty thin. On the active roster is the recently acquired Greg Golson. He’s been described as “toolsy” but he’s had only seven major league plate appearances and has yet to reach base via hit, walk, or hit by pitch. The only outfield non-roster invitee listed is Reid Gorecki, who had an uneventful 27 PAs with the Braves in 2009, but has respectable minor league numbers (.262/.342/.428).… Click here to read the rest

The 5th Starter Fallacy (Joba AND Hughes To Pen?)

Steve already covered the whole Joba to the bullpen debate this morning, so I am not going to rehash it. However, there was one portion of Joel Sherman’s article from this morning that needed to be addressed:

Because aren’t the 2010 Yanks much better if both Joba and Hughes are in the bullpen? Think about it.
As long as they have health with their main veteran starters — Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte and Javier Vazquez — the importance of a No. 5 man dims.
The No. 5 competition could be among Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. The winner probably could pitch to a 5.00 ERA and still win in double digits because of the strength of the Yankees’ offense, but also because the No. 5 starter would be backed by a bullpen that had both Chamberlain and Hughes.
Manager Joe Girardi is very protective of relievers, anyway, and with both Chamberlain and Hughes available, he could continue on that path more comfortably while further diminishing the temptation to ever push Rivera into the eighth inning before the postseason.

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Two Hairstons and a college punter

Are we there yet?

In absurdly inconsequential but slightly amusing news, Scott Hairston and the Padres agreed on a one-year $2.45 million deal through salary arbitration, which means Scott will bring home nearly $500k more in 2010 than older brother Jerry, who spurned the Yankees for the opportunity to play with Scott in San Diego.

While neither Hairston will ever be mistaken for world-beaters, Jerry’s always seemed like a slightly better player than his fringy brother (although the numbers don’t back this up: Scott’s a career .326 wOBA player and Jerry’s .313), and the salary discrepancy should make for some fun family BBQs this summer.

In hilarious news, onetime college football punter and grittiest, guttiest, dirtiest-mofo-to-ever-don-a-baseball-uniform badass extraordinaire Darin Erstad is reportedly interested in playing again in 2010, only he claims “there are no at bats to be had.” This is shocking, especially coming from a man who eats clumps of dirt and washes it down with a glass of freshly mowed grass for breakfast.… Click here to read the rest

Is Jeter The Greatest YANKEE?

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Yes, the word Yankee is all caps on purpose. You see, this morning two brothers posted a guest article over at Lohud suggesting that Derek Jeter is the greatest Yankee of all time. They were soundly ripped in the comments, as most of the commenters rightly noted that Jeter really has no case for being a better player than Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, or Dimaggio, and may come in behind Berra as well. However, their post also discussed the off-field scrutiny and issues that Jeter faces, and within that discussion I believe there is the seed for an interesting debate. The question is, although Jeter is not the greatest baseball player to ever play for the Yankees, is he the greatest Yankee? Is he the perfect embodiment of what a Yankee should be?

He is driven by an incredible will to win, appreciates the history and tradition that the pinstripes represent, and is always respectful of those around him.… Click here to read the rest

Wang at least 3 months away

According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, last week, the Dodgers observed the rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang as he threw off flat ground and, needless to say, they were not too impressed by the results. Gurnick says that Joe Torre’s club believes Wang is “three months or more away from pitching in a game,” meaning that he likely won’t be able to find a Major League deal until after the season has begun. In fact, Wang may have to wait until the summer in order to find a taker for his services. He and his agent, Alan Nero, could actually be better off with this midseason strategy as many organizations will be in search of added rotational depth once June rolls around, and clubs would likely be willing to spend more then, on a fully healthy Wang, rather than now, on a Wang whose future is still uncertain. Either way, regardless of his vague status, as stated by Keith Law, “Wang is worth a flier to see if he has something left… a sinkerballer can survive with a little less velocity, so he’s worth a look.” Thus, he will eventually land somewhere.… Click here to read the rest

Desperate Damon

Yesterday, the lovable Scott Boras took to the media in order to try and find his client, the 36-year old outfielder, Johnny Damon, a well furnished home. Speaking to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, Boras connected Damon to the Tigers, who could presumably use a reliable left fielder. “Johnny believes the addition of him to Detroit’s lineup would make the Tigers a winner,” said the agent. “I can make the Detroit Tigers a winner,” Boras stated, quoting his still homeless outfielder. Strangely, though, while Boras often utilizes an assortment of media channels in order to talk up his customers, doing so to a geographically specific news outlet – one that is based in Detroit – was somewhat atypical. In this instance, Boras attempted to peddle Damon to one particular party rather than to a series of parties, and, when one asks why, exactly, this occurred, the reasoning seems fairly clear. While they would be loathe to admit it, Johnny Damon is currently desperate to find a new team for 2010 and Boras’ latest is representative of that.… Click here to read the rest

Of things baseball needs to ban, beer in the clubhouse isn't first on the list

  • Ban maple bats until there’s a shatter-proof solution
  • Ban pitchers and hitters from walking around the plate/mound for interminably long time
  • Ban the umpire’s warning pitchers for merely throwing inside
  • Ban mound visits by ballplayers/catchers after the second visit
  • Ban the 4-pitch intentional walk. Just have the catcher signal to the ump and give the guy the base
  • Ban playoff games starting after 8pm EST
  • Ban pink hats, or green hats. Or red hats if your team’s colors aren’t red. Or hats that cost $59.95 and are now outdated.
  • Ban restrictions that prohibits fans from moving to better seats after the fifth inning
  • Ban non-retractible roofed stadiums
  • Ban the WBC
  • Ban the use of the ancient recording of Kate Smith singing the National Anthem; update that, will ya?
  • Ban that insipid PC Richard whistle after every K

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Mike Lupica Just Can’t Let Go

Just a few days ago, January 29th, our own Moshe Mandel pulled a Fire Joe Morgan on Mike Lupica due to Lupica’s hypocrisy regarding the Yankees and their spending. Well, Lupica threw out another silly piece on Sunday the 31st. The title? “New York Yankees and…Johnny Damon still have time to make a deal.” Before I get into the actual piece, I have some advice for Mr. Lupica: let it go. Seriously, man. Let. It. Go. We get it. You’re not going to be happy with the Yankees no matter what they do. Your act is, frankly, getting tired. When I was younger, I used to look up to your writing as something to behold. Something’s definitely changed. The question is: did I change or did you change, Mike? It’s probably both; but if it’s more of the former than the latter, that’s a good thing. So, let’s start the insanity.

There is still time for the Yankees to make a deal with Johnny Damon and for Damon to make a deal with them, just because there is no ticking clock here the way there is no real “budget” for the Yankees.

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