Open Thread

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

36 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Who's on the team next year, and most specifically, what's the rotation? Doesn't look good from here beyond C.C.

  2. What I’m most worried about in 2011 is our Starting Rotation. For me, the best case scenario is:

    CC
    Lee
    Pettitte
    Burnett
    Hughes

    Pretty solid, but there’s also a worst case scenario:

    CC
    Hughes
    Burnett
    Nova???
    ???????

    Some people are talking about bringing Joba back into the rotation, but I think that is absolutely horrible. We can’t be changing him back and forth every year. That worst case scenario does not look like a winning team.

    Just one thing that’s on my mind.

  3. Well maybe not change Hughes and Joba but possibly use both as starters? I know alot of people are down on Joba but he seems to have more trade value as a 24/25? year old starter than an equivalent bullpen arm

  4. Sign Lee this free agency then trade joba,CC and other minor league prospects to get felix

  5. The obvious thing for Cashman to do if we can't get Lee is to raid the farm and trade for Greinke. Yes much has been made of his anxiety issues but I suspect it's much more likely we can fix them than whatever's going on in AJ's head.

  6. Hernandez isnt available because pitching stats do matter and his dominance of those categories point to him being the best in the American League. CC is untradeable, nor should we want him to be traded. He has been a workhorse, so much so, that they need to give the big guy a break. IF they sign Lee, are the Yankees really going to have 3 pitchers over 30 making an average of $20MM per year?
    Unfortunately, Cashman's strategy has to be largely contingent upon what is agreed upon with Jeter about his future. I think they should give him $20MM per, but with the caveat that he moves to LF this winter. You then have any of the OFs, Joba and one of the catching prospects to move for a premier shortstop (read Jose Reyes) and a mid-level starting pitcher. Take this opportunity to sign a big time pitching coach – look at the impact of Dave Righetti, Mike Maddux and more extensively Dave Duncan…how can Texas get that type of production from CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis but they cant get it from AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes?…Its a joke…

  7. Haha it was just a joke that trade would never happen, we all know that. Sorry did not mean to cause everyone to go crazy :P

  8. I know I may sound crazy and greedy but if the yanks can sign lee and trade for grienke. I would rather have Hughes in the pen helping to bridge for Mo.Or keep Hughes in the rotation and trade Burnett for something. That seems nuts too but I'm tired of AJ. He gave us the one good game he could in my eyes. Game 2 of the World Series last year. We need middle relief. As much as starting pitching. If we can fix those two areas plus get an outfielder for some pop. It can get us a nice run into the postseason.

  9. Did Dan Haren sign an extension with the Angels after he was traded? If not, there is a pitcher the Yankees made a play for earlier and especially expecting the worst regarding Lee and Andy. Dan Haren could be a viable option

  10. Larry, how fast is Lee going to be in pinstripes if the Giants keep whipping the Rangers? Give up? In a new york minute lol.

  11. I don't understand why everyone keeps saying Felix is unavailable. I know he signed an extension just a year ago but thats just because everyone thought the Mariners were going to be contenders in 2010. I can't imagine he's happy with his AL leading ERA, SO and WHIP (min. 245 IP) and just 13 W's.

    KFelix vs. AL East, 5-1 with a 0.81 ERA. I don't know why there isn't more speculation about him coming to the Bronx…

  12. I'm assuming Felix has a no-trade clause which would mean if he would be moving it would only be to a contender. The only contender in the AL with the necessary pieces is NY.

    Cashman just has to realize that he's not gonna come cheap. I think Joba, Montero and two other prospects should do the trick. If not just give them whatever they want.

    But one thing's for sure. KF is not going to finish his contract in Seattle.

  13. My question for the crowd is, "what about a new pitching coach?" With Dave Eiland gone there's a chance that the new guy will 1. encourage/discourage Pettite to stick around, 2. get AJ back to some semblance of form, 3. help Joba harness his filthy stuff, 4. run the entire ship onto the rocks.

    Who has the best chance of getting the job and who can do the most good?