Big Red giggles at something remarkably dumb

And the damage to the RedSox budget would be equally inestimable, Big Red. The RedSox have ample resources at their disposal and we also are more than well aware that they guys running the club are not prone to childish fits of impetuousity.  Maybe John Henry also has a similar giggle-fit over this idea and calls Theo to float the idea. I’m willing to bet Theo would bark him off that tree pretty darn fast.  Theo (and John Henry) wants to win and that includes beating the Yanks, but this would not be the way to do it.

Cashman would not match some sort of “offer him the world” deal that Big Red is proposing.  Maybe if this ship was run by Hank and it was 2007 it might work, but not today.  Perhaps the Sox might make a token offer to tempt Jeter but it sure won’t be over what the Yanks are offering.  That’s a game of chicken that the Sox have no interest in playing.… Click here to read the rest

Negotiating with that other Yankee legend

Note from Matt: Hey all! I’m hoping everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday; I know I sure did! After a couple of gravy-saturated hours of gluttony, I idled away the rest of my afternoon on the couch watching football. By the third quarter of the Cowboys/Saints’ game, I might as well of had tryptophan circulating intravenously throughout my body.

Anyway, I realize I haven’t contributed much material over the past two weeks and for that, I apologize. Work has been relentless of late as 2011’s first quarter rapidly approaches. Then last week, despite being on vacation, I found my time completely preoccupied with traveling and family obligations. Fortunately, now that the madness has subsided somewhat, I can get back to writing about the Yankees. Thanks for your patience.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably rolled your eyes on occasion in exasperation as Derek Jeter‘s saga rages on. At this point, all the non-news being disseminated throughout the media has become more monotonous than a poorly-scripted sitcom.

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Awkward to All Star: Yankees’ Swing Man McDougald Dead at 82

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

The Yankee family has lost yet another member in 2010 with the passing of Gil McDougald at the age of 82.  McDougald, whose 10-year Yankee career included five world championships and eight pennants, was best know for his versatility, a quality that made him a favorite of Casey Stengel, who once called him “the best second baseman, the best third baseman, and best shortstop in the American League”.  

McDougald’s unorthodox batting stance didn’t make a good first impression with manager Casey Stengel.

McDougald broke into the majors alongside two other notable New York rookies: Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Although that centerfield duo would reach legendary status, in 1951, the Yankees’ understated swing man was the toast of the town. Not only did he have a better season than both Mantle and Mays, but he also won the American League Rookie of the Year award and became the first freshman to belt a grand slam in the World Series.… Click here to read the rest

Looks like Tulo really wants to be like Jeter

Oh, and from that Feb 9, 2001 article, said Randy Levine:

“This was an arduous process. This is an agreement that’s a fair agreement and a great agreement for everybody.”

Wonder if we’re going to get a repeat of this soon?  Sure would be nice.

So said Jeter:

“Being the highest paid is not something I covet. If that was the case, I would have waited another year and maximized my earning potential, so to speak. […] “I couldn’t picture it. I really felt there was no reason to see if the grass was greener on the other side. Even if I had played out the year, my first choice would have been New York.”

We’ll see if this is repeated, too.… Click here to read the rest

Does the Uribe signing give Jeter’s side the “other suitor” they need?

I also have to completely agree with this comment by “an executive from another club”:

“I’m pretty blown away that it even came to this level. This is a Hall of Famer. This is the face of the franchise. It just usually doesn’t come to this.”

Agreed. I know the team wants to hold the line on salaries and there’s a very big part of me that applauds this attempt.  However, to choose Jeter as that guy to stick it to strikes me as misguided and disappointing. I would never endorse a blank check policy in a situation like this, but I never would have conducted this as transparently as the Yanks organization has done thus far.  This public spat is embarrassing for all sides.  Don’t tell me “it’s just business” anymore; it’s gotten way too personal to be “just business“.  Someone needs to gain some sense soon and put an end to Al Jeterzeera.

As I said a week and a half ago, the Yanks should come out with a statement like this and begin a press embargo until Jeter signs, somewhere:

“The entire Yankee organization desires to keep Derek Jeter in pinstripes his entire playing career and for the rest of his post-playing life.

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Discussion: Hall of Fame Ballot Debuts

The 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot was released today. I’ve broken up the candidates into 3 groups: those I think should get in, those who have a case, and those who have no chance. Chime in with your list in the comments. I’ll discuss the borderline candidates in greater detail over the next few weeks.

No Chance
John Olerud
BJ Surhoff
Marquis Grissom
John Franco
Bret Boone
Al Leiter
Benito Santiago
Carlos Baerga
Raul Mondesi
Bobby Higginson
Wilson Alvarez
Rey Sanchez
Charles Johnson
Jose Offerman
Ugueth Urbina
Ismael Valdez
Dan Wilson
Paul Quantrill
Cal Eldred
Kirk Reuter
Steve Reed
Harold Baines
Juan Gonzalez
Tino Martinez

Has A Case
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Rafael Palmeiro
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Lee Smith
Larry Walker
Kevin Brown

Should Get In
Roberto Alomar
Jeff Bagwell
Bert Blyleven
Barry Larkin
Edgar Martinez
Tim Raines
Alan Trammell
Mark McGwire… Click here to read the rest

Looking Ahead

We’re all focused on the present. The Yankees have a bunch of pending transactions. They’ve made an offer to Derek Jeter; they’ll probably do the same to Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee shortly. I’m sure there are other signings and trades that the front office is mulling over right now, too. But what about next year? There are some interesting personnel decisions to be made in a year’s time. Let’s run down some of them.

The biggest one involves CC Sabathia. While his contract does run to 2015, CC does have an opt out clause he can use after the 2011 season. No matter what, I think CC is going to exercise this option. I can see him hanging on if he has a bad year just because his value will be a little down. However, if he has an average CC year, I think he’ll opt out. If he does, the Yankees could just let him walk, or try to renegotiate at a lower AAV.… Click here to read the rest