Big Red giggles at something remarkably dumb

I just love me some Big Red Dan Shaughnessy. His overblown, well-past-its-time obsession about the Yanks/Sox feud never gets old. It only gets stupider-er:

Suppose the Red Sox step up and shock the world? There is simply no downside to making Jeter a massive offer. In the worst-case scenario he calls your bluff and you get the Yankees captain.

I don’t care if Jeter is way past his prime or if the Sox would have to wildly overpay a player of his diminished skills.

I say offer him the world. Forget about Jayson Werth. Blow Jeter away with dollars and years. At worst this would just mean the Sox would jack up the final price the Yankees must pay. It could be sort of like Mark Teixeira-in-reverse.

And if Jeter actually signed with Boston, the damage to the Yankees’ psyche would be inestimable.

Um, no it wouldn’t, Big Red. We, the Yankee fans, would be intially pissed about Jeter bailing for Boston, but ultimately, wins mean the most and for the Sox to redirect their resources towards an aging shortstop instead of an impact player would be beyond foolish for them. Beyond dumb. Only someone with a lack of grasp on what the fans would want (or not want, in the Yanks’ case) would have the nerve to type something like the blockquote above.

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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 Continue reading Negotiating with that other Yankee legend

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

Looks like Tulo really wants to be like Jeter

Take a trip in the way-back machine back to the offseason of 2000 when a then-26-years-young Derek Jeter signed a whopping ten year, $189 million contract. And ten years ago, a young kid by the name of Troy Tulowitzki was already a Jeter fan. Tulo would go on to forge quite an early career for himself and now appears, also at the age of 26, to be on the verge of his own ten year contract:

Insider’s Keith Law reports Monday night that the club is nearing a 10-year contract extension with Troy Tulowitzki.

The 26-year-old shortstop is in the middle of a 6-year, $31 million contract he signed prior to the 2008 season, but put up MVP-caliber numbers while continuing his strong defense at a premium position on the field. The new deal would presumably take effect immediately, tearing up the current pact which would have paid him $5.5 million in 2011.

Of course, this would scuttle my dreams of having Tulo join the Yanks after his contract (and option) were completed after 2015, after Jeter himself retired. Oh well.

An early congrats to Tulo if he indeed signs a 10-year deal. He’s got a heckuva role model to follow, on and off the field.

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

If I don’t do another Jeter + contract posting until a deal is done, I’d be thrilled. But given the fact that the San Francisco Giants lost (one of) their shortstop today as Juan Uribe signed with the rival LA Dodgers, the San Fran connection is again worth mentioning:

One of the teams most often mentioned as a possible alternative destination for Mr. Jeter is the San Francisco Giants. They could be attractive in that they would give him a chance to win and play in a big market. And Giants general manager Brian Sabean was the Yankees’ vice president of player development when they drafted Mr. Jeter in 1992.

The Giants have been in contact with Mr. Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, who also represents their catcher, Buster Posey. But they are not seriously pursuing him at the moment, according to a person familiar with the team’s thinking.

Worth mentioning? Maybe. A stretch? Probably. Realistic? I doubt it.

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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 Continue reading Discussion: Hall of Fame Ballot Debuts

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 Continue reading Looking Ahead

Lee Negotiations Likely to Pick Up

From Buster Olney:

Executives involved in the bidding for Cliff Lee believe the negotiations will gather momentum in the week ahead, perhaps to a point where the All-Star left-hander will choose his next employer sometime during the winter meetings that start Dec. 6.

Lee, the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner and among the most dominant postseason pitchers in history, is drawing interest from the Texas Rangers — who traded for Lee during the 2010 season and want to re-sign him — and the Yankees, along with other teams.

The agent for Lee, Darek Braunecker, indicated on Saturday afternoon that he and his client could meet with anywhere from one to three teams in the week ahead.

“We’ve got a fair number of teams trying to work through the process,” Braunecker said. “It’s probably fair to say we’ve got a half-dozen teams in the mix.”

That sounds about right. The winter meetings and the 2-3 weeks after it are generally where you see the big free agents sign, at it’s when the Yankees made their blitz of signings prior to the 2009 season. My guess is that Lee is signed with a team by December 15th, and he’ll probably get most of a deal done at the winter meetings. And while there may be 6 teams showing interest, I’d say the only serious candidates are probably the Yankees and Rangers, with the Nationals just on the outside of that.

The more interesting question is how much Lee will sign for.Most reports have the Yankees set to open with a 5 year, $120 million deal, though at least one person has reported that they’ll make Lee the same offer they made Sabathia: 6 years, $140 million. I’m not buying the latter offer at all, simply because Lee is older than Sabathia was, and because they aren’t nearly as desperate for pitching now as they were in 2008. I don’t think they’ll have a problem giving Lee his money, but I don’t think they’ll go to 6 or 7 years or anywhere near the total potential value of Sabathia’s contract to get Lee. The question is, will anyone else? And if someone like the Nationals are willing to outbid the Yankees, would Lee actually sign with them? Continue reading Lee Negotiations Likely to Pick Up